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OnePlus 8 Pro Review - It could hardly be better


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The OnePlus 8 Pro surprised us positively in the test. The display is an absolute feast for the eyes and is not only really bright, but also impresses with its rich colors. In addition, the operation is very soft and pleasant thanks to the 120 Hertz refresh rate. The battery should get most users through the day, but it can also be recharged at lightning speed if the worst comes to the worst. The performance is at the highest level, the equipment almost perfect. Only the camera can't keep up with the best of the best. And if it weren't for the high introductory price!

 

OnePlus 8 Pro Review - It could hardly be better
OnePlus 8 Pro in the test: Workmanship and impression

The OnePlus 8 Pro impresses at first glance with its very elegant design and high-quality workmanship. The back of our test device comes with a frosted glass, similar to that of the iPhone 11 Pro. The back looks very chic, but is also a bit more slippery than unmatted glass. For many users, a cell phone case is therefore likely to be unavoidable. Then the rear camera doesn't bother too much, because it protrudes very far out of the case and prevents the OnePlus from lying flat.

We really like the mute switch, which the OnePlus 8 Pro still has. Similar to the iPhones, a physical switch can be used to mute the cell phone at lightning speed. However, unlike Apple devices, there are three modes to choose from: mute, vibration and sound. Speaking of vibration: As in the previous model, OnePlus 7T Pro, the manufacturer has again installed an excellent vibration motor in its latest model. The smartphone announces incoming notifications or calls with a very gentle vibration.

OnePlus 8 Pro Test: An invariably perfect display

The screen of the OnePlus 8 Pro is a huge 6.8 inches diagonal. It is therefore only a touch smaller than the display of the Samsung flagship Galaxy S20 Ultra and is particularly suitable for gaming or watching videos. The high refresh rate of 120 Hertz (usually 60 Hz) ensures pleasant operation with soft animations and a quick response even outside of these areas of application. Due to the narrow screen format of 19.8: 9 in combination with a front side, which consists of around 90 percent only of display area, the user very quickly gets the feeling of only holding a large and impressive screen in his hand. The rounded edges support this again a little.

Thanks to the QHD resolution (3,168 x 1,440 pixels), the OnePlus 8 Pro generates a crisp image and has a very good 513 ppi pixel density. The display is also very bright: the screen brightness can be set manually to a bright 609 cd/m². But if you are outside in the sunlight, for example, then the OnePlus 8 Pro turns up the screen brightness even further and brings it to a spectacular peak value of 1,039 cd/m² in the test. It is in no way inferior to the flagships of other manufacturers such as Samsung.

The OLED display shows very strong colors and the black level is excellent. We measured an excellent coverage of the sRGB color space of 151 percent in the test. HDR videos can also be viewed in full glory thanks to the full display of the DCI-P3 color space. The contrast values are also strong and bring it to a value of around 158: 1. In the test, the OnePlus received the top rating for its display.

Test data for OnePlus 8 Pro

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
NFC: Yes
Random access memory: 12 GB
SAR value: -
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: 802.11 n, ac, ax
Thickness: 11.2 mm
Height x width: 165 x 74 mm
Volte: Yes
Display: Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Weight: 199 grams
Memory card slot: -
Battery: Capacity: 4,510 mAh
Processor clock: 2,840 MHz
Firmware version: 10.5.2.IN11BA
Benchmark: GFX-Bench: 50.0 frames / s
LTE: Supported frequency bands: 800, 1,800, 2,600 MHz
SIM slot: Nano-SIM⧸Nano-SIM
Android Go: -
Bluetooth: 5.1
Processor cores: 1 + 3 + 4
Camera: Auto focus: Yes
Camera: Megapixel: 12.0 megapixels
LTE: speed: 1,200 Mbit / s
Display: Size in millimeters: 73 x 156 mm
Camera: Optical image stabilizer: Yes
Notification display: onscreen
USB port: Type-C USB 3.1
Tested on: 04/14/2020
Display: Pixel density: 513 ppi
Display: Type: OLED
Camera: Resolution: 1,594 lp / hour
Display resolution: 3,168 x 1,440 pixels
Tested with: Android 10
Benchmark: PCMark: 11,446 points
Product: OnePlus 8 Pro
Battery: Charging time: 01:10 hours
Battery: Online runtime: 11:01 hours
Fast charging power supply included: Yes
Wireless charging: Yes
Headphone output: Type-C
5G capable: Yes
Battery: Battery charge after 30 minutes: 62 percent
Display: Contrast in ambient light: 74: 1
Free space: 219.8 GB
Camera: Noise: 1.5 VN1
Camera: slow motion (HD / Full-HD): 480 fps (720p) / 240 fps (1,080p)
Loading time: PDF via WLAN: 3.2 seconds
Dual Sim: yes (5G / 4G)
Camera: Gross megapixels of the sensor: 48 megapixels
Display: Diagonal: 6.8 in
Front camera: Resolution: 15.9 megapixels
Camera: max. Video resolution: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (60 frames per second)
Nominal memory: 256 GB
Display: Brightness: 1,039.3 cd / m²
Display: checkerboard contrast without ambient light: 158: 1
Dust and water protection: IP68
Display: Diagonal (additional display): -
Display: sRGB color space: 151%
Display: color space DCI-P3: 100%
Biometric unlock: Fingerprint sensor, face recognition
Camera: Expert assessment Image quality: 1.4 (very good)

 

OnePlus 8 Pro Battery: Lasts a long time, charges super fast

The battery capacity of the OnePlus 8 Pro is 4,510 mAh, that's quite large. Even so, it only takes 70 minutes to fully charge the battery using the 30 watt power adapter provided. In addition, after half an hour of charging, 63 percent are ready again and enough for a few more hours of use. As an alternative to the classic wired version, the OnePlus 8 Pro now also comes with wireless charging support for the first time. At the same time as the release, the manufacturer also showed its own wireless charging station, which, like the included power supply, achieves 30 watts of power. So it's not surprising that the wireless charging time of 78 minutes is hardly any longer. It is also the first smartphone on the market that nominally draws the same amount of power wirelessly as when wired and therefore has almost the same charging time.

