It’s 14th April and the OnePlus 8 series launch is going to happen today. OnePlus launch event will go live at 8:30 PM in India. The company is determined to launch its new flagship amidst the global spread of COVID-19 pandemic. When asked the founder Pete Lau explained that they have already delayed the launch and didn’t want to delay it any further.
OnePlus has just confirmed the official announcement date for the OnePlus 8 series. With the official launch just around the corner, we’re going to break down all the leaks and rumors so far. OnePlus took to their Twitter handle to announce the launch of the new OnePlus 8 series devices on 14th April.
Going forward, it does looks like we’re going to have at least two OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 8 as well as the OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite
There are also some rumors that there may be an OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z, but we don’t know too much about that device as yet. It is rumored to be the first budget device by the company since OnePlus X, which was launched in 2015. Max Weinbach a known tipster claimed that OnePlus is looking to revamp the budget series as the OnePlus Z. The hardware specifications of this smartphone are also said to match the previously leaked renders from OnePlus 8 Lite.
Later, it was also confirmed by the famous tipster Ishan Agarwal.
As per the leaks, the OnePlus Z or 8 Lite will be powered by Mediatek’s Dimensity 1000 5G chipset. It will feature a 6.5-inch AMOLED Display with a 90-Hertz refresh rate a punch hole for the front camera in the center t the top. OnePlus Z might use a Snapdragon processor for select markets like India.
A triple camera module can be seen in the leaked renders which consists of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, a 16-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 12-megapixel sensor. While the front camera could be a 16-megapixel sensor.
In terms of the battery, it could have a 4000mAh battery which supports a 30W fast charging. We are expecting the device to launch under the Rs 35,000 as OnePlus devices have always dominated in this price range.
OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
Talking about the OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro, if we look at the front of the devices from all the leaks or rumors that have surfaced, they do look pretty much the same as the Oppo Find X2 series. We’ve got curved displays minimal bezels with a punch-out display towards the left-hand side. Now, this is kind of expected because OPPO is a sister company for OnePlus. We’ve seen this many times before, where OPPO announces something new, and then those features eventually do trickle down to the OnePlus series. And this is not necessarily a bad thing because the Find X 2 Pro currently has one of the best displays in the market.
So the OnePlus 8 Pro is going to have a 6.78-inch display. This is what OnePlus is going to be calling a superfluid OLED display. And that is because it’s going to have a 120-hertz refresh rate with a Quad HD plus resolution. Now, having used Oppo Find X2 Pro, we can tell you that this is a really nice display. It’s very smooth, it’s very sharp, the colors are great, the brightness is also on point. So we’re not disappointed that this is making its way to the OnePlus 8 Pro. To add the display will support HDR10+ (1400nits) with an Always-On 10bit HDR
The OnePlus 8, although it’s going to look very similar from the front, is going to be a 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED display. It’s going to have a full HD+ Resolution with a 90-hertz refresh rate. So still a high refresh rate, but not quite on the level of the OnePlus 8 Pro on both devices are also going to have an In-Display optical fingerprint scanner as we’ve seen from OnePlus before. OnePlus has already received an A+ rating from Displaymate.
OnePlus confirmed that both devices will come with a dedicated MEMC chip which stands for Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation. This technology is usually used in televisions. It inserts new frames to reduce motion blur. It is said that the chip can upscale 30fps content to 120fps.
Some of you guys might be disappointed that we have a punch hole now instead of a pop-up camera. Giving up the full-screen experience that we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro as well as the OnePlus 7T Pro. But it looks like OnePlus may be doing this because the OnePlus 8 Pro at least is going to have an official IP 68 water and dust resistant rating. Now having mechanical moving parts does make getting an official IP rating difficult. So this may be one of the reasons why they’ve done this.
We’re not too sure about it.
What do you guys think about the punch-holes?
Is it something that you don’t mind?
Or would you have preferred a pop-up? Do let me know in the comments below.
Although the OnePlus 8 Pro is going to have that official IP rating, the OnePlus 8 is not going to have that. The OnePlus 8 is still going to be pretty water and dust resistant, except it’s just not going to have that rating to keep that price lower.
This takes us on to the built-in design. So both devices do have curved glass from the front and back as well with a metal frame. And from the back, these do look quite similar to what we had on the OnePlus 7 Pro last year. So we do have a center camera module on both devices. And we also going to be getting a few new colours. So on the OnePlus 8 Pro is going to be an Onyx Black, an Ultramarine Blue, as well as a Glacial Green.
The OnePlus 8 is going to follow the same colour scheme along with an Interstellar Glow colour which is a bit of a multicolour, similar to what we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 but this is going to have more of a matte finish compared to that glossy finish on the Note 10.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is going to have a quad-camera setup, while the OnePlus 8 is going to have a triple camera setup. Now let’s initially talk about the OnePlus 8 Pro because this is where the cameras have taken a bit of a leap forward and some of the cameras are once again quite similar to the Oppo Find X2 Pro so the primary camera is a 48-megapixel camera. It’s Sony’s new IMX 689 sensor with an F 1.78 aperture. It’s quite a light sensor size and this time around the ultra-wide camera is also 48-megapixels is going to be an F 2.2 aperture, and it’s using Sony’s IMX 586 sensor. What’s interesting is that this is the sensor that was used in the primary camera of the last year’s OnePlus devices. So this is now being used for the ultra-wide camera so definitely a welcome improvement here.
