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OnePlus 8 in Review: Great smartphone even in the non-pro version

Plus 5G. With the OnePlus 8, another good, affordable 5G smartphone has entered the market. While the coverage is still fairly limited, there are many good reasons for purchasing this smartphone. In our review, we will go into what those reasons are.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Marius S.),
OnePlus 8

Our review of the OnePlus 8 Pro has given us the impression that the manufacturer has evolved. However, the price of its flagship has also increased and is now nearing the $1000 mark. The technology within the OnePlus 8 is similar, while the price of $800 for the top configuration is slightly cheaper. Since the SoC and the memory configuration are identical, prospective buyers may prefer the non-Pro version for its superior price-performance ratio.

In our review, we will compare the OnePlus 8 with the competitors listed below. Additional smartphones from our database can also be added to the comparison beneath every section.

OnePlus 8 (8 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 8 x 2.4 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
Display
6.55 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 402 PPI, capacitive, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 232 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: USB Type-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, GSM 2G (850/900/1800/1900), WCDMA/CDMA 3G (B1/B2/B4/B5/B8/B9/B19/BC0), LTE FDD/TDD 4G: (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B13/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28/B32/B66/B34/B38/B39/B40/B41/B42/B46), 5G (n1/n3/n7/n28/n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 160.2 x 72.9 ( = 0.31 x 6.31 x 2.87 in)
Battery
4300 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix 48MP (f/1.75, 25mm, 1/2.0", 0.8µm) + 16MP (ultra wide, f/2.2, 13mm) + 2MP (macro, f/2.4)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.0, 1/3", 1.0µm
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker + earpiece, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, SIM needle, silicone case, Oxygen OS 10.5.6IN21BA, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value (head): 0,86 W/kg, SAR value (body): 1.27 W/kg, fanless
Weight
180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 140 g ( = 4.94 oz / 0.31 pounds)
Price
800 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Competing Devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
06/2020
OnePlus 8
SD 865, Adreno 650
180 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.55"2400x1080
87 %
04/2020
Huawei P40
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
175 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.10"2340x1080
88 %
03/2020
Samsung Galaxy S20
Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11
163 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.20"3200x1440
88 %
05/2020
Xiaomi Mi 10
SD 865, Adreno 650
208 g128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.67"2340x1080
86 %
04/2020
Google Pixel 4 XL
SD 855, Adreno 640
193 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.30"3040x1440

Case - OnePlus 8 without IP Certification

The OnePlus 8 comes with an extremely high-quality case with a metal frame and, in the case of our "glacial green" test device, with a matte back. The other options are "interstellar glow" and "onyx black", the latter of which has a shiny back.

The front is defined by the waterfall display with rounded-off edges, which consists of Corning Gorilla Glass to protect it from breaking. Unlike the OnePlus 8 Pro, the OnePlus 8 does not have an IP certification. Despite its display size of 6.5 inches diagonally, the OnePlus 8 is fairly compact. At 180 g, it is also slightly lighter than other devices with similar sizes such as the smaller Google Pixel 4 XL.

OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8

Size Comparison

162.6 mm / 6.4 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8.96 mm / 0.3528 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs160.4 mm / 6.31 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 193 g0.4255 lbs160.2 mm / 6.31 inch 72.9 mm / 2.87 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs151.7 mm / 5.97 inch 69.1 mm / 2.72 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 163 g0.3594 lbs148.9 mm / 5.86 inch 71.1 mm / 2.8 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs

Features - OnePlus 8 without microSD Card Reader

Our OnePlus 8 test model uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with an Adreno 650 graphics unit, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage. A variant with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage can be purchased for about $100 less. Since the manufacturer has decided against integrating a microSD card slot, users with higher storage requirements would be wise to strongly consider the 256-GB version. Both models support two nano SIM cards with VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling.

A USB Type-C port with support for USB 3.1 Gen. 1 is available for wired data transfers. Additionally, Camera2 API level 3 and DRM Widevine L1 are on board. However, the manufacturer has decided against a notification LED and instead there is a mechanical mute button. The latter allows for switching between ringtone, mute and vibration mode.

Bottom: speaker, USB Type-C, microphone, dual SIM slot
Bottom: speaker, USB Type-C, microphone, dual SIM slot
Left: volume rocker
Left: volume rocker
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Right: mute button, power button
Right: mute button, power button

Software - OxygenOS by OnePlus

Oxygen OS version 10.5.6, which is based on Android 10 and includes security patches from April 1, 2020, runs on the OnePlus 8. The Android system is very similar to stock Android and there are only a few additional apps from the manufacturer preinstalled. This includes the OnePlus community app for example, which can be used to directly communicate with other OnePlus users as well as to view announcements from the manufacturer.

