Today, every Android phone maker is chasing "difference." Finding a functional point that can be perceived by consumers but not yet in-depth by peers seems to have more direct appeal than the core number, pixel count, and chip performance, information that only geek players are interested in.

So you'll see that Huawei starts with the P20 to take ultra-high pixel stakes, vivo tries to unlock fingerprints into the screen, and OPPO does itself as fast as itself, in fact, it's all about trying to grasp the "wind" of new technology and form its own differentiation advantage.

A phone is not without similar "features". Especially last year, a plus apparently captured a new feature point that is better than looking good and the system is smoother to convince users to pay for it.

High Refresh Rate Screen

It's also intuitively perceived by the user, and most people understand its value - to make the phone smoother.

What's more, a point in time to choose to cut in is also clever enough to indirectly promote the popularity of high refresh rate screens in the mass mobile phone market.

So what new changes can we see on this year's Plus 8 Pro?

The Feel Is Still Cool and the Weight and Thickness Are Reduced

The look of the plus-plus 8 Pro basically continues last year's style, with front and rear bisurface structures, centered rear camera modules, and the iconic three-segment switch.

The sense of difference mainly comes from the material and weight; these must be on the hands of the real machine to feel.

The black back cover features a mirrored glass design


One plus for the 8 Pro prepared two back cover materials, one is the black version of my mirror design, smooth and delicate, the metal border is specially made of matte treatment, so in the surface of the moth phone, you can feel both matte and smooth two touches.

Another material is the now hot AG glass, which last year a plus 7 Pro has tried a similar matte fog back cover, and if you have an iPhone 11 Pro, you can feel the texture of this matte glass.

The three-stage switch is still very useful, and you can quickly switch between mute, vibration and ringing


In terms of thickness and weight, the addition of the lift camera to the hole-in-one 8 Pro has been reduced to 8.5mm and 199g from last year's 8.8mm and 206g, and although it is only 7g of weight difference, it can still reduce the pressure on your trouser pocket.

The disappearance of the lift camera also brings other benefits to One Plus 8 Pro. The IP68 level is a bit more water-resistant, and the battery capacity is about 500 milliamps more than the 7 Pro to meet the power consumers of 5G and 120Hz screens.

Overall, the look of the plus 8 Pro still has a sense of quality and elegance, and the blue and green models outside of black are flattering enough, and the only thing that makes me a little unhappy is the bulge of the rear lens set.

The rear camera has been upgraded, but it's also more bumpy than last year's 7 Pro


Given that the rear camera has been upgraded with One Plus 8 Pro and the thickness of the body has decreased, it is not surprising that the mirror set is taller than the 7 Pro, but while the thickness increases, the addition of the 8 Pro does not have the corresponding chamfering of the mirror group edges, and finger touch will feel a bit cut.

However, this year to find a non-bulging flagship machine is also very difficult, the difference is only "how bumpy" just. For One Plus 8 Pro, in the case of bare metal, I can only carefully place it flat on the desktop so that the camera is not touched by external forces.

Of course, this problem is not without a solution: put on the protective case.

The Best Screen in Your Smartphone

The screen is still the most telling part of this new flagship.


From a hardware perspective, the Plus 8 Pro features a Samsung-made QHD Plus high refresh rate screen, supports 10bit color depth and HDR 10 plus, as well as screen brightness up to 800 nit, peaks of 1400 nit, and provides 0.3 JNCD color accuracy, which is similar to previous OPPO Find X2 Pro.

In this perfect answer, one plus 8 Pro easily gets Display Mate’s A-plus rating, which is simply explained by "the best screen in smartphones right now."

Add to this hydrogen OS system's own emphasis on speed and fluency, with a 240Hz touch sampling rate, and One Plus 8 Pro screen that's perfectly matched.

The biggest selling point of One Plus 8 Pro is still this top-of-the-line screen


In fact, last year's plus 7 Pro screen was no different, compared with this year's 8 Pro, which improved color accuracy and brightness, and the screen refresh rate cap was raised from 90Hz to 120Hz, with both QHD plus resolution and 120Hz refresh rate on.

The improvement of the high refresh rate screen to the interactivity flow is not repeated here, and rather than focusing on the numbers in the spec sheet, some designs that will have an intuitive impact on the experience are more noteworthy.


The surface on both sides of the 8 Pro will be more "curved" than the 7 Pro, but the range of the highlight band has narrowed


Take, for example, screen curvature. One of the things that last year was that the 7 Pro was criticized for the large arc structure on the left and right, especially in the sun, where light hits the screen with a distinct high-gloss band that directly affects the visibility of the screen.

