OnePlus 8 Pro Review: the Flagship Is Not Only the Screen, But Also the Perfect Experience

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In May 2019, OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 Pro. The design of the full screen, full of bright colors, and high refresh of 90Hz made this phone stand out from the screen and won many praises. Five months later, a small facelift OnePlus 7T Pro also appeared in front of everyone. The absence of 5G made many people feel very sorry, but at the same time, more people began to turn to OnePlus 8 Pro.

Appearance, screen, 5G, battery life, wireless charging. OnePlus 8 Pro carries the expectations of many new users for OnePlus flagship, and all this finally has an answer today.

Metal + glass pay more attention to the feel

Since the first generation of mobile phones, only the flagship OnePlus has attached great importance to the “CMF” design of the mobile phone, that is, the color, material and Finishing of the mobile phone. After exploring several generations of models, the design of metal and glass has become the unique style of the current OnePlus, and the OnePlus 8 Pro brings more creativity on the basis of continuing all this.

OnePlus 8 Pro blue sky color

The most intuitive change is that the body of OnePlus 8 Pro has become slender, and it is still a 6.7-inch screen, but the ratio is adjusted from 19.5: 9 to 20: 9. The back continues to use glass material, the edges are more rounded, and the connection with the metal middle frame is closer, and the middle frame can hardly be felt by the fingers. Coupled with a weight of only 199 grams, OnePlus 8 Pro is very suitable for one-handed grip, and feels better than the previous generation.

As always, OnePlus 8 Pro brings a new color scheme. The first is the “black mirror”, which uses a classic pure black, mirror design, without fancy glare, showing a very simple effect. The next step is to use the “green sky” and “blue tone” colors of AG glass. The AG glass process has reached the fifth generation. OnePlus has increased the haze of the glass surface to 72%, and the feel is more delicate. The official statement is to make the original rigid For the first time, the glass surface has a soft texture. From the “green sky” color scheme on the hand, it shows a very vibrant green, but under some light conditions, it looks like a light blue effect. The touch on the back is indeed more delicate than the previous generation, and there is no cold metal material. a feeling of.

OnePlus 8 Pro front

Looking at the front, OnePlus 8 Pro does not follow the true full-screen design of OnePlus 7 Pro mechanical lifting structure, but uses the current popular digging scheme. Although there are some regrets, the further narrowing of the borders on both sides makes this screen still have a very good visual effect, and the thickness and weight of the whole machine are therefore controlled, while achieving IP68 waterproof and dustproof. This design makes the front of the OnePlus 8 Pro look familiar. After all, I have seen several products with hyperboloid + screen digging this year, but when you pick up the phone, you will find the OnePlus 8 Pro is different.

OnePlus 8 Pro curved screen

OnePlus 7 Pro’s true full screen brings very stunning visual effects, but one thing I often complain about is the too small screen curvature. The curved screen itself has problems that are easy to accidentally touch, occasionally affect the vision, and have small curvature. Obviously, OnePlus is aware of this. The screen of OnePlus 8 Pro not only has a larger curvature, but also goes further. It processes the sides of the screen into an approximately straight effect, similar to a rounded trapezoid. Intuitively, when you hold the phone and put your thumb on the side of the screen, you feel a straight face instead of a curved face. This design further enhances the feel of the OnePlus 8 Pro, while at the same time better reducing false touches.

“3 + 1” camera module

Looking back to the back, as the number of cameras on mobile phones increases, the camera module becomes more and more bloated, and OnePlus 8 Pro uses a very interesting camera layout design. At first glance, the OnePlus 8 Pro seems to use the same three-camera combination as the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it is actually equipped with four cameras. The telephoto lens is placed on the left side of the camera module, perfectly hidden in the glass Under the backplane, there is also a laser focusing module and flash. This design allows OnePlus 8 Pro to achieve a balance between the appearance and the number of cameras, especially in the “black mirror” color matching, a stronger sense of unity.

