Opinion | Full OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro pricing and specifications confirm OnePlus' flagship ambitions
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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 AMOLEDFull HD+ (2,400 x 1,080)90 Hz20:9 aspect ratioGorilla GlassAlways-on-DisplayIn-screen fingerprint scannerHDR10+||6.78-inch Fluid AMOLEDQHD+ (3,168 x 1,440)120 Hz19.8:9 aspect ratioGorilla GlassAlways-on-DisplayIn-screen fingerprint scannerHDR10+MEMC1,300 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/EIS16 MP ultra-wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture, 116° FoV2 MP macro, f/2.4 aperture, 1.75 um pixelsPDAF, Contrast Autofocus, Dual-LED flash||48 MP Sony IMX689, f/1.78 aperture, 1.12 um pixels, OIS/EIS48 MP Sony IMX586, ultra-wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture, 120° FoV8 MP telephoto, 3x optical hybrid-zoom, 30x digital zoom, OIS5 MP colour filter, f/2.4 aperturePDAF, 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 mAh30 W Warp Charge 30T||4,510 mAh30 W Warp Charge 30T30 W Warp Charge 30 Wireless3 W reverse wireless charging|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.1USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1)NFCWiFi 6||Bluetooth 5.1USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1)NFCWiFi 6|
|Colours||Onyx BlackGlacial Green, Interstellar Glow||Onyx BlackGlacial GreenUltramarine Blue|
|Dimensions & weight||160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm180 g||165 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm199 g|
|Misc||Dual-SIM, haptic vibration sensor, Android 10 (Oxygen OS)||Dual-SIM, haptic vibration sensor, Android 10 (Oxygen OS)|