The OnePlus 8 Pro may feature a super smooth 120Hz display

The OnePlus 8 Pro may feature a super smooth 120Hz display
OnePlus 8 Pro CAD-based render

The OnePlus 8 Pro is still several months away but that isn't stopping any leaks. Last month, the smartphone's final design was seemingly revealed for the first time. Shortly after, the first release timeline information emerged and now tipster Max J. is teasing one pretty huge upgrade.

Why settle for 90Hz displays when 120Hz is so much better?


Smartphones with higher refresh rates have been around for quite some time but it wasn't until the OnePlus 7 Pro arrived earlier this year with its Fluid AMOLED display that the technology actually started to go mainstream. Fast forward six months and the fancier displays are even more common – the Google Pixel 4 series recently adopted a 90Hz refresh rate and OnePlus has since moved the technology down to its cheapest model, the OnePlus 7T

As we move in to 2020, more companies are expected to adopt the technology. Samsung, for example, is rumored to be preparing a 90Hz display for the Galaxy S11 series, but it seems OnePlus could take things one step further next year. A cryptic tweet posted by Max J. mentions '120Hz' with no further context. However, in subsequent comments, the tipster teased an implementation by OnePlus and further confirmed the news has nothing to do with Samsung. Therefore, it seems fairly likely the China-based company will adopt a 120Hz variant of its Fluid AMOLED display on the OnePlus 8 Pro when it debuts next year.

As for the smaller and cheaper OnePlus 8, an implementation is certainly possible but very unlikely. OnePlus operates on very small profit margins and the high costs associated with 120Hz panels would eat away at any potential gains and likely force a huge price hike.

OnePlus is also expected to step up its game in the camera department


The OnePlus 7 Pro became the company's first triple-camera smartphone when it launched in May but it seems the OnePlus 8 Pro will adopt a quadruple-camera setup. This should include an ultra-wide-angle shooter, a telephoto camera that will likely support 3x optical zoom, and a primary camera of an unknown resolution. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T lineups feature 48-megapixel cameras but it's possible the sensor will be upgraded to a 64-megapixel sensor or perhaps even a 108-megapixel alternative with the OnePlus 8 Pro. 

In regards to other features, consumers can expect to find Qualcomm's next-generation Snapdragon 865 on the inside accompanied by at least 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Considering the advancements made by rival brands, though, it's possible OnePlus will up the minimum storage count to 256GB.

OnePlus 8 Pro announcement and release date predictions


OnePlus typically announces new smartphones during the second quarter, more specifically in May, and Max J. believes this will be the case with next year's OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. However, Steve Hemmerstoffer recently disagreed by revealing his sources are mentioning an announcement somewhere between February and March, potentially at MWC 2020 in Barcelona. Therefore, at this stage in time, it's unclear what introduction timeline OnePlus has planned for its first flagships of 2020.

If the smartphones do arrive at MWC 2020, a release could be scheduled for the first week of March. This would position the flagships as direct Galaxy S11 competitors and may benefit OnePlus significantly, although the possibility of the whole plan backfiring does exist.

A release during May, as OnePlus has done in the past, is a much safer bet for such a relatively small company but does mean the brand could lose out on all-important sales to Huawei and Samsung.

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21 Comments

1. Abdbaas

Posts: 154; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

If OnePlus is stepping their game up for the cameras, I'll drop the galaxy series once again and go back to oneplus

2. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Seen already on Sony, Sharp and Asus. Not counting the other Sharp that has 240Hz oled. Anyway , people will wrongly think this is the 1st non-gaming to have it.

6. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Seen already on Sony phones? Where? Lol Sure their displays technically "support" such frame rate, but what's the point when they're disabled by default, and you need costum roms and kernel tweaking to get it to somehow work, and I say somehow, because I remember that vast majority of developers who worked on enabling it said that it either never worked, or barely worked.

12. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I dont care. Being disabled does not turn it into native 60Hz. People are jealous just because Sony was first with Xperia X, even XA2 has. Mi9 has 90, but came locked to 60. Few months ago Xiaomi unlocked 75Hz option.

15. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

What..? I'm a Sony fan and even I cannot understand you. The fact is that when you buy a Sony phone it doesn't run on more than 60Hz and a normal customer will never know if the display technically supports higher frame fates. Having said that though, I must admit that I played a bit with my friend's OnePlus 7T Pro and the benefit of 90Hz was not noticeable at all. Tech reviewers may say that it is a game changer, but I really couldn't tell the difference at all. I just hope that OEMs will not start botching the 60Hz mode of their devices, in order to sell us something that we don't really need.

16. TadTrickle

Posts: 97; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Agreed! I had the oneplus7pro for 2wks. The only time i noticed the 90hz was in youtube and the apps animations when you minimize a video. I was disappointed. Returned it and got a note9

18. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I used a OnePlus 7pro for 2 minutes and noticed the difference. Definitely something I'd accept for an upgrade.

19. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I guess it has to do also with how smooth your current phone is. In comparison to my XZ3 I didn't feel any difference.

21. m00kie

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

There is a noticeable difference between 60Hz and 90Hz RR. In the UI transitions are smooth and precise, it just look and feel so much better....

3. shawman

Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

OnePlus does fast software updates and so its worthing moving to it. But its Camera Software is behind Samsung and other leading players. Plus its missing few other featuers like water resistance, wireless charging and few other things. S11 series also looks to be big on features. 5x zoom, 108mp camera(1/1.33" sensor), 90 or 120hz screen and big battery as well. Plus you have option of different sizes from s11e to s11+. Plus all phones should be. on 5g next year. What ever happens there should be good choices for 2020.

4. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I can live without wireless charging, but I do hope it has at least an IP67 rating.

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Waiting for 240hz to go mainstream.

7. luis.aag90

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Dear OnePlus: You don't need to upgrade to 120Hz next year, I would happily rather have wireless charging and IP rating rather than a 120Hz display. I bey both features are cheaper than moving from 90Hz to 120Hz. Sincerely: a former Samsung Galaxy Note user who switched to OnePlus 7 Pro

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1157; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I'm using OnePlus and can't wait to move back to Samsung. I've been using OnePlus for over a year now and it definitely falls short in some key areas for me. Camera is definitely not above average and a weak point. Updates are super fast but I'm not a big fan of Oxygen OS. After using Samsung, it feels lacking in features.

10. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

What I'm missing from Samsung is the theme engine.

9. Rocket

Posts: 697; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

90Hz is more than enough for now, anything above that requires too much power and batteries are not catching up. I had to downgrade to 60Hz and 1080p because was hurting my battery life and also hurting my eyes :/

11. CEDEOTB

Posts: 452; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Every year they say the camera gets better but it's always behind every flagship.

13. Venom

Posts: 3782; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Every year the price increases, but the camera quality has yet to reflect the price of the OnePlus devices.

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1157; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

OnePlus makes great phones but somehow they just don't feel at the same level as Galaxies and iPhones, especially in the camera department. With the ever increasing costs of OnePlus devices, these shortcomings are even more noticeable. It feels like with every iteration, they focus on one or two features and that leaves a lot to be desired.

17. butty123

Posts: 1; Member since: 4 days ago

I disagree with all these camera comments. I have both a 7t Pro and Pixel 3 XL and the camera quality is pretty much the same on both. In fact, just the other day I did some testing of the night mode on both phones. And in both photos (same photo from different phones) the 7T Pros night photos came out better. More detail, and better lighting. I've also seen a couple of videos on YouTube where people agree with me. I feel that the statement of the OnePlus camera being poor isn't accurate anymore, yet people just won't move on from it. Probably those who are just repeating what others are saying with no evidence to back it up

22. michaelny2001

Posts: 342; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

if this design is real, it means they're copying Samsung, in which case they're done. OP is going backwards. after the success with OP7 PRO and the motorized front camera to go tot hat hole in the screen is trully backwards and insulting almost. some that rise to power too fast no longer see the pitfalls.

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