The slightly reorganized settings menu is easy to navigate, since it is very neatly arranged. It is worth it to adjust the battery optimization settings for frequently used applications. While the system behavior is not particularly aggressive against background apps, the system kills apps that it deems inactive after two to three hours.

Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8
Software OnePlus 8

Communication and GPS - Fast WLAN and 5G

The OnePlus 8 is able to connect to GSM, 3G and LTE cellular networks. The LTE module is compatible with cat. 18 downloads and cat. 13 uploads for transfer speeds of 1200 Mb/s and 150 Mb/s, respectively. Furthermore, the 5G support includes bands n1 and n78, which are currently being used to extend the 5G coverage in a few European countries.

As for short-range communications, users of the OnePlus 8 have access to NFC, Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6. In conjunction with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, our test device achieves good Wi-Fi transfer speeds. With an average of 894 Mb/s and 937 Mb/s for receiving and sending data, respectively, the 5G smartphone achieves above-average results in our comparison.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1368 (1104min - 1442max) MBit/s ∼100% +53%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
903 (881min - 916max) MBit/s ∼66% +1%
OnePlus 8
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
894 (864min - 925max) MBit/s ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
827 (791min - 846max) MBit/s ∼60% -7%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Adreno 640, SD 855, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
631 (579min - 653max) MBit/s ∼46% -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=623)
288 MBit/s ∼21% -68%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P40
Mali-G76 MP16, Kirin 990 5G, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
1296 (1095min - 1376max) MBit/s ∼100% +38%
OnePlus 8
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
937 (466min - 960max) MBit/s ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Mali-G77 MP11, Exynos 990, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
882 (847min - 902max) MBit/s ∼68% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
867 (440min - 907max) MBit/s ∼67% -7%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Adreno 640, SD 855, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
317 (159min - 363max) MBit/s ∼24% -66%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=623)
274 MBit/s ∼21% -71%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø893 (864-925)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø921 (466-960)
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors

We use the app GPS Test to determine the accuracy of the GPS module inside the OnePlus 8. GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou are available for an outdoor accuracy of within four meters. Indoors, the precision decreases to be within 12 meters.

On our bike ride, the OnePlus 8 achieves a similar accuracy as our reference device Garmin Edge 500. As a result, it is well suited to daily navigation tasks.

GNSS - OnePlus 8
GNSS - OnePlus 8
GNSS - OnePlus 8
GNSS - OnePlus 8
GNSS - OnePlus 8
GNSS - OnePlus 8
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500

Telephony and Call Quality - Clear Voices

The telephony app of the OnePlus 8 gives users direct access to the favorites and a dial pad. Additionally, the call history and contacts are available through two extra tabs. During our test call, the volume level of the smartphone is satisfactory and voices sound distinct. However, both the earpiece and the speakerphone suffer from a small amount of static. Both conversational partners can still be clearly understood and the microphone reliably filters out ambient noise.

Cameras - Good Pictures with Small Deficits in Low-light Situations

Front camera shot
Front camera shot

The OnePlus 8 is equipped with a triple-camera system that includes a 48-MP main sensor. The latter captures pictures with an f/1.75 aperture, 25 mm focal length and a pixel width of 0.8 µm. Additionally, there is a 16-MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a focal length of 13 mm for ultra-wide-angle shots as well as a 2-MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture for depth information. The front camera has a resolution of 16 MP and is very well suited to taking portrait shots. Here, fine details are clearly defined and the color balance is good as well. Furthermore, details still remain visible at higher zoom levels. Meanwhile, users can only select a beauty mode with three steps and various color filters in the settings menu of the camera app to influence the resulting picture.

Similarly, the main camera of the OnePlus 8 captures great pictures under good lighting conditions. Different aspects of the image are distinct from one another and the level of detail is excellent. Here, the color balance looks very convincing and a slight grain effect can only be observed when using the bokeh effect at higher zoom levels. In pictures captured by the ultra-wide-angle lens, object outlines are not quite as precise. However, details are still easily discernible. At 5x zoom, the object in focus is still accurately reproduced overall, although even lower zoom levels already introduce slight sharpness issues and a noticeably lower resolution. This causes details to get lost and colors also look paler than in non-enhanced pictures. Under poor lighting conditions, the picture of our test object, which was taken by the main optics, is just barely recognizable. There are black areas near the corners and colors appear to be significantly darker than they should. The low-light picture was captured without night mode, which can significantly enhance the image quality. Aside from the usual color filter options, users can also influence the result via a pro mode. Here, the ISO, color balance, shutter speed, focal length and exposure values can be manually set.

