OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: What’s Different?

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus finally put an end to all the speculation and leaks last night. The Chinese giant launched its new flagship phones – the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in an online-only event. While the OnePlus 8 is a refinement over its predecessor, the OnePlus 8 Pro has bettered the flagship experience with a number of firsts including an IP rating, wireless charging, and a lot more.

Apart from this, both the OnePlus flagships include the newest Snapdragon chips, 5G connectivity, and fast-charging among other things. But, if you are confused between the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, especially about how these two differ from each other? And which one should you pick? Well, look no further as I have compiled a quick OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro comparison to help you better understand the differences:

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Quick Comparison

  • Design & Display

Both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro boast the exact same design. You won’t be able to tell either of them apart simply by looking at the front. The AMOLED display with dual-curved edges and a punch-hole cutout is the same. You will need to set them next to each other to point out the smaller OnePlus 8.

OnePlus 8 design

Just turn them over though and you can tell apart in no time. The OnePlus 8 boasts only a triple camera array as compared to the quad-cameras on the 8 Pro. We have detailed both of the camera systems down below, so do check it out.

Moving to the display, there are some major specs differences on paper. OnePlus 8 flaunts a 6.55-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a taller 6.78-inch QHD+ (3168 x 1440) AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate.

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: What’s Different?

Both the displays here support HDR 10+, sRGB, DCI-P3 color gamut, and have 3D Gorilla Glass protection on top. The OnePlus 8 AMOLED panel is pretty much the same as its predecessor from last year. But the company has bumped up the refresh rate, the color accuracy, and other features on the OnePlus 8 Pro to help it take on competitors in the sub-$1,000 price segment.

  • Performance

The flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset from Qualcomm handles the show under the hood here. It’s coupled with the Snapdragon X55 modem to support 5G connectivity – both the sub-6GHz and mm-wave networks (exclusive to OnePlus 8 and Verizon in the US).

The chipset is coupled with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage on both the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. The configurations are exactly the same but a number of you may have missed out on the fact that the OnePlus 8 packs LPDDR4X RAM in comparison to faster LPDDR5 RAM aboard the 8 Pro.

Both the phones are backed by the company’s much-loved OxygenOS 10 skin based on Android 10. You do get a myriad of optimizations, along with a new dark theme and an Always-on Display this time around.

  • IP Rating

oneplus 8 pro IP68 rating
OnePlus 8 Pro now has IP68 rating

After years of pestering, OnePlus has finally answered its fans’ request. OnePlus 8 Pro comes with IP68 certification, which means it can easily handle dust, sand, and being submerged in 1.5m-deep water for up to 30 minutes.

The OnePlus 8 (non-Pro variant) doesn’t have an official IP rating but it will definitely have some water and dust resistance like previous OnePlus flagships. However, it is possible to get an IP68-rated OnePlus 8 in the US. You just need to buy the device from Verizon and not go for an unlocked version. You will have to pay a $100 premium over the price of the unlocked version though.

  • Cameras

Apart from the display, this is another key area where the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro differ substantially. The OnePlus 8 includes a triple camera setup whereas the 8 Pro has a quad-camera array on the rear. I have clearly listed the camera specs for both of the phones down below:

  • OnePlus 8
    • 48MP (f/1.75) Sony IMX586 primary sensor,
    • 16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide lens with 116-degree FOV,
    • dedicated 2MP macro lens
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
    • 48MP (f/1.78) Sony IMX689 primary sensor,
    • 48MP (f/2.2) Sony IMX586 ultra-wide lens with 120-degree FOV,
    • 8MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens with 3x hybrid zoom,
    • 5MP color filter lens
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OnePlus 8 Pro quad-camera array

While the OnePlus 8 Pro camera system is in line with most modern flagships, I am highly disappointed with the lack of a telephoto lens on the OnePlus 8. The company swapped out the telephoto lens (seen on the OnePlus 7T) for a dedicated macro lens, which is a weird decision in my opinion.

On the front, both of these flagship phones have a 16MP selfie snapper housed in the punch-hole cutout at the top left.

  • Battery & Charging

Finally, the OnePlus 8 houses a slightly smaller 4,300mAh battery pack as compared to the 4,500mAh battery pack aboard the Pro variant. Both the phones in the OnePlus 8 series support Warp Charge 30T fast-charging. This means you can juice up around 50% of your phone in just 30 minutes.

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OnePlus 8 Pro supports 30W wireless charging

But, when we talk about wireless charging, which has found its way to OnePlus’ top-end flagship smartphone. It’s only the OnePlus 8 Pro that supports 30W wireless charging and 3W reverse wireless charging. The standard variant does not come with wireless charging support, which may be a slight bummer at $699.

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Specs Sheet

Now that we’ve gone through all of the major differences, here’s a quick specs sheet comparison for you:

SpecsOnePlus 8OnePlus 8 Pro
Dimensions160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5 mm
Weightv180 grams199 grams
Display6.55-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED,
90Hz refresh rate,
1080 x 2400 resolution,
6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED,
120Hz refresh rate,
3168 x 1440 resolution,
ProcessorSnapdragon 865Snapdragon 865
GPUAdreno 650Adreno 650
5G SupportYes, Snapdragon X55 modemYes, Snapdragon X55 modem
RAMup to 12GB LPDDR4Xup to 12GB LPDDR5
Storageup to 256GB UFS 3.0up to 256GB UFS 3.0
Operating SystemOxygenOS 10 based on Android 10OxygenOS 10 based on Android 10
Rear Cameras48MP (f/1.75) Sony IMX586 sensor,
16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide,
2MP macro lens
48MP (f/1.78) Sony IMX689 sensor,
48MP (f/2.2) Sony IMX586 ultra-wide,
8MP (f/2.4) telephoto,
5MP color filter lens
Seflie Camera16MP (f/2.4)16MP (f/2.4)
Battery Capacity4,300mAh4,510mAh
Wired charging Speed30W30W
Wireless ChargingNoYes, 30W
IP RatingNoIP68
ColorsGlacial Green
Interstellar Glow
Onyx Black
Glacial Green
Ultramarine Blue
Onyx Black

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro: Pricing

At the time of writing this article, OnePlus is yet to announce the India pricing for the OnePlus 8 series. We do have the U.S pricing available with us and it tells us that the OnePlus 8 starts at $699 (around Rs. 53,000) and OnePlus 8 Pro starts at $899 (around Rs. 68,700).

But, the official OnePlus India account on Twitter has hinted that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro India prices will drastically differ from direct conversion of the U.S pricing. So, do return to check out the India prices as we will update this story once OnePlus makes it official.

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  • Hareesh says:

    one plus 8 india pricing for the base model would be the range of 45000-50000
    it’s high time for mi 10 to be a overall champion if xiaomi prices it aggresively

    • Anmol Sachdeva says:

      I think that would be immensely difficult for one simple reason – mi 10 will be a direct import from China. it is not being made in India. This will drive up the price higher than it is in China (i.e 3999 yuan), so expect it to launch for around at least 48k in my opinion.

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