May 15, 2020 Reviews
OnePlus for years has been known as a flagship killer company, providing flagship level specifications at a mid-range price point. Their clever marketing strategies allowed them to grow in their user base as swiftly as they did. However, each year with their main phone, they had to compromise on one major feature or the other to cut back on costs and focus on the more important features in a phone. With the 8 Pro, that is no longer the case, as the phone comes around a 900 dollar price point, and with barely any negatives about it whatsoever. Continue reading for the full review on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Build & Body
Well at a price of about $900, you’d expect your phone to be made of the most premium materials on the market, and that’s exactly what the 8 Pro has in store. The metallic body surely makes the phone feel premium to look at and hold in hand, and it makes it evident that the phone is a top-tier one. OnePlus, unlike other flagships, decided not to go with a glossy back, and instead has a frosted glass matte finish on the back, allowing it to not just look premium, but also steer away from fingerprints.
One aspect that’s considered to be somewhat of a nuisance with the phone is its size, surprisingly. OnePlus’ decision to make the 8 Pro a ginormous phone may have backfired, as for most people, it’s difficult to use the phone comfortably with one hand, or even two for some. The curved display makes it even harder to reach the corners and all in all, it won’t be an easy feat to get used to having to operate a 6.7” screen on a personal everyday use device.
The curved, “waterfall” display on the sides used to be considered one of the main selling points of premium phones, especially in Samsung flagships. However, people quickly realised the issue with such edge displays with accidental touches happening on a daily. Due to this, the pioneer of edge displays, Samsung itself ditched this route and opted for flat screens instead.
OnePlus provides great overall hardware features on their latest phone, though. The buttons feel tactile and clicky, and the much loved slider still works just as good. They’ve also included an IP68 rating on the device - definitely one of the reasons they have had to increase their price. However, it will ensure many of the users who want to use their phone in rainfall or similar conditions.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has an amazing display on board, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it gets regarded as the best screen on any phone in 2020 in a future awards ceremony. With a fluid AMOLED display, the 8 Pro is a treat to look at, and paired with its humongous screen, you’ll have the best media viewing experience on the OnePlus as compared to any other phone in the market. Not only will your phone perform great indoors, but it will also shine under direct sunlight (pun intended). With an ability to go to an absurd 1300 nits in brightness, you will have absolutely no problems in viewing your phone outdoors, even on the sunniest of days.
The waterfall option may look great, but as aforementioned, it has its flaws with the accidental touch issue that can be an annoyance in more ways than just 1. But that’s not to say the screen doesn’t look good, because it certainly checks the boxes in that department.
Talking about the phone’s impressive display, and not mentioning the 120Hz refresh rate is impossible. You may not notice the jump from 90 to 120Hz as much as the shift from 60 to 90Hz, but it still is an ample improvement, and allows the phone to remain blazing fast, as it is.
Do we even need to talk about OnePlus and the performance capability in their latest flagship? We think it’s pretty self-explanatory. A Snapdragon 865, paired with either 8 or 12 gigs is more than enough to run any task and any game on the highest of graphic settings. The 8 Pro is easily one of the fastest phones in the market, and the 120Hz display helps its case even more. As a matter of fact, the 8 Pro has the second highest Antutu score of any phone on the market, falling short of only Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 Pro.
Battery life is also one of its strongest suits, as you will easily get 7 hours of screen-on time out of the 4510 mAh battery unit, even with 120Hz refresh rate on. That again, is one of the best performing batteries out of any phone. If that wasn’t enough, we also have the Warp charge available if you were worried about your juice running out, juicing your phone back up to 50% from 0 in 30 minutes. No biggie.
The camera department is one that OnePlus always fell short off in the previous years, and was included in one of those compromises that the company had to make to cut back on costs. This year, a decent improvement is seen. Even though the phone’s camera isn’t upto the mark of Samsung or Apple, it still is a great setup. The main shooter is top-notch, and takes brilliant photos with ample daylight. However, the telephoto lens is a let down, as pictures from it often end up getting hazy and detail is usually left out of pictures. The wide-angle camera can be fun to use, and produces quality photos most of the time.
The night mode works, but that’s about it in the phone’s current state. However, we expect that to change with future software updates.
All in all, the OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the best options you can get for yourself if you’re looking to buy a flagship. Even though it isn’t as cheap as it used to be, the base model still goes for $820, a good 180 dollars cheaper than the S20 and most other flagships, which retail at a 1000 bucks. You’ll get your money’s worth, and apart from the hard-to-handle phone size, you’ll have an enjoyable experience using the phone.