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OnePlus 8 vs 8 Pro review: What’s the difference?

OnePlus has, as promised, launched the 8 series of smartphones for 2020. The regular OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have various differences so you’ll want to think carefully about which one to buy.

This is one of those comparisons where we’re going to split the article into what’s different, then talk about what specs and features the phones share. Let’s start with the important differences.

Read our OnePlus 8 review and OnePlus 8 Pro review.

Screen

The displays on the OnePlus 8 series phones might look pretty much the same but the Pro gets a few extra features. Namely a 120Hz refresh rate and Quad HD+ resolution, when the regular 8 is on 90Hz and Full HD+.

That’s not necessarily a bad point for the OnePlus 8 as we find the difference in refresh rate minimal and this combined with the higher resolution will drain your battery quicker. So unless you really want those top trumps specs, the Pro might not be worth it.

The displays are a slightly different size too, so the OnePlus 8 comes in at 6.55in while the Pro is 6.78in. Not a huge difference, but worth considering.

Cameras

Photography is a fairly big difference here, rather than just the one lens difference we often see between phones in the same family.

Although it’s still 48Mp, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a more impressive sensor. It’s main camera is a Sony IMX689 while the regular is using the older IMX586. The Pro also has this but is using it with an ultrawide angle lens.

It then has a 3x telephoto lens and a 5Mp colour filter camera. The regular has an ultrawide but at 16Mp and it’s third option is a 2Mp macro.

Here are the details for each phone’s rear cameras:

OnePlus 8 cameras
48Mp main, f/1.75, OIS, IMX586
16Mp ultrawide, f/2.2, 116 degrees
2Mp macro, f/2.4
OnePlus 8 Pro cameras
48Mp main, f/1.78, OIS, IMX689
48Mp ultrawide, f/2.2, 119 degrees IMX586
8Mp telephoto, f/2.44, OIS, 3x optical zoom
5Mp colour filter camera, f/2.4
Battery & Charging

Different size devices often have different sized batteries and that’s the case here. The OnePlus 8 is an impressive 4300mAh but the Pro goes further at 4510mAh.

Both OnePlus 8 models have Warp Charge 30T wired fast charging. However, the 8 Pro is the first phone from the company to get wireless charging.

This is also 30W and even has reverse wireless charging like some Samsung Galaxy handsets. This means you can use it as a charger for other devices such as compatible wireless earbud cases or other phones.

Design

Apart from the 8 Pro being slightly larger and heavier than the regular model due to its bigger screen and larger battery, it has a key advantage.

It’s the first OnePlus phone to come with proper waterproofing. It’s the highest rating at IP68 so can be fully dunked in fresh water and is also fully dust proof. The regular OnePlus 8 has no IP rating.

In the UK, both phones come in Onyx Black or Glacial Green.

However, things are more complex in the US where the regular 8 is available in Glacial Green or Interstellar Glow.

The 8 Pro is then available in Glacial Green, Onyx Black or Ultramarine Blue.

Internals

There’s a minimal difference between the phones when it comes to internal components and really is only one that techy users will care about.

While the OnePlus 8 has DDR4 memory, the 8 Pro has faster DDR5 RAM instead. You might get one-up on your mates down the pub but between the two phones we’ve not noticed a difference in this respect when it comes to real world usage.

Price

So there’s plenty on the OnePlus 8 Pro to tempt you with, but how much more is it? Well it’s £200 or $200 extra well spent if you ask us, especially when you compare it to other brands.

You’re getting a lot extra for your money, although we would say don’t do it if for the screen upgrades alone as these are a little over the top. Check the table below for full pricing.

Shared specs

With the main differences between the OnePlus 8 series covered, here’s a simple spec list of the things you’ll get no matter which phone you buy.

Android 10 with Oxygen OS
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
5G
8/12GB RAM
128/256GB storage UFS 3.0
In-screen fingerprint reader
16Mp selfie camera
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
GPS
USB-C
Warp Charge 30T (30W wired charging)
Stereo speakers
Specs
OnePlus 8 Pro: Specs

Android 10 with Oxygen OS 10.5

6.78in Quad HD+ (1440×3168) Fluid AMOLED Plus, 20:9, 120Hz, HDR10+

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor

8/12GB RAM (DDR5)

128/256GB internal storage (UFS 3.0)

48Mp main, f/1.78, PDAF, OIS
48Mp ultrawide, f/2.2
8Mp telephoto, f/2.44, OIS, 3x hybrid zoom
5Mp colour filter lens, f/2.4

16Mp selfie camera, f/2.45

Fingerprint scanner (in-screen)

11ax dual-band Wi-Fi 6

Bluetooth 5.1

GPS

NFC

5G
Dual-nano SIM

USB-C

4510mAh non-removable battery

Warp Charge 30T (30W)
Warp Charge 30 wireless charging (10W with Qi)
IP68

165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5mm

199g

OnePlus 8: Specs

Android 10 with Oxygen OS 10.5

6.55in Full HD+ (1080×2400) Fluid AMOLED Plus, 20:9, 90Hz, HDR10+

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor

8/12GB RAM (DDR4)

128/256GB internal storage (UFS 3.0)

48Mp main, PDAF, OIS
16Mp ultrawide
2Mp macro

16Mp selfie camera

Fingerprint scanner (in-screen)

11ac dual-band Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.1

GPS

NFC

5G
Dual-nano SIM

USB-C

4300mAh non-removable battery

Warp Charge 30T (30W)

160x 72.9 x 8.mm

180g

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