What to Expect?
OnePlus announces a couple of smartphones a year, but in 2019, the company came up with 2 options for the smartphone – the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, as well as two options of the “T” version in the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. With high expectations from the OnePlus 8.
In 2020 it looks like OP is stepping up the pace, as it’s expected to announce Oneplus 8 and Oneplus 8 Pro, as well as the OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus 8 Z.
So there are solid rumors that suggest that there is a new mid-range device or a budget device coming up with the OnePlus 8 line up, which is Oneplus Z. If it does launch then it would be the first non-flagship device from the company since the OnePlus X, which was launched in 2015.
OP has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 14. This is a bit earlier than previous generations’ release dates. The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 6 both landed in May, and the OnePlus 5 landed in June.
Other rumors also suggested that OP wanted to launch these devices earlier, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they re-scheduled those plans.
As such, we are confident that these renders give us a very good idea of what the OnePlus 8 family will look like.
Oneplus 8 looks a bit different from its predecessor, the OnePlus 7, which itself looked different from its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T.
The rear camera is arranged vertically in the center of the back same as OnePlus 7. But the third lens is added which is the major upgrade in the camera of OnePlus 8.
On the front, the water-drop notch is removed and instead OP preferred to go with the punch-hole route by adding a single selfie lens as a cutout in the upper left corner.
The button layout doesn’t change, it is the same as they were in the previous devices with the volume rocker on the left and the power button and alert slider on the right. The USB-C port is in its usual place and there’s still no 3.5mm headphone port and single speaker grille on the bottom. There is no headphone jack, but we expect that.
Some Smartphone accessory retailers and frequent leaker shared photos revealing the same nearly bezel-less display and single selfie camera cutout around the front and triple-lens camera module, LED flash, and the “new” OnePlus logo around back.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The front and the back of the OnePlus 8 Pro doesn’t look different from its predecessor OnePlus 7T Pro at all. The camera layout, including the left-of-center ToF sensor, are all arranged in pretty much the same way in these renders as they appear on the 7T Pro.
It is the front of the OnePlus 8 Pro where things get interesting and different. The OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro featured the all-screen display, with no notch and bo cutouts, thanks to the pop-up selfie camera system on both the devices.
On the 8 Pro, though, the company appears to have abandoned this system, opting instead for a punch-hole cutout just like we saw on the OP 8 renders. An alleged hands-on image of the front of the phone also corroborates the punch-hole display design as well as some settings of the phone.
Some may see the design of the 8 Pro as a regression since the all-screen display was such a highlight of the 7 Pro and 7T Pro.
However, OP might be doing this for some good reason: it’s possible the OnePlus 8 Pro could be the first IP-certified device from the brand. It’s very difficult for a device with a mechanical pop-up camera to earn an IP rating, so OP may have sacrificed it to earn this certification.
The OnePlus Z is the device that is different from the other OnePlus devices. The camera bump on the back doesn’t look like a flagship-grade and we are seeing this kind of layout for the first time in any OnePlus device. The front also looks different from the other devices in the OnePlus 8 series.
OnePlus has officially confirmed a number of specs for the upcoming OP 8 series. More specifically, OP has verified that the OnePlus 8 line will be equipped with the latest LPDDR5 RAM standard, UFS 3.0 storage, and the Snapdragon 865 processor.
OPalso claims that the upcoming devices will be 5G enabled, which is a bit obvious because of the inclusion of Snapdragon 865 Chipset. One more interesting feature which will come along with the OP 8 series is, it will support wireless charging in the form of the company’s new Warp Charge 30 Wireless technology.
But there is no confirmation if this feature will land on OnePlus 8 and or the OnePlus Z, but it’s expected to have this feature in the Pro. This will offer charging speeds of up to 30W and will be capable of taking your device from 1% to 50% in 30 minutes.Besides this, OnePlus offers the 120Hz display refresh rate in the OnePlus 8 series.
These new displays reportedly come courtesy of Samsung and have received an A+ rating from DisplayMate. The company says it set or matched over 10 records in various display categories.
These categories include color accuracy, image contrast, display brightness, and screen reflection. So expect some excellent OLED displays on the upcoming flagship killers.
These devices will also carry an in-display fingerprint sensor from the OnePlus 7 series.
OnePlus 8 Pro will be equipped with the same 48MP main camera and 48MP ultra-wide sensor as the Oppo Find X2 Pro. The IMX689 is arguably Sony’s most capable camera sensor right now. It offers larger individual pixels than other higher megapixel sensors, and it includes pixel-binned shots equivalent to a 12MP 2.24-micron pixel camera and faster, more accurate autofocusing.
The 48MP IMX586 ultra-wide camera would also be a welcome addition and should deliver better ultra-wide shots in low light owing to pixel-binning. OnePlus 8 Pro will also offer a Night Portrait Mode and 3-HDR video.
The company claims the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will feature WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX, stereo speakers, a new haptic vibration engine.
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