OnePlus 8 Pro review The, Android flagship to beat in 2020, Great deal for your money
OnePlus started its journey with the “flagship killer” strategy, which has worked well for the company. But, it is not alone anymore, and several brands are now joining the party with the same aim to disrupt the premium mid-range segment. This doesn’t mean OnePlus is going to lose. The company has successfully built its own loyal fanbase, and seems to have plans to offer phones in every segment. It has gradually shifted to the premium flagship category and it is likely to re-enter the affordable category soon.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the most expensive phone from the company. But with the price hike, it also brings the much-awaited flagship features that were missing on previous models. In India, the brand has still aggressively priced the phone on a little lower price bracket compared to the flagships from Samsung and Apple. This gives OnePlus an edge over those devices as it also offers the same high-end raw, smooth experience at a lower price. Read our OnePlus 8 Pro review to find out why we believe this is currently one of the best deals you can get for its priceThe OnePlus 8 Pro feels like a continuation of the theme that OnePlus embarked upon last year with the OnePlus 7 Pro. It carries the same design aesthetic, with a dual-curved screen, ultra-thin bezels, and a frosted glass back with a matte finish. But there are a few welcome changes here: the curves at the back aren’t as pronounced as last year, and that gives the OnePlus 8 Pro a much better in-hand feel. Unlike the OnePlus 7 Pro, I didn’t feel the need to tuck the OnePlus 8 Pro into a case.
The OnePlus 8 Pro looks stunning in Glacial Green, and you get a great in-hand feel.
The big design change at the front is the hole-punch cutout for the front camera. OnePlus ditched the retractable camera module in favor of the cutout to make the chassis waterproof (and get the IP68 rating), so there’s a cutout on the left side of the panel. All flagships in 2020 have a similar cutout, and it isn’t too distracting.
Round the back, the matte finish is grippy and does a great job hiding fingerprint smudges. The phone is protected by a layer of 3D Gorilla Glass at the front and back, and the one time it took a tumble, it came away without any damage. The curves on either side of the screen extend further down the sides than last year, and that’s one of the reasons why there aren’t symmetric curves at the back — there’s just no room to accommodate them on the mid-frame.
This glass-and-metal sandwich aesthetic isn’t a new design paradigm, but OnePlus nailed the execution. The OnePlus 8 Pro feels every bit as premium as its price tag suggests, and the frosted back gives it an added touch of elegance. The phone is available in three color options — Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue, and Onyx Black — and the Glacial Green option in particular is stunning. That shade of green combined with the frosted back makes the phone stand out, and the mid-frame has a matching shade of color.