OnePlus 8 Pro Review: Disruptive 5G Flagships

OnePlus 8 Pro Review: The OnePlus 8 Pro finally gets IP-certified waterproofing and wireless charging, after the corporate stubbornly ignored these trends for years. It’s sort of a dream come true for OnePlus fans. Other component improvements are a given, but by adding these two features, we finally get a OnePlus flagship smartphone, seemingly, freed from compromises.

It gets better. Prices in Nepal start at Rs. 1,14,999, which is less than the international pricing, and only marginally above what the OnePlus 7T Pro cost when it launched last October. aside from the Mi 10 (Review) from Xiaomi, the OnePlus 8 Pro doesn’t have any major direct competition. Samsung’s S20 series remains priced tons higher, there’s barely any chatter about Asus’s 2020 flagship yet. If you do not count older flagships which have dropped in price, there is a pretty open playing field for OnePlus immediately .

So, is that the OnePlus 8 Pro the simplest phone within the market at around Rs. 1,14,999, and will you pay the premium and pip out over the OnePlus 8?

What’s new within the OnePlus 8 Pro?

In a nutshell? quite bit. The OnePlus 8 Pro is now IP68 rated for dust and water resistance, and there is fast wireless charging at up to 30W. you furthermore may get new camera sensors, a much bigger battery, a more powerful processor, and a better refresh rate display. Compared to the OnePlus 7T Pro (Review), that’s a reasonably big upgrade right there. We’ll get into more detail about each of those new features, but suffice it to mention , the 8 Pro packs during a healthy mixture of updates, which are some things i actually like.

OnePlus 8 Pro Review & Specifications

OnePlus 8 Pro Specifications:

Body: 6.51 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches; 199 gm; IP68 certification
Display:6.78-inches Fluid AMOLED panel; 120Hz refresh rate; HDR10+; 513 ppi; 90.24% screen-to-body ratio; Gorilla Glass 6 protection
Resolution:QHD+ (3168 x 1440 pixels); 19.8:9 aspect ratio
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 865; 7nm+ Mobile Platform
CPU:Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU:Adreno 650
RAM: 8 / 12GB LPDDR5
Storage: 128 / 256GB UFS 3.0
Software & UI:Android 10 with Oxygen OS on top
Rear Camera:Quad-camera;

  • 48MP, f/1.78 1.12 µm Sony IMX689 primary shooter, OIS, EIS
  • 48MP, f/2.2 Sony IMX586 ultra-wide sensor, 120º FOV
  • 8MP, f/2.44 telephoto lens, OIS, 3X hybrid optical zoom, up to 30X digital zoom
  • 5MP, f/2.4 color filter lens
  •  Dual LED flash
Front Camera:16MP, f/2.45 1.0 µm Sony IMX471 sensor, OIS
Security:Optical in-display fingerprint scanner
Audio:Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
Connectivity:Dual Nano-SIM slot, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BDS/Galileo/SBAS, NFC, USB Type-C
Battery: 4510 mAh; Warp Charge 30T Fast Charging, Warp Charge 30 Wireless, Reverse wireless charging
Colors: Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue, Onyx Black

Design

The OnePlus 8 Pro features a similar design because the OnePlus 8 but with some subtle changes. Its display is really rounded on the edges , instead of just having curved glass like on the 8. As a result, the display offers a more immersive feel, but this also means your fingers are nearly always touching some part the screen whenever you hold this phone.

Palm rejection works well, and that i was ready to use the OnePlus 8 Pro even when the edges of my hand were clearly in touch with the display. Trying to require photos with one hand gets tricky, though. i might inevitably find yourself touching an icon for an additional shooting mode or menu unintentionally. The bundled case is really of massive help here.

OnePlus 8 Pro Design, OnePlus 8 Pro Review

The Glacial Green colour unit that I received looks beautiful, and that i love the texture of the frosted glass back. It can get a touch slippery, but a minimum of fingerprints aren’t an enormous problem. The OnePlus 8 Pro is lighter and slimmer than the 7T Pro, but the camera bump is gigantic and makes holding this phone a touch awkward. once more , the bundled case helps with this issue.

Similar to the OnePlus 8 (Review), the SIM tray, Type-C port, and speaker are placed at rock bottom , while the quantity and power buttons sit on opposite sides of the metal frame.

Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro feels solidly built and really premium, and appears incredible during this colour. it is a little big and heavy, but I did get wont to the dimensions and heft after a couple of days.

Display

The OnePlus 8 Pro features a pretty big 6.78-inch QHD+ (1440×3168-pixel) AMOLED panel, with a claimed high colour accuracy and HDR10+ support. New this year is that the 120Hz refresh rate, which is raise from last year’s 90Hz. The OnePlus 8 Pro can run at 120Hz at the QHD+ resolution, which are some things you continue to can’t do on Samsung’s S20 series. Of course, using the phone thereupon combo will put more strain on the battery, but as I noticed, it wasn’t an enormous problem. More thereon later.

Out of the box, the screen is about to 120Hz and full-HD+ resolution, so you will have to manually increase it to QHD+. Content looks good even at the lower resolution but I personally preferred native QHD+ for the added sharpness.

OnePlus 8 Pro Display, OnePlus 8 Pro Review

 

Another feature exclusive to the 8 Pro is Motion Graphics Smoothing. When enabled, it bumps up the framerate of any video for a smoother, soap opera-like feel when viewing it in fullscreen. It’s compatible with most video players and streaming apps. It works well, but sometimes it can cause some parts of a scene with fast motion to flicker or clip. The ‘Comfort tone’ toggle within the display settings is additionally new, and behaves almost like Apple’s True Tone. It adjusts the display’s colour temperature supported the ambient light around you.

The display is vibrant, colourful, and bright. I didn’t really notice any ‘black crush’ issue either, which others have reportedly faced. just like the OnePlus 8, the 8 Pro also features a cutout within the upper left corner for the selfie camera. I didn’t find it to be intrusive, and most apps tend to dam out the world when utilized in landscape mode.

The 8 Pro’s in-display fingerprint sensor works alright , with none fuss. you’ll also use face recognition, which I found to be equally quick.

I’m generally not an enormous fan of pre-applied screen protectors on smartphones, and therefore the one on the 8 Pro is particularly annoying. thanks to the pronounced curves of the display, the screen protector always gets within the way when performing a side-swipe gesture.

Software

At the time of this review, the OnePlus 8 Pro was running OxygenOS 10.5.10. This was after it received two updates within the week we spent testing it. Some users complained that an earlier update had downgraded Google’s Widevine DRM to L3, which limited video streaming to sub-HD resolutions. However, this seems to possess been fixed with the firmware we had.

The software experience is extremely almost like that of the OnPlus 8, with the exception of controls for a few additions like reverse wireless charging and video playback enhancement. The interface feels snappy, and OxygenOS generally runs alright .

Performance & Memory

The OnePlus 8 Pro is larger and heavier than the OnePlus 8, and isn’t the foremost comfortable phone to use one-handed. However, I’ve absolutely enjoyed using it. The build quality and display quite structure for its bulk. the primary thing I wanted to undertake out was that IP68 rating, and while I didn’t go too crazy, it easily survived splashes and being dunked in water a couple of times.

With that out of the way, app and gaming performance was pretty solid too. I tested the bottom model, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 54,999. there is a second variant, which has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage that retails for Rs. 59,999. One key difference compared to the OnePlus 8 is that the 8 Pro uses LPDDR5 RAM, which is meant to be faster and more power efficient compared to LPDDR4X RAM.

OnePlus 8 Pro Review

Benchmark numbers were almost like what I got from the OnePlus 8, since both feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. AnTuTu returned 5,71,936 points, while GFXbench’s Car Chase graphics test returned a solid 45fps. The 8 Pro got a touch hot while running tests but that’s commonplace .

Games also ran just fine, regardless of what I threw at this phone. Real Racing 3 looked great on the 8 Pro’s display. Games with colourful graphics, like Hungry Dragon and Hawk, looked especially good. Some titles like Fortnite can cash in of the upper refresh rate display and run at a better framerate.

The stereo speakers sound great, a bit like on the OnePlus 8. They’re loud and balanced, and therefore the Dolby Atmos setting helps improve quality and spatial separation. HDR content looks excellent too, and most streaming apps like Netflix had no problem playing HDR content on the 8 Pro.

