Of the 2 flagship telephones OnePlus introduced in April, the OnePlus Eight is not simply extra reasonably priced than the OnePlus Eight Professional, it is also the cellphone I want. At $699 (£599) for 128GB of storage and $799 (£699) for 256GB, the OnePlus Eight is in the stores within the US at T-Cellular and, for the primary time ever, Verizon; and it’ll work on different carriers (OnePlus and Amazon will promote it unlocked, as effectively). Be aware that Verizon is promoting it at a better worth of $799 (128GB). (The newer OnePlus Nord is an excellent cheaper choice, nevertheless it’s not obtainable within the US.)

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Prices shortly90Hz displayRelatively extra reasonably priced high-end cellphone

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Macro zoom lens is unimpressiveNo wi-fi charging

On specs alone, the OnePlus Eight Professional is objectively the higher cellphone. It has extra options, like a 120Hz show and a telephoto digicam (you may see the listing of different essential variations under). However the cheaper OnePlus Eight nonetheless maintains sufficient different specs like 5G, a 90Hz show, an everlasting battery life and a top-of-the-line processor to ship a premium Android expertise.

Whereas it is true that the OnePlus telephones aren’t low cost as they was — the iPhone 11 prices the identical at $699 — the OnePlus Eight’s premium expertise comes at a comparatively extra reasonably priced worth than its different high-end Android opponents just like the Galaxy S20 and certain the Pixel 5 when it launches later within the 12 months, if Google goes with the identical launch worth because the Pixel four. (On that be aware, the Pixel four at this second is on sale at numerous retailers and you may get it cheaper than the OnePlus Eight — consider although that it got here out final 12 months.) In case you’re watching your funds carefully however do not need to sacrifice quite a bit when it comes to hardware, the OnePlus Eight needs to be your prime contender.

OnePlus Eight vs. OnePlus Eight Professional: Key variations

OnePlus Eight has a 90Hz show, the OnePlus Eight Professional has a 120Hz displayOnly OnePlus Professional has wi-fi and reverse wi-fi chargingOnePlus Eight is a tad smaller, thinner and lighter than the Eight Professional (see spec chart on the finish for actual measurements)OnePlus Eight has three cameras; the OnePlus Eight has 4, together with a coloration filterThe unlocked model of the OnePlus Eight is just not IP68 water-proof. The OnePlus Eight Professional is. 

OnePlus Eight’s 90Hz display screen nonetheless delivers

Like final 12 months’s OnePlus 7 Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a 90Hz show. In comparison with a cellphone with a extra frequent refresh price of 60 frames per second, the OnePlus Eight feels sooner and smoother — scrolling by way of my social media information feed or paging by way of house display screen pages felt zippier. This development of upper refresh charges is probably going going to be adopted by extra cellphone makers. (Earlier than we often noticed these in gaming telephones, however the mainstream Galaxy S20 telephones have 120Hz shows too.)

Surprisingly, as a result of I might readily see the distinction between a 60Hz show show and a 90Hz show, I assumed the OnePlus Eight Professional’s 120Hz would look even higher. However once I navigated each of them side-by-side, the Eight Professional did not really feel miles forward of the OnePlus Eight. So, for those who’re leaning in direction of the OnePlus Eight between the 2, don’t fret about “lacking out” on a superior show.

I reviewed the iridescent variant of the OnePlus Eight known as interstellar glow. It is a flashy, pleasant coloration(s?) that’s, for lack of a greater phrase, cute. However the shiny materials attracts an unbelievable quantity of fingerprints. In case you do not thoughts wiping down your cellphone each jiffy (otherwise you simply can ignore the prints), it is positively a fun-looking cellphone to hold round.

A fast be aware concerning the cellphone’s water resistance. T-Cellular and Verizon’s OnePlus Eight telephones will probably be rated IP68 for water resistance. However the unlocked model of the OnePlus Eight is just not rated (as in, those offered by way of OnePlus and Amazon). That does not imply it is utterly weak, although. OnePlus says the OnePlus Eight is as protected in opposition to water as previous fashions. Final 12 months, I submerged the OnePlus 7 Professional, which is not IP licensed both, in a fish tank for 30 minutes and it survived with out points. 

The OnePlus Eight’s enjoyable iridescent coloration.

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Some minor software program variations

For probably the most half, the software program options and OS on the OnePlus Eight and eight Professional are equivalent — you may learn extra particulars about them in my OnePlus Eight Professional assessment. However the Eight Professional does have a number of goodies all its personal. They embrace the Eight Professional’s “Consolation Tone,” which routinely modifications the tint of the display screen relying on the ambient gentle atmosphere. Don’t be concerned, although, you may nonetheless alter the OnePlus Eight’s display screen tone (and thus make it extra snug on your eyes in the dead of night), by way of Evening Mode in Settings.

The Eight Professional additionally has a “movement graphics smoothing” choice, which is meant to easy out movement blur when watching movies. However once I turned on these choices and watched movies, I barely observed any enchancment.

OnePlus Eight’s triple rear cameras 

Just like the OnePlus Eight Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a normal 48-megapixel digicam and wide-angle digicam that take glorious images. Nightscape, OnePlus’ low-light digicam mode, additionally brightened up images effectively, however I observed the mode labored a tad higher on the Eight Professional. Once I took a photograph of a big plant in the dead of night, the OnePlus Eight Professional’s picture had extra element. 

