Why is Ian disappointed with the OnePlus 8 Pro?


OnePlus fans already know it’s that time of the year where a new phone is released from the tech giants OnePlus. This time, it’s the brand new OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. With stunning specs like 120Hz display and a 48MP camera, their new flagship phone is looking promising, but it has one big factor that can put people off… we’ll get to that soon.

Straight off the bat, here’s the full list of specs for both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro:

Source: Android Authority

Last year, the 7T and 7T Pro had a pretty different design, especially when you looked at the back of the phones where the layout of the cameras were different. This time round, the 8 and 8 Pro are very similar in design, but also some specs are shared between them. Both of them come with the options we’re used to having, which are 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and both these phones, regardless of which models you get, have the same processor, Snapdragon 865.

It’s very important to note that ALL models across the 8 and 8 Pro version are equipped with 5G capabilities, so countries that already have 5G infrastructures set up can make use of this with the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, but for Malta we’ll have to wait and see when 5G capabilities properly reach the island. Regardless of that, this phone will be ready for it.

One small difference to note between them is that the OnePlus 8 has LPDDR4X RAM, and the OnePlus 8 Pro has LPDDR5 RAM, but it’s safe to say that you really won’t notice this difference from day-to-day use.

So performance wise, both of these phones are very similar, and we think it’s safe to say that no matter if you get the regular or Pro version, you’re going to experience the same fluid functionality and speed, but when it comes to display and other special features, that’s where things get a little enticing to the ones that need a little extra…

The OnePlus 8 Pro has the word ‘Pro’ for a reason, and now it finally has the features fans have been asking for. The battery on the regular OnePlus 8 is 4,300mAh, whilst on the OnePlus Pro it’s 4,510mAh. The OnePlus Pro sports wireless charging and an official IP68 rating against water and dust. Now when we talk about wireless charging, it’s not something a lot of people are used to doing, and many just decide to plug the device in anyway. This time, the charging speed for wireless is 30W, which is the same as its wired charging speed!

But as you might have guessed, there’s a catch. The wireless charger is sold separately, that being the Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger for $69.95 (around €64)

Now, what you’re all probably thinking about is “How much is all this going to cost?” Well the prices are here as well, so let’s take a look:

OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro in Glacial Green (8GB RAM and 128GB storage) costs $899 (around €825)

OnePlus 8 Pro in Onyx Black or Ultramarine Blue (12GB RAM and 256GB storage) costs $999 (around €915)

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 8 in Glacial Green (8GB RAM and 128GB storage) costs $699 (around €640)

OnePlus 8 in Interstellar Glow (12GB RAM and 256GB storage) costs $799 (around €730)

This is where a lot of us wonder where one of the most attractive parts about buying a OnePlus Device has gone… the price! Where we used to get a very good flagship phone, that competes with the likes of Samsung and Apple very easily, at a great price, we’re now paying the same amount of money (the €999 mark) for a OnePlus. Samsung and Apple phones are in the same price range, so now OnePlus have become another one of those top phone companies, price and all.

Here’s what Ian had to say about the OnePlus 8 launch:

“Two words: Extremely disappointed. I’m not impressed by OnePlus this time round because they finally hit it in a bad way. What did they hit? The $999 target. The thing that drew me toward OnePlus was their excellent build for the price, but now that they’ve hit the $999 they’ve become a company just like the others. If I had to choose between OnePlus and Samsung for the same price, I’d obviously choose Samsung! 120HZ display for the gamers, whatever, faster processor… Overall, my final opinion is: Disappointed, would not buy it. Next phone will probably be Xiaomi.”

What do you think about the new OnePlus? Is the price justified, or would you rather get a Samsung/Apple for that price?