The price of OnePlus flagships has increased in recent years. While the phones got better over time, they mainly lacked two functions – IP protection and wireless charging. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company has fully exploited its range. Finally, it offers the two missing functions, but does not build on the existing ones. When I first got the phone almost three weeks ago, my expectations were high. I was expecting it to offer smooth performance, a decent set of cameras, a good display, and a quick-charge battery. Now after using the phone, I can say that I was thrilled with some features while the others asked me for more. Here's why the OnePlus 8 Pro is a fabulous but not a flawless phone.
If you have used a high-end OnePlus phone in the recent past, the OnePlus 8 Pro is likely to be familiar. It has a curved display on the front with a notch in the upper left corner. There is a quad camera setup on the back. Three of the lenses are housed in a vertical pill-shaped module, and the fourth is next to the module above the AF module. The camera module protrudes a bit from the phone, but is no cause for concern.
There are three color options: Glacier Green, Ultramarine Blue and Onyx Black. We got the first one and it's my personal favorite. Depending on the ambient light, it changes from green to blue. It is noble, to say the least. In addition, it is waterproof and dustproof to IP68.
The back is slightly curved and the corners are rounded, which increases the grip of the phone. It is made of glass, but has a matt finish and therefore does not attract fingerprints. The phone is certainly one of the best I have used without a cover. Nevertheless, I clapped the silicone cover in the box just to be sure. After all, I'm an awkward man. There is also an additional refreshment to the case. "Never Settle" is printed on it in large letters. Overall, the phone is easy to grip with or without a pocket.
The OnePlus Alert slider and the power switch are on the right edge. The latter is programmed to trigger the Google Assistant on a long press, which was pretty annoying for me. Fortunately, it can be switched to the usual power menu. The volume rockers are located on the left edge. The SIM compartment, the USB Type-C port (USB 3.1) and the speaker grille are located on the bottom of the device.
The OnePlus 8 Pro weighs 199 grams and measures 165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5 mm. In terms of ergonomics, it's a well-designed big phone. While it's difficult to get up with one hand, the rounded corners, curved edges, and weight distribution make it easier to operate with one hand.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a resolution of 3168 x 1440 pixels at 513 PPI. It comes with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and an aspect ratio of 19.8: 9. It is covered with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass. After we have finished with the technical details, you will find out here how it is in everyday life.
My unit has the notorious problem of black enthusiasm, which is difficult to say during the day. However, when I used the phone in a dark environment before bed (read dark as no light), I noticed strange black spots that were darker than the app user interface wanted. The problem occurred on Twitter and Instagram loading screens, as well as on Spotify. It can only be observed with this particular gray color. Otherwise the stains will not be visible. I saw Sherlock on Netflix and The Office on Prime Videos. Not once have I noticed a problem watching videos in the dark. Therefore, black crush is not a big deal.
I used it with QHD + resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. It is a beautiful screen. One of the best I've used so far. The colors are bright, lively and clearly visible under direct sunlight. However, the brightness doesn't get low enough for my taste. My daily driver is a OnePlus 7T, which gets a lot lower in terms of brightness. It helps in dark environments. Curved displays make your phone look good, but lose practicality. There is a slight color distortion along the curved edge of the display. Still, I had no problems with ghosting or palm rejection.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has Motion Graphics Smoothing to display features. Basically, the frame rate of a video is increased to 120 Hz in order to achieve a more even feeling. Although it may be good for sports, I couldn't notice it on YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon Prime, even though the "Motion Graphics Smoothing" pop-up was enabled. In addition, a "comfort tone" is switched in the display settings. It adjusts the color temperature of the display based on the ambient light around you. As with other OnePlus phones, there is also a reading mode that I can use to read in the Kindle app.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is operated by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with the X55 5G modem. Our model has 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 memory. It all adds up to one of the most fluid and responsive experiences on a smartphone. It delivers what you expect from a flagship. From everyday apps to games to streaming services, everything works perfectly. Storage management is also top notch.
At 5G, we were unable to test the X55 5G modem because there is currently no way to connect to a 5G network in India. For more information on 5G, see Jaime's video test of the device:
To check game performance, I played Asphalt 9, COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile on my OnePlus 8 Pro test device. The games run with the highest graphics settings without any problems. PUBG ran on HDR graphics and extreme frame rates. In addition, heating is minimal. The gaming experience was one of the best on an Android phone thanks to the hardware capabilities and 240 Hz sampling rate that makes everything appear fast. In addition, game mode notifications can be displayed. You can respond to this urgent text without exiting the game.
The speaker is another area where the high-end OnePlus phones usually work well, and the OnePlus 8 Pro is no exception. The smartphone has two stereo speakers, the earpiece of which is a secondary part-time speaker and the primary one is on the underside of the device. The audio separation is good and it can get loud enough for you to watch movies. Dolby Atmos is also at work there. In addition, the smartphone lacks a headphone jack, so you either have to use Type-C headphones or use wireless to listen individually.
