OnePlus Eight assessment: Even with out wi-fi charging, I want this cheaper mannequin

OnePlus Eight assessment: Even with out wi-fi charging, I want this cheaper mannequin

Of the 2 new flagship telephones OnePlus simply introduced, the OnePlus Eight is not simply extra reasonably priced than the OnePlus Eight Professional, it is also the telephone I want. At $699 (£599) for 128GB of storage and $799 (£699) for 256GB, it will likely be accessible starting April 29. You should buy the OnePlus 8 within the US at T-Cellular and, for the primary time ever, Verizon; and it’ll work on different carriers (OnePlus and Amazon will promote it unlocked, as effectively). Word that Verizon is promoting it at a better worth of $799 (128GB).


  • Prices rapidly
  • 90Hz show
  • Comparatively extra reasonably priced high-end telephone

Do not Like

  • Macro zoom lens is unimpressive
  • No wi-fi charging

On specs alone, the OnePlus Eight Professional is objectively the higher telephone. It has extra options, like a 120Hz show and a telephoto digital camera (you possibly can see the listing of different principal variations under). However the cheaper OnePlus Eight nonetheless maintains sufficient different specs like 5G, a 90Hz show, an everlasting battery life and a top-of-the-line processor to ship a premium Android expertise.

Whereas it is true that the OnePlus telephones aren’t low cost as they was — the iPhone 11 prices the identical at $699 — the OnePlus 8’s premium expertise comes at a comparatively extra reasonably priced worth than its different high-end Android opponents just like the Galaxy S20 and sure the Pixel 5 when it launches later within the 12 months, if Google goes with the identical launch worth because the Pixel 4. (On that observe, the Pixel Four at this second is on sale at numerous retailers and you will get it cheaper than the OnePlus 8 — take into accout although that it got here out final 12 months.) In case you’re watching your finances intently however do not need to sacrifice quite a bit by way of {hardware}, the OnePlus Eight must be your high contender.

OnePlus Eight vs. OnePlus Eight Professional: Key variations

  • OnePlus Eight has a 90Hz show, the OnePlus Eight Professional has a 120Hz show
  • Solely OnePlus Professional has wi-fi and reverse wi-fi charging
  • OnePlus Eight is a tad smaller, thinner and lighter than the Eight Professional (see spec chart on the finish for precise measurements)
  • OnePlus Eight has three cameras; the OnePlus Eight has 4, together with a colour filter
  • The unlocked model of the OnePlus Eight will not be IP68 water-resistant. The OnePlus Eight Professional is. 

OnePlus 8’s 90Hz display nonetheless delivers

Like final 12 months’s OnePlus 7 Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a 90Hz show. In comparison with a telephone with a extra frequent refresh fee of 60 frames per second, the OnePlus Eight feels quicker and smoother — scrolling by way of my social media information feed or paging by way of house display pages felt zippier. This development of upper refresh charges is probably going going to be adopted by extra telephone makers. (Earlier than we often noticed these in gaming telephones, however the mainstream Galaxy S20 telephones have 120Hz shows too.)

Surprisingly, as a result of I might readily see the distinction between a 60Hz show show and a 90Hz show, I assumed the OnePlus Eight Professional’s 120Hz would look even higher. However once I navigated each of them side-by-side, the Eight Professional did not really feel miles forward of the OnePlus 8. So, in the event you’re leaning in direction of the OnePlus Eight between the 2, don’t be concerned about “lacking out” on a superior show.

I reviewed the iridescent variant of the OnePlus Eight referred to as interstellar glow. It is a flashy, pleasant colour(s?) that’s, for lack of a greater phrase, cute. However the shiny materials attracts an unimaginable quantity of fingerprints. In case you do not thoughts wiping down your telephone each jiffy (otherwise you simply can ignore the prints), it is positively a fun-looking telephone to hold round.

A fast observe in regards to the telephone’s water resistance. T-Cellular and Verizon’s OnePlus Eight telephones shall be rated IP68 for water resistance. However the unlocked model of the OnePlus Eight will not be rated (as in, those bought by way of OnePlus and Amazon). That does not imply it is utterly susceptible, although. OnePlus says the OnePlus Eight is as protected in opposition to water as previous fashions. Final 12 months, I submerged the OnePlus 7 Professional, which is not IP licensed both, in a fish tank for 30 minutes and it survived with out points. 


The OnePlus 8’s enjoyable iridescent colour.

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Some minor software program variations

For essentially the most half, the software program options and OS on the OnePlus Eight and eight Professional are an identical — you possibly can learn extra particulars about them in my OnePlus Eight Professional assessment. However the Eight Professional does have just a few goodies all its personal. They embody the Eight Professional’s “Consolation Tone,” which routinely modifications the tint of the display relying on the ambient gentle setting. Don’t fret, although, you possibly can nonetheless modify the OnePlus 8’s display tone (and thus make it extra comfy to your eyes in the dead of night), by way of Night time Mode in Settings.

The Eight Professional additionally has a “movement graphics smoothing” choice, which is meant to clean out movement blur when watching movies. However once I turned on these choices and watched movies, I barely observed any enchancment.