Logo

The other details of the fuselage have also changed a lot. The first is a new visual system. The “1” in the middle of the logo has been changed to a more stylish font. At the same time, the brand name of “OnePlus” under the fuselage has been changed. Changed to uppercase and bolded fonts, very in line with the trend of flattening in recent years. The iconic three-segment switch on the right is still retained, and the size is more compact, but the paragraph feels stronger when switching, and the feel is better.

Smoothness depends not only on the screen, but also on the ecology

If you talk about what you expect from the OnePlus 8 Pro, the first place is the better screen. Last year, OnePlus 7 Pro led the popularity of the 90Hz refresh rate, and also let more people know that in addition to the smoothness of the system level, the smoothness of the visual level can also bring a “no go back” experience.

OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a 6.7-inch Samsung Fluid AMOLED screen, which is a customized high-spec screen between OnePlus and Samsung Display, with a 120Hz screen refresh rate. The screen resolution is 3168 * 1440, which reaches the QHD + level, the pixel density is 513PPI, and the highest brightness can reach 1300nit.

OnePlus 8 Pro screen

In terms of color performance, each screen of OnePlus 8 Pro will undergo professional color correction before leaving the factory. According to the recently popular standard JNCD that measures the color accuracy of the screen, the value of each screen is around 0.4. The value of the mobile phone screen is around 0.8. This screen has also passed HDR10 + high dynamic range certification, and supports HDR10 and HDR10 + video formats.

OnePlus 8 Pro‘s screen also supports 10-bit color scale, with a rich gradient color range. Usually our mobile phones are equipped with 8bit color screen. So what is the effect of 10bit? To put it simply, the transition between colors is not completely smooth, but is formed by the gradual change of several colors with small color difference. The larger the number, the smoother the transition of colors. 8bit can display 16.7 million colors, while 10bit has more than 1 billion colors, which is 64 times that of 8bit.

Speaking of high refresh rate, OnePlus 8 Pro has 240Hz touch sampling rate in addition to 120Hz refresh rate. The experience brought about by the high refresh rate is smooth, less lag when sliding, less text smear when reading, and the operation is more handy. If the perception brought by 90Hz is not so strong, 120Hz will definitely make you feel more smooth.

OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with 120Hz refresh rate

But what OnePlus 8 Pro wants to show this time is actually something other than hardware. The improvement of hardware performance must also be accompanied by the upgrade of software ecology. At present, there are almost no 120-frame video resources that can be viewed online, and games that support 90Hz are rare, not to mention 120Hz, so OnePlus will build from three aspects: system, game and video. Brand new high frame rate ecology.

The system is optimized for sliding operation. As a commonly used control method for mobile phones, sliding is the most simple way for us to feel the high refresh rate. OnePlus has customized a high-performance touch IC, optimized the image processing priority of the bottom layer of Android, and of course optimized the animation effect of hydrogen OS to make the animation curve smoother and smoother. The game measures are also very direct, through cooperation with the game company, to provide one plus 120 high frame rate version of the game.

Finally, there is video. If there is no video with high frame rate, can we convert the video with low frame rate to high frame rate? In fact, TV manufacturers have already given the answer, that is MEMC, which is motion estimation and motion compensation technology. OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a MEMC chip, the effect is to convert 30 frames of video into 60 frames or even 120 frames, eliminating the smearing and freezing of the picture. It is worth mentioning that, in addition to the system gallery, OnePlus MEMC insert frame technology also supports 12 mainstream domestic and foreign online video platforms such as Bilibili, Tencent Video, Tencent Sports, Youku, iQiyi, YouTube, Netflix.

More cameras, stronger dual main camera

Although OnePlus 8 Pro is not a mobile phone that emphasizes camera performance, it still has a very powerful influence system. The rear of OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with 48-megapixel main camera, 48-megapixel ultra-wide angle, 8-megapixel 3x zoom, and a 5 million auxiliary lens. This 3 + 1 imaging system can be said to bring OnePlus 8 Pro one of the strongest camera strengths of all generations.

