The OnePlus 8 Pro lastly will get IP-certified waterproofing and wi-fi charging, after the corporate stubbornly ignored these developments for years. It’s like a dream come true for OnePlus followers. Other element enhancements are a given, however by including these two options, we lastly get a OnePlus flagship smartphone, seemingly, freed from compromises.
It will get higher. Prices in India begin at Rs. 54,999, which is decrease than the worldwide pricing, and solely marginally increased than what the OnePlus 7T Pro value when it launched final October. Other than the Mi 10 (Review) from Xiaomi, the OnePlus 8 Pro does not have any main direct competitors. Samsung’s S20 collection continues to be priced quite a bit increased, there’s barely any chatter about Asus’s 2020 flagship but. If you do not depend older flagships which have dropped in worth, there is a fairly open taking part in area for OnePlus proper now.
So, is the OnePlus 8 Pro the very best cellphone available in the market at round Rs. 55,000, and do you have to pay the premium and purchase it over the OnePlus 8?
What’s new within the OnePlus 8 Pro?
In a nutshell? Quite a bit. The OnePlus 8 Pro is now IP68 rated for mud and water resistance, and there is quick wi-fi charging at as much as 30W. You additionally get new digicam sensors, a much bigger battery, a extra highly effective processor, and the next refresh price show. Compared to the OnePlus 7T Pro (Review), that is a fairly large improve proper there. We’ll get into extra element about every of those new options, however suffice it to say, the 8 Pro packs in a wholesome mixture of updates, which is one thing I actually like.
OnePlus 8 Pro Design: Keeping it easy
The OnePlus 8 Pro has an analogous design because the OnePlus Eight however with some delicate adjustments. Its show is definitely rounded on the edges, quite than simply having curved glass like on the 8. As a consequence, the show provides a extra immersive really feel, however this additionally means your fingers are nearly all the time touching some half the display screen everytime you maintain this cellphone.
Palm rejection works effectively, and I used to be ready to make use of the OnePlus 8 Pro even when the edges of my hand had been clearly in touch with the show. Trying to take pictures with one hand will get tough, although. I might inevitably find yourself touching an icon for an additional taking pictures mode or menu unintentionally. The bundled case is definitely of huge assist right here.
The Glacial Green color unit that I acquired seems to be lovely, and I really like the texture of the frosted glass again. It can get a little bit slippery, however a minimum of fingerprints aren’t an enormous downside. The OnePlus 8 Pro is lighter and slimmer than the 7T Pro, however the digicam bump is gigantic and makes holding this cellphone a little bit awkward. Once once more, the bundled case helps with this situation.
Similar to the OnePlus 8 (Review), the SIM tray, Type-C port, and speaker are positioned on the backside, whereas the amount and energy buttons sit on reverse sides of the metallic body.
Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro feels solidly constructed and really premium, and appears unbelievable on this color. It’s a little bit huge and heavy, however I did get used to the dimensions and heft after a number of days.
OnePlus 8 Pro Display: Big and easy
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a fairly large 6.78-inch QHD+ (1440×3168-pixel) AMOLED panel, with a claimed excessive color accuracy and HDR10+ help. New this yr is the 120Hz refresh price, which is bump up from final yr’s 90Hz. The OnePlus 8 Pro can run at 120Hz on the QHD+ decision, which is one thing you continue to cannot do on Samsung’s S20 collection. Of course, utilizing the cellphone with that combo will put extra pressure on the battery, however as I seen, it wasn’t an enormous downside. More on that later.
Out of the field, the display screen is ready to 120Hz and full-HD+ decision, so you may need to manually enhance it to QHD+. Content seems to be good even on the decrease decision however I personally most well-liked native QHD+ for the added sharpness.
