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Today, after months of leaks & rumours OnePlus finally launched its much-awaited first flagship of 2020 i.e. OnePlus 8 series. As we know there’s OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro. This series is the successor to the last year’s OnePlus 7 & 7 Pro series. Although the company did not launch the rumoured lite version of the OnePlus 8 Lite aka OnePlus Z.

Design & Specifications: OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro.

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This year there’s no popup camera mechanism as it has been replaced by a punch-hole display, there’s a single front camera at the top left, almost no bezels all around, In-display fingerprint sensor, a slight chin at the bottom, volume rockers on the left, power button & alert slider on the right, Type C port, speaker grill at the bottom and of course there’s no 3.5mm audio jack! On the rear, there’s a pill-shaped camera module which houses the triple rear cameras while the OnePlus 8 Pro has a Quad rear camera setup at the back and there’s OnePlus branding at the bottom of both the phones.

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As for the Specification, The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate, 402ppi pixel density, 20:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, the display supports HR10+ and has a peak brightness upto 1000nits. The chip powering the flagship is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G coupled with 8/12GB LPDD4X RAM & 128/256GB US 3.0 storage and of course no MicroSD card expansion. Runs on OxygenOS on top of Android 10, it has Dark Mode 2.0. The flagship is available in two colour options -Onyx Black, Glacial Green & Intersteller Glow, which by the way sounds like the Samsung 10’s Auro Glow colour.

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Now on to the cameras, There’s a triple camera setup at the back which includes a 48MP Sony IMX 586 primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture, OIS, EIS, there’s a 16MP secondary camera with an ultrawide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture, 120-degree Field of View (FOV)and lastly there’s a 2MP macro lens with 1.75-micron pixel size with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, it has the same 16MP Sony IMX 471 sensor from the OnePlus 6T which launched in 2018.

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other camera feature includes – Hyper image stabilization, 4K video recording, nightscape 2.0.

The device has a 4300mAh battery with 30W Warp 30T support which the company claims can charge your phone up to 60% in just 30 minutes, the handset misses out on wireless charging, IP68 rating, stereo speakers which support Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth v5.1, Wi-Fi 6.

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Now let’s talk about the “Real flagship” Yes the OnePlus 8 Pro, it features a bigger 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with QuadHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, 513ppi pixel density, 9:8:9 aspect ratio,   curve the display supports HDR10+, the display is curved from both sides. There’s a custom Motion Graphic Smoothning (MEMC) which basically extrapolates a lower frame video i.e 60fps to output 120fps. The device has a peak brightness of 1300nits.

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Under the hood, the flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G coupled with 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM & 128/256GB UF 3.0 storage with no MicroSD card support. Runs on2.2.2 aperture OxygenOS on top of Android 10, the company says they have added 280+ optimizations that are designed to make the Android feel smoother on the 120Hz display, Dark mode 2.0, dynamic wallpapers which change according to weather. The handset comes in three colour variants – Onyx Black, Glacial Green and Ultramarine Blue.

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Well, here comes the most important aspect of the phone, Yes we are talking about the cameras which bring some huge improvements. This time there’s a Quad rear camera setup this time which includes a custom 48MP Sony IMX 689 sensor with 1.12-micron pixel size, f/1.78 aperture, OIS, EIS. There is a secondary 48MP Sony IMX 586 ultra-wide-angle lens with 120 FOV, f/2.2 aperture, a third 8MP telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom, 30X digital zoom, OIS, f/2.44 aperture, 1.0-micron pixel size and lastly a colour filter which brings lightning effect, filters for photography. The company claimes that it improves low-light photography and compared it with a photo from the iPhone 11 Pro at the event. On the front, there’s a 16MP selfie shooter.

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Other camera features are 4K videos @60fps, 1080p slo-mo @240fps, 4K time-lapse t @30fps, Nightscape 2.0, Hyper stabilization video, Audio zoom.

The flagship has a 4510mAh battery with 30W Warp 30T and finally, the company has finally implemented Wireless charging onto the OnePlus 8 Pro with the 30W Warp charge that can fill the battery upto 50% in just 30minutes of charge. The phone is also IP68 certified, there are dual stereo speakers which support Dolby Atmos and offer Audio 3D, Audio Zoom features, Bluetooth v5.1, Wi-Fi 6.

Price & Availability

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The 8GB/128GB base variant of the OnePlus 8 starts at $699 (only available Glacial Green colour) while the top 12GB/256GB variant is priced at $799 (available in only Intersteller Glow colour).

The 8GB/128GB base variant of the OnePlus 8 Pro starts at $899, (only available in Glacial Green colour) while the top 12GB/256 variant is priced at $999 ( available in Onyx Black & Ultramarine Blue colour options).

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The flagships will be available from 29th April n U.S & Canda and April 21st in Europe.  Although both the phones are already available for pre-order in Europe while the US will have to wait and other countries as well

As for India, OnePlus have not yet revealed the pricing of its flagship series for the Indian market, so as soon as the company announces the pricing we’ll update you, Stay tuned.

A tech enthusiast, a graduate in Bachelors of journalism & mass communication. Gagan loves to write about technology and when he's not writing, he's honing his landscape photography skills.

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