In case you missed it, last night OnePlus announced its much-anticipated OnePlus 8 series smartphones called the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The brand is accustomed to hosting grand events for its smartphone launches and unveiling loaded smartphones amidst much fanfare. However, the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown played spoilsport this year. Interestingly, that didn’t stop OnePlus as it hosted a online launch event for its most ambitious smartphone line-up till date. The OnePlus 8 Pro was definitely the show-stopper last night as it marks several firsts for the brand and paves the way for future OnePlus offerings. Here are all the firsts that OnePlus 8 Pro marks for its maker.
If you have been following OnePlus’ trajectory, you will know that the brand is all for user experience and refrains from introducing technologies just for the sake of it. The wireless charging tech was one such feature which OnePlus felt was not required until a couple years ago, as it didn’t match the speeds being offered by OnePlus’ Dash and Warp Charging. However, OnePlus has managed to achieve faster wireless charging and we have the first-ever Warp Charge 30W wireless charger from the brand. The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with support for wireless charging and the brand claims that the Warp Charge 30W can charge it up from 1 percent to 50 percent in just under 30 minutes. To keep things cool while wireless charging at this speed, OnePlus has equipped the charger with a built-in fan, which produces 30db of noise but can be silenced at night. The special sleep mode turns of the fan but reduces the charging speed as well. The wireless charger is also Qi-enabled but will charge at lower 5W speeds.
In the past, teardowns of OnePlus devices have revealed that the brand takes some precautionary water-resistance measures, however, OnePlus never went on record about the same. This is the first time that OnePlus has officially announced that the 8 Pro variant comes with the IP68 rating, which means it survive underwater. The popular YouTuber Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything fame has already conducted a durability test on the smartphone and the SIM tray has a solid rubber lining in place for water-proofing, which is reassuring.
At the launch event, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau announced that 5G connectivity is a core part of OnePlus’ strategy and the brand is heavily invested in 5G. OnePlus announced that the brand is ‘All in on 5G’, which means both OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro comes with 5G connectivity, thanks to the X55 Modem integrated in the Snapdragon 865 SoC. OnePlus has worked extensively with Qualcomm to deliver advanced 5G features like automatic switching between 5G and non-5G networks to extend your battery life.
The OnePlus 8 series are the first from the brand to feature a punch-hole cutout display. The brand announced that the punch-hole is just 3.8mm large, which means it’s almost non-intrusive at all times. OnePlus phased out the standard 60Hz display completely with the launch of OnePlus 7T series, where both 7T (review) and 7T Pro featured the 90Hz Fluid display. This time around, the vanilla OnePlus 8 retains the 90Hz refresh rate but the Pro model goes a notch above with 120Hz refresh rate. Moreover, the OnePlus 8 Pro facilitates 120Hz refresh rate even at QHD+ screen resolution, which is unheard of as of now and should make for an impressive viewing experience.
Alexa, Stadia and Live Caption support
OnePlus also announced that the OxygenOS on the OnePlus 8 series will feature 280 new optimisations that are intended to offer a smoother Android experience on the 120Hz or 90Hz displays. Apart from that, the brand announced the OnePlus 8 Pro will feature integrated support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant and Alexa app pre-installed. Additionally, the smartphone will feature a host of Pixel-exclusive features like Live Captions, Stadia, and up to 100GB of cloud storage free for 3 months with Google One. OnePlus has also announced that Google Stadia will arrive on a selection of OnePlus models (including the 8 series), the list of which will be announced soon.
Custom MEMC chip
Speaking of the viewing experience, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a custom MEMC Chip. MEMC stands for Motion Estimate Motion Compensate, which usually comes on high-end TVs and the OnePlus 8 Pro is the first smartphone to feature this. The technology uses additional artificially-generated frames in between each actual frame to make the video seem smoother by boosting the frame rate of the video. In layman’s terms, the MEMC chip on the smartphone will be able to play the standard 24fps video at 120fps to make the best use of the brilliant display.
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will find its way to Indian shores soon, however, the brand has not yet confirmed a concrete timeline or pricing yet. The smartphone will be available via Amazon India and OnePlus.com in the country.