OnePlus 8 Pro vs Apple iPhone 11: The weigh-in

Budget for the Pros?

Time can tell that OnePlus’ Pro smartphones love to take a jab at the premium smartphones club. Offering big specs without demanding your least favourite child.

So it was only fair to put the OnePlus 8 Pro against the Apple iPhone 11, mainly because OnePlus dare not anger its community by venturing close to the sun and its ₹1 lakh entry fees.

Seeing from the initial launch and specs, we can get a fair understanding of what to expect from the Pro and how that will trouble Apple’s pockets.

Display: Pro-ducing more frames for more fame

It’s a shame that we have to mention how the iPhone 11’s screen resolution really irks some users. The quality and colour accuracy is typically Apple and, frankly, very good. But it’s in the resolution and frames department that OnePlus 8 Pro might completely sideslip past iPhone 11.

The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 6.78in 120Hz refresh rate screen that has QHD+ (3168x1440) resolution with HDR10 and a peak brightness of 1300nits. In the number game that absolutely blows away most flagship smartphones, even a few Samsungs and definitely iPhone 11’s measly HD screen.

We’ll have to see the displays next to each other before we give our final verdict, but it’s not looking good for Apple here.

Camera: crank it up to 11

OnePlus debuted some really capable computational photography with the OnePlus 7T Pro and with the introduction of a flicker sensor for the new OnePlus 8 Pro, we’re sure to get some really nice shots with its quad-camera setup.

The iPhone 11, on the other hand, has the best camera we’ve seen on a smartphone. Given that Pixel 4 and Huawei are absent from India and are highly unlikely to show up in the near future as well. The iPhone gets a headstart and does a fantastic job with its low-light and Fusion smarts for smartphone photography lovers.

It only has a Wide angle and an Ultra-wide angle lens. So, once again the OnePlus 8 Pro offers a better run at the number game with a quad setup which consists of 3x Telephoto, 48MP Ultra-wide angle, 48MP main and a Color Filter Camera. The last one is to add some pop and jazz to your everyday shots and maybe take away the trouble of using an editor tool. It will also bring more versatility to your shots with more lenses to play with, only time will tell.

Still, we haven’t tested out the OnePlus 8 Pro’s camera yet and the iPhone 11 holds the crown for the best smartphone camera, for now.

Performance: The best money can buy

iPhone’s A13 bionic chip is no sloucher and even after months into our review it still manages to handle everyday tasks and gaming like a champ. It’s one of the strongest aspects about an Apple iPhone, one which every Android tries to play catch-up.

OnePlus 8 Pro takes that seriously and jams a mind bending 12GB RAM (8GB variant also available) along with Snapdragon 865 to really pump up the muscle for everyday workout and even for those moments of heavy lifting during PUBG Mobile battles and CoD Mobile shootouts.

The high refresh rate on the OnePlus definitely helps to feel like it's a force to reckon with, but we’ll have to wait till we get our hands on the device and be able to give you our final verdict on which one is better.

Battery & Features: Wrap whoop

Both smartphones come with a system wide Dark Mode feature and wireless charging, but the OnePlus 8 Pro is going to juice up faster. OnePlus is launching a Wrap Charge 30 Wireless charger, which will charge the OnePlus 8 Pro from 1% to 50% wirelessly in 30 minutes. That’s borrowed from Huawei and if it’s anything like that then we’re looking forward to saying goodbye to cables.

Meanwhile, the iPhone charges at a snail’s pace with its cabled bundled charger even though the phone supports fast charging. For faster charging speeds you have to shell out some extra dosh to buy the fast charger or buy the iPhone 11 Pro which gets the fast charger bundled in.

There’s WiFi 6 in the OnePlus 8 Pro; we’ll definitely test that and find out how it affects everyday use in the full review. Even a 5G variant is available but it might not make sense here in India right now.

Initial Verdict: Tough call

Both the smartphones are capable and heavy hitters in their own right. We have tested the Apple iPhone 11 and continue to use it, but OnePlus 8 Pro needs to be in our hands for us to give a conclusive decision on this battle.

The price is also a big factor here. iPhone 11 starts at ₹64,900 for 64GB and the OnePlus 8 Pro drops at $899 (approx. ₹68,353) for 128GB. We will update you when we get the Indian pricing and availability.

With the two missing giants (Google Pixel and Huawei), OnePlus might have a nice opportunity to tap into that void, but will the iPhone 11 allow it? We’ll have to wait for the final verdict.