One Plus officially announced its One Plus 8 series of phones and is officially available to purchase through Amazon.
Even though there has been a rough start for the sales due to Corona and Lock down situations, One Plus has been trying their best to bring these devices to the fans through Limited Sales.
One Plus 8 Overview
The One Plus device is for people who want this year's model, but maybe aren't into some of the wackier ideas that One Plus is experimenting with its Pro models.
It starts at Rs 41,999 which is Rs 13,000 less than the Pro device.
But all of the One Plus essentials are still here
It's still got a great screen. It's still got great battery life. It's fast charging, it's still fast, and it's take on Android is still just as clean as ever.
And you're getting a screen with a 90-hertz refresh rate!
Which is honestly, still so good that I wish it was a standard feature for most modern flagships.
Now, if you think that sounds like a fairly traditional OnePlus device then you're not wrong.
But the difference this year is that with the 8 Pro, OnePlus has finally addressed some of those issues that OnePlus fans have been asking about for years.
It's a device that really makes a serious attempt to break the OnePlus mould.
The OnePlus 8 hasn't quite made that same attempt.
But it's still a good phone at a good price, which really begs the question, is a good OnePlus device that doesn't break the mould worth it?
Or do you need to spend the extra money on the Pro?
Is One Plus 8 Pro Worth the Extra 10k?
The OnePlus 8 makes no sacrifices on specifications.
It's powered by a Snapdragon 865, starts with eight gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage.
There's 5G onboard, Wi-Fi6, all that good stuff, and that's a lot of spec for Rs 41,999.
Especially compared much identically priced entry-level iPhone 11.
So essentially, you're getting most of the internal specs of the OnePlus 8 Pro in the OnePlus 8.
The exception that One Plus is keen to emphasize is that the 8 Pro is using LPDDR5 RAM, while the 8 is using LPDDR4X, but I struggled to notice the difference in real-world usage.
I mean, the two phones even look damn near identical from the front because they both have that same hole-punch, selfie cutout at the top left of the screen.
Yes, the 8 screen is ever so slightly smaller at 6.55 inches, compared to the 6.78 inches on the Pro, but the two phones are basically the same width, so they don't really feel any different to hold.
I will say that the One Plus 8 screen seems to curve ever so slightly less around the sides of the device.
Which is maybe why I didn't experience the accidental touch issues that you can expect from the 8 Pro.
But it's really subtle, and you have to really be looking for it to actually notice it.
All of which is to say, the OnePlus 8 is not a device to get if you're after a smaller phone.
Personally, I'd love to see OnePlus experiment with a smaller device.
Of course, the screens aren't actually identical. With the 8, you're getting a 1080p, 90-hertz display, with a peak brightness of 1100 nits.
Meanwhile, the 8 Pro goes up to 1440p, 120 hertz, and 1300 nits peak brightness.
But please, don't let this numbers-to-numbers spec comparison lead you to believe that the 8 has a bad screen.
It doesn't. On the contrary, it's great, it's bright, it's vibrant, and it's yet more evidence that one plus really knows how to put the right display on a phone.
Even compared to the 8 Pro, the 8's display still feels smooth.
It took me sitting with both phones side-by-side to spot the difference, and even then, it wasn't a night and day comparison.
The phone feels nice and snappy to use.
Apps open quickly, games run well. You're getting a flagship android experience here. And OxygenOS is just as out of the way as ever, which is exactly what I want out of a manufacturer's operating system.
So I've been scurrying around the issue for a little while, but what are the differences between the 8 and the 8 Pro that actually matter?
There are three main differences that you need to worry about:
So let's just come out and say it. The OnePlus 8 doesn't wireless charging.
It doesn't do the fancy 30-watt wireless charging like the OnePlus 8 Pro, and it doesn't do the more basic five-watt wireless charging that basically every other flagship device does at this point.
You already know if it's a feature you want or not.
It also doesn't have an official IP rating, which wouldn't be surprising coming from OnePlus.
