While many brands have postponed their smartphone launches amidst the coronavirus pandemic, OnePlus doesn’t have any plans of slowing down. The company has launched its latest flagships, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on schedule, although this time, through an online-only livestreamed event. Notably, due to the current lockdown situation in India, OnePlus will not be able to sell its latest flagships immediately after launch, and we’ll likely have to wait a few weeks, if not more, before these phones can go on sale. The phones themselves are the most powerful and expensive flagships from the brand so far, bringing in serious upgrades across the board, including high refresh rates, 5G connectivity, punch-hole cameras, wireless charging and more. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest launches.
OnePlus 8 specifications and features
The OnePlus 8 is the more affordable of the duo, but doesn’t skimp on the spec sheet. The smartphone ships with a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display offering 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate and support for HDR10+. Ticking at its core is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with the X55 5G modem that supports both NSA and SA 5G modes. The processor is backed by up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Under the hood, there is a 4,300mAh battery with support for Warp Charge 30T, which OnePlus claims can charge from 1 percent to 50 percent in just 22 minutes.
In the imaging department, the OnePlus 8 comes packing a 48MP Sony IMX586 f/1.7 primary sensor backed by a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens and 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. The camera app is loaded with features like CINE aspect ratio video recording, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Micro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image, and Smart Pet Capture. For selfies and video calling, the handset offers a 16MP f/2.45 sensor sitting in a punch-hole cutout in the display. Other features include Oxygen OS based on Android 10 with Dark Them 2.0, Dynamic Wallpapers, in-display fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 6, and more.
OnePlus 8 Pro specifications and features
The OnePlus 8 Pro takes the brand into new territory with its pricing, putting it on par with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20. The Pro model comes with a slightly larger 6.78-inch 19.8:9 QHD+ Fluid AMOLED Display, and bumps the refresh rate to 120Hz. HDR10+, HDR boost and 10-bit colour accuracy are also present, as is MEMC technology to scale standard videos at 24fps up to 120fps for a stunning viewing experience. The camera setup also gets an upgrade with a quad-camera module featuring a 48MP Sony IMX689 f/1.78 primary sensor with a 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens and 5MP f/2.4 colour filter camera. As for the battery, the Pro variant comes with a 4,510mAh cell that supports Warp Charge 30T, although it is faster on this model, taking only 23 minutes to charge up to 50 percent despite a bigger battery. Notably, this is the first OnePlus phone to come with wireless charging. The Pro is compatible with the Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger, which can juice it up from 1 percent to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging, letting you charge headphones or other smartphones.
Another key feature of the OnePlus 8 Pro is an IP68 rating, which means its both waterproof and dust-proof. The smartphone also comes with LPDDR5 RAM to ensure faster app loading time and smoother multitasking. The smartphone will also feature integrated support for Amazon’s Alexa, Stadia, Google’s Live Caption and free 100GB Google One cloud storage for 3 months.. The remaining features of OnePlus 8 Pro are the same as the vanilla OnePlus 8 model.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro price in India
OnePlus is offering the standard variant in two configurations – 8GB + 128 GB and 12GB + 256GB, which are priced at $699 (~Rs 53,000) and $799 (~Rs 60,700), respectively. The Pro variant is also being offered in same configurations with a price tag of $899 (~Rs 68,000) for the base variant and $999 (~Rs 75,900) for the top-end model. The OnePlus 8 will be available in Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, and Glacial Green paint jobs. The OnePlus 8 Pro, on the other hand, will come in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Ultramarine Blue hues. The smartphones will go on sale in the US starting April 29th on OnePlus.com and in Europe, the pre-order starts on April 14th with open sales commencing on April 21st. As for the India launch, the brand has not announced any concrete timeline but revealed that both smartphones will be available this summer from Amazon India and OnePlus.in. However, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro prices in India are still not known.