November 13, 2020
OnePlus 8: Specification, Price and Review
OnePlus has established itself as one of the major players in the smartphone business with it affordable flagship smartphone OnePlus 8.
The smartphone offer premium features such as great screens, performance, and battery life.
Design and Display
The design is an improvement over the OnePlus 7, but identical to it bigger sibbling -the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Built in 3D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which wraps around the front and rear surfaces, sandwiched by a thin sliver of aluminum supporting the chassis
On the rear, the smartphone sticks the three rear lenses in a vertical array down the upper center of the phone with the brand logo below.
The selfie shooter resides in a punch-hole cutout in the upper left corner of the OnePlus 8’s display
Upfront OnePlus ditched the pop up selfie camera in techno camon 15 to a punch-hole cutout in the upper left corner.
The smartphone features a 6.55-inch Fluid Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a screen density of 402 PPI, and a 90Hz refresh rate.
The edges of the curved display screen wrap around the tops of the phone’s sides with bezels at the top and bottom.
The phone measures 160.2mm x 72.9mm x 8mm dimensions with a weight of 163g. It is taller than iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20. The OnePlus 8 is also slightly thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPhone 11, so it’s easier to tuck in the pocket while S20 is lighter than OnePlus 8.
Other features include a facial recognition feature that’s a lot quicker than the iPhone’s Face ID, maximum brightness of 1100 nits, in-display fingerprint sensor.
It comes in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Interstellar Glow colour variant.
The Cameras on the OnePlus 8 is a let down with less premium features probably to save cost. There is no optical zoom, so zooming is done digitally on this smartphone.
On the rear, while the Pro model features four lenses, the OnePlus 8 sports only three — and one of those isn’t a telephoto lens.
Like the Motorola Edge+ which pixel bins, the main camera has a 48MP sensor that uses pixel-binning to present a brighter 12MP photos with less image noise especially when shooting in bright lit scenes.
The other two cameras includes 16MP ultra wide shooter joined by a 2MP macro lens.
This rear camera setup is capable of shooting 4k videos at 60fps, 1080p videos at 30fps/60fps and slow-mo 1080p/720p at both 240fps and 480fps respectively.
Switching up-front is a 16MP selfie camera housed in a punch-hole cutout also capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30fps and a 4K at 60fps.
Hardware and Software
The smartphone packs an Octa-core Qualcom Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with a Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G connectivity coupled with better performance and more efficient power consumption
The device runs on its OxygenOS 10.0 on top of the Android 10 operating system.
The smartphone uses LPDDR4X RAM rather than the 8 Pro’s LPDDR5, though not obvious.
8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, or 12GB of RAM with 256GB of internal storage.
With it’s 5G connectivity, it also features USB Type-C (3.0) port, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, aptX, aptHD, LDAC, AAC, and NFC. The device doesn’t support 3.5mm headphone jack.
It is fueled by a non-removable 4300 mAh Li-Po battery with a superlative battery life. The smartphone remains stuck in the past with only wired charging capabilities.
Thanks to it’s Warp Charge 30T technology charger, which can juice your battery from 0 to 68% in 30 minutes.
OnePlus 8 Pricing and Availability
The OnePlus 8 smartphone is priced at $699, which is about 272,610 Naira in Nigeria, 74,782 Kenyan shillings, and 4,054 Ghana Cedi.
The OnePlus 8 was announced on April 13, 2020, with Verizon and T-Mobil stocking it in their stores, while the 8 Pro is online only.