OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro specs, release date, features and rumours
OnePlus typically announces a couple of smartphones a year but in 2019, it announced two options of the first 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.
In 2020, it looks like OnePlus is stepping up the pace, expected to announce the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, as well as the OnePlus 8 Lite. Here is everything we have heard so far about the forthcoming OnePlus phones.
Release date and price
- May 2020
- From around £549
The OnePlus 8 family of phones are expected to arrive sometime in the first half of 2020. The OnePlus 6 was revealed on 22 May and the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro were revealed on 14 May, but rumours are suggesting that this is going to be pulled forward to March of early April in 2020.
The OnePlus 7T series starts at £549, with the Pro model starting at £699. We would expect the OnePlus 8 series to stay around the same price point, possibly with a slight increase.
- Full screen, punch-hole cameras
- 8: IP53; 8 Pro IP68
The OnePlus 7T has a waterdrop notch at the top of its display, while the 7T Pro has a pop-up front camera, allowing for an uninterrupted display. Early renders of the OnePlus 8 series suggest OnePlus will opt for a punch-hole design for its next devices.
We expect the alert slider to remain and we expect a premium build quality too. The OnePlus 7T has a circular camera housing on the rear, while the OnePlus 7T Pro has a vertical housing. Renders suggest both OnePlus 8 models will opt for a vertical camera housing design in the centre of the back. This is something that appears on the OnePlus Concept One, which while announced as a concept and nothing more, is a likely hint of the overall design of the OnePlus 8.
A leaked spec breakdown has suggested an alloy frame with glass back, using Gorilla Glass 6 for the front. Interestingly, the OnePlus 8 is said to have an IP53 rating, while the OnePlus 8 Pro has an IP68 rating – meaning it’s a lot more waterproof than previous devices. Waterproofing is something that has stuck and we believe OnePlus will be stepping up in this area.
- 8: 6.4-inch AMOLED, 2400 x 1080, 120Hz
- 8 Pro: 6.7-inch AMOLED, 3140 x 1440, 120Hz
- In-display fingerprint sensor
OnePlus has said that it’s not going back to 60Hz displays, meaning you’ll get at least 90Hz from the new devices, with the OnePlus 8 Pro said to sport a 120Hz display. That 120Hz display technology has been shown off by OnePlus, so this is as good as confirmation that it will be on the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePlus says that it’s deploying TV tech to boost the performance of the panel, not only with 10-bit colour (meaning it’s likely to be HDR+ compatible), but also with dedicated hardware that will handle MEMC – frame insertion technology – that aims to make video smoother by boosting everything to 120Hz.
That tech might make video smoother, but it might also lead to what’s commonly called the “soap opera effect”, where video starts to look unnatural as it moves from the native frame rate – 24 or 30fps – to 120fps.
Both phones will come with an AMOLED panel, but the Pro gets a 6.7-inch display with a 3140 x 1440 resolution; the OnePlus 8 will be a smaller 6.4-inch display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution, according to leaks.
We’re expecting both the 8 and the 8 Pro to curve towards the edges, rather than having a flat display like the OnePlus 7T – but the OnePlus 8 Lite will likely be flat instead.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- X55 modem for 5G
- 8/12GB, 128/256GB storage
- 4000/4500mAh battery, with wireless charging
Thanks to a leaked spec sheet, we have detailed specs – although they are still confirmed. It looks like the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and will offer 5G capabilities. The leaked spec sheet mentions Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem – although there might be 4G versions.
It’s said that it will be launching on the Verizon network in the US – a first for OnePlus – and that it will support 5G on Verizon. That’s expected from the X55 modem which supports all bands.
There’s said to be 8GB RAM as standard with storage of 128 or 256GB as an option – the OnePlus 8 Pro is also expected to have a 12GB option.
The OnePlus 8 will get a 4000mAh battery with support for 30W Warp Charge, while the OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 4500mAh battery with 50W Super Warp Charge. It’s also said that there will be wireless charging, something that OnePlus has avoided so far, previously saying that it wasn’t a priority for the company.
