OnePlus 8 Rumors: All The Latest News (In One Place)

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The OnePlus 8 will get a release date inside 2020, but how will it improve on the EPIC OnePlus 7T series? Let’s follow the rumors and see…


OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Launch, Release Date & Price Details

The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will launch on April 14 at 11 am EST; or, 3 PM GMT. The event will be live-streamed via OnePlus’ site and YouTube channel.

  • Release Date: May 2020
  • Price: Around $699 For OnePlus 8 / $899 for OnePlus 8 Pro
  • Software: Android 10

The current OnePlus 7T model now retails for £479 (a £100 discount), bringing with it a 90Hz display and a mightily impressive camera (see image below). It’s likely OnePlus will increase the price of the OnePlus 8 standard model, though we don’t expect it to go up by too much.

OnePlus 8 Range – Three Models (8, 8 Pro, 8 Lite)

OnePlus – if rumors are to be believed – will release three OnePlus 8 models in 2020, so you’ll potentially have the choice of the OnePlus 8, the OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 8 Lite. But how will they be different? Let’s investigate:

  • OnePlus 8 – The OnePlus 8 will be the base model, though it will site above the OnePlus 8 Lite. Expect to pay £549 for this phone (possibly more). It will have a triple-lens camera on the rear, 5G connectivity, a QHD OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 6/8GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a 4000mAh battery with 50W Super Warp Charge, and Android 10 at its core.
  • OnePlus 8 Lite – The OnePlus 8 Lite is said to be very similar to the OnePlus 8. The big difference, however, is that the OnePlus 8 Lite will apparently use MediaTek CPUs instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 and this could mean it will not support 5G. The Lite model will also be the cheapest too, coming in at around £400.
  • OnePlus 8 Pro – The OnePlus 8 Pro will be the biggest and most expensive model, retailing for £699 or more. It will have the largest display, the largest battery, the most RAM, a triple-lens camera on the rear and a dual-lens camera on the front, as well as support for 5G, the biggest storage options (up to 512GB), and it will run the latest Snapdragon 865 CPU.

On paper, and in practice, the OnePlus 8 Pro will be the best performer, as you’d expect. But it will likely be around £200-£300 more expensive than the OnePlus 8 model. If you can live without higher MP cameras and crazy amounts of RAM, the OnePlus 8 will almost certainly be the one to go for. If you want the best of the best, the 8 Pro model will serve up a metric ton of performance.

OnePlus 8 Latest News (Latest First)

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March 26 – Full OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro Specs Leaked

Another week, another MASSIVE OnePlus 8 leak. This time it concerns the specs for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The leak came via Twitter, and outlines exactly what both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will carry in terms of specs and hardware. You can see the full breakdown below:

OnePlus 8 Pro Specs

  • Display: 6.78in OLED 120Hz
  • Colors: Blue, Black & Green
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB (UFS 3.0)
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB (LPDDR5)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865 5G
  • Main Camera: 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
  • Selfie Camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4510mAh
  • Fast Charge: 30W Warp Charge
  • Water-Proofing: IP68

OnePlus 8 Specs

  • Display: 6.55in OLED 90Hz
  • Colors: Blue, Black & Green
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB (UFS 3.0)
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB (LPDDR5)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865 5G
  • Main Camera: 48MP + 16MP + 2MP
  • Selfie Camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4300mAh
  • Fast Charge: 30W Warp Charge
  • Water-Proofing: No IP Rating

March 12 – OnePlus 8 Price – Three Models, Three Distinct Price Points

The OnePlus 8 range will potentially hit three distinct price points with three models (the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 8 Lite). This would be the first time OnePlus has released three handsets at once too. And the reason? I think it’s to do with pricing…

Releasing three phones gives OnePlus the ability to target three distinct types of user with one release cycle. You can attack the lower end of the market with the Lite model, the mid-to-upper with the standard OnePlus 8 model, and the higher-end, flagship market with the OnePlus 8 Pro model.

