OnePlus launched its new flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, this week, offering high-end specs and features at a lower price than many of its competitors.
We got our hands on one of the OnePlus 8 Pro devices and thought we would see how it turns out. iPhone 11 Pro Max in our last YouTube video.
There are a few models at different prices, but for our video, we compare the OnePlus 8 Pro at $ 899 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, plus a pretty exclusive “freezing” color, mostly comparable to $ 1,249 mostly iPhone 11 Pro Max with 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which represents a bonus of $ 350.
Both smartphones are attractive, well designed and have a premium look. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a frosted back a bit like the iPhone 11 Pro, and it looks attractive in the glacial green shade. OnePlus takes an advantage over Apple when it comes to fun colors, because Apple is rather conservative with its Pro range.
The 11 Pro and the OnePlus 8 both have large camera bumps on the back. Apple is in a square shape housing triple-lens cameras, while OnePlus has opted for a vertical bump that sits in the middle of the smartphone. It also has a triple lens camera.
On the side, the OnePlus 8 Pro has an alert slider that can be toggled between silent, vibrating and ringing, one more option than the iPhone provides with its vibrating and ringing options.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 6.7 inch screen, which is just a little larger than the 6.5 inch screen of the 11iPhone 11 Pro Max. It is an OLED display with a refresh date of 120 Hz and a resolution of 3168 x 1440. Apple has not yet brought a refresh rate of 120 Hz to the iPhone, but there have been rumors of a 120 Hz display on the iPhone since Apple added functionality to the iPad Pro.
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the S20 Ultra, also has a 120 Hz screen but limited it to just 1080p. The new OnePlus 8 Pro supports 120 Hz at full screen resolution, but at the cost of some battery life.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has nothing to do with the True Depth or Face ID camera system, so there is only one front camera cutout on the right side, and otherwise everything is displayed.
Without Face ID, the OnePlus 8 Pro uses an optical fingerprint sensor, which is built into the screen and appears to be working properly. There have been rumors that Apple is working on optical fingerprint sensor technology, but if it’s a feature in development, it’s not something we expect in the 2020 iPhone range.
This year, wireless charging is new to the OnePlus 8 Pro, a feature that iPhones have had for years. It supports 30 W fast wireless charging with a $ 70 charger, which means it can be charged from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes (any other Qi charger is 5 W, however). A 30W AC adapter is included for fast wired charging. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is limited to 7.5 W wireless charging while wired fast charging requires a Lightning to USB-C cable and an 18 W + AC adapter.
The battery life between the two phones is not too different. The honeiPhone 11 Pro Max has a battery of 3969 mAh and the OnePlus 8 Pro a battery of 4500 mAh.
When it comes to camera quality, the OnePlus 8 Pro generally lags behind other smartphone manufacturers, and Apple is generally leading the pack, but OnePlus seems to have improved somewhat. This year, the OnePlus 8 Pro includes a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, an 48-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 5-megapixel depth camera.
We can only test in the house right now, so we haven’t dived deep into the camera, but the OnePlus 8 Pro is more on par with the iPhone. Most of the time, iPhone images are always more natural, but OnePlus does a better job with ultra wide angle image quality and some portrait photos are more beautiful.
The OnePlus 8 Pro still lags behind in low-light photography (like indoor lighting), but longer exposure night mode images are comparable to Night mode iPhone images. There is also a macro photo mode, which works well and captures images with great detail.
The high-end smartphones are all so fast now that it is no longer necessary to compare performance, and the OnePlus 8 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max work at an expected level of a premium smartphone.
Even if the OnePlus 8 Pro is able to offer a set of features comparable to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the operating system is a huge factor when buying a smartphone. A person deep in the iOS ecosystem (like many of us here at MacRumors) will not switch to Android, and the same goes for Android users accustomed to this operating system.
The OnePlus 8 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max are both great smartphones, and if you’re in the Android ecosystem, the new OnePlus device is worth a look. If you’re someone with no preference for the operating system, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a strong competitor to the iPhone that has a lot to offer at a lower price.