OnePlus 8 Review

OnePlus 8 Key specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC: 1 x 2.84 GHz Kryo 585 core + 3 x 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 cores + 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 585 cores
  • Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6 GB or 8 GB RAM options
  • 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.0 internal storage
  • 6.55-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080) Fluid AMOLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate and 3D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Cameras: 48MP with PDAF and OIS (main) + 16MP (ultra-wide) + 2MP (macro); 16MP (wide) selfie camera
  • 4300 mAh battery with bundled 30W fast charger
  • Android 10 with OxygenOS 10
  • 5G compliant; Bluetooth 5.1; Dual band WiFi a/b/g/n/ac/ax

OnePlus 8 Display:

The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and 90 Hz refresh rate. On paper, the specs look similar to that of the 7T, but in reality, it looks even sharper. Despite not supporting a billion colours or 120 Hz refresh rate like the 8 Pro screen, you don’t feel like you’re missing anything. The display is extremely vibrant and smooth.

OnePlus 8 Performance:

The OnePlus 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s current flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC and our test unit had 12 GB RAM to go with it. The performance of this device is top notch. With that kind of processing muscle at its disposal, there was absolutely no lag in day-to-day operations, or in any of the popular apps, or even when switching between multiple apps. In performance benchmarks, it posted some unprecedented scores.

In Geekbench 5, it recorded a Single-core score of 919 which was at par with the iQOO 3 (920 points) and 3% higher than Xiaomi’s Mi 10 (893 points) ― both with Snapdragon 865 chips. The Multi-core score stood at 3356, the highest we have seen in Android phones. The iQOO 3 and Mi 10 managed 3315 and 3173 in the same test. In PC Mark Work 2.0, the three phones scored 10847 (OnePlus 8), 10497 (iQOO 3) and 10838 (Mi 10). The Xiaomi handset finally manages to close the performance gap in this benchmark.

OnePlus 8 Battery performance: 

OnePlus has finally gone past the 4000 mAh mark on its non-Pro models. The OnePlus 8 has a large 4300 mAh battery, despite its 8 mm thickness. It easily manages to last 30 hours, up to a day and a half of normal usage, that includes generous use of messaging and social media apps, browsing, a decent amount of calling and clicking a few photos, an hour of watching videos and a half hour of gaming. That is quite an impressive battery life, given the powerful Snapdragon 865 processor and 90 Hz display (which I didn’t drop to 60 Hz at any time).

OnePlus has been at the forefront of fast charging and the case is no different here. The company bundles a 30W Warp charger that charges the phone from 0 to 50 percent in under 25 minutes, and fully in about 65 minutes. Those are impressive numbers again.

OnePlus 8 Camera performance:

OnePlus got their rear camera combination right in the 7T, offering users the flexibility of a 48MP primary camera with PDAF and OIS (optical image stabilisation), 16MP ultra-wide camera with autofocus, and a 12MP telephoto camera for 2X optical zoom. All that the company had to do was not tinker with the combination. Unfortunately, they did.

The OnePlus 8 has a similar 48MP primary camera with OIS and PDAF, but the 16MP ultrawide camera lacks autofocus. Even worse, the 12MP telephoto camera has been replaced by a paltry 2MP macro camera. So, not only does the phone lose optical zoom functionality, but the 2MP camera sticks out like a sore thumb on a flagship phone. The OnePlus 7T has a macro mode despite not having a dedicated macro camera, and that does a much better job than the specialist here.

OxygenOS and user interface:

The OnePlus 8 runs Android 10 out of the box, with OxygenOS 10 on top; OxygenOS 10.5.8 to be exact, with May 2020 security patch at the time of testing. I have said this in the past and I have no qualms saying it again, that this is the best Android UI around, and probably the best feature of OnePlus phones. It is clean, stutter-free, free of ads and bloatware, and adds a handful of useful features without deviating too far from stock Android UI.

If you have used a OnePlus device in the past, you know what I am talking about. If not, you need to experience it yourself. I can go on and on about it but it’s best I leave it for a separate article. Here, it would suffice to say that OxygenOS includes most of the stuff you would need, without burdening you with unnecessary apps and addons. And given the company’s impressive track record when it comes to software updates, expect a few newer versions of Android on the OnePlus 8 in the future

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