8.2/10
Informr score
The OnePlus 8 currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 45 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Screen design
  • Lightweight
  • Fast charging
  • Long battery life
  • Inexpensive

What's bad

  • No wireless charging
  • Picky touchscreen

In typical OnePlus style, the OnePlus 8 claims to be another premium phone for 2020 that doesn’t disappoint but comes in at a fraction of the price of competing top-end phones. But does the phone strike the ideal balance of affordability and enjoyability?

Design

Taller than its competing phones, reviews noted the OnePlus 8 feels good to hold in one hand. It’s designed to be among the thinnest of phones and ultra lightweight. But some reviews stated that the extra color options were somewhat marred by having to constantly clean off fingerprints.

Display

The 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with attractive waterfall edges placed high in reviews for its brightness and accuracy for colors. However, many reviewers also said the phone was far more prone to accidental touches or apps opening while retrieving the phone from a pocket or purse due to the curved display.

Performance

The OnePlus 8 has been characterized as ‘zippy’ for its fast refresh rates. This makes it ideal for mobile gaming. While the numbers technically fall short of it’s Pro sibling, reviewers who tested the phones side by side said there wasn’t a noticeable difference between the two.

TechRadar writes, “I assumed the OnePlus 8 Pro's 120Hz would look even better. But when I navigated both of them side-by-side, the 8 Pro didn't feel miles ahead of the OnePlus 8. So, if you're leaning towards the OnePlus 8 between the two, don't worry about 'missing out' on a superior display.”

Software & Storage

OnePlus 8 runs Android 10. The storage was one of the more praised elements of the phone for reviewers at 128/256GB of space available.

Cameras

The cameras were the least impressive part of an otherwise solid top-tier phone. Reviewers were disappointed to find the cameras did not offer an enhanced zoom function, and using digital zoom made photos so fuzzy they weren’t usable. Its 2MP macro camera also left a lot to be desired. Reviewers mentioned that unless you were a pro at these sorts of shots that it left a lot of noise in the photos.

Battery Life

Battery life impressed reviewers, lasting a day or more with hard use. The Warp Charge 30T charger excited reviewers as well, claiming to fully charge the phone in an hour.

Audio

Reviewers did not mention anything bad or exceptional about the phone's audio. However, the phone does not come with a headphone jack. So you’ll need an adapter or wireless headphones for private listening.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass and aluminum chassis
  • 6.55-inch AMOLED Display
  • 2.84 Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 865 Processor
  • 8/12GB RAM
  • Android 10
  • 128/256GB of Storage
  • 48MP camera/ 2MP macro lens
  • 4300 mAh Battery

Bottom Line

Reviewers had very little negative to say about the OnePlus 8. It’s a top-end phone for an affordable price with a good display and battery life. There are even a few color options that are not available on other phones for some unique visual flair. Reviews were solid and so was the performance.

TechRadar writes, “The OnePlus 8 sets the bar high for affordable flagships in 2020. While its design refinements borrow elements from other flagships, it's an undeniably sleek phone.”

Tom’s Guide states, “The OnePlus 8 delivers solid performance, long battery life, and 5G at an attractive price”

Business Insider says, “[The phone offers] maximum power and almost everything you want for a lower price tag.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.55"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gizbot

The OnePlus 8 has its compromises such as no IP rating, no wireless charging, and not dedicated telephoto lens. Other than these, the OnePlus 8 is as good as any flagship smartphone of 2020 with no compromise on performance, design, or build quality.

- Vivek, Gizbot
The Wirecutter

The huge, 6.55-inch screen on the OnePlus 8 offers an OLED display with satisfying, deep blacks plus a high refresh rate to make animations smooth. It has a top-of-the-line processor and years of guaranteed OS updates, too, but it lacks water resistance and wireless charging.

- Ryan Whitwam, The Wirecutter
DxOMark

The OnePlus 8 does an above-average job of handling audio compared to the devices we’ve tested. In particular, its recording performance is well above that of the 8 Pro and the Galaxy S20+, the two phones we most closely compared it with. Its wide sound stage is helpful for providing immersive audio...

- David Cardinal, DxOMark
India Today

Except the camera performance, which is not as good as that of the OnePlus 8 Pro, I don’t find the OnePlus 8 in any significant way inferior to the OnePlus 8 Pro. In terms of performance, software, design, battery life the OnePlus 8 is as good as any other phone, including some more expensive phones...

- Javed Anwer, India Today
Firstpost

OnePlus did get a lot of things right with this new phone, if not all, and there’s plenty of goodness on offer here. The design and feel are truly awesome, and so is the display quality. The performance of the device is almost as good as it gets currently, and it doesn’t negatively impact the batter...

- Ameya Dalvi, Firstpost


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Screen Size
6.55"

The OnePlus 8's screen size is 6.55 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4300 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 1725 minutes, 862 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus 8 Specs

Overview
Release date April 21, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
5G:
2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.10 W/kg
Body: 1.10 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1185 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 862 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1725 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 8.54 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Onyx Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.02 x 7.29 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.55 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 3D Corning Gorilla Glass, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, In-display Fingerprint Sensor
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Macro), Slow motion recording, HDR,
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.45
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Unknown
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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