The video quality of the OnePlus 8 is similar to the quality of our test images. During the recordings, an excellent image stabilizer compensates for camera shake and there is a time-lapse mode and a slow-motion mode available. The slow-motion mode supports up to 1080p at 240 FPS or 720p at 480 FPS. The main camera offers the following modes:

  • 1080p, 30 FPS, and 60 FPS
  • 4K, 30 FPS, and 60 FPS
  • 4K, 21:9, 30 FPS, and 60 FPS

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Under controlled lighting conditions, the ColorChecker passport shows that the camera of the OnePlus 8 heavily overexposes colors in some cases. While they are underexposed at an ambient brightness of 1 lux, they at least remain visible for the most part. The same holds true for the test chart, and although it is also underexposed, only the corners appear black. After readjusting the lighting to its original state, details and structures on the test chart become easy to recognize and colors look well saturated. Only colors in the bottom left exhibit a tiny amount of paleness.

ColorChecker
20.4 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
20.8 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
24.6 ∆E
10 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
22.6 ∆E
26.3 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
25.3 ∆E
20.5 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker OnePlus 8: 21.53 ∆E min: 9.96 - max: 27.68 ∆E
ColorChecker
20 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
21.5 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
ColorChecker OnePlus 8: 9.14 ∆E min: 3.41 - max: 21.51 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - OnePlus 8 Comes with a Case Included

The package of the OnePlus 8 includes a USB charger with a matching USB Type-C cable, a SIM tool, a silicone case and a few branded stickers. Optional accessories such as various cases, car accessories, headsets, sleeves, and more are available from the manufacturer's online shop.

OnePlus offers its customers a 24-month warranty period.

OnePlus 8 - Scope of delivery
OnePlus 8 - Scope of delivery

Input Devices & Handling - Very Smooth Touchscreen

OnePlus has opted to use Google's GBoard as the virtual input method. It offers numerous customization options and allows users to comfortably type longer text passages. The touchscreen responds very well and drag-and-drop operations are easy to perform thanks to the smooth surface of the display. Inputs are confirmed by a slight vibration and, depending on the settings, a subtle sound. Similarly, the gyroscope responds reliably to movements and quickly readjusts the screen contents after changing the orientation of the phone.

In addition to PIN and pattern unlock, the in-screen fingerprint sensor and facial recognition are also available for unlocking the smartphone. During daily use, the sensor within the display recognizes stored prints reliably and two attempts were rarely necessary. Meanwhile, facial recognition has turned out to be a very reliable way to unlock the smartphone, provided the display is active. Depending on the settings, it may thus be necessary to press the power button before facial recognition becomes available. 

OnePlus 8 - Virtual keyboard
OnePlus 8 - Virtual keyboard

Display - Smartphone with 90 Hz and PWM

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
DC dimming
DC dimming

The screen of the OnePlus 8 consists of a 6.55-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2400x1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. We observed a very good average brightness of 783 cd/m². In the APL50 test, our test device temporarily achieves an even greater result of 939 cd/m². However, the smartphone quickly decreases its brightness as soon as the display becomes too warm, reducing the maximum brightness to only 490 cd/m² in some cases. When the ambient light sensor is disabled, the brightness can be manually set to up to 437 cd/m².

As per usual, the OLED display of the OnePlus uses PWM flickering to control its brightness. With a frequency of between 342.5 Hz and 373.1 Hz, the values are slightly increased when using the 90-Hz mode. At a refresh rate of 60 Hz, the PWM frequency drops to the very common 240-Hz range. That being said, these values are still relatively low and users with sensitive eyes may experience issues after viewing the display of the OnePlus 8 for prolonged periods of time.

The so-called "OnePlus laboratory" allows users to enable DC dimming. According to the manufacturer, this may lead to decreased color accuracy.

779
cd/m²
788
cd/m²
798
cd/m²
767
cd/m²
778
cd/m²
799
cd/m²
763
cd/m²
775
cd/m²
797
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 799 cd/m² Average: 782.7 cd/m² Minimum: 3.51 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 778 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.9 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
97.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
OnePlus 8
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Huawei P40
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.10
Samsung Galaxy S20
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.20
Xiaomi Mi 10
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.67
Google Pixel 4 XL
P-OLED, 3040x1440, 6.30
Screen
-75%
-55%
-4%
-112%
Brightness middle
778
583
-25%
745
-4%
786
1%
557
-28%
Brightness
783
593
-24%
740
-5%
791
1%
555
-29%
Brightness Distribution
95
94
-1%
97
2%
96
1%
95
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
0.9
3.03
-237%
2.67
-197%
1.1
-22%
3.9
-333%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
2.2
5.33
-142%
4.52
-105%
2.2
-0%
6.1
-177%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.7
2
-18%
2
-18%
1.8
-6%
3.5
-106%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.301 96%
2.092 105%
2.26 97%
2.18 101%
CCT
6481 100%
6621 98%
6240 104%
6315 103%
6127 106%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 373.1 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 373.1 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 373.1 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9653 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

A contrast ratio that exceeds the measurable range and a black value of 0 cd/m² are expected results for OLED screens. As a result, colors are very distinct from one another and black tones appear dark and powerful. The settings menu of the OnePlus 8 allows users to switch between the preset color modes "vivid" and "natural", or alternatively users can individually adjust the display via a color temperature slider and the color space options P3 and sRGB.

