OnePlus has finally promoted itself to the big league with the launch of its latest 8 Pro smartphone, and it was about time! Rather than launching another flagship-killer with a price-tag that considerably undercuts the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro at the expense of some features, OnePlus has come up with a no-compromise device to go head-to-head for a spec battle with its competition. The new OnePlus 8 Pro is the most powerful, feature-rich smartphone by the Chinese brand with top-of-the-line hardware and components. However, this also means the latest offering comes with a flagship price sticker; the OnePlus 8 Pro has been launched with a starting price of $899 (roughly Rs 69,000), making it the brand’s most expensive smartphone till date. But it is still a little more than a hundred dollars cheaper than the comparable Samsung Galaxy S20 handset while featuring a matching spec-sheet.
The new OnePlus 8 Pro comes with 4 major updates over its predecessor, the OnePlus 7T Pro. First of them is the display, OnePlus has equipped the 8 Pro with a 6.78-inch QHD+ (1440 x 3168 pixels) Fluid AMOLED display which has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. And what’s really impressive is that the 120Hz refresh rate can be paired with the display’s full resolution of 1440 x 3168 pixels, unlike Samsung which limits its high refresh rate set to a lower resolution. The second highlight of the device is its IP68 rated dust and water protection. While it’s a known fact that the company’s smartphones have always had dust and water protection, but till now it was unwilling to spend money to get its devices IP rating. But OnePlus is making no compromises with the 8 Pro.
The biggest gripe with OnePlus smartphones has been their sub-par camera performance when compared to other flagship devices. The company has equipped the 8 Pro a quad-camera setup that gets hardware and software to battle it out with the heavyweights. The usual three-lens array of wide, telephoto, and ultrawide is accompanied with a gimmicky “Color Filter” camera; however, the ones that matter are up there with the best in the business. The primary camera has a new 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor paired with an f/1.78 lens that has optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS) support. It is accompanied with an ultrawide camera that uses the same sensor as last year’s 7T, which should produce better results than its competitors. OnePlus 8 Pro offers 3x hybrid support and 4K video recording at 30/ 60fps.
The final major update found on the new 8 Pro is its wireless charging capability. OnePlus patrons have long demanded the feature and the Chinese brand has finally obliged. However, OnePlus has gone one step ahead to equip the 8 Pro with wireless charging that can hit 30 watts, which can charge 50 percent of the battery in half an hour. In comparison, Samsung tops out at 15 watts while iPhone 11 Pro maxes out at 7.5 watts. But an additional OnePlus’ proprietary wireless charge worth $69.95 is needed for 30watt wireless charging. Rest of the features include Snapdragon 865 processor, support for 5G, Wi-Fi 6, 8 or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, in-display optical fingerprint sensor, Gorilla Glass, and dual-SIM slots. OnePlus is yet to announce its India pricing and availability details, which are likely to be announced next month.