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OnePlus 8 Pro review

The most g soft sound accomplished g soft sound OnePlus ever, but also the priciest

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Our Verdict

The OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro is a proper flagship phone. g soft sound No g soft sound more cutting corners. No more 'flagship g soft sound killer' g soft sound underdog mantra. g soft sound OnePlus is now officially mixing g soft sound it with g soft sound the biggest g soft sound names in mobile. It g soft sound means g soft sound the g soft sound 8 Pro g soft sound is also its most expensive handset to g soft sound date, g soft sound but there's plenty of bang for your g soft sound buck to justify the cost g soft sound - plus it's still g soft sound a shade cheaper g soft sound than rival g soft sound Samsung, Apple and Huawei g soft sound smartphones.

For

  • One of the best displays around
  • 5G and plenty of power
  • Reverse & fast wireless charging

Against

  • Most expensive OnePlus yet
  • Sizable rear camera bump
  • Less storage base model vs 7T Pro

Two-minute review

The g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound is a proper flagship phone. Forget g soft sound previous generations of handsets from the firm, and g soft sound its 'flagship killer' underdog mantra. OnePlus is g soft sound now officially mixing g soft sound it g soft sound with the biggest names in mobile.

Whereas g soft sound handsets such g soft sound as the OnePlus 7 g soft sound Pro and g soft sound 7T Pro cut a few corners g soft sound in order g soft sound to hit a slightly lower price tag g soft sound than g soft sound the competition, the OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound isn't pulling g soft sound any punches – it’s g soft sound now genuine competition for g soft sound the g soft sound likes g soft sound of the Samsung g soft sound Galaxy g soft sound S20 g soft sound Plus, iPhone 11 Pro g soft sound and g soft sound Huawei P40 Pro.

Unfortunately, g soft sound the g soft sound arrival of the OnePlus 8 Pro also g soft sound means that g soft sound the days of OnePlus offering an g soft sound 'affordable flagship' option are over. But for that g soft sound pricetag, you'll get top-tier specs g soft sound and features g soft sound – as well g soft sound as g soft sound 5G connectivity.

Update: The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro is now available in g soft sound the g soft sound UK/Europe and US. Scroll down g soft sound for pricing and availability in g soft sound all regions.

OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro specs
Weight: 199g
Dimensions: g soft sound 165.3 x g soft sound 74.35 x 8.5mm
Display g soft sound size: g soft sound 6.78-inch
Resolution: QHD+
Refresh g soft sound rate: 120Hz
Pixel density: g soft sound 513ppi
Chip: g soft sound Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB / 12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Rear cameras: g soft sound 48MP + 48MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front g soft sound camera: g soft sound 16MP
Battery: g soft sound 4,510mAh
Rating: IP68
Dual Nano SIMs
Type C port

OnePlus has slapped the best g soft sound display it's ever made g soft sound on the g soft sound 8 Pro, g soft sound and g soft sound the Chinese g soft sound company g soft sound goes g soft sound as far as g soft sound to say it's the best g soft sound screen you'll see on g soft sound a phone all year. 

It's a bold claim, g soft sound and one which may prove unfounded g soft sound as g soft sound the year g soft sound goes on, but take nothing away g soft sound from g soft sound this handset: g soft sound the 6.78-inch 'Fluid Display' g soft sound with g soft sound a 120Hz refresh g soft sound rate, HDR10+ support and QHD resolution is fantastic. 

There's a quad camera setup g soft sound on the rear providing a wealth of photography g soft sound options through g soft sound features such as an g soft sound ultra-wide-angle lens, 30x zoom, g soft sound powerful g soft sound night mode, g soft sound and the g soft sound firm's g soft sound new 'color g soft sound filter' camera g soft sound that’s designed to give g soft sound your shots a unique look. 

While g soft sound the cameras g soft sound are a marked improvement over the g soft sound snappers g soft sound on the g soft sound 7 g soft sound Pro and g soft sound 7T Pro, they don't g soft sound quite hit the same heights g soft sound as g soft sound Samsung, Huawei g soft sound or g soft sound Google. g soft sound They are g soft sound still very good, though.

OnePlus has also, finally, g soft sound given its g soft sound fans what they've g soft sound been asking g soft sound for by including their most-requested g soft sound feature: wireless charging. 

Not g soft sound only that, but it's g soft sound fast wireless charging g soft sound too, with the ability g soft sound to get you from zero g soft sound to 50% g soft sound in just 30 minutes. The 8 Pro also features g soft sound the biggest g soft sound battery ever in g soft sound a OnePlus phone, g soft sound and it'll g soft sound easily last you a g soft sound day on a single charge.

Add to g soft sound that the g soft sound flagship power under g soft sound the g soft sound hood that we're used to g soft sound seeing from OnePlus, with the g soft sound top-of-the-line Snapdragon g soft sound 865 chipset g soft sound teamed with either 8GB or 12GB g soft sound of RAM, plus the g soft sound addition of 5G connectivity g soft sound to g soft sound both g soft sound the g soft sound 8 Pro and its g soft sound smaller sibling, the OnePlus 8, g soft sound and g soft sound it's clear g soft sound the brand g soft sound is no longer g soft sound willing to take a g soft sound backseat when it comes to any g soft sound of g soft sound its specs. 

In short, you've got g soft sound a highly accomplished g soft sound flagship g soft sound smartphone g soft sound on g soft sound your hands that g soft sound will g soft sound even connect to next-gen 5G networks..

