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OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 8: Which one should you pick?

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro on Tuesday in an online event after a lot of slow but steady revelations over the past few weeks. The OnePlus 8 Pro is a significant jump in terms of an overall offered package as compared to the earlier generation OnePlus smartphones, which were unarguably one of the best android phones available in the market. OnePlus 8 is a successor to OnePlus 7 which was launched last year. Both the phones are quite similar with some differences in their specifications.

Here we compare OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 to see what upgrades the company has brought forward and also how the two differ and which one you should pick.

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OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 8

Performance

OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 8: Which one to pick?
Source: OnePlus’ online event

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are powered by the same chipset, the latest Snapdragon 865.  Both the phones come in two variants of 8 and 12GB RAM, though the OnePlus 8 Pro features an LPDDR5 RAM. This combination makes the phone a powerhouse that can perform any task smoothly with no issues. On the other hand, OnePlus 8 houses LPDDR4X RAM. The upgrade from LPDDR4X to LPDDR5 increases the performance and enhances the boot-up time of different apps as the apps and OS load faster. The phones also have 5G capabilities, which makes it future-ready.

Design

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OnePlus 8 sports a triple-lens camera setup at the rear | Photo by OnePlus

Both the phones have an identical design with a difference in sizes of the phones. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have a punch-hole camera at the front with a tiny chin at the bottom. The screen wraps around the edges, making it a waterfall display. On the back, both the phones are covered in glass with a vertical camera setup in the middle towards the top of the phone. The OnePlus 8 Pro measures 165.3 × 74.35 × 8.5 mm, and weighs 199grams, while the OnePlus 8 measures 160.2 × 72.9 × 8.0 mm and weighs 180grams. OnePlus 8 Pro owes its size to a bigger battery and display.

Display

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro packs AMOLED screens having sizes of 6.55-inches and 6.78-inches, respectively. The display on the OnePlus 8 Pro has a refresh rate of 120Hz while on the OnePlus 8 it is clocked at 90Hz — similar to the previous-gen OnePlus.

The resolution and aspect ratio on the 8 Pro is 3168 × 1440 and 19.8:9, while on 8 is 2,400 × 1,080 and 20:9. Both the phones are covered in 3D Corning Gorilla Glass, which makes it relatively more durable.

Camera

The OnePlus 8 Pro sports a quad-camera setup at the back with a single selfie shooter at the front. The quad lens setup consists of 48MP f/1.78 primary lens, an 8MP 3x telephoto f/2.44 lens,  a 48MP ultrawide f/2.2, and a 5MP colour filter f/2.4 lens. The front camera is a 16MP f/2.45 lens. The 3x telephoto lens on the phone also serves as a macro lens for shooting super close objects.

OnePlus 8 Pro sports a quad-lens setup | Source: OnePlus’ online event

Unlike the 8 Pro, OnePlus 8 has a triple camera setup consisting of a 48MP, f/1.78 lens, a 2MP macro f/2.4 lens, and a 16MP ultrawide f/2.2 lens. The front of the OnePlus 8 also gets a 16MP shooter but with an aperture of f/2.0.

The OnePlus 8 doesn’t have a telephoto lens. Both the phones also support  4K videos at 30/60 fps, 1080p videos at 30/60 fps, and super-slow motion videos at 1080p at 240 fps and 720p at 480 fps on the back camera. The front camera can shoot 1080p videos at 30 fps.

Battery and Storage

The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with options of 128 GB and 256 GB UFS 3.0, while the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with options of 128 GB and 256 GB UFS 3.0 2-Lane storage. The UFS 3.0 allows you to read and write faster than the standard storage, reducing the time of transfer of files.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is backed by a 4,510mAh battery and comes with the OnePlus proprietary Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A). The phone also has a Wireless Warp Charge 30W feature, making it the first phone from OnePlus to feature a wireless charging pad. The company claims that the phone can charge from 0 to 50 percent in 23 minutes through the charging port.

The OnePlus 8 has a smaller 4,300mAh battery with a Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A) charging capability. It does not have the wireless charging feature.

The new-gen OnePlus 8Pro comes with fast wireless charging | Source: OnePlus’ online event

The Warp Charge 30W Wireless feature can only be used by the phone through the proprietary OnePlus Wireless charger.

Pricing and Availability

The OnePlus 8 starts in India INR 41,999 for a 6+128GB variant, which isn’t available in the western markets. There the device starts at $699 (INR 44,999) for the 8+128 GB variant and $799 (INR 49,99) for the 12+256 GB variant, while the OnePlus 8 Pro starts at $899 (INR 54,999) for the 8+128 GB variant and $999 (INR 59,999) for the 12+256 GB variant.

The phones are available for pre-order in Europe and USA and will be available for sale from April 21 and April 29, 2020, respectively. Both the new devices, alongwith the new OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z earphones are expected to start selling in India in May on Amazon and the manufacturer’s website.

Which one should you buy?

If you are looking for a phone that can be used with a single hand, go with the OnePlus 8 and if you are looking for a high refresh rate, multiple camera lens setup and wireless charging, opt for the OnePlus 8 Pro. I would prefer the OnePlus 8 Pro, but you can neither go wrong with either of them.

You can pre-order both the phones on the OnePlus website.

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