For the last couple of years, OnePlus has been releasing more than one phone per year and this year is no different, with the launch of the OnePlus 8 series.
While the OnePlus 8 is similar to its bigger sibling the 8 Pro there are quite a few noticeable differences between these devices beyond just the price.
Design & Hardware
With each new device, OnePlus’ hardware has gotten better each year and that’s no different with their OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8 use an anodized aluminum frame with curved glass on the back and front. What makes it even better is the colour options that OnePlus is offering for their new phones.
While most manufacturers are offering only black and white colours, the standard OnePlus 8 comes in Onyx Black (only available in certain markets), Glacial Green and Interstellar Glow. For review, OnePlus sent over the Interstellar Glow OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8, the Interstellar Glow comes with 12GB of RAM/256GB of storage and the Glacial Green OnePlus 8 has 8GB RAM/128GB storage.
Just like the OnePlus 7 series last year, the OnePlus 8 has an in-display fingerprint sensor that works great most of the time but I’d rather use OnePlus’ super quick face unlock.
The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED Display at 90Hz at 1080 x 2400 resolution. The 90Hz display on the OnePlus 8 might not be as smooth as the 8 Pro’s 120Hz but it’s still great.
Powering the OnePlus 8 is the Snapdragon 865 processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage with UFS 3.0 support. It would great if OnePlus would offer a 512GB option since the devices don’t have a microSD card slot. There’s also 5G (which is still rolling out in Canada) and WiFi 6 support.
In terms of battery, the OnePlus 8 has a 4,300 mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge 30T support. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 8 doesn’t have wireless charging or water/dust resistance.
Pricing for the OnePlus 8 is as follows:
- $1,100 CAD ($699 USD) for 8GB RAM/128GB
- $1,250 CAD ($799 USD) for 12GB RAM/256GB
For comparison, the OnePlus 7 Pro last year was $899 CAD for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage and went up to $1,009 CAD for the 12GB RAM/256GB storage.
As for some of OnePlus’ Android competition, the Galaxy S20 series is normally priced* as follows:
- Galaxy S20 (128GB) – $1,219 CAD* (Normally $1,319 CAD)
- Galaxy S20+ (128GB) – $1,219 CAD* (Normally $1,579 CAD)
- Galaxy S20+ (512GB) – $1,679 CAD* (Normally $1,779 CAD)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra (128GB) – $1.749 CAD* (Normally $1,849 CAD)
- Galaxy S20 Ultra (512GB) – $2,069 CAD* (Normally $2,109 CAD)
*Note: The current pricing of the S20 series is as of writing this review on June 20th, 2020, Prices may change once this review is published
The OnePlus 8 is available for purchase from the company’s website.
The OnePlus 8 is running the company’s OxygenOS based on Android 10. If you’ve been reading the site for a while, then you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of Android skins and one of my favourites is Google’s Pixel launcher on their devices.
But a close second to the Pixel launcher is OnePlus’ version of Android. Everything in OxygenOS kind of looks like Google’s version of Android but with a few tweaks here and there.
One of the new features of the Android 10 based OxygenOS is Dark Theme 2.0 which the company says was built from the ground up. There are even more apps that are compatible with the UI’s dark mode.
Dynamic Wallpapers is a new way to subtly shift colour tones of your phone’s wallpapers based on current outdoor colour temperatures. There’s also quite a number of ways to customize OxygenOS to your liking from the system icons and colour of the UI elements.
Game Space is a new feature which shows you all your installed games in one place and easily set things like Game Mode and more.
With the Android 10 update, you get access to a number of features including Smart Reply, Focus Mode, Live Captions and more. There’s also the option to make your OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro into a Smart Display via the Ambient display settings.
The entire OxygenOS feels a lot smoother and faster and that’s in part thanks to the higher refresh rate displays on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
The cameras on the OnePlus 8 include a 48MP standard, 16MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and a 16MP selfie camera.
While the cameras on the OnePlus 8 aren’t Pixel phone quality, you can still get some great shots. However, I didn’t find the OnePlus 8’s macro lens all that useful.
OnePlus’ night mode called Nightscape has gotten better and is a lot quicker at capturing low-light images. The quality of low-light photos taken on the OnePlus 8 devices is great but not on the same level as Google Pixel’s Night Sight.
There are also a few different modes including Portrait, Pro, Time-lapse, Panorama and Slow Motion.
Videos taken on the OnePlus 8 look great and stabilized. You can shoot up to 4K video at 60fps on the OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8 is a good phone that has a beautiful 90Hz display, super quick performance, great camera, all-day battery life and slightly cheaper alternative to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
However, OnePlus’ devices are becoming just as expensive as other Android phones making them slightly harder to recommend for everyone.
- Bright and beautiful 90Hz display
- The coloured aluminum body looks and feels great
- Great cameras
- 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support
- Fast 30W Wired charging
- Long battery life
- OxygenOS is just as good as stock Android
- Higher price than previous OnePlus devices
- The macro lens isn’t that useful
- No wireless charging or official IP rating