OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro rumor review: design, specs, price and release date
Of course, there’s plenty more to come in the upcoming months so we’ll make sure to have this post up to date. If you think one of the OnePlus 8 models might be your next smartphone, here's what you'll be getting.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro design
There are some major and minor changes coming to the OnePlus 8 line at the same time. How is that possible? Easy. The major changes are coming to the regular OnePlus 8 and the minor ones to the OnePlus 8 Pro. The non-pro version receives a design overhaul that pretty much makes it a clone of the Pro version. There are a couple of big changes.
First, the display is now with curved edges just like on the last two Pro versions. That decision will surely divide the OnePlus fanbase. Plenty of users don’t like curved displays and up until now, they had the option to get an almost identical spec-wise OnePlus with a flat display. With that option gone, many might choose to skip this generation, hoping to outlast the curved display trend.
The second change is the new camera bump which is also basically the one from the OnePlus 7T Pro. Gone is the big circular one from the 7T, which isn’t really a big drawback as it wasn’t well-liked overall.
There’s another major change, however, that’s coming to both the 8 and the 8 Pro: a hole in the display for the selfie camera. Yes, gone is the pop-up camera from the 7T Pro and the teardrop notch is following suit. Similar to what Samsung did with the Galaxy S10 series, renders show that the 8 Pro will have a pill-shaped hole, housing two cameras, while the 8 will have a small circular one. Will those renders match the reality, we’re yet to find out.
Overall, it’s clear that the OnePlus 8 generation will closely follow the established aesthetics of the 2019 pro models. However, with such close resemblance, one question inevitably arises: Why even have two models? Maybe the internals will give us an answer.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro specs
If there’s one thing we don’t need leaks to tell us it’s that the next OnePlus phones will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865. The new system chip was already announced and offers better GPU and CPU performance among other goodies like an integrated 5G modem. 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for the base versions of the two phones have been seemingly confirmed by leaks. Another speed upgrade is coming only to the Pro, which will have LPDDR5 RAM, about 50% faster memory than LPDDR4X and 30% more power-efficient.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro Cameras
We're already used to seeing dedicated macro lenses on smartphones and it seems the OnePlus 8 is going to be the latest flagship that's getting one. The 8 Pro is getting a telephoto camera instead, which is a classic part of the three-lens camera assembly. The fourth one on the 8 Pro won't be one you'll be able to use to take photos but it should enhance the image quality through some software wizardry.
Price and release date
The launch event for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro is scheduled for tomorrow, April 14, at 11AM EDT.
As for the prices, recent leaks showed the prices for Europe of the two devices and below you can find them converted to USD and slightly adjusted to what they might be realistically.