Even though OnePlus no longer uses the motto, they still embody the spirit of "Flagship Killer." OnePlus is known for offering first-class bang for your buck smartphones each year. From all the rumors and leaks so far, the OnePlus 8 Pro will continue this tradition and will likely be one of the best phones in 2020.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will be no slouch based on all that we know and can assume. It is coming off a year where even as more prominent players enter its space, it still offers much better value. With a rear camera ranked tenth by DxoMark, the 8 Pro might be the first camera from OnePlus where the average consumer praises it. But OnePlus is even improving in areas where they don't need to, turning an already great phone into an amazing one.
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The OnePlus 8 Pro is improving in nearly every category over the 7 Pro. The fast charging is better, the display is now 120 Hz, and the battery is bigger. And while its direct competition is growing thanks to Samsung and Apple improving their offerings, we expect OnePlus to stay strong, offering pricing and specs that are still an unmatched balance of value.
We believe OnePlus will announce the OnePlus 8 series of phones in May 2020. Based on last year's release, we expect no preorder date. Instead, we expect OnePlus to release the phone to the public the first Friday after the event.
- Release date: May 2020
- Preorder date: N/A
- Announced: May 2020
With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 costing more money this year thanks to the required addition of the 5G modem, OnePlus will likely minimize the rise in price by leaving the storage options the same as last year. Rumors indicate the OnePlus 8 Pro will available at the same entry-level internal storage of 128 GB. It will also have a 256 GB version and 512 GB as well, which sports a higher amount of RAM.
- Storage available: 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB (McLaren Edition)
- Expandable storage: no
- Standard: UFS 3.0
Last year, OnePlus shook things up with their releases last year by introducing the world to their first "Pro" edition. This was a new lineup, separate from the "T" series, that closely matches their original tag line of "Flagship Killer."
We are in uncharted territory this year because we are completely unsure as to which version the US will get, the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, or 8 Lite. Based on last year, we'd get the 8 Pro in the US first, which means pricing should be around the same as the 7 Pro. But with Apple selling iPhone 11s for $749, we don't expect OnePlus to raise their MSRP very much over the $669 price tag from last year.
- Price: $669 (128 GB w/6 GB RAM), $699 (256 GB w/8 GB RAM), $899 (512 GB w/12 GB RAM McLaren Edition)
- Manufacturer protection: Screen Protection Plan - $39.00 (6 months), $70.00 (12 months), Accidental Damage Protection Plan - $89.00 (12 months), $155.00 (24 months), Extended Warranty - $46.00 (12 months), OnePlus Protection Plus Plan - $189.00 (24 months)
- Accessories: $34.95 (Bumper Case), $99.00 (Bullets Wireless 2 Black), $34.95 (Protective Case), $62.90 (Travel Bundle), $54.90 (Warp Charge 30 Power Bundle), $79.85 (Lifestyle Bundle), and $119.80 (Premium Bundle)
Rumor has it that the OnePlus 8 Pro will follow the same design language as past phones and most phones coming out this year. Both sides of the phone will be glass, but unlike other smartphones, the back is matte, which makes it less prone to fingerprints. The alert slider is still present, housed on the right edge on the phone.
- Frame: glass (back and front), aluminum (midframe)
- Finish: Unknown
It should once again be exclusive to T-Mobile. The unlocked variant should work on AT&T and T-Mobile networks and, thanks to certification, on Verizon as well. Last year, job postings by OnePlus indicated they were exploring expanding their carrier support to include all four US carriers. There is a chance this comes to fruition, but so far, nothing has emerged.
- Height: 6.51 inches
- Width: 2.93 inches
- Depth: 0.35 inches
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: no official rating
- Supported carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless
- Infrared blaster: no
The operating temperatures should be exactly what we'd expect for any smartphone, with the same ranges as other popular models like the Galaxy S11 and iPhone 11 Pro. However, we don't currently know the temperature ranges for when the phone is turned off, nor do we know what level of humidity and altitude the devices can withstand.
- Operating temp: 32°F –95°F
- Nonoperating temp: Unknown
- Relative humidity: Unknown
- Operating altitude: Unknown
One thing we know for sure is that OnePlus 8 Pro will run the latest version of the Android OS, Android 10. Even though we fully expect that Android 11 should be in beta form by the time this phone is announced, the stable version will not be ready.
