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OnePlus 8

Android-based smartphones produced by OnePlus

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Codenameinstantnoodle (OnePlus 8), instantnoodlep (OnePlus 8 Pro)
SloganLead with Speed
Compatible networks2G, 3G, 4G and 5G
First released14 April 2020; 18 months ago (2020-04-14)
Availability by region
    • China:
      17 April 2020; 18 months ago (2020-04-17)
    • Europe:
      21 April 2020; 18 months ago (2020-04-21)
    • United States:
      29 April 2020; 17 months ago (2020-04-29)
    • India:
      29 May 2020; 16 months ago (2020-05-29)
PredecessorOnePlus 7T
SuccessorOnePlus 8T
RelatedOppo Find X2
OnePlus Nord
Form factorSlate
  • 8: 160.2 mm × 72.9 mm × 8 mm (6.31 in × 2.87 in × 0.31 in)
  • 8 Pro: 165.3 mm × 74.4 mm × 8.5 mm (6.51 in × 2.93 in × 0.33 in)
  • 8: 180 g (6.3 oz)
  • 8 Pro: 199 g (7.0 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: OxygenOS 10
(based on Android 10)
Current: OxygenOS 11
(based on Android 11)
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon865
CPUOcta-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 650
Memory8 or 12 GB RAM
Storage128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.0
  • 8: 4300 mAh
  • 8 Pro: 4510 mAh
  • Warp Charge technology
Data inputs
DisplayFluid AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with HDR10+ support
Rear camera
  • 8: 48 MP, f/1.78, 25mm, 1/2", 0.8 µm (wide)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 14 mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, 1.75 µm (macro), PDAF
  • 8 Pro: 48 MP, f/1.75, 25mm, 1/1.43", 1.12 µm (wide)
    48 MP, f/2.2, 14 mm, 1/2", 0.8µm (ultrawide)
    8 MP, f/2.44, 1.0 µm (telephoto)
    5 MP, f/2.4 (depth), 3x optical zoom, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF
  • Both:OIS, gyro-EIS, dual-LED flash, Auto HDR,
    [email protected]/60 fps, 1[email protected]/60/240 fps, [email protected] fps
Front camera16 MP, f/2.45, 1/3", 1.0 µm
[email protected] fps, Auto-HDR, gyro-EIS
SoundDolby Atmos Dual stereo speakers with active noise cancellation

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are Android-based smartphones manufactured by OnePlus, unveiled on April 14, 2020.[1][2][3] They became available for purchase in the United States on April 29, 2020.



Both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro use the Snapdragon 865 processor with the Adreno 650 GPU, with either 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.0 storage. Both have 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM; the 8 has LPDDR4X RAM and the 8 Pro has faster, more efficient LPDDR5 RAM. Both have stereo speakers with active noise cancellation; there is no audio jack.


The 8 and 8 Pro are constructed similarly to previous OnePlus phones, using an anodized aluminum frame and curved Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back. Both have a circular cutout in the upper-left-hand corner for the front-facing camera. On the 8 Pro, this replaces the pop-up camera used on the 7 Pro and 7T Pro. The rear camera module is similar to that of the 7 Pro and 7T Pro, protruding slightly from the back panel. On the 8, the dual-LED flash is located below, while on the 8 Pro, the telephoto camera, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash are all located to the left of the module. The 8 and 8 Pro are the first OnePlus phones to receive an official IP Code water resistance rating, rated at IP68. All 8 Pro models have water resistance, although for the 8 it is present only on carrier models. Both are available in Onyx Black (glossy) and Glacial Green (matte), while the 8 Pro has its own Ultramarine Blue (matte) finish. The 8 has two additional colors, a Polar Silver (matte) finish exclusive to the Verizon model,[4] and an Interstellar Glow (glossy) finish exclusive to the T-Mobile model.


AMOLED panels with HDR10+ support are used on both phones. The 8's display is carried over from the 7T, a 6.55-inch (166.4mm) 1080p screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 90 Hz refresh rate. The 8 Pro's display has a 6.78-inch (172.2mm) 1440p screen with a 19.8:9 aspect ratio and a 120 Hz refresh rate. This makes it the first smartphone to support both 1440p resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The 8 Pro has an Adaptive Display feature, similar to Apple's True Tone, and an MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation) option akin to "motion smoothening" on high-end TVs.[5] MEMC works with supported apps and games, and analyzes footage of at least 24 fps and interpolates frames to make the footage playback in what looks to be a higher frame rate. The 8 Pro is also one of the first smartphones able to display 1 billion colors.

Biometric options include an optical (in-display) fingerprint scanner and facial recognition.[6][7][8]


The camera system has been changed to further differentiate the 8 and 8 Pro. The 8's camera array consists of a 48 MP wide sensor, a 16 MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2 MP macro sensor, while the 8 Pro's camera array consists of a 48 MP wide sensor, a 48 MP ultrawide sensor, an 8 MP telephoto sensor, and a 5 MP "Color Filter Camera" for infrared photography. The color filter camera was later disabled in China.[9] The 8's wide sensor is the same as on the 7T series, the Sony IMX586, while the 8 Pro's wide sensor is the newer Sony IMX689. Unlike the 7T, the 8 does not have a telephoto camera, which is now exclusive to the 8 Pro. OnePlus also claims that the 8 Pro uses Nokia OZO audio recording technology for its triple microphone array, which is used for the Audio 3D, Audio Zoom and Audio Windscreen camera features.[10] The front camera on both phones uses a 16 MP sensor.


