Enter OnePlus. This company has somedifferent ideas about value. Yeah, you remember thisfrom earlier this year? Well, the winds ofchange, they’re blowing. There’s a storm brewing, and it’s putting quite a bit of wind, into the sails of flagships. (dramatic music) – Thank you, Commodore, forgetting us ready to make way – No, not that kind. Flagships of the smartphone variety, top of the line, top speccommunications devices, which have become ourlifeline to everything, from commerce, to connection,to cartoons and up until now, you think you’d haveto pay a King’s ransom, to get all of that.
OnePlus 8 Pro India Variant First Impressions
I mean considering someof the pricing lately, many of you have, not today though. What if I told you, you didn’t have to pay asmuch as you pay for a laptop, to buy a beast of a phone?
This is the OnePlus 8 Pro.2300:00:57,810 –> 00:01:01,970I’ve lived with it for aweek and I have a lot to say. TLDR, this is the phoneyour mama warned you about,
The OnePlus 8 Pro does that, with its eye catching colors. I’m reviewing the Glacial Green variant, this is the entry level Pro model, with eight gigabytesof fast LPDDR5 RAM, and the new UFS 3.0 storage,128 gigabytes of it. Think of that like addingor updating your laptop, from an old spinning hard drive, to the faster solid state drives.
They’re so fast, it makes yourold device feel new again. This is part of the Reviewers Kit, of everything that OnePlus sent, and I have to say, I’m really impressed withquite a few of these products. The sandstone case, I got one of these with theOnePlus 8 and with the Pro, and I really loved thegritty texture on that, it really gives you extra grip, feel like it’s not gonnaslip out of your hand, with either phone. You get the Warp charger, the Warp 30T chargerwith the OnePlus 8 Pro, and they also sent me theirWarp 30T wireless charger, dog hair! Yes, I have a dog. You also get this Warp 30T charger, and it has a fan built into it, so it’s going to keepeverything nice and cool.
Great product. I’ve actuallycharged the OnePlus 8 Pro, and some other devices on it. You get this in the box,when you buy it at retail. This is the clear case,comes with it in the box. Again, no screen protector builtin or pre-installed rather, but that’s inside stuff,let’s get back to those looks. The right side of the phone, is where you’ll find the power button, which can also be used asyour voice assistant button, if you like.
I prefer power, above that, is the feature I gush aboutevery time, the Alerts slider. Every Android manufacturersshould be doing this. On the left side is the volume rocker, bottom of the phone,you get the USB-C port, a microphone, half of the stereo speakers, and dual Nano SIM tray,no expandable storage. Top of the phone, you’llfind another microphone. Skirting the top edge ofthe front of the phone, is the second half of the stereo pair, and just to the left of that,
OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Features
is the hole punch camera. Around that hole punch, is the vibrant 6.55 inch viewable display, which is capable ofresolutions up to QHD plus, that’s 1368 by 1440, and you get the ability toview the display at 120 Hertz, even at its highest resolution, which is something you won’tget in some of its competitors. You will take a hit to the battery for that display decision, should you choose it, but we’ll talk battery life in a moment.
This is one of the best displayson the market right now. To my eyes, there aren’t any others, at this size and pricepoint which match it, if you’re going to have tojump a couple hundred dollars, or more for competition, and those competitorsaren’t actually better, but just comparable. Below the display, isthe fingerprint scanner, which I call best in class on the Android. It’s the one to beat. Unlocks are fast, and I don’t feel likethe target is so tight, that I’m having to beexacting with finger placement to unlock successfully.
OnePlus 8 Pro Processer
Now, I don’t generally gettoo much into the weeds for internals, but thisphone also supports Qualcomm’s top of the lineSnapdragon 865 processor, with the X55 5G modem and theAdreno 650 graphics processor. What does all of that even mean? Well, you’re getting a relatively future-proof flagship phone. I say relatively because ofwhat Qualcomm’s next 5G modem is purported to be able to do, with all of these 5G bandsbeing different across carriers, but that’s a whole 5Glesson for another video. And since we’re talking internals, one internal in particularhas a big effect on experience and we’re going to talk about that next. The battery, with everything on maximum, meaning my screenbrightness, auto adapt off, with the slider set to maximum, the refresh rates set to 120Hertz and the resolution, the screen resolution atQHD plus, I went 27 hours, with almost six and ahalf hours screen-on time, and still had 11% left.
For context, I don’ttalk much on the phone, so your mileage may vary, but this 4510 mAh battery, is highly capable of gettingyou through your days, and to pile on and reallyabuse this battery, I kept it off of myWi-Fi for the most part, only allowing it to connect to 5G. Now since I’m in Californiaand at the time of this review, I’m observing the stay athome orders from our Governor, I haven’t traveled much,but I’m in a fringe 5G area, so that battery life isactually exceptional.
For example, in my livingroom, I get 5G connectivity, but at the back of myhome, in the bathroom, my status bar shows LTE plus. This is all on T-Mobile Sub-6 network, and the speeds have actuallybeen really good as well. In my living room, I’m getting25 megabits per second, again, in fringe coverage,but in Santa Monica, when I stopped at aBest Buy the other day, I used Ookla to run a speed test, and got cable modemdownload and upload speeds, coming in at 142 down with 33 up.
