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  • (eccentric electronic music)

  • - Here's the OnePlus 8,

  • the OnePlus device for people who want this year's model,

  • but maybe aren't into some of the wackier ideas

  • that OnePlus is experimenting with its Pro models.

  • It starts at $699, which is $200 less than the Pro device

  • that Dieter's taking a look at in his review,

  • but all of the OnePlus essentials are still here.

  • It's still got a great screen.

  • It's still got great battery life.

  • It's fast charging, it's still fast,

  • and it's take on Android is still just as clean as ever.

  • And you're getting a screen with a 90 hertz refresh rate,

  • which is honestly, still so good

  • that I wish it was a standard-issue feature

  • for most modern flagships.

  • Now, if you think that sounds

  • like a fairly traditional OnePlus device,

  • then you're not wrong,

  • but the difference this year is that with the 8 Pro,

  • OnePlus has finally addressed some of those issues

  • that OnePlus fans have been asking about for years.

  • It's a device that really makes a serious attempt

  • to break the OnePlus mold.

  • The OnePlus 8 hasn't quite made that same attempt,

  • but it's still a good phone at a good price,

  • which really begs the question,

  • is a good OnePlus device

  • that doesn't break the mold worth it?

  • Or do you need to spend the extra money on the Pro?

  • (calming ambient music)

  • But the OnePlus 8 is a solidly-specced device.

  • It's powered by a Snapdragon 865,

  • starts with eight gigabytes of RAM

  • and 128 gigabytes of storage,

  • but I've been using a model with 12 gigabytes of RAM

  • and 256 gigabytes of storage.

  • There's 5G onboard, Wi-Fi 6, all that good stuff,

  • and that's a lot of spec for $699.

  • Especially compared to, oh, I don't know, the,

  • pretty much identically priced entry-level iPhone 11.

  • So essentially, you're getting most of the internal specs

  • of the OnePlus 8 Pro in the OnePlus 8.

  • The exception that OnePlus is keen to emphasize

  • is that the Pro is using LPDDR5 RAM,

  • while the 8 is using LPDDR4X,

  • but I struggled to notice the difference

  • in real-world usage.

  • I mean, the two phones even look

  • damn near identical from the front

  • because they both have that same hole-punch,

  • selfie cutout at the top left of the screen.

  • Yes, the 8 screen is ever so slightly smaller

  • at 6.55 inches, compared to the 6.78 inches on the Pro,

  • but the two phones are basically the same width,

  • so they don't really feel any different to hold.

  • I mean, seriously, when I was taking comparison photographs,

  • I occasionally forgot which one was which.

  • I will say that the 8 screen seems to curve

  • ever so slightly less around the sides of the device,

  • which is maybe why I didn't experience

  • the accidental touch issues that Dieter had with the Pro,

  • but honestly, it's really subtle,

  • and you have to really be looking for it

  • to actually notice it.

  • All of which is to say,

  • the OnePlus 8 is not a device to get

  • if you're after a smaller phone.

  • Personally, I'd love to see OnePlus experiment

  • with a smaller device,

  • but hey, maybe that's just me.

  • Of course, the screens aren't actually identical.

  • With the 8, you're getting a 1080p, 90 hertz display,

  • with a peak brightness of 1100 nits.

  • Meanwhile, the 8 Pro goes up to 1440p, 120 hertz,

  • and 1300 nits peak brightness.

  • But please, don't let this numbers-to-numbers

  • spec comparison lead you to believe

  • that the 8 has a bad screen.

  • It doesn't, it's great, it's bright, it's vibrant,

  • and it's yet more evidence that OnePlus really, really knows

  • how to put the right display on a phone.

  • Even compared to the 8 Pro,

  • the 8's display still feels smooth.

  • It took me sitting with both phones side-by-side

  • to spot the difference, and even then,

  • it wasn't a night and day comparison.

  • The phone feels nice and snappy to use.

  • Apps open quickly, games run well.

  • You're getting a flagship Android experience here.

  • Oh, and OxygenOS is just as out of the way as ever,

  • which is exactly what I want

  • out of a manufacturer's operating system.

  • I'm looking at you, LG.

  • (calming music)

  • So I've been scurrying around the issue for a little while,

  • but what are the differences between the 8

  • and the 8 Pro that actually matter?

  • Well, to my mind, there are three main differences

  • that you need to worry about,

  • person who watches YouTube reviews of OnePlus phones.

  • Namely, IP ratings, wireless charging and cameras.

  • So let's just come out and say it.

  • The OnePlus 8 doesn't do wireless charging.

  • It doesn't do the fancy 30 watt wireless charging,

  • the OnePlus 8 Pro,

  • and it doesn't do the more basic five watt wireless charging

  • that basically every other flagship device

  • does at this point.

  • You already know if it's a feature you want or not,

  • so I'm not gonna labor the point too much

  • other than to say that it's still a bit of a bummer.