The battery capacity has been increased to 4300 mAh on the 8 and 4510 mAh on the 8 Pro. Both smartphones support wired fast charging at 30W via Warp Charge, and the 8 Pro also supports wireless charging via the new OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless,[11] which is able to charge 50% of the phone's battery in under 30 minutes.[12] The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging.[13]


The 8 and 8 Pro run on OxygenOS 11, which is based on Android 11. OnePlus states both phones will continue to receive software updates until April 2023.[14]

Network compatibility[edit]

Model GSM










8 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz BC0, BC1 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 19 FDD: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 66, 71

TDD: 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48

FDD: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 28, 66, 71

TDD: 41, 78, 79

mmWave: 260, 261

8 Pro FDD: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 28, 66, 71

TDD: 41, 78, 79

Connectivity options have been improved with the implementation of 5G technology for all models, however only the Verizon OnePlus 8 5G UW model is compatible with ultra-fast millimeter-wave networks.[15] Verizon and T-Mobile sell the 8 but not the 8 Pro, however the 8 Pro still works on their networks.[16]


There are six model OnePlus 8 variants available depending on the country of intended use or USA carrier: IN2010 (China), IN2011 (India), IN2013 (Europe/Asia), North American variants include the IN2015 (NA/USA Dual Sim), IN2017 (T-Mobile), and IN2019 (Verizon). The IN2017 supports T-Mobile 5G bands, the IN2019 supports Verizon 5G bands, and no variant supports AT&T 5G bands.

There are four model OnePlus 8 Pro variants available depending on the country of intended use: IN2020 (China), IN2023 (Europe/Asia), IN2021 (India), and IN2025 (NA/USA).

Model Variant Region
OnePlus 8 IN2010 China
IN2011 India
IN2013 Europe/Asia
IN2017 T-Mobile
IN2019 Verizon
OnePlus 8 Pro IN2020 China
IN2021 India
IN2023 Europe/Asia


Both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro were met with generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for the design, display, performance, and battery life. However, the price increase was said to have signified that OnePlus phones were no longer "flagship killers".[17][18]

The OnePlus 8 received an 8/10 from The Verge,[19] an 8.7/10 from CNET[20] and a 3/5 from Digital Trends.[21] Jon Porter of The Verge remarked that the 8 was "a phone that absolutely delivers flagship Android performance" and called the display "bright, vibrant and buttery smooth", but the camera quality was inferior to the 8 Pro; Tom's Guide and CNET also noted the lack of optical zoom.[22] The lack of wireless charging and water resistance were criticized, and the macro camera was panned for being of limited use.

The OnePlus 8 Pro received an 8.5/10 from The Verge,[23] an 8.6/10 from CNET[24] and a 4/5 from Digital Trends.[25] Mark Spoonauer of Tom's Guide stated that "overall the OnePlus 8 Pro is easily one of the best Android phones you can buy if you want a premium phone without the $1,000-plus sticker shock from Samsung or Apple".[26] Several reviewers questioned the inclusion of the color filter sensor, which was widely seen as a gimmick.

The OnePlus 8 Pro received an overall score of 119 from DXOMARK, with a photo score of 126 and video score of 103, the tenth-highest ranking as of May 2020.[27]

The OnePlus 8 became the first phone by OnePlus to be a part of the Android Enterprise Recommended program.[28]


After pre-orders delivered, OnePlus 8 Pro owners reported issues with black crush, green and red tints, and image retention resembling display burn-in. OnePlus has attempted to fix the display issues with software, but the issue may be with the screen hardware itself.[29] As of 20 July 2020, the dual-sim function on the NA version of either mode of the phone is not functional.[30][31] In August 2020, users reported a dark bar appearing across the selfie camera. The issue is easily visible over gray backgrounds such as the incognito window of Google Chrome, or the Google Search app in dark mode. In October 2020, users reported battery drain issues on the OnePlus 8 Pro after updating to OxygenOS 11. A software update was released in mid-November to fix the issue.[32]


It was discovered that the 8 Pro's Color Filter camera can see through certain plastics, including clothing, producing an X-ray like effect. This occurs because the sensor lacks an IR filter.[33] OnePlus later apologized for "creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens", and temporarily disabled the filter on Chinese models with HydrogenOS.[34] An over-the-air update, OxygenOS 10.5.9, disabled the filter globally; however, OnePlus later stated this was an error, and subsequently pulled the update. A future update is set to reinstate the filter.[35] The feature was still usable after enabling an ADB command.[36]

See also[edit]


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New OnePlus 8 series update brings October security patch, Files by Google

Welcome to the OnePlus 8 series update hub. Here you’ll find the latest information on updates to the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8. We’ll detail the current software versions for each device and alert you if there’s a new update rolling out. OnePlus usually pushes out Oxygen OS updates to the OnePlus 8 Pro and 8 together, but availability may be affected by variant, carrier, and region.

  • Current stable version: Android 11
  • When will the OnePlus 8 series get Android 12? Early to mid-2022 (Estimated)

Latest OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 updates

October 20, 2021: OnePlus is rolling out Oxygen OS to OnePlus 8 series users in Europe. According to its latest forum post, the update doesn’t bring much beyond this month’s Android security update and the Files by Google app. So if you were expecting a slew of new features like the previous patch, you’d be disappointed.

See the full changelog below:

  • System
    • Added the Files by Google, find files faster with search and simple browsing
    • Updated Android security patch to 2021.10
    • Improved system stability
    • Fixed known issues

Although the patch is rolling out incrementally across the EU, users in India and North America can expect it to land in their regions soon. To check if an update is available, head to Settings > System > System updates on your device.