On the 8 Pro, the sinking arcs on both sides are more vertical and the surface part is more "curved" than the 7 Pro;


Another thing many people care about is "auto-brightness". In order to strengthen the determination of ambient light, this time the one plus 8 Pro adopts the design of the front and rear dual light sensor, and supports 4096 levels of automatic brightness adjustment, effectively avoiding the situation of light and dark, is considered an improvement in comparative details.

MEMC interpolation also fits Netflix


In addition to screen hardware adjustment, this year also added for the high refresh rate of the screen has done a lot of software adaptation work.

The first is the video side, this time with 8 Pro, which also introduces a firey MEMC blotting technology, primarily to convert low-frame-rate video to a 60-frame or even 120-frame version.

You can see the prompt "High Frame Rate Mode In Startup" to play the video full screen.

Several video platforms, including Beep, Tencent Video, Tencent Sports, Youku, Aichi, YouTube and Netflix, have been fitted with frame-filling features. When

you switch to full-screen viewing video, a prompt for "Video High Frame Rate Mode Enabled" pops up on the screen.

The actual experience is that the plug-in technique is still effective for some 24-frame or 30-frame low-frame video, but it may not be obvious if the video itself has a low code rate.

In addition, some videos play with 60 frames by default, and no prompts appear when the full screen is played.

The 120 limit insert is still an experimental feature, but the lift is actually more pronounced than 60-frame

The plus 8 Pro also provides an "extreme high frame rate mode" that forces the video into 120 frames, but does not support turning on at QHD-plus resolution and should have a greater impact on battery life.

Here I put on a YouTube video comparison optimized for the extreme high frame rate, and after slow-play processing, you should be able to visually see the improvement of meMC interpolation to video fluency.

At the end of the game, One Plus 8 Pro adapts the high-frame mode of 12 games, including Ace Warrior, Crossing fireline, QQ flying car, fortress front, quantum attack, and more. With the popularity of high refresh rate screens, there should be more applications after that will take the initiative to adapt.

Is the Battery Enough?

The core configuration of the plus 8 Pro doesn't have much to say, and like other top Android flagships, it uses Qualcomm's best Dragon 865 chip today, LPDDR5 memory and full-line standard UFS 3.0 flash memory, as well as 5G and WiFi 6 technologies.



One plus 8 Pro running points, points for reference only

We still use a few running points application sit as usual to do a round of testing, the score is for reference only, in short, the performance is absolutely enough for you in all the games to drive the picture quality to the highest level, but also to ensure enough fluency.

"Glory of kings" is a game that can easily run up to 60 frames


With the combination of high-performance and high frame rate screens, battery life is a more important part of the need to care. In order to test the impact of different resolutions and refresh rate patterns on battery life, this time we also made a set of power consumption comparisons, the data are as follows:


The one plus 8 Pro will perform slightly better than the Find X2 Pro I've used before, but the gap is only within 3-5%, not much.

As for each sub-section, the QHD-/120Hz mode will still consume more power than the FHD-/60Hz mode, only that the effect of the high refresh rate screen on battery life is still present.

As for the condition of breath-taking standby, it's good to have an 8 Pro turn off 3% after 8 hours.

Overall, the battery life of One Plus 8 Pro can only be counted as a moderate moment, the battery is not enough, still depending on personal usage.

When Smart Power Saver is turned on, the system automatically switches between FHD and QHD plus resolutions

For those who can't tell the difference between FHD and QHD-plus resolutions with the naked eye, it's recommended to manually switch the screen resolution to "smart switch" on the basis of maintaining a 120Hz refresh rate if they want better battery life.

This provides the best smoothness, while taking into account 9-10 hours of continuous use a day.

But if you usually play games to watch video more crazy, resolution refresh rate and so on what options also want to pursue the "highest and best", then please do a half-day charge of the intention.

Meditation mode that allows you to get rid of your addiction to your phone for a short time


Finally, the charge dying section, One Plus 8 Pro still supports 30W of Warp wired flash. I start charging from 10%, i can charge 25% in 10 minutes, and after half an hour the remaining charge is 72%, which is equivalent to 62% of the charge, and the final charge takes 53 minutes.

If it is fully charged from 0 to 100%, it is basically controlled for about an hour. (A battery capacity of 4510 mAh for one plus 8 Pro).

One plus 8 Pro supports wireless charging


In addition, this time One Plus 8 Pro also finally, finally, finally joined the wireless charging support, is to complement the past plus phone's largest short board.