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OnePlus 8 Pro release date and price

  • OnePlus 8 Pro price: $899/£799 (8GB+128GB) | $999/£899 (12GB+256GB)
  • OnePlus 8 Pro pre-orders open: April 14, 2020 (UK and Europe)
  • OnePlus 8 Pro release date: April 21 (Europe), April 29 (US)
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the most g soft sound expensive OnePlus g soft sound smartphone to date. g soft sound That's not g soft sound a g soft sound surprise, as the company has been increasing prices g soft sound each year to keep pace (and g soft sound arguably, catch up with bigger increases) g soft sound with the rest g soft sound of g soft sound the market; g soft sound however, g soft sound it means the g soft sound brand is losing the 'affordable flagship' pull which g soft sound made it a breakthrough success g soft sound back in the days of the g soft sound OnePlus One and OnePlus 2.

The OnePlus 8 Pro price g soft sound starts at g soft sound $899 g soft sound / £799 (around g soft sound AU$1,500) for the 8GB of RAM and g soft sound 128GB of storage variant. That's £100 more g soft sound than the g soft sound OnePlus 7T Pro starting g soft sound price, and g soft sound you're getting half g soft sound the amount g soft sound of storage in the new 8 g soft sound Pro (vs 256GB in it g soft sound predecessor). On g soft sound the plus g soft sound side, though, the 7T g soft sound Pro was only g soft sound a 4G phone, while g soft sound the 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound has 5G connectivity.

There are two variants g soft sound of g soft sound the OnePlus 8 Pro, with the pricier g soft sound option setting you back $999 / £899 g soft sound (around AU$1,700) and g soft sound bagging you 12GB of RAM g soft sound and g soft sound 256GB of storage. That's g soft sound £100 g soft sound more than the g soft sound 'McLaren Edition' of the 7T Pro, which g soft sound also came g soft sound with a 12GB+256GB g soft sound configuration and g soft sound was 5G enabled.

While g soft sound OnePlus fans g soft sound may be a g soft sound little alarmed by the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound price, it remains g soft sound cheaper than its top-tier competition: the Samsung Galaxy g soft sound S20 Plus comes in at $1,199.99 / g soft sound £999 g soft sound for 128GB, while g soft sound the iPhone g soft sound 11 g soft sound Pro starts at $999 / £1,049 for 64GB g soft sound and jumps to $1,149 / g soft sound £1,199 g soft sound for 256GB.

The 8 Pro launch g soft sound date was April 14, with g soft sound an online reveal in lieu g soft sound of an on-stage launch event in g soft sound light g soft sound of the g soft sound current global crisis, and g soft sound pre-orders for the g soft sound new phone are currently open in the g soft sound UK and Europe. 

The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro release date g soft sound is set for April 21 in g soft sound the UK (and g soft sound Europe), g soft sound with the handset available from g soft sound OnePlus, Three g soft sound UK, Amazon and John Lewis.

In g soft sound the US, you're looking at a OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro release g soft sound date of April 29, g soft sound with g soft sound the handset g soft sound available to buy g soft sound from OnePlus, Amazon, g soft sound T-Mobile g soft sound and g soft sound Verizon.

The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro will be g soft sound available in a number of other g soft sound global markets, including g soft sound Canada, India, g soft sound China and a further g soft sound 27 European g soft sound countries.

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Display

  • 6.78-inch, 1440 x 3168 QHD+, 19.8:9, 513ppi, 120Hz, HDR10+
  • OnePlus says its 'Fluid Display' is "the best screen you'll see all year"
  • High refresh rate and video upscaling are great for gaming and video

The biggest g soft sound talking point from g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound around g soft sound the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro is its 'Fluid g soft sound Display'. The firm is extremely proud g soft sound of what it's equipped the g soft sound handset g soft sound with, so much so that it claims g soft sound this is g soft sound "the best screen you'll g soft sound see all g soft sound year".

While that claim is a little premature, g soft sound coming as g soft sound it does just four g soft sound months into 2020, it's fair to g soft sound say g soft sound that the OnePlus 8 Pro display g soft sound is one g soft sound of g soft sound the best we've seen on g soft sound a smartphone. 

Its g soft sound 6.78-inch g soft sound size, 1440 g soft sound x 3168 QHD+ resolution, tall g soft sound 19.8:9 aspect ratio g soft sound and 513ppi pixel density are par g soft sound for the g soft sound course when it g soft sound comes to flagship smartphones these g soft sound days, but the g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 8 g soft sound Pro panel g soft sound goes g soft sound further. 

Refresh rate is quickly becoming g soft sound a g soft sound go-to spec for many g soft sound phone manufacturers. In a trend that g soft sound was g soft sound kick-started by the Razer Phone and g soft sound its 120Hz screen back in g soft sound 2017, we've g soft sound seen g soft sound a g soft sound number of manufacturers g soft sound bring higher refresh rates to their handsets 

The benefits of a higher g soft sound refresh g soft sound rate g soft sound include smooth g soft sound scrolling in apps, g soft sound and better g soft sound graphical fluidity in games, g soft sound which overall provide a more g soft sound premium experience. 

Looking at g soft sound recently released phones, the Huawei g soft sound P40 g soft sound Pro, Google Pixel g soft sound 4 XL g soft sound and OnePlus 7T g soft sound Pro all pack 90Hz g soft sound screens.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 g soft sound Plus meanwhile, g soft sound has 120Hz g soft sound max settings, although it's g soft sound not set to this g soft sound by g soft sound default – g soft sound enabling g soft sound 120Hz g soft sound on these devices will see resolution g soft sound drop from QHD+ g soft sound to Full g soft sound HD+ in order to g soft sound preserve power. 

