A couple of years ago, no one would’ve ever thought that you needed a more powerful or capable device than the OnePlus 8.

But the scene has changed dramatically and if you don’t have a Pro version of your already flagship phone, you may as well not bother. So here we are, barely a week after getting our hands warmed by the OnePlus 8, toying with the 8 Pro. But this isn’t just the case of bigger size for bigger hands or a busier life. It’s a Pro iteration that actually means what it touts.

OP8 on steroids

So, immediately, you get a slightly larger screen to differentiate it aesthetically. Instead of the 8’s 6.55in, you now get a 6.78in AMOLED screen with a higher pixel density and an even higher refresh rate than the 8. So 90Hz smooth motion makes way for an insanely quick 120Hz (at 1440p) and while it doesn’t make a tangible difference in everyday usage, hardcore gamers will definitely welcome this unique feature that is still quite rare, even amongst the pricier flagships.The 3D glass that melts over the edges looks cool, but I’ve never really understood its significance. In fact, in tricky camera angles, I was unable to activate the shutter button since the edge of my palm was pressing against the edge of the phone. It certainly lends a modern aesthetic but that’s about all.

Of course, with the larger screen, you also get a slightly larger battery and that takes this phone into the upper echelons of all-day power. The 8 Pro also gets wireless fast-charging support besides the Warp Charge 30T wired fast charging, making this phone a total beast for worker ants.

Camera

But perhaps the biggest difference is in the camera department. The quad camera setup is not just different but also much better than the OP8. The main sensor remains a Sony 48MP (IMX689) unit, which is an upgraded part with a larger pixel size and one more element. It’s joined by another 48MP ultra-wide angle lens, 8MP telephoto for 3x hybrid zoom and the sorta controversial 5MP colour filter lens. In terms of video, the features remain similar to the OP8 (click to read the extended review), but the switching between the lenses seems more seamless here and autofocus too is a lot faster than the OP8.

The difference in price will primarily boil down to the HDR display that is capable of a staggering 1300nits at max brightness and the camera performance. Thankfully, both these areas are visibly better than the OP8. The screen packs a punch, sometimes more than I would like with colours that are over saturated like all Samsung displays. But you can tame it to acceptable levels in the settings by toggling to Natural. Pictures taken on the OP8 Pro and viewed on the device itself look absolutely stunning, with a rich colour palette and plenty of dynamic contrast. The camera too plays its part by extracting a lot more detail in Nightscape mode than the OP8, but more critically, there is more detail and less blooming around the edges. The most surprising revelation was the Super Macro mode that approaches the Huawei P30 Pro levels of resolution from a distance of 4cm from the subject. The OP8, in comparison, feels like an antiquated main camera from a 2012 phone. Even the Portrait mode ensures the edge definition is maintained well on objects and creates a strikingly shallow depth of field if that is your measure of “professional” looking photography. You don’t get more advanced controls like adjusting the depth of field or focus, but given the size of the Play Store, I’m sure there is a third-party solution which I don’t want to endorse here.

Sample and comparison images

OnePlus 8 (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro (right)

OnePlus 8 - macro (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - macro (right)

OnePlus 8 Pro - macro (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - 48MP (right)

OnePlus 8 Pro - HDR (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - HDR 48MP (right)

iPhone 11 Pro - portrait (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - portrait (right)

iPhone 11 Pro - night mode (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - nightscape (right)

iPhone 11 Pro - night mode (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - nightscape (right)

OnePlus 8 Pro - nightscape OFF (left)  OnePlus 8 Pro - nightscape ON (right)

Switching the main camera between the 12MP and 48MP resolutions yields a smidge more detail in densely packed scenes and also reduces colour banding on gradients. The difference becomes less critical as light falls, but then the Nightscape comes into play and it magically illuminates parts of the scene that seem dark to the naked eye. Of course, it has its own side effects like artificially boosted primary colours and noise upon zooming, but it is still a great tool to capture low-light shots and keeps up with the best of the breed.

The OnePlus camera interface is remarkably easy to use and that makes it light work of being able to use all of its features all the time. Unlike a lot of other phones that have the most obvious settings hidden behind multiple actions, OnePlus lays out all the critical modes within reach and this makes the 8 Pro a very usable camera phone across all sorts of conditions. The 16MP front camera is standard fare and it does soften the skin by default, so you won’t be able to complain to your boss for being overworked and sending a selfie as proof!

Performance

In terms of performance, it remains identical to its sibling since the specs and processor are almost identical. There’s zero lag in any action, no matter how many apps you choose to keep active and heat is almost a non-issue. Games like Mortal Kombat 2 and ShadowGun Legends are rendered without any latency and prodigious amounts of RAM, optimised by the Fnatic mode, really makes this the gamers choice too. The 120Hz screen does improve gameplay by reducing fatigue, which could be intangible during short runs, but if your life depends on gaming, this is the screen you may want for the job. The OP8 Pro also gains an IP68 rating for the first time ever, so it leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the spec sheet. 

Verdict

Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro feels and performs like a true flagship, be it the smoothness of Android 10 with OxygenOS, gaming or camera performance and the battery life, most certainly. Of course, using 120Hz at max resolution permanently will eat into this humongous reserve, but for everyday tasks, the OP8 Pro should last well beyond a day for most people. It may be the most expensive phone OnePlus has ever made but certainly justifies the price tag with its extreme performance.

Tech Specs 
Display
6.78in (513ppi)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Storage
8GB/12GB DDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.0
Camera
48MP main, 8MP telephoto, 48MP ultra-wide, 5MP colour filter
Front camera
16MP
Dimensions (WHD)
74.3 x 165.3 x 8.5mm
Weight
199g
Stuff says... 

OnePlus 8 Pro review

A display that sets a new standard in smoothness and blazing performance across the board means this is the Android to beat in terms of value
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₹54999
Good Stuff 
Display smoothness and size
Gaming beast
Camera can capture tons of detail
Battery life
Bad Stuff 
Colours are over saturated
Nothing else!