Previous OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 updates

  • August 17, 2021: Oxygen OS brought a slew of new features, including support for the Buds Pro, new camera and system optimizations, the OnePlus Store, and Bitmoji AOD.
  • June 9, 2021: Oxygen OS fixed the devices’ camera, specifically addressing the 48MP sensor’s shutter button issues. The update also included the June 2021 Android security patch.
  • May 26, 2021: Oxygen OS is now rolling out to the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8. The patch brings improvements to the 8 Pro’s wireless charging experience, several bug fixes to both devices, and the May 2021 Android security patch. Also included are fixes to Gallery, Phone, and Messages bugs.
  • April 22, 2021: The ninth Oxygen OS 11 beta build rolled out to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. Open Beta 9 included a lengthy changelog that mainly touched on system improvements. It also brought the April 2021 Android security patch.
  • March 29, 2021: Oxygen OS failed to bring any new features to the OnePlus 8 Pro or 8, but did iron out several system bugs. The March 2021 Android security patch arrived in tow.
  • March 22, 2021: OnePlus started disseminating the eighth Oxygen OS 11 open beta build for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. Alongside the March 2021 Android security patch, the beta update also brought several fixes for the system, camera, and other aspects of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
  • February 27, 2021: OnePlus rolled out the seventh Oxygen OS 11 open beta build for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. It added the February security patch to the phones and fixed several system issues.
  • February 3, 2021: The sixth Oxygen OS 11 open beta brought a lengthy changelog, including the Android Security Patch for January 2021 and a host of tweaks to Weather, Shelf, and Gaming Space apps.
  • December 22, 2020: OnePlus pushed out the fifth open beta update, bringing Rewind Recording for Game Space, selfie camera animation tweaks, and addressing a Bluetooth call bug. It also brought the December 2020 security patch to the table.

If you’ve spotted a OnePlus 8 Pro update or a OnePlus 8 update that we haven’t, tip us! Looking for another update? Be sure to visit our Android 11 update tracker.

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Experience up to 125%* higher write speeds thanks to an improved UFS 3.0 file management system.

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Capture the moment with a powerful 48 MP Quad Camera. A new high-resolution ultra wide angle camera expands your view while Dynamic Video lets you shoot more vibrant and detailed videos.

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OnePlus 8 buyer's guide: Everything you need to know

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OnePlus has been steadily climbing the ranks of the best smartphone makers. While the OnePlus 9 series is now available, the OnePlus 8 series is still well-positioned and the OnePlus 8 Pro remains one of the best high-end phones in the company’s lineup.

In this OnePlus 8 buyer’s guide, we bring together all the best resources on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. You’ll find purchase advice if you’re just considering buying the OnePlus 8, but also tips and in-depth resources for OnePlus 8 series owners. In short, welcome to your one-stop-shop OnePlus 8 resource.

Editor’s note: This OnePlus 8 buyer’s guide is current as of August 2021. We will update it with new content regularly.

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro at a glance

David Imel / Android Authority

The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro were launched on April 14, 2020, and released on April 29 in markets around the world.

The OnePlus 8 (launch price: $699 in the US) is the phone you’ll want if you’re primarily interested in smooth performance on a budget. It lacks some bells and whistles, like a 120Hz display and wireless charging, but it’s one of the most affordable ways to get a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G, and a high-quality screen.

The OnePlus 8 Pro (launch price: $899 in the US) is the best choice for those who want a true flagship. It gets the fast core specs and smooth interface OnePlus is known for, and it ups the ante with fast wireless charging, water resistance, a super-smooth 120Hz display, and a superior camera. It’s not cheap, but it’s not supposed to be, so OnePlus cut no corners here.

Are the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro worth buying?

With the launch of the OnePlus 9 series, the OnePlus 8 series is now officially “last year’s model.” As such, you might want to check out our buyer’s guide for the latest models instead.

However, the OnePlus 8 series is still filled with good phones. Additionally, it is now easier to find OnePlus 8 phones at a discount. If you don’t mind being a year behind the curve, it’s still worth checking out these devices.

The OnePlus 8 Pro, specifically, would still be a great buy even in 2021. Its specs are still great, its design is still premium, and it still has flagship-quality features like wireless charging and a full IP rating. Granted, the OnePlus 9 Pro is definitely superior, but that phone will also invariably be much more expensive.

Read up: Our full OnePlus 8 Pro review

The vanilla OnePlus 8 is also still a good phone, assuming you can get it at a steep discount. We definitely wouldn’t recommend paying the original list price of $699 for it, as the $729 OnePlus 9 will be superior in many ways. If you can shave a couple of hundred dollars off, though, it would be well worth it.

Read up: Our full OnePlus 8 review

What experts are saying

First, here’s what Android Authority’s David Imel and Eric Zeman had to say about the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 in their respective reviews.

David loved most things about the OnePlus 8 Pro, including that smooth and accurate OLED display, excellent software, versatile cameras, and great battery life. He noted that the phone is still cheaper than the Galaxy S20 Plus or the Huawei P40 Pro, while delivering superior performance in some areas. On the downside, the phone doesn’t have true optical zoom and the Color filter camera is a gimmick at best.

Eric thought the cheaper model was “watered down” in our review, but he still found it a very compelling device. If you don’t compare it to the more expensive Pro version, the OnePlus 8 stands on its own, thanks to the great display, gorgeous design, and formidable battery life. The biggest flaw that Eric noted is the camera, which he called “middling.”

