OnePlus 8 launch – features, price, release date and hands-on review

ONEPLUS has unveiled its latest smartphones boasting gorgeous displays and 5G connectivity.

The Chinese company showed off two mobiles, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, on Tuesday during a remote launch event live-streamed to fans across the globe.

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – what are they?

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the latest phones from Chinese tech firm OnePlus.

The firm is known for making top-end smartphones that sell for a fraction of the price of Apple or Samsung's flagship mobiles.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the pricier of the two, and its biggest draw is its rapid high frame-rate display.

A OnePlus spokesperson described the screen as the "best smartphone display you will see this year".

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – design and display

In terms of design, OnePlus hasn't reinvented the wheel with its latest smartphones.

They sport sleek edge-to edge displays that curve around the side of the phones, featuring hole-punch selfie cameras in the top left corners.

At just 3.84mm wide, OnePlus describes them as "the smallest hole-punches in the market”.

The hole-punch cameras are a bit of a switch-up for OnePlus, who last year opted to load its flagship phones with mechanical, pop-up selfie cameras that added a lot of weight to the phones.

It gives the phones a lot more screen retail to show off their key features: The displays.

The 8 Pro boasts an immensely fast 6.75in AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

In display terms, 120Hz basically means the phone's display refreshes at twice the rate of a 60Hz display, the standard for most smartphones.

It makes scrolling through your social media feeds or playing your favourite games super smooth experiences, as the screen refreshes more often each second than most phones.

The 8 has a slightly smaller and slower display, coming in at 6.55in and 90Hz.

The 8 Pro can show video up to QHD+, which makes watching Netflix or YouTube a dream.

The mobile apparently has the "highest spec display in the universe", according to the company.

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – camera and other features

OnePlus has loaded a quadruple camera array into the 8 Pro.

The 8 Pro has Dual 48MP main camera, 8MP 3x telephoto and Ultrawide lenses and a new 5MP "colour filter".

The colour filter is a new type of lens that allows users to take more “artistic" photos.

It uses AI to add random colours to your snaps that "make your photos look completely different”. A bit of a gimmick, but it's quite fun to use.

All in all, the 8 Pro's camera system is a pretty standard affair when compared to something like the Samsung Galaxy S20, but a big step up from last year's OnePlus 7T Pro.

The OnePlus 8 has a triple array, comprising a 48MP main camera, 16MP wide-angle and 2MP macro lenses.

What is 5G?

Here's what you need to know…

  • The term 5G stands for 5th-generation, and is simply the next "version" of mobile phone networks.
  • The world's network operators have settled on a new method of delivering mobile internet to your phone, making it possible to offer far higher download speeds.
  • Early figures suggest you'll be able to download 4K movies in a matter of seconds, and buffering video will be a thing of the past.
  • But 5G also promises low "latency" – the physical delay in transmitting data – which is a major boon for gamers, who desperately need their online actions to be sent and received as quickly as possible.
  • EE is first across the line in the UK, with 5G live in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham or Manchester.
  • The good news is that EE plans to roll out 5G in a further 10 cities by the end of 2019: Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
  • Vodafone has also switched on 5G in seven cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, and London.

Both feature 16MP selfie cameras and can record 4K video through the rear snappers.

Other notable features include wireless charging in the 8 Pro – OnePlus' first phone with wireless charging technology.

Plug in at one per cent and you’ll get to 50 per cent in 23 minutes, according to OnePlus.

Both phones fully support 5G, the next generation of mobile network technology.

Only a few phones are 5G compatible, and it's only available in select locations on pricey contracts.

However, those with access to it can download 4K movies in a matter of seconds.

The 8 Pro also has a 4,510mAH battery – the biggest in any OnePlus phones to date – and is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset.

This gets you about a day's use on one charge, meaning it falls a bit behind the incredible battery-life of the iPhone 11 series.

The 8's battery is a little smaller, coming in at 4,300mAH. It's powered by the Qualcom 865 chip set.

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – pure specs

Here are the specs in a handy list:

OnePlus 8 Pro

  • Display: 6.75in AMOLED, 120Hz, up to QHD resolution
  • Height: 165.3mm, Width: 74.35, Depth: 8.5mm
  • Weight: 199grams.
  • Type C charging port
  • Dual SIM cards
  • Quad camera system: Dual 48MP main camera, 8MP telephoto and Ultrawide lenses and a 5MP colour filter
  • Selfie camera: 16MP
  • 4K rear video
  • HD selfie video
  • Either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage
  • 8GB or 12GB of RAM
  • Snapdragon 865 chip
  • Software: Oxygen OS 10.5

OnePlus 8

  • Display: 6.55in, 90Hz, up to QHD resolution
  • 160.2mm, Width: 72.9mm, Depth: 8mm
  • Weight: 180 grams
  • Type C charging port
  • Dual SIM cards
  • Triple rear camera: 48MP main camera, 16MP wide-angle and 2MP macro lenses
  • Selfie camera: 16MP
  • 4K rear video
  • HD selfie video
  • Either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage
  • 8GB or 12GB of RAM
  • Qualcom 865 chip
  • Software: Oxygen OS 10.5

OnePlus 8 Pro – hands-on

  • The OnePlus 8 Pro is a beast of a smartphone with specs to match its size
  • The 120Hz AMOLED display is one of the best I've used and should be a real draw for anyone who games a lot on their phone
  • It's smooth, responsive and looks good – there's not a lot more you can ask for
  • I am slighty concerned, however, with how the battery handles all of its beefy specs
  • I used the phone for about a week and felt I had just enough juice to last a day
  • However, throw juice-draining 5G into the mix (I have a 4G SIM) and I'd be interested to see how the battery handles it
  • The size of the 8 Pro also ended up being a bit of a problem for
  • With a 6.75in display and weighing close to 200 grams, the mobile is one of the bulkiest I've ever used
  • That's fine when you've got two hands to tap away with, but using it one-handed on the tube or a bus is tricky at times
  • All in all, the 8 Pro is a solid outing from OnePlus and well worth your money if you don't fancy forking out for the latest Apple or Samung handsets

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – price and release date

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are both out in Europe on April 21. Pre-orders begin tonight.

In terms of price, the 8 starts at £599 while the 8 Pro starts at £799.

It will be available on a range of Three tariffs, with the OnePlus 8 starting from £29 upfront and £44 per month for 24 months.

The OnePlus 8 Pro starts from £29 upfront and £52 per month for 24 months.

OnePlus 8 series will also be available sim free from, John Lewis and Amazon.

In other news, here's everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy s20.

Apple is rumoured to be releasing four new models of the iPhone later this year.

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What do you think of the new OnePlus mobiles? Let us know in the comments!

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