I’ve been testing the OnePlus 8 Pro for two weeks. The brand continues its foray into the premium market, and intends to take the place left vacant by Huawei. The price positioning of the OnePlus 8 Pro confirms this, the basic model being sold for € 899 (the OnePlus 7T Pro cost € 759). Is this price increase justified? Answer in my OnePlus 8 Pro review.
OnePlus 8 Pro video test
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Design and hardware
Never Settle. The OnePlus mantra has never applied as much as on this OnePlus 8 Pro, which incorporates all the best technologies available. We start with the SoC, with the logical choice of the Snapdragon 865 coupled with 8 GB or 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and an Adreno 650 graphics chip. This power is felt every day, and the benchmark under Antutu confirms it with a score of 565,856 for the 8 GB version, which therefore surpasses the S20 Ultra (our test). It is therefore today the most powerful Android smartphone tested by lemon squeezer.
In terms of storage, the basic model has 128 GB and you can go up to 256 GB. For prices, the 8/128 version is sold for € 899, and the 12/256 version for € 999. Here are the best current prices of the OnePlus 8 Pro:
Apart from benchmarks, daily use is a real pleasure, thanks to the combination of the power of the hardware and the fluidity of OxygenOS. In terms of design, we remain on a classic OnePlus, and the new Glacial Green color (which I had on my OnePlus 8 test) is superb. Black on the other hand is (too) sober, and a magnet with fingerprints. The OnePlus 8 Pro is logically a massive smartphone, with 200 grams on the scale. Despite this, the fact that the two faces are curved allows a very good grip. The curved, however, has a fault, with missclics from time to time.
I found the screen of the S20 Ultra perfect, I found even better with the OnePlus 8 Pro. The 6.78 inch curved AMOLED panel is just perfect. On the one hand the brightness is at the rendezvous (up to 1300 nits), but above all it is possible to combine refresh rate 120 Hz and QHD +. The color rendering is there, and the range of brightness quite impressive. The fluidity of the animations is of course there, and once we have tested the 120 Hz, difficult to do without. Another good idea, the punch at the front (finished the popup at OnePlus), is located on the side, which is much more pleasant in everyday life than a central sensor, especially when you are viewing a video.
It’s a screen cut out for multimedia and gaming. OnePlus offers a very nice dual speaker (but not as good as the S20 Ultra), and the haptic feedback is even better than on previous models. The slider is still there, and I would have liked OnePlus to put in the box a USB-C / Jack adapter, but the brand still provides USB-C headphones (which I did not have in the test model , therefore impossible to delay you).
When I said that the brand had not compromised on the OnePlus 8 Pro, the integration of 5G and WiFi prove it, just like UFS 3.0. However, I find it unfortunate that the brand has not released a slightly cheaper 4G version. The fact of integrating 5G will allow it to hold up over time, but this functionality is currently useless in France, due to a lack of network.
The fingerprint sensor under the screen is for me identical to that of the 7T Pro, just as fast. Finally, OnePlus has finally decided to pay to pass the IP68 certification, and the OnePlus 8 Pro is the first model of the brand to be officially approved.
To summarize, a classic design, and technical characteristics at the top for this OnePlus 8 Pro.
OxygenOS even better
The OnePlus overlay is better from year to year. On this new version of OxygenOS (10.5.2 as of this writing) offers a whole bunch of new features, such as the improvement of Dark Mode (which makes more apps compatible), the wallpapers or the MEMC functionality.
The latter makes it possible to extrapolate in 120 frames / second the videos broadcast in 24 or 30 frames per second. If I don’t like this effect on movies and series, it’s just great for sports videos, which are even more fluid and immersive. Even if the processing is 100% software, it seems entirely natural. Impressive.
What I like about OxygenOS is that it is a very simple and very complex OS at the same time. When you’re new to the game, it’s very easy to learn, everything is fluid and logical, and there are a number of options to customize it to your liking. Load management is the perfect example. For the wired part, the smart charge will fill a large part of your battery in the first minutes, then wait a few minutes before waking up to finish. On wireless (yes OnePlus integrates wireless charging for the first time), a bedtime mode allows you to manage the charger fan, I will come back to this in the dedicated part of this test.
This is just a small preview of what’s new in OxygenOS, which for me is the best Android overlay available today.
