OnePlus 8 vs 8 Pro: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with two new flagship phones from one plus the 8 and the 8 Pro we're going to compare them side-by-side in this video because there are quite a few differences now they've sent these phones in these large press kits so these are not what you'll get when you receive yours but of course they do make for nice unboxing experiences they've also sent me their optional wireless charger which works with a new 8 pro more details on that later but first let's get to the phones so once we remove these sleeves revealing these never settle boxes all we have to do is

Lift up the lid then the first thing we'll get are these reviewer packets so these are really nice well Illustrated information packets that tell us about these specs and features of the new phones so again these cases are optional but they reveal right away that the oneplus 8 pro has a different camera design than they one +8 and of course we'll get into that next up we have the retail packaging so these bright red boxes are what you will get when you buy your oneplus the boxes themselves are very similar but the one for the pro is a bit taller and thicker than the one

For the 8 but they make it easy to get into these boxes by putting these tabs on the back to remove the plastic wrap so lifting up the Liz there's a difference in terms of how these are packaged you can see that the 1 + 8 on the left has its paperwork and they pack it on top of the phone while the paperwork is inside the tray for the 8 pro the paperwork is identical between each phone just resize for the packaging one of the more interesting pieces here is the SAR value which is the radiofrequency emission of these phones that might have something to do with the

New radios inside these phones which includes 5g and Wi-Fi six support we also get a matching set of oneplus stickers including reference to the smooth fluid AMOLED display as always we get the invitation letter from the oneplus CEO and on the back of that invitation letter is our sim ejection tool so if you want to read this just pause your screen all the accessories are identical the only thing that differs here is the included case for the 1 plus 8 Pro it's a pretty nice clear TPU style case with the never settled branding emboss on the outside

Although wireless charging is exclusive to the 8 pearl both phones get the exact same warp 30 T wired charger so these are 30 watt chargers that can rapidly recharge these phones from 1% to 50 in under half an hour and it can do this without overheating the phone so that means you won't suffer any sort of performance limitations while it's charging in terms of the color selection both phones are available in Glacial green or onyx black but the colors I have here are exclusive to each model so the ultramarine blue is exclusive to the eight pro and the interstellar Glo is

Exclusive to the 1+8 at least at the time of this video in terms of interstellar glow it's more of a special effect than a color in itself just because it changes so much depending on the lighting conditions now it's extremely reflective and that can be a problem when you're photographing something if actually found that it reflects too much light back at the subject and distorts that light so personally I would prefer something matte or just put a case on it but I really love this ultramarine blue has this nice satin color which hides

Fingerprints and looks really nice as the light changes across its surface for the most part both of these phones look like scaled versions of each other both of them have the rounded edges so that means the display is pretty steeply rounded toward the edges and the back glass is also rounded to a very symmetrical design that sort of evokes Samsung phones so that means we have a really nice smooth edge to grip the phone it also looks really nice but like all curved displays it does cause unintentional presses of the display which can be annoying it's mitigated if

You're using a case but if you're using it without the case I think it becomes a problem pretty often but again we have a stainless steel frame and the intended design seems to be identical which makes sense so we have the antenna breaks in roughly the same position at the bottom edge we'll find one of our stereo speakers along with our USB C port and a double-sided nano SIM tray which incidentally does have a water gasket around it that is red which is a pretty subtle call out to one plusses favorite color along the right side there's a pretty familiar setup with the power

Button just below the three position alerts slider and on the left side we'll find our volume rocker on the top edge is one of the microphones along with a ridge on the 1+8 pro design which is not there on the oneplus 8 now both phones have the exact same earpiece design which is discreetly integrated into the top edge of the phone it's a nice wide speaker which also acts as the second half of the stereo speaker setup and it's nice and clear now if you look really closely under the right lighting conditions you'll see the ambient light sensor and

Proximity sensor really discreetly tucked into that thin bezel in fact the screen protector on the 1+8 is actually cut out specifically for those sensors which tipped me off to where they were one of the bigger changes from the seven Pro from last year is the elimination of the pop-up camera in favor of a hole-punch camera which means the camera is integrated into the display and it's a really small opening as well so it's able to pretty neatly and discreetly hide in the status bar of the operating system now I definitely miss these sort of mechanical magic of that pop-up

