Oneplus have built-in a great legacy over the years and according to me the, OnePlus 8 does not betray that legacy but neither does it do much to push it forward. For that, you need to look to the OnePlus 8 Pro but then you’re jumping to a $900 phone. The OnePlus 8 on the other hand is a buck under 700 to start.
Come back to that price later, but first, let me showcase what’s new. The phone has a 6.5-inch HDR+ Display at 90 Hz, same screen specs as last year’s OnePlus 7T with the bonus that it’s now more readable outdoors.
A brilliant contoured design that seems to disappear in the hand and is comfortable. This interstellar finish is nice but there’s nothing really special about this rectangle. The return of the curved-screen means the return of false taps with your thumb and then hole punch for the front camera is far uglier than the teardrop on the 7T.
But, oh yes 5G folks. By now you should have understood that it’s the backbone upon which the future of communications is going to be built so it will someday be very important and this phone has that capability. Currently, there’s almost no function of 5G in a phone but, there’s actually one thing, 5G does increases the price of phones.
That’s partly because Qualcomm, which makes the Snapdragon 865 Processor, which powers the OnePlus 8, doesn’t sell a version without 5G and that in part explains the hundred dollar hike in the launch price from last year’s OnePlus 7T. Those extra bucks helped fund better haptics and a slight refresh of Oxygen OS 10.0, which is still the most fluid and restrained version of Android you can find.
One of the ways OnePlus saved money was by not paying for its phones to undergo the costly testing that certifies them IP68 dust and water-resistant while the OnePlus 8 finally changes that. The phone has received the IP68 Certification
In terms of camera quality well we’ve got some feature bumps, not just 4K video but now
4K video with stabilization and while it’s still noisier footage, at least it’s now exported in an easier to work with color space.
It has got the same 48 Megapixel Primary Sensor and an identical 16-megapixel ultra-wide as that of the OnePlus 7T but the telephoto is gone, replaced by a dedicated macro shooter. Now, I love the extreme close-ups but the resolution on that macro is very low and last year OnePlus 7T could already shoot in macro using another method so we can’t really call this an upgrade. Especially when you look at some of those rough zoom shots on the whole.
The camera is fine but if you really care about your photos, this isn’t the phone for you. You should either spring for the OnePlus 8 Pro or you could save a ton of money and get a Pixel 3A.
Just like with the OnePlus 7T we can squeeze two days out of the OnePlus 8 with 4200 mAh Battery, and the kind of light use that comes from not being able to leave your house.
Warp charging delivers on its name as it goes from empty to 50% in just 22 minutes.
Now here’s a thing. When you put the OnePlus 7T phone in one hand and the OnePlus 8 on the other, it’s really hard to see how the OnePlus 8 justifies it’s $200 premium price tag. Though the OnePlus 8 is a great one on its own, it’s not a huge upgrade over its predecessors, so give it a thought before you jump in to spend your 699 dollars.