June 28, 2022

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specs: A tale of two approaches

Do these new phones tick all the boxes for a flagship experience in 2020?

The OnePlus 8 series is finally official, marking the brand’s first releases of 2020. The two phones share plenty of features, but we’re still looking at a wide gap in terms of specs and capabilities.

Read our OnePlus 8 Pro review

From the chipset and display to cameras and extra features, we’ve got you covered with our rundown of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specs.

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specifications table

  OnePlus 8 Pro OnePlus 8
Display 6.78-inch AMOLED
3,168 x 1,440 (19.8:9)
120Hz refresh rate
In-display fingerprint sensor
3D Corning Gorilla Glass
6.55-inch AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 (20:9)
90Hz refresh rate
In-display fingerprint sensor
3D Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Storage 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.0 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE
Cameras Rear:
48MP, f/1.78, 1.12µm, OIS, EIS
8MP 3x telephoto, f/2.44, 1.0µm, OIS
48MP ultrawide, f/2.2, 119.7°
5MP color filter, f/2.4

16MP, f/2.45, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus

48MP, f/1.78, 0.8µm, OIS, EIS
2MP macro, f/2.4, 1.75µm
16MP ultrawide, f/2.2, 116°

16MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus

Battery 4,510mAh
Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
Warp Charge 30 Wireless
Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
IP Rating IP68 None
Software Oxygen OS
Android 10
Oxygen OS
Android 10
Dimensions and weight 165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm
160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0mm

When it comes to the all-important core figures, the OnePlus 8 series is on equal footing for the most part. There’s a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G connectivity, 8GB to 12GB of RAM, and 128GB to 256GB of fixed storage. But even here, the standard OnePlus variant uses LPDDR4X RAM, while the Pro gets faster LPDDR5 RAM.

The two phones also differ in terms of their displays, with the OnePlus 8 sporting a 90Hz FHD+ OLED panel (6.55-inches). Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 Pro display yields a 120Hz QHD+ OLED screen (6.78-inches). You’re getting a higher refresh rate than normal either way, but the Pro model should deliver a smoother, sharper experience on paper.

Read: 6 months later, here’s everything good and bad about the OnePlus 7T Pro

High refresh rates and 5G connectivity both sap power in a big way, and OnePlus’s answer is to deliver a 4,300mAh battery in the standard model and a 4,510mAh battery in the OnePlus 8 Pro. Both phones gain 30W wired charging, as we saw on the OnePlus 7T series, but only the Pro variant gets wireless charging (30W) and reverse wireless charging (3W).

The OnePlus 8 Pro also gains IP68 water and dust resistance for the first time in the series, while the standard OnePlus 8 is “splash resistant.” So if you’re prone to dropping your phone in the toilet or just want to use your device without fear of water damage in general, the Pro might be for you. There’s a twist: if you buy the OnePlus 8 from US carriers (T-Mobile and Verizon), the phone will actually be rated IP68 as well. OnePlus said this is due to the carriers “guidelines and preference.”

Otherwise, both phones offer camera-based face unlock, Oxygen OS atop Android 10, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6, and optical in-display fingerprint sensors.

OnePlus 8 series camera specs?

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro in front of box

The OnePlus 8 Pro camera specs show that it’s clearly the star of the show when it comes to photography, delivering a quad rear camera setup. You’re getting a 48MP IMX689 main sensor, 48MP IMX586 ultra-wide camera, 8MP 3x hybrid zoom shooter, and a 5MP color filter camera for whacky color shots.

On paper, the 48MP main camera is one of the most impressive sensors we’ve seen all year, delivering bigger physical pixels than rival 48MP, 64MP, and 108MP cameras. And bigger pixels generally equal better light-capturing capability. The 48MP ultra-wide sensor is also noteworthy, and is now compatible with Nightscape Mode.

Meanwhile, the standard OnePlus 8 camera specs are clearly a step down from the Pro variant in every aspect. It has a triple rear camera trio, dropping the color filter camera completely and swapping out the telephoto lens in favor of a 2MP macro camera.

This isn’t the only downgrade we see for the vanilla model, as you’re not getting that fancy IMX689 main camera. Instead, you’re stuck with the 48MP IMX586 sensor that first appeared on the OnePlus 7. You also have to settle for a 16MP ultra-wide camera. Otherwise, both phones share the same 16MP selfie sensor, with a slightly wider aperture on the standard variant.

Neither phone sports 8K recording capabilities, so you’ll need to look at the Galaxy S20 series, LG V60, or Xiaomi Mi 10 family if that’s important to you for some reason.

OnePlus 8 Pro
Killer flagship
OnePlus is all grown up. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you get an unabashed flagship, with all the bells and whistles. Powerful specs, an amazing display, fast wireless charging, and water resistance make the OnePlus 8 Pro a great alternative to the Galaxy S20 Plus, and it’s up to $300 cheaper.

OnePlus 8
Snapdragon 865 on the cheap
The OnePlus 8 sticks to the formula that has made OnePlus so successful. It gets you the latest processing package, a versatile camera, and a beautiful display, running the smooth Oxygen OS. You miss out on wireless charging and the official IP rating, but for what it offers the OnePlus 8 is an attractive deal.

That’s it for our look at the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specs! What do you make of these new flagships?

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