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Why the regular OnePlus 8 will be the OnePlus phone to get this year

OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7 Pro (Image credit: Android Central)

It's that time of year again — a new OnePlus phone is just on the horizon. I feel some level of excitement for just about every Android phone that's announced regardless of who makes it, but there's always an extra level of giddiness I feel when it comes time for OnePlus to take the stage.

As you probably know by now, we're getting ready for the company to unveil the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and possibly even a third device in the form of the OnePlus Z. OnePlus followed a similar release pattern this time last year with the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, except we have reason to believe 2020 will be a bit different in the execution.

Based on the current rumor mill that we've been following for months at this point, the OnePlus 8 will more or less be the true successor to the most recent OnePlus 7T, the OnePlus Z will target shoppers with especially tight budgets, and the OnePlus 8 Pro will pack in every feature and spec possible with much less regard to cost than previous OnePlus phones. In other words, it's expected to be the device where OnePlus finally holds no punches back and simply makes the most premium Android phone it can.

Oneplus 8 Pro Ultramarine Blue

Source: WinFutureLeaked render of the OnePlus 8 Pro in Ultramarine Blue (Image credit: Source: WinFuture)

In theory, I should be genuinely excited about this. One of the things I've been harping on OnePlus for years is to add Qi wireless charging, and according to the latest rumors, the OnePlus 8 Pro will come equipped with 30W wireless charging with 3W reverse wireless charging. It's also rumored to be the first OnePlus phone with an IP68 rating for dust/water resistance, offer a 120Hz AMOLED display up from a 90Hz one, and looks to finally come with a legitimately competitive camera system.

Even at under $1,000, the OnePlus 8 Pro will still mark a noticeable departure from the prices of past OnePlus phones.

All of that's great, except when we step back to think about what a phone like this will cost. The OnePlus 7 Pro debuted with a steep $669 starting price, and that's a phone that had a 90Hz display, no wireless charging, and no IP rating. With this year's OnePlus 8 Pro upgrading all of those things and more, paired with OnePlus's willingness to already jack up the price year after year, it stands to be the company's most expensive main-line phone by a large margin.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently confirmed that the highest-end entry in the OnePlus 8 lineup (aka the OnePlus 8 Pro) will cost less than $1,000. That is good news, but it also means we should brace for the phone to cost at least $800 and possibly as high as $900.

One of the reasons OnePlus phones have stood out is their ability to offer flagship-like experiences at considerably lower prices than the competition, but once you get to $800 or above, you've gone from a value flagship to a full-on flagship. If you're a longtime OnePlus fan, that's probably not something you want to hear.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Source: Android Central (Image credit: Source: Android Central)

Thankfully, the all-out OnePlus 8 Pro isn't the only phone we'll have to choose from this year. The OnePlus 8 looks to keep the ideals and values OnePlus has become known for, offering impressive specs at a (hopefully) decent price. With the OnePlus 8 Pro at the high-end and the OnePlus Z taking a new "budget" position, I'd expect we see the OnePlus 8 target a price around $600.

At that price, the OnePlus 8 stands to be an incredible value. Assuming the reported specs are accurate, you're getting the Snapdragon 865, at least 8GB of RAM, a 90Hz AMOLED display, and a 4,300 mAh battery with the still-impressive Warp Charge 30T wired charging. None of that is particularly revolutionary for OnePlus the way the OnePlus 8 Pro will be, but if all you care about is being able to get a speedy and reliable phone at the best price possible, the OnePlus 8 should still serve that need just fine.

It is exciting that we've almost reached the point where OnePlus will have a phone to directly compete with the newest Galaxy from Samsung, and while the OnePlus 8 Pro is the device the company needs to do that, the cheaper OnePlus 8 is likely what its dedicated fan-base will be more drawn to. It may not be as flashy, but all things considered, it could stand to be the better purchase between the two.

