OnePlus 8 Pro review: the Samsung killer

Guardian Technology 23 Apr 2020 06:00
The OnePlus 8 Pro is simply put the best Android 5G phone you can buy with an unrivalled experience combining speed, design and power. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

OnePlus’s latest range-topping 8 Pro phone puts Samsung on notice, featuring a slick design, 120Hz screen, 5G, improved cameras and even wireless charging.

Starting at £799, the 8 Pro builds on the success of last year’s £649 7 Pro and £699 7T Pro, but with a higher price on par with its premium rivals. In offering it, OnePlus has shifted from its self-proclaimed cut-price “flagship killer” roots to directly competing with the likes of Samsung and Apple without a massive price advantage.

The 8 Pro simplifies the design of last year’s models. Gone is the novel popup selfie camera, replaced by a more traditional hole punch situated about one-sixth in from the top left of the screen. It’s small and fairly unobtrusive during use.

OnePlus 8 Pro review
The phone has a line cut into the top which is strangely pleasing to the eye. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian


Speed and battery life

The 8 Pro has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 8 or 12GB of RAM, depending on storage version, as the OnePlus 8 and performed equally brilliantly: snappy and more responsive than anything else, with 5G capability baked-in too.

The 8 Pro ships with the same OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10 as the cheaper OnePlus 8.

The 8 Pro has a quad-camera on the rear of the device, combining a 48MP main camera, a 48MP ultrawide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera and a 5MP colour filter camera.

  • OnePlus’s excellent alert slider toggles between silent, vibrate and ring.

  • The stereo speakers are pretty good.

  • A pre-applied screen protector and good clear-plastic case are included in the box.

  • Call quality was excellent on both sides of the call.

  • The first phone tested had a faulty screen that showed a green tint to dark. colours with the screen brightness set to under 40%.

  • The new optional textured sandstone cases (£22.95) are the best for adding grip to a phone I’ve ever used.

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