No longer a flagship-killer: OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are now official, 8 Pro tops-out at US$999 with Snapdragon 865, 120 Hz display, 2x 48 MP cameras, and more
After many rounds of leaks and rumors, the OnePlus 8 series is finally here. OnePlus is equipping its flagship phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro, with everything it possibly can to steal limelight from the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 — even if it means offering IP68 dust and water resistance and wireless charging for the first time in its history.
Given the flurry of leaks we've seen over the past few months, the specs of the new OnePlus 8 devices aren't really surprising. Still, it helps to know that the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 120 Hz display that OnePlus has so passionately dwelt upon during the launch event. The OnePlus 8 Pro features a 6.78-inch 19.8:9 QHD+ Fluid Display with HDR10+ and MEMC support. OnePlus said that DisplayMate has measured the color accuracy of the 8 Pro's display as having a JNCD of 0.4. The Pro's display is rated for 1300 nits brightness with 4,096 individual brightness levels. The OnePlus 8, on the other hand, features a 6.55-inch 90 Hz 20:9 display with a 0.4 JNCD and support for HDR10+. Both the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro have been accorded the highest A+ rating by DisplayMate.
As was anticipated, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup comprised of a 48 MP primary shooter with a Sony IMX689 sensor and an f/1.78 aperture, a 48 MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree FoV, a 3x telephoto camera, and a dedicated color filter camera for applying artistic lighting and effects. Shaky videos are avoided thanks to a hybrid EIS-OIS feature. The OnePlus 8 makes do with a triple-camera setup comprised of a 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor with an f/1.75 aperture, a 16 MP ultra-wide angle lens with a 116-degree FoV, and a dedicated macro lens.
Both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G chipset and both devices offer the same 8/128 GB and 12/256 GB RAM and storage configurations. However, the OnePlus 8 Pro features LPDDR5 RAM instead of the LPDDR4x on the OnePlus 8.
Warp Charge 30T is available for both devices that promises 50% charge in 23 minutes. The 8 Pro additionally comes with Warp Charge 30 Wireless that can charge 50% of the battery wirelessly in 30 minutes and even reverse wireless charge other compatible devices. The Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger will set you back by US$69.95.
OnePlus said that improvements have been made to Oxygen OS to take full advantage of all that the new OnePlus 8 devices have to offer. The OS now comes with an improved Dark Mode 2.0 that is compatible with even more apps along with Dynamic Wallpapers that change color tones as per current outdoor temperatures.
Flagship features often demand flagship prices. While OnePlus phones have been traditionally known as flagship-killers, the company is not shying from charging the dough for the specs on offer. The OnePlus 8 will be available in Glacial Green and Interstellar Glow (only for the 12/256 GB variant) and will start from US$699 for the 8/128 GB variant and US$799 for the 12/256 GB variant.
Verizon subscribers will be able to get their hands on an exclusive 5G Ultra-Wide variant that will be available in a Polar Silver color.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will be available in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue color variants starting from US$899 for the 8/128 GB variant and maxing-out at US$999 for the 12/256 GB variant. Both phones will be available for purchase from April 21 in the Europe and the UK and April 29 in the US with pre-orders starting today.
Availability in India is expected later this summer on Amazon.in and OnePlus.in.
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