Where the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound differs g soft sound is that 120Hz is switched g soft sound on g soft sound by default, g soft sound although at g soft sound 'only' g soft sound Full HD+. However, g soft sound dive into g soft sound the settings g soft sound and g soft sound you can switch to 120Hz at the higher g soft sound QHD+ resolution (this is g soft sound also possible g soft sound on the Oppo g soft sound Find g soft sound X2 g soft sound Pro).

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OnePlus says g soft sound it's done a lot g soft sound of optimization work to g soft sound try and g soft sound ensure battery life is preserved while g soft sound still offering the g soft sound maximum resolution g soft sound and g soft sound refresh rate g soft sound – and g soft sound based on our g soft sound time with the phone it appears g soft sound that this has paid g soft sound dividends. Battery drain g soft sound at QHD+ g soft sound and 120Hz is g soft sound slightly faster than g soft sound at the g soft sound lower-resolution setting, but the difference g soft sound is g soft sound minimal g soft sound from our g soft sound experience of g soft sound gaming g soft sound and watching g soft sound video.

OnePlus isn't g soft sound done there though. Independent g soft sound screen tester DisplayMate has g soft sound awarded the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro an A+ g soft sound grade, with g soft sound the handset g soft sound offering g soft sound an industry-leading g soft sound 1300 g soft sound nits peak brightness g soft sound and top-level g soft sound color accuracy.

What all g soft sound of this means g soft sound is g soft sound everything looks great on screen. From g soft sound photos g soft sound and g soft sound websites to videos and g soft sound games, the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound packs color and g soft sound detail, and g soft sound offers excellent g soft sound viewing angles.

When g soft sound it comes to video playback, g soft sound content can be enhanced further with g soft sound two g soft sound additional settings – you can switch on g soft sound 'vibrant color effect g soft sound pro' and 'motion g soft sound graphics smoothing' for a g soft sound richer g soft sound viewing g soft sound experience.

'Vibrant color g soft sound effect pro' optimizes the g soft sound colors g soft sound and contrast g soft sound in g soft sound videos to provide a g soft sound more vibrant picture, g soft sound which is noticeable g soft sound in especially g soft sound colorful shows and films, and g soft sound will please those who g soft sound like a little more g soft sound 'pop' from their picture.

Meanwhile, 'motion g soft sound graphics g soft sound smoothing' increases the frame rate g soft sound of g soft sound the video for clearer g soft sound playback. g soft sound This mode only works g soft sound for select apps g soft sound (including g soft sound Gallery, YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video), and when g soft sound the video g soft sound in these apps is made g soft sound full screen. By increasing the frame g soft sound rate, movements become smoother, g soft sound but whether or g soft sound not you like the g soft sound result g soft sound will be a g soft sound matter of personal taste.

Some g soft sound will enjoy the ultra-smooth playback, and it's g soft sound impressive g soft sound to see just what g soft sound the technology is g soft sound capable g soft sound of, as it works g soft sound well; for others, though, movements g soft sound may appear a little unnatural g soft sound and g soft sound off-putting. We g soft sound watched a g soft sound variety g soft sound of shows and g soft sound movies with 'motion g soft sound graphics smoothing' on, and in scenes where g soft sound there’s a lot of crowd g soft sound movement people can look like they're a g soft sound little too fluid.

Both of these g soft sound settings are turned off g soft sound by default, so g soft sound if g soft sound you're not a fan of how g soft sound they adapt g soft sound your viewing experience it's easy enough g soft sound to g soft sound leave them off.

One slight issue g soft sound we did g soft sound have with the OnePlus 8 Pro display was g soft sound false touches. Where g soft sound some handsets have g soft sound 'palm rejection' which detects when your g soft sound hand is g soft sound resting on g soft sound the side of g soft sound the display and not trying g soft sound to interact with it, the 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound doesn't g soft sound and this means your palm is g soft sound sometimes mistaken for a touch input.

It doesn't happen all g soft sound the time, but it can be g soft sound frustrating when you're g soft sound playing g soft sound a game and the g soft sound 8 Pro g soft sound mistakes g soft sound your palm or supporting g soft sound finger g soft sound for a touch g soft sound command. g soft sound We'll g soft sound take any g soft sound excuse g soft sound we can when we g soft sound lose.

Design

  • Premium finish looks and feels great
  • First OnePlus phone with an IP rating for dust and water resistance
  • Sizable camera bump is easy to knock if you don't have a case

The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound looks g soft sound like most other g soft sound high-end g soft sound smartphones. The g soft sound front is g soft sound dominated by the large g soft sound 6.78-inch display g soft sound which g soft sound curves over each vertical g soft sound edge, with g soft sound the front and rear g soft sound glass sandwiching a g soft sound metal frame g soft sound that g soft sound runs around the g soft sound circumference of the g soft sound body.

Our review unit came g soft sound in Glacial g soft sound Green, and along with g soft sound the g soft sound Ultramarine Blue option, it g soft sound boasts g soft sound a matte-frosted Gorilla g soft sound Glass g soft sound on the g soft sound rear, g soft sound which is smooth and g soft sound inviting to g soft sound the touch. 

It feels more g soft sound tactile than the glass g soft sound on the rear of g soft sound the Galaxy S20 g soft sound Plus and iPhone 11 Pro, g soft sound and enhances the feel of the phone g soft sound in the hand. It doesn’t provide much in g soft sound the way of g soft sound grip though, and the g soft sound 8 Pro g soft sound can be g soft sound a little slippy.

Of g soft sound course, that won’t g soft sound be an issue if you g soft sound opt to slip g soft sound the g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro into the translucent g soft sound silicone g soft sound case that’s g soft sound included g soft sound in the box. g soft sound This detracts from the premium aesthetic, g soft sound as any generic g soft sound case g soft sound does, but you can at least still g soft sound see g soft sound the fetching green g soft sound color – and it provides protection g soft sound for the sizable g soft sound camera g soft sound bump g soft sound protrusion.