Photo: software not yet up to snuff
By competing directly with the Huawei, Samsung and Apple, I will judge the photo part accordingly on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Conclusion: there is still work to be at the level of the best. First, here is the combination of sensors used:
- a wide-angle lens : f / 1.78; 48 MP Sony IMX689 sensor (1.12 µm photosite); 7 lenses, OIS
- an ultra wide angle lens : f / 2.2; 48 MP sensor (119.7 field of view), OIS
- a macro lens : f / 2.44; 8 MP sensor (1.0 µm photosite); OIS
- a color filter : f / 2.4, 5 MP sensor
- a goal before : f / 2.45; 16 MP Sony IMX471 sensor (1.0 µm photosite)
The main 48 MP sensor uses the Pixel Bining technique to take 12 MP shots (of your choice). I find it more usable on a daily basis, since in 48 MP mode the trigger is too long. The color consistency between the three sensors is good but not exceptional like that of the iPhone 11 Pro. Whether it’s for wide-angle or ultra-wide angle, the picture is the same. In the right conditions, you will be able to take excellent shots. When conditions deteriorate, so does the quality of the photos.
The X3 zoom is quite good, however don’t plan to climb above the x3, the photos simply becoming unusable. I’m also having trouble understanding the integration of the color filter. It uses hardware to offer four different native styles (Mat, Vivid, B&W, Photochrome). Given what we can do today at the software level, I find that it is the budget badly spent by OnePlus which could have taken advantage of it to use a main sensor of 108 MP and / or improve its zoom. While the sensor combo does not ship ToF, I find the mode management wore very good on this OnePlus 8 Pro, and this is also the case for the front camera.
Compared to previous models, the OnePlus 8 Pro is however very good in photos. The night mode is also improving, and the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle sensors are making good headway. The camera application is very intuitive, but I think OnePlus has a real effort to make in terms of software for processing photos. The example of Google with its unique sensor on the Pixel 3 shows it well, the software is now essential on the photo part of smartphones.
In terms of video, the OnePlus 8 Pro is capable of offering 4K movies at 60 frames per second. Super Stable mode is still just as good. You will find examples in the test video at the beginning of the article. A novelty makes its appearance, the Zoom Audio. As with the iPhone 11 Pro, it allows you to better capture the sound of a targeted subject, and it works pretty well.
To summarize, whether in photo or video, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a nice evolution of the 7T Pro. This is not his strong point, however, and most of the competitors in this price segment are better than him.
OnePlus 8 Pro autonomy: it discharges gently, charges very quickly
This is one of the highlights of this OnePlus 8 Pro, which has chosen to integrate a 4,510 mAh battery. Whichever refresh rate / resolution combo you choose, you will last the day. The most energy-consuming is obviously the couple QHD + 120 Hz. What I recommend is to opt for automatic management in the settings, the OnePlus 8 Pro then taking care of optimizing according to the use that you use do. If you are on an intensive day, switch to FHD + / 60 Hz and you will be able to practically hold it for 2 days of use. On this point, OnePlus crushes the S20 Ultra, which is not even able to combine QHD + and 120 Hz, and its 5,000 mAh battery discharges quickly as soon as the 120 Hz is activated.
Another important point, the fast charge (Wrap Charge 30T). It is simply excellent with less than 25 minutes to find half of the battery. It’s impressive, but we’re used to it.
As I mentioned earlier, OnePlus has finally decided to integrate fast charging on the OnePlus 8 Pro, and has not done things by halves. The brand’s wireless charger allows charging at 30W and recovering 50% in 30 minutes. Software-wise, the bedtime feature allows you to automate fast wireless charging based on time. To put it simply, during the defined hours, wireless charging will be conventional, and the charger fan will not activate. If you have it on your bedside table, that’s fine. Outside of these hours, fast wireless charging is activated, and the fan operates.
5W wireless charging is also coming with the OnePlus 8 Pro. It’s the smartphone that offers the best charge / autonomy combination on the market today. Charging so quickly, even wirelessly, is a real pleasure. OnePlus is very far from Samsung and Apple on these two points.
My opinion after testing the OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro has everything to be the best Android smartphone of 2020. It has the most beautiful screen on the market, top features, a fluid and intelligent overlay, high autonomy, and rapid recharging with or without wire. It only needs an even better photo / video part, and the others will have a long way to go. Like Xiaomi and Oppo, OnePlus seems determined to take the place left vacant by Huawei in France in a higher-end segment. At the level of the smartphone itself, the path is no longer so long. It is the development of the brand image that will now be important to conquer this segment.
OnePlus plays very big with these pricing choices. On the one hand, fans from the start will certainly be disappointed with this new increase. On the other hand, how is OnePlus going to find a place against its competitors?
On the one hand we have the aura ofApple which allows him to sell iPhones, whatever the price. On the other are Samsung and Xiaomi, whose prices for new models tend to drop quickly. In a few weeks, you will be able to choose between a Samsung Galaxy S20 + or a Mi 10 Pro for less than € 750 and the OnePlus 8 Pro for € 899, the brand not being used to selling prices.