As has become a customary affair, OnePlus has been carefully been feeding us “accidental” tidbits about its upcoming 8-series of phones since… well, its last 7T Pro flagship.
OnePlus 8 vs 8 Pro and Lite design and displays
Apparently, OnePlus worked with Samsung, so in many ways, the two companies’ early 2020 flagship devices should be similar. In addition to the “breathtakingly smooth” 120Hz refresh and the 1000 nits, a touch sampling rate of 240Hz is promised which is nothing unseen of course, as phones like the Asus ROG series, as well as Apple’s iPad Pros have it, too.
The other important takeaway from the teasers is that company is promising “many major apps” will be optimized to take “full advantage” of the upgraded refresh rate, with the integration of MEMC technology guaranteeing smoother playback for all the video content that’s still produced at modest 24 or 30fps.
Last but not least, the next generation of OnePlus’s “Fluid Display” will provide support for 10-bit color, reaching “industry-leading” accuracy standards. Sounds great, but, as usual, the question mark about the OnePlus phones will be the camera prowess, as all else is usually top-notch and the 8-series displays won’t be an exception this year, it seems.
OnePlus 8 vs 8 Pro and Lite specs comparison
Back in September, we heard that Verizon Wireless may launch its very first smartphone made by OnePlus, and at the time it was thought that this smartphone could be the OnePlus 8 Pro. The newest scoop, however, is that Verizon may actually release the non-pro version of said device, simply dubbed OnePlus 8. Given that 8 is the one likely to land as Verizon’s first OnePlus phone, we’ll start with it in the specs comparison table below, then move on to the Pro and Lite models.
OnePlus 8 Pro specs
On the back, we expect to see a 64MP primary camera (f/1.4 aperture) with a 20MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2) and a 12MP telephoto camera (f/2.4) with 10x hybrid zoom. There also will be a Time of Flight (ToF) depth sensor. This sensor measures the time it takes for an infrared beam to bounce off of a subject and return to the phone.
With that data, more accurate depth measurements can be computed to deliver improved AR capabilities, more natural bokeh blurs for portraits and secure 3D mapping that could provide secure facial recognition. A punch-hole selfie camera weighs in at 32MP and a 4500mAh capacity battery is included that can be charged at 50W in 35 minutes, claim leaked specs sheets. You are going to need it to maintain that “smoothest” 120Hz display refresh option here.
OnePlus 8 specs
Who wouldn’t take maximum smoothness over a small battery hit?
The smaller OnePlus 8 will have a smaller 6.5-inch OLED display with a 1080 x 2400 resolution (FHD+) and a 20:9 aspect ratio. This model will also feature a 120Hz refresh rate most likely giving users the same three choices (120Hz, 90Hz and 60Hz) that OnePlus 8 Pro users will have.
It also should be available with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM paired with 128GB and 256GB of storage; those who desire more memory will be able to pick up the model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The same camera setup seen on the OnePlus 8 Pro will grace the OnePlus 8 except for the 5x hybrid zoom that comes with the telephoto camera and the lack of a Time of Flight sensor. The device will also feature a 32MP front-facing selfie camera but will have a smaller 4000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charging.
Both the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 will carry an IP68 rating. This means that both models are impervious to dust and can be submerged in up to 5-feet for water for as long as 30 minutes.
OnePlus 8 Lite specs
The choice of a MediaTek processor tells us that this will be a strictly Asian model that won’t see the light of day here in the US, where Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family rules the 4G and 5G airwaves. Oh, well, at least it looks pretty in blue above.
OnePlus 8 vs 8 Pro and 8 Lite prices and release
The starting price of the 8-series will be just about the equivalent of $430, but that is for the Lite model. Verizon’s OnePlus 8 will eventually land at around $540 for the base version, while the top-shelf OnePlus 8 Pro is said to land a bit north of $700 in April when the whole set will likely make a cameo.
That’s a bit earlier than the usual May timeframe, but OnePlus decided to pull the release a bit earlier this year so it has a fighting chance against the Galaxy and LG onslaught that is expected for next month.
Keep in mind, however, that those prices have been quoted in local currency, so they might be a tad higher when they hit US carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon, and by slightly we mean that they often happen to be 20% higher when they reach this side of the pond. Unless OnePlus is fighting for market share increase, that is, as it should be doing stateside.