In our endurance test, we set the display to a brightness of 200 cd/m² and let the device automatically surf the web and play videos continuously via LTE. The cell phone only switched off after around 11 hours, a very good value! However, you only get this runtime if you forego the increased refresh rate of 120 Hertz and are in 60 Hz mode. Otherwise you will lose around one and a half hours of maximum runtime: In 120 Hz mode, it was over after 9:33 hours in the test.

OnePlus 8 Pro: Top performance for a lightning-fast user experience

OnePlus relies on the best from Qualcomm for its current flagship. The necessary computing power is provided by the Snapdragon 865. It has a clock rate of up to 2.84 gigahertz and works with eight computing cores. A full 12 gigabytes of RAM are available to help. So it's not surprising that the OnePlus 8 Pro only barely missed the top grade in our performance test at the time of the test. Our elaborate test PDF file loads and renders the smartphone in just 3.2 seconds, and it achieved an excellent 11,446 points in PCMark for Android. But the strong performance of the smartphone is also always positively noticeable in everyday life: almost no loading times, consistently smooth and brisk animations, an always short response time and the 8 Pro actually has everything that can be expected of a smartphone in terms of performance in 2020 can expect.

OnePlus 8 Pro Improved camera

With a total of four camera lenses on the back, OnePlus wants to do a lot better with its new flagship than with the previous models. A main camera with 48 megapixels, an ultra-wide angle sensor also with 48 megapixels, a telephoto lens with triple optical zoom and a color filter lens are used. According to the manufacturer, the latter processes the light in a different way than cameras on other smartphones and works with a laser system. This creates pictures with a different shade than usual. The main camera and the telephoto lens are optically stabilized. The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports video recordings in 4K at 60 frames per second. 

In the test, the camera quality of the OnePlus flagship convinced us, even if it does not quite come close to the level of the very best. The quality of photos in daylight is excellent and scores with many details and great contrasts. The image quality is still usable in dim light if you hold the smartphone steady during the recording. However, the first weaknesses compared to a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, are already evident: The OnePlus 8 Pro does not come close to its photo quality. If you take the twilight photo with your free hand, the quality does not decrease as much as it does with the Huawei P40 Pro the case is. The quality of the selfie camera is good, but it was better in previous models. Nevertheless: This is complaining at the highest level, the photos look very good.

OnePlus 8 Pro with all-round features

The OnePlus 8 Pro uses the latest Android 10 from the factory. The manufacturer has given the operating system a few additional functions with its in-house software interface Oxygen OS, but leaves the basic design largely unchanged. After setting up the smartphone for the first time, around 220 gigabytes of the nominally 256 GB memory remain free. This means that most users have enough space for all kinds of apps, games and multimedia data. The fact that OnePlus does without a microSD slot here can be tolerated. The mobile phone is dual SIM capable for this. Furthermore, the topic of 5G has now also arrived at OnePlus, because the OnePlus 8 Pro also feels at home in the new wireless network.

A lot of money for a OnePlus phone

As with almost every other current flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 8 Pro no longer comes with a headphone jack. So here you have to resort to alternatives such as USB-C headphones or Bluetooth headphones, because OnePlus does not include a corresponding adapter for the classic 3.5 millimeter jack in the packaging. After all, the OnePlus 8 Pro has excellent stereo speakers that produce great sound.

The other features convinced us in the test. The OnePlus flagship supports both WiFi 5 (WLAN-ac) and WiFi 6 (WLAN-AX). It is one of the first smartphones with the current Bluetooth 5.1 standard and NFC is of course also on board. The USB-C port is also currently in version 3.1. For the first time in the history of OnePlus, your smartphone is also officially protected against the ingress of water and dust. Although the OnePlus smartphones have already kept water and dust away from the hardware in the past, the manufacturer has always avoided the IP68 certification of the 8 Pro.

To unlock, you can choose between a rather insecure two-dimensional face recognition or an enormously fast and reliable fingerprint sensor. The latter is hidden under the display glass and works optically. As convincing as the test results of the OnePlus 8 Pro may be, all of this naturally has its price. In the past, OnePlus brand smartphones were always known for offering a great overall package at a very reasonable price. The manufacturer new flagship puts an end to this with a price of a hefty 899 euros for the version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and 999 euros for the model with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of user storage that we tested. After all: A protective cover is already included in the scope of delivery, a screen protector is also already applied.

OnePlus 8 Pro Pros:

  • Very bright and convincing display
  • Lightning fast performance
  • Great battery life and very short charging time

OnePlus 8 Pro Cons:

  • Photo quality of the front camera only average
  • Very high introductory price
  • Storage space cannot be expanded
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