Then there's the reverse charging feature, which, these days, when my AirPods are out of power, they charge the charging case directly on the back of One Plus 8 Pro.

Reverse wireless charging usually uses very little, but is good for saving The AirPods

In terms of specifications, the 30W Warp wireless flash charge, which is basically the same as wired flash, requires a plus-size wireless charging base that can still be heard with a subtle cooling fan sound on the base.

It also starts at 10%, and can be charged to 61% in half an hour with 8 Pro, which is basically in line with the official "30 minutes to charge 50% electricity", while a 10% to 100% full charge takes about an hour, about 9-10 minutes slower than wired charging.

If you don't want to pay for an official base, you can also replace it with a third-party Qi wireless charger that supports a charging rate of up to 10W.

I also saw the "Charge Optimization" feature in the setup item siphoned drifter on the 8 Pro. Similar to the iPhone, it lets the machine actively learn your sleep/wake habits, put off filling the battery for longer battery life.

The Progress of Taking Pictures Is Mainly in the Night Scene

Taking pictures isn't a strength of a plus phone, but last year's Plus 7 Pro did use a very good three-camera combination, including the most mainstream 48-megapixel IMX586 photosensitive element at the time, and the overall performance was still measurable.

By the time this generation of one plus 8 Pro, the rear three cameras are further upgraded to four-camera combinations, with two 48-megapixel main, ultra-wide-angle heads at the core. Among them is a custom-built IMX689 sensor from Sony, with the largest image sensor in the current 48 megapixels, and the largest single-pixel size.

Ultra-wide-angle uses last year's hit IMX586, and the dual 48 million pair also appears on the Find X2 Pro.

But the remaining two lenses are more conventional, including an 8-megapixel lens that supports 3x hybrid zoom and a 5-megapixel filter lens. The front-facing camera is the 16-megapixel IMX471.

In practice, the images taken during the day with One Plus 8 Pro are largely untroubled, the metering performance is as stable as the 7 Pro, and the image style is more natural and soft.


The main lift from the IMX689 is also in the dark light and night scene sections. Depending on the built-in long-exposure night view mode, the night time sample of the plus 8 Pro is clear enough, the noise is not much, and the color is more intense than during the day, but some of the sample exposure will be a bit overflowing.




The IMX586's ultra-wide lens also gives a great macro-shooting experience to the Plus 8 Pro, perfect for taking flowers and grasses as well as gourmet food.


As for the telephoto section, since One Plus 8 Pro is not equipped with a potential structure, it is natural lying impossible to use as a "telescope", the fineness and color and the main camera has a certain gap, but the 3x mixed zoom of the piece is stable.

Ultra-wide angle


3x Hybrid Zoom

For video, the Plus 8 Pro supports video recording up to 4K/60fps, as well as slow motion video for 720p/480fps or 1080p/240fps. Officials also mentioned a "super-backlight video" feature, which is shot at three different exposure times and ends with an ultra-high dynamic range.

Also a deeper feeling for individuals is that a good screen and linear motor for the 8Pro also help with taking pictures. For example, when the outdoor sun is strong, the high-brightness screen ensures clarity when the view is taken, and whenever I press the screen shutter, there is just the right vibration feedback.

Better than Better.

To One Plus 8 Pro such a flagship machine "picket" is actually very difficult, put last year, we can also spit slot no wireless charging, curvature is not good, weight touching, but these deficiencies are in this year's one plus 8 Pro has been resolved, the configuration on the specification table has not lost the same kind of competition, but also a very standard "all-round flagship".


Considering the pricing trend with this year's 5G flagship, the price range given is also expected, basically still want to sell higher prices with better products, more comprehensive technology.

But compared to more than a year ago, the one plus 8 Pro also faces new challenges. If at that time a plus bet on the "high refresh rate screen" this differentiated pain point, then now, whether domestic or overseas, similar features have become the major manufacturers of flagship machine standard, it is clearly no longer a plus mobile phone "unique features."

Personally, I might use the "native Android"experience of hydrogen OS as a reason to buy, but it's more of a personal preference. After all, hydrogen OS emphasizes simplicity, fluency, and is relatively lacking in localfunctional features and services. In a foreign country, this can also rely on Google family bucket solution, but at home, want to do a good service and even ecological, still need manufacturers to invest their own.

Of course, "small and beautiful" has its own way of life. For the current plus, the strategy of focusing on high-end machines has given it a lot of loyal fans, solid word of mouth, while continuing to look for a breakthrough in the 5G era, opportunities will still exist.

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