OnePlus has unveiled its new smartphones, the 8 and 8 Pro. The two mobiles appear to be logical evolutions of their predecessors, while 5G makes its appearance, as well as a significant increase in prices.
During a conference broadcast online – confinement requires – OnePlus lifted the veil on its new generation of smartphones. The Chinese company is increasingly positioning itself as a direct competitor to Apple, Samsung, Huawei and even now Xiaomi, both in terms of hardware and that of the final invoice. Admittedly, the OnePlus 8 Pro manages to stay just below the thousand euros mark, which most of the aforementioned competitors have already crossed. But OnePlus deviates a little more from its image as a manufacturer of “high-end killers”, mobiles at a much lower cost, capable of competing with the top of the basket. A strategy that may disappoint the most avid fans of the first hour, and yet it seems perfectly logical. Big names like Samsung, Huawei and more recently Xiaomi, have also gone through this phase of rising prices.
However, it should not be forgotten that the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have certain arguments to make. The flagship of this new generation, the 8 Pro, logically replaces the 7T Pro, released six months ago. As often, we could summarize the list of new features with the following attributes: “bigger, faster, more powerful and potentially better in photos”.
For starters, the OnePlus 8 Pro sports a screen slightly larger than that of its predecessor. It is now a 6.78 inch (17, 22 cm) diagonal Amoled tile that sits at the front. The screen, meanwhile, benefits from a QHD + definition (3168 x 1440 pixels), a refresh rate of 120 Hz and HDR10 + compatibility. OnePlus advances a light peak of 1300 cd / m², a very high value which therefore potentially promises excellent HDR rendering. Note that the screen is protected by a glass of Gorrilla Glass 5, just like the back side.
A larger 48MP sensor
For the photo, OnePlus did not give in to the race for megapixels. The OnePlus 8 Pro only has a 48 megapixel sensor for its main module. Good news – rare enough to point out: OnePlus preferred size over pixel density. The Sony IMX689 sensor takes advantage of 1.12 μm photosites, compared to 0.8 μm for the 48 megapixel sensor of the OnePlus 7T Pro. This increased size should have a positive impact on the rendering of photos, especially in low light.
A second photo module has a 48 megapixel sensor. This time, it is the IMX586, already encountered on the 7T Pro, but coupled with an ultra wide-angle lens opening at f / 2.2. This is the highest definition we have encountered on a module sensor of this type to date. The special feature here is the ability of the OnePlus 8 Pro to reduce the minimum focusing distance to 2.5 cm, for use in macro mode. To complete these first two modules, the 8 Pro incorporates an 8 megapixel sensor surmounted by an optic acting as a telephoto lens (“x3 zoom”). Finally, the fourth and last module is the most enigmatic. It is based on a 5 megapixel sensor and acts as a “filter” for light and color effects. An argument that may appeal – or not! – big fans of social networks, especially Instagram. At the front, the front photo module is based on a 16 megapixel sensor and is housed in a punch inside the screen.
Power to spare
As always, OnePlus has opted for the best of the moment in SoC. The 8 Pro can count on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, based on 8 cores and an Adreno 650 iGPU. In addition, 8 or 12 GB of RAM, depending on the version. Storage is provided by 128 or 256 GB in UFS 3.0. What potentially ensure good performance. Still no return from a microSD port, however.
The whole is powered by a 4510 mAh battery, the largest capacity used to date on a OnePlus smartphone. What ensure on paper good autonomy to the OnePlus 8 Pro. The Chinese manufacturer has renewed its 30 W wired charger and promises to return 50% of its battery to the mobile in just 23 min. The real novelty here lies in wireless charging, which is making its appearance at OnePlus, and not in any way, since the 8 Pro is capable of collecting 30 W of induction charge. The Chinese manufacturer thus promises to reach 50% battery in 30 min thanks to its Warp Charge Wireless wireless charger, sold separately from the mobile.
5G arrives at OnePlus
Another great novelty for the OnePlus family of smartphones, 5G is now in the game. The new mobile network standard partly explains the increase in the price of the OnePlus 8 Pro. Wi-Fi 6 is also on the program, as is Bluetooth 5. Like the OnePlus, the OnePlus 8 Pro is powered by Oxygen OS, based on Android 10.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will be available from April 21 on the OnePlus site, as well as those of Fnac-Darty, Amazon, Free and Bouygues Telecom. It takes € 899 for the 8 + 128 GB version of the 8 Pro and € 999 for the 12 + 256 GB model. As a reminder, the OnePlus 7T Pro was launched at € 759.
The OnePlus 8 has slightly less appeal at first glance. For starters, the successor to the OnePlus 7T is a bit smaller than the 8 Pro. Its screen measures 6.55 inches (16.64 cm) diagonally, for a scalable definition in Full HD +. The latter remains quite sufficient to provide a satisfactory display finesse. The OnePlus 8 is also content with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. HDR 10+ compatibility remains on the menu, but the promised light peak is only 1100 cd / m², which remains a very high value on the smartphone market.
Fewer new photo features for the OnePlus 8
The OnePlus 8 also stands out from its big brother when it comes to photos. The more modest of the two mobiles is content with a main module with a 48-megapixel sensor – it is also an IMX 586, the same as that of the OnePlus 7T. It is accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle module, with a 16 megapixel sensor, again similar to that of the OnePlus 7T. The third module of the OnePlus 8 is dedicated to macro shots and only counts on a 2 megapixel sensor.
More versatile and better equipped, it is therefore in the field of photography that the OnePlus 8 makes the biggest concessions compared to the 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 also benefits from the SoC Snapdragon 865 and version 8/128 or 12/256 GB. Its battery is slightly smaller, with 4300 mAh. If the OnePlus 8 is compatible with wired charging 30 W, this is not the case for wireless charging. The model is obviously also 5G compatible and has Wi-Fi 6.
The OnePlus 8 will also be available on April 21, from the same resellers. It costs € 699 for the 8 + 128 GB model and € 799 for the 12 + 256 GB version.
Pre-order and Pop-up Box offer
It will be possible to pre-order the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro from this Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. For the Pro model, OnePlus offers a Warp 30 Wireless charging base, from April 14 to 21. Pop-up Boxes will also be offered in a limited edition. These include two shells and Bullets Wireless Z headphones, for the same price as the classic versions.