First is the main camera.OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 sensor. The 1 / 1.4-inch IMX689 has become the largest 48-megapixel sensor. The default four-in-one takes 1200 pixel photos, single pixel can reach 2.24 microns. Let’s take a look at the proofs:

Indoor shooting proofs

True color

OnePlus 8 Pro‘s overall photo style tends to restore true colors without excessive saturation of colors, and the adjustment of white balance is also very accurate. In professional mode, OnePlus 8 Pro can also take photos with 10bit color depth in RAW format. As I said just now, 10bit can retain more color information, have better color performance, and have a larger post space.

True color

The 1 / 1.4-inch outsole of the Sony IMX689 sensor also brings a better background blur effect to the OnePlus 8 Pro photo. As you can see from the photo below, the depth of field of the photo changes very naturally. This effect can make the phone The photos taken have the same texture as the camera.

Bokeh is more natural

The focus performance of the OnePlus 8 Pro main camera is also upgraded this time, that is, omni-pixel omni-directional focusing technology. “Full pixel” means that all the pixels of the sensor can be focused through the phase difference detection method, and the traditional focusing technology can only use some pixels as the phase difference detection, so the accuracy of focusing is higher. The “omnidirectional” refers to the sensor can also obtain the vertical focus information in addition to the left and right focus information. The traditional phase difference detection can only obtain the left and right focus information, the obtained focus information is more comprehensive, and the precision of the focus is also improved.

Another benefit of the larger sensor is the night shot, let’s take a look directly through the sample.

Night view mode

The picture above is a photo taken using the night scene mode. It can be seen that the highlights in the distance are suppressed when the details in the dark part are well preserved. The overall style is still a thick night view of the mobile phone. Compared with the photos taken by the camera, it lacks a sense of hierarchy. The overall photo brightness is brighter, but it does not have the effect of shooting the night into the day.

In terms of noise and smearing, the photos taken by OnePlus 8 Pro night scene mode are very clean, there is not much noise even in the dark part, and there is a slight smearing trace when zoomed in, but within the acceptable but within the scope, the details are very maintained it is good.

Night scene photo

This main camera also supports the original dual ISO noise reduction. ISO is simply the sensitivity of the camera’s photosensitive element to light. ISO in the digital era is adjusted by electronic gain or loss reduction. Generally, the lower the ISO, the better the image quality. The more delicate; the higher the ISO, the more noise will appear on the screen. Under this principle, there is of course a value for ISO. At this value, ISO does not require any gain or loss. The picture shows the cleanest state. This value is the native ISO.

In this way, the dual native ISO is easy to understand, that is, with two idealized ISO values, the cleanest picture, the use of “high ISO” in dark light, which can effectively suppress noise; the use of “low” in highlight “ISO”, while maintaining the dynamic range, has better color performance. In fact, the biggest benefit of dual native ISO is better night shot performance.

OnePlus 8 Pro‘s ultra-wide-angle lens is also 48 megapixels, and uses the 2019 flagship sensor-Sony IMX586. The super wide-angle itself is suitable for shooting outdoor scenery or shooting in narrow indoor environments. It is a very common lens, but the previous super wide-angle lens has a big gap in quality from the main camera. One point, it brings the effect of almost double main shooting.

Super wide-angle shooting proofs

Unfortunately, the color performance of this super wide-angle lens is still a bit different from that of the main camera. When shooting indoors, the white balance is significantly warmer. Of course, this one in our hands is still in the engineering prototype stage. This problem may be improved after the market.

Indoor proofs

It is the addition of two 48-megapixel lenses. OnePlus 8 Pro also brings a 48-megapixel shooting mode. The photos taken have higher pixels and have a larger post-cutting space. In high pixel mode, you can choose 1x and ultra wide angle, which is also an experience that has not been used in other mobile phones.

