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OnePlus 7 Pro vs 8 in 2021: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

author Luis Silva (May 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The 8 isn't that affordable, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It has a better display and better battery life.

What else stands out?

With the 8, you'll also get an Always-On display, better peak brightness, more RAM (8GB vs. 6GB), and Bluetooth 5.1. But the 7 Pro brings a telephoto lens (+64 mm).

How much more will those additional features cost me?

If you ignore carrier offers, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $201.

Is it still worth buying the 7 Pro in 2022?

The 7 Pro isn't your best option in 2022. There are better options out there, like the 9, as it will offer you better performance, more security updates, faster charging, and more RAM.

Is it still worth buying the 8 in 2022?

Just because the 8 was released last year doesn't mean I won't recommend it. You can thank OnePlus for its good performance and good battery life. But if you've been dreaming about other phones, the 9 Pro should also be one of them.

Read on and find out more about them, how they rival their competition, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Introduction

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.

The weight of each section

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device 7 Pro 8
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.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

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.

Performance*
vs.
Features 7 Pro 8
SoC Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2675
3165
490
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
6.3
7.1
0.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 7 Pro front transparent png OnePlus 8 front transparent png

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.
Features 7 Pro 8
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3120
1080x2400
-1900800
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 520.65
404.89
-115.75
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch No/Clean Hole
Peak Brightness 616 nits
802 nits
186
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
4.1
8.7
4.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
5.0
6.7
1.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 7 Pro back transparent png OnePlus 8 back transparent png

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.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 7 Pro 8
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.6
1.8
0.2
Lens 27mm
25mm
-2
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 130
122
-8

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) 7 Pro 8 vs.
Megapixels 8
16
8
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 78mm (3x zoom)
14mm -64
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 16 2 -14
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Macro
Score 14 11 -3
Selfie Camera 7 Pro 8 vs.
Megapixels 0 16
16
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 25mm -
7 Pro 8 vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.2
-0.5

Who has the best frame?

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.

If you'd rather have a water-resistant device, the 9 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy A72 may be a better option.

Looks*
vs.
Body 7 Pro 8
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)
-5040
Weight 206 g. (7.27 oz)
180 g. (6.35 oz)
-26
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%
88.55%
0.54
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.7 6.2 2.5
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.9
2.9
1.0

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

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.

Reverse wireless charging is also a thing these days, and you can have it on the 9 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21.

Fast charging is indeed fast with the 7 Pro. That's rare because phones from this budget frequently max out at about 24w.

Battery*
vs.
Features 7 Pro 8
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4300 300
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 83% left
85% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
71% left
5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
74% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.1 5.0 1.8
Sub Tek-Score
7.3
7.7
0.4
Fast Charging 30w
30w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.4
6.7
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

It's a tie.

Storage*
vs.
Features 7 Pro 8
RAM (GB) 6GB
8GB
2
Internal (GB) 128GB
128GB
0
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
6.0
6.0
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

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.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 7 Pro 8
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
5.1
1.5

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best prices that we've found:

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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
Amazon - - -
eBay 1.38 0.78 -0.61
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

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.

Verdict: What Makes the OnePlus 8 Stand Out?

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?

Pros 7 Pro 8
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Battery Life
#6 Fast Charging
Cons 7 Pro 8
#1 Always-On-Display Wireless Charging
#2 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#3 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#4 Weight Price
#5 3.5mm Jack
#6 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 7 Pro 8
Gaming Score
7.0
7.2
0.2
Tek-Score
5.90
6.45
0.55
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 OnePlus 7 Pro 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $370
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $392
  • OnePlusrival7
    $388
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
    $385
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
    $424
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10+
    $413
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $390
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $497
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $428
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $482
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
    $410
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
    $424
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $389
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
    $429
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • HuaweirivalP30
    $400
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
    $398
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
    $349
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $349
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
    $436
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $400
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $360
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
    $425
  • OnePlusrivalNord
    $410
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
    $396
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
    $399
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
    $375
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
    $445
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $349
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
    $385
  • OnePlusrivalNord 2
    $440

 OnePlus 8 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $709
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $519
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $564
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $584
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $534
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $560
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $680
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $519
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $543
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $520
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $675
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $749
  • OnePlusrival9
    $530
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Mini
    $729
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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