While the most anticipated flagship smartphones of the year 2020 OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are all set to be launched online on April 14th amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the European prices of these smartphones have been leaked on the internet earlier.
OnePlus smartphones have become more promising after the launch OnePlus 6 series smartphones. It is mainly because of the quality they have got to offer at a cheaper price.
Pricing has always been a scoring point for the company in the industry. But now the latest information leak about the European price of the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro is not so appealing.
The prices, if converted to Indian Rupee is around 59,000INR to 67,000INR for the base model OnePlus 8 and 75,000INR to 83,000INR for the top model OnePlus 8 Pro.
Understandably, OnePlus is also going to step into the price range of other smartphone companies, like Samsung and Apple, in the market.
The one thing that made OnePlus stand out in the industry is the price of the smartphone, and the quality they got to deliver at that price, in the market.
Let’s break down the specifications and differences for both these models and find out if these flagships are worth the price.
The base model, OnePlus 8, rocks a 6.55-inch FullHD display panel with a 90hz screen refresh rate whereas the top model, OnePlus 8 Pro, comes with 6.78-inch QuadHD (2K) display with 120hz screen refresh rate.
Both the models are said to be equipped with Edge displays with punch-hole on top of the screen for front camera and face detection sensor.
This is usual for the company to not give a 2K display panel with the base model but it is the first time for the company to provide a 90hz refresh rate display with the base model whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro rocks a 120hz display.
Speaking of the first time, OnePlus has also decided to include wireless charging capability to its smartphones for the first time whereas this feature is only available in the Pro version.
It is not any wireless charging, but this might also be the fastest wireless charging in the industry with 30W power input. It is said have an inbuilt fan for cooling the charger which can be stopped by turning on All-Sleep mode. It is also said have Dust Detection feature and Overheating protection.
It costs around €70 (5840INR) which means it might not come with the box.
The battery capacity, on the other hand, is also different in both models. OnePlus 8 is said to have 4300 mAh and OnePlus 8 Pro to have a 4510 mAh battery. Both the batteries are pretty decent because both models are going to be equipped with the most power-efficient chipset.
Processor & Storage
Both models are confirmed to have the latest Snapdragon chipset that is Snapdragon 865 SoC.
OnePlus 8 Pro is said to have an 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM with 128/256GB of storage respectively whereas the OnePlus 8 will have the standard 8/12GB LPDDR4 RAM with 128/256GB of storage space.
The OnePlus 8 will be equipped with the triple camera setup just like its predecessor with 48MP primary lens, 16MP Ultra Wide lens, and a 2MP macro lens.
The Pro version, on the other hand, is said to have a quad-camera setup with a 48MP primary lens, another 48MP Ultra Wide lens, 8MP (3x zoom) telephoto lens and a 5MP sensor with ‘Colour Filter’ capability.
Apart from the above mentioned essential specifications, OnePlus has decided to give some special features like 5G network connectivity capability and IP68 approved water and dust resistant capability.
Perhaps this might also be the reason for the increase in price but having these features onboard will improve the user experience and overall quality of the device.
It is unethical to judge or criticize the smartphone before the launch but if the leaked prices are true, people might expect even more innovation from the company instead of just compiling the high tier features out there in the industry.
The expectations rise mainly because this price range almost falls in the category where Samsung and Apple are there. Samsung brings in so many innovative extra features on their devices every year.
Even Huawei is making sure that their products give out some kind of new feature that no other companies have dared to introduce. (e.g Reverse Wireless Charging).
These new smartphones from OnePlus might settle in good at this price range for now but in the future, the survival of the company in the industry, especially at this price range, will definitely depend on the innovation they bring in.