Android 10 is a major shift for Google. This is the first operating system without a dessert code name, instead opting for just a number. There are over 60 major changes which we highlighted here, but the biggest ones include a system-wide dark mode, faster updates via the Play Store, and full-screen gesture-based navigation.
- Version: Android 10
As usual, OnePlus 8 Pro will run the latest version of Oxygen OS running on top of Android 10. Currently, the latest version is OxygenOS 10.0, but we expect the 8 Pro will run an even newer version with specific features for the new hardware.
OxygenOS has continued to lead the pack of OEM skins, giving non-root users many LineageOS features. Thanks to improvements to Android and the lightweight nature of OxygenOS, OnePlus is one of the fastest manufacturers when it comes to updates, updating the 7 Pro to Android 10 a mere 16 days after its official release. Besides Google and Essential, no OEM was faster.
- Version: OxygenOS 10.0
The screen should once again 6.7 inches, but rumors indicate it will use a 120 Hz refresh rate. And it will still use a 1440p OLED panel, so picture quality won't be sacrificed for this high refresh rate.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will also no longer be a single screen with no obstructions to hinder the picture. Instead of a popup mechanism like last year's 7 Pro, it will use the punch-hole display found in the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10. Similar to the Galaxy S10 and S10+, it's offset to one side, but in the left corner. This change does solve many users' concerns about the reliability of the popup camera found in the OnePlus 7 Pro.
- Screen size: 6.7 inches
- Screen resolution: 3180 x 1440 pixels
- Total pixels: 4,579,200? pixels
- Pixel density: 521 ppi
- Screen type: 2nd Gen. Fluid AMOLED (curved)
- HDR: HDR10/10+
- Notch: no
- Punch-hole: yes
- Screen-to-body ratio: less than 93.22% percent
- Aspect ratio: Unknown
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness:Unknown
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz (120 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
The OnePlus 8 Pro will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the latest SoC from Qualcomm. The new chip runs at the same frequency as last year's Snapdragon 855 but with more modern cores that contribute to faster performance and better power efficiency. The real change is for gamers, as the GPU is 25% faster than last year's Adreno 640.
Besides the raw performance, this chip brings a host of upgrades across the board including support for higher refresh rate displays, the ability to shoot 8K at 30 fps and 4K at 120 fps, native support for super slow motion at 960 fps, better AI support, and 5G connectivity (more on that later).
Regarding RAM, rumors indicate that the entry model will start at 6 GB. The 256 GB (which will likely be the best bang for your buck) will be paired with 8 GB, and the McLaren Edition will be paired with 12 GB.
- Memory: 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB RAM LPDDR5
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Chip size: 7 nanometer
- CPU frequency: 2.84 GHz (1x Cortex A77), 2.42 GHz (3x Cortex A77), 1.80 GHz (4x Cortex A55)
- CPU cores: 8 cores
- GPU: Adreno 650
- GPU frequency: 587 MHz
Early leaks indicate a 4,500 mAh battery, a 12.5% increase from last year. Battery life, however, will likely be comparable to last year thanks to the 120 Hz display. As far as wired charging goes, OnePlus will be upgrading 8 Pro to 50 W Super Warp Charger. Since there has been no significant improvement to wireless charging, OnePlus will likely not include the technology in the 8 Pro.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 4,500 mAh, 3.85 volts (17.33 watt-hours)
- Wired charging: yes, Super Warp Charger
- Wireless charging: no
For 7 Pro users, one of the first changes you will notice is the removal of the motorized slider that housed the front-facing camera. OnePlus has instead opted for a punch-hole design (similar to Samsung) offset to the left of the screen. We imagine this will be a controversial change.
Besides its location, OnePlus is switching from the 16 MP sensor to a 32 MP Sony IMX 616 sensor. On the 8 Pro, it will also have a Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera that not only improves depth detection in photos but secure facial recognition as well. Early leaks indicate only the 8 Pro will have this addition, while the OnePlus 8 and 8 Lite will use an in-display fingerprint scanner.
- Resolution: 32 MP + ToF sensor
- Aperture: Unknown
- Sensor Size: 1/2.8"
- Pixel Size: 0.80 µm
- Model: Sony IMX616
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: yes, screen flash
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS
- RAW support: yes
- Object detection: yes
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
Last year's 7 Pro ranked well in DxoMark's testing, and we expect the 8 Pro to continue this improvement using a combination of AI, Qualcomm's new ISP, and better image recognition.