We’d recommend utilizing the case if you’re g soft sound someone g soft sound who isn’t overly careful g soft sound with their smartphone. The g soft sound camera bump is noticeable g soft sound whether or not g soft sound you have the case on, and we g soft sound sometimes found ourselves g soft sound catching our fingers on it.

The vertical g soft sound camera stack in this bump is g soft sound par g soft sound for the course design-wise g soft sound – pretty much g soft sound every manufacturer has g soft sound enlarged its camera housing recently, so it’s difficult g soft sound to mark the g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro down too much g soft sound here.

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At 165.3 x 74.35 x g soft sound 8.5mm the OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro is a g soft sound large handset, and g soft sound many users g soft sound will g soft sound find that two g soft sound hands are required to hold g soft sound it g soft sound securely. g soft sound It’s g soft sound taller and g soft sound wider g soft sound than the Galaxy S20 g soft sound Plus, P40 Pro and g soft sound iPhone 11 g soft sound Pro – although it g soft sound does have a larger g soft sound screen than all g soft sound three – while g soft sound weight-wise it sits in g soft sound the middle of g soft sound the g soft sound pack at g soft sound 199g.

There’s just one port g soft sound on the 8 Pro, g soft sound and that’s the USB-C port on the base g soft sound – g soft sound there’s no 3.5mm g soft sound headphone jack here. This is g soft sound flanked by the g soft sound dual-slot SIM tray and a speaker (one g soft sound of two on the g soft sound phone), the latter of g soft sound which can be muffled g soft sound by your hand when g soft sound gaming or watching video when g soft sound the phone is g soft sound held in landscape orientation.

The power/lock g soft sound key is on the right of g soft sound the handset – a double-press of g soft sound this will launch the camera, while a g soft sound long press will fire up Google g soft sound Assistant. g soft sound Above this is OnePlus’ handy alert g soft sound slider, g soft sound which enables you to quickly g soft sound switch g soft sound between silent, vibrate g soft sound and sound-on g soft sound modes; a textured finish makes it easy to g soft sound locate and slide.

On the left side are the g soft sound volume keys, which g soft sound are easy enough to reach g soft sound when you’re g soft sound holding the phone one-handed, g soft sound although those with smaller palms may g soft sound find g soft sound themselves shuffling the g soft sound 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound slightly in order to hit g soft sound volume up.

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One feature that g soft sound was on the g soft sound 7 Pro and 7T g soft sound Pro, but which OnePlus has dropped g soft sound here, g soft sound is g soft sound the g soft sound pop-up selfie camera, g soft sound with the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro featuring g soft sound a circular punch-hole g soft sound camera cutout in the top-left corner g soft sound of the g soft sound screen instead. 

It’s the first time g soft sound OnePlus adopted this design g soft sound for the front-facing g soft sound camera, and g soft sound it says it’s made the switch g soft sound because g soft sound ditching g soft sound the moving mechanism frees g soft sound up space inside g soft sound the phone and reduces the weight.

The punch-hole measures just 3.8mm g soft sound in diameter, which means it doesn’t g soft sound take up too much space – g soft sound notifications sit g soft sound comfortably beside g soft sound it, and g soft sound in day-to-day use we g soft sound generally forgot it was there.

The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro is g soft sound the first g soft sound handset g soft sound from g soft sound the g soft sound brand to g soft sound carry an g soft sound official IP rating, which g soft sound means it’s officially protected g soft sound against dust and water. g soft sound While previous generations have been g soft sound dust- and water-resistant, OnePlus has never supplied g soft sound an official rating.

With a rating g soft sound of IP68, the OnePlus 8 Pro is protected g soft sound against total g soft sound dust ingress, and g soft sound against submersion in up to g soft sound one meter of g soft sound water g soft sound for 30 g soft sound minutes – which means you g soft sound should be g soft sound okay if g soft sound your phone takes an accidental dunking in g soft sound the bath.

The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro is g soft sound available in three colors; g soft sound Glacial Green, g soft sound Onyx Black and Ultramarine Blue. In the UK g soft sound you’ll only be g soft sound able to pick the 8 Pro g soft sound up in the green and black hues, g soft sound while we’re still g soft sound waiting to hear which colors will be g soft sound available in other countries.

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Camera

  • 4 rear cameras: 48MP Ultra-wide, 48MP main, telephoto, color filter
  • Biggest camera upgrade ever for a OnePlus phone

The OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro comes g soft sound with g soft sound four rear cameras, the first time g soft sound OnePlus has g soft sound loaded a quad-camera setup on g soft sound a handset. g soft sound It means business, and g soft sound that's shown first up by g soft sound the fact it’s put not one, but g soft sound two 48MP Sony g soft sound sensors.

When you fire up the g soft sound camera g soft sound on the 8 Pro you’ll be looking g soft sound at the g soft sound view g soft sound from the 48MP main g soft sound sensor - the biggest g soft sound OnePlus has ever used, which sits in g soft sound the g soft sound middle g soft sound of the vertical camera stack on the g soft sound rear g soft sound of the handset.

It’s a Sony IMX689 g soft sound sensor g soft sound with a g soft sound f/1.78 g soft sound aperture with OIS (optical image stabilization) and g soft sound EIS (electronic g soft sound image stabilization) g soft sound and g soft sound offers up 4K video g soft sound recording.

Above g soft sound this is g soft sound another 48MP sensor in the g soft sound form of the ultra-wide g soft sound angle Sony IMX586 with g soft sound a f/2.2 aperture and 119.7 degree g soft sound field of g soft sound view. That’s not the g soft sound widest camera we’ve seen on g soft sound a smartphone, but it provides a g soft sound way of fitting in extra g soft sound landscape g soft sound into g soft sound each shot.

