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It wasn't a pretty fight between it's bigger siblings. Will these two call it a draw or will OnePlus continue to crush its opponents?
Let's start the battle.
In April of 2020, OnePlus started selling its 8, while Apple's iPhone 11 hit the stores in September of 2019.
With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the iPhone 11 and the 8. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.
If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.
These phones have similar prices, but generally, the 8 is more affordable. That's something you should keep in mind when comparing them.
You'll also see down below a "Tek-Score" for every section that we analyze. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. You'll find a global score at the end, which can help you compare to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.
Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most desired smartphone features by consumers. But don't let that daunt you. You can set it based on what matters to you. Click here to skip everything but I suggest you keep reading to know more about them.
For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.
You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That's so you can see how they rival its direct competitors.
Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we include every smartphone within a 20+20% price range, up and down.
Some features are also shortcuts to the top 10 phones for that feature for up to seven different budgets.
|Release Date||2019, September||2020, April||1y.|
|OS Updates||6 years||2 years||-4y.|
|Security Updates||6 years||3 years||-3y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) rates the iPhone 11 5% ahead on the multi-core rankings. On daily usage, you wouldn't be able to notice any real differences between them. The iPhone is a bit more responsive to tasks like rotating the phone to landscape mode because of the optimizations that Apple does.
We can label both of them as high-end.
Regarding their chipset, while the OnePlus 8 comes with the Snapdragon 865 SoC, the Apple iPhone 11 has the Apple A13 SoC.
Regarding the graphics chipset, the former features last year's Adreno 650, and the latter has a proprietary Apple GPU.
The iPhone 11 features the iOS 13 OS, and the 8 has Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 at its core.
|SoC||Apple A13||Snapdragon 865|
|Graphics||Apple GPU||Adreno 650|
|Geekbench 5 Score||3328
|OS||iOS 13||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
The 8 has the best screen, and you'd be able to tell the difference.
The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch LCD screen, which is considerably smaller than the 8's 6.5-inch AMOLED display. It all comes down to personal preferences for both the display type and size. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a remarkable LCD is honestly as good.
The 8 adopts a 1080x2400 Full HD resolution. The iPhone 11 features a more modest resolution of 828x1792 (HD) pixels. If you value a clean, almost notch-free screen, there's one more reason to consider the 8.
The iPhone 11 has one disadvantage against most smartphones in its class: Its pixel density evens out at 30% below the rest.
It's better to be safe than sorry, so you need to know about their glass protection. The 8 features a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display. The iPhone 11 has a Corning toughened glass.
There's one additional feature here: the Always-On display on the OnePlus 8.
If you set your brightness to auto, the iPhone 11 will reach 644 nits, but the 8 can go up to 158 nits above that.
The 8 can play HDR10+-compatible media.
If high refresh rates are your thing, the 8 can go up to 90hz.
About the iPhone 11, just know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% of them have an Always-On display.
Compared to the 8, please be aware that 87% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all of them have an AMOLED screen.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||323.61
|Peak Brightness||644 nits
|Protection||Corning toughened glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
The Apple iPhone 11 should have an overall better camera.
Who's gonna win this battle? Together, a 12 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.8, a 26mm wide-angle lens, four flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the iPhone 11 camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.
It also has another shooter with a 12 Megapixels sensor and an aperture of f/2.4 plus a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
With the selfies camera, you get a 12 MP shooter, with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 23 mm wide-angle lens.
DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 132 points. If you add its wide-angle lens, the final rate goes up to 138** points. If you click here, you can check what they think of it.
Last (but not least), you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.
The 8 features a whopping 48 Megapixels (f/1.8) shooter and a 25mm wide-angle lens. You can also count on two flash LEDs, HDR abilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It also records videos at up to 2160 pixels. It also has a secondary 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and an extra 2 Megapixels for macros.
For your information: If you zoom in and crop a 48 Megapixels photo, you can get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo.
The selfie camera has 16 MP, an f/2.0 aperture, and a 1/3" sensor.
DXOMARK's experts should just step up and review this camera. Given specs and similar cameras, it'll get close to 111* points. By adding its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 122** points.
Lastly, just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 9% of them feature a macro lens.
If you prefer, we can grade the iPhone 11 as a high-end and the 8 as lower high-end.
If you're a snapper-addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so you should consider other options like the Sony Xperia 1 II.
