May 31, 2020


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

New OnePlus telephones are likely to build a stir, and the anticipation for the OnePlus...

New OnePlus telephones are likely to build a stir, and the anticipation for the OnePlus eight and OnePlus eight Professional has been sizeable. Now they’ve arrived, and although these two handsets are plainly upgrades of the 7 sequence, they provide new characteristics and a new mindset to uniformity of design and style across the common and Professional designs. Here I am looking at the flagship six.78-inch OnePlus eight Professional my colleague Matthew Miller will be covering the more compact six.fifty five-inch OnePlus eight.

The OnePlus eight Professional is a large six.78-inch handset weighing 199g. Take note the ‘hole-punch’ from digital camera in the leading left corner of the display screen.

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The lozenge housing the rear cameras protrudes from the matte Glacial Inexperienced glass back. Take note the Alert Slider higher than the electricity button on the suitable side.

Impression: Sandra Vogel/ZDNet  

The OnePlus eight Professional arrives in two versions. For £799/$899 you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the handset has an Onyx Black backplate. Shell out £899/$999 and you get 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a new Glacial Inexperienced glass backplate. This is the edition I was sent for assessment, and the colour is stunningly unique and fully satisfying to the eye — perfectly, to my eye in any case.

Photos you should not seriously do the Glacial Inexperienced backplate justice. The greeny/blue finish is matte, catches the mild at sure angles, and is fingerprint resistant. Just after a good 7 days of use I didn’t have to wipe fingermarks off it when.

The back isn’t going to have the non-slip sense that I skilled on the Huawei P40 Professional, and it is a bit wriggly in the arms — although marginally considerably less so than the OnePlus 7T Professional I have been working with as my primary handset for a though now.

The digital camera lozenge on the back of the OnePlus eight Professional protrudes rather seriously, as is quite considerably the norm these days, and some features of the digital camera setup sit outside the lozenge, creating for a somewhat asymmetric appearance. The lozenge’s protrusion is severe more than enough to bring about the handset to bobble about on the desk when you prod at the display screen. This a bit irritating, but not distinctive to OnePlus handsets, and is a needed trade-off amongst the motivation for a trim (eight.5mm) handset and really serious digital camera operation.

A single function I am delighted to see OnePlus keep is the alert slider. Sitting on the suitable side of the handset, this switches amongst silent, vibrate and ring modes. It can be somewhat dimpled and simple to locate by touch by itself: such a easy point, yet so really beneficial.

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Beneath the alert slider is the electricity button, with an added function: a single push locks the handset, and a extended push phone calls up the Google Assistant. To electricity the cellphone down, you extended push this button and the up stop of the quantity rocker on the left edge. Google Assistant admirers will like this function, but it may possibly consider a though to get made use of to that quantity rocker blend.

On the base edge there is a USB-C slot, speaker grille and SIM caddy. This is a 5G-ready unit thanks to its Snapdragon 865/X55 chipset, and the caddy supports two SIMs, a person of which can be 5G. It can be terrific to see Wi-Fi six on board, introducing to the handset’s point out-of-the-artwork comms capacity. The handset is also the 1st from OnePlus to get an IP68 ranking for dust and drinking water resistance. 

The OnePlus eight Professional is a large cellphone — somewhat larger than the OnePlus 7T Professional, with a somewhat bigger display screen. I locate the 7T Pro’s display screen is terrific for everyday use, but the handset is a bit difficult to pocket. That trade-off will be marginally amplified for OnePlus eight Professional proprietors. If you want a thing far more workable, look at the OnePlus eight. Here’s the sizing comparison:

OnePlus eight Professional

OnePlus eight

OnePlus 7T Professional







seventy two.9mm

seventy five.9mm









Screen sizing

six.78 inches

six.fifty five inches

six.67 inches

The OnePlus eight Professional operates on Android ten with a mild-touch OxygenOS overlay that will allow for a assortment of configurations tweaks such as all those pointed out below in relation to the exhibit. OnePlus isn’t going to include a terrific offer of application clutter, although it is really really worth noting that Netflix is preinstalled and cannot be removed, along with Instagram, which can be removed. 

As famous, the chipset is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which with a balanced 12GB of RAM shipped ordinary Geekbench 5 scores of 3375 (multi main) and 907 (single main). That puts it at the really leading of the latest Geekbench rankings for Android telephones.

The six.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display screen has a resolution of 3,168 by one,440 pixels (513ppi, 19.eight:9 facet ratio). OnePlus has abandoned the pop-up front digital camera that it made use of on the 7T Professional, opting this time for a modest reduce-out in the leading left of the display screen. By default the display screen is established to make the higher bar black, so that the digital camera disappears into it. Switching this to match the rest of the display screen reveals the ‘hole-punch’ digital camera, but it is even now unobtrusive in everyday use. I locate it preferable to the pop-up arrangement: confront login is simpler, and it worked faultlessly for me in this article, as did the in-display screen fingerprint sensor. 

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The display screen curves gently into the extended edges, so that it appears pretty much bezel-free. The base bezel is about 3mm, the leading a person around two.3mm, and we calculated the display screen-to-physique ratio at ninety.9%.