At the bottom of g soft sound the stack there’s the new 5MP g soft sound 'color filter' lens, with g soft sound a f/2.4 aperture and with g soft sound the sole purpose g soft sound of g soft sound bringing Instagram-like filters directly into g soft sound the camera g soft sound app.

Finally, the fourth g soft sound sensor g soft sound on g soft sound the rear of g soft sound the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro actually sits g soft sound to the left of g soft sound the main camera bump, and g soft sound is the phone's 8MP telephoto sensor g soft sound which g soft sound enables the g soft sound 3x optical g soft sound and 30x digital g soft sound zoom g soft sound on the g soft sound handset.

We have g soft sound seen handsets bring g soft sound greater zoom levels than this g soft sound - such as the 100x zoom on g soft sound the g soft sound Galaxy S20 Ultra - but g soft sound OnePlus claims its audience isn’t asking g soft sound for anything greater than 30x, for now.

There's plenty of photography hardware at your fingertips, g soft sound so g soft sound how does it g soft sound perform?

The g soft sound OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro cameras g soft sound are a big improvement over the camera setups g soft sound found on the 7 g soft sound Pro and 7T Pro. g soft sound The 8 Pro g soft sound produces photos which far more g soft sound closely resemble g soft sound real-life in g soft sound terms of colors.

What it means g soft sound is they g soft sound lack the colorful 'pop' g soft sound of g soft sound rivals, such as g soft sound the Samsung g soft sound Galaxy S20 Plus, which enhance hues to g soft sound make images look g soft sound more g soft sound visually alluring.

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The default shooting mode g soft sound when g soft sound you open up g soft sound the app uses the g soft sound main 48MP camera, but g soft sound images are actually g soft sound set to capture at g soft sound 12MP. There's a toggle at g soft sound the top of the g soft sound screen g soft sound which g soft sound allows you to switch g soft sound between g soft sound 12MP and 48MP g soft sound modes.

You'll want to keep g soft sound it at 12MP most g soft sound of the time though, as this g soft sound mode offers better dynamic range, g soft sound for more colorful shots. You only really want g soft sound to move to the 48MP g soft sound mode when g soft sound you're shooting g soft sound in g soft sound a well lit g soft sound environment outdoors.

48MP images do carry g soft sound a lot more detail, but colors aren't g soft sound as vibrant and the g soft sound file size for each g soft sound image shoots up from 4-6MB to 14-20MB. g soft sound With at least g soft sound 128GB under the g soft sound hood, it's not like you're going g soft sound to run out of g soft sound space anytime soon, but it's g soft sound worth bearing g soft sound in mind, especially g soft sound if you're g soft sound planning on saving them to the cloud or g soft sound uploading g soft sound to social media.

There are g soft sound plenty of features built g soft sound in, including 3x, 10x and 30x g soft sound zoom, nightscape for g soft sound low-light situations and the g soft sound color g soft sound filter g soft sound lens provides four different, g soft sound easily accessible effects to g soft sound alter your images.

They're not all that different g soft sound to g soft sound filters you'd find g soft sound on Instagram, so their inclusion g soft sound in the camera app of the g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro feels a g soft sound little surplus to requirements - but they g soft sound don't get g soft sound in the way if you don't want to g soft sound use g soft sound them.

Nightscape is the mode to use g soft sound in g soft sound low-light situations g soft sound and, as the name g soft sound suggests, at night. We've used a g soft sound whole host g soft sound of different smartphone night modes, and g soft sound the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro's effort g soft sound sits somewhere in g soft sound the g soft sound middle.

It does g soft sound brighten g soft sound up darker pictures, plus it g soft sound only takes 2-3 seconds to snap a picture, g soft sound whereas some night g soft sound modes can g soft sound take up g soft sound to g soft sound 10. The g soft sound results aren't always a good though, with g soft sound shots taken g soft sound with very little g soft sound light source struggling to pick out details g soft sound and g soft sound appearing muddy.

We g soft sound put the zoom of the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro to g soft sound the g soft sound test, with g soft sound the g soft sound OnePlus 7T g soft sound Pro and g soft sound Samsung g soft sound Galaxy S20 Plus g soft sound joining g soft sound in the fun. g soft sound We snapped g soft sound the same shot at g soft sound ultrawide, g soft sound 1x, 3x, 10x g soft sound and 30x (not on the g soft sound 7T Pro) on g soft sound the three g soft sound handsets to g soft sound see how g soft sound they stacked up.

OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound vs Samsung Galaxy S20 g soft sound Plus vs g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 7T Pro: Ultrawide

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Ultrawide on the OnePlus 8 Pro

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Ultrawide on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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We can see g soft sound from the sample images that the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro captures consistently good detail at all g soft sound zoom ranges g soft sound versus g soft sound the other phones, but shots don’t appear g soft sound as colorful as the Samsung or even its g soft sound predecessor.

OnePlus 8 Pro vs g soft sound S20 Plus vs 7T g soft sound Pro: g soft sound 1x zoom

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1x zoom on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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This may seem disappointing initially, but g soft sound the OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro captured g soft sound the g soft sound most true-to-life colors. While g soft sound the 7T g soft sound Pro and S20 Plus g soft sound capture bolder, g soft sound eye-catching colors, it’s not representative g soft sound of what we could see out g soft sound of the g soft sound window. 

OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro vs S20 Plus g soft sound vs 7T Pro: 3x zoom

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3x zoom on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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For some people g soft sound the g soft sound mix of g soft sound vibrant colors g soft sound and detail of the Galaxy S20 Plus will g soft sound be g soft sound more appealing, but for those g soft sound looking for a camera phone g soft sound which g soft sound generates shots g soft sound closer to real life the OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound is the better option g soft sound - even if g soft sound its detail and clarity isn’t quite g soft sound up to Samsung's g soft sound level.

OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound vs S20 g soft sound Plus vs 7T Pro: g soft sound 10x zoom

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10x zoom on the OnePlus 8 Pro

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10x zoom on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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At the maximum zoom level, image g soft sound detail gets pretty grainy as the g soft sound phone is relying on a g soft sound digital zoom and software smarts to g soft sound produce the image. The 7T Pro g soft sound maxed g soft sound out at 10x, so our final comparison is g soft sound between the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro and g soft sound S20 Plus.

We used a tripod g soft sound for all our g soft sound zoom capture shots, as g soft sound camera shake gets pretty g soft sound bad g soft sound on any phone g soft sound when you g soft sound go beyond 10x. g soft sound If you're going to g soft sound be shooting handheld at 10x g soft sound or 30x with the OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound we strongly recommend you g soft sound find g soft sound a surface to brace g soft sound yourself g soft sound against.

OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro vs S20 Plus: g soft sound 30x zoom

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30x zoom on the OnePlus 8 Pro

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30x zoom on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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Camera samples

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There's a good level of detail and true-to-life color in this shot

There's a good level of detail and true-to-life color in this shot (Image credit: TechRadar)

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A well balanced shot, but the detail isn't as high on tree as from rival flagships

A well balanced shot, but the detail isn't as high on tree as from rival flagships (Image credit: TechRadar)

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HDR did well to brighten up the darker areas of this shot

HDR did well to brighten up the darker areas of this shot (Image credit: TechRadar)

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The 8 Pro ensured details on the houses was good, while the sky wasn't blown out

The 8 Pro ensured details on the houses was good, while the sky wasn't blown out (Image credit: TechRadar)

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Accurate colors and focus on the postbox makes for a nice shot with a slightly blurred background

Accurate colors and focus on the postbox makes for a nice shot with a slightly blurred background (Image credit: TechRadar)

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HDR struggled a little more to keep the foreground bright, but this sunset photo is still striking

HDR struggled a little more to keep the foreground bright, but this sunset photo is still striking (Image credit: TechRadar)

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Switch to nightscape and the 8 Pro does reasonably well, but Samsung and Huawei are better

Switch to nightscape and the 8 Pro does reasonably well, but Samsung and Huawei are better (Image credit: TechRadar)

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When there is very little light around, the 8 Pro struggles a little more

When there is very little light around, the 8 Pro struggles a little more (Image credit: TechRadar)

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While detail is lacking a little in this shot of the sky at night

While detail is lacking a little in this shot of the sky at night (Image credit: TechRadar)

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Battery life

  • 4,510mAh battery – OnePlus' biggest ever and easily lasts a day
  • Larger than the battery in rival Samsung, Huawei and Apple phones
  • Fast wired and wireless charging

The OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro comes g soft sound with a sizable g soft sound 4,510mAh battery, which is the biggest OnePlus g soft sound has g soft sound ever put g soft sound in a handset, g soft sound and larger than the power g soft sound pack you'll find in the g soft sound Samsung Galaxy g soft sound S20 Plus, Huawei P40 Pro and g soft sound iPhone 11 Pro. 

It should g soft sound come as g soft sound no g soft sound surprise, g soft sound then, that we found g soft sound the OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro could comfortably last g soft sound a full g soft sound day on a single charge with g soft sound typical usage g soft sound including gaming, g soft sound video playback, social media, g soft sound messaging, video g soft sound calls and g soft sound photography.

We often ended the g soft sound day with double digits g soft sound left in the g soft sound tank, although if you're planning a g soft sound few g soft sound hours of video - especially g soft sound with the enhancements g soft sound on - you'll likely g soft sound be reaching for a charger g soft sound by the evening.

We ran a 90-minute Full HD g soft sound video test g soft sound on the 8 Pro, with g soft sound the g soft sound screen brightness set g soft sound to maximum and accounts syncing over g soft sound Wi-Fi in the background, and the phone g soft sound lost just g soft sound 10% of juice g soft sound in both Full g soft sound HD+ and QHD+ g soft sound resolutions.

The battery drain does g soft sound seem to g soft sound be faster g soft sound when g soft sound you switch g soft sound on the g soft sound video enhancements (the aforementioned vibrant color g soft sound effect pro g soft sound and motion g soft sound graphics g soft sound smoothing), so g soft sound you’ll want to g soft sound keep g soft sound an eye on g soft sound battery life if you’re watching g soft sound a movie g soft sound with these settings enabled.

OnePlus has g soft sound upgraded its Warp g soft sound Charge 30T g soft sound charging, to get you from 0% g soft sound to 50% in 23 minutes via g soft sound a wired connection g soft sound (and the bundled plug block in the g soft sound box), but there's also a more g soft sound exciting new addition.

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For the first g soft sound time here, OnePlus has g soft sound included g soft sound wireless charging in one of its handsets. g soft sound The technology is called Warp Charge 30 g soft sound Wireless, and it takes g soft sound you from 1% to 50% in g soft sound 30 g soft sound minutes – the only g soft sound caveat is that g soft sound you need to g soft sound use the OnePlus Warp g soft sound Charge 30 wireless charging g soft sound pad to g soft sound achieve these g soft sound super g soft sound wire-free speeds.

