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OnePlus 8: Does anyone even still need the Pro version?

Almost as good as the 8 Pro: The OnePlus 8
Almost as good as the 8 Pro: The OnePlus 8
In our review, the OnePlus 8 has turned out to be a complete success, since it not only offers good hardware for a fair price, but also comes with 5G compatibility. With many features of the OnePlus 8 Pro also being included, the OnePlus 8 may seem like a better choice than the OnePlus 8 Pro to many prospective buyers, since the price difference is quite substantial.

It does not take long to list the similarities of the two OnePlus flagships. Both smartphones use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and the integrated Adreno 650 graphics unit. Additionally, there is 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The 8 GB RAM/128 GB internal storage versions of both the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro can be purchased for around $100 less.

Although there is no microSD card reader on either one of the smartphones, there is at least a dual SIM slot. It accepts either two LTE cards or one LTE and a 5G SIM. Dual 5G is not supported. The mechanical mute button with three steps that allows users to switch between mute, vibration and ringtone mode is a very handy feature and available on both models.

A Matter of Personal Preference

With a 6.78-inch display, the OnePlus 8 Pro is physically larger than the 6.55-inch OnePlus 8. However, there is more space within the bigger case of the Pro model for a battery capacity of 4510 mAh compared to the OnePlus 8's 4300 mAh. Oddly, the OnePlus 8 lasts two hours longer in our Wi-Fi test, part of which can likely be attributed to the smaller display.

Even though both smartphones are equipped with a 48-MP main camera, there are several smaller differences. On the one hand, the main sensor of the OnePlus 8 has a slightly smaller aperture (f/1.75 vs. f/1.78) and the resolution of the wide-angle optics is significantly lower than the resolution of the 48-MP ultra-wide-angle optics of the OnePlus 8 Pro. On the other hand, the latter also comes with telephoto and color filter optics, whereas the OnePlus 8 is equipped with a macro lens instead. The front cameras of the two smartphones are identical.

Since both phones offer a fantastic camera quality, the premium for the OnePlus 8 Pro is only worth it for users who value the larger display or those who are able to take advantage of additional features such as the color filter optics. Furthermore, the 90-Hz display contrasts the 120-Hz screen of the 8 Pro, although it is up to the user to decide to which degree an even smoother image is noticeable during daily use. Since the differences in terms of the camera quality are minor and the system performance of the OnePlus 8 is identical, prospective buyers can get a big discount on the price in exchange for very small compromises.


Find out more in our Notebookcheck review of the OnePlus 8

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Mike Wobker, 2020-06-22 (Update: 2020-06-19)