The OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro are out, however we’re already trying on the subsequent fashions within the sequence: the yet-to-be-confirmed, however probably-to-be-named OnePlus Eight and OnePlus 8 Pro.
2019 was an fascinating yr for OnePlus, which cut up its lineup between the flagship specs at a mid-range value within the OnePlus 7 and the extra polished (and dear) true price range flagship OnePlus 7 Pro. Those had been refined with further options within the 7T variations later within the yr, as follows the telephone maker’s conventional tick-tock schedule.
As such, we’re anticipating the brand new telephones coming early in 2020 to make the same tech leap. But what will the OnePlus Eight and OnePlus 8 Pro embrace?
We’re fairly early to the sport, and haven’t seen too many rumors, other than one leak suggesting the 8 Pro will abandon its predecessor’s pop-up digicam for a extra conventional punch-hole for the front-facing digicam.
Aside from that, we can speculate as to what the following technology will introduce.
Both the 7 Pro and the 7T Pro had 5G variations, so we can anticipate a OnePlus 8 Pro 5G – particularly as these superior wi-fi networks begin rolling out extra protection.
- What is it? The subsequent OnePlus smartphone line
- When is it out? Possibly April 2020
- What will it price? Likely greater than $599 / £549 / AU$874 for the OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro launch date and value
Given the discharge home windows OnePlus has adopted for years, we can anticipate the OnePlus Eight and OnePlus 8 Pro to launch in late spring or early summer time – the final two non-T variations got here out in May 2018 and 2019, respectively, so mid-May 2020 is an effective guess.
We’re anticipating two telephones, and given the costs for its predecessors, we don’t anticipate the extra inexpensive OnePlus 8 to price lower than $599 / £549 / AED 1,949 (round AU$868).
Likewise, we don’t anticipate the OnePlus 8 Pro to price lower than $699 / £699 / AED 2,699 (round AU$1,010).
OnePlus Eight and eight Pro rumors and leaks
While the OnePlus 7 Pro launched a pop-up selfie digicam that allowed an unblemished entrance bezel, the OnePlus 7 didn’t – it saved the teardrop notch of its predecessor.
An early leak suggests the OnePlus Eight will go for a easy punch-hole within the top-left nook for the front-facing digicam. That leak additionally advised the Pro would shrink from 6.67 inches down to 6.5 inches.
A following leak equally supported the punch-hole selfie digicam idea.
The leak additionally suggests the OnePlus 8 Pro will introduce a fourth rear digicam, introducing a Time of Flight depth sensor to the trio of foremost, extremely extensive and telephoto lenses, that are nonetheless vertically aligned within the middle
The leak suggests the pop-up digicam was eliminated to make room for different options like wi-fi charging, nevertheless it’s straightforward to speculate different potential causes: the pop-up mechanism may have been had reliability points (not that we’d heard of any).
That mechanism may’ve additionally been a vector for water and mud to get in – in contrast to different telephones, OnePlus handsets don’t have an IP mud/water resistance score, which are sometimes business customary.
OnePlus 8 / 8 Pro: What we want to see
1. Improved cameras
The OnePlus 7 Pro launched a 3rd ultrawide lens, like many different smartphones launched in 2019, and it was good: the additional vary makes the telephone’s picture suite extra versatile. But it may be higher.
Specifically, we’d love an improved Nightscape, the corporate’s evening mode – and sure, it’s wholly as a result of the iPhone 11 and Google Pixel Four raised the bar once more this yr. Clarity, colour vibrancy, and normal brightness are being achieved to astonishing levels, and we’d love to see Nightscape catch up.
So lengthy as we’re asking, we’d additionally like a number of of the modes that come customary in different telephones. The new Macro Mode launched within the OnePlus 7T is neat, however we’d additionally like standbys resembling panorama and slo-mo. Heck, we’d even love slofies.
2. Wireless charging
True, wi-fi charging nonetheless isn’t speedy, nevertheless it stays a handy addition to any telephone. Slapping your telephone down on one of many finest wi-fi chargers is extra handy than having to plug it in and yank it out each time you want to test one thing.
And whereas it’s not precisely a killer function, the “reverse wireless charging” functionality to lend a few of your handset’s capability to one other gadget is helpful (in concept, anyway.)
3. Face unlock
While fingerprint sensing is necessary, it’s good not to have to perch your finger in a sure place each time you want to test one thing rapidly in your telephone. Given Android 10 permits Face Unlock, it might be nice to have the function as well as to (and never in substitute of, like within the Pixel 4) the fingerprint scanner.
4. 5G within the base OnePlus Eight mannequin
While each generations of OnePlus telephones in 2019 had a 5G model – the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and the rarer OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition – they had been each the highest-specced Pro fashions of the telephones. While actually extra inexpensive than different 5G telephones just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, they had been notably pricier in contrast to the bottom OnePlus fashions.
We’d love to see the 5G revolution come to the lots in what will assuredly be a lower-cost but high-specced setup that OnePlus is thought for. While most 5G telephones have been marketed as premium units, the Moto Z3 and Moto Z4 have nonetheless delivered respectable (although not record-breaking) speeds with the 5G Moto Mod; if we may internalize that within the base OnePlus 8, it might go a great distance towards bringing 5G to people who do not want to spend prime greenback.
5. A 3.5mm headphone jack
We would possibly sound like a damaged document right here, however we love the three.5mm jack in all telephones and had been unhappy to see it go along with the OnePlus 6T. While a lot of the business has achieved away with it, we nonetheless yearn for the day when we can plug our good headphones into our telephones.