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OnePlus officially announces the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro — its most powerful phones yet

Oneplus 8 Series
Oneplus 8 Series (Image credit: OnePlus)

What you need to know

  • During a press event on April 14, OnePlus unveiled its latest smartphones.
  • The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are the company's big flagships for 2020.
  • Prices start at $699 for the OnePlus 8 and $899 for the 8 Pro.

OnePlus is one of those companies that's a lot of fun to follow, because year after year, it kicks out some of the best Android phones on the market. On April 14 during a livestreamed launch event, OnePlus officially unveiled its two latest smartphone offerings for 2020 — the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

Starting first with the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus is being quite boastful with the color choices. Along with a fairly standard Onyx Black, there's also Ultramarine Blue and Glacial Green. All of them look fantastic and continue OnePlus's tradition of offering some of the best colors in the business. And, to keep the phone looking great throughout all conditions, there's finally an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

As for the display, the rumors were true. The OnePlus 8 Pro steps up to an impressive 120Hz AMOLED display with a massive 6.78-inch screen size. The 7 Pro and 7T's 90Hz AMOLED panels already look fantastic, so stepping up to even more smoothness with 120Hz is a great treat. As if that wasn't enough, there's also 240Hz touch sampling for even more buttery animations and touch responsiveness.

Oneplus 8 Series

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Switching to the camera, the OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a 48MP primary camera, 48MP ultra-wide camera, 3X telephoto camera, and a color filter sensor — making it the first OnePlus phone with four rear cameras. In addition to impressive still photos, OnePlus is also touting video capabilities. There's a hybrid stabilization system that uses OIS and EIS, three microphones for high-quality audio, and audio zoom that increases the audio of the subject you're focusing on.

All OnePlus phones make a big bet on specs, and that's no different with the OnePlus 8 Pro. It's powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and features UFS 3.0 storage. The 4,510 mAh battery should allow for ample endurance, and when it comes time to charge up, you get 30W recharge times both wired and wirelessly. Yep, for the first time ever, we have a OnePlus phone with wireless charging 🙌. You will need OnePlus's proprietary wireless charger in order to get those 30W wireless charging speeds, but if you don't feel like buying another accessory, you can use the 8 Pro with any Qi charger and get more traditional charge times.

Oneplus 8 Pro Specs

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On the software side of things, OnePlus partnered with Google to offer a three-month trial of Google One, Live Caption support, and Stadia compatibility.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the flagship device for OnePlus this year, but it's not the only phone in the lineup. Joining it is the regular OnePlus 8, which looks to be a more direct successor to the OnePlus 7T.

Design-wise, the OnePlus 8 looks a lot like the 8 Pro. The most notable difference is that it's more compact, featuring a smaller 6.55-inch display. That may still sound big on paper, but with a similar width to the iPhone 11 Pro, the in-hand feel should be quite comfortable. On the technical side of things, the display has a Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080, is an AMOLED panel, and has HDR support.

Oneplus 8 Interstellar Glow

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As for colors, you still get Onyx Black and Glacial Green from the OnePlus 8 Pro. Exclusive to the OnePlus 8 is Interstellar Glow, which showcases a multitude of colors depending on how the light hits it.

Other specs for the OnePlus 8 include triple rear cameras (48MP primary, 16MP ultra-wide, and a macro camera), Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage, a 4,300 mAh battery, and Warp Charge 30T for 30W wired charging. Unfortunately, there's no wireless charging here.

Also, with 5G being a big trend in the tech space, OnePlus is offering 5G connectivity for both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. For the first time ever, OnePlus is partnering with Verizon to launch the OnePlus 8 on the network (not the 8 Pro). This benefits OnePlus which needs more carrier deals, and Verizon which needs more affordable options for 5G devices.

Oneplus 8 Pro Price

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Let's wrap all of this up with pricing. The OnePlus 8 starts at $699 for the model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage, with the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage model going for $799. The OnePlus 8 Pro has the same different RAM and storage configs, going for $899 and $999, respectively.

Sales begin April 29 on OnePlus's website, with availability for other channels being announced "soon."

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

9 Comments
  • The 7 Pro has been a great phone for me. I run TMobile and Verizon on it via the dual SIMs. Clean OS, lightning fast, & zero issues. I'll probably be looking to upgrade later this year or maybe early next year, once we get past the worst of this COVID madness. Stay safe everyone.
  • I agree with you 100% except the Android 10 breaking my text sound notifications for some reason. If they improved the camera, specifically the details in portrait mode shots, I'm upgrading this year.
  • Not a bargain anymore I went with the ZTE axon 10 pro. It has 12gb ram 256gb on board PLUS sd card support, wireless charging, in screen fingerprint reader and so much more. Only 499
  • The Pro is not gonna be cheap, true. But that's why they have the 8 and more specifically the OnePlus Z which is supposedly coming out a little later this year.
  • Just waiting on the embargo to lift so we can get these hands on videos rolling. *Rubs hands together*
  • If the pixel 5 is more mid range targeted, my next phone might come down to this or an iPhone. Let's see if the camera is up to what they are saying it will be. I doubt it only because everyone says their camera is the best nowadays but will see. So wish carriers in Canada would try to pick this up. But I get it, the cost to have the advertising and awareness built in stores for a phone that gonna be priced at this level is a heavy pill to swallow
  • I use the Pixel camera app on my 7T, works great.
  • Only thing to get excited about is the cheap non-wireless earbuds... And that's only because they're cheap.
  • If One Plus thinks that they can charge $900 for phone and people paying that is just absurd. So in 5 years they think they have the same brand equity as Apple? Not saying the hardware is bad but you never buy a Hyndai for the same money you can buy an Audi does'nt matter what the specs be! I don't think One Plus gets it. Well LG is dumb, cant even push software updates to it's phone which has incredible hardware, Google will gouge $800 for a 64 gb tiny screen phone so that why companies like One Plus can think we deserver $900 and I am sure there would be 100s of praise articles on here and youtube telling how good the One Plus 8 is. I am seeing another Huawei story here!