OnePlus 8 – Features, Design & Reviews
I’ll be honest. When OnePlus first announced the 8 and 8 Pro, It was like last year’s 7 series. The OnePlus 8 Pro features higher resolution, higher refresh rate, better cameras and two sought-after functions: wireless powered and IP waterproof. The OnePlus 8 seemed a bit in the shadow of the 8 Pro, and this time it doesn’t even have a rocking starting price. Of course, this was a first reaction, based only on what I had only seen and read thanks to the cancellation of the personal launch event.
With the easing of blocking and a glimpse of the normality that has returned to our lives, I finally managed to get my hands on the OnePlus 8. After my initial skepticism, it’s time to see if this phone has enough merit to change your mind about it. With prices going well above the OnePlus 8 now borders the flagship territory, which means that it is actually in direct competition with the old flagships of Samsung and Apple.
Is it really worth it? Should you pay so much money for a phone that still lacks two fairly important flagship functions? We come to this answer, but first let’s look briefly at what is new.
What’s new in the OnePlus 8?
The OnePlus 8 is the spiritual successor to the OnePlus 7 (Review) and will eventually replace the OnePlus 7T (Review). Compared to the 7T, the main new features are 5G support and a new Design. The OnePlus 8 has the Snapdragon 865 processor, which promises better performance and efficiency compared to last year’s model. 5G doesn’t mean much to us in India right now, but it doesn’t hurt to have it.
OnePlus 8 Design: Subtle but distinctive
I wasn’t a big fan of the circular camera bump on the OnePlus 7T and I’m glad it’s gone. However, I miss the frosted surface of the glass back. The Onyx Black version of the OnePlus 8 has a glossy finish that takes fingerprints very easily. It is also very slippery, which resulted in accidental falls when I had the phone lying on the armrest of a chair. There is a cover in the box that should help.
The screen now has a perforated cutout in the upper left corner. OnePlus said goodbye to The notch and I think it is the best. The hole-Puch is not the smallest I’ve seen, but it gives a new look to the OnePlus 8.
As I mentioned in my first impressions, the OnePlus 8 is surprisingly comfortable to hold due to its screen size. It is also thin and not too heavy. The black Version looks good, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the interstellar Glow Trim firsthand, as I feel like this is the color I need to get.
As you would expect, the build quality is excellent thanks to the curved front and rear glass that surrounds the metal frame. The buttons are easily accessible and the alarm slider is handy as always. The USB Type-C port, SIM compartment and main speaker are aligned at the bottom.
All in all, the new streamlined Design is welcome and I like that OnePlus doesn’t go to too much effort to impress. This phone may look a bit boring in the pictures, but it is immediately recognizable as a OnePlus device.
OnePlus 8-display: bright and clear
The display is one of the most important parts of a smartphone, and the OnePlus 8 has a very good one. This is a 6.55 inch AMOLED panel with slanted sides, a wide range of colors and a perforated cutout in the upper left corner. OnePlus used 3D Corning Gorilla Glass in addition to the pre-applied Screen Protector. The latter was for me more of a nuisance than anything else, as my finger dragged from the sides to the edges when wiping.
Other specifications include a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+), HDR10+ support, a refresh rate of 90 Hz, as well as software features such as Playback mode, night mode and the ability to enhance colors when playing videos.
The 90Hz refresh rate makes The use generally smooth and eye-catching. You can drop to 60Hz if you want to save power on the battery. HDR content looks very beautiful on the OnePlus 8. When compatible shows are played via Netflix, the brightness and color saturation are automatically increased. This returns to normal after the application is released.
The OnePlus 8 has an on-screen fingerprint sensor, which is very fast during authentication. Just one quick and firm tap to unlock it. Facial recognition is just as fast and works decently in low light. You can enable the “double tap to wake up” Gesture, but what I really wanted was a Gesture to wake up which is still not an Option.
The environment display feature allows you to see which apps have sent you notifications when the screen is off, as well as the time, battery level, etc. however, this is not always enabled and only appears when you tap the screen or pick up your phone. It even shows you the name of the song being played, but you can’t control the playback from here.
It should be noted that any application that needs to darken this area should create a thick black bar, since the cutout of the hole is not very close to the upper edge. This is especially noticeable in some games and video applications when you need to hold the phone horizontally. You can also darken the area permanently, but it seems strange.