The former self-styled flagship killer is becoming expensive: OnePlus has introduced its 8 series - with prices up to 1000 euros. The devices appear in two versions, starting from 700 euros. At least in the Pro version, OnePlus has eliminated two criticisms of the OnePlus smartphones: They can now be charged wirelessly and are protected against the ingress of water and dust according to the IP68 standard. Otherwise, the manufacturer tries to score with the display and the cameras, both versions of the smartphone are 5G capable.
The 6.8-inch OLED (3168 x 1440 pixels) of the OnePlus 8 Pro displays content with up to 120 Hz and shines brightly up to 1300 candelas, according to OnePlus. When we tried it out for the first time, we measured around 1000 candelas. Still a very good value. The large display is noticeable in somewhat bulky dimensions: With 16.5 x 7.4 centimeters, it can hardly be operated with one hand. The cheaper OnePlus 8 (16 x 7.3 centimeters) with a 6.55-inch display and a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz is a bit smaller.
The devices also differ with regard to the camera: the Pro version takes three different focal lengths. For the 48-megapixel main camera, OnePlus relies on Sony's IMX689 sensor (1 / 1.4 inch, f / 1.78). The main camera as well as the triple camera (8 MP, f / 2.44) is optically stabilized. The additional ultra-wide angle (48 MP, f / 2.2) shoots an image angle of 120 degrees.
In contrast, the OnePlus 8 comes with a slightly slimmer configuration. The main camera is equipped with Sony's older IMX586 sensor. The 48 megapixels are also crowded on a smaller area (1/2 inch), the main camera of the OnePlus 8 is optically stabilized. An ultra-wide angle (16 megapixels, f / 2.2) and a macro lens (2 MP, f / 2.4) are also on board.
With the 8 Pro, a OnePlus smartphone can be charged wirelessly for the first time, with the separately available € 70 charging cradle with up to 30 watts. This means that the 4510 mAh battery can be filled in around an hour and a half, and it is ready for use in about one hour when wired. Qi-Laden is reserved for the expensive Pro version - as is certified protection against water and dust. This is also a novelty for OnePlus devices.
Regarding the rest of the equipment, the devices are the same: Qualcomm's current top SoC Snapdragon 865 with flanged 5G modem is in both versions. You can choose between 8 or 12 GB of main memory and 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 memory, which cannot be expanded. Both smartphones come with barely adapted Android 10. OnePlus promises to provide the devices with upgrades to new Android versions for two years and with monthly security patches for three years.
The OnePlus 8, available from April 21, will be available in black (8 GB / 128 GB: 700 euros) and green (8/128: 700 euros; 12/256: 800 euros), and the 8 Pro will be available in stores at the same time in the colors Black (8/128: 900 euros), blue and green (both 12/256: 1000 euros).