Camera

The OnePlus 8 gets four rear cameras, compared to the three on the OnePlus 8 and therefore the 7T Pro, but the fourth camera may be a rather unusual one. OnePlus calls it a ‘Color Filter’ camera, and it’s a 5-megapixel sensor with a special filter over the lens. Images captured with this camera are said to possess a “surreal” look, like once you invert colours of a picture in Photoshop.

While this seemed quirky at the time of this phone’s launch, to not mention a touch gimmicky, OnePlus faced tons of privacy backlash when users realised that they might use it to ‘see’ through thin materials like some plastics and kinds of clothing. thanks to this, OnePlus has disabled this camera within the latest firmware update. the corporate has said that it’ll fix this and re-enable this camera soon with a future update.

OnePlus 8 Pro camera, OnePlus 8 Pro Review

Moving on, the first camera gets an enormous upgrade. it is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor, with a way larger native pixel size of 1.12 micrometres, compared to sensor used for the 7T Pro. It supports optical stabilisation, and has an aperture of f/1.78. It captures 12-megapixel oversampled photos by default.

The telephoto camera has an 8-megapixel resolution, with optical stabilisation. Finally, the wide-angle camera gets an enormous upgrade too, and now uses a 48-megapixel sensor with autofocus, which provides it the power to shoot extreme close-ups. For selfies, you get an equivalent Sony IMX471 16-megapixel sensor as on the 7T Pro, but with a narrower f/2.45 aperture.

The OnePlus 8 Pro supports 3x hybrid zoom and up to 30x digital zoom. truth optical zoom level between the most and telephoto sensors seems to be much lower, around 0.36x going by the difference in focal lengths. The 8 Pro uses the most camera till the two .9x zoom level, after which it switches to the telephoto camera all the thanks to 30x. just like the 7T Pro, the 8 Pro’s autofocus (AF) system uses a mixture of PDAF, contrast AF, and laser AF.

There’s an HDR mode for video too, which captures wider dynamic range. OnePlus has skipped 8K recording altogether with this series but that’s a feature which might be added with an update afterward . Another feature that’s still sorely missing is 4K video for the selfie camera, which remains stuck at 1080p.

When shooting under good light, the most camera captures excellent details with a neutral colour tone. the sides of objects are well defined, textures look natural, and there is no noticeable noise even at the edges of the frame. Dynamic range is additionally particularly good, with many visible detail within the shadows and highlights. Photos crazy the wide-angle camera look good too, and just like the OnePlus 8, colours are well balanced and in line with what the most sensor captures. Wide-angle shots also are saved as 12-megapixel images, although you’ll shoot at the complete 48-megapixel resolution if you would like .

The OnePlus 8 Pro automatically switches to the wide-angle camera and enables ‘Super macro’ mode once you bring the phone close enough to a topic . this is often very handy and it saves you the difficulty of doing this manually. Macro shots look excellent and are miles better than what you’ll capture with the dedicated 2-megapixel macro camera on the OnePlus 8.

Next, we put the 8 Pro’s hybrid zoom to the test. Naturally, we had to match it with one among the simplest zoom camera phones around — the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review). At 3x zoom, the 8 Pro and therefore the Galaxy S20+ are quite evenly matched. The Samsung has slightly better exposure overall and is a smaller amount aggressive with sharpening, but the OnePlus 8 Pro isn’t far behind. 10x zoom is typically the sweet spot for the Galaxy S20+, and therefore the Galaxy 8 Pro manages to match Samsung in texture quality and hues . the sole difference between the 2 shots is that the Galaxy S20+ lifts the shadows, giving objects more depth. aside from that, the 2 are very similar.

Finally, at 30x zoom, the Galaxy S20+ does a far better job of cleaning up noise, but at the value of detail. The 8 Pro on the opposite hand actually manages slightly better detail, but the tradeoff is slight grain within the image. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the OnePlus 8 Pro’s zoom capabilities and also quite surprised that OnePlus isn’t making a much bigger deal about this.

In low light, the most sensor captures well-lit landscape shots, with good details. Nightscape helps fix the exposure a touch and also produces slightly better textures. The wide-angle camera suffers the foremost in low light but Nightscape can help salvage shots. The 8 Pro doesn’t switch to the telephoto camera in very dim lighting, and easily uses digital zoom with the most sensor.