Now with both of these cameras, although they are 48-megapixels, they are going to be using pixel binning and you will be shooting at around 12-megapixels on a general basis. The third camera on the 8 Pro is going to be a telephoto camera with 8-megapixels and this is going to give 3x optical zoom and up to 30x digital zoom so it’s not going to be on the level of the periscope zoom that we’ve got on the Find X2 Pro. Finally, the fourth camera is quite interesting because this is a 5-megapixel color filter camera. We’re not sure what exactly it’s going to do, but we have heard rumors that there are going to be some new features such as a new nice portrait mode, 3-HDR video as well as cinematic effects. So I’m assuming this new camera is going to help towards some of these new features.
Now for the OnePlus 8, you’re not going to be getting cameras quite at the level of the OnePlus 8 Pro so you’re going to have a primary 48-megapixel camera. There’s also a 16-megapixel or two wide cameras as well as a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both devices are going to have a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.
And speaking of the performance, you’ll be pleased to know that both of these are going to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipsets along with the X55 modem to enable 5G. As far as the storage is concerned, both devices are going to be available in either 128 or 256 GB options with UFS 3.0 storage, so this is going to be super fast. They are both going to be available in either 8 or 12 GB of RAM, but the OnePlus 8 Pro is going to have faster LP DDR 5 RAM. For the software, as expected, Android 10 with Oxygen OS on top of the OnePlus devices is going to be one of the fastest devices out there. Both the new OnePlus devices are going to have stereo speakers with one being a bottom-firing and the other one in the earpiece.
The 8 Pro is going to come in with a larger 4510 mAh battery versus the 4300 mAh battery on the OnePlus 8. Both devices are going to support the 30W warp charge. Although this is very fast charging it’s not quite on the level from Oppo with their 65W super VOOC 2.0. But what’s interesting is that the OnePlus 8 Pro, finally for the first time on an OnePlus device is going to have wireless charging. And what’s even more exciting is that this is going to be 30W wireless charging, so it’s going to be very, very fast. Now OnePlus has traditionally said that the reason they’ve not gone with wireless charging is that it’s just not going to be on the same speed as wired charging. But it looks like they’ve managed to figure this out with wireless charging technology getting better and better.
OnePlus 8 Pro will be compatible with wireless power share which will allow us to reverse charge, although this is going to be pretty slow at just 3W. The OnePlus 8, however, will not be getting wireless charging, unfortunately.
In another tweet, Ishan Agarwal gave us a look at six different OnePlus 8 cases. As usual, it will be available in the same textures as were for the previous generations; Sandstone, Karbon and Nylon.
A tweet from Tech Droider revealed that the charging dock could be priced at €70 which roughly converts to $76. It also boasts some of the features like AI sleep mode which turns off the built-in fan at Night, Overheating protection, Dust reduction. However, they also added that the design showed in the tweet is just a concept image.
In the meanwhile, a tweet the company’s wireless charging dock appeared was posted by the company’s official twitter handle.
OnePlus just dropped a hint that they will be launching a new OnePlus Bullet Z wireless earphones which will support Warp charge. The earphones got leaked in Blue, Black, Oat and Mint colour.
It is also being said that the earphones will not be completely wireless but will come with an IP55 rating. As per the update, the Bluetooth latency is just 110ms which is even better than the Apple Airpods Pro.
Pricing and Availability
OnePlus devices are getting better and more expensive year by year. So with these new features, the official IP rating, and 5G chips, the price is, of course, going to be higher compared to what we had last year.
If the leaks are to be believed then OnePlus 8 is going to cost a lot more than last year’s OnePlus 7T. The good news is that the OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told Business Insider that the OnePlus 8 smartphones will not cost more $1000 in the US.
Maybe this would put it more in line with some of the flagships like Samsung Galaxy S20. Once again, tipster Max Weinbach tweeted that the OnePlus 8 will start at €719 to €729 ($782 to $793) while the Pro variant is might start at €919 to €929 ($1,000 to $1,011). However, it has to be noted that the OnePlus devices might be more expensive in the European market than the US.
Another tweet from Truetech suggesting the price for the base variant of OnePlus 8 could be between Rs 43,990/- to Rs 45,990 while top variant could be priced between Rs 47,990/- to Rs 49,990/-. Similarly, the base variant of 8 Pro will be priced between Rs 61,990/- to Rs 63,990/- while the Top variant will be priced between Rs 65,990/- to Rs 67,990/-
As far as the OnePlus Z is considered, it could be priced around £400 which estimates to $500 in the UK and in India it could be priced somewhere around Rs 30,000/- mark.
In terms of availability, they are likely to be shipped out maybe a week or two after the official announcement date which is on Tuesday, the 14th of April. And of course, as soon as the announcement is made, we are going to be doing lots of coverage here. So make sure you do follow us so you don’t miss any of that content.
What do you guys think of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro based on these current leaks and rumors?
Let me know in the comments below.