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The OnePlus 8 Pro has everything you could want in a phone

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It’s April and therefore time for OnePlus to present its latest smartphones. While the new OnePlus 8 looks more like a shrunken OnePlus 7T Pro with the latest hardware, OnePlus puts everything a smartphone fan can expect from a flagship product into the 8 Pro. In our first hands-on with the OnePlus 8 Pro, we show you that the manufacturer has added key features that were missing in the past.

OnePlus 8 Pro release date and price

The sparrows were already chirping it in the sky before the presentation of the OnePlus 8 Pro: the OnePlus flagship is the most expensive smartphone in the company’s history. But if you look at the competition, the price of £799/€899 ($980) for the OnePlus 8 Pro in the memory configuration of 8/128GB, and even the £899/€999 ($1,090) for the variant with 12/256GB, can be considered fair. Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ 5G costs  $1,199 and $1,349 respectively in the USA.

The OnePlus 8 Pro will be available in the same colors as the OnePlus 8. The high-gloss Onyx Black and the matte Glacial Green. Interstellar Glow will complete the color palette of the OnePlus 8 Pro series at a later date.

OnePlus 8 Pro design and build quality

When you hold the OnePlus 8 Pro in your hand for the first time, you think you are holding a
OnePlus 7T Pro. But OnePlus has changed a lot about the appearance of the OnePlus 8 Pro compared to its predecessor.
Some of it with a clear advantage in things you don’t first have in mind. First of all, the front camera should be mentioned here, OnePlus now gives the 8 Pro a hole punch in the display for the selfie camera. On the OnePlus 7T Pro, the camera was still hidden in a pop-up mechanism that activated when needed. This looked cool, but had the side effect that Face Unlock, for example, was not as snappy as expected from OnePlus. The elimination of this pop-up camera also means that the OnePlus 8 Pro can now officially claim IP68 certification.

Instead of popup, there is now a hole-punch in the display. / © AndroidPIT

On the back, there is a change in design due to the new camera module. The main camera is still in the middle, but the flash, laser autofocus, and the 3x telephoto camera have moved to the left of the main camera unit. The module protrudes unusually far to the outside. One could almost think that OnePlus might have borrowed the camera setup from its sister company OPPO and its Find X2 Pro.

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Not so attractive: the camera unit and other sensors. / © AndroidPIT

Apart from that, on the OnePlus 8 Pro, which we had in the nice matte Glacial Green color variant, everything is in the usual place. Volume buttons on the left, on/off switch on the right along with the classic notification slider.

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Without the notification slider, the OnePlus 8 Pro would not be a true OnePlus smartphone. / © AndroidPIT

OnePlus 8 Pro display

The OnePlus 8 Pro display is of course one of the highlights of the smartphone. The 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED panel in a 19.8:9 format has a resolution of 3,168 x 1,440 pixels (QHD+). This results in a pixel density of 513 ppi.
Sounds like the panel of the OnePlus 7T Pro, doesn’t it? Not quite, because the OnePlus 8 Pro’s new panel achieves a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz instead of 90 Hz. I can still rave about how smooth the display is when scrolling through my Twitter timeline, for example, but in the end, you have to experience it yourself.

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The new Fluid AMOLED panel now achieves 120 instead of 90 Hertz. / © AndroidPIT

Since not all the content displayed on the Internet is streamed at 120 frames per second, the OnePlus 8 Pro features MEMC technology. This technology is designed to upscale content that has been shot at 24 frames per second to 120 frames per second. The effect is a very fluid movie experience.

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Like its two predecessors, the OnePlus 8 Pro also has an Edge Display. / © AndroidPIT

OnePlus 8 Pro software

There are no big surprises with the software. Of course, Oxygen OS 10 is still based on Android 10. Oxygen OS is still one of the best UI vendors and, in my opinion, even better than the stock Android that Google ships on its Pixel smartphones. OnePlus has done more fine-tuning to the software for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro tested here. The Dark Theme 2.0 should now support more apps, the icons have been refined and dynamic wallpapers have been added.

At the time of publication, Oxygen OS 10.5.2 is running on our test device, but there will certainly be one or two updates before the full retail release.

OnePlus 8 Pro performance

It is as it is, OnePlus will continue to deliver one of the fastest combinations of hardware and software in terms of performance in 2020 with the OnePlus 8 Pro.
In our benchmark tests, the OnePlus 8 Pro is convincing throughout, but for our final test, we still have to compare the OnePlus 8 Pro’s values with its direct rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the Huawei P40 Pro.

