OnePlus 8 Pro Unveiled: The End of an Era

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With the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus has officially launched its latest flagship smartphone. For the first time in history, the Chinese company offers two long-awaited features: wireless charging and IP certification. But onePlus can also pay dearly, as a glance at the price tag of the OnePlus 8 Pro shows.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Well-known design with fine grinding

On the outside, the OnePlus 8 Pro can hardly be distinguished from its predecessor – at least from the back. OnePlus’ new top phone also has a vertically arranged camera module in the middle of the device that homes the quad camera. On closer inspection, however, differences are already noticeable: for example, the telephoto lens and the flash light are now located to the left of the camera module. In total, the back of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which is kept in a matted glass, offers well-known food. Dimensions and weightare 165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5 mm and 199 grams respectively.

OnePlus 8 Pro: 120Hz display

On the other hand, there are major innovations at the front. The pop-up camera of the OnePlus 7T Pro is gone – there is now a camera hole in the upper left corner. Behind it is the 16 MP front camera with Sony sensor (IMX471). The AMOLED display itself measures with 6.78 inches in the diagonal, dissolves with 3,168 x 1,440 pixels and offers the aspect ratio of 19.8:9. For small hands, the OnePlus 8 Pro is nothing, but the smartphone is well balanced and can also be operated one-handed with a little “finger acrobatics”.

Speaking of display: One of the highlights of the OnePlus 8 Pro is the fast refresh rate. If the predecessor had to be satisfied with 90 Hz, the OnePlus 8 Pro puts one on it and creates 120 Hz. In practice, everything runs butter-softly on the screen. Combined with powerful hardware and sleek software, the OnePlus 8 Pro sets new speed records.

However, the OnePlus 8 Pro also has rounded display edges, which are notoriously not for everyone.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Quad camera with 48 MP

The camera has traditionally been one of the weak points of OnePlus smartphones. Although the manufacturer has been able to catch up neatly in recent years, it has never been enough to the absolute top. With the 8 Pro OnePlus is now launching a new experiment and at least on paper the data is read promisingly:

  • 48 MP main camera (Sony IMX689), f/1.7
  • 3x Telephoto lens
  • 48MP ultra-wide 120-degree angle (Sony IMX586)
  • Color filter camera

How well the camera of the OnePlus 8 Pro is in practice, GIGA will of course take a test under the microscope.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Full performance incl. Android 10

Under the hood, the OnePlus 8 Pro offers enough power. The arrow-fast Snapdragon 865 processor and optionally wipe 8GB and 12GB of fast LPDDR5 RAM provide decent power. Fast UFS 3.0 storage, depending on the model 128 GB or 256 GB, does the rest here.

The operating system is OnePlus’s own software OxygenOS, which is based on Android 10.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Wireless Charging, IP Certification and 5G

For the first time, a flagship one-plus smartphone from OnePlus can also be charged wirelessly. According to the manufacturer, the smartphone should be charged to 50 percent in 30 minutes with “Warp Charge 30 Wireless”. Wired fast charging is of course also on board – here, handy is supposed to create the battery half after just 23 minutes. The battery itself delivers a rated power of 4,510 mAh.

Also a novelty at OnePlus is the official IP certification. Unofficially, the top smartphones have been protected against dust and water for some time, but only the OnePlus 8 Pro offers official IP68 certification.

The 5G support of the OnePlus 8 Pro also ensures future security.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Prices and Availability

The OnePlus 8 Pro will go on sale on April 21 in black, green and blue. The black model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage costs 899 euros, the green and blue versions, which are only available with 12 GB OF RAM and 256 GB of storage, cost 999 euros each.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Rating of GIGA

With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the manufacturer has responded to many criticisms of the past years and integrated, among other things, wireless charging and an official IP certification. Added to this is the powerful hardware, the 120Hz display and the support of 5G. On paper, the cameras also make a good impression. Whether this is confirmed is only shown by a test.

The price of at least 899 euros, however, is a stomach pain, because OnePlus has finally arrived in the upper class. By comparison, a Samsung Galaxy S20 also costs that much. Thus, the OnePlus 8 Pro also marks the end of an era: Technically, OnePlus can now finally keep up with the high-end competition and now also offers long-awaited features such as wireless charging or official protection against dust and water – but OnePlus’ top phones are no longer cheaper than the flagship competition.

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