Colors appear very well saturated when using the "vivid" mode with the P3 color space and the blue portion is then slightly increased. By contrast, using the "natural" mode and the sRGB color space produces a significantly warmer image with more balanced colors.

CalMAN - color accuracy (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - color accuracy (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - color accuracy (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color accuracy (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - color space (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - color space (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - grayscale (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - grayscale (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - grayscale (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - grayscale (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation sweeps (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - saturation sweeps (vivid, P3)
CalMAN - saturation sweeps (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation sweeps (natural, sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.6 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Outdoors, the contents of the OnePlus 8's screen remain discernible even in fairly bright sunlight. However, heavy glare and reflections can become an issue depending on the viewing angle, which disrupts the readability of the display.

OnePlus 8 outdoors
OnePlus 8 outdoors
OnePlus 8 outdoors
OnePlus 8 outdoors

The OLED panel of the OnePlus 8 offers relatively good viewing angles. Due to the underlying technology, viewing the display from a very steep angle introduces a slight but noticeable green tint.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Smooth System Performance

The OnePlus 8 integrates the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 12 GB of RAM for smooth system performance. The SoC is based on one of the latest smartphone processors and offers sufficient performance reserves to smoothly run even demanding applications. The processor is complemented by the Qualcomm Adreno 650 graphics unit and 256 of UFS 3.0 storage.

The benchmark results of the Android smartphone match our expectations both in the graphics- and the system-intensive tests. As a result, it also pulls ahead of many competitors in our comparison. In most cases, it competes against the Huawei P40 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 for one of the top three spots. During daily use, the OnePlus 8 is a very quick and responsive smartphone that is able to smoothly launch applications. There are no hiccups when navigating the system and its menus, either.