OnePlus 8 Pro benchmark comparison

  OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro OnePlus 7T
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme ES 3.1 7079 7122 6020
3D Mark Sling Shot Volcano 6899 6613 5245
3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.0 8998 8864 6649
Geekbench 5 (Single / Multi) 910 / 3341 887 / 3313 786 / 2825
PassMark Memory 27705 27118 32960
PassMark disk 41757 50083 50068

But from the comparison table, it also becomes clear that those who own a OnePlus 7T or 7T Pro definitely do not need to upgrade to a OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro in terms of performance.

OnePlus 8 Pro camera

OnePlus has made a lot of progress in its camera equipment for the 8 Pro and provides its top smartphone with a quad-camera at the back. Especially the combination of 48-megapixel wide-angle and 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor sounds very exciting. But first the complete equipment of the OnePlus 8 Pro at a glance:

Cameras in the OnePlus 8 Pro

Ultra-wide-angle camera 48 megapixels 0.8 μm EIS F2.2 Sony IMX586
Main camera 48 megapixels 1.12 μm at 48 MP / 2.24 μm at 12 MP OIS & EIS F1.78 Sony IMX689
Telephoto zoom camera 8 megapixels 1.0 μm OIS F2.44 unknown
Color Filter Camera 5 megapixels F2.4 unknown
Selfie camera 16 megapixels 1.0 μm EIS F2.45 Sony IMX471

If you are familiar with the company construct of the BBK Group and then look at the OPPO Find X2 Pro, there is a certain similarity in the hardware equipment. Both the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OPPO Find X2 Pro used Sony’s IMX689 as the main camera and the IMX586 as the ultra-wide-angle camera. However, since the hardware is only one part of the camera setup and the other, usually the more important part, is the software, the OnePlus 8 Pro will not necessarily deliver the same results as the OPPO Find X2 Pro.

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With four cameras the OnePlus 8 Pro now takes creative pictures of your environment. / © AndroidPIT

Since we have not yet been able to fully test the camera, also due to the current circumstances, we will deliver the results in our final review.

OnePlus 8 Pro battery

OnePlus has given the 8 Pro a lot in terms of battery power. On the one hand, the capacity increases to 4,510 mAh. While the charging technology via cable is still Warp Charge 30T with 30 watts, the long-awaited wireless Warp Charge is now included. OnePlus christens its wireless charging technology Warp Charge 30 Wireless and also offers a corresponding charging station.
With this charging station, the OnePlus 8 Pro is charged to half its capacity within 30 minutes.

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The Wireless Warp Charge is an additional extra that costs €70. / © AndroidPIT

In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 8 Pro ran through our benchmark program and could hold out for 9 hours and 35 minutes in its full resolution at 120 Hz, while a full 12 hours and 32 minutes could be achieved with FullHD+ at 60 Hz. So far, the OnePlus 8 Pro has performed very well in current everyday life and easily manages more than a day on one battery charge. But one must also say that I am currently on the road very little and therefore the smartphone is not really challenged with normal everyday conditions.

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Using the cable and Warp Charge 30T, the OnePlus 8 Pro should be fully charged within an hour. / © AndroidPIT

OnePlus 8 Pro technical specifications

Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 199 g
Battery size: 4510 mAh
Screen size: 6.78 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 3168 x 1440 pixels (513 ppi)
Front camera: 16 megapixels
Rear camera: 48 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 10 – Q
User interface: Oxygen OS
RAM: 12 GB
Internal storage: 256 GB
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

Early Verdict

OnePlus delivers its masterpiece with the 8 Pro. It’s as fast as an arrow thanks to the combination of hardware and Oxygen OS 10. The display flies through long scrollable contents with at 120 frames per second and spoils the eyes with an absolutely smooth display even for games. At the same time, OnePlus gives the 8 Pro features that have long been demanded by fans and industry critics: IP68 certification and fast wireless charging.

But all of this comes at a price, because the OnePlus 8 Pro is the most expensive OnePlus smartphone that has ever made it onto the market. And yet, compared to currently available 5G smartphones, the OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the more affordable offers on the market. So if you are looking for a fast 5G smartphone with the feature set of the OnePlus 8 Pro, you should take it.

Other 5G smartphones we have reviewed or are still testing:

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