OnePlus Eight evaluation: Matches right into a finances with out sacrificing {hardware}

Of the a number of telephones OnePlus introduced in 2020, which incorporates the OnePlus Eight Professional in April, the OnePlus 8T in October and the OnePlus Nord N10 5G in November, the OnePlus Eight stays our favourite and has obtained CNET’s Editors’ Selection. 

LikeCharges rapidly90Hz displayRelatively extra inexpensive high-end telephone

Do not LikeMacro zoom lens is unimpressiveNo wi-fi charging

Not solely does it boast premium specs, but it surely additionally contains a comparatively inexpensive value. At launch it went for $699 (£599) for 128GB of storage and $799 (£699) for 256GB, but it surely’s at present discounted at OnePlus for $200 much less. The OnePlus Eight is accessible within the US at T-Cellular and, for the primary time ever, Verizon; and it’ll work on different carriers (OnePlus and Amazon will promote it unlocked, as effectively). Be aware that Verizon is promoting it at a better value of $799 (128GB).

On specs alone, the OnePlus Eight Professional is objectively the higher telephone. It has extra options, like a 120Hz show and a telephoto digital camera (you possibly can see the checklist of different fundamental variations under). However the cheaper OnePlus Eight nonetheless maintains sufficient different specs like 5G, a 90Hz show, a permanent battery life and a top-of-the-line processor to ship a premium Android expertise.

Whereas it is true that the OnePlus telephones aren’t low-cost as they was once — the iPhone 11 prices $699 too — the OnePlus 8’s premium expertise comes at a lower cost than its different high-end Android rivals just like the Galaxy S20 and the Pixel 5. When you’re watching your finances intently however do not wish to sacrifice lots when it comes to {hardware}, the OnePlus Eight needs to be your prime contender.

OnePlus Eight and eight Professional 5G telephones dazzle in vibrant new colours
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OnePlus Eight vs. OnePlus Eight Professional: Key differencesOnePlus Eight has a 90Hz show, the OnePlus Eight Professional has a 120Hz displayOnly OnePlus Professional has wi-fi and reverse wi-fi chargingOnePlus Eight is a tad smaller, thinner and lighter than the Eight Professional (see spec chart on the finish for actual measurements)OnePlus Eight has three cameras; the OnePlus Eight has 4, together with a shade filterThe unlocked model of the OnePlus Eight shouldn’t be IP68 water-resistant. The OnePlus Eight Professional is. OnePlus 8’s 90Hz display screen nonetheless delivers

Like final 12 months’s OnePlus 7 Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a 90Hz show. In comparison with a telephone with a extra widespread refresh fee of 60 frames per second, the OnePlus Eight feels sooner and smoother — scrolling by means of my social media information feed or paging by means of residence display screen pages felt zippier. This pattern of upper refresh charges is probably going going to be adopted by extra telephone makers. (Earlier than we often noticed these in gaming telephones, however the mainstream Galaxy S20 telephones have 120Hz shows too.)

Surprisingly, as a result of I might readily see the distinction between a 60Hz show show and a 90Hz show, I assumed the OnePlus Eight Professional’s 120Hz would look even higher. However after I navigated each of them side-by-side, the Eight Professional did not really feel miles forward of the OnePlus 8. So, in case you’re leaning in the direction of the OnePlus Eight between the 2, don’t fret about “lacking out” on a superior show.

I reviewed the iridescent variant of the OnePlus Eight known as interstellar glow. It is a flashy, pleasant shade(s?) that’s, for lack of a greater phrase, cute. However the shiny materials attracts an unbelievable quantity of fingerprints. When you do not thoughts wiping down your telephone each couple of minutes (otherwise you simply can ignore the prints), it is positively a fun-looking telephone to hold round.

A fast observe concerning the telephone’s water resistance. T-Cellular and Verizon’s OnePlus Eight telephones will probably be rated IP68 for water resistance. However the unlocked model of the OnePlus Eight shouldn’t be rated (as in, those bought by means of OnePlus and Amazon). That does not imply it is utterly weak, although. OnePlus says the OnePlus Eight is as protected towards water as previous fashions. Final 12 months, I submerged the OnePlus 7 Professional, which is not IP licensed both, in a fish tank for 30 minutes and it survived with out points. 

The OnePlus 8’s enjoyable iridescent shade.

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Some minor software program variations

For probably the most half, the software program options and OS on the OnePlus Eight and eight Professional are equivalent — you possibly can learn extra particulars about them in my OnePlus Eight Professional evaluation. However the Eight Professional does have a couple of goodies all its personal. They embody the Eight Professional’s “Consolation Tone,” which mechanically adjustments the tint of the display screen relying on the ambient gentle atmosphere. Don’t fret, although, you possibly can nonetheless alter the OnePlus 8’s display screen tone (and thus make it extra comfy to your eyes in the dead of night), by means of Evening Mode in Settings.

The Eight Professional additionally has a “movement graphics smoothing” choice, which is meant to clean out movement blur when watching movies. However after I turned on these choices and watched movies, I barely observed any enchancment.

OnePlus 8’s triple rear cameras 

Just like the OnePlus Eight Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a regular 48-megapixel digital camera and wide-angle digital camera that take wonderful images. Nightscape, OnePlus’ low-light digital camera mode, additionally brightened up images effectively, however I observed the mode labored a tad higher on the Eight Professional. After I took a photograph of a big plant in the dead of night, the OnePlus Eight Professional’s picture had extra element. 

