OnePlus 8 Pro review: A top-quality 2020 flagship phone Review

Victoria D. Doty

New OnePlus phones tend to make a stir, and the anticipation for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Professional has been sizeable. Now they’ve arrived, and despite the fact that these two handsets are plainly upgrades of the seven collection, they convey new characteristics and a new attitude to uniformity of style and design across the standard and Professional types. Below I am on the lookout at the flagship 6.seventy eight-inch OnePlus 8 Professional my colleague Matthew Miller will be masking the lesser 6.55-inch OnePlus 8.

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The OnePlus 8 Professional is a significant 6.seventy eight-inch handset weighing 199g. Take note the ‘hole-punch’ from camera in the major remaining corner of the display.


Impression: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

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The lozenge housing the rear cameras protrudes from the matte Glacial Eco-friendly glass back again. Take note the Warn Slider earlier mentioned the electricity button on the ideal aspect.


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The OnePlus 8 Professional comes in two variations. For £799/$899 you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the handset has an Onyx Black backplate. Spend £899/$999 and you get 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a new Glacial Eco-friendly glass backplate. This is the model I was despatched for critique, and the color is stunningly different and completely satisfying to the eye — properly, to my eye anyway.

Photographs you should not genuinely do the Glacial Eco-friendly backplate justice. The greeny/blue end is matte, catches the light at particular angles, and is fingerprint resistant. Just after a sound 7 days of use I failed to have to wipe fingermarks off it after.

The back again does not have the non-slip come to feel that I seasoned on the Huawei P40 Professional, and it is a little bit wriggly in the hands — despite the fact that marginally considerably less so than the OnePlus 7T Professional I have been making use of as my main handset for a although now.

The camera lozenge on the back again of the OnePlus 8 Professional protrudes relatively seriously, as is fairly a great deal the norm these days, and some aspects of the camera set up sit exterior the lozenge, making for a slightly uneven physical appearance. The lozenge’s protrusion is severe adequate to result in the handset to bobble about on the desk when you prod at the display. This a little bit annoying, but not special to OnePlus handsets, and is a important trade-off concerning the want for a trim (8.5mm) handset and serious camera operation.

1 attribute I am delighted to see OnePlus keep is the alert slider. Sitting on the ideal aspect of the handset, this switches concerning silent, vibrate and ring modes. It truly is slightly dimpled and easy to find by contact on your own: these a very simple detail, however so very helpful.

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Beneath the alert slider is the electricity button, with an additional attribute: a one push locks the handset, and a extensive push calls up the Google Assistant. To electricity the phone down, you extensive push this button and the up conclusion of the quantity rocker on the remaining edge. Google Assistant supporters will like this attribute, but it may possibly consider a although to get employed to that quantity rocker mix.

On the base edge there is a USB-C slot, speaker grille and SIM caddy. This is a 5G-prepared unit thanks to its Snapdragon 865/X55 chipset, and the caddy supports two SIMs, a person of which can be 5G. It truly is wonderful to see Wi-Fi 6 on board, introducing to the handset’s state-of-the-artwork comms capacity. The handset is also the initial from OnePlus to get an IP68 score for dust and h2o resistance. 

The OnePlus 8 Professional is a significant phone — slightly greater than the OnePlus 7T Professional, with a slightly larger sized display. I find the 7T Pro’s display is wonderful for daily use, but the handset is a little bit tough to pocket. That trade-off will be marginally amplified for OnePlus 8 Professional proprietors. If you want some thing a lot more manageable, take into account the OnePlus 8. Here is the size comparison:

OnePlus 8 Professional

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 7T Professional

Top

one hundred sixty five.3mm

a hundred and sixty.2mm

162.6mm

Width

74.3mm

72.9mm

75.9mm

Thickness

8.5mm

8.0mm

8.8mm

Excess weight

199g

180g

206g

Screen size

6.seventy eight inches

6.55 inches

6.sixty seven inches

The OnePlus 8 Professional runs on Android 10 with a light-contact OxygenOS overlay that permits for a range of options tweaks these as all those mentioned beneath in relation to the show. OnePlus does not add a wonderful deal of application clutter, despite the fact that it is really truly worth noting that Netflix is preinstalled and can’t be taken out, alongside with Instagram, which can be taken out. 

As famous, the chipset is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which with a healthful 12GB of RAM delivered regular Geekbench five scores of 3375 (multi main) and 907 (one main). That puts it at the very major of the latest Geekbench rankings for Android phones.

The 6.seventy eight-inch Fluid AMOLED display has a resolution of three,168 by one,440 pixels (513ppi, 19.8:9 factor ratio). OnePlus has deserted the pop-up entrance camera that it employed on the 7T Professional, opting this time for a compact slash-out in the major remaining of the display. By default the display is established to make the upper bar black, so that the camera disappears into it. Switching this to match the rest of the display reveals the ‘hole-punch’ camera, but it is however unobtrusive in daily use. I find it preferable to the pop-up arrangement: face login is easier, and it worked faultlessly for me below, as did the in-display fingerprint sensor. 

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The display curves gently into the extensive edges, so that it seems just about bezel-free. The base bezel is about 3mm, the major a person all around 2.3mm, and we calculated the display-to-overall body ratio at ninety.9{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f}.