Apart from the fact, the company has finally relented and actually added one to the 8 Pro.
The company claims that it'll still survive being used in the rain.
And also, finally, the camera's different.
There's good news and there's bad news contained within this triple-camera array, which consists of a 48 megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a two-megapixel macro camera.
The good news is there is no gimmick lens here.
The bad news is you don't get a zoom lens.
The macro lens is tricky, and you also don't get a main sensor that's quite as good as the 8 Pro.
It's still 48 megapixels, which is the same. But long story short, it's an older sensor.
In bright conditions, I think it holds up well against the OnePlus8 Pro
You would be able to tell a difference between the 8 and the 8 Pro which gives a slightly softer look in comparison.
Taking pictures of any object like a car and you'll see the One Plus 8 camera outputs producing softer images compared to the 8Pro.
The 8 and 8 pro really comes into picture during low light shots.
Things are just a lot brighter and clearer on the Pro. Faces can look a little smooth, weird and brightened, especially at night.
During the selfie shots, OnePlus uses the same16 megapixel selfie sensor between the 8 and the 8 Pro, so there aren't many differences there.
But there definitely seems to be some kind of skin brightening going on compared to my Pixel phones which tend to keep natural skin tones.
Especially considering it's managed to correctly expose the skies.
Unfortunately, you don't get a zoom lens with the One Plus 8 like I stated earlier, but you do get a macro lens and I don't really know how useful it is.
I'm not gonna deny that under the right circumstances, you can get a little bit more detail with the 8 than the 8 Pro.
Like taking shots from the same distance away with both phones with their macros modes turned on and let them do their thing, and sure enough, you can see a little bit more detail in the shot from the 8, but other times.
I straight up got a better macro shot out of the 8 Pro, even though it doesn't have a macro lens, like with this horsehead on a Venetian mask, which I just couldn't get the 8 to focus on no matter how hard I tried.
Or if you're more of a video person, then you can see for yourself what it looks like.
So the easy answer is that if you want the better camera setup, you gotta go for the One Plus 8 Pro ( especially if you want a zoom lens and better low-light performance)
But the much harder question to answer is how well the modestly priced OnePlus 8 competes against similarly priced rivals.
And let's not forget, these include the entry-level iPhone 11.
I just don't think the 8 quite nails it.
I can't really complain about the battery life in OnePlus 8. It's got a 4300mAh battery, and I haven't even been able to come close to running it down with a full day of use.
Although, you can't charge it wirelessly, it supports Warp Charge 30T, which can charge your phone in around an hour.
It's a OnePlus phone, at this point, there's just certain things you can kinda take for granted.
It's got a great screen, it's wicked fast, it's solidly built.
Its camera can stand to be a little better, and for reasons that seem to apply only to OnePlus.
It doesn't support wireless charging or have an IP rating.
The One Plus 8 doesn't really break the mould, but I don't think that makes it a bad phone.
It just makes it a little predictable at this point, but that makes for a hard choice.
Do you go for the predictable One Plus phone, or do you spend Rs 13000 more for a device that definitely overcomes some of these long-standing issues?
But a lot of the choice comes down to this, is a Rs 13,000 price premium worth it for wireless charging and IP rating and a slightly better camera? Because if it's not, then the one plus 8 is a great phone.
One Plus 8 and One Plus 8 Pro Sale (Updated)
One Plus 8 Series will go on sale via Amazon.
The Next sale is scheduled to happen on 15th June, 2020.
Other offers during the sale:
- Flat Rs2000 off by using SBI Card
- Additional Rs 1000 back from Amazon Pay
- 12 months No Cost EMI
- Benifits worth Rs 6000 from Jio Digital Life
- 6 Free bonus Audiobooks with Audible membership
- Built in Alexa
Get your hands on the One Plus 8 or the One Plus 8 Pro from the link given below.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Upto 12GB RAM and 256GB Storage
90 hz Refresh rate
Triple Camera Setup
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