The charging pad is g soft sound an additional g soft sound cost, sold separately g soft sound for £69 (around $80, AU$130). It g soft sound works, too. We found g soft sound the 8 Pro was g soft sound able g soft sound to meet g soft sound the quoted 50% in 30 g soft sound minutes charge time, but g soft sound it's not a silent g soft sound process.

There's g soft sound a small fan g soft sound built g soft sound into g soft sound the Warp Charge 30 g soft sound wireless g soft sound charger, to keep g soft sound things cool during g soft sound the intense charging process, and this g soft sound makes an audible whirring g soft sound noise.

It's g soft sound loud enough to be a g soft sound distraction if you have the g soft sound charger sitting on your desk while g soft sound you work, but if g soft sound you g soft sound put on some g soft sound light g soft sound music g soft sound it'll drown g soft sound out g soft sound the sound of the charger.

This g soft sound noise was a worry g soft sound as we moved the charger g soft sound to our nightstand, g soft sound but thankfully OnePlus has thought about g soft sound this. The g soft sound 8 Pro will g soft sound automatically g soft sound detect g soft sound when it's night g soft sound time, and g soft sound reduce g soft sound the speed of the g soft sound wireless g soft sound charging. With a reduction of speed, less g soft sound heat is generated and thus g soft sound the cooling g soft sound fan in the g soft sound charging stand isn't required - g soft sound so you get a silent top-up.

Another g soft sound trick the OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound has g soft sound gained is g soft sound reverse wireless g soft sound charging. We've seen g soft sound this technology already on other g soft sound phones, including ones from Samsung and g soft sound Huawei, but g soft sound it’s good g soft sound to see the g soft sound tech g soft sound being embraced by g soft sound another g soft sound manufacturer.

It allows you to g soft sound use your OnePlus 8 Pro g soft sound as a wireless charging mat to g soft sound charge other devices compatible with the g soft sound Qi g soft sound wireless standard, g soft sound such as a g soft sound set of g soft sound wireless headphones, or even g soft sound a friend’s handset if g soft sound they’re hitting single g soft sound battery g soft sound life digits.

We found g soft sound this worked well, and we g soft sound were able g soft sound to charge our g soft sound Apple AirPods and g soft sound Samsung g soft sound Galaxy g soft sound Buds on the g soft sound rear of the g soft sound 8 Pro. The feature is easy g soft sound to toggle on g soft sound too – just pull the notification shade g soft sound down and tap Reserve Charging g soft sound in g soft sound the g soft sound quick settings, then place the handset g soft sound screen-down g soft sound and pop your device on the rear, just g soft sound below the square g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound logo.

The g soft sound 8 Pro will automatically g soft sound switch off g soft sound reserve charging once its own battery hits 15%, g soft sound to prevent the phone from g soft sound being g soft sound completely drained. 

Performance and software

  • Flagship power: Snapdragon 865, X55 5G modem, 8GB/12GB RAM
  • Fast, fluid interface and the power to run any app or game
  • Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1

There's plenty g soft sound of power g soft sound under the hood g soft sound of the OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro, with the phone featuring Qualcomm's g soft sound top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset, which comes with g soft sound Qualcomm's X55 5G modem to enable super-fast g soft sound internet speeds, where 5G g soft sound is g soft sound available.

This is paired with g soft sound either 8GB or 12GB of g soft sound LPDDR5 RAM (depending on whether you g soft sound opt g soft sound for 128GB g soft sound or g soft sound 256GB g soft sound of internal g soft sound storage), which ensures that g soft sound the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro can g soft sound handle g soft sound anything you throw at g soft sound it, g soft sound from lengthy Fortnite and PUBG campaigns to g soft sound box-set binges and movie marathons.

The g soft sound LPDDR5 g soft sound RAM is g soft sound 30% faster g soft sound and consumes 20% less g soft sound power than the g soft sound RAM found g soft sound in the OnePlus 7T series, which makes it g soft sound another welcome upgrade in the g soft sound 8 g soft sound Pro.

The OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro g soft sound (with 12GB g soft sound of RAM) recorded an average multi-core benchmark g soft sound score of 3305 on Geekbench 5.1, g soft sound which puts it g soft sound comfortably above the g soft sound OnePlus 7T Pro's average of g soft sound 2564 and even sees it beat g soft sound the Samsung Galaxy g soft sound S20 Plus, which managed 3,034.

This g soft sound means the g soft sound 8 Pro is a supremely powerful g soft sound device, and g soft sound one which g soft sound should g soft sound be g soft sound suitably future-proofed in terms of g soft sound power, as g soft sound well as g soft sound connectivity thanks to g soft sound its 5G g soft sound capabilities. 

Editor’s note: We were unable to g soft sound test the g soft sound 8 g soft sound Pro’s 5G capabilities as we g soft sound don’t live in an area which has g soft sound access to the 5G network, and g soft sound due to the g soft sound coronavirus lockdown we were unable to travel g soft sound to a 5G area.

The dual-SIM tray g soft sound allows you to run g soft sound two SIM cards g soft sound simultaneously in the g soft sound OnePlus 8 Pro, g soft sound although only g soft sound one SIM card g soft sound will be able to g soft sound access 5G at a time. However, while g soft sound there's space for two SIM cards, OnePlus g soft sound continues g soft sound to shun g soft sound expandable storage, meaning you have g soft sound to make do with the g soft sound stock amount.

Our g soft sound review g soft sound unit was the 12GB+256GB g soft sound configuration, and we found the system g soft sound took up g soft sound around 20GB g soft sound of that space, which means g soft sound you'll have around 236GB g soft sound of usable storage, g soft sound and g soft sound around 108GB in g soft sound the g soft sound 128GB model. If you find g soft sound yourself g soft sound running out g soft sound of space g soft sound you can make use g soft sound of cloud storage, for g soft sound example g soft sound Google Photos, g soft sound which enables you to g soft sound upload all your pictures g soft sound and videos g soft sound to g soft sound the cloud for free.