Something you need to know is that, you will see better batterylife than what I’m getting, if you set the screen to alower resolution and 60 Hertz. If you’re a battery hog, my advice is to set the screento that lower resolution, and keep the refresh rate at 120 Hertz. That will give you thebest of both worlds, solid battery life, and a beautiful navigationexperience and display. (upbeat music) And with battery life out of the way, let’s take a step back andlook at the bigger picture. Those cameras, I usuallyrun down cameras spec in the hardware portion of my review, but we’re gonna do it hereas I discussed experience.
Why? Because OnePluswent through the trouble to give us a Pro model with quad cameras, so we’re gonna dig into that, and see if it competes withother flagships which cost more. Let me answer that question. Yes. Here I am at a world famous icon, Randy’s Donuts. If you blowit up and pixel peep a bit, you’ll notice the textureand the giant donut. As you can see in this early morning set, colors are vibrant and images are sharp, ultra wide, wide and telephoto. You cannot tell me thatisn’t some sexy lens flare, and a feature we saw onthe 7T super macro mode, does a fantastic job of capturing detail withthe 48 megapixels shooter, as you can see in thisphoto of my work iPhone, on an unfinished pine desk.
I’ll zoom in and blow up the image a bit. Notice the detail and thetexture of the wood grain, and in the grip texture, on the side of the OtterBox phone case. But how about those lowlight night mode shots? As you can see here,images are sharp and crisp. My dog was in motion, but the camera’s still caughther with relative sharpness. The background detail(mumbles) in motion are nice, and sharp, even blown up. Even the dog is pretty sharpwhen the image is blown up. And here we have my usualnight mode test shots, the Metro stop and dilapidated sign. Colors are solid as is contrastand both the main camera, and the ultra wide angle lenscaptured respectable images.
You can go pixel peepingand find the flaws, but they’re no differentthan any other camera on the market right now, even though the extent to whichthose flaws are expressed, are going to be greater orlesser to varying degrees. So that’s three of the four cameras, but what about that color filter camera? The best way to think ofthis is as a hardware version of an Instagram filter. What’s different on thiscamera than the OnePlus 8, is the photochromic mode filter. You can’t really controlthe output of this filter, but it does net some interesting results. It mimics an old filmprocessing technique, which adds color toblack and white photos. The color it adds back tophotos are really dependent, on the items in the photos, butit tends to favor restoring, or rather replacingcolors with this kind of eerie gray scale orsepia and copper tones. This Photochrome feature, actually comes with some controversy. It uses infrared technology,which imbues it with the ability to seethrough certain materials. People online, are saying this could bea major issue for OnePlus, but I tried this at home, and only could get the X-ray pictures, with a couple items around the house.
It was definitely finicky with clothing, and according to a OnePlus spokesperson, as you can see here on the site, they’re disabling thefunctionality on Hydrogen OS, which is the OS that they usein China, but their global OS, Oxygen OS, which wehave here in the states, they’re not going to disable the feature, but instead opting to pushan OTA update in the future, which will disable someof the functionality of the Photochrome feature. Now, one issue I did findirksome, was gesture navigation. If you’re going to get rid ofthe traditional navigation, having a case with a cutout at the bottom, is the best way to go, sinceyou’re going to find yourself swiping up, from the bottomof the screen, frequently.
Well, that isn’t the casethat comes in the box, but I found out that byturning on the feature which hides the navbar, the bottom of the screen becamemore sensitive to my swipes, and the problem solved. It still isn’t 100%, but it’s a lot better than it was before, and hide navbar is just oneof quite a few customization, you’ll find in Oxygen OS. I’ve gone through justhow customizable it is in my OnePlus 7T and 8 reviews, and I really do enjoythis OS and lack of bloat. (mumbles) mode and the onlything I don’t care for, in this iteration of Oxygen OS, is the fact that theyremoved the shelf home screen because I really didlike the parking feature. One menu option, which has become more importantto me in recent weeks, is the Parallel Apps section. I was recently banned fromgoing live on Facebook for 30 days, for a falsepositive community violation. It was a video meme, of Hitler ranting, taken from a movie andredubbed with him ranting, about something likeiPhone versus Android.
The post was from last year, but it just now got mein trouble. Very random. But with parallel apps,I can be logged into two different Facebookaccounts simultaneously. With Facebook, not necessarilyknown for having an even handed approach to these kinds of things, it’s probably worth(mumbles) to check this out, if you engage indiscussions on the platform, which might be controversial. In the end, there really is so much tolike about the OnePlus 8 Pro, but what helps it stand outin the flagship race is price. For a similarly specked device in both the Android and iOS spaces,you can pay hundreds more. But do you really need to? This year’s crop of flagshipscalls that into question, and the OnePlus 8 Pro answerswith a resounding, no.
OnePlus definitely has asolid hitter on their hands or better yet in yourhands with this device as it is definitely worth it, and if you’re someonewho’s looking at this phone and the standard OnePlus 8, if you have the budget, I’drecommend going with this one. If you’re going to pay nearthat amount, I’d pay the extra and get the wirelesscharging and larger screen. Unless you’re able to get the OnePlus 8 on one of those half offdeals that I’ve seen. So I’m Tshaka Armstrong, this is Reviews.org,thank you for watching, and if you want to figure out, which carrier is the bestone for you to pick up, there’s OnePlus 8 Pro, whichone has the best deals?
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