Back in 2013, OnePlus emerged as a startup that made cheap but powerful flagship phones. Over the years, the company made commendable progress, winning the trust of enthusiasts and consumers all over the globe. OnePlus also started to take on major smartphone players by launching high-quality flagship phones with competitive price tags. OnePlus is a #1 premium smartphone brand in certain markets. Unlike other smartphone makers, OnePlus follows a half-year refresh cycle, which helps the company keep up-to-date with the latest hardware and always in headlines in the smartphone world. OnePlus has truly been sticking to its slogan – NEVER SETTLE
OnePlus was one of the first manufacturers to get on-board with 5G. Over the past couple of years, the company has been launching 5G variants of its ‘Pro’ version of devices. OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, followed by OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition, was the company’s first 5G devices. Prior one had availability in Europe, while the latter one was available in the USA. Both phones used Qualcomm’s initial 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, and cost around $300 more than their LTE counterparts. As OnePlus has prepared itself very well when it comes to the new wireless technology, the company decided to go with ‘all in 5G’ with its new smartphone lineup – the OnePlus 8 series.
Both members of 8 Series – OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are equipped with Qualcomm’s improved Snapdragon X55 as a 5G modem and Snapdragon 865 as SoC. Both phones support standalone as well as non-standalone modes of 5G with multiple bands on the sub-6 GHz spectrum. However, there’s a catch! mmWave flavor of 5G is exclusive to Verizon in the USA and only on OnePlus 8 (not Pro!), as per the current information shared by the company. Peak theoretical 5G speeds on both phones will be upto 7.5 Gbps in the downlink.
On the spec-sheet, OnePlus 8 Pro is a complete all-rounder with QHD+ AMOLED display that has refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is packed with up to 12 gigs of RAM and up to 256 gigs of internal storage, 4510 mAh battery with 30W fast charging or Warp Chart 30T as OnePlus calls it. For the first time, OnePlus has included wireless charging and IP68 rating for water resistance on both its phones. OnePlus 8 Pro has been loaded with an array of 4 cameras on its back and a single punch-hole secondary camera on the front. All these premium features make 8 Pro a complete flagship.
As a matter of fact, we can’t ignore that OnePlus has dropped its badge of ‘value for money’ and ‘budget’ smartphone maker at the cost of all these features including 5G as OnePlus 8 Pro starts at $899 and OnePlus 8 starts at $699. Perhaps, we can hope for a future price drop as 5G technology becomes widely available and more abundant.