The call quality is also good. The audience said I sound good and I could hear them clearly, so no problems here. When you get to the biometric security options, you get two of them. First, the Goodix fingerprint sensor is on the display. It is fast, reliable, accurate and safe. Second, you can unlock your phone with face unlock, which is less secure but faster than the first option. Interestingly, it also works with a face mask.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 4,510 mAh battery that supports wired and wireless 30 W quick charging. It easily offers a battery life of one day. My use case includes surfing the internet, lots of Twitter, WhatsApp video calls, Instagram and telegram, clicking on a few pictures and playing music in the shower (do you do that too? You should!). It gave me 6-7 hours of turn on time with QHD + resolution at 120 Hz refresh rate. You can extend the battery life by changing the resolution.
When charging, the OnePlus 8 Pro is charged from 0 to 90 percent within 70 minutes. I appreciated the wireless charger on my desk. Simply place it on the stand while you work and it will charge. It is a welcome addition to the smartphone. Thank you OnePlus However, since the OnePlus 3T, the company has stuck to 30W fast charging. I expected an upgrade in this department. There is also room for improvement in another key area – the loss of battery life overnight. The phone consumes 7-8% of the battery while I'm sleeping, even when WiFi and Bluetooth are turned off.
The smartphone can charge your accessories such as the smartwatch or the earphones separately. It supports wireless reverse charging, which is sometimes very useful.
Optics is a department in which OnePlus phones have had problems in the past. While the company has improved the cameras with its OnePlus 8 Pro, the phone still has problems in some scenarios. Let's start with the technical details. The phone has a quad rear view camera: a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor with a 1: 1.78 aperture and OIS + an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x hybrid zoom, a 1: 2.44 aperture and OIS + a 48-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view and an aperture of 1: 2.2 + a 5MP color filter lens. That's how they work.
The main camera records very good details in direct sunlight. The hue is also fairly neutral. The images are not oversaturated, the edges are well defined and there is no noticeable noise. The dynamic range is pretty good too. There are also many details in the darker areas. The videos also have a good dynamic range and focusing on the subject is easy.
As with other cameras, there are inconsistencies with the primary 48 megapixel camera. At times, the images are tinted slightly blue. You can see the left picture below and the blue.
The wide-angle camera is one of the best in its segment. You can also shoot with this lens at 48 MP, which is great. Mostly good details are captured, the dynamic range is great, but sometimes the tone of the scene changes. For comparison, you can see the images above, the left one being clicked on the primary camera and the right one being clicked on the ultra wide angle lens. The right one is warmer than the actual scene.
In addition, the camera automatically activates the super macro mode when you bring the camera close to the subject.
Again, the details are good, but I had a bad time concentrating on the topic. It could be due to my trembling hands. Overall, the camera is miles better than the 2 megapixel camera you get with the OnePlus 8.
There is an inconsistency in the portrait mode of the primary lens. Sometimes you get a very high-contrast picture when you tap the human subject, which shouldn't happen. Notice my left eye in the pictures above. Edge detection appears to be good, but the overall portrait shot could have been better.
Let's talk about photography in low light. The main sensor clicks on well-lit landscapes with good details. Nightscape helps to correct the exposure a little. It also creates slightly better textures. In particular, on the OnePlus 8 Pro you cannot automatically click on the actual photo in low light conditions.
Some AI algorithms brighten the images without changing to the night landscape. Although these pictures contain too much noise, they can be better than the night landscape with regard to the stability of the subject. However, to click on an image in low light without the AI playing around, you have to switch to manual mode.
In addition, it is difficult for the camera to focus on a flower in the dark. For example, take a look at the following pictures:
Overall, the setup of the rear view camera is not particularly impressive as you cannot rely on taking great pictures directly by clicking the shutter button . You have to make an effort, and sometimes these may not be enough. OnePlus needs to improve its color science and post-processing to keep up with the market's pixels and iPhones.
When switching to the front camera there is a 16MP Sony IMX471 shooter in the notch. Good details are captured in daylight, the colors are bright and the overall picture looks good.
The portraits have a decent border separation and a bokeh effect.
The front camera has major problems in poor lighting conditions. It smoothes the skin and lacks details. The overall pictures are below average for a flagship. The difference could also be seen in video calls. My OnePlus 7T's selfie shooter is better than that of the 8 Pro. We don't have a night camera mode for the front camera, but there is a screen flash that will help you take pictures in low light.
OxygenOS based on Android 10 is running on the OnePlus 8 Pro. OxygenOS is good, smooth, and fluid, but not flawless. I had two freezes on the phone where I had to restart my phone to use it again. Still, it's one of the best versions of Android. The skin is clean, minimalist, and consists of a few welcome improvements.
From changing color themes and icon packs to changing the shape of the icons in the pull-down notification panel – everything is there. These small adjustments add to the overall user experience and make it much more convenient for the user. There's also a work-life balance that allows you to prioritize selected notifications based on your location, time, or Wi-Fi network.
With two years of major Android updates and three years of security updates, OnePlus 8 Pro beats software competition in my opinion.
I rate the display, battery and performance over the cameras because you interact with these three every day. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a beautiful display (with a few little things), good battery life and smooth performance. If you don't give priority to the camera, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a bargain for $ 899 and rupees 55,000. Just do it. However, decent camera smartphones are currently available on the Indian market, including the Mi 10 and Vivo X50 Pro. If the camera is at the top of your priority list, look for options. Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a feature-rich, solid choice for the price.
|+ Beautiful display||– Inconsistent cameras|
|+ Outstanding workmanship and design||– Below-average selfie shooter|
|+ Good battery life|