OnePlus 8 Series launch event: Everything OnePlus announced today
OnePlus has announced its latest crop of flagship smartphones, namely the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Both the handsets come with a new punch-hole design, latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G support, and improved cameras. The company has also introduced a new pair of Bluetooth earphones called the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z as well as some limited edition designer cases for the smartphones.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro: At a glance
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro look exactly the same as you would have already noticed in some of the recently-leaked renders. The handsets feature a punch-hole design with curved screen edges, ultra-fine bezels, and metal-glass construction. However, the Pro version is bigger, heavier, and has a more pronounced screen curvature. Notably, it is also the first-ever OnePlus handset to boast of IP68 rating.
About the screen
The OnePlus 8 Pro headlines a 6.78-inch QHD+ (3168x1440 pixels) AMOLED display with support for 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit color support, as well as built-in MEMC chip for motion smoothing technology. The standard OnePlus 8, however, settles for a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ (2400x1080 pixels) screen that offers a 90Hz refresh rate and lacks the MEMC tech found on the more expensive Pro model.
For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers
The 8 Pro debuts the first-ever quad-camera array on a OnePlus smartphone, including a 48MP main sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 5MP color filter sensor. Meanwhile, the regular OnePlus 8 sports a triple-lens setup comprising a 48MP main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and another 2MP macro camera. On the front, both handsets come with a 16MP camera.
Under the hood
The OnePlus 8 duo is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 865 5G chipset, paired with 8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB of non-expandable storage. The elite Pro variant houses a 4,510mAh battery with 30W wired and wireless charging support while the OnePlus 8 gets a 4,300mAh battery with 30W wired charging only. Further, both the models offer Dolby Atmos-powered stereo speakers and an improved Haptic motor.
What's new in OxygenOS this time?
With the latest OxygenOS, OnePlus has introduced around 280 optimizations including changes to the UI animations, a new dark theme, support for dynamic wallpapers that change with the weather, live caption, Stadia support, Amazon Alexa support, and free 3-month subscription to Google One cloud storage.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z and new cases
The Bullets Wireless Z, as was expected, retain the neckband design of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2. However, it now offers lower latency, up to 20-hour battery life, and supports fast charging as well. The company has also announced new Sandstone cases for the OnePlus 8 series and three new limited edition (only 10,000) cases designed by Andre, a world-renowned artist.
Pricing and availability
The OnePlus 8 costs $699 (Rs. 53,000) for the entry-level 8GB/128GB model and $799 (Rs. 61,000) for the 12GB/256GB configuration. The 8GB/128GB OnePlus 8 Pro is priced at $899 (Rs. 68,000) while the top-of-the-line 12GB/256GB variant comes at $999 (Rs. 76,000). However, the Indian prices are yet to be revealed. As for the Bullets Wireless Z, it is priced at $50 (Rs. 3,800).