All of the above tests were performed with the 90-Hz mode enabled.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
Vulkan Score 5.1 (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
2663 Points ∼73%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
2693 Points ∼73% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3670 Points ∼100% +38%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
2549 Points ∼69% -4%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2411 Points ∼66% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2487 - 3259, n=9)
2713 Points ∼74% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 4043, n=67)
1648 Points ∼45% -38%
OpenCL Score 5.1 (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3001 Points ∼83%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3606 Points ∼100% +20%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
2829 Points ∼78% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2829 - 3080, n=9)
2972 Points ∼82% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (272 - 4739, n=62)
1778 Points ∼49% -41%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3427 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
2988 Points ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
2731 Points ∼80% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3309 Points ∼97% -3%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2164 Points ∼63% -37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2687 - 3449, n=19)
3262 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=151)
1959 Points ∼57% -43%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
919 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
755 Points ∼82% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
903 Points ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
910 Points ∼99% -1%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
552 Points ∼60% -40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (764 - 924, n=19)
902 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=151)
567 Points ∼62% -38%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10800 Points ∼96%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
8736 Points ∼78% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10431 Points ∼93% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10613 Points ∼94% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
10335 Points ∼92% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (9202 - 15299, n=20)
11252 Points ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=549)
6067 Points ∼54% -44%
Work performance score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13079 Points ∼89%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
11268 Points ∼77% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
14708 Points ∼100% +12%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11850 Points ∼81% -9%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
12760 Points ∼87% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10990 - 19989, n=19)
13591 Points ∼92% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=703)
6654 Points ∼45% -49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3763 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3684 Points ∼98% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3112 Points ∼83% -17%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3336 Points ∼89% -11%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3452 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1788 - 4061, n=17)
3560 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=203)
2656 Points ∼71% -29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8294 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6326 Points ∼76% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6315 Points ∼76% -24%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8175 Points ∼99% -1%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5685 Points ∼69% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7618 - 9104, n=17)
8246 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=203)
3067 Points ∼37% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6543 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5456 Points ∼83% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
5139 Points ∼79% -21%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6182 Points ∼94% -6%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4970 Points ∼76% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4604 - 6961, n=18)
6335 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=203)
2710 Points ∼41% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5401 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4924 Points ∼91% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4063 Points ∼75% -25%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5187 Points ∼96% -4%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5024 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5028 - 5780, n=18)
5384 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=558)
2276 Points ∼42% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9542 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6606 Points ∼69% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8106 Points ∼85% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9389 Points ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6950 Points ∼73% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8633 - 9567, n=18)
9386 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=558)
2271 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8153 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6140 Points ∼75% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6638 Points ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7957 Points ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6404 Points ∼79% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7517 - 8269, n=19)
8053 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=559)
2099 Points ∼26% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5406 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4998 Points ∼92% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3935 Points ∼73% -27%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3973 Points ∼73% -27%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4652 Points ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3956 - 5765, n=18)
5101 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=590)
2193 Points ∼41% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12873 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4293 Points ∼33% -67%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
11301 Points ∼88% -12%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12601 Points ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9995 Points ∼78% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11956 - 13044, n=18)
12718 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 22052, n=590)
3096 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9850 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4432 Points ∼45% -55%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
7981 Points ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8499 Points ∼86% -14%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7963 Points ∼81% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8499 - 10090, n=18)
9531 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=590)
2550 Points ∼26% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4879 Points ∼99%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4242 Points ∼86% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
3963 Points ∼80% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4813 Points ∼97% -1%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4612 Points ∼93% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4582 - 5209, n=18)
4951 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=638)
2149 Points ∼43% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8288 Points ∼99%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6244 Points ∼74% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8411 Points ∼100% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8371 Points ∼100% +1%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6163 Points ∼73% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (6511 - 9167, n=18)
8212 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=638)
1894 Points ∼23% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7174 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5651 Points ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6732 Points ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7190 Points ∼100% 0%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5734 Points ∼80% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5996 - 7653, n=19)
7156 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=639)
1795 Points ∼25% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
4819 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4279 Points ∼88% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4015 Points ∼83% -17%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4196 Points ∼87% -13%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4618 Points ∼95% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3965 - 5274, n=18)
4841 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5301, n=680)
2020 Points ∼42% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11540 Points ∼94%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3894 Points ∼32% -66%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
6388 Points ∼52% -45%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12234 Points ∼100% +6%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9141 Points ∼75% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10665 - 13305, n=18)
11773 Points ∼96% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=679)
2514 Points ∼21% -78%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8810 Points ∼99%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
3973 Points ∼45% -55%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
5646 Points ∼63% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8581 Points ∼96% -3%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7507 Points ∼84% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8215 - 9611, n=18)
8923 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=682)
2148 Points ∼24% -76%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
27026 Points ∼62%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
22857 Points ∼52% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
Points ∼0% -100%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
43773 Points ∼100% +62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (17817 - 58293, n=17)
33986 Points ∼78% +26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=824)
15851 Points ∼36% -41%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
144611 Points ∼99%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
66142 Points ∼45% -54%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
Points ∼0% -100%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
105430 Points ∼72% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (110875 - 154375, n=17)
145570 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 224130, n=822)
28668 Points ∼20% -80%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
72524 Points ∼88%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46552 Points ∼57% -36%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
Points ∼0% -100%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
80296 Points ∼98% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (56045 - 112989, n=17)
82107 Points ∼100% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=822)
21990 Points ∼27% -70%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
207 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
151 fps ∼73% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
199 fps ∼96% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
202 fps ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
136 fps ∼66% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (168 - 209, n=19)
203 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=822)
47.9 fps ∼23% -77%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼67%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼67% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼67% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
90 fps ∼100% +50%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼67% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (50 - 138, n=19)
76.1 fps ∼85% +27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 142, n=831)
32.2 fps ∼36% -46%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
125 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
100 fps ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
108 fps ∼86% -14%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
123 fps ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
82 fps ∼66% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (96 - 130, n=19)
122 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=727)
28.5 fps ∼23% -77%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼68%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46 fps ∼52% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
60 fps ∼68% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
88 fps ∼100% +47%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
46 fps ∼52% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (50 - 111, n=19)
72.2 fps ∼82% +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 117, n=735)
23.4 fps ∼27% -61%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
88 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
33 fps ∼38% -62%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
85 fps ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
86 fps ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
53 fps ∼60% -40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (67 - 90, n=20)
85 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=590)
22.8 fps ∼26% -74%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
60 fps ∼80%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
57 fps ∼76% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
59 fps ∼79% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
75 fps ∼100% +25%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
27 fps ∼36% -55%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (43 - 83, n=20)
60.5 fps ∼81% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=592)
20.3 fps ∼27% -66%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
31 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
27 fps ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
22 fps ∼71% -29%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
29 fps ∼94% -6%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
11 fps ∼35% -65%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (18 - 32, n=21)
27.5 fps ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=350)
11.7 fps ∼38% -62%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼69%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
29 fps ∼100% +45%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
20 fps ∼69% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼69% 0%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
12 fps ∼41% -40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (20 - 21, n=21)
20.1 fps ∼69% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=348)
8.25 fps ∼28% -59%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
48 fps ∼96%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
42 fps ∼84% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
50 fps ∼100% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
46 fps ∼92% -4%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
17 fps ∼34% -65%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (28 - 53, n=21)
42.9 fps ∼86% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=354)
17.5 fps ∼35% -64%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
49 fps ∼91% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
54 fps ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
33 fps ∼61% -39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (27 - 56, n=21)
51.9 fps ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=353)
20.1 fps ∼37% -63%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
52 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
43 fps ∼83% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
50 fps ∼96% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼96% -4%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
32 fps ∼62% -38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (39 - 54, n=20)
50.5 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=515)
15.2 fps ∼29% -71%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
46 fps ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
36 fps ∼78% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
43 fps ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
42 fps ∼91% -9%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
16 fps ∼35% -65%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (25 - 48, n=20)
40.1 fps ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=519)
13.4 fps ∼29% -71%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
563466 Points ∼98%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
450373 Points ∼78% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
504192 Points ∼87% -11%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
566256 Points ∼98% 0%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
426757 Points ∼74% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (527301 - 607937, n=20)
577591 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=139)
326530 Points ∼57% -42%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1498 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
1260 Points ∼84% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
1274 Points ∼85% -15%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1276 Points ∼85% -15%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
1502 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1276 - 1650, n=19)
1467 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=753)
835 Points ∼56% -44%
Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11654 Points ∼99%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
8634 Points ∼74% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
10703 Points ∼91% -8%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11730 Points ∼100% +1%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9356 Points ∼80% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11399 - 12073, n=19)
11701 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=753)
2592 Points ∼22% -78%
Memory (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6912 Points ∼93%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6942 Points ∼93% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4271 Points ∼57% -38%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7450 Points ∼100% +8%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6387 Points ∼86% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5304 - 8874, n=19)
7136 Points ∼96% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=753)
1947 Points ∼26% -72%
System (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10021 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
8992 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
8843 Points ∼88% -12%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9810 Points ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8417 Points ∼84% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8421 - 10147, n=19)
9736 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=753)
3552 Points ∼35% -65%
Overall (sort by value)
OnePlus 8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5897 Points ∼100%
Huawei P40
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5105 Points ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Exynos 990, Mali-G77 MP11, 8192
4764 Points ∼81% -19%
Xiaomi Mi 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5752 Points ∼98% -2%
Google Pixel 4 XL
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5243 Points ∼89% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5264 - 6273, n=19)
5861 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=753)
1823 Points ∼31% -69%

