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So you're considering a more affordable alternative to the 8 Pro. But is the OnePlus 8 good enough, or should you just wait another year?
Let's find out.
In April of 2020, OnePlus launched its 8. The 7 Pro, however, saw the light of day in May 2019.
We are looking at how the 7 Pro and the 8 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.
It's probably a good idea to stay away from the 7 Pro because it will be losing it's security updates sooner than later.
For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.
to check who their rivals are.
|Release Date||2019, May||2020, April||1y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
|Security Updates||3 years||3 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the 8 18% ahead in the multi-core ranking. The differences are slight but still noteworthy between these two chipsets.
We can label the 7 Pro as a lower high-end and the 8 as high-end.
|SoC||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 865|
|Graphics||Adreno 640||Adreno 650|
|Geekbench 5 Score||2675
|OS||Android 9 (Pie) and OxygenOS 10||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.
The 8's display does stand out, and it wins by a significant margin.
If you're leaning towards the 7 Pro, 77% of its rivals can play HDR content, 93% have an AMOLED screen, and 80% have an Always-On display.
Regarding the 8, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||520.65
|Peak Brightness||616 nits
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
You should get similar performance with these two in the camera domain.
About the 7 Pro: DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 116 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, you'll end up with a score of 130**. You can check their review if you click here.
To put things in perspective: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.
About the 8: DXOMARK's experts should just step up and review this camera. Knowing them, it'll get about 111* points. And by adding its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 122** points.
Winding it up, just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 14% of them feature a macro lens.
One can place these two as lower high-end.
*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. So when I find one such shooter, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. This score should have a deviation of up to 2 points.
**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. These guys recently updated their test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.
|Primary Camera||7 Pro||8|
*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
|Extra Camera(s)||7 Pro||8||vs.|
|Lens||78mm (3x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Ultra-wide-Angle|
|Selfie Camera||7 Pro||8||vs.|
The 8 does win some points here, mainly for its weight and the number of color options. But that doesn't mean the 7 Pro is that bad.
The 7 Pro is a little bit heavier: About 26 g. (0.92 oz). If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 7 Pro got a score of 3.7, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 6.6 inches display. Having said that, the 8 has 6.2, which is pretty nice.
|Size||162 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
|160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||206 g. (7.27 oz)
||180 g. (6.35 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Mirror Grey, Nebula Blue, and Almond||Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver|
|Screen To Body Ratio||88.01%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||3.7||6.2||2.5|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The 7 Pro features a 4000 mAh battery, while the 8 has 4300 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the winner is the 8.
Just be aware that the 8 can also beat almost all devices I've analyzed. Do check our top 10 list.
Fast charging is indeed fast with the 7 Pro. That's rare because phones from this budget frequently max out at about 24w.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||66% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||70% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||3.1||5.0||1.8|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.
It's a tie.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
The 8 is your better option, as it features Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.
About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You can buy an adapter, but the wireless buds are your only option. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy A42.
The 8 has a single network variant: (LTE and) 5G.
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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||7 Pro||8||VS|
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Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. It's 6.2 for the 7 Pro and 6.9 for the 8.
If you value every tidbit that you can take out of your device, then it's time to upgrade. Obviously, a price drop on the 8 Pro would be even better. But until then, the 8 is a solid choice.
I don't like the lack of a telephoto lens on the OnePlus 8, but I guess if you love to do macros, it's a no-brainer for you.
Cameras aside, the 8 is a step up in every department, even from the 7 Pro. You'll finally have an Always-On display, a top of the line performance, improved battery life, and Bluetooth version.
On top of that, it even is lighter. What else could you want?
|#2||Wireless Charging||MicroSD Slot|
|#3||MicroSD Slot||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||7 Pro||8|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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|
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