What other reviewers from around the web think

To give you the best picture, we looked at what reviewers from other publications had to say about the phones:

  • Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo noted the OnePlus 8 Pro was the best Android flagship on the market at that time, even if “it’s not the slam-dunk value champion that past OnePlus smartphones have been.” Ron loved the display, the mostly stock Android software, and the addition of long-requested features like wireless charging and water resistance.
  • Marques Brownlee of MKBHD checked out the OnePlus 8 and loved its high-refresh display (even if it’s only 90Hz), but found the camera lacking; overall, he thought the $699 OnePlus 8 “is not special anymore.” Meanwhile, Marques said the OnePlus 8 Pro is “a bona fide, complete-feeling flagship” that finally includes a great camera.
  • The Verge’s Dieter Bohn commented on the OnePlus 8 Pro’s price, saying it’s “simultaneously high and low. Nine hundred bucks is a lot for a OnePlus phone, but it’s still less expensive than its direct competition.” Dieter complained about the “huge” size of the device and the addition of the “pointless gimmick” Color filter camera.
  • Wired’s Julian Chokkattu praised the OnePlus 8 Pro’s “fantastic” screen and called the phone’s camera “surprisingly good.” Still, Julian didn’t forget about the elephant in the room — the fact that OnePlus phones used to provide “spectacular value,” which is not the case with the latest generation.

What people like you think of the OnePlus 8 series

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We asked our readers how they feel about the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro in several polls throughout the launch process. In general, our readers represent die-hard OnePlus fans and Android enthusiasts, so keep that in mind when reading the results.

Meanwhile, when asked what score they would assign to the OnePlus 8 Pro, 33% of respondents gave it a five-star rating. Another 29% gave it four stars, and only 6% thought the OnePlus 8 is a terrible, one-star phone.

How good is the OnePlus 8 Pro camera?

Cameras have always been the big weakness of OnePlus devices. That changes with the OnePlus 8 Pro, which we (and other reviewers) found to be really good.

You can read more about it in our OnePlus 8 Pro review, and we also recommend you check out this camera comparison between the OnePlus 8 Pro, the Galaxy S20 Plus, and the Huawei P40 Pro. If you just want the conclusion, the OnePlus 8 Pro came in second, behind the more hardware-heavy P40 Pro, but ahead of the Galaxy S20 Plus. That’s a big deal for OnePlus.

One thing we weren’t impressed with is the Color filter camera, which changes the color of objects in the scene to ethereal sepia tones. We called it “little more than a gimmick” in our analysis. It’s quite puzzling why OnePlus opted to include a dedicated camera just for this feature. Please note, that OnePlus eventually nerfed this feature after people figured out how to turn it into a pseudo-x-ray camera (see next section for more).

The standard OnePlus 8 is a bit of a different story — it’s not that good, though it’s certainly useable. Just don’t expect results to match its more expensive brother. Learn more details in our review.

Can the Color filter camera really see through clothes and plastic?

A few weeks after the phone’s launch, social media became awash with images taken with the OnePlus 8 Pro’s color filter camera, specifically the Photocrom filter, that revealed the camera can actually see through certain types of materials. These include plastic casings of electronics including TV remotes, Apple TV, Nintendo Switch, game controllers, and more.

More troubling, the camera can also “see” through some thin layers of clothing.

Needless to say, this ability is problematic, and OnePlus moved quickly to assuage any privacy fears. The company said it would disable the Photocrom filter via OTA, but only on phones sold in China and running Hydrogen OS. In the rest of the world, OnePlus said it would update the OnePlus 8 Pro in order to tone down this ability. In May, an update for the global variant has actually completely disabled the controversial filter. Now, the main camera uses the filter lens for certain things, but the original idea of the filter is gone.

Does the OnePlus 8 have good battery life?

Both the OnePlus 8 (4,300mAh) and the OnePlus 8 Pro (4,510mAh) have solid battery life, despite their high-refresh-rate screens. Based on our testing, both phones can last about a day and a half of normal use. The smaller phone actually has better battery life, consistently pushing towards one day and three-quarters of use.

While neither model is the best phone around when it comes to batteries, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have solid battery life. You can also eke out a bit more screen-on time by lowering the refresh rate to 60Hz, which is easy to do from the settings menu.

Competition and alternatives

In 2020, it was clear the OnePlus 8 Pro targeted the Galaxy S20 Plus and that makes sense — it was the Android flagship to beat. The good news is that it came on top in our comparison with the Galaxy S20 Plus, thanks to the comparable user experience and a similar set of features, offered at a lower price.

When compared to the Huawei P40 Pro, the OnePlus device has the clear upper hand thanks to the preloaded Google apps and services. The P40 Pro has the better camera by some margin though.

If you’re in a market where it’s sold, the cheaper Realme X50 Pro is a decent OnePlus 8 Pro alternative. It has blazing-fast performance, great build quality, and super-fast 65W charging, though the camera will probably disappoint.

But the biggest competitor to the OnePlus 8 Pro is this year’s OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Both phones are more expensive than the list prices of the OnePlus 8 series. However, if you were planning on spending $900 on a OnePlus 8 Pro, you’re likely going to be OK spending $1,000 on the superior OnePlus 9 Pro. The 9 Pro is far and away the best camera ever from OnePlus, which is a big deal.

Other alternatives: These 6 flagship killers are the best alternatives to the OnePlus 8 series

Known OnePlus 8 issues

Relatively few OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro issues have surfaced so far. The biggest one is a problem that causes green tints or black crush artifacts when the screen is set to low brightness. According to OnePlus, the issue is software-related, so it should be fixable through an update. As of the time of the last update, some users still report this green tint issue, and OnePlus says it’s working on the problem.

