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So, the OnePlus 8 is pretty much a well-defined step up from the 7 Pro, but what does the 7T Pro has to say about that?
In April of 2020, OnePlus started selling its 8, while OnePlus's 7T Pro hit the stores in October of 2019.
We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the 7T Pro and the 8.
The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 7T Pro are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the 7T Pro cheaper most of the time. Remember that when you're comparing the two models.
For each featured section, there's a "Tek-Score" for you to check. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.
That score is research-based. It's from Globalwebindex.com about what people want from their next smartphone. But you can customize how each section contributes to the global score according to your preferences. 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're going to find a red or green bar next to some features. That can help you understand how they rival its direct competitors.
You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.
Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for every spending plan.
|Release Date||2019, October||2020, April||1y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
|Security Updates||3 years||3 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Geekbench 5 scores the 8 17% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.
We can classify the 7T Pro as a lower high-end and the 8 as high-end.
What about their chipsets? The OnePlus 8 features the previous generation's Snapdragon 865 processor and the OnePlus 7T Pro, the Snapdragon 855+ processor.
If you play heavy games on your phone, you should know that the former has last year's Adreno 650, while the latter has an Adreno 640.
Both phones run on Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 out of the box.
|SoC||Snapdragon 855+||Snapdragon 865|
|Graphics||Adreno 640||Adreno 650|
|Geekbench 5 Score||2698
|OS||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
The 8 is the title-holder here, and the difference is considerable.
While the 8 got a 6.5-inch AMOLED display, the 7T Pro got a larger AMOLED display with 6.6-inches. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. To me, a 6.3 inches screen is where I draw the line.
The 7T Pro benefits from a higher resolution, at 1440x3120 pixels, while the 8 has 1080x2400 pixels.
It's better to be safe than sorry, so it's essential to know what kind of glass protection they have. Both displays are protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Unfortunately, only one of them has an Always-On display, and it's the OnePlus 8.
If you don't manually set the screen brightness, you can count on the 7T Pro to go up to 600 nits, while the 8 goes up to 802 nits.
Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they rarely stay far from 757 nits, but the 7T Pro can only do 21% below that.
Both phones do support HDR10+ videos.
If you're looking for high refresh rate displays, you're lucky because both feature a 90hz screen.
Considering the 7T Pro, 90% of its rivals can play HDR content, and 95% have an AMOLED screen and have an Always-On display.
Considering the 8, as a reference, 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||520.65
|Peak Brightness||600 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.
Flip the phones over, let's start the cameras' battle. Together, a whopping 48 Megapixels sensor, an aperture of f/1.6, a 26mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization makes up the 7T Pro camera set. Adding to that, you'll still get the ability to record videos at up to 2160p.
It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 8 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.4, plus a 74mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
Do you really need a 48 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample.
Want to know about its selfie capabilities? It has a 16 MP pop-up (f/2.0) shooter and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.
DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 116 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 129** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.
Before moving on, 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 19% of them feature a macro lens.
The OnePlus 8, in its turn, features a whopping 48 Megapixels camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 25mm, wide-angle lens. Then it has two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. It records videos at up to 2160p. It also has a secondary dual-lens camera. One of them features an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens and 16 Megapixels, and the other 2 Megapixels for macros.
Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get 2x optical zoom. You'll get a 12 Megapixels photo, just like the 7T Pro.
You can get selfies with 16 MP Megapixels. It has a lens with f/2.0 of aperture and a 1/3" sensor.
This sensor does deserve a review from DXOMARK's team. Knowing them, it'll get about 111* points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 122** points.
Finally, 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 12% of them feature a macro lens.
One can place these two as lower high-end.
What I really like about the 7T Pro is the 2.8x telephoto lens. It enables you to zoom in on the subject without ruining your photos.
*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). As of now, you can expect a deviation of up to 2 points.
**Consider this as an estimative, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.
|Primary Camera||7T Pro||8|
*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
|Extra Camera(s)||7T Pro||8||vs.|
|Lens||74mm (2.8x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Ultra-wide-Angle|
|Selfie Camera||7T Pro||8||vs.|
The 8 does win some points here, mainly for its weight and the number of color options. But that doesn't make the 7T Pro that much worse.
The 7T Pro is 162 mm (6.38 inches) tall and 75 mm (2.96 inches) wide. OnePlus's 8 is a bit smaller, precisely 2 mm (0.08 inches), and a bit narrower too, about 3 mm (0.12 inches).
Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).
Both have a premium feeling thanks to their glass body. The 8 weighs 180 g. (6.35 oz), while its sibling is 26 g. (0.92 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the 7T Pro is 3.7, which implies it's kind of weighty for a 6.6 inches display. The 8, in its turn, has 6.2, which is pretty nice.
We do like having some color options. You get Haze Blue and a unique McLaren Edition in the 7T Pro. But you can get Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver with the 8.
If you like having a big phone, you should consider the 7T Pro. Otherwise, the other one is more or less the same here.
Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.
If you want waterproofness on your next device, check out the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
|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||Haze Blue and a unique McLaren Edition||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 7T Pro does have a smaller battery, with 4085 mAh, while the 8 has 4300 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.
This is how the 7T Pro performs after a full charge:
And these are the results for the 8:
What's even better, both of them also don't have many rivals at any given price range. Just check out our top 10 list with the best battery life.
If you thought charging speeds would help you pick one of these, they both do 30w.
Wireless charging is nowhere to be found. Keep that in mind. But if you really want it, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE features wireless charging. It even supports reverse wireless charging too.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||84% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||69% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||73% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||4.0||5.6||1.6|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
Definitely, the 7T Pro.
OnePlus put 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the 7T Pro. There's no expandable storage, but I believe you can manage with just 256GB of storage. I should also mention that most rivals have less storage but more RAM. They're closer to 146Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.
The 8 offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. There's also no expandable storage here, but I believe 128GB is enough.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
I'd go for the 8 if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.
Surprisingly, there's a difference here: The 7T Pro features Bluetooth 5.0, but the 8 has Bluetooth 5.1. Both phones have NFC.
If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Sony Xperia 1 II.
The 8 runs on (LTE and) 5G networks.
The OnePlus 7T Pro definitely has its sibling beaten on price, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. You'll most likely find the OnePlus 8 at a higher price range, but it doesn't mean it can't be a great deal.
You can check down below if it worths the extra cash.
Here are their recently updated prices:
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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||7T 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. The 7T Pro class is at 6.8, and the 8 6.9.
Ah-ha! The 7T Pro won't let it go that easy.
You'll probably love it for its storage, and you know what? Despite being somewhat slower, it isn't slow at all, and you can get by another year without the Always-On display and the newer Bluetooth version, you'll get to keep (or win) a great set of cameras.
What's even better, it's price will always be lower.
You'll have to get familiar with a hefty device. Aside from that, there's not much more for you on the OnePlus 8.
|#5||Fast Charging||Battery Life|
|#2||Wireless Charging||MicroSD Slot|
|#3||MicroSD Slot||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||7T Pro||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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