As announced by Ryan Fenwick, Head of Corporate PR at OnePlus, the OnePlus 8 series is the result of the pursuit for perfection and desire to push boundaries, but also listen to the voice of the community. While we do appreciate the obvious improvements, like better screen, better camera system, IP68 rating, and wireless charging (most available only on the flagship OnePlus 8 Pro), we certainly can't get over the boundary-pushing on the price side.
The OnePlus 8 Pro gets top hardware, IP68, wireless charging, and beautiful 10-bit screen
As we said, the OnePlus 8 Pro measures 165.3x74.4x8.5mm and weighs 199g. OnePlus did not drastically change the overall design but has switched from a pop-up to punch-hole front camera, and slight changes to the log. OnePlus also spent a bit of time talking about the new matte finish of its Ultramarine color option.
The size and weight are pretty justified and it is slightly longer than the OnePlus 7 Pro and slightly narrower, but, more importantly, it is lighter than OnePlus 7 Pro (199g vs. 206g), which is an impressive feat considering this one comes with a larger 4510mAh battery.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is built around a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED 10-bit panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate which should have less lag.
The heart of the OnePlus 8 is obviously Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC with 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The LPDDR5 upgrade should give it more performance while lowering power consumption, and every little bit of battery life counts when it comes to smartphones.
The rear main camera system is a center placed quad-system, another first for OnePlus, and you get main 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 main sensor, sitting behind an f/1.78 lens with OIS and EIS, a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 ultrawide sensor behind an f/2.2 lens with 120-degree FoV, an 8-megapixel telephoto (f/2.4, 3x optical, OIS), and 5MP color filter sensor (f/2.4 lens).
The front one is a 16-megapixel one with the Sony IMX471 sensor and f/2.4 lens with fixed focus and EIS.
Another big novelty, at least for OnePlus and its flagship model, aside from IP68 water/dust resistance, is wireless charging, as it finally gets support for 30W Warp charger and 30W wireless charging, as well as reverse wireless charging.
OnePlus 8 lacks most of the features
The standard OnePlus 8 is slightly smaller at 160.2x72.9x8.0mm and weighs 180g, which is not bad considering it uses a 6.55-inch 2400x1080 resolution Fluid AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, which also means you get a lower 402ppi of pixel density.
Bear in mind that this is not the same panel as on the OnePlus 7T since it is curved and has a punch-hole for the front camera, as well as support for HDR10+.
It also comes with Snapdragon 865 SoC but keeps the slower LPDDR4X memory, and you still get 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage.
The standard OnePlus 8 has a triple-camera system on the back, with 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 (F/1.75, OIS, EIS), 16-megapixel ultrawide (F/2.2, 116-degree FOV), and 2-megapixel macro sensor (F/2.4, 1.75μm pixel size). It also has the same 16-megapixel one with Sony IMX471 (F/2.0, fixed focus, EIS) selfie camera in that punch-hole.
Luckily, OnePlus did not skimp on the battery capacity, so the OnePlus 8 will come with 4,300mAh battery, but it lacks wireless charging, or the IP68 certification.
Both phones share a lot of features, as well as a high price tag
Both phones will get 5G and Wi-Fi 6, as well as in-display fingerprint readers, alongside stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, Bluetooth 5.1 and USB Type-C port.
The price is a bit high for our taste, but Samsung and the likes have been steadily pushing the flagship price mark higher and higher, and even the likes of Xiaomi is now asking a pretty penny for their flagship smartphones.
OnePlus also announced official pricing for all models, and you are looking at €699/$700/£599 for 8GB/128GB and €799/$800/£699 for 12GB/256GB version of the standard OnePlus 8, which will be available in Black, Green, and Interstellar color options. Verizon, which is a new partner for OnePlus, will have an exclusive pick of the Polar Silver color option.
The OnePlus 8 Pro, which gets all the fancy new features, will start at €899/$899/£799 for the 8GB/128GB version, and €999/$999/£899 for the 12GB/256GB version. It will be available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Ultramarine Blue color options.
Both phones should be available globally as of April 24th, or April 21st in Europe, and you will be able to get it from OnePlus.com, Amazon, T-Mobile, Verizon, and some other retail/e-tail stores around the world.