A minor issue that we spotted in our OnePlus 8 Pro review is a small amount of jittering during multitasking. Given the strong specs, this software-related issue will likely be patched, if it hasn’t been already.

This isn’t a defect per se, but you should know that Verizon-branded OnePlus 8 models are physically different from all the other models. A minor change in the alignment of the buttons means OnePlus 8 cases designed for the unlocked model will not fit the Verizon model properly. You’ll need to look at dedicated cases instead.

In early June, we heard of an issue affecting certain OnePlus 8 Pro units that made it impossible to play Netflix in high resolution. OnePlus acknowledged this issue and fixed it via an OTA update.

For more, check out our roundup of various other OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 issues that have surfaced so far, including some troubleshooting tips.

OnePlus 8 software updates

The OnePlus 8 series launched with Android 10. If you bought one now, though, it would have an Android 11 upgrade waiting for you when you first powered it on.

OnePlus used to be known for fast and stable Android updates. However, this reputation has started to slide a bit. Although the OnePlus 8 series is already on Android 11, the OnePlus 7 series took a long time getting there. This could suggest that it will be a while before the OnePlus 8 series gets Android 12, which is right around the corner.

In July 2021, OnePlus announced that it will bring three years of Android upgrades to the OnePlus 8 series. That means there are two upgrades to go: Android 12 and Android 13. We can’t make any promises on how soon you’ll see those upgrades, but OnePlus has promised to deliver them.

OnePlus 8 cases and accessories

If you want to protect your new phone, you’ll want to check out our roundups of the best cases and screen protectors for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. We’ve selected the best products, not just from OnePlus, but also from top third-party manufacturers like Spigen, Dbrand, Ringke, and more.

If you’re interested in original OnePlus accessories, you should check out the Cases & Protection section of the OnePlus store. You’ll find a great variety of quality cases.

Note that that the Verizon model is slightly different from other versions, meaning you’ll need to buy a special case for it.

You may also want to check out other OnePlus 8/8 Pro accessories, including chargers, cables, and the OnePlus Bullets Z wireless earbuds. If you want more options, here’s a roundup of the best headphones for the series.

Also check out OnePlus’ accessories bundles, which let you shave a few dollars off your purchase.

Which OnePlus 8 version should you get?

The OnePlus 8 Pro is currently available in a variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and one with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. If you don’t have high storage requirements (usually for downloading lots of media on your phone), we recommend you pick the 8GB/128GB version, which costs $899. We think 12GB of RAM is overkill in 2021.

Unfortunately, the only way to get the Ultramarine Blue model is to pony up for a 12GB/256GB version.

It’s the same story for the OnePlus 8. The $699 model, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage should be enough for most people. If you want the fancy, but fingerprint-prone, Interstellar Glow colorway, you’ll need to get the 12GB/256GB model for $799.

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Key OnePlus 8 specs

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OnePlus 8 Pro:

6.78-inch AMOLED
3,168 x 1,440 (19.8:9)
120Hz refresh rate
In-display fingerprint sensor
3D Corning Gorilla Glass

OnePlus 8:

6.55-inch AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 (20:9)
90Hz refresh rate
In-display fingerprint sensor
3D Corning Gorilla Glass

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

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OnePlus 8 Pro:

128GB / 256GB UFS 3.0

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128GB / 256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE

OnePlus 8 Pro:

48MP, f/1.78, 1.12µm, OIS, EIS
8MP 3x telephoto, f/2.44, 1.0µm, OIS
48MP ultrawide, f/2.2, 119.7°
5MP color filter, f/2.4

16MP, f/2.45, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus

OnePlus 8:

48MP, f/1.78, 0.8µm, OIS, EIS
2MP macro, f/2.4, 1.75µm
16MP ultrawide, f/2.2, 116°

16MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus

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Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
Warp Charge 30 Wireless

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Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
IP Rating

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Oxygen OS
Android 10

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Oxygen OS
Android 10
Dimensions and weight

OnePlus 8 Pro:

165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm

OnePlus 8:

160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0mm

What about OnePlus Nord?

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OnePlus unveiled a cheaper device in July of 2020 under the name OnePlus Nord. The phone isn’t as premium as the OnePlus 8, but it still packs quite a punch. It comes with the Snapdragon 765G processor, up to 12GB of RAM, four rear cameras, a big battery with Warp Charge 30T, and 5G support.

The phone costs £379/€399/24,999 rupees, putting it on the low end of the mid-range market. It faces some fierce competition from the Pixel 4a, LG Velvet, and others. OnePlus later released two cheaper models in the same lineup: the Nord N10 and the Nord N100. These phones are much, much cheaper than the OnePlus 8 series, and should not be considered as alternatives for premium shoppers.

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Q: Is the OnePlus 8 water-resistant? 
Only the US carrier versions (T-Mobile and Verizon) are rated IP68 for water resistance. Unlocked versions and all international models are not officially water-resistant. It’s likely they could still survive some water contact, but it’s best to avoid it.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 have a headphone jack?
Neither the OnePlus 8 nor the OnePlus 8 Pro features a headphone jack.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 support a memory card?
Neither the OnePlus 8 nor the OnePlus 8 Pro have a microSD card slot.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 support 5G?
Yes, both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro support sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. However, only Verizon’s OnePlus 8 5G UW supports mmWave spectrum.

Q: Does the OnePlus 8 Pro run at 120Hz at all times?
Yes, unlike other devices, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s display runs at 120Hz at all times. However, you’ll also need the app to be compatible. For example, not all games are optimized for high-refresh-rate screens. Read more 120Hz screens here.