I like how the digital camera handles the colour contrasting between the blue constructing and yellow lemons.

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A photograph of a playground taken with the wide-angle digital camera.

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This image was taken in a darkish yard with Nightscape mode on.

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The OnePlus 8’s digital camera has a 2x lossless zoom, which is nice for closing in on faraway objects. It might probably additionally digitally zoom as much as 10x, however objects regarded lots blurrier at this stage. 

A lakeside photograph with no zoom. 

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Zooming in on buildings at 2x.

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The Oakland courthouse at 10x zoom.

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As a substitute of sharing a telephoto digital camera or a shade filter digital camera with the OnePlus Eight Professional, the OnePlus Eight has a macro digital camera. I used to be excited at this prospect, as I discover a macro digital camera to be extra helpful than the colour filter digital camera. However after I went up shut with a rose, the picture was muddy and the colours regarded flat. As a substitute, zooming in with the common digital camera produced images that, whereas maybe not as sharp, have been extra aesthetically pleasing and colourful. Remember the fact that the telephone can nonetheless take portrait images and not using a telephoto digital camera, in addition to good portrait images with the selfie digital camera.

This closeup shot of rose pedals utilizing the macro function is sharper than the one under, however colours are flatter.

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This picture was taken with out macro. Although it is blurrier, it is extra vibrant and pleasing.

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The OnePlus Eight can nonetheless take portrait images and not using a telephoto lens.

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The digital camera additionally has OIS and shoots 4K video that is sharp and regular. There’s an additional “tremendous stabilization” mode to additional clean down movement blur from hand shaking, however after I checked out each movies side-by-side, the impact or enhancements appeared minimal. 

OnePlus Eight efficiency and battery

The OnePlus Eight has the identical processor because the OnePlus Eight Professional, so for extra particulars on efficiency, head to the Eight Professional evaluation. For probably the most half, each telephones carried out equally on benchmark checks and the OnePlus Eight stays aggressive amongst different Android telephones that additionally share the identical Snapdragon 865 chipset, just like the Galaxy S20 and the LG V60. 

Be aware that whereas I included the Pixel Four for comparability, Google’s telephone is supplied with final 12 months’s Snapdragon 855 processor.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.Zero single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.Zero multicore

Be aware:
Longer bars point out higher efficiency

I carried out battery checks on steady video playback on Airplane mode. The 4,300-mAh battery contained in the OnePlus Eight ran for a median of 18 hours, 48 minutes on each its 90Hz and 60Hz display screen setting (as a result of the video I performed was shot in 30fps, it is smart that the occasions have been shut). By comparability, the Eight Professional’s 4,510-mAh battery clocked in 18 hours, 52 minutes. I will replace this piece with ultimate outcomes and scores after we end working streaming video checks.

As with previous generations of OnePlus gadgets, the OnePlus Eight has super-fast Warp Charging. From a 0% battery stage, 15 minutes of charging powered up the telephone as much as 35%, at 30 minutes it was at 65% and after an hour the battery was practically utterly replenished at 98%.

OnePlus Eight spec comparability

OnePlus Eight 5G

OnePlus Eight Professional 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G

Google Pixel 4

Show dimension, decision

6.55-inch AMOLED; 1,080×2,400 pixels

6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels

6.2-inch AMOLED

5.7-inch OLED; 1,080×2,280 pixels

Pixel density





Dimensions (Inches)

6.three x 2.Eight x 0.31 in

6.51 x 2.93 x 0.35 in

2.72 x 5.97 x 0.311 in

2.7 x 5.7 x 0.three in

Dimensions (Millimeters)

160 x 72.9 x 8.Zero mm

165 x 74.Four x 8.5 mm

69.1 x 151.7 x 7.9 mm

68.Eight x 147.1 x 8.2 mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.35 oz; 180g

7.02 oz; 199g

5.75 oz; 163g

5.7 oz; 162g

Cellular software program

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

Digital camera

48-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro)

48-megapixel (normal), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘shade filter’)

12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)

12.2-megapixel (normal), 16-megapixel (telephoto)

Entrance-facing digital camera





Video seize






Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.Zero GHz)

2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855


128GB, 256GB

128GB, 256GB


64GB, 128GB


8GB, 12GB

8GB, 12GB



Expandable storage



As much as 1TB







Fingerprint sensor










Headphone jack





Particular options

5G enabled; Warp Cost; 90Hz refresh fee

5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-resistant (IP68); 120Hz refresh fee

5G enabled; 120Hz refresh fee; water-resistant (IP68)

Soli movement sensing and touchless gestures; 90Hz refresh fee; water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging

Value off-contract (USD)

$699 (8GB RAM/128GB), $799 (12GB RAM/256GB)

$899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB)

$999 (5G)

$499 (64GB)*, $599 (128GB)*

Value (GBP)

£599 (8GB RAM/128GB), £699 (12GB RAM/256GB)

£799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB)

£799 (4G), £899 (5G)

£519 (64GB)*, £599 (128GB)*

Value (AUD)

UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB)

UK converts to: AU$1,180 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,370 (12GB RAM/256GB)

AU$1,349 (4G), AU$1,499 (5G)

AU$849 (64GB)*, AU$999 (128GB)*

Be aware: Pixel Four costs as of April 14, 2020.

First revealed on April 14.

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