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OnePlus 8 Pro: Is the high price justified?

The OnePlus 8 Pro is not cheap, but it is good value for money. (Image source: OnePlus)
The OnePlus 8 Pro is not cheap, but it is good value for money. (Image source: OnePlus)
The OnePlus 8 Pro is scratching the US$1,000 mark, a far cry from OnePlus' origins. Undoubtedly, you get a high-quality smartphone for the money, but is OnePlus' latest smartphone still a bargain? Arguably not, but that does not preclude the OnePlus 8 Pro from being good value for money.

Generally, Android smartphones have crept in price over the last few years. Arguably, OnePlus has been one of the worse offenders in this regard. It has only been a few years since OnePlus launched its first smartphone for US$299, pitched to compete against considerably more expensive smartphones like the Galaxy S5. Now, a OnePlus 8 Pro will set you back US$899. Admittedly, a comparable configured Galaxy S20 Plus costs US$1,199.99.

The question is, of course, has OnePlus justified charging almost US$900 for its top-tier smartphone? Well, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120 Hz display and a well-calibrated one at that. Its 6.78-inch panel gets bright too, so bright that you should have no issues with using the OnePlus 8 Pro outdoors on a sunny day.

The OnePlus 8 Pro has a flexible camera system, too. With four lenses proves, the device can take decent photos in all scenarios, including in low-light. We would recommend switching to night mode if you want really good results at night, though. Additionally, the colour filter camera allows the OnePlus 8 Pro to produce nice effects like photo chrome mode.

The device also has a sturdy and stylish design, within which OnePlus has crammed components that deliver good battery life, location accuracy and performance. The inclusion of IP certification and wireless charging this year is a bonus, too.

In short, while the OnePlus 8 Pro is no longer the smartphone for those wanting flagship performance from a mid-range budget, it is a well-thought-out and executed smartphone. The device remains several hundred dollars cheaper than many of its peers too, including the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy S20 Plus or Galaxy S20 Ultra. You still have the option of saving yourself US$200 and settling on the OnePlus 8, instead.

Please see our OnePlus 8 Pro review for more details, photos and test results.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-04-25 (Update: 2020-04-26)