One Plus recently released their first ever flagship phone One Plus 8 Pro. Could it be the best selling smartphone of 2020?
Review Courtesy: MKBHD
First Crush Verdict
OnePlus 8 Pro delivers a big and beautiful 120Hz display, fast performance and the fastest wireless charging ever in a stunning design but the cameras and 5G could be better.
OnePlus 8 Pro is their first true flagship phone from its premium craftsmanship and eye-popping 6.78-inch display (with 120Hz refresh rate) to its quad camera setup and 5G capability. The OnePlus 8 Pro also offers wireless charging — finally! Its one of the fastest wireless charging around but with a catch, you have to buy an additional 70$ wireless charger from One Plus to get fast wireless charging.
What Could be Better?
The otherwise stunning curved display led to several accidental taps. And while the OnePlus 8 Pro’s cameras are certainly capable, they’re not best in class.
OnePlus 8 Pro Technical specs
Price: $899/£799 to $999/£899 OS: Android 10 with OxygenOS Display: 6.78 inches OLED (3168 x 1440), 120Hz CPU: Snapdragon 865 RAM: 8GB, 12GB Storage: 128GB, 256GB Rear cameras: 48MP wide (f/1.78), 8MP telephoto (3x, f/2.44), 48MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 5MP color filter (f/2.4) Front camera: 16MP (f/2.45) Battery: 4,510 mAh 5G: Sub 6-GHz Size: 6.5 x 2.9 x 0.33 Weight: 7 ounces
One Plus 6T has a Tear Drop Notch alongwith an in-glass fingerprint sensor. Priceless!
3.5mm headphone jack makes room for a larger battery, while the absentee LED allows for a smaller notch at the top of the display.
OnePlus has built the fingerprint reader directly into the display of the OnePlus 6T — which is already a familiar feature in China, but not something that will have been experienced in the US before. Also atypical for the American market is OnePlus’ pricing, which starts at $549 for a sizable 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, making the OnePlus 6T the most affordable flagship you can get.
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Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio Dual nano-SIM slot 3.5mm audio jack
Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Dash Charge (5V 4A)
Audio Bottom-facing speaker 3-microphone with noise cancellation Support AANC Dirac HD Sound® Dirac Power Sound®
Display: Size: 5.5 inches Resolution: 1080P Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) 401ppi Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Type: Optic AMOLED
Rear Camera Wide-angle Sensor: Sony IMX 398 Megapixels: 16 Pixel Size: 1.12 µm EIS: Yes Autofocus: DCAF Aperture: f/1.7
Rear Camera Telephoto Sensor: Sony IMX 350 Megapixels: 20 Pixel Size: 1.0 µm Autofocus: PDAF Aperture: f/2.6
Flash Dual LED Flash
Video 4K resolution video at 30fps 1080P resolution video at 60fps 1080P resolution video at 30fps 720P resolution video at 30fps Slow Motion: 720p videos at 120fps
Time-Lapse Rear Features Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ,
Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Front Camera Sensor: Sony IMX 371 Megapixels: 16 Pixel Size: 1.0 µm EIS: Yes Autofocus: Fixed Focus Aperture: f/2.0
Front Video 1080P resolution video at 30fps 720P resolution video at 30fps
Time-Lapse Front Features HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
In its four years of existence, OnePlus has fashioned itself as the flagship phone killer jumping out of the midrange bushes. Every OnePlus device to date has been defined by premium specs at bargain prices, but that changes with today’s OnePlus 5. Starting at $479 with 64GB of storage, this new flagship can no longer be mistaken for a super-specced midrange handset. And even though it doesn’t cost quite as much as a mainstream mainstay like the Galaxy S8, that’s exactly the sort of phone it will be compared against. This is the priciest OnePlus device yet, and it’s falling in line with its more traditional competition: you pay more to get more.
There’s no questioning the specs of this phone: it’s powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor; comes with a combo of either 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or a laptop-rivaling 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; and it has a total of 52 megapixels of image-taking prowess between its three cameras.
What I see when I look at the 2017 edition of the OnePlus flagship is a necessary maturation and refinement. The ruthless cost cutting of the past was never going to be sustainable, and now that the company is facing the exigencies of being a global operation with costs that go beyond basic distribution and marketing, OnePlus is growing up in both price and quality.
But as it develops into a new kind of phone, the OnePlus 5 is also starting to feel divorced from its predecessors, inheriting only the physical switch for alert modes and the Dash Charge rapid-charging technology. It now looks like a OnePlus 3 that’s put on an iPhone 7 Plus costume: still roughly the same proportions as before, but now with more rounded edges, curved antenna lines, and the same dual-camera setup as the iPhone. It’s more than a passing resemblance, and it frankly makes me uneasy.
Until today, OnePlus could confidently say it was different from all the other Chinese upstarts that, consciously or not, aped the iPhone to a point of losing their own identity. OnePlus phones always had character, rooted in no small part in their market-breaking low prices. But the 128GB Midnight Black phone I’m reviewing today costs $539, which is a stone’s throw away from Samsung’s Galaxy S prices. Without the unique selling point of massively undercutting everyone, and with the baggage of looking like a cynical iPhone rip-off, can the OnePlus 5 retain the small-company charm that’s made its maker popular all around the world? I’m not so sure.