The selfie camera is possibly the weakest of the lot. It handles HDR well and captures decent skin tones, but skin textures look heavily processed even under good lighting. Indoors, with good artificial lighting, we managed to urge decent results. In very low light though, skin textures appeared soft and details weren’t great. The screen flash is sort of effective for exposure, although it doesn’t help improve details or textures.

The OnePlus 8 Pro can shoot video at up to 4K 60fps in regular 16:9 and a 21:9 ratio that OnePlus calls 4K CINE. i do not think the shortage of 8K recording goes to place many of us off, although it might are a pleasant feature to flaunt. there is a new HDR mode that captures a way wider dynamic range, allowing you to shoot objects directly against any light and still get well-exposed video. This only works at 1080p 30fps or 4K 30fps, and you cannot switch between sensors when using it. However, the results are pretty impressive.

In standard video mode, image quality is extremely good, exposure is handled well, and pictures is stabilised. Here, you’ll switch between the most , wide-angle, and telephoto cameras while recording at up to 4K 60fps, which are some things not many flagships offer.

Other shooting modes include panorama, movie , timelapse, portrait, and pro. The OnePlus 8 Pro doesn’t have many frills within the camera app like some competitors, but it does nail the fundamentals . Having said that, i might have liked to ascertain a professional mode for video with manual controls for exposure, focus peaking, etc. Tracking autofocus would even have been very useful.

Battery

I was expecting OnePlus to ship a better Wattage charger with the professional model, but just like the 8, this one supports the proprietary Warp Charge 30T standard. The 8 Pro features a slightly bigger 4,510mAh battery capacity, which may be charged to one hundred pc in under an hour.

The big addition is in fact wireless charging, which we have seen for the primary time on any OnePlus smartphone. For fast wireless charging, you will need the special Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger, which costs Rs. 3,990. Unfortunately, OnePlus didn’t send it to us along side the phone, so that’s something i could not test. The 8 Pro does work with any Qi wireless charger though, so it isn’t an enormous problem. Reverse wireless charging works well too. Simply turn it on and place any compatible device on the phone’s back to start charging it.

In general, I found battery life to be excellent. The OnePlus 8 Pro easily lasted each day and half with typical usage, with the display resolution and refresh rate at their highest respective settings. Our HD video loop test also ran for around 22 hours, which is extremely good. I didn’t really feel the necessity to drop the resolution or refresh rate, as even with gaming and heavy camera use, I still managed to conclude a full day on one charge.

Price

We all know that OnePlus phones have been getting more and more expensive upon each iteration. And this time’s no different either. The base 8/128GB model of the OnePlus 8 Pro retails for a price of $899 while the 12/256GB variant goes for $999. Similarly, the phone is scheduled to be available starting 29th April 2020 in the US & Canada while its pre-order has already begun in Europe with sales beginning on April 21.

OnePlus 8 Pro Price in Nepal, Availability [Expected] 

OnePlus 8 Pro Price in Nepal for 8/128GB is expected to be Rs. 1,19,999. Similarly, the high-end 12/125GB variant might cost around Rs. 132,999.

Variant Price in Nepal (Expected)Availability
OnePlus 8 Pro (8/128GB)NPR. 1,14,999June 2020
OnePlus 8 Pro (12/256GB)NPR. 1,27,999June 2020

Conclusion

OnePlus has had an honest streak over the years, but few of its phones have felt as complete because the OnePlus 8 Pro. We are now handling a correct flagship smartphone, the type which will go toe-to-toe with the simplest out there. Compared to the OnePus 8 (Review), the 8 Pro offers enough new features to differentiate itself, which helps justify its price. i might say, if you’ve got the budget, skip the 8 and choose the 8 Pro.

Cameras have always been a hot-button subject for OnePlus devices, and this point , it’s no different. I’m curious to ascertain how the corporate will redeem this color filter camera, but aside from that, I even have no complaints with the rear sensors. However, I do think it’s time we got a far better selfie camera within the Pro models.

At a starting price of Rs. 1,14,999 the OnePlus 8 Pro may be a lot cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, which starts above Rs. 1,11,875, and therefore the iPhone 11 Pro which still costs above Rs. 1 lakh. albeit the costs of OnePlus phones have increased over the years, it’s still producing ‘flagship killers’ within the grand scheme of things.

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