OnePlus is back in 2020 with the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, in this OnePlus 8 review, I will tell you everything you need to know about this phone.
OnePlus 8 Introduction:
Within a short period of time, OnePlus has developed a reputation for making some of the best Android phones on the market, and OnePlus continues that tradition with the release of the OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8 is a nicely designed phone that bears a resemblance to its predecessor the OnePlus 7T from last year. Nevertheless, this phone comes with 12GB of RAM and it features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.
The OnePlus 8 has the look and feel of a flagship phone and it performs very well even though it costs significantly less than most flagship phones that are currently available.
The OnePlus 8 is a 5G phone, it’s one is one of the most economical 5G phones that are currently available.
Within the past few years, OnePlus phones have been referred to as flagship killers this is due to the fact that OnePlus makes high-end phones and sells them at more affordable prices than those of its competitors.
However, the prices of OnePlus phones have been increasing with the release of every phone.
The pop-up camera on the OnePlus 7T was innovative, however, that camera has been replaced with a punch-hole camera which is located in the upper left corner on the OnePlus 8.
I really liked the pop-up camera on the OnePlus 7T, however, I think the change to a punch-hole camera was necessary to make the phones water-resistant.
The OnePlus 8 does not have an official IP rating, however, the more expensive OnePlus 8 Pro has an iP68 water and dust resistance rating.
The OnePlus 8 has the look, feel, and specs of a flagship phone and I like the fact that the large circular camera bump on the back of the OnePlus 7T has been replaced with a more attractive vertical camera bump which is also present on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
What Distinguishes The OnePlus 8 From The OnePlus 8 Pro?
The OnePlus 8 has lots of great things going for it but the significantly more expensive OnePlus 8 Pro has wireless charging, a 3x telephoto camera, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 4,500mAh battery, and a 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED display screen.
OnePlus 8 Display Screen:
The OnePlus 8 comes equipped with a 6.55-inch AMOLED display screen with FHD+ with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.
The maximum refresh rate on this display screen is 90Hz but the default refresh rate 60Hz. The 90Hz refresh rate provides an extremely smooth scrolling experience.
This phone has an aspect ratio of 20:9 that means that it’s a tall, narrow phone. This is something that’s very popular today, this is due to the fact that it’s easier to handle a tall, narrow phone with one hand.
The resolution on this display screen isn’t the best, but it’s not terrible either. Nevertheless, this is a bright display screen which has a maximum brightness of 1100 nits.
As a result of this, it’s very easy to see the display screen on this phone when viewing it in direct sunlight.
The OnePlus 8 has an optical fingerprint scanner that’s built into the display screen. This fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate.
OnePlus 8 Design:
As I stated earlier, the pop-up camera has not been retained on the OnePlus 8. The teardrop notch that housed the selfie camera in the middle of the display screen has been replaced by a punch-hole camera which is located in the upper left corner of the display screen.
Even though there are bezels at the top and bottom of the display screen they are very small which makes it easier to fit a bigger display screen in a smaller frame.
The dimensions of the OnePlus 8 are 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.31 inches and it weighs 199g or 6.3oz. The OnePlus 8 features a curved display screen which makes it look very similar to that of a premium Samsung phone.
When handling the OnePlus 8 false touches happen more often as a result of the curved edges on the display screen.
The OnePlus 8 offers some great color options which include Interstellar Glow, Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and a Polar Silver colorway option which will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.
The display screen and the back panel of the OnePlus 8 are made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the phone has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating.
The OnePlus 8 has a triple camera setup which is housed in a vertical strip at the back of the phone at the top of the back panel in the center.
There is a bit of a camera bulge from the triple camera setup, however, the placement of these cameras are ideal because I rarely touch the cameras when holding the phone in landscape mode.
OnePlus 8 Cameras:
The OnePlus 8 comes equipped with a triple camera setup located on the back panel of the phone.
The primary camera is a 48MP camera with an f/1.75 aperture this camera has a crop zooming feature that mimics the effect of a telephoto camera.
This feature works fairly well at the lower settings, however, it does not work as well when you exceed 2x digital zoom the photos do not look as sharp and photos that are taken at the maximum 10x digital zoom are pixelated.
OnePlus has opted for a 2MP macro camera instead of a telephoto camera. The macro camera is used when taking close-range photos of a subject.
The photo quality of these types of photos taken with the OnePlus 8 is mediocre, to say the least, so there’s room for improvement here.
However, there’s a 16MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture that captures great photos.
This camera has a 116-degree field of view that works very well and it gives you the ability to fit more into the photos.
The OnePlus 8 shoots 4K video at 60fps and slow-mo at 720p at 480fps or 1080p at 240fps.
There is a Super Stable Mode which works very well if you’re shooting a video while you’re moving.
The selfie camera is a 16MP camera, this camera shoots nice photos but the photos are slightly overexposed.
The OnePlus 8 and many other flagship phones in 2020 have opted for digital zoom instead of optical zoom.
OnePlus 8 Specs:
The OnePlus 8 comes equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G connectivity.
There are 2 variants, one has 8GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage, and the other has 12GB of RAM with 256GB of internal storage.
The OnePlus 8 is fast and responsive it works well and it manages to keep its speed when multi-tasking.
The OxygenOS skin for Android is very similar to that of its predecessors, this is an insignificant overlay that has a nice look and feel to it.
OnePlus 8 Battery Life:
The OnePlus 8 comes equipped with a massive 4,300mAh battery which lasts for a little over one day of moderate use.
I think it’s great that OnePlus can increase the battery capacity while maintaining the sleek and attractive look that this phone possesses.
The OnePlus 8 comes with a Warp Charge 30T charger in the box. This charger debuted with the OnePlus 7T last year.
The Warp Charger gives you the ability to charge the OnePlus 8 faster than that of its predecessors.
This charger gives you the ability to charge the OnePlus 8 from 0 – 100% in a little over an hour.
The OnePlus 8 does not have wireless charging, but the OnePlus 8 Pro does. Wireless charging on the OnePlus 8 Pro works in conjunction with OnePlus’s proprietary Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger.
The lack of wireless charging also means that the OnePlus 8 does not have reverse wireless charging either.
This isn’t a dealbreaker by any means, however, this is a feature that’s present on some flagship phones that are currently on the market.
My Final Thought:
The OnePlus 8 is fast and responsive and it has many good things going for it. This is not a cheap phone by any means, however, it’s less expensive than many of the flagship phones that are currently on the market and it performs well in many areas.
However, the OnePlus 8 lacks wireless charging and the zooming capabilities of the camera are not the best.
If these things are not a dealbreaker for you, then you should consider getting the OnePlus 8.