OnePlus recently launched its flagship model smartphones, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Let's go ahead and take a look at both of these smartphones and compare them to see which one's which one you should buy.
-> The price
-> Body Construction
The first and foremost thing you consider before you buy a smartphone is the price. The OnePlus 8 starts from 41,999 INR, Where as the OnePlus 8 Pro starts at 54,999 INR. As you go higher in the spec range such as more RAM and internal storage the prices increase accordingly.
Both these phones have Aluminium frame and Curved Gorilla glass, where the premium OnePlus 8 Pro comes with an IP 68 water and dust resistance rating, the cheaper OnePlus 8 doesn't. If you are so keen about your phone being water and dust resistance the 8 Pro might be a better option than the regular OnePlus 8.
The OnePlus 8 comes with a 6.55'' Fluid AMOLED with a FullHD+ display of 90 Hz. The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with same but a bigger 6.78'' Fluid AMOLED display but with a QuadHD+ display technology. The pixel density also varies between these two, where the cheaper OnePlus 8 comes with a 402 ppi screen and the expensive version, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 513 ppi which is better than the former. Although both these phones are big, the aspect ratios differ with the OnePlus 8 having a 20:9 aspect ratio and the OnePlus 8 Pro having a 19.8:9 aspect ratio. The color accuracy on both these phones is spot on with MEMC 10-bit technology. You can never go wrong with these phones with the color accuracy on point. Now coming to the refresh the cheaper OnePlus 8 come with a 90 Hz refresh rate where as the OnePlus 8 pro comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate panel. If you are thinking which is better, obviously the 120 Hz is better, but if you had a 90 Hz and a 120 Hz refresh rate panel would you be able to tell the difference between them? You wont notice if you use it just as a normal person does. You will only notice it if you are a hardcore gamer and it will also improve the gaming experience. But I think we can do without the 120 Hz refresh rate in our daily life.
When it comes to the performance, OnePlus always stays on top. That's what we should expect from this price point and that's what it delivered with the new Snapdragon 865, 5G enabled chip set. It can handle all your day to day tasks with ease and also can handle your hardcore gaming and provide you with the best gaming experience there is on smartphones. The Snapdragon 865 is the top tier Soc on market(Android) today and paired with OnePlus's Oxygen OS, you can expect it to deliver the best performance you have ever seen on an android smartphone.
Both the OnePlus devices come with a 16 megapixel f2.4, punch hole selfie cameras to make them more water resistant which wasn't the case before with the pop up front facing camera on the 7 Pro. These selfie cameras can only film up to 1080p 30 FPS. The rear cameras on these phone have significant differences. The OnePlus 8 has a 48 megapixel primary camera with f1.75 aperture and Optical image stabilization and comes with the Sony's IMX586 sensor. The secondary lens is an ultra wide 16 megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture and 116 degrees Field of view. The third camera is a 2 megapixel macro camera with f1.75 aperture. The biggest differences in cameras between both these phones is, the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with 4 cameras instead of 3. And the third camera in the Pro version is replaced with a telephoto lens. The primary camera of the Pro version is a 48 megapixel, f1.78 with Optical image stabilization. This 48 megapixel primary camera comes with Sony's new IMX689 sensor which is better than it's predecessor the IMX586. The secondary camera also is a 48 megapixel, f2.2 with 119.7 degrees Field of view ultra wide lens. The third camera is a 8 megapixel Telephoto lens, f2.44 and comes with 3x Optical zoom. The fourth camera in the Pro version is a color filter 5 megapixel f2.5 camera, which the company says is to show the users the world in a different way. Now to choose which camera is the best, the Pro comes out on top, obviously because it is expensive and and has 4 cameras instead of three. But to a regular user like myself, can make do with the cheaper OnePlus 8. But you can decide to buy the 8 Pro if you have the budget for it.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro both come on 128 /256 GB internal storage variants with UFS 3.0 storage technology. Both these phones come with either 8 GB OR 12 GB of RAM. But the OnePlus 8 comes with the old LPDDR4X RAM where as the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with the all new LPDR5 RAM which is 30% more faster and 20/5 more power efficient. If you ask me, you are not going to notice a massive difference in performance between these two phones.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 4510 mAh battery where as the OnePlus 8 has a 4300 mAh battery. Both these devices have smart charging optimization and 30T warp charge technology which can charge 50% in just 30 minutes. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has an additional feature which is 30W wireless charging which also for the company for the first time introduced reverse charging where you can charge other phones or devices through the back of your phone wirelessly.
To conclude, although the Pro version is more than 10k than the regular version, given all the extras it include, would be a better option to go for. That is if you have the budget for it. Though the regular OnePlus is not as good as the Pro version, it fares better than the other smartphones in its range. You wouldn't notice a massive difference in the phones if you have a normal usage. So, for the price the regular OnePlus is also a great bang foe buck smartphone.