Another function unique to the 8 Pro is Motion Graphics Smoothing. When enabled, it bumps up the framerate of any video for a smoother, cleaning soap opera-like really feel when viewing it in fullscreen. It’s suitable with most video gamers and streaming apps. It works effectively, however at instances it may trigger some components of a scene with quick movement to flicker or clip. The ‘Comfort tone’ toggle within the show settings can also be new, and behaves just like Apple’s True Tone. It adjusts the show’s color temperature based mostly on the ambient gentle round you.
The show is vibrant, vibrant, and vibrant. I did not actually discover any ‘black crush’ situation both, which others have reportedly confronted. Like the OnePlus 8, the 8 Pro additionally has a cutout within the higher left nook for the selfie digicam. I did not discover it to be intrusive, and most apps have a tendency to dam out the realm when utilized in panorama mode.
The 8 Pro’s in-display fingerprint sensor works very effectively, with none fuss. You may also use face recognition, which I discovered to be equally fast.
I’m usually not an enormous fan of pre-applied display screen protectors on smartphones, and the one on the 8 Pro is particularly annoying. Due to the pronounced curves of the show, the display screen protector all the time will get in the way in which when performing a side-swipe gesture.
OnePlus 8 Pro Software: Lean, but practical
At the time of this evaluation, the OnePlus 8 Pro was working OxygenOS 10.5.10. This was after it acquired two updates within the week we spent testing it. Some customers complained that an earlier update had downgraded Google’s Widevine DRM to L3, which restricted video streaming to sub-HD resolutions. However, this appears to have been fastened with the firmware we had.
The software program expertise is similar to that of the OnPlus 8, excluding controls for some additions akin to reverse wi-fi charging and video playback enhancement. The interface feels snappy, and OxygenOS generally runs very effectively.
OnePlus 8 Pro Performance: Top-notch
The OnePlus 8 Pro is bigger and heavier than the OnePlus 8, and isn’t probably the most comfy cellphone to make use of one-handed. However, I’ve completely loved utilizing it. The construct high quality and show greater than make up for its bulk. The very first thing I needed to check out was that IP68 score, and whereas I did not go too loopy, it simply survived splashes and being dunked in water a number of instances.
With that out of the way in which, app and gaming efficiency was fairly stable too. I examined the bottom mannequin, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 54,999. There’s a second variant, which has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage that retails for Rs. 59,999. One key distinction in comparison with the OnePlus Eight is that the 8 Pro makes use of LPDDR5 RAM, which is meant to be sooner and extra energy environment friendly in comparison with LPDDR4X RAM.
Benchmark numbers had been just like what I received from the OnePlus 8, since each function the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. AnTuTu returned 5,71,936 factors, whereas GFXbench’s Car Chase graphics take a look at returned a stable 45fps. The 8 Pro received a little bit scorching whereas working exams however that is common.
Games additionally ran simply high quality, it doesn’t matter what I threw at this cellphone. Real Racing Three appeared nice on the 8 Pro’s show. Games with vibrant graphics, akin to Hungry Dragon and Hawk, appeared particularly good. Some titles akin to Fortnite can make the most of the upper refresh price show and run at the next framerate.
The stereo audio system sound nice, identical to on the OnePlus 8. They’re loud and balanced, and the Dolby Atmos setting helps enhance high quality and spatial separation. HDR content material seems to be superb too, and most streaming apps akin to Netflix had no downside taking part in HDR content material on the 8 Pro.
OnePlus 8 Pro Cameras: Nailing the fundamentals
The OnePlus Eight will get 4 rear cameras, in comparison with the three on the OnePlus Eight and the 7T Pro, however the fourth digicam is a quite uncommon one. OnePlus calls it a ‘Color Filter’ digicam, and it has a 5-megapixel sensor with a particular filter over the lens. Images captured with this digicam are said to have a “surreal” look, like while you invert colors of a picture in Photoshop.
