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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
|Specs||OnePlus 8||OnePlus 8 Pro|
|Dimensions||160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm||165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5 mm|
|Weightv||180 grams||199 grams|
|Display||6.55-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED,|
90Hz refresh rate,
1080 x 2400 resolution,
|6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED,
120Hz refresh rate,
3168 x 1440 resolution,
|Processor||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 865|
|GPU||Adreno 650||Adreno 650|
|5G Support||Yes, Snapdragon X55 modem||Yes, Snapdragon X55 modem|
|RAM||up to 12GB LPDDR4X||up to 12GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||up to 256GB UFS 3.0||up to 256GB UFS 3.0|
|Operating System||OxygenOS 10 based on Android 10||OxygenOS 10 based on Android 10|
|Rear Cameras||48MP (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 Camera||16MP (f/2.4)||16MP (f/2.4)|
|Wired charging Speed||30W||30W|
|Wireless Charging||No||Yes, 30W|
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.