And this is what I’m expecting the pricing to look like:

  • OnePlus 8: £579
  • OnePlus 8 Lite: £400
  • OnePlus 8 Pro: £699/£799

February 15 – Super-Fast Warp Charging Coming To OnePlus 8 Range

Fast charge is great. But Super-Fast Warp Charging is EVEN better, and if rumors are to be believed, this will be one of the OnePlus 8’s newest features. How fast is Warp charging? Well, current rumors suggest it will allow up to 50W fast-charge. If true, that is a TON of power and would result in seriously rapid charging.

The feature will also likely come to ALL OnePlus 8 models too, not just the Pro model. The benefit of using this kind of fast charge is simple too: OnePlus can use smaller batteries in its phones without having to worry about performance. If all you need is 10 minutes to add in hours of battery life, the necessity of large batteries kind of goes away. Although I’d still expect all models to feature a minimum of 4000mAh.

January 27 – OnePlus 8 Series WILL Have Wireless Charging (Finally!)

Up to now, one thing missing on ALL OnePlus phones has been wireless charging. But all that is set to change with the release of the OnePlus 8 series – which will include two models (the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro), if rumors are to be believed.

Right now, wireless charging for the OnePlus 8 series is still very much a rumor but the recent slew of leaks (most notably from Samsung News’ twitter account) adds further credence to the idea, especially since this isn’t the first time this rumor has circulated online.

One of the main reasons that phone makers use glass back panels on phones is for things like wireless charging; wireless charging requires RF-transparent materials (glass and/or plastic) to function. The odd thing about OnePlus, though, is that its phones have used glass backs since the OnePlus 6 but have yet to embrace wireless charging…

Perhaps OnePlus has been holding back deliberately? Wireless charging is the #1 most requested feature ever year for new OnePlus phones, so adding it aboard the OnePlus 8 series would almost certainly help the company drive greater adoption and more sales – even by those using newer OnePlus releases like the OnePlus 7T.

December 23 – OnePlus 8, 8 Pro Specs Leaked (In Full)

One of the biggest questions about the OnePlus 8 series of phones is where they will improve on the current OnePlus 7T models. Well, thanks to a variety of leaks over the past few months, we now have a pretty good idea about what the specs will look like for both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect:

OnePlus 8 Specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED, 2400 x 1080, 90Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • X55 modem for 5G
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB storage
  • 4000/4500mAh battery
  • Triple camera –  64/20/12-megapixels

OnePlus 8 Pro Specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED, 3140 x 1440, 120Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • X55 modem for 5G
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB storage
  • 4000/4500mAh battery
  • Triple camera (64/20/12-megapixels); Front ToF sensor

As you can see from the above spec lists, the main differences between the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, at least according to the rumors, are to do with the display, the Pro has a 120Hz panel, and the camera, the Pro has a front-facing ToF sensor. Other than that, things look more or less the same.

December 20 – OnePlus 8 FACE ID Unlock System Revealed

OnePlus phones have used facial recognition for years, however, with the advent of the OnePlus 8 range, things will be improved dramatically thanks to the inclusion of 3D facial recognition, which will make the technology closer to Apple’s FACE ID, which has been used on iPhones since the release of the iPhone X.

This is why the 8 Pro features a ToF (Time of Flight) camera on the front. It’s also why the OnePlus 8 has been shown with a wider front-facing camera punch-hole. However, reports suggest ONLY the Pro model will feature the front-facing ToF sensor which obviously begs the question: will this new 3D facial recognition be exclusive to the OnePlus 8 Pro?

November 16 – OnePlus 8 Camera Will be Quad-Array Setup…

Wondering what the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will look like? These sketches of the handset, leaked online in China, show the OnePlus 8’s new quad-camera array and wider punch-hole on the front of the device.

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Because they’re CAD drawings, you’ll have to use your imagination to fill in the blanks, but what’s going on with the camera tech us patently obvious…

November 1 – OnePlus WILL Release Two Phones Again In 2020…

If you’ve got a winning formula, why mess with it? Multiple sources have now confirmed that OnePlus will, once again, release two handsets inside its OnePlus 8 range inside 2020 – the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Here’s what OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, told the Times of India: “I think moving forward we are going to – at least for now – stick with a current strategy by introducing two products; wherein one will be affordable and the other one be priced higher.”

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