Laurent Joly

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OnePlus 8 – Everything You Need to Know

OnePlus has a long history of excellent products, including the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T pro that were market leaders for a short while. Recently, the Chinese company released another smart device on the 14th of April 2020; the OnePlus 8, a phone that has set the bar for affordable flagships in its time.

The OnePlus has an incredibly sleek design, a punch-hole front camera, with an attractive waterfall display. It uses the Snapdragon 865 for high-speed processing coupled with a 12GB RAM to handle massive apps.

There’s no doubt that this compact machine is a must-have for smartphone enthusiasts. Read on to know why.


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Design

The OnePlus 8 shares almost similar features with its predecessor, the OnePlus 7T, but includes a few technological upgrades that put it on a higher level. These additional upgrades include the waterfall-style curved display edge with a vertical camera button at the side. At the top corner, you’ll find a 16MP camera, and behind, three rear cameras (48MP, 16MP, and 2 MP) capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps.

On the left side of this OnePlus, you’ll find a volume rocker and a lock button on the right; they both offer satisfying tactile feedback because they protrude farther than previous OnePlus phones. Above the lock button is the signature silence slider that enables you to switch between silent, vibrate, and ring modes.

As modern phones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S20 become more cumbersome and harder to handle, the OnePlus has a lightweight of 180g and balances entirely on your palm. Keep in mind that the device comes in three colours: Glacial green, Interstellar Glow, and Onyx Black.

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Display

The OnePlus 8 has a screen width of 6.55 inches with an AMOLED display and an FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution – a bit lower than the Samsung Galaxy S20, but still impressive. Its 20:9 ratio suggests a narrow and tall device, therefore, making it relatively easy to handle.

Although the phone’s display specs are not technically as sophisticated as the Samsung Galaxy S20 or the iPhone 11 pro max, they practically look and feel the same. However, when comparing the OnePlus 8 to its predecessors, it shines in the arena of brightness and colour depth.

The OnePlus 8 offers a smooth scrolling experience with its default refresh rate of 60Hz and a maximum of 90Hz. This feature allows you to scroll through your social media feeds swiftly or play any game with zero micro freezes.

In addition, the phone includes both “Reading Mode” and “Zen Mode”, which are essential now that we spend most of our days facing our smartphone.


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Hardware Performance

The OnePlus built this impressive machine with a Snapdragon 865 chipset coupled with a Snapdragon X55 modem to enable internet access via 5G. Note that you have the option to opt for either 12GB of RAM and 256GB ROM, or 8GB of RAM and 128GB ROM.

The model with the 12GB RAM beats the Samsung Galaxy S20 with a Geekbench score of 3,401 over the Samsung’s 3,300.

Ultimately, these specs mean that the OnePlus 8 is incredibly fast and can switch between apps with zero hassle.


Battery Capacity

The OnePlus 8 packs a battery capacity of 4,300mAh, which is 300mAh higher than most modern devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S20. It includes a warp charge 30T charger which delivers a charging speed that’s 23% faster than previous OnePlus chargers.

The charger lives up to its name with a charging speed that replenished 41% of the OnePlus’s 4,300mAh battery within 15 minutes, and fully charged the phone within an hour. Although the phone does not feature wireless charging, we can agree that the insane speed compensates for that minor drawback.


Final Thoughts

Besides the fact that the OnePlus 8 lacks wireless charging and excellent zoom, the smart device is a phone worth having because of its 5G compatibility, an extra-large battery, and superior processing power.