Outdoor proofs

The telephoto lens continues the previous generation of 3x optical zoom, up to 30x digital zoom, and the picture quality brought by 1200 pixels is also quite good. At the same time, in the experience, 3x is actually a very comfortable short, between 2x and 5 Between times, there is an effect similar to the camera 85mm.

Night scene shooting

As for the last 5 million pixel auxiliary lens, it is a filter lens, which can increase the playability and creativity of the camera.

In terms of video shooting, OnePlus 8 Pro can shoot 4K and 1080P 60FPS videos, and supports HIS hybrid anti-shake technology. In addition to the 48 million IMX689 main camera, the OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with 3-HDR technology, which can be used to shoot with three different exposure times at the same time, keeping the background and portrait clear in the backlit scene.

Flagship 5G experience 30W wired + wireless

As a flagship model of the OnePlus One Generation, the OnePlus 8 Pro is naturally equipped with the flagship-level processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Compared with the previous generation Snapdragon 855, the Snapdragon 865 uses the Kryo 585 CPU and the performance is increased by 25%. The energy efficiency is increased by 25%, and the GPU is also upgraded. With the Adreno 650 GPU, the image rendering speed is also increased by 25%. In the daily experience, the Snapdragon 865 can meet the performance requirements of almost all applications, while having better battery life performance. In addition, OnePlus 8 Pro also supports LPDDR5 RAM storage technology, which improves performance by 30% while reducing power consumption by 20%.

Next, I will talk about 5G. The biggest regret for many OnePlus users in 2019 is that OnePlus did not launch 5G mobile phones in China. In fact, the reason is very simple. Under the strategy of focusing on flagship products, the 5G mobile phone launched by OnePlus must be a mature 5G flagship mobile phone. OnePlus 8 Pro is such a product.

The Snapdragon 865 processor equipped with the OnePlus 8 Pro adopts the external Qualcomm second-generation 5G chip Snapdragon X55 to support NSA / NAS dual-mode 5G. At the same time, the Smart 5G function is added, which can intelligently switch the 5G network according to the usage scenario, and improve the endurance performance under the premise of ensuring the high speed advantage of 5G. With OnePlus 8 Pro‘s full support for Wi-Fi 6, it can better meet the needs of mobile phone upload and download.

OnePlus 8 Pro‘s battery capacity has also been upgraded, from OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4000mAh to 4510mAh battery, with the upgraded Warp 30T wired flash charge, the official data can be charged 50% in 23 minutes. The biggest surprise is wireless charging. OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with wireless charging function for the first time, using the official wireless charging base power to reach 30W. Warp 30W wireless flash charging first-ever isolated charge pump technology plus Warp wireless direct charging architecture, can charge 50% in 30 minutes. At the same time, there is intelligent optimization of sleep charging, which can effectively extend the battery life according to the user’s sleeping habits and follow up the charging in time.

Summary

Throughout the domestic mobile phone manufacturers, OnePlus is like a literary youth, has maintained a rare low-key. But in terms of products, OnePlus is not only weak, but also insists on its own unique aesthetic.

Specific to this OnePlus 8 Pro, there is no radical design, but on the basis of using mature technology, continue to polish the mobile phone experience. The overall appearance continues the style of the previous generation, the fifth-generation AG matte glass brings a more delicate feel, and the black mirror surface returns again. The screen supports QHD + resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 10bit color gradation. From the perspective of several core parameters, it is still a “machine emperor” level. In addition to hardware upgrades, the camera also has more technical support, the battery capacity has also increased to 4510mAh, and wireless charging is supported for the first time.

One year after the OnePlus 7 Pro led the trend of high refresh rates on the screen, the OnePlus 8 Pro finally picked up the baton, which not only brought a better screen, but also filled in other regrets of the previous generation. Among them, there are both expected upgrades and outstanding advantages such as screens, which have been fused together to form a smooth and unobtrusive experience. Rarely, this experience is higher than most flagship players this year

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