While this appeared quirky on the time of this cellphone’s launch, to not point out a bit gimmicky, OnePlus confronted plenty of privateness backlash when customers realised that they may use it to ‘see’ by means of skinny supplies akin to some plastics and forms of clothes. Due to this, OnePlus has disabled this digicam within the newest firmware update. The firm has mentioned that it’s going to repair this and re-enable this digicam quickly with a future update.
Moving on, the first digicam will get an enormous improve. It’s a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor, with a a lot bigger native pixel dimension of 1.12 micrometres, in comparison with sensor used for the 7T Pro. It helps optical stabilisation, and has an aperture of f/1.78. It captures 12-megapixel oversampled pictures by default.
The telephoto digicam has an 8-megapixel decision, with optical stabilisation. Finally, the wide-angle digicam will get an enormous improve too, and now makes use of a 48-megapixel sensor with autofocus, which provides it the power to shoot excessive close-ups. For selfies, you get the identical Sony IMX471 16-megapixel sensor as on the 7T Pro, however with a narrower f/2.45 aperture.
The OnePlus 8 Pro helps 3x hybrid zoom and as much as 30x digital zoom. The true optical zoom stage between the primary and telephoto sensors appears to be a lot decrease, round 0.36x going by the distinction in focal lengths. The 8 Pro makes use of the primary digicam until the two.9x zoom stage, after which it switches to the telephoto digicam all the way in which to 30x. Like the 7T Pro, the 8 Pro’s autofocus (AF) system makes use of a mixture of PDAF, distinction AF, and laser AF.
There’s an HDR mode for video too, which captures wider dynamic vary. OnePlus has skipped 8K recording altogether with this collection however that is a function which may very well be added with an update afterward. Another function that is nonetheless sorely lacking is 4K video recording for the selfie digicam, which continues to be caught at 1080p.
When taking pictures below good gentle, the primary digicam captures superb particulars with a impartial color tone. The edges of objects are effectively outlined, textures look pure, and there isn’t any noticeable noise even on the sides of the body. Dynamic vary can also be significantly good, with plenty of seen element within the shadows and highlights. Photos taken with the wide-angle digicam look good too, and just like the OnePlus 8, colors are effectively balanced and in step with what the primary sensor captures. Wide-angle photographs are additionally saved as 12-megapixel pictures, though you possibly can shoot on the full 48-megapixel decision if you would like.
The OnePlus 8 Pro robotically switches to the wide-angle digicam and allows ‘Super macro’ mode while you carry the cellphone shut sufficient to a topic. This could be very useful and it saves you the difficulty of doing this manually. Macro photographs look superb and are miles higher than what you possibly can seize with the devoted 2-megapixel macro digicam on the OnePlus 8.
Next, we put the 8 Pro’s hybrid zoom to the take a look at. Naturally, we needed to examine it with top-of-the-line zoom digicam telephones round — the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review). At 3x zoom, the 8 Pro and the Galaxy S20+ are fairly evenly matched. The Samsung has barely higher publicity general and is much less aggressive with sharpening, however the OnePlus 8 Pro is not far behind. 10x zoom is normally the candy spot for the Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy 8 Pro manages to match Samsung in texture high quality and hues. The solely distinction between the 2 photographs is that the Galaxy S20+ lifts the shadows, giving objects extra depth. Other than that, the 2 are very related.
Finally, at 30x zoom, the Galaxy S20+ does a greater job of cleansing up noise, however at the price of element. The 8 Pro then again truly manages barely higher element, however the tradeoff is slight grain within the picture. Overall, I’m fairly impressed with the OnePlus 8 Pro’s zoom capabilities and likewise fairly shocked that OnePlus is not making a much bigger deal about this.
In low gentle, the primary sensor captures well-lit panorama photographs, with good particulars. Nightscape helps repair the publicity a bit and likewise produces barely higher textures. The wide-angle digicam suffers probably the most in low gentle however Nightscape will help salvage photographs. The 8 Pro does not change to the telephoto digicam in very dim lighting, and easily makes use of digital zoom with the primary sensor.
