The OnePlus 8 is here and as has recently become customary for the brand it has landed alongside the even more high-end OnePlus 8 Pro. But just what exactly do you get if you go Pro? And is it worth spending the extra on the OnePlus 8 Pro rather than getting the OnePlus 8 – which is already a high-end phone?
The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch display, while the OnePlus 8 Pro ups the size to 6.78 inches. The OnePlus 8 Pro’s screen is also higher resolution at 1440 x 3168 (for 513 pixels per inch), compared to 1080 x 2400 and 402 pixels per inch on the OnePlus 8.
Plus, there’s a 120Hz refresh rate on the OnePlus 8 Pro, while it tops out at 90Hz on the OnePlus 8 – though that that’s still notably higher than the ‘standard’ 60Hz offered by the majority of smartphones. Still, the OnePlus 8 Pro’s screen is bigger, sharper and smoother than the OnePlus 8’s.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro both have a glass back and a metal frame, with curved edges on both the front and back, like so many other flagships. They also both come in Onyx Black or Glacial Green shades – though the OnePlus 8 is additionally available in Interstellar Glow, while the OnePlus 8 Pro additionally comes in Ultramarine Blue.
The OnePlus 8 is also the slimmer, lighter phone, coming in at 160.2 x 72.9 x 8mm and 180g, while the OnePlus 8 Pro is 165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm and 199g. That means the OnePlus 8 Pro is also taller and wider.
Camera and battery
The OnePlus 8 has a triple-lens camera with a 48MP f/1.75 main sensor, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro one.
The OnePlus 8 Pro on the other hand has a quad-lens camera, made up of a 48MP f/1.78 main one, a 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, an 8MP f/2.44 telephoto one (with 3x hybrid zoom), and a 5MP f/2.4 color filter camera (focused on lighting effects and filters). So the OnePlus 8 Pro has more and likely better lenses on the back, but both models have a 16MP selfie camera.
As for the battery, the OnePlus 8 has a 4,300mAh one and the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 4,510mAh one. So the battery is slightly bigger in the OnePlus 8 Pro, but there’s also a slightly bigger, sharper screen to power.
Specs and features
Both OnePlus 8 models have a top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset paired with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, but in the OnePlus 8 you’re getting LPDDR4X RAM, whereas in the OnePlus 8 Pro you’re getting LPDDR5 RAM, which improves memory speeds by almost 30% and reduces power consumption by 20%.
Storage comes in at a choice of 128GB or 256GB on both models, and both support 5G, run Android 10 (overlaid with the company’s OxygenOS), and have in-screen fingerprint scanners and dual stereo speakers. Pretty much the same.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have similar designs, the same chipset and software, and some other identical features, such as in-screen fingerprint scanners, but there’s a whole lot that’s different.
With the OnePlus 8 Pro you get a bigger, sharper screen with a higher maximum refresh rate, more cameras, some of which – on paper at least – have superior specs, faster RAM, a bigger battery, and wireless charging. It sounds like a substantially better phone then, but it’s also substantially more expensive, so may not end up being as good value.
OnePlus 8 Pricing
- $988 for 8GB ram (Onyx Black and Glacial Green)
- $1,098 for 12GB ram (Interstellar Glow and Glacial Green)
OnePlus 8 Pro Pricing:
- $1,298 for 8GB ram (Onyx Black and Glacial Green)
- $1,398 for 12GB ram (Interstellar Glow and Ultramarine Blue)