Q: What colors are the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro available in?
A: The OnePlus 8 is available in Glacial Green and Interstellar Glow (color gradient). If you buy it from Verizon, you’ll also be able to get it in Onyx Black and an exclusive Polar Silver. The OnePlus 8 Pro is available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Ultramarine Blue. The Interstellar Glow and Ultramarine Blue are only available on the versions with 12GB of storage. Finally, OnePlus tends to release new color versions a few months after the initial launch, so you might want to wait for that if you don’t like the colors available right now. More details about OnePlus 8 colors here.

Q: Can I play Fortnite at high refresh on the OnePlus 8?
Yes, on May 26, OnePlus announced that both variants will support playing Fortnite at 90Hz.

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OnePlus 8 Pro

Smartphone manufacturer giant, OnePlus has started offering its latest OnePlus 8 Pro mobile at a starting price of Rs. 54,999. The phone is available in Glacial Green, Onyx Black, and Ultramarine Blue color options. It weighs 199 grams and its dimensions are 165.3 mm x 74.3 mm x 8.5 mm (H x W x T).

The OnePlus 8 Pro is an IP68 rated phone that is resistant to dust and water. It comes with an impressive 6.78-inch AMOLED panel that has a resolution of 1440x3168 pixels with high color accuracy and HDR10+ support. Also, it can run at 120Hz at the QHD+ resolution. The display of the phone is vibrant, colorful, and bright. 

The smartphone runs OxygenOS 10, based on Android 10, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, coupled with 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM. Talking about the internal storage of the phone, OnePlus 8 Pro has 128GB and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage versions. 

To shoot amazing photos and videos, there is a quad rear camera setup that consists of a 48 MP primary camera, an 8 MP secondary camera with a telephoto lens, a 48 MP camera with a wide-angle lens, and a 5 MP ‘Color Filter’ camera sensor. Also, it features a 16 MP camera at the front that lets you capture amazing selfies.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is powered with a non-removable 4,510mAh battery that supports Warp Charge 30T (5V/ 6A) and Warp Charge 30 Wireless technologies. There is also reverse wireless charging support. With a single charge, the battery will last 24 hours with normal usage. In addition to this, connectivity options on the phone include USB Type-C port, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and a 5G, and 4G LTE. Sensors on the phone include Face unlock, fingerprint sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, compass/magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope. 

OnePlus 8 Pro Price In India
OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone price in India is Rs 49,999. OnePlus 8 Pro was launched in the country on April 24, 2020 (Official). Thesmartphone comes in 1 other storage and RAM variants - OnePlus-8-Pro-256GB. As for the colour options, the OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone comes in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue colours.

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OnePlus 8 Pro review - Key Specs

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Screen: 120Hz QHD+ 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
GPU: Adreno 650
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 4,510mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front camera: 16MP
OS: Android 10 \ Oxygen OS 10.5

Over time this OnePlus 8 Pro review has been updated with new findings and takes. When it first hit the scene, we were blown away and it even won both the Best Phone and Gadget of the Year awards at the T3 Awards 2020. Now we are in 2021 and it's been pushed aside by the even more impressive OnePlus 9 Pro. Don't think that makes this any less capable though, in fact, it could actually be the best time to buy it because it's cheaper than it was before. 

Anyone looking for the very best phone you can buy should first consider the Apple iPhone 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra which has just upped the game when it comes to power and performance on Android smartphones.

For direct competition to the OnePlus 8 Pro, take a look at the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro both of which offer big specs and great value. And that's saying nothing about the two mid-range phones from OnePlus in the form of the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus Nord. Plus they've just released an impressive cheap phone, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. This manufacturer isn't playing around, they're covering every inch of the market. 

So, the question today in 2021 is: can the OnePlus 8 Pro still cut it? Let's find out.

In a nutshell, the OnePlus 8 Pro is not only one of the best phones that OnePlus has ever made but also one of the best Android phones from the last couple of years period. Granted, times are moving on but it's still managing to keep up. This is still a phone that helps cement the manufacturer's spot towards the top of the smartphone league table. 

Where OnePlus phones have, in the past, taken down rival flagships by delivering superb core functionality (remember all those flagship killers like the OnePlus 6), the OnePlus 8 Pro does so while also delivering a well-rounded package of advanced features and a gorgeous design, which had been missing in part on past devices. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has a jaw-droppingly beautiful and premium display you'd only expect to see on much more expensive smartphones. 

To discover why I rate the OnePlus 8 Pro so highly in more detail read on.

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OnePlus 8 Pro review: price, release date, and what's in the box

The OnePlus 8 Pro starts at £799 for the base model and rises to £899 for the top of the range variant in the UK. In the United States the phone retails for $899 and $999 respectively. The phone is available to order right now in the UK and hits stores shelves on April 21st, 2020. US orders are available from April 29th.

The phone comes in three colourways, Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue and Onyx Black, which represent the device's two different variants. The Onyx Black OnePlus 8 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, while the Glacial Green OnePlus 8 Pro and Ultramarine Blue One comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage space (the model reviewed).

In the OnePlus 8 Pro box you get the phone itself, as well as a transparent protective case and WarpCharge 30T charger. In addition, owners get the now traditional glossy OnePlus look book / manual, which runs through the phone's hardware and software.

As I've said before, the attention to detail placed on how each OnePlus phone is delivered to customers is second to none in my opinion, and the OnePlus 8 Pro is another great example of that. The whole package radiates a feeling of premium.

