Oneplus 8 Pro: Absolute Monster?

Just because my last post was very much about the new and affordable Oneplus Nord, I’m deciding to do a follow up with the Oneplus 8 Pro. I will start with its notable features and specs. Just a heads up, this writing is quite in depth, so be wary if you’re not very tech savvy.

Oneplus 8 Pro Specs & Features

*NEW* — Wireless charging. Oneplus’s phones have lacked wireless charging for years, up until the 8 (and 8 Pro). They have refused to implement the feature because it is notoriously slow, bad for the battery (from overheating), and an added expense. Now, Oneplus has perfected wireless charging to meet their standards — wireless warp speed charging at up to 30 Watts (The same speed as Oneplus’s wired warp charging, which is also known as the charging solution to any smartphone).

Best ever display: While the Oneplus 8 pro wasn’t the first 2020 phone to have a 120 Hz refresh rate, it is the first to have a 120 hz refresh rate at maximum resolution (3,168 x 1,440). Many may claim the difference is negligible; but even with “just” a 90hz display (My Oneplus 7 pro), I can clearly see the difference from 60hz. 120 hz refresh rate is a cool feature to have, because very few TVs and monitors have such a refresh rate; commonly seen in gaming monitors/TVs.

There’s more to it than just 120hz: It has a 10-bit color profile, which makes for 1.07 billion colors, compared to “only” 16.7 million colors in other 8-bit displays. To make maximum use of this, videos, games, and pictures are upscaled to 10 bit color, and if applicable, are also upscaled to 60 FPS or 120 FPS. It’s accurate to say the Oneplus 8 Pro is a theater you can fit in your pocket, since it also has dual loudspeakers with Dolby Atmos.

Other notable features/specs: The Oneplus also has very fast storage: UFS 3.0, which is essentially a super SSD, which can reach read/write speeds up to 23.2 Gbps. For comparison, any HDD storage medium in PCs only reach 800 Mbps. It also packs LPDDR5, which is the successor to LPDDR4X. RAM generation upgrades generally bring in double the performance and 50% less power consumption over the previous generation.

iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Oneplus 8 Pro

This iPhone is Apple’s biggest, and most expensive iPhone ($1099 to $1449). Even the standard 11 Pro starts at $999 to $1249.

First up, the display. The iPhone’s resolution is just 2688 x 1242 (3,338,496 pixels), and 6.46 inches. The 8 Pro has 50% more display pixels (4,561,920), a bigger screen size at 6.78 inches, and a higher screen to body ratio, with no huge notch. The iPhone’s display has absolutely nothing groundbreaking about it, which should be an embarrassment to Apple and iPhone owners.

Battery and charging: The iPhone has a 3969 mAH battery, while the Oneplus packs a 4,500 mAh battery. The iPhone, unsurprisingly, has inferior charging speeds as well. It’s worth noting the iPhone 11 Pro is the first iPhone that Apple bundles with faster charging (18 watts); anything less (including the standard iPhone 11) still ships with an ancient 5 watt charger, forcing you to spend over $50 on fast charging. The wireless charging is even slower, at 7.5 watts. No iPhone is known for good battery life, so one can expect it to barely last you the day, and for Apple to throttle the iPhone’s performance after 1-2 years; you can give Apple another $69 to replace its shortlived battery.

Performance: 4 GB RAM vs 8 GB/12 GB. Apple’s iPhones have as much ram as PCs did a decade all while other smartphones ship with up to 16 GB of RAM, which is the same amount of RAM you’d find in a modest gaming PC. Apple further their consumers by only using LPDDR4X ram; which has 50% less performance and efficiency than LPDDR5.