OnePlus is an example of a “garage company” which has grown from focusing on fan experience for its development. It’s fair for the company to increase everything that gets bigger; not only the quality of their handsets but also the price tag. I like Dieter Bohn’s comment for The Verge in the original article, that the price for the new OnePlus 8 Pro “is simultaneously high and low”. 

The company offers you to test, buy, and own the top-rated device from $899, cue tears of joy and bitterness. The price shouldn’t be an ultrasonic repeller for you. It’s an economical and logical chain: the company began as an unknown brand crossed the line into an internationally acclaimed Android smartphone developer. Yes, the OnePlus 8 Pro is not a “conveniently affordable gadget” because of the price, but it shouldn’t be.

What can you say about it?

OnePlus 8 Pro follows the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s bad advice and joined the game using its ultimate skill – the big-as-hell 6.78-inch ‘Fluid Display’ with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and QHD resolution. The company is doing the right thing in showing pride, claiming “it’s the best screen you’ll see in a year” because it’s natural for parents to be proud of their children. I can’t say that it is not right, because I don’t understand Tarot cards at all, but I remember predictions and allegations about the Samsung S20 models being the best flagship handset of 2020, and now we can see plenty of other flagship phones competing with it, even the OnePlus 8 Pro is having a very good go at it.

Size comparison. Image credit: nachedeu.com

2D — Design and Display

We can’t talk about the design without noticing some facts about the display. As mentioned above, the company is very proud of its ‘Fluid Display’, furthermore, they are following the refresh rate trend, and just like the Oppo Find X2 Pro, they’ve installed a manually adjustable screen rate from 60Hz up to 120Hz, omitting the Huawei P40 Pro’s offering of 90Hz.

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What’s cool about the 8 Pro is that the 120Hz is a default feature; the device won’t lose resolution quality from QHD+ to Full HD+, because it’s already Full HD+. But, unlike the S20 Ultra, you can tap on settings and amend the screen resolution depending on your desires.

It would be incorrect on my part not to mention that such a feature negatively impacts power consumption, though our test shows that the loss of power is not so great as to make it a separate minus of the phone.

Nevertheless, 120Hz is neither a plus nor a minus for people who are used to 60Hz. It’s a great indicator to show the power of modern technology, but some testers reckon that the scrolling looks unnatural and plastic.

The other peculiarity of the OnePlus 8 Pro is indeed its big 6.78-inch display, following another 2020 trend – curves from both sides which engage into a metal frame. Perhaps the Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue, and Onyx Black colors of the phone are the best features for me because I’m tired of looking at gloss bodies, but unfortunately, nobody has canceled the slipperiness of the device.

Unfortunate fact number two is the curb for cameras. If you’re purchasing the phone you’re doing it with a silicon case which reduces that bump to zero.

There is only one USB-C port for headphones and charging, although the engineers have outfitted the telephone with wireless charging. And it is pretty fast; it can hit 30 watts, filling the battery life up to 50 percent within 30 minutes.

Besides, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the first model from the company to carry an official IP rating. With IP68 you can hit rocks and go fishing for big fish in the ocean (joking, ha-ha, you got that?). The device totally ignores the dust and can stay alive after for 30 minutes whilst submerged up to one meter.

Camera squad

It’s becoming more and more complicated to figure out what the differences are between the cameras on flagship phones. The OnePlus 8 Pro has got a quad-camera set up. The main sensor will be the first thing to meet you – 48MP is the biggest sensor for OnePlus of all time. OIS (optical image stabilization), 4K video recording, and EIS (electronic image stabilization) all come with a Sony IMX689 sensor with f/1.78 aperture.

The ultra-wide camera has a second 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, but with a smaller aperture.

The developers have made a separate place for a 5MP color filter lens which will create color effects for your photos, though we have no idea why it merits having a separate place. It would be better to put a super-zoom lense there, rather than the 3x optical and 30x digital zoom on the handset.

Triple-set. Image credit: ixbt.com

Hardware is worth it for the price tag

From a hardware point of view, it would be easy to argue in favor of the new price tag. The OnePlus 8 Pro has got a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset and comes installed with a 5G modem. This goes hand-in-hand with either an 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage, depending on the model.

The best explanation for the big size of the gadget is the big 4,510mAh battery which is definitely larger and mercilessly beats the Huawei P40 Pro, Galaxy S20 Plus, and iPhone 11 Pro. That means your typical usage of phone gaming, a pile of videos on YouTube and TikTok, and infinite scrolling of Instagram will only finish your battery life by the end of the day, maybe even late at night.

Wrapping Up

The fluid screen creates the best impression while the development of the company is the second piece of good news. It gets a big thumbs up and a push of the Like button. The telephone is worth buying if you want to feel the charged atmosphere around the power in this device. However, if you’re seeking a cool photo machine, it’s not the right choice because even reaching the level of top flagship phones, it still can’t compete with other companies, for example, Samsung with its phenomenal camera set-up on the S20 Ultra.