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OnePlus 8 Pro review: design and screen

And, speaking of premium, the first thing we absolutely have to talk about in this OnePlus 8 Pro review is the phone's display, which is the best screen I have ever seen on a smartphone.

How special is it? How does a 120Hz refresh rate and a QHD+ resolution of 3168 x 1440 sound! And, what're more, that 120Hz QHD+ screen is also HDR10+ certified. Yes, we're talking a proper god-tier display here and one that smokes everything else on the market today.

Indeed, unless Huawei or Samsung pull something pretty darn special out of their hats with their Note 20 and Mate 40 ranges later in the year, right now I honestly can't see this display being beaten in 2020.

Other phones have delivered 120Hz, QHD+ and HDR10+ in part but none to date has offered them all up at once. For example, even the mighty Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra could only offer a 120Hz refresh rate with a FHD resolution, meaning if you wanted to run its screen at its most rapid you had to take a hit in visual quality.

That compromise is not necessary here with the OnePlus 8 Pro's 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED panel (which is also capable of a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits!) and, as we shall see later on the review, the phone delivers this no compromise experience without battery issues, either.

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In terms of design, the most notable changes from late last year's OnePlus 7T Pro is that the pop-up selfie camera has now been replaced with an in-screen pin-hole camera, which is located in the top left hand corner of the display.

The pin-hole is, as they go, very small and unobtrusive — both when watching full screen videos and playing games I can't say that I noticed it at all, or was left going, "Damn! If only I could see that extra 3.85 mm of screen at the periphery of my vision then I wouldn't have died playing Call of Duty!"

That said, though, as I have said before I feel smartphone enthusiasts the world over are now just waiting for those teased under-screen selfie cameras to launch, and then we can all finally put the era of the notch, pop-up and hole-punch to bed for good.

Elsewhere, the OnePlus 8 Pro does carry over much of the same aesthetic of the 7T Pro, though, with a vertically mounted and centrally positioned rear camera array, gorgeous curved glass display, and cool to the touch frame and backplate.

The phone's volume rocker is located on the left hand side, while power and OnePlus' now traditional silent/vibrate/ring switch is located on the right hand side. USB Type-C handles power and data transfer and is flanked on the bottom edge by the phone's SIM card slot (which, yes, can take 5G SIM cards).

Lastly in terms of build quality, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the first phone the Chinese maker has produced that is officially IP68 water and dust proof rated. For years I had been highlighting that, while not a deal breaker, this was not an ideal state of affairs for a maker that produced otherwise such great phones, so I am happy to see that OnePlus has made this change.

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OnePlus 8 Pro review: hardware and performance

OnePlus has never disappointed in terms of core hardware and that is how the brand attained its reputation as a cult favourite that produces flagship killing handsets.

And, as you would expect from its new flagship, the OnePlus 8 Pro does not disappoint, coming loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 system on a chip, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, an Adreno 650 GPU, and 256GB of UFS3.0 internal storage space.

The RAM alone is 30 per cent faster than before, which partnered with the best Android SoC in the business (25 per cent performance boost over previous chipset), a rapid mobile GPU, as well as that fat wodge of UFS3.0 flash storage, which also delivers much enhanced read and write speeds, and the OnePlus 8 Pro is astonishingly quick.

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Single-Core Score: 899

Multi-Core Score: 3320


OpelCL Score: 2985

Vulkan Score: 2641

Indeed, when these components come together with the aforementioned 120Hz, QHD+, HDR10+ screen, the phrase "buttery smooth" doesn't even cut it in describing just how rapid, slick and smooth every application is.

From simple UI navigation, right through to playing gaming, browsing the internet, watching videos and taking and browsing videos and images, the OnePlus 8 Pro is faster and slicker than any other phone I've used to date.

Benchmark scores, as you would expect, are also very impressive. In GeekBench 5 the OnePlus 7T, which I loved on review last year, racked-up a Single-Core Score of 788 and Multi-Core Score of 2,865 in its CPU tests, while also accruing 2,675 points in the OpelCL Score and 2,333 in Vulkan.

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The OnePlus 8 Pro, though, hits new heights, bagging a Single-Core Score of 899, a Multi-Core Score of 3,330, an OpelCL Score of 2,985 and 2,641 in Vulkan. Those are sizeable increases across the board on their own, but when you factor in the absolutely smoking-hot display, the everyday usage experience is markedly improved in my opinion over past handsets.

Everything about the OnePlus 8 Pro is just so fast and slick it's almost surreal. As someone who reviews a lot of smartphones, there's normally always one experience where I find myself operating ahead of the phone, and end up waiting for it to catch up. That is absolutely not the case here with the OnePlus 8 Pro, though — the phone is eye-bleedingly quick and, in terms of performance, blew me away.

And that is saying nothing of the fact that the OnePlus 8 Pro delivers full 5G network connectivity (Qualcomm X55 modem), too, meaning that your data downloading and streaming can now be as blisteringly fast as your handset's hardware. Best phone screen ever + smoking hot, flagship-grade internal hardware + 5G = [drooling noises]...

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OnePlus 8 Pro review: camera, OS and battery

Hardware and performance have always been strong points for OnePlus, though, whereas camera systems have, traditionally, been an area where it has been beaten by rivals. Which is why I've spent increasing amounts of time over the past few years testing OnePlus' phones in terms of camera credentials.

In terms of tech, OnePlus serves up a rear camera array loaded with a 48MP main snapper (Sony IMX 689), 48MP wide-angle (Sony IMX 586), 8MP telephoto, and 5MP photo chromatic colour filter. In terms of zoom you get a rather standard 3x zoom and 30x digital zoom.

