OnePlus has just launched its new range of smartphones and the biggest deal about them is that, for once, the Pro model is a lot more different and worthy of its higher price tag.
Both smartphones pack in the latest and most powerful chipsets, but there’s plenty of stuff that the standard model skips on, which is why the lower asking price.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The big daddy of the new 8 Series (and every other OnePlus smartphone that came before it), the OnePlus 8 Pro, may look similar to the 7T Pro but there’s plenty of new hardware on the inside.
On the outside, you get a 6.78-inch QHD+ Fluid AMOLED Display with a 120Hz refresh rate that will not only make games smoother but will also make your standard videos (30fps) look better when they automagically get upscaled to 120fps using OnePlus’ new MEMC technology. The Pro model gets the curved edge display but also features a hole-punch for the 16MP selfie camera. Yes, there’s no need to worry about a pop-up camera anymore, which is gone for good and paves way for an IP68 rating. Talking about cameras, there are four of them at the back. There’s an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom to get you close to the action. You get a 48MP Ultra wide camera for shooting panoramas on your next vacation that can also double up as a Macro camera for shooting close-ups of flowers and bugs. Then there’s the main camera with a 48MP unit along with a new Colour Filter camera that lets you get artistic with lighting effects and filters. Also at the back is a new Flicker Sensor that adjusts the shutter speed to get crisper fast-moving subjects like kids and pets.
As is going to be standard with all flagships this year, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 inside paired with 8/12GB RAM and 128/256GB storage. This one packs in dual stereo speakers for better sound along with 5G radio and Wi-Fi 6 for faster internet speeds.
All of the above is powered by a 4510mAh battery that you can juice up using a Warp Charge 30T charger (0-50% in 23 minutes) or a Warp Charge 30 Wireless (0-50% in 30 minutes). The phone gets the latest OxygenOS updates with Android 10 and is also optimised to run smoother with that new 120Hz display.
And now that we are done with the ‘Pro’ stuff, let’s have a look at what mere mortals will get with the standard OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8 is obviously the poorer cousin of the premium OnePlus 8 Pro, but it still gets the good stuff despite cutting down on a lot of new hardware that’s come to the Pro model. This year, more than ever, buyers of both models will see their price tags justified as until last year, there was not much of distinction between the standard model and the Pro model apart from the display size, design and price.
The new OnePlus 8 packs in a 6.55-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED Display with a hole-punch for the 16MP selfie camera. Yes, the good old display notch is no more! This display, however, is stuck at the usual 90Hz but still supports HDR10+ for video streaming. OnePlus claims that at just 8mm thickness, the phone is a tad bit thicker than a pencil, which is pretty darn slim and in line with the previous OnePlus 7T.
The premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset also makes its way here and is available in two options, 8+128GB and 12+256GB. Some of the good stuff from the Pro model like Wi-Fi 6, 5G radios and Warp Charge 30T make it here too. The handset is powered by a smaller 4300mAh battery and Android 10 with OxgyenOS to keep things refreshed.
Bullets Wireless Z
Also announced alongside the new 8 series handsets are the new Bullets Wireless Bluetooth neckband earphones called the Bullets Wireless Z. It gets you 10 hours or usage with a 10 minute charge and 20 hours of usage with a full charge. They are lighter as well and come with the standard Type-C port.
Pricing and options
The OnePlus 8 Pro will be available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Ultramarine Blue (featured above), while the OnePlus 8 will be available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Interstellar Glow (pictured above).
India pricing is as follows.
OnePlus 8 (Glacial Green): 6+128 GB: ₹41,999 (at Amazon.in)
OnePlus 8 (Onyx Black, Glacial Green): 8+128 GB: ₹44,999 (All online and offline channels)
OnePlus 8 (Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow): 12+256 GB: ₹49,999 (All online and offline channels)
OnePlus 8 Pro (Onyx Black, Glacial Green): 8+128 GB: ₹54,999 (All online and offline channels)
OnePlus 8 Pro (Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue): 12+256 GB: ₹59,999 (All online and offline channels)
Bullets Wireless Z will retail at ₹1999
The handsets will go on sale from April 29 in the US and from April 21 in Europe and in India from May 2020.