*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I do my best to get a comparable score by evaluating hardware specs only (sensor size, Aperture, HDR, OIS, Lenses, and so on). Our lastest test on our formula showed a borderline margin of error of 2 points.
**This rate still needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.
|Primary Camera||iPhone 11||8|
*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
|Extra Camera(s)||iPhone 11||8||vs.|
|Selfie Camera||iPhone 11||8||vs.|
If you're still undecided about them, the iPhone 11 is a better choice, based on its water resistance.
The iPhone 11 has a height of 150 mm (5.91 inches) and a width of 75 mm (2.96 inches). The 8 came out 0.39 inches (10 mm) taller and 0.12 inches (3 mm) narrower.
If you're looking for the thinnest phone, you're out of luck. Both have 8 mm (0.32 inches).
A front and back glass body does make these phones look premium on your hands. The iPhone 11 is 14 g. (0.49 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 180 g. (6.35 oz). If you're curious, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The iPhone 11 got 3.3, meaning it's kind of weighty for its display size. Having said that, the 8 has 6.2, which is pretty nice.
We do like having some color options. You get Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple in the iPhone 11. But you can get Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver with the 8.
They share their size, so I hope you like 6.1/6.5" phones.
Does a fingerprint scanner matter to you? Unfortunately, you can't count on the iPhone 11, but if you're already considering the 8, then good for you.
That doesn't mean you're out of security options on the iPhone 11. At least Apple opted for the Face ID sensor instead.
The iPhone 11 is resistant to water up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.
|Size||150 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.29 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
|160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||194 g. (6.84 oz)
||180 g. (6.35 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Black, Yellow, Green, White, Red, and Purple||Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver|
|Screen To Body Ratio||81.25%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||3.3||6.2||2.9|
|Biometrics||Face ID||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The iPhone 11 features a 3110 mAh battery, while the 8 has 4300 mAh. But according to GSMArena's tests, there's no real difference between them.
That's what you can expect from the iPhone 11 after charging it up:
And this is how the 8 handles these tests:
For your information, the 8 is also beating most smartphones. Just check out our top 10 for battery life.
The iPhone 11 features quick-charging at up to 18w, but the 8 does it too, at 30w.
If you love wireless charging, the iPhone 11 can charge at 5w/hour.
And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, the Samsung Galaxy S21 features it.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||71% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||73% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||5.6||5.6||0.0|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
The 8. Twice as much.
In terms of RAM, the iPhone 11 brings 4GB. In terms of storage, it has 64GB. There's no extra storage here. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it sure is something to keep in mind. Also, similarly priced adversaries usually deliver more RAM and more storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 149Gb of storage.
In its turn, the 8 features 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but 128GB is more than enough for most people.
Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if videos or big games are your things, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
I'd go for the 8, if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.
Surprisingly, they don't share the same Bluetooth version. The iPhone 11 got the 5.0, and the 8 the 5.1. As for the NFC chips, both have them.
If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't care that much about them. You can get that with the Sony Xperia 1 II.
You can find the 8 in the (LTE and) 5G variant.
The OnePlus 8 clearly is a good value for its price, and it can only get better, depending on the place and deals that you'll find. Promotions aside, the iPhone 11 is more expensive, but I believe that it shouldn't come as a surprise at all. At least, the iPhone usually ages well with the updates and so.
Let's see if it really worths it or not.
Here are the prices that we've come across recently:
Apple iPhone 11
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||iPhone 11||8||VS|
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Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They usually sit close to 6.8 (for the iPhone 11) and 6.9 (for the 8).
The OnePlus 8 may be the perfect android device for you, just like the iPhone 11. Did you already make up your mind? Either way, let me emphasize their differences, so you can make a better judgment.
Usually, Apple smashes down their competition on the performance department, except OnePlus. You can call it a tie. But OnePlus outdid itself on the display department with a fantastic AMOLED screen and the addition (finally) of the Always-On display.
Then it managed to deliver a perfectly balanced body, between looks and weight.
It loses by not having wireless charging, but it offsets its odds by charging faster.
You'll also get double the RAM and internal storage.
Bluetooth 5.1 is also a pretty nice bonus.
|#5||Wireless Charging||Battery Life|
|#6||Glass Protection||Fast Charging|
|#1||Screen Resolution||Wireless Charging|
|Global Score||iPhone 11||8|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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