Camera but it is more solid-state so should be more robust and obviously more water-resistant face-on lock is still here as well and it works extremely quickly although I'm not sure how secure it is but it does have a new feature that lights up the display to wash your face and light so you can see your face even in a pitch-black room and whenever the camera is in use you'll see that little animation around the camera bezel now what's interesting in my case is that the 1+8 is the only one with the included screen protector which one plus is famous for the a pro does not have it

Personally I don't like the screen protector so I prefer to not have it on here but I know a lot of people expected both phones also have in screen fingerprint readers which use light to basically see through the display and it's still the fastest and most reliable in screen fingerprint reader I've ever used in terms of these displays the three primary differences are size resolution and refresh rate so we have a six-point 55 inch screen versus a six-point 78 inch screen so that gives us a resolution of 1080p vs. 1440p so that's good for 402 pixels per inch on

The 8 vs 513 pixels per inch on the Pro and like a lot of other slim bezel smartphones these are extra tall displays with an aspect ratio of 20 by 9 or 19 by 8 by 9 now we've seen the fluid AMOLED displays before but this time it's 90 Hertz for the 1 plus 8 or 120 Hertz for the 1 plus 8 Pro now a typical smartphone has a 60 Hertz refresh rate so 90 or 120 Hertz is a big improvement that basically means that things look a lot smoother especially when you're scrolling so it gives the impression of a much faster and smoother operating system both of these displays are HDR

Panels with some software features to boost the HDR performance especially in video and gaming but the pro does get a 10-bit panel similar to the galaxy s 20 so that means it can produce up to 60 times more colors more accurately than a standard smartphone display but side by side these displays are identically calibrated so they look very similar to each other it's really hard to tell the difference and in terms of video it does support the HDR 10 standard in terms of audio again we have stereo speakers and they're pretty well balanced although the top speaker is more prominent we do

Have support for Dolby Atmos and for the most part the speakers are loud and clear with a nice wide soundscape wireless charging is something that we've long wanted from a oneplus device but they've always been reluctant to offer it because it's a lot slower than they're wired charger but they've been able to design a wireless charging solution that works just as fast as their wire charger so this is their work charge 30 wireless device which is sold separately so just like a wire charger you can charge your phone up to 50 percent in only 30 minutes the oneplus 8

Pro is still a wireless Qi device which means it can be charged by any wireless charger that supports it but in order to get these speeds you do need this specific charging dock at least for now the eight pro also supports reverse wireless charging so if you turn this on within the system you can wirelessly charge other devices like a smartphone or a set of headphones specs are almost identical for both of these phones they both get the same snapdragon 865 cpu with the audrina 650 GPU that's the latest hardware used on most flagship phones today and both of them have two

Different storage tiers 128 gigs or 256 gigs and that's fast ufs 3.0 storage that also corresponds with either 8 or 12 gigs of ram in terms of synthetic benchmarking both devices perform roughly the same although I did get better performance out of the 8 for some reason just slightly but it is significantly better than the 7 Pro from last year and is consistent with performance out of the galaxy s 20 both of these phones have the exact same radios as well so they get Wi-Fi 6 support bluetooth 5.1 and the X 55 5g modem 5g isn't widely available on a lot

Of networks but at least these phones are future both of these phones also get huge batteries 4300 milliamp hours for the eight and forty five hundred and ten for the eight pro so my experience with the eight pro after using it for about a week I'm able to get about seven to eight hours of on-screen time and that's with 120 Hertz refresh rate and full resolution and taking no battery saving measures at all in terms of these cameras at first glance it really does look like the pro just has one extra camera that the eight doesn't have but

The reality they have completely different camera systems with different optics and different sensors in terms of the one plus eight triple camera set up toward the top we have the 16 megapixel ultra wide camera the 14 megapixel camera toward the middle and the macro camera at the bottom in terms of the pro we have a 48 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera a 48 make a pixel main camera and a color filter camera toward the bottom and off tour the side is the 3x telephoto camera and that vertical strip includes a microphone along with a laser assisted on the focusing mechanism which

Is exclusive to the pro it basically means we have a quicker and more accurate AF system on the pro than the standard 8 so both of these phones have 14 megapixel wide-angle cameras but they're using different sensors the pros using the sony imx6 89 which has one point 12 micron pixels versus the sony amx 586 on the 8th which has point 8 micron pixels so bigger is better for better low-light sensitivity the pro also has a 7 element lens instead of a 6th element lens so a much larger sensor and better optics the pro does get a dedicated telephoto camera which is 8