  • It also doesn't have an official IP rating,

  • which wouldn't be surprising coming from OnePlus,

  • apart from the fact, the company has finally relented

  • and actually added one to the 8 Pro.

  • And yeah, the company claims

  • that it'll still survive being used

  • in the rain and whatever, but come on.

  • And also, finally, the camera's different.

  • So let's dig in.

  • There's good news and there's bad news

  • contained within this triple-camera array,

  • which consists of a 48 megapixel main camera,

  • a 16 megapixel ultra-wide camera,

  • and a two megapixel macro camera.

  • The good news is there's no gimmick lens here.

  • The bad news is you don't get a zoom lens.

  • The macro lens is tricky,

  • and you also don't get a main sensor

  • that's quite as good as the 8 Pro.

  • It's still 48 megapixels, which yeah, is the same,

  • but long story short, it's an older sensor,

  • and it's just, well, see for yourself.

  • In bright conditions, I think it holds up well

  • against both the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Pixel 3

  • I happen to have for comparison's sake.

  • If you check out these shots I took

  • during my government sanctioned walk around the block,

  • I'll be well-pressed to tell a difference

  • between the 8 and the 8 Pro, and the Pixel 3's images

  • have a slightly softer look in comparison.

  • Look at this picture of a car and you'll see the hedge

  • behind it tints slightly yellower

  • on the 8 compared to the Pro, but look, it's minor.

  • It's after the sun goes down

  • that things start to go badly for the 8.

  • Things are just a lot brighter and clearer on the Pro.

  • Faces can look a little smooth, weird and brightened,

  • especially at night.

  • Oh, and here's some selfie shots,

  • and OnePlus uses the same 16 megapixel selfie sensor

  • between the 8 and the Pro,

  • so they're aren't many differences there,

  • but there definitely seems to be

  • some kind of skin brightening going on

  • compared to my Pixel 3,

  • especially considering it's managed

  • to correctly expose the sky behind me.

  • Obviously, you don't get a zoom lens with the 8,

  • but you do get a macro lens and,

  • (groans)

  • I don't really know how useful it is.

  • Look, I'm not gonna deny that under the right circumstances,

  • you can get a little bit more detail

  • with the 8 than the Pro.

  • I took these two shots from the same distance away

  • with both phones with their macros modes turned on

  • and let them do their thing,

  • and sure enough, you can see a little bit more detail

  • in the shot from the 8,

  • but other times, I straight up got a better macro shot

  • out of the 8 Pro, even though it doesn't have a macro lens,

  • like with this horse head on a Venetian mask,

  • which I just couldn't get the 8 to focus on

  • no matter how hard I tried.

  • Or if you're more of a video person,

  • then you can see for yourself what it looks like.

  • This is from the 16 megapixel front-facing camera.

  • So the easy answer is that

  • if you want the better camera setup,

  • you gotta go Pro, especially if you want a zoom lens

  • and better low-light performance.

  • But the much harder question to answer

  • is how well the modestly priced OnePlus 8

  • competes against similarly priced rivals.

  • And let's not forget,

  • these include the entry-level iPhone 11,

  • and honestly, I just don't think the 8 quite nails it.

  • I can't really complain about the battery life in OnePlus 8.

  • It's got a 4300 milliamp hour battery,

  • and I haven't even been able to come close

  • to running it down with a full day of use.

  • Although, you can't charge it wirelessly,

  • it supports Warp Charge 30T,

  • which can charge your phone in around an hour.

  • So this is a nice phone, but you already knew that.

  • It's a OnePlus phone, at this point,

  • there's just certain things you can kinda take for granted.

  • It's got a great screen,

  • it's wicked fast, it's solidly built.

  • It's camera can stand to be a little better,

  • and for reasons that seem to apply only to OnePlus,

  • it doesn't support wireless charging or have an IP rating.

  • So yeah, the OnePlus 8 doesn't really break the mold,

  • but I don't think that makes it a bad phone.

  • It just makes it a little predictable at this point,

  • but that makes for a hard choice.

  • Do you go for the predictable OnePlus phone,

  • or do you spend $200 more for a device

  • that definitely overcomes some

  • of these long-standing issues?

  • You'll have to watch Dieter's review of the OnePlus 8 Pro

  • for a complete look at that device's

  • strengths and weaknesses.

  • But a lot of the choice comes down to this,

  • is a $200 price premium worth it

  • for wireless charging and IP rating

  • and a slightly better camera?

  • Because if it's not, then the OnePlus 8 is a great phone.

  • All right guys, thank you so much for watching this review

  • in these super weird times,

  • and I truly hope you are staying as safe and well

  • as you can be at the moment.

  • And check out the super janky camera setup

  • that we've had to use

  • as Alix has directed me remotely (laughs) from zoom.

  • Anyway, thank you so much guys, and check out theverge.com

  • for the full review of the OnePlus 8

  • and OnePlus 8 Pro, see ya.

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