In terms of those two 48MP shooters, as can be seen in the below image gallery you get some really nice results. Image crispness and colour reproduction is good, while noise is also minimal; focus time was also very fast. 

Macro photography was also a pleasure, with the OnePlus 8 Pro accurately capturing fine details up close. Vibrancy and low-light functionality is still beaten by a few top-tier rivals in my option, but overall I think the results this camera system delivers are really strong.

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Yes, this handset delivers the best camera results OnePlus has managed to date, and I think the phone's UltraShot HDR function, which smartly merges multiple shot frames into one image for optimal colour, light, sharpness etc is largely responsible for that. For regular guys and girls who just want to point and capture the world around them, I think it is well pitched.

In terms of zoom, though, things are very much par for the course here, and the OnePlus 8 Pro is beaten quite comfortably by rival flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and Huawei P30 Pro. Scroll though the two image galleries below to get a taste for the OnePlus 8 Pro's zoom abilities.

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As can been seen, at 0.6x, 1x and 3x, image quality remains high, however as soon as you stray into the digital zoom levels, culminating in the max-zoom 30x shot at the end the galleries, image quality nose-dives. What you are shooting is discernible (I was impressed actually that I could still just make out the Westbury White Horse in the lower gallery) but there's no way anyone is printing out those images to stick on their wall.

Now, look, a lot has been made of smartphone zoom functionality recently, with the Mate 30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Huawei P30 Pro each offering systems that take zoom functionality to new heights. And, yes, I think that is impressive and is a nice feature to have at your disposal. Sometimes you do want to capture something at distance and it is nice to have results that are beautiful and high-fidelity, rather than blurry and unusable.

However, crazy zoom functionality alone does not a good smartphone camera system make.

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Every other aspect I would argue that you would want from a smartphone camera system is delivered by the OnePlus 8 Pro, though, such as a wide-variety of shooting modes (time-lapse, panorama, portrait, nightscape and pro), a suite of strong lenses, and a fast and easily navigable camera system UI.

And I found using the OnePlus 8 Pro's camera system a pleasure, despite its standard zoom abilities, so make of that what you will. Is the lack of a crazy 100x zoom a deal breaker for me? Absolutely not. Would I ideally prefer the camera system from the S20 Ultra or P40 Pro? Yes, as they are better. But that doesn't mean the OnePlus 8 Pro's system isn't great.

As for the 16MP front-facing pin-hole selfie camera, I thought it delivered sharp images.

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Lastly, in terms of camera system, the OnePlus 8 Pro supplies the ability to capture video at a 4K resolution and with optical image stabilisation. It also has a tri-mic setup for audio zoom, meaning that you can now better capture audio at distance when shooting.

Video resolutions to shoot in are numerous, though, an include 1080p at 30fps and 60fps, 4K at 30fps and 60fps, and 4K CINE (so shot in 21:9 like a movie) at 30fps and 60fps. The OnePlus 8 Pro also shoots "'3-HDR" video, which delivers far better dynamic range in captured footage.

Other video functions of note include the phone's Slow Motion shooting modes, which allow footage to be captured at 720p 480fps or 1080p 240FPS. For a taste of what the latter mode is like, check out the below video where I inadvertently unveil my history with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Software-wise the OnePlus 8 Pro runs Android 10 and Oxygen OS 10.5, which is OnePlus' own light skinning. As mentioned above, this user interface combo runs like a dream on the handset and is super fast and responsive under the finger (the screen has a touch sensitivity of 240Hz and uses a technique called Motion Estimation Motion Compensation to deliver this).

In terms of features, this OnePlus phone now delivers wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, which just like the IP68 rating, were things not offered by the maker's past devices. Once again, these are really welcome additions and help the Pro really stand out in my mind as a proper flagship phone, and not just a well-specced wannabe.

Where the OnePlus 8 Pro also joins the true flagship top table is in its battery, which makes a jump up from the OnePlus 7's 4,000 mAh battery to a stacked 4,510 mAh unit.

This stack of cells grants the phone proper use-all-day functionality with all its bells and whistles turned on and, while I wouldn't want to stretch much into a second day without a charge, the fact the phone can be charged from 1 per cent to 50 per cent charge in just 23 minutes thanks to its WarpCharge 30 Wireless charger means that running it as it should, with 120Hz and QHD+ turned on, is super easy. Phone maker equips new phone with suitable battery and charger shocker!

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OnePlus 8 Pro review: verdict

Which, in turn, brings us to the end of this OnePlus 8 Pro review. OnePlus has said many times over the years that the thing that separates the maker from others is that they actually listen to the fan base and evolve their phones in line with their input.

Well, the OnePlus 8 Pro feels to me like the best example of this process to date, and one where things that, I for one, had levelled against the maker for years have been well and truly fixed.

Last year when reviewing the OnePlus 7T, for example, I noted that its negative points included "No wireless or reverse wireless charging", "No IP rating for dust or water" and that its "3,800 mAh battery is just acceptable".

In the OnePlus 8 Pro all of these issues have been rectified. And, while I also noted that the 7T and 7T Pro had camera systems that were beaten by rivals, which is something that is still the case with the 8 Pro, I feel that gap has been reduced and to all but real camera enthusiasts should not be considered much at all.

So, OnePlus finishes its journey to the big leagues, to the proper flagship phone table, offering not just its usual fantastic mix of rapid hardware, slick software and eye for design detail, but also a full suite of advanced smartphone features and a strong camera system, too.

Oh, and it does all this while also offering a genuine piece of razzmatazz, a smartphone screen that will simply leave your jaw on the floor. Great job OnePlus!

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