The large Chinese corporation BBK is expanding its presence in the smartphone market due to new products from the Realme and Oppo sub-brands. Along with this, the main attention is drawn to products manufactured under the name OnePlus.This year, the brand released the seventh generation of phones, giving customers a choice of quite a lot of trim levels. Along with this, the manufacturers hinted at preparing for the release of the continuation of the line. The OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone should be one of the first to receive a new processor from Qualcomm and a screen with a frequency of 120 Hz.
Available today, information about the device appeared thanks to the efforts of well-known insiders. At the same time, manufacturers confirmed almost all the information, answering questions from users of the company forum. The phone is expected to receive top-end features and updated cameras. However, cardinal changes in design are not expected. Due to the confirmed data, today you can formulate a full review of the upcoming flagship from OnePlus.
You should not expect drastic changes in the design of the G8 – the designers chose the optimal case sizes and the ratio of elements at the time of the OnePlus 7 development. The only remarkable feature is the return of the front camera back to the display. Still I personally think that the design with some minor changes give the phone a new and fresh look. I am personally not disappointed with the new design. The experiment with the periscope mechanism, apparently, did not bring the desired results to the company. Before proceeding to a detailed examination of the features of the case, it is worth stopping at its dimensions:
height – 165.3 mm;
width – 74.4 mm;
thickness – 8.8 mm;
weight – 200 gr.
The front end got a lot in common with its predecessor – OnePlus 7T Pro . The large display is cut-out and surrounded by minimal bezels. The conversational speaker engineers fit in the upper bound. and the front camera was moved directly to the screen. Such a decision is considered quite controversial, but the manufacturers decided to abandon the “bangs” and “drops”, as well as additional mechanisms.
The back panel is made of frosted glass to suit the trend set by Apple. The surface does not collect fingerprints and does not slip, making the device more comfortable in the hand. The designers focused on the main camera unit, which is divided into three separate elements. In a massive glass area with a small protrusion fit three sensors, one more, as well as a flash – a little to the left.
Lateral faces practically did not change. The basis is a familiar metal chassis, on the right side of which there is a power button and a switch of ringer modes. On the left, the place was found only for the volume rocker, and the SIM card tray is located at the bottom – next to the Type-C connector and multimedia speaker. There is no audio jack in the G8, but there is an adapter for USB in the kit.
The developers of OnePlus most likely decided to listen to the numerous comments on the official forum and install an AMOLED matrix with a frequency of 120 Hz in the new model. The diagonal is 6.7 inches with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a resolution of FHD +. According to established tradition, the screen is equipped with an ultrasound fingerprint scanner. The side faces are slightly curved, thereby achieving a visual absence of frames.
The following display features deserve special attention:
increased refresh rate – earlier matrices operating at 120 Hz were installed only on the ROG Phone 2 gaming smartphone . This solution gives more comfort not only in mobile games, but also during normal use due to smoother animations;
front-facing hole – engineers promise to place a small-diameter selfie module. Thus, the round element will not attract much attention and will fit well into the adapted design of the graphic shell.
According to insiders, similar matrices will appear in the Samsung Galaxy S11, which is scheduled for release in the spring of 2020.
The ability to take photos in previous versions of OnePlus was significantly inferior to flagships from other brands. With the release of the G8, engineers are making an attempt to improve the situation due to the optimal set of sensors for the main camera. It is also expected that the new optics will show decent results through recycled software. The equipment of the module is impressive:
the main 60-megapixel Sony IMX686 sensor with full optical stabilization and zoom;
12 megapixel TV, also equipped with optical zoom;
ultra-wide lens with a resolution of 16 megapixels;
ToF-camera for creating photos in portrait mode and augmented reality.
Of course, this solution will cope with 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The presence of stabilization will help optimize shooting. Among the additional modes, attention is drawn to slow motion recording. The possibility of creating clips in 1080p with 960 frames is expected.
Engineers decided not to pay serious attention to the parameters of the front camera. OnePlus 8 Pro will receive a familiar 16 Megapixel module with autofocus support and the option to unlock the phone in the face.
The new flagship is guaranteed to receive the expected Snapdragon 865 chipset, the main feature of which is a significant increase in performance relative to its predecessor. Through the use of Cortex A-77 cores, an increase in overall performance of 20% is expected. The Adreno 650 coprocessor is responsible for the graphics, which also received acceleration up to 15%. Additionally, the phone is equipped with a 5G-modem Snapdragon X55.
The OnePlus 8 Pro will go on sale in two trim levels – for 8 and 12 GB of RAM, the storage volume for user data will be 256 GB. Opportunities to expand the memory with MicroSD cards will not be new. Long battery life is provided by a 4100 mAh battery. The manufacturer promises to present with the device an updated charger with a capacity of more than 30 watts.
Considering the technical equipment of the OnePlus 8 Pro, serious competitors among the flagships available on the market cannot be found today. In the future, the device will compete with the Samsung Galaxy S11 and the new versions of Huawei, which will also receive more powerful chipsets.
Estimated release date and price
Despite the availability of details about all the parameters of the OnePlus 8 Pro, the release in 2019 is not worth the wait. In addition, in October, a rather loud presentation of the updated “seven” took place, which received top-end characteristics and a 90 Hz display. Information on the exact release date of the new product, according to insiders, will appear no earlier than the second quarter of 2020. Then it will become known about the start of sales in India.
According to preliminary information, the price of OnePlus 8 Pro in the minimum configuration will be around 850-950$.
OnePlus 8 Pro is expected to become a worthy competitor for any flagship Android-smartphone. Engineers decided to focus on the technical component of the gadget, while maintaining a recognizable design. If the price known today is confirmed, then the new OnePlus is guaranteed to occupy a leading position in the market.
AMOLED-matrix with a refresh rate of 120 Hz;
Updated Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G support
- fast charge with a powerful power supply;
- a serious set of cameras,
- supplemented by a ToF-sensor;
frosted glass on the back.
A serious con in one of the most popular flagships on Android is a difficult task. Doubts are caused only by the capabilities of the main camera and the mediocre quality of the front camera. We will be able to give the full review once the device is fully launched. Saying anything beforehand is not right as of now. As some of the information we get might also be wrong. One thing of which I am still sure it that the phone is going to be really good with very less numbers of flaws.