- Triple camera on both – 64/20/12-megapixels
- Front ToF sensor on 8 Pro
Early images suggested that there will be a single front camera on the OnePlus 8 model, with the 8 Pro getting two front cameras. This is likely a 32-megapixel front camera, with the Pro model getting a Time of Flight sensor that’s going to be used for 3D face recognition for unlocking.
Both are said to have a 64-megapixel f/1.7 main camera, 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera. The arrangements of these cameras looks broadly similar to the OnePlus 7T Pro. The main sensor is said to be the Sony IMX686.
- Android 10
The OnePlus 7T series launched on Android 10 out of the box so we’re expecting the same treatment for the OnePlus 8 models. We’d also expect the 8 models to get a quick update to Android 11 when it arrives later in 2020.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro rumours: What’s happened so far?
Here are all the rumours relating to the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro we have heard so far.
15 February 2020: OnePlus 8 could come with waterproofing
A reliable leaker has hinted that OnePlus will finally add waterproofing to its phones.
— Max J. (@MaxJmb) February 15, 2020
10 February 2020: OnePlus 8 could launch in March or early-April
It looks as though OnePlus might be announcing its phones slightly earlier than previously – with March/April suggested, rather than the May of previous years.
31 January 2020: OnePlus is now a member of the Wireless Power Consortium
OnePlus has popped up on the list of manufacturers that are members of the Wireless Power Consortium. As OnePlus has never offered wireless charging before, this does sort of suggest that it’s going to be a feature of the OnePlus 8.
24 January 2020: Could OnePlus 8 Pro be the company’s first with wireless charging?
A reliable leaker has suggested that you’ll be able to “charge like a pro”, hinting that OnePlus will be adding wireless charging to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Charge like a pro. pic.twitter.com/Fqnkpsa0mT
— Max J. (@Samsung_News_) January 21, 2020
13 January 2020: OnePlus will be packing a 120Hz display into the OnePlus 8
OnePlus held an event in China where it showed off its new 120Hz display technology. This is likely to find its way into the OnePlus 8.
11 January 2020: OnePlus 8 might support 5G and launch on Verizon’s network in the US
It’s reported the OnePlus will launch its new handset on Verizon’s network, with 5G.
23 December 2019: Massive leak: Full specs of OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 revealed
A huge leak has given us a full spec sheet for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro devices.
23 December 2019: OnePlus 8 Pro could feature a Face ID style unlocking system
A leak has suggested that the OnePlus 8 Pro will offer a 3D face recognition system.
20 November 2019: Leaked OnePlus 8 sketches appear to confirm quad camera and hole punch display
Digital sketches of the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro leaked supporting previous digital renders and indicating a four-camera system on the back, as well as a hole-punch cutout in the display.
11 November 2019: OnePlus 8 Pro prototype spotted in the wild, with hole-punch camera and purple finish
Images surfaced showing what looks to be a OnePlus 8 Pro being used in the wild. The photos show a device with curved glass on the display as well as a dual hole-punch camera, indicating a move away from from notches and pop-up camera mechanisms.
1 November 2019: OnePlus to continue its two phone strategy, suggesting OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in future
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told the Times of India in an interview: “I think moving forward we are going to – at least for now – stick with a current strategy by introducing two products; wherein one will be affordable and the other one be priced higher.”
18 October 2019: OnePlus 8 Pro leaks, complete with quad camera and hole punch display
Renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro were published by @OnLeaks and 91 Mobiles, showing quite a few similarities to the OnePlus 8 render leak (below). There’s a quad camera on the rear, and the report claims the OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 6.65-inch screen.
As with the OnePlus 8 render, there is a punch hole front camera in the top left of the screen – which would suggest the pop up camera of the OnePlus 7T Pro is no more.
4 October 2019: OnePlus 8 has already leaked, and it has a hole-punch camera
Renders of the OnePlus 8 were published by @OnLeaks and CashKaro showing a device with a triple rear camera in a vertical format, along with a punch hole front camera.
The report claimed the OnePlus 8 would be 8.1mm thin and offer a 6.5-inch display. It also looks like the display will be flat.