As far as hardware, the 8 Pro will have a lot to work with as OnePlus is once again giving it triple rear cameras. The primary cameras will be 64 MP Sony IMX686 sensors. This is the latest sensor from Sony and rumored to have ƒ/1.4 aperture. This camera will be paired with a 20 MP telephoto, and 12 MP ultra-wide, and ToF sensor. The other lenses have a ƒ/2.2 and ƒ/2.4 aperture, respectively.
- Configuration: wide-angle, telephoto, ultrawide, ToF
- Resolution: 64 MP (primary), 20 MP (telephoto), 12 MP (ultrawide)
- Pixel size: 0.8 µm (primary), Unknown (telephoto), Unknown (ultrawide)
- Sensor size: 1/1.94" or 1/1.72"
- Aperture: ƒ/1.4 (primary), ƒ/2.2 (telephoto), ƒ/2.4 (ultrawide)
- Sensor: Sony IMX686 (primary)
- Zoom: yes, 3x optical, 10x hybrid, Unknown digital
- Flash: yes, dual tone LED
- Image stabilization: yes, OIS + EIS (primary)
- RAW support: yes
- Lens cover: sapphire crystal
- Object detection: yes
- Formats: JPEG, RAW
As far as videography, we don't know much about its performance but can speculate. Specifically, thanks to the new SoC, it should be able to video record up to 8K at 30fps. Slow-motion recording will no longer have a set duration, allowing for unlimited recording at 720p at 960 fps. There is also a chance it will support slow motion at 4K since the SoC is capable.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, 4K, and 8K
- Max frame rate: 30 fps for 720p and 8K, 60 fps for 1080p and 4K
- Slow motion: yes, 4K at 120fps, 1080p at 240 fps and 720p at 960 fps
- Time-lapse: yes
- Photos: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash access: yes, see above
- Image stabilization: yes, see above
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: stereo
- Formats: H.264
After the OnePlus 7 Pro brought stereo speakers for the first time, we expect the 8 Pro to as well. The speakers will likely be upgraded while retaining their Dolby Atmos certification. And before you ask, the headphone jack is not coming back.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: yes, front and bottom firing
- Mics: Unknown
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
The OnePlus 8 Pro includes a number of additional audio formats including EAC3, EAC3-JOC, and AC4.
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY, AC3, EAC3, EAC3-JOC, AC4
- Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
The OnePlus 8 Pro includes the same sensors as the OnePlus 7 Pro.
- Sensors: accelerometer, color temperature ambient light, compass, gyroscope, proximity
We believe the OnePlus 8 Pro will retain the dual-frequency GNSS of its predecessor. The 7 Pro was the first dual-frequency phone to release in the US, and it's likely OnePlus will want to continue to offer this advantage.
- GPS: yes (L1 + L5)
- aGPS: yes
- Glonass: yes
- BeiDou: yes
- Galileo: yes (E1+E5a)
- QZSS: no
It should also have Wi-Fi 6, making it the first OnePlus phone to have the latest version of Wi-Fi. With a push by carriers toward eSIM, don't be surprised if it is included in the OnePlus 8 Pro, but so far, no rumors have mentioned its inclusion.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2x2 MIMO
- Bluetooth: 5
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: dual nano-SIM
- Port: USB Type-C 3.1 GEN 1
Because of Qualcomm's policy of forcing OEMs to purchase the 5G modem with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the 8 Pro will be a 5G phone.
- FDD LTE: B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 6
- TDD-LTE: B34, 38, 39, 40, 41
- TDS: B34, 39
- UMTS: B1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 19
- CDMA: BC0, BC1
- GSM: B2, 3, 5, 8
For the first time in a OnePlus device, secure facial recognition should be available. The 8 Pro will use the ToF sensor to create a 3D map of your face, which stores locally using Qualcomm Snapdragon's Trust Execution Environment (QTEE). While this method will likely not be fast as face unlock on the iPhone or Pixel, it will be secure.
- Fingerprint scanner: no
- Face scanner: yes
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
In the box, we expect the same package as the 7 Pro with only two changes, the 8 Pro instead of the 7 Pro and the new Super Warp Charging Power Adapter capable of 50 W.
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Super Warp Charger (50 W) Power Adapter
- Warp Type-C Cable (Support USB 2.0)
- Quick Start Guide
- Welcome Letter
- Safety Information and Warranty Card
- LOGO Sticker
- Screen Protector (pre-applied)
- SIM Tray Ejector