OnePlus’ latest 8 Pro phone puts Samsung in the know, as it features a sleek design, a 120Hz 5G screen, improved cameras, and even wireless charging.
Starting at £ 799, the 8 Pro builds on last year’s success of the £ 649 7 Pro and £ 699 7T Pro, but at a higher price equal to that of its higher-end competitors. On its show, OnePlus has gone from its supposedly discounted ‘flagship killer’ roots to outright competition with companies like Samsung and Apple without a huge price advantage.
The 8 Pro simplifies the design of last year’s models. The new pop-up selfie camera is gone, replaced by a more traditional punched hole located about a sixth in the top left of the screen. It is small and quite discreet during use.
The large, industry-leading 6.78in QHD + display is the star of the show, occupying the entire front of the device. New this year is the increased refresh rate from 90Hz to 120Hz, matching Samsung’s S20 line and smoother Smidgen on slow scrolls compared to last year’s phones or the cheaper OnePlus 8.
The difference between the standard 60Hz displays above and the 120Hz one is notable: scrolling through menus, sites, content, and other animations is smoother at 120Hz. It is difficult to return.
The display can be used in FHD + or QHD + at 120Hz, unlike Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra, which is limited to FHD + at 120Hz.
The glass back cover isn’t just for aesthetics this year, as the 8 Pro is the first OnePlus phone to feature wireless charging, more on that later. The 199g 8 Pro is 74.4mm wide, 1.5mm narrower, and 7g lighter than last year’s models, making it more manageable than most, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. I didn’t feel the need to put the Popsocket right away or ring the phone on the back to help hold it. However, it is 2.7mm longer than the 7T Pro, making it difficult to fit comfortably in a pocket.
The 8 Pro is also the first OnePlus to come with an official IP68 water resistance rating.
The 8 Pro has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 8 or 12GB of RAM, depending on the storage version, as the OnePlus 8 and performs equally brilliantly – responsive and more responsive than anything else, with 5G capability built in too. .
The 8 Pro also supports 8 battery life. It lasts over 32 hours between charges, from 7am on the first day to 3pm on the second day.
Three of the 32 hours were spent on 4G, the rest connected to Wi-Fi, with the FHD + 120Hz screen playing for more than five hours, including 50 minutes of video, plus seven hours of Spotify through Bluetooth headphones and around 20 photos. . Increasing the screen resolution to QHD + reduced the battery life by about an hour.
5G worked similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra on EE and Vodafone, but I couldn’t test its effect on battery life during shutdown in the UK. The phone is limited to 4G only when using two SIM cards at the same time, waiting for an update.
Warp Charge 30T’s ultra-fast wired charge reached 50% in 28 minutes and full charge in 77 minutes. New this year is Optimal Charging, which preserves the battery by delaying charging to 100% overnight, even before you normally need it.
Another first for the 8 Pro is wireless charging, including OnePlus and Qi standard Warp Charge 30 wireless charging, which requires a fan-specific charger but peaks at 30 W, much faster than the 5 to 15 W that competitors offer. The 8 Pro can also wirelessly charge other Qi-enabled devices from the back.