In the browser benchmarks, the OnePlus 8 achieves below-average results compared to other devices that are equipped with the same SoC. That being said, the advantages of other smartphones in our comparison tend to be small and particularly the Samsung Galaxy S20 tends to achieve similar results.

During day-to-day use, the OnePlus smartphone quickly loads web pages and multimedia content. Similarly, smooth scrolling and opening multiple tabs simultaneously did not incur any noticeable delays on our test device.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (45.2 - 77, n=17)
63.9 Points ∼100% +24%
Huawei P40 (Huawei Browser 10.1)
55.572 Points ∼87% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
53.863 Points ∼84% +5%
OnePlus 8 (Chrome 83)
51.341 Points ∼80%
Xiaomi Mi 10 (Xiaomi Browser V11.4.23)
50.878 Points ∼80% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 161, n=213)
42.5 Points ∼67% -17%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (74.2 - 126, n=18)
111 Points ∼100% +40%
Xiaomi Mi 10 (Xiaomi Browser V11.4.23)
109.2 Points ∼98% +38%
Huawei P40 (Huawei Browser 10.1)
103.24 Points ∼93% +31%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
93.499 Points ∼84% +18%
Google Pixel 4 XL (Chrome 80)
84.388 Points ∼76% +7%
OnePlus 8 (Chrome 83)
79.083 Points ∼71%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 375, n=647)
49.6 Points ∼45% -37%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (30.6 - 74.5, n=17)
63.4 runs/min ∼100% +25%
Huawei P40 (Huawei Browser 10.1)
63 runs/min ∼99% +24%
Xiaomi Mi 10 (Xiaomi Browser V11.4.23)
56.2 runs/min ∼89% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chome 80)
50.8 runs/min ∼80% 0%
OnePlus 8 (Chrome 83)
50.8 runs/min ∼80%
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 196, n=194)
44.9 runs/min ∼71% -12%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Xiaomi Mi 10 (Xiaomi Browser V11.4.23)
118 Points ∼100% +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (97 - 127, n=19)
106 Points ∼90% +7%
Google Pixel 4 XL (Chrome 80)
100 Points ∼85% +1%
OnePlus 8 (Chrome 83)
99 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
97 Points ∼82% -2%
Huawei P40 (Huawei Browser 10.1)
95 Points ∼81% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=284)
71 Points ∼60% -28%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Google Pixel 4 XL (Chrome 80)
24044 Points ∼100% +53%
Xiaomi Mi 10 (Xiaomi Browser V11.4.23)
22016 Points ∼92% +40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (14606 - 24467, n=19)
21838 Points ∼91% +39%
Huawei P40 (Huawei Browser 10.1)
21348 Points ∼89% +36%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
18162 Points ∼76% +15%
OnePlus 8 (Chrome 83)
15745 Points ∼65%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58632, n=816)
8273 Points ∼34% -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=842)
9571 ms * ∼100% -277%
OnePlus 8 (Chrome 83)
2538.1 ms * ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy S20 (Chrome 80)
2511.2 ms * ∼26% +1%
Google Pixel 4 XL (Chrome 80)
2398.3 ms * ∼25% +6%
Huawei P40 (Huawei Browser 10.1)
2287 ms * ∼24% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 10 (Xiaomi Browser V11.4.23)
2103.5 ms * ∼22% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (1839 - 2911, n=20)
2032 ms * ∼21% +20%

