The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will be presented on April 14, but many specifications, photos and other details have already been leaked. We put the five main OnePlus 8 rumours together.
OnePlus 8 rumours: the most important in a row
With the OnePlus 8 series on the doorstep, anonymous sources are increasingly sharing information. OnePlus also puts a penny in the bag. In January, the company already released details about the OnePlus 8 Pro’s screen, and more recently some tech specs have been shared. Below you can read the five most important things we know about the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
1. Recognizable Design & New Colors
Leaked marketing images of the OnePlus 8 made it clear that the device is very similar to previous OnePlus phones. The front differs from the 7T and 7T Pro because the OnePlus 8 houses the selfie camera in a hole in the top left of the display. On the 7T, the camera is centred in a notch, while the 7T Pro has an extendable camera.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is strikingly similar to the 8, with a few subtle differences. For example, the screen is larger and the vertical screen edges are curved, a design choice that the manufacturer also uses on the 7T Pro. The camera module on the back is slightly different from the OnePlus 8 appears in black, mint green and a ‘glow’ version, the back of which goes from blue and purple to red and orange. Mint green and glow are new colours for OnePlus. The OnePlus 8 Pro appears to be on the market in black, dark blue and mint green.
A leaked image of the well-known electronics plug Evan Blass also makes it clear that OnePlus also comes with new colour covers.
2. Screens of 90Hz and 120Hz
Like the OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T and 7T Pro, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro get an OLED screen with a refresh rate of 90Hz (or higher). That is no surprise that the manufacturer already announced last year that all its future smartphones will use at least a 90Hz screen.
Most Android phones have a 60Hz screen, which means the screen refreshes 60 times per second. A refresh rate of ninety times per second (90Hz) provides a smoother picture. The display looks calmer, optimized apps and games feel faster and animations look smoother.
Rumours point to a 6.55-inch 90Hz display for the OnePlus 8 and a 6.78-inch 120Hz display for the OnePlus 8 Pro. The image of the Pro version, therefore, looks even more pleasant. A higher refresh rate also consumes more power, so you can switch between existing 90Hz and 60Hz on existing OnePlus devices for longer battery life.
3. OnePlus 8 Pro has more features
Last year, OnePlus first introduced a Pro smartphone in addition to the regular device, and later that year the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro followed. With the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro approaching, it is clear that the Pro variant is again becoming more expensive. This is because the OnePlus 8 Pro has a larger, 120Hz screen and features that you don’t find in the regular 8.
For example, the Pro version is waterproof and dustproof with IP68 certification and wireless charging. Charging is done with a power of 30 watts as powerful as with the USB-C plug. Because part of the energy is lost with wireless charging, wireless charging takes a little longer than via the USB cable.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also gets better cameras, supplemented with a Time-of-Flight sensor (TOF). This sensor measures the distance to an object, which is useful for augmented reality (AR) and shooting portrait photos.
4. The best hardware
OnePlus is known for providing its smartphones with the best hardware of the moment. The 8 and 8 Pro continue that trend with the Snapdragon 865 chip, the company confirmed. The Snapdragon 865 is the latest and most powerful Qualcomm SoC and the successor to the Snapdragon 855+ SoC in the OnePlus 7 series.
The OnePlus 8 series also gets LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage; the fastest combination of working and storage memory available now.
5. Suitable for 5G
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will get 5G support as standard, the manufacturer recently announced. This makes smartphones suitable for the latest mobile network, which is already active in a number of countries. However, the fate of 5G in India is still unknown.
More about the OnePlus 8 line
OnePlus will present the OnePlus 8 series on April 14. It is still unclear when the smartphones are for sale and how much they will cost. The OnePlus 7T is available from ₹34,999 and a separate 7T Pro costs ₹53,999.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently hinted that the new models will be more expensive, but promises prices ‘under a thousand dollars’ but we are still excited to see the pricing for the Indian variant’s.