Despite the ongoing lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the OnePlus 8 Series launch is probably the first global event that kept users on the edge of the seats. Thank OnePlus because it was kind enough to unload the burden of guessing-game by revealing some of the important hardware in advance, but it still kept a few cards close to its chest. Below are the details of the two phones -- the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro -- that the company has launched today.
The OnePlus 8 Series of smartphones are the first OnePlus smartphones that come with wireless charging (OnePlus 8 Pro), an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance (OnePlus 8 Pro), Snapdragon 865 mobile platform with 5G support and a punch-hole display. These are some of the most-demanded features in today’s flagship smartphones. Also, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the most expensive OnePlus smartphone ever, and the cheapest 5G smartphone with top of the line specs.
The phones will be available in glacial green, and the standard black colour options. The OnePlus 8, which will also have an Interstellar Glow colour options, base variant with 8GB/128GB configuration is priced at $699 (approx Rs 53,000), the top-end variant with 12GB/256GB configuration can be purchased for $799 (approx Rs 61,000). To purchase the base model (8GB/128GB) of the pro variant, which also comes in ultramarine blue colour, users have to pay $899 (approx Rs 68,000) and the top variant with 12GB/256GB configuration costs $999 (approx Rs 76,000). There is no word on India pricing at the time of writing this story.
OnePlus also launched the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z earphones in black, blue, mint and oat colours. The company says that the earphones can deliver 10 hours of listening with just 10 minutes of charge. They are priced at $49 (approx Rs 3,700).
The OnePlus 8 Pro sports a 6.7-inch QHD+ Super Fluid display with 120Hz refresh rate and 3.8mm punch hole. The curved display looks like the one we have been seeing in the Samsung Galaxy S Series and Galaxy Note Series. On the back, it has glass with matte frosted finish. Just like its previous smartphone series, this year’s flagship devices also have Qualcomm’s latest top-of-the-line mobile platform Snapdragon 865 with X55 modem for 5G support. It is paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.
In the camera department, the phone ships with four cameras on the back making it the first-ever quad-camera set-up on a OnePlus phone. There is a 48MP main camera with a custom-made Sony sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide lens with a full 120-degree field of view, a telephoto lens with 3X lossless and 30X digital zoom, and a 5MP colour filter camera. The company also introduced Warp Charge 30 Wireless, which is claimed to juice up 50 per cent of battery in 25 minutes. It also has 30W Warp Charge 30T wired charging.
The OnePlus 8 is a watered down version of the OnePlus 8 Pro. It features a 6.55-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz display. It basically has the same specs as the pro variant but has a triple-camera setup. There’s a 48MP main camera, a 16MP Ultra-wide camera with 116-degree field-of-view and a 2MP Macro camera on the back. On the front is a 16MP camera. The OnePlus 8 packs a 4300mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge 30T technology. Both the devices come with dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and Haptic Vibration 2.0.