* ... smaller is better

Our test model of the OnePlus 8 is equipped with 256 GB of internal storage, 232 GB of which is available for installing applications and user data. According to OnePlus, the UFS 3.0 storage is accessed via two lanes internally, and it achieves above-average results in our memory benchmark. With the fastest internal storage we have ever encountered, it also places first in our comparison.

OnePlus 8Huawei P40Samsung Galaxy S20Xiaomi Mi 10Google Pixel 4 XLAverage 256 GB UFS 3.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-24%
-3%
-5%
-44%
-12%
-78%
Random Write 4KB
203.85
197
-3%
228.1
12%
215.95
6%
164.18
-19%
184 (24.8 - 272, n=20)
-10%
39 (0.14 - 319, n=916)
-81%
Random Read 4KB
215
189.4
-12%
205.3
-5%
207.04
-4%
142.24
-34%
208 (169 - 265, n=20)
-3%
62.1 (1.59 - 325, n=916)
-71%
Sequential Write 256KB
747.87
212.9
-72%
669.9
-10%
679.51
-9%
197.41
-74%
546 (387 - 756, n=20)
-27%
136 (2.99 - 1321, n=916)
-82%
Sequential Read 256KB
1706.7
1591.6
-7%
1541.7
-10%
1498.15
-12%
870.91
-49%
1603 (1398 - 1789, n=20)
-6%
358 (12.1 - 2037, n=916)
-79%

Gaming - Steady Gaming at 60 FPS

The Qualcomm Adreno 650 is currently one of the fastest graphics units available for a smartphone. Thus, it reaches great Gamebench scores in our test titles Arena of Valor and PUBG Mobile. During our tests, we did not observe any frame-rate drop-offs even when playing at higher graphics settings. The touchscreen and gyroscope controls each worked reliably while gaming.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
010203040506070Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59.8 (57-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.7 (49-61)
; Arena of Valor; min: Ø60.2 (55-61)
; Arena of Valor; high HD: Ø60.2 (58-61)

Emissions - OnePlus 8 with Good Speakers

Temperature

GFXBench - Manhattan 3.1
GFXBench - Manhattan 3.1
GFXBench - ES 2.0
GFXBench - ES 2.0

Over the course of our test, the surface temperatures of the OnePlus 8 peaked at 32 °C under load. Thus, it never became too hot for a user to comfortably hold it. Furthermore, the demanding GFXBench stress tests Manhattan 3.1 and ES 2.0 show that the performance of the Android smartphone remains stable even under prolonged load. As a result, users should not encounter any limitations due to excessively high internal temperatures.

Max. Load
 31.7 °C
89 F
32 °C
90 F
29.2 °C
85 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
30.5 °C
87 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
 30.9 °C
88 F
31.4 °C
89 F
29.3 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 32 °C = 90 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
27.9 °C
82 F
29.7 °C
85 F
31.9 °C
89 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29 °C
84 F
31.2 °C
88 F
27.2 °C
81 F
28.8 °C
84 F
30.1 °C
86 F
Maximum: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Average: 29.3 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  22.9 °C = 73 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.6 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Thermal image - top
Thermal image - top
Thermal image - bottom
Thermal image - bottom

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The OnePlus 8 uses its speaker and its earpiece for multimedia playback. The volume level is relatively high and the audio characterized by the upper mid-range. Due to this, the speakers are well suited to TV shows, whereas they are too unbalanced for music or other content with a wide frequency spectrum. External audio devices can be connected via the USB Type-C port or Bluetooth 5.1. According to the manufacturer, the latter supports the standards aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC, and SBC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.542.12529.430.33122.827.94025.322.95030.227.96323.328.18021.925.4100192412519.633160194620016.148.325018.954.831516.658.440014.361.25001563.563015.265.280014.369.8100014.371.1125014.273.3160014.878.8200014.879.5250014.482.2315014.379.5400014.678.9500014.778.2630014.974.6800014.9741000014.672.91250014.862.71600015.452SPL26.889.4N0.973.7median 14.8median 69.8Delta1.410.632.828.826.228.123.32521.925.52831.119.924.419.122.519.926.116.531.619.644.517.544.317.55113.956.713.961.415.865.215.265.61466.3146713.970.313.473.113.874.514.374.91473.414.572.714.670.914.569.414.768.415.165.41561.914.849.326.583.50.854.8median 14.6median 65.619.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseOnePlus 8Xiaomi Mi 10
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
OnePlus 8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 55% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Mi 10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management - OnePlus Smartphone with Good Runtimes

Energy Consumption

According to our measurements, the energy consumption of our OnePlus 8 is similar to those of other smartphones in our comparison. With just 9.4 watts, it has the second-lowest peak consumption under load within our comparison. Conversely, our smartphone's idle consumption of 2.3 watts on average is higher by a few milliwatts compared to its competitors.

