ONEPLUS 8 REVIEW – A Good Phone That Does More to Deplete Your Bank Account Than It Should

Every OnePlus phone launch creates a lot buzz. Every handset is not better than the one before it. Every third handset seems to hit it’s mark, let’s be real. The company’s track record demonstrates that every release is a success. Additionally, the two other releases are evolutionary upgrades that OnePlus produces every six month. The OnePlus 7T appeared to be a major upgrade to the OnePlus 7T or 6T. It was going to be a tough act to follow in just two quarters. Can the OnePlus 8 be considered an average phone? Let’s find out.

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: What’s missing in the OnePlus 8?

Let’s begin the review by highlighting differences between the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 7T was a fantastic device, so there wasn’t any reason to upgrade to 7T Pro. This time, the company seems to have a clear goal: make the Pro model more appealing, even though it is more expensive than the non-Pro model.

The OnePlus 8 Pro has a few additional features that are not found in the OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 10bit display that supports more than a billion colors, 120 Hz refresh rate and wireless charging. It also features faster DDR5 RAM, wireless charging and IP68 dust and waterproof resistance. The Pro model features a superior camera with a 48MP Sony sensor and 3X optical zoom. It also has a high resolution ultra-wide camera with PDAF (phase detect autofocus). This is a major upgrade to the OnePlus 8’s storage and RAM.

It was important that I get it out there quickly. The OnePlus 8’s strengths should be the focus of the review, not its weaknesses. Let’s see what we get.

OnePlus 8 Design – It’s got something very special

The OnePlus 8 design and Oneplus 8 pricing in India in 2020 isn’t very striking. However, it feels great in your hand. Although it is a bit slippery, it feels great in the hand. The OnePlus 8 is a subtle improvement over previous generations, and it’s very efficient. Thanks to the curved glass design, the phone’s 6.55 inch screen is surprising small. The OnePlus 7T has a similar display size, but the company was able to shrink the sides by a few millimetres. The phone appears smaller than it really is. Despite having an Aluminium frame with glass back, it is 10 grams lighter than that of the 7T at 180g.

The phone is extremely comfortable to hold. However, it can be hard to reach the top of the phone with your thumb if you have large hands. This is because of the phone’s high design. To make it more accessible, the in-display fingerprint scanner was placed slightly higher than usual. It works flawlessly and is extremely responsive. OnePlus has, like many other competitors, removed the notch and placed a punch-hole selfie camera in its top left corner. While I love punch-hole cameras, I have some concerns about their placement. Notifications start from the right about one centimetre away from the left edge of the screen, and the screen space to the left is wasted. Screen real estate is lost more than a centrally located selfie camera with punch hole or drop notch.

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
  • You can choose between 6GB and 8GB RAM
  • Internal storage: 128GB internal storage, UFS3.0 internal storage 256GB
  • 6.55-inch Full HD+ (2400×1080), Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh and 3D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Cameras: 48MP with PDAF/OIS, 16MP (main), + 2MP (macro), 16MP 16MP (ultrawide), and a selfie camera
  • 4300 mAh battery and 30W fast charger
  • Android 10 with OxygenOS 10
  • Bluetooth 5.1 compatible with 5G; Dual-band WiFi a/b/g/n/ac/ax

Oneplus 8 price 2020 in India

  • Price for 6 GB RAM with 128GB of internal storage Oneplus 8 is Rs 41.999
  • The price for 8 GB RAM and 128GB internal storage Oneplus 8, is Rs 44999
  • Price for 12 GB RAM and 256GB internal storage Oneplus 8 is Rs 49.999

OnePlus8 Display: A sharp display which looks better in person than it does on paper

The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55 inch Fluid-AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The specs of the OnePlus 8 are identical to those of the 7T, but they look sharper in person. It doesn’t feel like you’re missing anything, despite not supporting a billion colors and a 120Hz refresh rate as the 8 Pro screen. It’s vibrant and smooth.

Contrast and black levels are excellent — just like they should be on an AMOLED display. Vivid mode makes colours pop without being too bright. If you don’t wish your colours to be enhanced or you prefer them to be more exact, you can choose a Natural mode. The phone also has manual calibration options. The phone supports HDR10+ and compatible HDR content from OTT platforms looks even better.

The 90 Hz refresh rate makes scrolling in compatible apps smooth and fluid. You can change the refresh rate to 60Hz, but I prefer it to be 90. This isn’t an all-on display but you can still see basic information like time, date, and battery status by lifting your phone or tapping on it. As I mentioned earlier, the screen is protected with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass. The room’s curvilinear edges are stylish without compromising its functionality.

OnePlus8 Performance: As powerful as they come

The OnePlus 8 is powered by Qualcomm’s new flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC. Our tester came with 12GB RAM. The device works flawlessly. The device is extremely powerful and does not lag in everyday operations. It was also great at switching between apps. It achieved some amazing results in terms of performance benchmarks.

Geekbench 5 had a single core score of 919. This was equal to the 3920 points of the iQOO, but 3% more than Xiaomi’s Mi 10 (893 points). Both were running on Snapdragon 865 chips. There has never been a higher multi-core score on Android phones than 3356. The iQOO 3 and Mi 10 scored 3315 & 317 respectively in the same test. PC Mark Work 2.0 gave the phones scores of 10847 for OnePlus 8, 10497 for iQOO 3, and 10838 respectively for Mi 10. This benchmark shows that Xiaomi’s handset can finally close the performance gap.

OnePlus 8 Battery Performance – Excellent battery life, faster charging

OnePlus now has a 4000 mAh battery for its non-Pro models. Despite being 8mm thick, the OnePlus 8 packs a massive 4300 mAh battery. With normal usage, the battery can last for 30 hours and can be charged in under half an hour. It can be used for browsing, messaging, calling and clicking photos, as well as watching videos. This battery life is remarkable considering the Snapdragon 865 processor and 90 Hz display. I also used the powerful Snapdragon 865 CPU (which did not drop below 60Hz at any time).

User interface, OxygenOS: Arguably one of the most popular Android universe apps

The OnePlus 8 runs Android 10 with OxygenOS 10. The May 2020 security patch was still available for OxygenOS 10.5.8 at the time of testing. It is the most popular Android UI, as it has been stated before. It is clean, stutter-free, and without ads or bloatware.

You are likely to have used OnePlus devices before. It’s worth trying it out for yourself. You can go on but it is best to save that for another article. OxygenOS is a complete solution that provides all the essential features you require without having to install additional apps or add-ons. You can expect newer versions of Android to be available on OnePlus 8.

Last words

Oneplus 8 price in India 2020 is Rs 41,999 (6GB RAM/128GB storage) or Rs 44,999 (8GBRAM). We also reviewed a 12-GB RAM version with 256GB internal storage. This variant will run 50K cheaper than the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant at Rs 41,999. Is the OnePlus 8 worth it? Is the OnePlus 8 more expensive than the OnePlus 7T? (Review).

This is where the brand could rethink pricing for its OnePlus 8 smartphone. Although it is cheaper than in other markets, it is not a bad idea. Unless they’re trying to lure potential buyers to the OnePlus 8 Pro, which has more premium features and a budget of 50K+, then that’s fine. Although the OnePlus 8 is a great phone, it’s not the best value for money at its current price.

OnePlus is a leader in fast charging and this case is no exception. OnePlus includes the 30W Warp charger. It charges your phone from 0 to 50 percent in 25 minutes and then fully in 65. These are impressive numbers.

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