Try OnePlus 8, The Perfect Combination Of OxygenOS And Snapdragon
OnePlus returns to the fray with its new flagship killer, the OnePlus 8, a much more mature terminal with better features than its predecessors, but also at a higher price.
The little brother of this new round of releases, the OnePlus 8 (above it is the OnePlus 8 Pro) comes with first-rate features, including a careful design and 5G connectivity.
As usual in OnePlus, the design is one of the main characteristics. With very careful details and a matte finish with a very attractive turquoise tone with an elegant shine and that shows a quality appearance. However, this design translates into a slippery terminal, for which the Asian company includes a transparent silicone cover on the terminal that avoids this feature while preserving the design and providing robustness.
At the back, we find the camera module, with a rounded design centered on the top of the terminal, which is accompanied just below by the LED flash and the brand’s logo. At the bottom, the model and manufacturer data.
On the front, we have the selfie camera in a rather small and discreet hole in the upper left corner of the panel, the first smartphone from the firm with this feature and that allows us to offer an elegant screen without marks.
The Curved Edge Of The Terminal Makes It Easy To Grip And Offers A Smooth Curved Screen Experience
With dimensions of 16.02×7.29×0.8cm and a weight of 180 grams, we have a terminal that is not excessively heavy, but it is enough to give a feeling of robustness and manageability. The curvature of the edges of the terminal facilitates grip and offers a smooth curved screen experience and very well worked to avoid false touches and for the least fans of curved screens, the case is a great ally.
At the edges, we find on the right side the power button next to a switch to silence the terminal (with three modes: silence, vibration, and sound). On the left are the volume buttons. Beyond that, there are no other items except for the speaker, USB, and SIM card tray on the bottom edge.
Entering the screen, we are faced with a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED panel with a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz, with a built-in system that automatically adjusts the refresh rate to the needs of each moment.
With a FullHD + resolution (2400x1080p), the OnePlus 8 offers us a density of 402 dpi with a very sharp panel with enough brightness to be able to use it in full sun without any problem.
The display is factory configured to deliver more intense tones with slightly saturated colors and a cooler balance than natural, allowing you to choose color profiles such as sRGB or Display P3, as well as the manual configuration option.
In addition, the OnePlus 8 offers the possibility of saving the small hole of the camera by creating a rather large false border and reducing the screen (an option not recommended, but that may be useful for some people).
In general, the feeling of the screen is quite complete with a smooth operation and with very successful colors.
On this occasion, OnePlus again opts for a triple camera system, although replacing the telephoto lens with a macro lens. Thus, we find a Sony IMX586 sensor for the 48MP main lens with f / 1.75 aperture with optical and electronic stabilizer. Second, there is the wide-angle, a 16MP lens with f / 2.2 aperture, and a 116º aperture. The trio is completed, as we said, by the macro lens with a resolution of 2MP and an aperture of f / 2.4. The camera system allows recording up to 4K at 30/60 fps.
Upfront we have a single 16MP lens with electronic stabilization and fixed focus with f / 2.45 aperture.
On a software level, OnePlus maintains its camera interface with the usual shortcuts at the top (a timer, flash, resolution, being able to activate the 48MP mode, super macro, and artistic filters). And at the bottom the zoom control with three accesses (angular, normal, and 2x digital zoom) and direct access to Google Lens. Below this option are the different shooting modes organized in a carousel (time-lapse, panorama, slow motion, video, photo, portrait, night landscape, and pro), an option that we can also access by sliding up.
The Result That The OnePlus 8 Camera Offers Us Is Correct, However, The Choice Of The Macro Lens Over The Telephoto Lens Does Not Seem To Be Clear
In general terms, the result that the OnePlus 8 camera offers us is correct, however, the choice of the macro lens over the telephoto lens does not seem to be clear since the usefulness of the first is considerably smaller than that of the second, but as in everything, for tastes the colors.
Yes, we must recognize the utility that the option of shooting at 48MP offers us since in the absence of a telephoto lens it allows us to zoom in a bit without losing quality.
Inside, the OnePlus 8 incorporates the powerful Snapdragon 865, accompanied by a 12GB RAM and internal storage of 256GB UFS 3.0, which is evidence of the fluidity that the system gives us.
The Increasingly Solid And Powerful OxygenOS Offers Us A Performance Of The Highest Level
The increasingly solid and powerful OxygenOS offers us a performance of the highest level, without lag or closings, and allowing a good performance in heavy apps such as video games. The quality of the Qualcomm brand is noted here and when combined with the OxygenOS, the result is sensational.
The maturity of the OnePlus customization layer comes this time based on Android 10 with a clean and careful interface with some of its own functions. OxygenOS hardly incorporates additional apps, such as ‘Community’ or ‘Switch to OnePlus’, keeping a similar appearance to Android One with round icons and the gallery of apps with the swipe-up gesture
For gamers, OxygenOS incorporates the Gamespace, a functionality that activates a series of optimizations and displays notifications in a more discreet and elegant way (text only) to improve the gaming experience.
Another proof of its performance is found in the fingerprint sensor, located on the screen in the lower area that easily recognizes the fingerprint, although it takes a while to read it. Therefore, it is more advisable to opt for easy unlock, which is faster.
- To all this, we must add the 5G NSA connectivity that it offers thanks to the Snapdragon X55 5G modem, also from Qualcomm. A feature that is becoming less and less news, but that is still relevant to highlight because it is one of the issues that cause the price increase in these terminals, despite the fact that few operators still offer 5G. In Spain, for example, it is only in the hands of Vodafone.
With its commitment to multimedia, OnePlus opts for a single speaker in the lower area and a second speaker-earphone in the upper area. The result is a very powerful sound, too much when putting to the maximum since nuances are lost.
It is increasingly important for users and brands to offer large autonomies on a single charge. In this case, the OnePlus 8 offers us a 4,300mAh battery with a fast charge Warp Charge 3T.
A Full Day Of Use With Up To 7 Hours Of Display The Maximum Refresh Rate Of 90Hz
This means that you can easily have a full day of use with up to 7 hours of the screen and more than one day of use with the maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. By opting for the refresh rate at 60Hz, the change is not very radical since we barely gained more than half an hour of the screen.
The capacity of the fast charge Warp Charge 30T, allows us to charge 50% of the terminal in just 20 minutes, in relation to the figures provided by the brand. Also, the battery is fully charged in just over 1 hour.
In conclusion, OnePlus 8 is a very powerful terminal, with a worked performance that perfectly combines the work of Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 865 and the OxygenOS layer based on Android 10. The result is sensational and quickly places the OnePlus 8 between the best of its range. To this, we must add the great result that the screen offers us despite being FullHD, and the careful design, which, despite being somewhat slippery, is very attractive.
As a counterpoint, this OnePlus lacks a telephoto lens, a decision that we do not fully understand, and that is an unwise decision since the macro lens is generally used to a lesser extent.
The Best: Performance and Oxygen OS
Worst: Camera without a telephoto lens
Note : 8.75 / 10