OnePlus had undoubtedly made a name for itself since the first iteration of its flagship killer smartphone back in 2014. 2019 saw the release of a few OnePlus smartphones, and the company is increasingly encroaching on Flagship territory with the pricing to match.
Well, to be more specific, OnePlus hasn’t quite reached the levels of the $1000 iPhones and Samsungs of the world, but it’s on it’s way to premium pricing.
The OnePlus 7 Pro was and is a fantastic device.
It features a stunning notch-less display, in a form factor built for the high-end of the market.
That 90Hz display, sleek UI, and $873 CADprice tag make the 7 Pro an irresistible proposition.
Of course, we’ve got the OnePlus 7T, which has that beefy Snapdragon 855 Plus, 48 MP ultra-wide triple-lens camera with 2X optical zoom, and a beautiful 90 Hz display.
While the 7T has a teardrop display, I still prefer it over an iPhone notch any day.
Yep, I’m looking at you, Apple.
OnePlus 8 Pro Design
One thing I love about the current OnePlus 7 pro, is that flat display.
While I loved my Galaxy Note 9 with all of its features, the one thing I didn’t care for was that curved display.
It sure looks nice in public, and it’s a wonder how Samsung can bend their displays to the extent they do.
It’s just I can’t stand that my content is bleeding over the edges the way they do in the Note series of smartphones.
It’s one of the reasons why I skipped the Note 10+.
According to some renders, and rumors, it looks like the OnePlus 8 will be making use of curved displays.
Curved displays aren’t bad by any means; it’s just not my preferred choice.
Truly everything leaks. Shots of this unidentified OnePlus phone showed up in my inbox today
Curved edge display
Extra camera sensor
Dual holepunch cutout pic.twitter.com/QTBx7F0CI5
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) November 10, 2019
What I’m excited about, and I do hope it comes true, is the rumored addition of a 120Hz refresh rate.
We see such high refresh rates in gaming phones like ROG Phone 2, and the Razer Phone 2.
Users of these devices are enjoying a buttery-smooth experience, which in my opinion, should be the defacto standard for flagship phones moving forward.
Heck, if we are paying high prices for these devices, then it’s only fair that we get the absolute best in quality materials and performance.
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are going to need larger batteries to support these higher refresh rates.
And from what I’m hearing, we are looking at around 4500 mAh for the battery capacity.
The one thing I’m not sure about is the inclusion of a hole-punch display.
I mean, we got a fullscreen, no-notch display on the 7 Pro, so why not continue in that design philosophy?
Sure, they are borrowing Samsungs display technology, as Samsung is the only manufacturer than can accurately make holes in their AMOLED screens.
I can bet, the display will look great, but I have a feeling that some of us are going to see the hole-punch screen as a downgrade in a slight sense.
But in a display that’s supposed to be 6.6-inches, maybe a hole-punch display might not matter all that much.
Much like the rest of the tech community, I expect to see a spring 2020 launch.
If OnePlus increases the price just a little bit, say like $50, I’ll be okay with that, as long as we get that 120Hz display and giant battery.
It’s only a matter of time until we see future generations of OnePlus smartphones be on par with the Galaxy Notes, and iPhones of tomorrow in terms of pricing.
As for now, it’s fair to say that the OnePlus 8 Pro expectations are riding high, on what is no longer considered a budget phone, but rather an entry-level flagship device with super specs.