Megapixels with optical image stabilization that helps the pro achieve a 30x zoom a lot of that is hybrid zoom so it's a combination of that high 48 megapixel sensor alongside this optical zoom the standard 8 only achieves 10x zoom which is mostly just digital cropping one of the things that really impressed me about the main camera on the 8 pro is how well it preserves dynamic range without flattening or softening an image that makes this camera especially fun to use in backlit shots or shots with extreme contrast now seems to be able to find the right

Exposure for the subject without overexposing the levels in the background it's also able to do this while preserving incredible sharpness and color with virtually no noise so it doesn't look processed performance is pretty similar on the standard 8 but it's not quite as good in low-light in terms of real low-light shots again I'm really impressed by what the 8 pro does is able to finally write color and white balance for the shot bring up the exposure without losing detail and seems to be able to completely eliminate noise without losing detail unfortunately both

The wide-angle and the main camera seem to have similar performance in low-light that's not the case for the 8 while the wide-angle camera on the 8 looks very similar to the pro the ultra wide camera definitely contrasts with the performance of the main camera a really useful new feature at least to me is smart pet capture this works on both the 8 Pro and the 8 and basically can keep track of your cat or dog face to maintain focus and exposure even while they're moving video also looks fantastic on these cameras we get 4k up to 60 frames per second with excellent

Dynamic range great color and detail one of the things that really stands out about these cameras however is stabilization some of the best I've seen on any smartphone so we have optical and electronic stabilization so a handheld video is very smooth out but it looks natural without the skips and jumps that tend to happen with process stabilization next up let's dig into this operating system so this is Android 10 with oxygen OS which is pretty close to stock Android there's a lot of features to still talk about here one of the features they promote is dark-themed

2.0 which you can activate by going to settings under settings you'll find a customization panel and from here you can go to tone and select comp colorful light which is default or dark so this will apply system-wide and across apps that support it so that's quite a few apps such as Safari and then we're going to take a look at this customization panel because there's a lot here so you can change your wallpapers and we do have these new live interactive wallpapers which will respond to the weather conditions and there's quite a few of them I chose my own wallpaper

Just so I can have a consistent look to show the differences between these devices so I'm just going to go back and stick with the one I chose he we also have our fingerprint animation so we have different fingerprints we can choose from now the one I have on by default is energy but we have cosmos ripple stripe as well as none so you just want to play one we also have the horizon light so this will line up the edges of the phone in a color you prefer so there's just forward to pick from here I just go with blue and again that will flash notifications when the screen

Is off or locked so if it's laying face down it will light up your table for you so that's one of the benefits of that edge screen we also have our clock styles and there's many to pick from here so if you want something more minimal or if you want to see your notification badges and the calendar we can also customize the accent color for our buttons blue is on by default you can see different panels depending on whether you choose dark theme or light theme we also have our system icons you can go from square to circle to teardrop or round rectangle we also have our icon

Pack so you can go with oxygen OS or the hydrogen theme or it can pick something else from one of the stores and we also have our fonts so you can go with Android Roboto theme or one pluses and that's what I'm using there's also a lot to take a look at under display settings and there's quite a few differences here between these phones when it comes to the display so for example comfort tone this will automatically adapt the white balance to the ambient conditions in the room which appears not to be available for the 1+8 the 8 Pro also has these video enhancement features but the one

Plus 8 reduces it to just this vibrant color effect which you can apply to video so it's a little less sophisticated so in terms of the vibrant color effect Pro again does a very similar thing which is to enhance colors and then we have motion graphics smoothing this is the big thing this will actually improve the frame rate or interpolate the frame wait for 120 Hertz for all video there's some differences under advanced as well now you can change the resolution that's displayed on the 1+8 pro but you can't do that on the standard 1 + 8 because it's a

Standard 1080p screen in this case you can drop it down to 1080p and this will change the resolution or bump it back up to qhd+ and when you get that or when you turn that on you get the option to enable auto power saving so this will reduce the resolution to full HD plus when it's not needed we can also adjust the refresh rate so we can go down to a standard 60 Hertz to save battery life if you prefer if you prefer to hide the camera better so it doesn't stand out as this dot on the screen which I don't think is a big deal you can actually black out that section of the screen so

