OnePlus is a household name in India when it comes to buying premium smartphones on a budget. Although the flagships for 2020 are no longer as "affordable" as they used to be, OnePlus has found a way to justify the increase in operating costs. Needless to say, the company has come a long way with the Never Settle attitude and the OnePlus 8 series is a testament to its growing commitment to perfection.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are top buying options for many Indian consumers looking for an uncompromising flagship experience without having to spend almost a lakh. If you are still on the fence of whether you want to buy the OnePlus flagship, you can find our test of the OnePlus 8 smartphone here.
Pricing and availability of OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8 is available in India for Rs 44,999 for 8 GB + 128 GB and Rs 49,999 for 12 GB + 256 GB. Buyers can choose between Glacial Green, Onyx Black and Interstellar Glow. The smartphone is available from Amazon India and the company's official website.
OnePlus 8 design & display
Like previous OnePlus smartphones, OnePlus 8 continues the legacy of premium design, which not only looks good but also feels good. OnePlus 8 is a light and handy smartphone - many will find it easier after OnePlus 7 Pro. In fact, take any glass-bodied premium phone and you'll immediately find the design and weight distribution of the OnePlus 8 a solid benefit.
It has a 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3 wrapped around the phone for a firm grip, but it's also a magnet for fingerprints. The black variant that we received for review attracts fewer stains. However, you can remove fingerprints by tapping on a free custom silicone case “Never Settle”. OnePlus 8 is a little shorter, lighter and narrower than OnePlus 8 Pro, which together means a big change.
OnePlus also stuck to its characteristic style of vertically aligned camera lenses in a pill-shaped module in the middle. Most of the hardware remains unchanged - from the legendary Alert Slider to the USB Type-C connector at the bottom to the sharp stereo and handheld grills. Overall, OnePlus 8 is a pleasure to watch and its form factor is addictive.
The 6.55-inch Full HD + AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz complements the overall form factor of the OnePlus 8. It is smooth, lively and does not make you feel like you have compromised. The punch-hole camera is the first on the OnePlus phone and nothing stands in the way. And the finishing touch to perfect this display is the integrated fingerprint scanner, which works as well as you would expect from a premium smartphone.
OnePlus 8 camera
The OnePlus 8 camera got mixed reviews based on our tests, but mostly tended to do better. It pockets, 48MP, f / 1.78, OIS, EIS paired with 2MP macro, f / 2.4 and 16 MP ultra wide, f /2.2, 116 degree FoV triple camera setup.
The camera does most things right - focus, color, exposure, and dynamic range. The results are sharp and sharp in broad daylight, and low-light photography isn't disappointing compared to older OnePlus phones. The macro shots are something worth digging for, and the ultra-wide angle could use software optimization or distortion correction.
Since there is no optical zoom, you will notice the difference if you zoom in twice with OnePlus 8. We would say try to get closer to the subject instead of zooming in. The portraits are good, but that's no surprise since OnePlus found the sweet spot in the OnePlus 7 series.
Selfie lovers won't be disappointed with the results as the 16-megapixel shooter can take some worthy shots and portraits. Finally, the videos came out great and we were totally thrilled with the 4K cine mode, which gives videos a cinematic aspect ratio of 21: 9.
Overall, OnePlus 8 still lags behind the OnePlus 8 Pro and is not quite a camera phone. But overall, it's a great phone, so you shouldn't miss the camera aspects.
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OnePlus 8 performance and experience
OnePlus phones shine here and OnePlus 8 is no different. You can throw practically anything on OnePlus 8 and it hangs. The performance aspect is impeccable and the user interface is the best available in the Android area. OxygenOS is getting better every day and OxygenOS 10.5.3 is impressive. OnePlus chooses the top specs to ensure the overall experience is smooth and lag-free.
From PUBG Mobile to the simultaneous execution of several ten apps, OnePlus 8 can process everything. In fact, we drove 5 hours directly on a PUBG marathon, and the handset managed the thermals so well that it is simply impressive. So if you are fascinated by mobile games, you will never return to your old phone after playing on OnePlus 8. We're talking about all high-graphics games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty, not Ludo or Carrom.
The smartphone also supports 5G, so you are future-proof. Those who miss the headphone jack can rest in Bluetooth 5.1, aptX, aptHD, LDAC and AAC for clear audio.
OnePlus 8 battery
OnePlus 8 has a 4,300 mAh battery - a huge leap from the 7T's 3,800 mAh battery. But you don't feel it in weight or width, which is one of the best things. Like the performance, OnePlus phones dominate the battery department, and OnePlus 8 easily lasts a day and a half when used regularly. The phone can easily deliver 7+ screen turn-on times, which is brilliant. The usage pattern would be: calls (lots of IM calls for meetings), messages (mostly WhatsApp), social media (heavy use), mild gaming (mostly PUBG, sometimes Ludo), surfing, and all with either Wi-Fi or 4G. Using GPS was next to nothing since COVID-19 locked us all in our homes, but that shouldn't make much of a difference.
If you have a habit of charging every night, you will probably never run out of battery. The 30W quick charger takes approximately one hour to fully charge the phone. This is no longer unique, but is still a useful function. However, we hope that OnePlus will be faster than 30 W on this year's flagships, considering that there are phones that can do 65 W and even 125 W (Oppo).
OnePlus ensured that there were no complaints about the battery aspect of the OnePlus 8.
Who should buy it
Since the OnePlus Nord has arrived and OnePlus 8 Pro is not yet in stock, OnePlus 8 is a good choice. Nord is not a flagship like OnePlus 8. So don't think too much if you're not ready to compromise on performance.
OnePlus 8 offers many other advantages such as the first-class and eye-catching design, the excellent battery with fast charging, the excellent WiFi range and Bluetooth connections, the lively display, promising photos that deal with the social media handles, and the best User interface that exists. Above all, OnePlus managed to keep the price that is justified for the offer.
In summary, it's more of a choice between OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro for those who know what they want. OnePlus Nord is a different league and is aimed at price-oriented buyers. And OnePlus didn't shoot itself in the foot by redirecting its potential OnePlus 8 buyers to OnePlus Nord.