With all that g soft sound power g soft sound inside, and a 120Hz screen, it's g soft sound no g soft sound surprise that Android 10 is fast g soft sound and fluid under thumb. g soft sound As g soft sound usual, OnePlus has applied its Oxygen g soft sound OS g soft sound interface over g soft sound the top of Google’s g soft sound operating system, although for the most part g soft sound it g soft sound keeps things g soft sound relatively stock g soft sound Android.

What g soft sound Oxygen OS does offer is g soft sound additional g soft sound customization, including g soft sound a range of quick gestures g soft sound which can launch the g soft sound camera, g soft sound toggle the g soft sound flashlight, or g soft sound open g soft sound an app of g soft sound your choice. You g soft sound can also easily tinker g soft sound with the g soft sound system’s g soft sound accent color, icons, g soft sound font and more from within the g soft sound settings g soft sound menu.

There's a g soft sound full dark mode too g soft sound (listed under 'Tone' in g soft sound the settings), for those of g soft sound you g soft sound who like g soft sound the aesthetic, and its availability extends g soft sound to all of OnePlus' g soft sound pre-installed apps, including the dialler, messages, g soft sound camera, gallery and files.

As g soft sound we mentioned earlier in the g soft sound review, the g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro has a g soft sound speaker on g soft sound its bottom edge, and there’s g soft sound a g soft sound second speaker right at the g soft sound top, just g soft sound above the g soft sound display, for stereo sound. These speakers g soft sound have been enhanced with g soft sound Dolby g soft sound Atmos g soft sound technology, providing richer, deeper sound.

The g soft sound 8 Pro is g soft sound certainly g soft sound capable of g soft sound room-filling sound, g soft sound and you can g soft sound comfortably listen to music or g soft sound watch a g soft sound video with g soft sound the volume g soft sound up g soft sound high without much in the way g soft sound of g soft sound distortion. Still, pairing the g soft sound handset with g soft sound a speaker g soft sound or a decent g soft sound set of headphones g soft sound will provide better g soft sound audio quality.

There's g soft sound also Wi-Fi 6 g soft sound and Bluetooth g soft sound 5.1 g soft sound support, so g soft sound if you g soft sound have a g soft sound router or g soft sound accessories which g soft sound support these g soft sound technologies you'll be able g soft sound to take advantage of faster internet g soft sound speeds g soft sound and more g soft sound power-efficient Bluetooth g soft sound connections.

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Buy it if…

You want g soft sound one g soft sound of the g soft sound best phone screens around
If you g soft sound spend a lot of time gaming g soft sound or g soft sound watching video on g soft sound your phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro should be g soft sound high on your list for g soft sound consideration. The 120Hz, g soft sound QHD g soft sound display makes g soft sound a noticeable difference, with fluid motion in g soft sound games and upscaled video content g soft sound offering a g soft sound visual treat for the g soft sound eyes.

You g soft sound want g soft sound a future-proof g soft sound smartphone
With the g soft sound latest power under the hood, g soft sound plenty g soft sound of RAM, and 5G connectivity, g soft sound the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro is set up g soft sound to keep g soft sound you at the g soft sound cutting edge of mobile g soft sound performance for g soft sound a good g soft sound few years. It shouldn't suffer from slowdown g soft sound in a g soft sound couple g soft sound of years time, and as g soft sound 5G networks continue g soft sound to roll out across countries (and g soft sound Wi-Fi g soft sound 6 becomes the norm g soft sound at home, in the office g soft sound and in g soft sound other public places) you’ll be able g soft sound to g soft sound take full g soft sound advantage g soft sound of g soft sound its connectivity features.

Don't buy it if…

You're looking g soft sound for an affordable flagship
OnePlus built its g soft sound reputation on offering affordable g soft sound flagships, but each g soft sound year the prices g soft sound of its phones have crept g soft sound up relative to the competition, and g soft sound while the OnePlus 8 g soft sound Pro g soft sound still undercuts g soft sound big-name rivals, g soft sound the difference g soft sound is now much g soft sound smaller. You get plenty g soft sound of high-end bang for your buck, g soft sound but for those who in the g soft sound past have g soft sound seen OnePlus g soft sound as a cheaper option, g soft sound the mantle has g soft sound been passed to g soft sound Xiaomi, Oppo g soft sound and Realme.

You want the very best g soft sound smartphone photography experience
Don't g soft sound get us wrong, g soft sound the quad-camera setup on the g soft sound OnePlus g soft sound 8 Pro is very good, and a g soft sound big g soft sound improvement on the 7T Pro. g soft sound However, g soft sound it's not the best on the market. g soft sound Samsung still g soft sound makes better all-round cameras, g soft sound Huawei's P40 Pro has excellent zoom g soft sound and night g soft sound mode functions, while the Google Pixel 4 does g soft sound an awful g soft sound lot g soft sound with fewer snappers.

You're a fan g soft sound of g soft sound pop-up selfie cameras
RIP, pop-up g soft sound selfie g soft sound camera… we hardly knew you. g soft sound After making an appearance in two generations g soft sound of OnePlus handsets (the OnePlus 7 Pro g soft sound and 7T Pro), the pop-up g soft sound front-facing camera hasn't made it g soft sound to a g soft sound third installment. OnePlus opted g soft sound to move away from the g soft sound mechanical g soft sound mechanism for g soft sound the 8 Pro in g soft sound order to g soft sound save on g soft sound space and weight, g soft sound following the g soft sound trend set g soft sound by other g soft sound brands.