It looks like it's part of the bezel first I definitely don't prefer that we can also customize the status bar so we have an icon manager it allows us to select what's displayed in the status bar so if you want to simplify what appears up top this is where you can do it now one of the first things I would recommend is going to screen calibration and choosing a different color profile it wasn't a big fan of the vivid or natural color it looks a little too warm so I chose advance with AMOLED wide gamut and that got me that more vibrant color with the cleaner white under

Buttons and gestures we have our settings for the alert slider so you can assign different actions for those positions but we also have the navigation bar and gestures now I've activated gestures which means you don't have the traditional navigation bar toward the bottom instead you swipe up to go home swipe up and hold to get to your recent apps launcher and more importantly you can swipe in from any edge to go back instead of thumbing down here the finally back button which I think is a big improvement now by default it also hides the bottom bar

Which is that little indicator I think that's superfluous but if you want you can turn that on in terms of the interface this is pretty much Android 10 and it's extremely smooth with this 120 Hertz refresh rate so you have your Google panel when you swipe in from the left edge so I've done to get to your widget panel and some of these are customized for the oneplus device if you go to the editor you can see we have a few more here so if you want you can go ahead and drag and drop as many apps as you want into that widget panel so we have a reading mode with two options we

Have a chromatic effect which sort of dims down the colors and warms up the screen so it's a little more easy on the ice especially for reading we also have the option to choose the mono effect now that completely removes the colors we also have a night mode so you can turn this on manually but if we long press we get to some of our options so you can set this to turn on automatically at a custom time range or automatically with your sunset and sunrise of your location you can change the color temperature which I actually really like it you also change the lightness of the effect we

Also have a very handy screen recorder this gives us some options here so you can change the resolution the bitrate the frames per second the audio source and more so if we click record here starts recording and we can continue to have gained through our interface and demonstrating whatever we want to and you can see the control widget up here click stop and it saves it to your gallery there's another trick on the home screen and that's the hidden space so from the home screen just pinch out this takes you to a place where you can hide apps you don't want

Other people to see at least readily obviously if they know that feature is there they'll find it but you can select whatever app you want to hide in the space next up let's take a look at this camera app which is pretty intuitive so we can cycle between our available cameras here so we have ultra wide standard wide-angle and we have our zoom tap and hold to get to our dial and we can zoom all the way in to 30x now this is limited to 10x on the regular 8 but you can see we can pretty smoothly jump between these cameras like so you'll see a transition at some points here but

Otherwise it's pretty smooth this also works in video so while recording video you can smoothly move between these cameras without much issue you will see it jump occasionally like so otherwise this is also limited to 10x when you're recording in video of course we have slow motion panorama time-lapse we have a portrait mode nightscape and pro mode so pro mode gives us precise controls or manual controls for ISO level white balance or aperture our focus levels and our exposure up top we have quick toggles for our timer our flash we can cycle between 48

Megapixels or 12 megapixels now if you look at the message up here they do recommend you shoot in 12 megapixels because it's more flexible but 48 megapixels requires more light now if you choose 48 megapixels you do lose some features here so for example you lose the telephoto camera but you still have your ultra wide and standard wide-angle we also have a super macro mode which is available on both devices although the oneplus 8 has a dedicated camera for macro that's not needed on the hardware here settings always has lots to take a look at here so we have

Ultra shot HDR so that's where you can turn this off lots of other options here such as smart content detection video resolutions so I have it set to 4k at 30 frames per second but you can go for 4k at 60 frames per second or for case sin at both 30 or 60 frames-per-second that said ultra wide aspect ratio that takes advantage of this tall display we also have a tripod long exposure feature so when the phone is mounted its able to keep the shutter open longer for long exposure that's something you can't really do handheld so when it comes to pricing these start

At $6.99 for the eighth and $8.99 for the pro so $200 separates them now if you add $100 to each of those configurations you get double the storage and twelve gigs of ram so those are still relative bargains even though there's still pretty big numbers especially when you consider where oneplus came from but when you consider flagship phones with these specs costs over $1000 these are pretty impressive devices now from my perspective the eighth pro is one of the first one plus devices to really have all of the flagship features you expect with

Nothing missing usually something was missing such as wireless charging not only do we get wireless charging we get the best wireless charging solution out there so even though similarly equipped flagship smartphones costs over $1000 this stays under $1000 and adds features that other smartphones like it don't have are the guys hope you enjoyed this look at the one plus eight and the eight pro you guys enjoyed this video please leave a like to let me know and I'll see you again in my next video

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