The traditional strengths, plus the traditional omissions
Now that OnePlus has established itself as one of the major players in the smartphone world, there are certain things you can take for granted about its devices. They’ll likely have great screens, performance, and battery life. At the same time, they’ll falter a little with their cameras, and they’ll exclude increasingly common features like IP water-resistance ratings and wireless charging.
By and large, these points are all valid when it comes to the OnePlus 8. It’s the less expensive of the two devices that OnePlus has announced today, and it’s the phone I’ve been using over the past week. It starts at $699 (£599) for the model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, making it $100 more than last fall’s similarly specced 7T. I’ve been using the step-up model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which costs $799 (£699). The OnePlus 8 will be available from April 29th in the US, and April 21st in the UK.
The OnePlus 8 is the phone that Verizon (yes, Verizon) and T-Mobile are going to be stocking in their stores, while the 8 Pro is online only. For all intents and purposes, the 8 is the default OnePlus device this year.
So far, so OnePlus. The difference this year is that, for $200 more than the OnePlus 8, you can get the OnePlus 8 Pro, which finally addresses some of those long-standing issues that OnePlus fans have been asking about for years (for example, wireless charging). It’s a serious attempt to break the OnePlus mold, and you can read more about it in Dieter’s full OnePlus 8 Pro review.
The OnePlus 8 hasn’t quite made that same attempt, but it’s still a good phone at a good price. It’s the OnePlus device to get if you don’t care about the features that OnePlus devices have traditionally been missing.