Amidst a global health crisis, OnePlus was forced to delay its launch event three times before it finally decided to set a date for a digital launch event for April. Today, OnePlus has finally announced the OnePlus 8 Pro, which confirmed rumors of a fourth camera and the 120Hz display that the phone maker has been teasing since January.
Along with the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, the company is also debuting its subtle change in its branding. The OnePlus logo has a new font, and the ONEPLUS tramp stamp on the back is in all-CAPS typeface. The 8 Pro looks like its predecessors (7 Pro and 7T Pro), but the most notable (visual) differences are the extra camera on the back, and the lack of a pop-up selfie camera in favor of a punch-hole version.
Most of the changes to the 8 Pro are internal and in the camera system. In addition to the Snapdragon 865 and built-in support for 5G, RAM has been updated to LPDDR5, the display is now a tad taller, brighter, and supports a higher 120Hz display mode, and wireless charging is finally a feature on a OnePlus phone with support for reverse wireless charging as well!
The camera sees a tweaked setup this year. The main camera gets an all-new Sony-made IMX 689 sensor with all-pixel omnidirectional autofocus and 40% larger pixels. The 8 Pro gets a fourth "Color filter" camera and the ultrawide lens is now sitting in front of a 48MP sensor too.
So far, we like the improvements that we're seeing on paper. Whether those will translate into a superior product are yet to be seen. We're most concerned with a couple of changes in the camera setup - namely the dimmer apertures on both the main and selfie cameras.
Let's go ahead and pop into the OnePlus 8 Pro's retail box and see what it includes.
We always praise OnePlus for its packaging materials and this year is no different. The lusciously red box is well-constructed and feels soft to the touch - a great first impression of any device is its packaging. The package is longer than most, and lifting the box's lid is the phone itself - wrapped in a matte plastic film.
The wrapper itself has a warning that folks should not install third-party screen protectors that may not be compatible with the 8 Pro's in-display fingerprint scanner.
The cardboard cradle is a flat box itself, containing the phone's documentation including a quick-start guide, safety information, a set of OnePlus stickers, and invitation letter with an ejector SIM tool attached.
Other included accessories are a clear case with the OnePlus tagline "Never Settle" along the backside, a bright red Warp Charge cable, and the Warp Charge 30T power adapter. The retail packaging will also have a pre-installed screen protector from the factory.
Now let's get better acquainted with the phone itself.