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Opinion | Full OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro pricing and specifications confirm OnePlus' flagship ambitions

Will you care about the differences between the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in daily use? (Image source: OnePlus)
Will you care about the differences between the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in daily use? (Image source: OnePlus)
With OnePlus set to unveil the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on April 14, WinFuture has gone and confirmed pretty much every detail about both devices. While some decisions may leave you scratching your head, OnePlus' pricing structure alone should you tell you enough about the company's ambitions for 2020.

As OnePlus has alluded to previously, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will be expensive smartphones. Expensive by OnePlus standards, anyway. However, one could argue that it has been years since OnePlus released a truly "affordable" smartphone.

Pulling the band-aid off quickly, the OnePlus 8 series will start at €719 in Europe. Current exchange rates peg the entry-level OnePlus 8 at US$781. It would be misleading to suggest that OnePlus will price the OnePlus 8 at this level though, as that Euros figure includes sales taxes. Additionally, companies rarely set prices by current exchange rates.

The above figure comes from WinFuture, which has published a ton of information about the OnePlus 8 series today. Please keep in mind that WinFuture stresses that these prices may vary upwards by €10 or so. According to the website, €719 will get you 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage setting you back an additional €100.

Stepping up to the OnePlus 8 Pro is where things get really pricey, though. Starting at €919 for 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, the top tier model will cost you €1,009. We struggle to see how OnePlus will keep this model under US$1,000 as it said it would.

Nonetheless, it underlines OnePlus' ambitions to be considered as true flagship smartphone contenders. Oddly, the specifications for the OnePlus 8 series do not reflect these ambitions. 256 GB of storage is a strange one, for example, with many flagship OEMs having moved beyond that capacity years ago. Likewise, the decision to stick with the IMX586 will draw criticism, as may do the IMX689. The latter can also be found in the Oppo Find X2 series, for reference.

Undoubtedly, the OnePlus 8 series will be heralded as some of the best smartphones of 1H 2020 when they arrive on April 14. We would not be surprised to see more references to their pricing this time around though, especially if European prices reflect how OnePlus will position the series in the US.

OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro
Display 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED
Full HD+ (2,400 x 1,080)
90 Hz
20:9 aspect ratio
Gorilla Glass
Always-on-Display
In-screen fingerprint scanner
HDR10+
6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED
QHD+ (3,168 x 1,440)
120 Hz
19.8:9 aspect ratio
Gorilla Glass
Always-on-Display
In-screen fingerprint scanner
HDR10+
MEMC
1,300 nit peak brightness
RAM 8 GB or 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB or 12 GB LPDDR5
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 & X55 5G modem Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 & X55 5G modem
Storage 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.0 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.0
Rear-facing cameras 48 MP Sony IMX586, f/1.75 aperture, OIS/EIS
16 MP ultra-wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture, 116° FoV
2 MP macro, f/2.4 aperture, 1.75 um pixels
PDAF, Contrast Autofocus, Dual-LED flash
48 MP Sony IMX689, f/1.78 aperture, 1.12 um pixels, OIS/EIS
48 MP Sony IMX586, ultra-wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture, 120° FoV
8 MP telephoto, 3x optical hybrid-zoom, 30x digital zoom, OIS
5 MP colour filter, f/2.4 aperture
PDAF, Contrast Autofocus, Laser-AF, Dual LED flash
Video capabilities 4K UHD 30/60 FPS, 1080p 30/60 FPS, 720p 480 FPS Super Slo-Mo, 1080p 240 FPS Slo-Mo (main camera), FHD 1080p 30 FPS (Front); HDR, RAW, Cine-Mode, Nightscape, Super Micro, Pro-mode 4K UHD 30/60 FPS, 1080p 30/60 FPS, 720p 480 FPS Super Slo-Mo, 1080p 240 FPS Slo-Mo (main camera), FHD 1080p 30 FPS (Front); HDR, RAW, Cine-Mode, Nightscape, Super Micro, Pro-mode, Audio-Zoom, Colour filter camera
Audio Stereo speakers & Dolby Atmos Stereo speakers & Dolby Atmos
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, E-compass, Brightness sensor, proximity sensor, In-screen fingerprint scanner, gyroscope Accelerometer, Barometer, E-compass, Brightness sensor, proximity sensor, In-screen fingerprint scanner, gyroscope, laser sensor, flicker-detect sensor, front RGB-sensor
Battery & Charging 4,300 mAh
30 W Warp Charge 30T
4,510 mAh
30 W Warp Charge 30T
30 W Warp Charge 30 Wireless
3 W reverse wireless charging
IP rating N/A IP68
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
NFC
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
NFC
WiFi 6
Colours Onyx Black
Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow
Onyx Black
Glacial Green
Ultramarine Blue
Dimensions & weight 160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm
180 g
165 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm
199 g
Misc Dual-SIM, haptic vibration sensor, Android 10 (Oxygen OS) Dual-SIM, haptic vibration sensor, Android 10 (Oxygen OS)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04- 8 (Update: 2020-04-13)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.