The OnePlus 8 Pro review

The OnePlus 8 Pro finally achieves the goal of being a high-end smartphone, with fewer compromises than ever before. It brings a very polished design, an amazing display with internals to make them shine. The cameras are also incredibly better than its predecessor.

Design

The OnePlus 8 Pro has a similar design as the OnePlus 8 but with some subtle changes. Its display is actually rounded on the sides, rather than just having curved glass like on the 8. As a result, the display offers a more immersive feel. The OnePlus 8 Pro is lighter and slimmer than the 7T Pro. One Plus 8 Pro is a tall phone with a subtly curved Curved glass back.

The buttons are also in the most common places, for the ease of access with the power button on the right, the volume rocker on the left, and the iconic alert slider on the right top. A Type-C port (USB 3.1) on the bottom for charging and data, with a primary speaker grille and the SIM tray. Three out of the four cameras on the back are placed in a protruded way, and another sensor along with the laser AF module. The 8 Pro also comes with official IP68 water and dust-resistance.

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Display

The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 6.78-inch QHD+ (1440×3168-pixel) AMOLED panel, with a claimed high colour accuracy and HDR10+ support with a 120Hz at the QHD+ resolution, a peak brightness of 1,300 nits, support for 10-bit colour and is protected by 3D Gorilla Glass 5. Another feature exclusive to the 8 Pro is Motion Graphics Smoothing MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation).. When enabled, it bumps up the framerate of any video for a smoother feel when viewing it in fullscreen. It’s compatible with most video players and streaming apps. Like the OnePlus 8, the 8 Pro also has a cutout in the upper left corner for the selfie camera.

The display colours are rich and vibrant, with perfect blacks and no leakage at all brightness levels. It offers five picture profiles to fine-tune the saturation and contrast levels based on how true to life you like your visuals to be. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has one of the highest brightness levels on any smartphone around. OnePlus 8 Pro runs on Android 10 OxygenOS 10.5.10.

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Camera

The OnePlus 8 gets four rear cameras, but the fourth camera is a rather unusual one. OnePlus calls it a ‘Color Filter’ camera, and it has a 5-megapixel sensor with a special filter over the lens. The primary camera is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor, with a much larger native pixel size of 1.12 micrometres. It supports optical stabilisation, and has an aperture of f/1.78. It captures 12-megapixel photos by default.

The telephoto camera has an 8-megapixel resolution, with optical stabilisation, and now uses a 48-megapixel sensor with autofocus, which gives it the ability to shoot extreme close-ups. For selfies, you get the Sony IMX471 16-megapixel sensor, but with a narrower f/2.45 aperture. The OnePlus 8 Pro supports 3x hybrid zoom and up to 30x digital zoom. The true optical zoom level between the main and telephoto sensors seems to be much lower, around 0.36x going by the difference in focal lengths. The 8 Pro uses the main camera till the 2.9x zoom level, after which it switches to the telephoto camera all the way to 30x. The 8 Pro’s autofocus (AF) system uses a mix of PDAF, contrast AF, and laser AF.

The OnePlus 8 Pro can shoot video at up to 4K 60fps in regular 16:9 and a 21:9 aspect ratio that OnePlus calls 4K CINE. There’s an HDR mode for video too, which captures wider dynamic range. Selfie camera, which is at 1080p. Wide-angle shots are saved as 12-megapixel images, although you can shoot at the full 48-megapixel resolution if you want. Other shooting modes include panorama, slow motion, timelapse, portrait, and pro.

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Battery

The 8 Pro has a slightly bigger 4,510mAh battery capacity, which can be charged to 100 percent in under an hour that supports the proprietary Warp Charge 30T standard. For fast wireless charging, you’ll need the special Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger, which costs Rs. 3,990. The 8 Pro does work with any Qi wireless charger, reverse wireless charging works well too.

Perfomance

OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset that handles the performance. It has 2.96GHz single-core, 2.42GHz, tri-core, 1.8GHz, quad-core, Kryo 485 processors and an Adreno 640 GPU. For connectivity, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, Glonass, NFC, USB Type-C, etc.

Price

The base model, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 54,999. There’s a second variant, which has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and is priced at for Rs. 59,999.

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