OnePlus 8 Vs OnePlus 8 Pro - Are We Settling Or Is This Android Greatness?
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the clear top-end flagship, with a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED 1440p display capable of a buttery 120Hz refresh, super-fast 30 Watt wireless Qi charging, full IP68 liquid/particle ingress protection and additional camera capabilities that we'll dive into later. This model drops in at a starting price of $899, a solid $200+ over the previous gen OnePlus 7 Pro and a clear breakaway from OnePlus' "value but premium" lineage. Then again, wireless charging and official IP68 protection were never options with top-end OnePlus phones previously, so we begin to see the intent here to deliver more features for the dollar at least.
Snapdragon 865, backed up back 8 or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of speedy UFS 3.0 storage. However, the OnePlus 8 drops in at just $699, and though it's certainly a hat-tip to the OnePlus heritage of value but premium Android devices, it's still commands a cool $100 more than the OnePlus 7 T from just a few short months ago.
So, either way you slice it, OnePlus is going a little more up-market here, but when you consider Samsung's Galaxy S20 series starts at $1K, you can tell OnePlus is at least trying to strike a balance. However, at their respective price points, and with the same mobile processing platforms, how do these two new OnePlus entrants fair in the market and differ between the two?. In some areas, the differences between these new OnePlus phones are fairly stark, so let's dive in deeper and explore.
Now let's hit the rest of the spec particulars, what's in the the box, and some key features and accessories...
It's All In The Particulars - OnePlus 8 Pro Vs OnePlus 8
|OnePlus 8 Pro Rear Cameras
OnePlus 8 Rear Cameras
|Sony IMX689, 48MP, f/1.78 OIS/EIS, 48MP UWA f/2.2, 8MP Telephoto f/2.44 OIS
5MP Color Filter f/2.4
Sony IMX586, 48MP f/1.75 OIS/EIS, 16MP UWA f/2.2, 2MP Macro f/2.4
|Front Camera (Both)
||Sony IMX471, 16MP f/2.45, EIS, Fixed Focus|
|Video Recording (Both)||
4K - 30/60fps, 1080p - 30/60fps
Super Slow-Mo: 720p 480fps, 1080p 240fps
Time-Lapse : 1080p 30fps, 4k 30fps, Video Editor
|OnePlus 8 Pro Battery
OnePlus 8 Battery
|4510 mAh - 30W Warp Charge, 30W Wireless Warp Charge
4300 mAh - 30W Warp Charge
|Dimensions, Weight: OnePlus 8 Pro||165.3x74.35x8.5 mm, 199g
|Dimensions, Weight: OnePlus 8||160.2x72.9x8.0 mm, 180g|
|Connectivity (Both)||802.11ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1+LE, NFC, USB-C, LTE, 5G Sub-6 And mmWave|
|Colors OnePlus 8 Pro||Onyx Black/Glacial Green/Ultramarine Blue
|Colors OnePlus 8||Onyx Black/Glacial Green/lnterstellar Glow
|Pricing OnePlus 8 Pro
Pricing OnePlus 8
|8GB+128 Storage - $899, 12GB+256GB $999
8GB+128 Storage - $699, 12GB+256GB $799
Diving into their common Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, you can see OnePlus actually sent us a lower-end config of the OnePlus 8 Pro, with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and a higher-end OnePlus 8 with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. These two phones will retail at $899 and $799 respectively, and for $100, among these specific configs, the OnePlus 8 Pro we feel is a better value for most folks due to its additional features, IP68 certification, wireless charging, and better camera setup, unless you really need that storage of course, since internal storage is non-expandable, with a dual SIM tray on both and no microSD card expansion.
What's In The Box? OnePlus Accouterments And Optional Accessories
Look Ma, no wires, just back in the saddle...
Ah, but that 30 Watt Wireless Warp Charge cradle for the OnePlus 8 Pro is sublime. This $69.95 accessory makes hooking up for some juice a breeze and is a long overdue feature add for OnePlus. It has a small fan in the back, but you can barely hear it much at all over average ambient room noise. What you will appreciate, however, is being able to go from 0 to 50% charge in under 30 minutes and it's Qi compatible, so it will charge any Qi wireless charging ready device. The OnePlus 8 Pro itself also sports Reverse Charge, which will allow you to charge any Qi charge compatible device just by resting it on the back of the phone.
OnePlus 8 And OnePlus 8 Pro HDR10+ Fluid AMOLED Displays At 90 And 120Hz
OnePlus 8: 90Hz 1080p (L)
OnePlus 8 Pro: 120Hz 1440p (R)
It can't be understated how good these displays look and though the OnePlus 8 Pro's higher 120Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution (it's also larger at 6.78-inches, vs 6.55-inches on the OP8) does make it look and feel subtly smoother and sharper, you certainly won't be disappointed with the OnePlus 8's 90Hz 1080p display. These are two of the best smartphone displays in the business right now and OnePlus does an excellent job of setting them up out of the box. They're eye-popping gorgeous and compete on every level with Samsung's Galaxy S20 lineup.
Of Camera Hardware And Sensors - OnePlus 8 Vs OnePlus 8 Pro
Both phones have primary 48MP shooters (f/1.78 aperture OnePlus 8 Pro vs f/1.75 OnePlus 8) that output 12MP images by binning 4 pixels together for better low-light performance, but the larger effective pixel size of the OnePlus 8 Pro (2.24µm) will deliver better shots in most situations. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has a 48MP Ultra Wide-Angle(UWA) shooter (f/2.2 aperture) versus the OnePlus 8's 16MP (f/2.2) UWA camera, and again true 8MP Telephoto capture (f/2.44 with OIS) off the UWA camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro, versus just a 2MP Macro mode camera on the OnePlus 8 without OIS. Thankfully, selfie cams between these two OnePlus 8 series phones are the same - that is to say both are based on a Sony IMX471, with a 16MP f/2.45 shooter and are fixed focus. And they get the job done just fine.
But that's enough camera mumbo-jumbo for one day. Let's see how this all shakes out in the samples shots and peep at the pixels, next...