OnePlus 8 represents the highest of trends. It brings the brand’s famously low-price, high-spec phones ever closer to, if almost on par with, the polish of other flagship phones; and in several ways, it also sees OnePlus adopting a number of its competitors’ design philosophies.
We’ve seen this before with the removal of the headphone jack within the OnePlus 7; here, the OnePlus 8 and higher-specced but pricier OnePlus 8 Pro have swapped that phone’s pop-up selfie camera with a punch-hole within the top-left corner.
Admittedly, the camera is a smaller amount cool to work, but it isn’t such a loss because that switch likely made the new phones more water-resistant given the OnePlus 8 Pro has an IP68 water- and dust-resistance rating (but not the OnePlus 8, which only has the standard OnePlus assurance of water resistance).
The new phone brings the base-level handset to a flagship level of polish also as specs. Last year, the brand’s phones finally split between a reasonable ‘standard’ version and a professional model that was a considerable upgrade in terms of both features and looks; but this year the OnePlus 8 gets physical refinements that weren’t granted to 2019’s cheaper models.
In other words, the OnePlus 8 looks a touch more flagship with its curved-edge ‘waterfall’ display and punch-hole for its selfie camera (teardrop notches are passé in 2020) – and it doesn’t hurt that this model ditches the massive circular camera block of the OnePlus 7T for a more attractive vertical strip almost like the one on its pricier OnePlus 8 Pro sibling.
The OnePlus 8 doesn’t pack all of the Pro’s tricks – it misses out on a zoom lens and wireless charging – but the essentials are all here: a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, and a 4,300mAh battery which will be fully charged in an hour using the Warp Charge 30T charger included within the box.
Its specs are impressive enough, but with 5G connectivity, the OnePlus 8’s $699 / £599 (about AU$1,100) tag makes it the foremost affordable 5G phone in many markets. It’s a svelte phone with few drawbacks, and hard to not recommend because the best affordable flagship of 2020 so far .
OnePlus 8 price and release date
This affordable 5G flagship costs $699 / £599 (around AU$1,100)
The OnePlus 8 landed within the UK on April 21 and April 29 within the US
Australia launch remains unclear
You can now buy the OnePlus 8 within the US and UK because the phone went on sale in April 2020. We’re still not clear whether the OnePlus 8 are going to be released in Australia. during a statement, OnePlus told us: “We are working hard to line up a seamless experience for our fans before we continue sale in Australia”.
The OnePlus 8 starts at $699 / £599 (around AU$1,100), putting it above the launch price for the OnePlus 7 (£499 – the phone wasn’t released within the US or Australia), and therefore the OnePlus 7T ($599 / £549 / about AU$950). That initial price is for the 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage option, which matches up to $799 / £699 (around $1,372) for the 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage version.
Given the upper polish and 5G connectivity, we aren’t totally surprised by the worth hike, though meaning OnePlus’ new phone competes more directly with identically-priced affordable flagships just like the iPhone 11.
OnePlus has been making inroads into the US market, and therefore the OnePlus 8 are going to be available on the new T-Mobile (which includes Sprint) – and, for the primary time, on Verizon. With the carrier field having been reduced after T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint, the OnePlus 8’s unavailability on AT&T is a smaller amount of a blow.
While standard OnePlus 8 phones will support sub-6 5G, Verizon is getting a special version which will also work on its mmWave 5G network also as its future mid-band network. That Verizon version is often ordered on April 29 in Onyx Black or an exclusive Polar Silver hue and may be added to a contract for $33/month for twenty-four months.