Review of OnePlus 8 – Is it an outstanding phone?
OnePlus is one of the most popular smartphone makers and enjoy high sales throughout the year, especially in Asian countries like India. Read our OnePlus 8 review and have your own opinion.
With the OnePlus 8 Series of phones, the Chinese smartphone-maker goes head-to-head with its rivals in tad-different price segments. OnePlus 8 is one of the phones that outshine a whole lot of smartphones available at its price bracket.
OnePlus 8 features a contoured design and comes with a glass back. Due to the glass construction of the phone, it might take you a little to play around with it to adjust your handling for comfortable usage.
According to OnePlus, a refined Matte AG finish for the Glacial Green color of the device provides a less-glaring and fingerprint-minimizing matte surface. Anyway, the curved glass back on the OnePlus 8 is quite similar to its predecessor in most ways.
The smartphone packs a massive 6.55-inch curved Fluid AMOLED Display having a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The panel on the OnePlus 8 manages to showcase 402PPI, which is a respectable figure.
OnePlus has been pushing up the screen refresh rate, as we have seen in the last couple of years. Walking on that footstep, the company has equipped the OnePlus 8 with a 90Hz display refresh rate to stay up in the game. From navigation to scrolling, everything seems butter-smooth on the mobile.
For protecting the giant screen, the OnePlus 8 utilizes 3D Corning Gorilla Glass. However, the version of Gorilla Glass used is unspecified. Additionally, the display comes with HDR 10+ support and an A+ rating from DisplayMate – making it a compelling choice if you’re a hardcore consumer of media.
Further, a well-balanced Reading Mode improves the colors for comfortable reading. You can also turn on the monochrome mode if that is something that pleases you.
The OnePlus 8 hosts a 48MP Triple Camera system at the back. Whether you want to use Smart Pet Capture for taking pet shots or opt for Nightscape, everything is available at your disposal.
The Smart Pet Capture uses an intelligent algorithm to figure out an animal in the picture so that any movements can be noticed for minimizing the motion blur.
Similarly, there is Nightscape. It takes multi-frame processing into consideration in order to add details to cityscapes that are of low-light nature.
The 48MP camera on the OnePlus 8 is a Sony IMX586 that takes crisp photos with its f/1.75 aperture even in low-light conditions. Also, there is OIS and EIS – that makes out for a brilliant level of stabilization.
The second lens on the camera setup is a 16MP ultra-wide angle module. It comes with an f/2.2 aperture value and provides an excellent 116-degree field of view. This is useful when you’re capturing landscapes in your frame or need to fit-in more people for a group photo.
Lastly, a 2MP macro lens compliments the camera setup. It comes with an f/2.4 aperture size. It works quite well most of the time, generating superb results.
The camera on the OnePlus 8 takes not only beautiful photos but also some high-quality videos. OnePlus is a very capable video shooter, recording videos in 4K and full HD at up to 60fps.
If you love to capture videos artistically in slow-motion, you can opt for a 240fps frame rate at scaled-down full HD resolution. Further, an amazing frame rate of 480fps is there to select if you can manage the quality to fall down a bit at about 720p.
Not only that, but the OnePlus 8 also shoots time-lapse videos in 4K and full HD resolutions at 30fps very efficiently.
If you have a lot to admire in the main camera segment, you cannot be left distressed for the front camera as well. OnePlus 8 carries a single 16MP Sony IMX471 punch-hole sensor at the front.
The selfie camera on the mobile is a fixed focus module. Its f/2.45 aperture value coupled with EIS works quite nicely. Moreover, the front camera records good quality full HD videos at a conventional 30fps frame rate.
Just like the primary camera, the front camera also hosts time-lapse videos. Apart from that, HDR and screen flash are some of the add-ons that function adequately. Notably, the front camera also comes in handy for the face unlocking mechanism, in addition to the usual in-display fingerprint sensor.
Processor and Storage
Running a highly feature-packed device like OnePlus 8 requires a powerful processor that can manage things efficiently. Fortunately, the smartphone is the host to a very capable chipset.
The mobile runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor. It ensures the performance of the OnePlus 8 remains snappy no matter what tasks you throw at it. OxygenOS 11 also plays an important part in its performance.
The chipset bundles with Adreno 650 GPU for handling all the visuals. The phone comes in 2 different storage options to take care of all the storage scenarios. 8GB and 12GB RAM variants compliment 128GB and 256GBG of internal storage, respectively.
There is hardly any lag even during the graphics-intensive operations on the phone, thanks to a great processor and optimized OxygenOS. Furthermore, UFS 3.0 file management system that the OnePlus 8 uses transmit data very quickly, hence an even better experience.
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To make use of all the eye-catching features, you need a good battery backup available to you at all times. OnePlus 8 possesses a 4300mAh battery which gives you an excellent usage time on a single charge.
The smartphone features Warp Charge 30T technology which is ultra-fast. It takes the phone only 22 minutes to juice up from 1% to 50% with the charger which comes in the box. OnePlus has included the Warp Charge 30 power adapter with the phone for no additional cost.
What Are The Added Features?
The phone comes with mentionable features that increase its overall appeal. Firstly, there are Dual Stereo Speakers with Dolby Atmos tag to boast. At the moment, the OnePlus 8 supports 4G SIM on both the slots simultaneously, whereas 5G SIM operations function only with one slot at a time.
- ModelOnePlus 8
- Released14th April, 2020
- Weight180 grams
- WaterproofSplash Resistant
- Display TypeFluid AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Size6.55 inches
- Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels FHD+
- Display Colors16M Colors
- Pixel Density402 PPI Pixel Per Inch
- Touch ScreenYes
- Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 6
- FeaturesDCI-P3 100%
- CPUOcta-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 + 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 + 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
- GPUAdreno 650
- RAM (Memory)8 GB, 12 GB
- Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB
- Memory Card SlotNo
- SensorsFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 + OxygenOS 10.0
- User InterfaceYes
- Rear Camera48 MP (wide) (OIS+EIS) + 16MP Ultra Wide + 2 MP (macro)
- Video4K 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
- FlashDual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Front Camera16 MP (wide)
- SIMNano SIM
- Dual SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Wi-fiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
- USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
- Wireless ChargingNo
- Headphone JackNo
- CapacityLi-Po 4300 mAh battery + Fast charging 30W
- Video PlaybackYes
- Video OutYes
- FM RadioNo
- Ring TonesYes
- 4G LTELTE (unspecified)
- SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/150 Mbps
There is no doubt about the fact that OnePlus has a handful of devices that give tough competition to its competitors. With its 8 Series models, the company is trying to fill the gaps in all aspects.
The phone here – the onePlus 8 – is the most affordable of the series, but offers almost everything that its bigger siblings do.
From a very reliable camera to a perfect chipset to go with, it serves you well with the pricing that you cannot resist. However, there are certainly some limits, such as a lack of expandable storage.
But in the end, we can conclude that the OnePlus 8 does everything without any hiccups and is a great choice to go for. If you are looking to purchase your next smartphone, you can certainly have a look at the device, it will not disappoint you.
There are 3 colors in which the OnePlus 8 is available – Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, and Onyx Black.
The price of the OnePlus 8 starts at Rs. 41,999 for 8GB/128GB variant, and goes all the way up to Rs. 44,999 for the 12GB/256GB option.