End users can swap manually concerning three,168 by one,440 (QHD+) and 2,376 by one,080 (FHD+). I settled at the greater resolution, which created text and illustrations or photos show up sharper. Without a doubt, the AMOLED display is a serious pleasure to use. Colors are poppy, the size would make studying and viewing world wide web webpages a wonderful encounter, and video looks wonderful too.

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Examining Method and MEMC movement graphics smoothing are the two configurable in options.


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I keep on being a substantial fan of Examining Method, which I am delighted to see is retained in the OnePlus 8 Professional. End users can both flip the handset into monochrome mode or dial the colors down into what OnePlus calls ‘Chromatic effect’. Each are wonderful for late-night time classes both studying ebooks or searching internet sites, and you can established applications to routinely swap to studying mode when they start, which is a serious edge. 

OnePlus supports an optional 120Hz refresh rate, which surely would make for very clean video wherever 120fps is available. Where it is really not, the handset employs MEMC (movement estimation, movement payment) engineering to improve the body rate. This can be turned on and off as required. 

The refresh rate and MEMC options are a few of levels down in the options location, making it a little bit of a inconvenience to swap them on and off. Testing them the two with some video material, I failed to observe an dreadful ton of variation. Just as handsets you should not genuinely will need to maintain pushing greater and greater display resolutions, maybe there is an ideal issue for video enhancement and pushing outside of that is a resolution on the lookout for a problem.

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Wi-fi charging is welcome, but only functions with the phone in portrait orientation.


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This is the initial OnePlus handset to assistance wireless charging, with the optional Warp Cost 30 Wi-fi charger capable of boosting the 4,510mAh battery from one{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f} to fifty{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f} in 30 minutes, according to OnePlus. A slightly more rapidly improve (fifty{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f} in 23 minutes) is available with the wired Warp Cost 30T charger that is offered with the handset. I employed the two charging approaches and observed the rapid charging to be as described. For case in point, I randomly employed the wireless charger when the handset was at sixty eight{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f} immediately after 10 minutes of charging it was up to 84{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f}. It truly is disappointing, though, that the wireless charger can only be employed in portrait mode.

The OnePlus 8 Professional also supports reverse wireless charging — as typical at a a great deal a lot more sedate speed.

For some motive the OnePlus 8 Professional did not like the Pc Mark battery rundown examination, so I have experienced to count on anecdotal testing relatively than a benchmark run (I will update this critique if I get Pc Mark to engage in ball). In use, the 4,510mAh battery did a wonderful work of holding the handset alive in the course of some fairly gruelling workloads. Even watching a few of half-hour Television set reveals on major of a day’s common use that included a additional hour of radio streaming did not see the battery fall beneath 35{394cb916d3e8c50723a7ff83328825b5c7d74cb046532de54bc18278d633572f}.

One more battery charging attribute is the handset’s potential to discover when you start making use of the handset immediately after durations of rest — when you start making use of it in the mornings, for case in point. If you place the handset on charge overnight, it would not really start charging until eventually the appropriate time before it thinks you get up, so as not to overcharge the battery. This seems like a great strategy for all those with regular rest styles, despite the fact that it could catch some persons out. You can configure this ‘optimised charging’ regime in the battery options. 

OnePlus has been a very little a lot more conservative than some handset suppliers when it comes to the camera set up on the OnePlus 8 Professional. There is certainly no 50x electronic zoom below, as we observed on the Huawei P40 Professional, for case in point. Alternatively the four-camera array at the back again comprise a 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor and a vast-angle (f/one.seventy eight) lens with OIS and EIS, a 48MP ultra-vast-angle (f/2.2, 119.7°FoV) camera, an 8MP telephoto (f/2.forty four) camera with 3x optical zoom, up to 30x hybrid zoom and OIS, and a 5MP f/2.4 color filter camera, which fiddles with the color palette. The color filter camera is concealed absent in the filters location of the camera computer software relatively than getting proudly on show, and I am not sure why OnePlus bothered with it.

The 3 main rear cameras deliver good photographs, with great color copy and detail. There is certainly absolutely nothing spectacular on present below, but they do a sound work.

The 16MP entrance camera employs a Sony IMX471 sensor and a set-concentrate f/2.forty five lens with EIS. It can report FHD (1080p) video at 30 frames per second.

Conclusions 

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OnePlus 8 Professional (flat) and OnePlus 8 (upright).


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OnePlus has introduced a selection of important enhancements to the 8 Professional. The beautiful style and design of the major-conclusion 12GB/256GB product with its matte-environmentally friendly back again, the 120Hz display, IP68 score, rapid wired and wireless charging, in-display entrance camera, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G all signify a serious 2020 flagship phone.

I am not so sure the color filter camera adds anything at all aside from permitting OnePlus to say there are four cameras at the back again, although the wireless charger is significant and clunky, and only supports charging in portrait mode. But for the most element, OnePlus has additional higher-conclusion characteristics although retaining signature details that assist its handsets stand out — the alert slider and studying mode getting my individual favourites.

OnePlus has delivered an superb flagship phone in the OnePlus 8 Professional, albeit at a lot more of a flagship cost than some of its preceding efforts. If £799/$899 – £899/$999 is outside of your budget, stand by for our approaching critique of the lesser and a lot more affordable OnePlus 8.

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