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

34 Comments
  • I'm curious about the OnePlus 8 Z I've had mediatek phones before the performance isn't half bad, but alot of people are guessing the mediatek chipset means it's not coming to the US which would make me sad.
  • I'm not likely to get the OnePlus 8 as I'm happy with my 7T but if I had the choice I'd pick the 8 Pro as I would love to use a QHD display again which I haven't had since my Pixel 2 XL in 2018.
  • You went from a Pixel to a OnePlus and still want to get OnePlus? Now that's impressive.
  • I went from a Pixel XL to a OnePlus 6. Mostly because of the dual SIM functionality but I really like the rest of it too. I'm probably due a replacement this year and the OnePlus 8 or pro will be at the top of the list
  • Took a gamble and upgraded to OnePlus7t from pixel 2 and am glad that I did. Very satisfied with it and incredible value. I would consider OnePlus8 if it had a non curved display. Prefer a flat panel like the oneplus7t.
  • Actually I went from a Pixel, to a cheap name Chinese phone to an Android One phone to my OnePlus 7T which I've has for nearly 6 months and I'm really happy with it.
  • I went from a Pixel XL to a Pixel 2 XL for two weeks but the display quality was so bad I had to return it. Buying the OnePlus 5T was an excellent move, both financially and logically. It was leagues better than the 2 XL in regards to screen, performance, build quality, charging speed and went toe to toe with custom firmware options (one of my biggest requirements). Plus, it was literally less than half the price (450 vs 1100). Camera was nearly as good with custom Google Camera. I don't think I would buy a Pixel again due to their hardware options, and especially price. They make great phones but it's not for me. I know a lot of people like to discredit OnePlus for one reason or another, but they make pretty solid phones at excellent prices. It's just a lot of people don't want to take the risk of trying something new and I don't really blame them. But I'm glad I did because I love their formula.
  • If I'm trading up from my Pixel 2xl for a phone that will serve me at least 2 years, I want all the bells and whistles, thank you. I'd be kicking myself for getting a lesser model just to save a couple hundred bucks.
  • I'm really amazed how OnePlus managed to double their prices in 2 years and being still able to sell. I guess psychology works. Might have gotten better on the spec sheet but I'm 99% sure the software is still prime garbage.
  • Coming from somebody who has never owned one.
  • The thing is OnePlus phones are still far cheaper than the likes of Samsung and Google and you get more for your money too with not much in the way in compromises.
  • I have had 3 OnePlus phones (5t,6,7 Pro) and I can assure you that you have no idea what you're talking about. Oxygen OS is clean, super fast and fluid. Before you're 99% sure of something, it'd be smart to know you're correct. Just sayin.
  • I totally agree, my OnePlus 7T is amazing, I love the performance and fluidity of Oxygen OS and is literally the first Android phone where I've not needed to tweak the animations in developer options, that's how smooth Oxygen OS is and of course having a flagship level processor in the Snapdragon 855+ and 8GB RAM is the icing on the cake for me so I'm never worried about apps reloading now.
  • I have never seen someone more wrong than you are right now.
  • Unless you've used a OnePlus phone then you're not really in any position to comment as I'm a OnePlus user with a 7T which is my first OnePlus phone and I'm loving it, Oxygen OS is the smoothest and fastest Android software I've ever used and is far above the software on the Pixels now
  • You're literally the only person I've ever seen refer to OnePlus' software as anything but amazing.
  • Not double. Base 5T was 499, 7T was 599. Even if you compare the base 5T at 499 to their better 7T Pro at 669, it's still not even close to double. Or are you talking about the 7T McLaren at 899? This is STILL not double.
  • First phone to breach 6gb ram. First phone with 90hz screen. One of the fastest charging systems before fast charging was a thing. Always the top processor. Their spec sheet has always been top specs except for wireless charging and certified waterproofing. Their software is often the top ranked among tech bloggers. Even beating the pixel according to some due to thoughtful improvements over vanilla Android. Clearly you've never read about OnePlus with a comment like that.
  • Just stop. OnePlus right now is head and shoulders above Google in every aspect but the camera. Google think they're Samsung or apple charging high end prices for midrange specs. Hilarious.
  • Why are you even on the one plus phone comment section talking like an authority with zero knowledge? Republican? Anyway, i am using one plus, second one owned.....oxygen is clean and easy.....and the company is spot on with updates for years.....therez nary an update google puts out that doesnt make it to my phone, oreo, nougat, mushroom, all of em.....no other phones offer the love or back it up by showing the love like one plus. So do yourself a favor, Vote Trump out of office, first off, then buy yourself a one plus. I am on 5T. Would love to have an 8. We do what we can in these hard times of plague. Take care though, i know you secretly want to buy one.
  • I'm most likely getting the regular OnePlus 8 mainly cause of the size.
  • My 7T is still going strong so I'm good for another year and I'll most likely get the T variant, especially if there's a plus version of the next flagship Snapdragon SOC.
  • Will it have a audio jack ? And is that a 48MP single lens ?
  • My OP6 still going strong. Has headphone jack, LED notification light and Android 10
  • Never buy chinese electronics. They are all bugged
  • Unlike America who doesnt bug, they grab it off the satellite relay illegally, secretly, up to the Patriot Ed Snowden revealing the outright lies the NSA are telling the American people and its own Senate under oath.....miles better.....get real. Everyone using any phone should turn em off, go on strike, and wait.....shut down the world, until we get our phone privacy laws written like they should be.....securing communication into the future for our children. Not leaving a paranoid, Government hating legacy because we are only one person and cannot make change happen......you can make a difference.
  • I still use my OP6 to this very day love Oxygen OS. Just wish they would have a micro SD slot and headphone jack again.
  • Totally agree. I'm on the 5T.
  • I'm still loving my 5t.
  • If OnePlus 8 model costs same as Galaxy S20 or iPhone 12, then why would anyone buy OnePlus 8?
  • Always pros and cons with every product. One thing Samsung did right this time with the S20 series, in my opinion of course, was the move to flat displays. The phone still feels great and looks great, at the least from the front ;)
  • One Plus8, a new horizon with Verizon? Is it finally gonna happen, yikes!
  • I agree, the 'double' thing is bad math. That said, I'm all for paying a marginally higher price if the improvements are commensurate. My biggest beef with One Plus post-6 & 6T is their imposed limitations on storage capacity. Give us a One Plus 8 with at the very least, 256 GB of standard, on-board storage and 'they will come'. 512 GB would be even better - optionally. Gonna omit a SD slot ? - Then bump the internal storage. It's cheap. The McLaren debacles of the past messed up the base product offerings. Bad marketing decision IMHO. As a side note, anyone positing that Oxygen is garbage obviously doesn't know jack ^%$# !
  • I wish they would make a device the size of the 6t. For the first time in over 7 years I've hung on to a phone for more than a year. The 6t is at the edge of my comfort zone and I've almost dropped it a few times trying to reach the top of the screen with my thumb.