The included USB charger is rated for 30 watts, making it a well-dimensioned adapter for charging the OnePlus 8.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.29 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.9 / 2.3 / 2.33 Watt
Load midlight 3.5 / 7.68 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
OnePlus 8
4300 mAh
Huawei P40
3800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10
4780 mAh
Google Pixel 4 XL
3700 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
3%
-8%
18%
8%
-20%
8%
Idle Minimum *
0.9
1
-11%
0.9
-0%
0.53
41%
0.83
8%
1.175 (0.52 - 2.2, n=18)
-31%
0.892 (0.2 - 3.4, n=911)
1%
Idle Average *
2.3
1.9
17%
1.5
35%
1.46
37%
1.24
46%
2.08 (1.19 - 3.43, n=18)
10%
1.758 (0.6 - 6.2, n=910)
24%
Idle Maximum *
2.33
2.4
-3%
2
14%
1.52
35%
1.25
46%
2.34 (1.23 - 4, n=18)
-0%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=911)
12%
Load Average *
3.5
3.5
-0%
4.8
-37%
3.83
-9%
4.98
-42%
5.28 (3.5 - 7.4, n=18)
-51%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=905)
-18%
Load Maximum *
7.68
6.9
10%
11.5
-50%
8.89
-16%
9.09
-18%
9.73 (7.67 - 12.3, n=18)
-27%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=905)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our real-world Wi-Fi test, the OnePlus 8 lasted 17 h 25 m. This result illustrates that it takes full advantage of its 4300-mAh battery, which puts it at the top of our comparison list.

The battery can be fully recharged in about one-and-a-half hours with the included quick charger. The OnePlus 8 does not support wireless charging.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 54min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
17h 25min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 16min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 48min
OnePlus 8
4300 mAh
Huawei P40
3800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S20
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 10
4780 mAh
Google Pixel 4 XL
3700 mAh
Battery Runtime
16%
16%
8%
-40%
Reader / Idle
1374
2063
50%
2105
53%
1789
30%
H.264
1096
1052
-4%
809
-26%
1126
3%
WiFi v1.3
1045
806
-23%
726
-31%
662
-37%
623
-40%
Load
168
236
40%
279
66%
226
35%

Pros

+ 5G support
+ good camera quality
+ dual SIM slot
+ 90-Hz display
+ long battery life

Cons

- no 3.5-mm audio jack
- no microSD card reader
- maximum brightness drops fairly quickly

Verdict - Good Smartphone Awaits Better 5G Coverage

In review: OnePlus 8. Test device courtesy of: OnePlus Germany
In review: OnePlus 8. Test device courtesy of: OnePlus Germany

In our review, the OnePlus 8 has turned out to be a well-made smartphone overall. The fact that it also supports 5G almost becomes secondary. The results of the system performance tests and the camera features are convincing. The user experience has been entirely smooth, applications start quickly and there were no delays when browsing the web, either. Since the top configuration implements 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, the lack of a microSD card slot is not a particularly noticeable issue.

With a generous memory configuration, good camera performance and a very smooth system overall, the OnePlus 8 is a great smartphone. Once 5G coverage becomes more widespread, buyers will be able to take full advantage of the strengths of the smartphone.

Judging from the raw measurements and benchmark results, the OnePlus 8 also belongs to the top of its class. OxygenOS does not include unnecessary apps and the Wi-Fi speeds are good. Our main criticism regarding the OLED display is the aggressive brightness reduction, although this is likely a safety measure designed to protect the 90-Hz screen from high temperatures. The camera earns a lot of praise due to its ability to produce stunning pictures that tend to look better than the results of many competitors.

Thus, our configuration of the OnePlus 8 offers a lot of good hardware for a reasonable price that would be justified even without the added 5G support. However, since the latter is also included, the smartphone's current price of around $800 is more than fair. Prospective buyers with lower demands can save about $100 by purchasing the 5G smartphone with 8 GB RAM/128 GB internal storage instead.

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Chassis
89%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
97%
Connectivity
52 / 70 → 74%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
92%
Games Performance
61 / 64 → 95%
Application Performance
82 / 86 → 95%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
73 / 90 → 81%
Camera
74%
Average
81%
88%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-06-18 (Update: 2020-06-20)
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Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Editor
I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.