In just a handful of years, OnePlus has established itself as one of the most exciting players in the U.S. smartphone market. 2019's OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T stand out as two of our favorite phones of the entire year, and for 2020, it looks like OnePlus is getting ready to wow us yet again.

There's a lot of talk and buzz regarding the upcoming OnePlus 8, and based on what we know so far, it's shaping up to be one heck of a phone. From a 120Hz display to wireless charging, there's a lot in the pipeline.

Whether you're interested in specs, design, or how much the OnePlus 8 will end up costing you, here's everything you need to know!

Killer flagship

OnePlus 7T

Still one of the best deals around

Even with the new OnePlus 8 lineup looming on the horizon, the OnePlus 7T continues to be one heck of an Android phone. Between its 90Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855+ processor, and triple camera setup, the 7T delivers an insane amount of value at a price you just can't argue with.

There will be two models — regular and Pro

OnePlus logoSource: Android Central

Typically, OnePlus releases one phone at a time — one in the first half of the year and another in the second half. Last year, the company shook things up by releasing the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro at the same time. We're expecting something similar this year, with the compay prepping a OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

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The OnePlus 8 will be the baseline for the series, offering the flagship OnePlus experience while cutting a feature or two from the highest-end OnePlus 8 Pro to keep costs low.

There was previously talk of a OnePlus 8 Lite also joining the fray, but as rumors progressed, it turned out that the phone will be branded as something else entirely (more on that later).

Here's what the phones look like

Oneplus 8 Interstellar GlowSource: WinFuture

Now that we've talked about OnePlus's release strategy for the OnePlus 8, let's take a look at the designs we're expecting for the phones — starting first with the regular OnePlus 8.

The fancy pop-up selfie camera from the OnePlus 7 Pro is gone, as is the waterdrop notch from the OnePlus 7T. Instead, the OnePlus 8 introduces a left-mounted hole punch cutout. It should be a lot better for long-term use and durability than the extra moving parts of the 7 Pro, but there's no denying the cool factor of the 7 Pro's pop-up mechanism.

OnePlus has kept bezels to a minimum, minus a tiny chin on the bottom. Around back, we're met with three rear cameras and some downright gorgeous colors. In addition to the Interstellar Glow pictured above, we've also seen Onyx Black and Glacial Green.

OnePlus 8 ProSource: @OnLeaks / 91Mobiles

As for the OnePlus 8 Pro. it looks virtually identical to the OnePlus 8. It has the same bezel-lite display, left-mounted hole-punch cutout, and triple-camera system. However, the 8 Pro does benefit from an additional time-of-flight sensor.

Speaking of the 8 Pro, January 20 is when a hands-on image of the phone leaked, revealing a design that lines up exactly with the render above.

OnePlus 8 Pro hands-on imageSource: TrueTech

Along with confirming the OnePlus 8 Pro's design, the picture also reveals the various screen refresh rate settings that'll be available on the phone. In addition to the 120Hz option we'll talk more about below, the 8 Pro will also let you switch to 90Hz and 60Hz if you want to conserve battery life.

Continuing with hands-on photos, OnePlus brand ambassador Robert Downey Jr. was recently spotted holding the phone. The pictures were apparently taken while he was shooting a commercial for the OnePlus 8, and from what we can tell, the phone he's holding certainly looks like the other renders and pictures we've seen.

Oneplus 8 Pro LeakSource: PC-Tablet

Another hands-on image leaked on March 22, this time showing us the front and back of the OnePlus 8 Pro. The picture comes courtesy of PC-Tablet, and once again, it matches the previously leaked renders. We get a clear look at the phone's rear camera module, large display, and punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera.

Going back to renders one last time, WinFuture provided us with this gorgeous render of the OnePlus 8 Pro in Ultramarine Blue.

Oneplus 8 Pro in Ultramarine BlueSource: WinFuture

This is the first time we've seen this particular colorway, and combined with the Interstellar Glow pictured above, it's really exciting to see that OnePlus is planning to have some fun with the design of this year's phones.

Flagship specs are expected

OnePlus 8 leaked renderSource: @OnLeaks

If there's one thing that's consistent with OnePlus phones, it's that they're equipped with top-of-the-line specs. This is something OnePlus has done year after year, and it's something we're expecting once again for the OnePlus 8 lineup.

On March 25, tipster Ishan Agarwal dropped a bombshell of a leak with full device specifications for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. They are as follows:

Category OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro
Operating System Android 10
Android 10
Display 6.55-inch
Full HD+
90Hz refresh rate
Quad HD+
120Hz refresh rate
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB or 12GB
8GB or 12GB
Storage 128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.0
128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.0
Rear Camera 1 48MP wide 48MP wide
Rear Camera 2 16MP telephoto 48MP ultra-wide
Rear Camera 3 2MP (possibly ultra wide) 8MP telephoto
Rear Camera 4 5MP color data sensor
Battery 4,300 mAh 4,510 mAh
Charging 30W Warp Charge 30T 30W Warp Charge 30T
30W wireless fast charging
3W reverse wireless charging
Water Resistance IP68
Dimensions 160.2 x 72.9 x 8.1mm 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.8mm

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed some of these specs on March 31, saying that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will come equipped with the Snapdragon 865, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.0 flash storage.