The selfie digicam is probably the weakest of the lot. It handles HDR effectively and captures respectable pores and skin tones, however pores and skin textures look closely processed even below good lighting. Indoors, with good synthetic lighting, we managed to get respectable outcomes. In very low gentle although, pores and skin textures appeared smooth and particulars weren’t nice. The display screen flash is sort of efficient for publicity, though it does not assist enhance particulars or textures.
The OnePlus 8 Pro can shoot video at as much as 4K 60fps in common 16:9 and a 21:9 facet ratio that OnePlus calls 4K CINE. I do not assume the shortage of 8K recording goes to place many individuals off, though it will have been a pleasant function to flaunt. There’s a brand new HDR mode that captures a a lot wider dynamic vary, permitting you to shoot objects straight towards any gentle supply and nonetheless get well-exposed video. This solely works at 1080p 30fps or 4K 30fps, and you may’t change between sensors when utilizing it. However, the outcomes are fairly spectacular.
In commonplace video mode, picture high quality is excellent, publicity is dealt with effectively, and photographs is stabilised. Here, you possibly can change between the primary, wide-angle, and telephoto cameras whereas recording at as much as 4K 60fps, which is one thing not many flagships provide.
Other taking pictures modes embody panorama, sluggish movement, timelapse, portrait, and professional. The OnePlus 8 Pro does not have many frills within the digicam app like some rivals, but it surely does nail the fundamentals. Having mentioned that, I might have appreciated to see a professional mode for video with handbook controls for publicity, focus peaking, and so on. Tracking autofocus would even have been very helpful.
OnePlus 8 Pro Battery: Solid as all the time
I used to be anticipating OnePlus to ship the next Wattage charger with the Pro mannequin, however just like the 8, this one helps the proprietary Warp Charge 30T commonplace. The 8 Pro has a barely larger 4,510mAh battery capability, which could be charged to 100 p.c in below an hour.
The huge addition is in fact wi-fi charging, which we have seen for the primary time on any OnePlus smartphone. For quick wi-fi charging, you may want the particular Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger, which prices Rs. 3,990. Unfortunately, OnePlus did not ship it to us together with the cellphone, in order that’s one thing I could not take a look at. The 8 Pro does work with any Qi wi-fi charger although, so it isn’t an enormous downside. Reverse wi-fi charging works effectively too. Simply flip it on and place any suitable system on the cellphone’s again to start charging it.
In normal, I discovered battery life to be glorious. The OnePlus 8 Pro simply lasted a day and half with typical utilization, with the show decision and refresh price at their highest respective settings. Our HD video loop take a look at additionally ran for round 22 hours, which is excellent. I did not actually really feel the necessity to drop the decision or refresh price, as even with gaming and heavy digicam use, I nonetheless managed to wrap up a full day on one cost.
Verdict: Should you purchase the OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus has had a great streak over time, however few of its telephones have felt as full because the OnePlus 8 Pro. We are actually coping with a correct flagship smartphone, the type that may go toe-to-toe with the very best on the market. Compared to the OnePus 8 (Review), the 8 Pro provides sufficient new options to distinguish itself, and that helps justify its worth. I might say, when you’ve got the funds, skip the Eight and go for the 8 Pro.
Cameras have all the time been a hot-button topic for OnePlus gadgets, and this time, it is no totally different. I’m curious to see how the corporate will redeem this coloration filter digicam, however aside from that, I’ve no complaints with the rear sensors. However, I do assume it is excessive time we received a greater selfie digicam within the Pro fashions.
At a beginning worth of Rs. 54,999, the OnePlus 8 Pro is much more reasonably priced than the Samsung Galaxy S20 collection, which begins above Rs. 70,000, and the iPhone 11 Pro which nonetheless prices above Rs. 1 lakh. Even although the costs of OnePlus telephones have elevated over time, it is nonetheless producing ‘flagship killers’ within the grand scheme of issues.
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