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Best answer: Even as the OnePlus 7 Pro is nearly a year old, it's tough to recommend everyone upgrade to the OnePlus 8 Pro. The 8 Pro does have better cameras, a better display, wireless charging, and 5G, but those are all marginal upgrades over what's still an excellent phone in 2020. And you'd be facing hundreds of dollars to upgrade, which just won't be worth it for many people.

What's the difference between the OnePlus 8 Pro and 7 Pro?

The OnePlus 8 Pro follows a very similar mold to the 7 Pro, and upgrades in a handful of crucial areas. The first immediately noticeable change is the display, which is slightly larger but notably better in colors and brightness. It's also 120Hz, over the 7 Pro's 90Hz, for even smoother motion in everything you do on the phone. Yes, it's now marred by a small hole punch camera cutout, but chances are you could get over that.

You get a lot of solid improvements in the 8 Pro, and no downsides.

OnePlus upgraded to a new camera system, and the improvements are primarily found in the primary sensor: a new larger 48MP sensor that takes in more light and produces sharper photos in all lighting conditions. You'll notice the differences primarily in low-light situations since the 7 Pro was already plenty capable in daylight, but this is an upgrade. Unfortunately, there aren't significant upgrades to be seen with the telephoto, ultra-wide, or front-facing cameras; those are all basically the same.

The hardware looks and feels very similar this year, with subtle changes to a few design elements. But lurking inside are three significant features: wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, and 5G. The wireless charging, when paired with a $70 OnePlus charger, nearly matches Warp Charge wired charging speeds, which is incredible — and it, of course, works on other regular wireless chargers too. Water-resistance is an excellent addition, of course, putting your mind at ease throughout the day. And 5G is a bonus, if not now then for the next year you're using the phone — though the 8 Pro doesn't support Verizon or AT&T's networks.

OnePlus 8 Pro OnePlus 7 Pro
Operating system Android 10
OxygenOS 10
Android 10
OxygenOS 10
Display 6.7-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED
3168x1440 (19.8:9)
HDR10+
3D Gorilla Glass
6.67-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED
3120 x 1440 (19.5:9)
Chipset Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 855
RAM 8/12GB 6/8/12GB
Storage 128/256GB UFS3.0 128/256GB UFS3.0
MicroSD slot No No
Rear camera 1 48MP, 1.12um
f/1.78, OIS
4K at 60 fps
48MP, 0.8um
f/1.6, OIS
4K at 60 fps
Rear camera 2 8MP, 1.0um
f/2.4, OIS, telephoto
3x hybrid zoom
8MP, 1.0um
f/2.4, OIS, telephoto
3x hybrid zoom
Rear camera 3 48MP
f/2.2, ultra-wide lens
119° FoV
16MP
f/2.2, ultra-wide lens
117° FoV
Rear camera 4 5MP Color Filter n/a
Front camera 16MP, f/2.4
fixed focus
16MP, f/2.0
fixed focus
Connectivity 5G Sub-6, SA and NSA
Wi-Fi 6 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1
NFC, A-GPS
4G LTE Cat 18
Wi-Fi 5 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0
NFC, A-GPS
Audio USB-C
Stereo speakers
USB-C
Stereo speakers
Battery 4510mAh
Non-removable
4000mAh
Non-removable
Charging USB-C 3.1
Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
Warp Charge 30 Wireless (20V/1.5A)
Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
Water resistance IP68 No
Security In-display fingerprint (optical) In-display fingerprint (optical)
Dimensions 165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5mm
199g
162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm
206g

Elsewhere, the experience of using the OnePlus 8 Pro day-to-day won't be appreciably different from your 7 Pro. It's the same basic size and shape, with the same basic hardware design and quality. You won't see a difference in fingerprint sensor quality, speaker quality, or anything like that. The software is identical to what the 7 Pro runs, and though there's a new Snapdragon 865 processor, there aren't appreciable performance bumps there; a one-year-old OnePlus phone runs masterfully as it is. The 8 Pro does have a larger 4510mAh battery, extending battery life about 10%, which is helpful — but chances are the wireless charging would be a bigger deal for you.

Should you upgrade to the OnePlus 8 Pro?

Ultimately, upgrading to the OnePlus 8 Pro when you already have the OnePlus 7 Pro is a tough sell. OnePlus is bringing a handful of new things to the 8 Pro, but the overarching theme here is that the improvements are pretty small. No one thing jumps out as a must-have feature or spec that would make you jump ship immediately when factoring in the 8 Pro's higher price. Last year's OnePlus 7 Pro started at $670; now, the entry point for an 8 Pro is $900.

With the 8 Pro's price increase, it's a tough one-year upgrade to face.

One important thing of note is that the 8 Pro didn't lose anything in the process of making its additions from the 7 Pro. That isn't always the case with phones, but here you get everything you have in your current phone, plus new additions — that's nice. And if you're a fan of your 7 Pro, you'll love the 8 Pro. You just have to realize that you're paying quite a bit for this one-year upgrade, and what you're getting isn't going to be game-changing for most people.

When looking at the price of the OnePlus 8 Pro, it may lead you to look at the OnePlus 8 at $700 instead. Though it matches the cost of your 7 Pro last year, the 8 is a really small upgrade. It has the newer specs and 5G, but otherwise is functionally the same — it has the same main camera, no better of a display, no wireless charging, and only slightly better battery life. If you're going to upgrade this year, go all the way to the 8 Pro.

Our pick

OnePlus 8 Pro

The best OnePlus phone yet.

The 8 Pro is no longer an "affordable" flagship — it's just a flagship. Coming from the 7 Pro, it's filled in all of the gaps and offers a very compelling complete package. It just costs hundreds more than last year.

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