The jump to a 120Hz refresh rate for the OnePlus 8 Pro is quite exciting, and something else that Pete Lau has confirmed for the phone. On January 15, Lau took to Twitter to share a side-by-side comparison of a 60Hz display and the new OnePlus 120Hz Fluid Display — showing just how much smoother and more fluid the increased refresh rate is.

Another exciting tidbit is talk of the OnePlus 8 Pro picking up wireless charging. This is a feature that's been sorely missing from all prior OnePlus phones, so it's quite exciting to know that OnePlus is likely adopting it for this latest release. Not having it on the base OnePlus 8 will be a bummer, but then again, it only makes sense to have some features cut from the non-Pro model.

On March 10, Pete Lau further confirmed that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will both come equipped with 5G as a default feature. It's unclear if the company will also offer 4G variants similar to what Samsung does with the S20 in some countries, so we'll have to wait and see on that.

A quick word on the OnePlus Z

OnePlus 8 Lite renderSource: @OnLeaks

In the early days of OnePlus 8 leaks, we were originally expecting a total of three phones — the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and a OnePlus 8 Lite. Details on the Lite weren't as readily available as the other two devices, and on March 28, Max Weinbach reported that the OnePlus 8 Lite we'd been talking about would actually be marketed and sold as the OnePlus Z.

When it comes to specs for the OnePlus Z, the rumor mill points to it having a 90Hz AMOLED display, two rear cameras with a time-of-flight sensor, and a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 processor. As the name of the OnePlus Z suggests, it's anticipated to be a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X.

The OnePlus X was released in 2015 as an ultra-low cost Android handset, offering great specs and software for just $250. It never achieved the same level of success as its other OnePlus siblings, but with the 8 Pro likely hitting a new high price record for the company, now seems like the perfect time to bring back a legitimately affordable OnePlus device.

The OnePlus 8 series will be announced on April 14

OnePlus 8 ProSource: @OnLeaks

For the past two years, OnePlus has announced its first phone releases in May. The OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro were unveiled on May 14, with the OnePlus 6 getting its big announcement on May 16.

Based on that and the detail in which the OnePlus 8 lineup has leaked so far, we'd anticipate another May announcement this year. However, OnePlus is jumping the gun a bit with plans to unveil the phones in April.

On March 30, OnePlus confirmed via Twitter that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will be announced on April 14. You'll be able to watch the livestream from the comfort of your home, with things kicking off at 11:00 AM ET.

Get ready for expensive phones

OnePlus 8 Lite RenderSource: @OnLeaks / 91Mobiles

Next, let's talk about price. One of the main draws to OnePlus phones has traditionally been the insanely low prices, but year after year, OnePlus had had a tendency to increase the cost of its phones.

  • OnePlus 5 starting price — $479
  • OnePlus 6 starting price — $529
  • OnePlus 7 Pro starting price — $669

See what we mean?

The base OnePlus 8 should retain a relatively affordable price tag, possibly around $600 - $700. With the OnePlus 8 Pro touting a 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging, and an official IP rating, we wouldn't be surprised for it to reach $800 or above. Not counting the special McLaren Edition phones, that would make the 8 Pro the most expensive entry by a long shot.

The only thing we've heard along these lines so far is that the regular OnePlus 8 will be sold on Verizon with support for the carrier's 5G network.

The OnePlus 7T is still a great buy

OnePlus 7TSource: Android Central

We're undeniably excited to learn more about the entire OnePlus 8 lineup, but that doesn't mean the OnePlus 7T is irrelevant. In fact, if you're shopping for a new Android phone right now, the 7T continues to be one of the best ones you can get.

The 7T has a fantastic 90Hz AMOLED display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ processor, and a triple-rear camera system that works quite well. There's also a healthy 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a reliable 3,800 mAh battery with OnePlus's excellent 30W fast charging.

Sure, you could wait a bit longer to see how the OnePlus 8, 8 Lite, and 8 Pro turn out, but you can also pick up a 7T right now and rest assured it'll be a reliable phone for years to come.

Killer flagship

OnePlus 7T

Still one of the best deals around

Even with the new OnePlus 8 lineup looming on the horizon, the OnePlus 7T continues to be one heck of an Android phone. Between its 90Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855+ processor, and triple camera setup, the 7T delivers an insane amount of value at a price you just can't argue with.

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