What if OnePlus becomes THE competing Chinese brand of Apple and Samsung? With the OnePlus 8 Pro, anything is possible. Obviously, do not be in a hurry, OnePlus is still very far from blockbusters from China like Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi or Vivo who have colossal budgets and squat the Top 6 of the best sellers of smartphones in the world, behind, precisely, Apple and Samsung. Far behind overall, but very close in France according to GFK which places OnePlus at 2.2% market share (PDM) against 3.2% for Huawei at the end of 2019 on the premium market, include smartphones at more than 600 euros. In India, OnePlus is even number 1 with 33% of PDM according to the Market Monitor Service of Counterpoint. It remains to materialize in Europe and elsewhere. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, the brand created by Pete Lau and Carl Pei in 2013 is going a step further. His smartphone will indeed be marketed from 899 euros. Never had a OnePlus phone been so expensive, the 7T climbing “only” to 629 euros. It is therefore a change of policy for OnePlus which intends to tickle Huawei and company. And why not convince the addicts of iPhone and Galaxy S to leave their comfort for a certain madness. Sweet madness since it is just a smartphone and there is no technological revolution to turn heads (or towels). What should not obscure a major fact: the OnePlus 8 Pro is an excellent smartphone, technologically and aesthetically.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 6.78 inch screen with QHD + resolution (3168×1440 pixels), with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The said screen is in 19.8: 9 format with a front panel occupancy rate (called “ratio” in the field of telephony) at 93.6%. Suddenly, the phone is beautiful and not too large in hand despite this maous screen size. When the wallpaper is black, we do not see the small front photo sensor placed at the top left. We also note there that OnePlus has given up its front pop-up camera which came out of the bracket when we wanted to take a selfie. “It’s not because it’s fragile tells us the brand, but because it’s heavy. We go from 206 to 199 grams in total ”. 7 grams to gain, it seems a detail but it is not negligible when you have in hand the smartphone. Especially since the battery is bigger. It should therefore be understood that by removing this funny but not technically optimal camera, OnePlus offers a more licked design and increased autonomy, the battery thus going from 4085 mAh to 4510 mAh. We will come back to this important feature later.
Back to design then. We see that OnePlus offers curved edges to the 8 Pro. We are not necessarily a fan of these edges that Samsung had been the first to launch with its Galaxy S8 in 2017. But the overall look is successful. The colors Onyx Black (gloss), Glacial Green (mat) and Ultramarine Blue (mat) are pretty, but the “pretty soft” comes at a price since the three phones cost 899 or 999 euros depending on storage and Ram. Note that black in 12GB RAM / 256GB version and Glacial Green in 8GB RAM / 128GB version will only be available on the OnePlus website while the Ultramarine Blue will only be available in 12GB RAM / 256GB version at 999 euros. Pity.
On the techno side, the camera was pampered. First news, the OnePlus 8 pro now has four photo sensors on the back. Let’s start by describing the vertical trio: in the middle is the main 48-megapixel sensor (it’s a Sony IMX 689 sensor) with f / 1.78 aperture. Below, there is the ultra wide angle of 48 megapixels (a Sony IMX 586) with an opening degree of 120 degrees. The sensor located above the latter two displays 5 megapixels with f / 2.4 aperture. It has four filters to take customized photos directly from the phone, without going through a third-party application. It is not essential but the option is nice. Note that this sensor works simultaneously with the main one (the one in the middle therefore) when taking a photo. To the left of this vertically aligned trio, there is the 8 megapixel telephoto with f / 2.4 aperture which offers x3 optical zoom and x30 digital zoom. So there is something to do in terms of photography. As in video since we can film in 4K at 120 frames per second (you can do less obviously) and this same 4K is offered the ultra stabilization already on board the 7T Pro but which was content with filmed images in 1080p. So it’s very (very solid) in terms of photos and video. Not necessarily as precise as Samsung and Huawei but it is more than enough for a smartphone, even a high-end one.
As promised, let’s come back to the autonomy of the OnePlus 8 Pro. With a 4510 mAh battery, the user will have plenty to see. Especially since the recharge will be done expressly thanks to the “Wrap Charge” of 30 Watts. On a base (wireless), it only takes 30 minutes to charge at 50%, while it will take 23 minutes to do the equivalent on the new wireless charger “Wrap Charge Wireless”. Which will unfortunately not be offered with the phone but sold at 69 euros. Charging with the back of another smartphone, up to 5 Watts, is always possible.
On the processor side, the 8 Pro has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 with the Ram LPDDR5, the most powerful on the market today. It increases memory speed by 30% and reduces energy consumption by 20%. The OnePlus 8 Pro is also 5G compatible, which is not without consequences for the price. OnePlus tells us that this inflates the note by 100 euros compared to a 4G model. Let us hope for French customers that the 5G network will be effective very quickly in France…
On arrival, OnePlus offers the most powerful, most technical and most successful smartphone ever made. At an unprecedented price. Until then, the Chinese brand can boast of offering unbeatable value for money phones. This is less the case with the 8 Pro which will be measured directly against the iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S20 +. Staying cheaper: 899 euros with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, 999 euros with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The first iPhone 11 pro costs 1159 euros with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, the Galaxy S20 + is 1009 euros with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The choice is yours from April 21, the date of marketing of the OnePlus 8 Pro.
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