OnePlus 8’s triple rear cameras 

Just like the OnePlus Eight Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a regular 48-megapixel digital camera and wide-angle digital camera that take glorious images. Nightscape, OnePlus’ low-light digital camera mode, additionally brightened up images effectively, however I observed the mode labored a tad higher on the Eight Professional. Once I took a photograph of a big plant in the dead of night, the OnePlus Eight Professional’s picture had extra element. 

I like how the digital camera handles the colour contrasting between the blue constructing and yellow lemons.

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A photograph of a playground taken with the wide-angle digital camera.

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This image was taken in a darkish yard with Nightscape mode on.

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The OnePlus 8’s digital camera has a 2x lossless zoom, which is sweet for closing in on faraway objects. It might probably additionally digitally zoom as much as 10x, however objects seemed quite a bit blurrier at this stage. 

A lakeside photograph with no zoom. 

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Zooming in on buildings at 2x.

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The Oakland courthouse at 10x zoom.

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As a substitute of sharing a telephoto digital camera or a colour filter digital camera with the OnePlus Eight Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a macro digital camera. I used to be excited at this prospect, as I discover a macro digital camera to be extra helpful than the colour filter digital camera. However once I went up shut with a rose, the picture was muddy and the colours seemed flat. As a substitute, zooming in with the common digital camera produced images that, whereas maybe not as sharp, had been extra aesthetically pleasing and colourful. Understand that the telephone can nonetheless take portrait images and not using a telephoto digital camera, in addition to good portrait images with the selfie digital camera.

This closeup shot of rose pedals utilizing the macro characteristic is sharper than the one under, however colours are flatter.

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This picture was taken with out macro. Although it is blurrier, it is extra vibrant and pleasing.

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The OnePlus Eight can nonetheless take portrait images and not using a telephoto lens.

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The digital camera additionally has OIS and shoots 4K video that is sharp and regular. There’s an additional “tremendous stabilization” mode to additional clean down movement blur from hand shaking, however once I checked out each movies side-by-side, the impact or enhancements appeared minimal. 

OnePlus Eight efficiency and battery

The OnePlus Eight has the identical processor because the OnePlus Eight Professional, so for extra particulars on efficiency, head to the Eight Professional assessment. For essentially the most half, each telephones carried out equally on benchmark checks and the OnePlus Eight stays aggressive amongst different Android telephones that additionally share the identical Snapdragon 865 chipset, just like the Galaxy S20 and the LG V60

Word that whereas I included the Pixel Four for comparability, Google’s telephone is provided with final 12 months’s Snapdragon 855 processor.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.Zero single-core


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.Zero multicore


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

I performed battery checks on steady video playback on Airplane mode. The 4,300-mAh battery contained in the OnePlus Eight ran for a mean of 18 hours, 48 minutes on each its 90Hz and 60Hz display setting (as a result of the video I performed was shot in 30fps, it is sensible that the occasions had been shut). By comparability, the Eight Professional’s 4,510-mAh battery clocked in 18 hours, 52 minutes. I am going to replace this piece with ultimate outcomes and rankings after we end operating streaming video checks.

As with previous generations of OnePlus units, the OnePlus Eight has super-fast Warp Charging. From a 0% battery stage, 15 minutes of charging powered up the telephone as much as 35%, at 30 minutes it was at 65% and after an hour the battery was practically utterly replenished at 98%.

OnePlus Eight spec comparability

OnePlus Eight 5G OnePlus Eight Professional 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Google Pixel 4
Show dimension, decision 6.55-inch AMOLED; 1,080×2,400 pixels 6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels 6.2-inch AMOLED 5.7-inch OLED; 1,080×2,280 pixels
Pixel density 402ppi 513ppi 563ppi 444ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.three x 2.Eight x 0.31 in 6.51 x 2.93 x 0.35 in 2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in 2.7 x 5.7 x 0.three in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 160 x 72.9 x 8.Zero mm 165 x 74.Four x 8.5 mm 69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm 68.Eight x 147.1 x 8.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.35 oz; 180g 7.02 oz; 199g 5.75 oz; 163g 5.7 oz; 162g
Cellular software program Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Digicam 48-megapixel (commonplace), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro) 48-megapixel (commonplace), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘colour filter’) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide) 12.2-megapixel (commonplace), 16-megapixel (telephoto)
Entrance-facing digital camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 10-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K 8K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.Zero GHz) 2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB
RAM 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB 12GB 6GB
Expandable storage No No As much as 1TB No
Battery 4,300mAh 4,510mAh 4,000mAh 2,800mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen No
Headphone jack No No No No
Particular options 5G enabled; Warp Cost; 90Hz refresh fee 5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-resistant (IP68); 120Hz refresh fee 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh fee; water-resistant (IP68) Soli movement sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz refresh fee; water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging
Value off-contract (USD) $699 (8GB RAM/128GB), $799 (12GB RAM/256GB) $899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB) $999 (5G) $499 (64GB)*, $599 (128GB)*
Value (GBP) £599 (8GB RAM/128GB), £699 (12GB RAM/256GB) £799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB) £799 (4G), £899 (5G) £519 (64GB)*, £599 (128GB)*
Value (AUD) UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB) UK converts to: AU$1,180 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,370 (12GB RAM/256GB) AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G) AU$849 (64GB)*, AU$999 (128GB)*

Word: Pixel Four costs as of April 14, 2020.

First revealed on April 14.

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