I like how the digicam handles the colour contrasting between the blue constructing and yellow lemons.

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A photograph of a playground taken with the wide-angle digicam.

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This image was taken in a darkish yard with Nightscape mode on.

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The OnePlus Eight’s digicam has a 2x lossless zoom, which is sweet for closing in on faraway objects. It could additionally digitally zoom as much as 10x, however objects seemed quite a bit blurrier at this degree. 

A lakeside picture with no zoom. 

Lynn La/Proinertech

Zooming in on buildings at 2x.

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The Oakland courthouse at 10x zoom.

Lynn La/Proinertech

As an alternative of sharing a telephoto digicam or a coloration filter digicam with the OnePlus Eight Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a macro digicam. I used to be excited at this prospect, as I discover a macro digicam to be extra helpful than the colour filter digicam. However once I went up shut with a rose, the picture was muddy and the colours seemed flat. As an alternative, zooming in with the common digicam produced images that, whereas maybe not as sharp, have been extra aesthetically pleasing and colourful. Take into account that the cellphone can nonetheless take portrait images with no telephoto digicam, in addition to good portrait images with the selfie digicam.

This closeup shot of rose pedals utilizing the macro characteristic is sharper than the one under, however colours are flatter.

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This picture was taken with out macro. Although it is blurrier, it is extra vibrant and pleasing.

Lynn La/Proinertech

The OnePlus Eight can nonetheless take portrait images with no telephoto lens.

Lynn La/Proinertech

The digicam additionally has OIS and shoots 4K video that is sharp and regular. There’s an additional “tremendous stabilization” mode to additional easy down movement blur from hand shaking, however once I checked out each movies side-by-side, the impact or enhancements appeared minimal. 

OnePlus Eight efficiency and battery

The OnePlus Eight has the identical processor because the OnePlus Eight Professional, so for extra particulars on efficiency, head to the Eight Professional assessment. For probably the most half, each telephones carried out equally on benchmark exams and the OnePlus Eight stays aggressive amongst different Android telephones that additionally share the identical Snapdragon 865 chipset, just like the Galaxy S20 and the LG V60. 

Be aware that whereas I included the Pixel four for comparability, Google’s cellphone is supplied with final 12 months’s Snapdragon 855 processor.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.zero single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.zero multicore

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

I performed battery exams on steady video playback on Airplane mode. The four,300-mAh battery contained in the OnePlus Eight ran for a median of 18 hours, 48 minutes on each its 90Hz and 60Hz display screen setting (as a result of the video I performed was shot in 30fps, it is sensible that the instances have been shut). By comparability, the Eight Professional’s four,510-mAh battery clocked in 18 hours, 52 minutes. I will replace this piece with ultimate outcomes and scores once we end operating streaming video exams.

As with previous generations of OnePlus units, the OnePlus Eight has super-fast Warp Charging. From a zero% battery degree, 15 minutes of charging powered up the cellphone as much as 35%, at 30 minutes it was at 65% and after an hour the battery was practically utterly replenished at 98%.

OnePlus Eight spec comparability

OnePlus Eight 5G

OnePlus Eight Professional 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

Google Pixel four

Show measurement, decision

6.55-inch AMOLED; 1,080×2,400 pixels

6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels

6.2-inch AMOLED

5.7-inch OLED; 1,080×2,280 pixels

Pixel density

402ppi

513ppi

563ppi

444ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.three x 2.Eight x zero.31 in

6.51 x 2.93 x zero.35 in

2.72 x 5.97 x zero.311 in

2.7 x 5.7 x zero.three in

Dimensions (Millimeters)

160 x 72.9 x Eight.zero mm

165 x 74.four x Eight.5 mm

69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm

68.Eight x 147.1 x Eight.2 mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.35 oz; 180g

7.02 oz; 199g

5.75 oz; 163g

5.7 oz; 162g

Cellular software program

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Digicam

48-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro)

48-megapixel (customary), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), Eight-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘coloration filter’)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)

12.2-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (telephoto)

Entrance-facing digicam

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

10-megapixel

Eight-megapixel

Video seize

4K

4K

8K

4K

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.zero GHz)

2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Storage

128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB

128GB

64GB, 128GB

RAM

8GB, 12GB

8GB, 12GB

12GB

6GB

Expandable storage

No

No

As much as 1TB

No

Battery

four,300mAh

four,510mAh

four,000mAh

2,800mAh

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

No

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

No

No

No

No

Particular options

5G enabled; Warp Cost; 90Hz refresh price

5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-proof (IP68); 120Hz refresh price

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68)

Soli movement sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz refresh price; water-proof (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging

Worth off-contract (USD)

$699 (8GB RAM/128GB), $799 (12GB RAM/256GB)

$899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB)

$999 (5G)

$499 (64GB)*, $599 (128GB)*

Worth (GBP)

£599 (8GB RAM/128GB), £699 (12GB RAM/256GB)

£799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB)

£799 (4G), £899 (5G)

£519 (64GB)*, £599 (128GB)*

Worth (AUD)

UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB)

UK converts to: AU$1,180 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,370 (12GB RAM/256GB)

AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G)

AU$849 (64GB)*, AU$999 (128GB)*

Be aware: Pixel four costs as of April 14, 2020.

First revealed on April 14.

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