Consumers can swap manually amongst 3,168 by one,440 (QHD+) and two,376 by one,080 (FHD+). I settled at the bigger resolution, which designed text and images surface sharper. In fact, the AMOLED display screen is a true satisfaction to use. Colors are poppy, the sizing helps make looking through and viewing net pages a terrific working experience, and movie appears to be terrific also.


Reading through Manner and MEMC motion graphics smoothing are both configurable in configurations.

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I continue to be a massive enthusiast of Reading through Manner, which I am happy to see is retained in the OnePlus eight Professional. Consumers can possibly flip the handset into monochrome manner or dial the colors down into what OnePlus phone calls ‘Chromatic effect’. Both are terrific for late-night periods possibly looking through ebooks or searching web-sites, and you can established apps to automatically swap to looking through manner when they start, which is a true benefit. 

OnePlus supports an optional 120Hz refresh price, which unquestionably helps make for really smooth movie exactly where 120fps is out there. Where by it is really not, the handset utilizes MEMC (motion estimation, motion compensation) technological know-how to enhance the frame price. This can be turned on and off as desired. 

The refresh price and MEMC configurations are a couple of layers down in the configurations location, creating it a bit of a hassle to swap them on and off. Screening them both with some movie content, I didn’t recognize an awful good deal of big difference. Just as handsets you should not seriously require to preserve pushing bigger and bigger display screen resolutions, it’s possible there’s an optimum level for movie enhancement and pushing further than that is a option looking for a challenge.


Wireless charging is welcome, but only will work with the cellphone in portrait orientation.

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This is the 1st OnePlus handset to help wireless charging, with the optional Warp Cost thirty Wireless charger capable of boosting the four,510mAh battery from one% to fifty% in thirty minutes, in accordance to OnePlus. A somewhat a lot quicker enhance (fifty% in 23 minutes) is out there with the wired Warp Cost 30T charger that’s delivered with the handset. I made use of both charging solutions and located the speedy charging to be as described. For case in point, I randomly made use of the wireless charger when the handset was at 68% following ten minutes of charging it was up to 84%. It can be disappointing, even though, that the wireless charger can only be made use of in portrait manner.

The OnePlus eight Professional also supports reverse wireless charging — as common at a considerably far more sedate velocity.

For some rationale the OnePlus eight Professional did not like the Computer system Mark battery rundown examination, so I have had to count on anecdotal screening rather than a benchmark run (I’ll update this assessment if I get Computer system Mark to play ball). In use, the four,510mAh battery did a terrific job of keeping the handset alive in the course of some fairly gruelling workloads. Even watching a couple of half-hour Television set displays on leading of a day’s normal use that integrated a even more hour of radio streaming did not see the battery fall below 35%.

A different battery charging function is the handset’s skill to understand when you start working with the handset following intervals of rest — when you start working with it in the mornings, for case in point. If you place the handset on cost overnight, it will not likely really start charging right up until the correct time just before it thinks you get up, so as not to overcharge the battery. This seems like a very good thought for all those with standard snooze styles, although it could capture some folks out. You can configure this ‘optimised charging’ routine in the battery configurations. 

OnePlus has been a small far more conservative than some handset suppliers when it arrives to the digital camera setup on the OnePlus eight Professional. There is no 50x electronic zoom in this article, as we located on the Huawei P40 Professional, for case in point. Alternatively the four-digital camera array at the back comprise a 48MP Sony IMX689 sensor and a vast-angle (f/one.78) lens with OIS and EIS, a 48MP ultra-vast-angle (f/two.two, 119.7°FoV) digital camera, an 8MP telephoto (f/two.forty four) digital camera with 3x optical zoom, up to 30x hybrid zoom and OIS, and a 5MP f/two.four colour filter digital camera, which fiddles with the colour palette. The colour filter digital camera is concealed away in the filters location of the digital camera software program rather than currently being proudly on exhibit, and I am not certain why OnePlus bothered with it.

The 3 primary rear cameras supply decent pics, with very good colour replica and detail. There is almost nothing breathtaking on supply in this article, but they do a good job.

The 16MP front digital camera utilizes a Sony IMX471 sensor and a preset-concentrate f/two.45 lens with EIS. It can report FHD (1080p) movie at thirty frames per second.



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

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OnePlus has introduced a range of crucial enhancements to the eight Professional. The pretty design and style of the leading-stop 12GB/256GB design with its matte-inexperienced back, the 120Hz display screen, IP68 ranking, speedy wired and wireless charging, in-display screen front digital camera, Wi-Fi six and 5G all signify a really serious 2020 flagship cellphone.

I am not so certain the colour filter digital camera provides something aside from allowing for OnePlus to say there are four cameras at the back, though the wireless charger is large and clunky, and only supports charging in portrait manner. But for the most part, OnePlus has added substantial-stop characteristics though retaining signature details that help its handsets stand out — the alert slider and looking through manner currently being my own favourites.

OnePlus has shipped an excellent flagship cellphone in the OnePlus eight Professional, albeit at far more of a flagship cost than some of its past endeavours. If £799/$899 – £899/$999 is further than your spending plan, stand by for our upcoming assessment of the more compact and far more affordable OnePlus eight.

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