OnePlus8 Pro is an Android smartphone sparing almost no expense in the goal to feature the best and most powerful hardware components. It is the result of a relentless spec battle with Samsung to become the fastest Android smartphone that experience money can buy – starting at $899.
That price is simultaneously low and high. Although nine hundred bucks seem to be so much to pay for an OnePlus phone, it still costs less than its direct competition. For many years, OnePlus succeeded with the strategy of undercutting the competition on price at the same time appealing to Android enthusiasts. However, over the past few years, OnePlus has been developed by a niche company for its fans to one of the most competitive brands in the smartphone field. Meanwhile, its prices have climbed steadily since it more seriously took Samsung head-on. And it can’t be denied that a $900 smartphone is expensive, no matter which brand it belongs to.
The Galaxy line of Samsung is the gold standard since it is the most ubiquitous and trustworthy and it doesn’t lack any major feature, not to mention that it is reliably good and is sold by all major carriers.
The regular OnePlus 8, which costs less, is being sold in both T-Mobile and Verizon stores. It is the mainstream device that most people will see and is online-only with a different job: beat the Samsung Galaxy S20.
Coming in just one size: big, the OnePlus 8 Pro features a 6.78-inch screen and tiny bezels. However, just a few people will be able to use it one-handed. Although that’s not a problem for those that prefer large phones, others wish it had a smaller version.
Like other OnePlus phones, it also has a three-stage sliding ringer switch which is very convenient for users. It is also rated for water protection and IP68 dust. Although OnePlus has historically chafed at paying for that IP rating, the goal here is clearly to ensure that this version doesn’t lose to Samsung anywhere on a spec sheet.