OnePlus typically announces a couple of smartphones a year but in 2019, it announced two options of the first smartphone - the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, as well as two options of the "T" version in the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro.
In 2020, it looks like OnePlus is stepping up the pace, expected to announce the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, as well as the OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z. Here is everything we have heard so far about the forthcoming OnePlus 8 series phones.
Release date and price
- 14 April 2020 launch confirmed
- From around £549 expected
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series will be launching on 14 April. The event will be online and there will be a livestream so that everyone can follow the action from home. It will be hosted at 11am EST.
The OnePlus 7T series started at £549, with the Pro model starting at £699. We would expect the OnePlus 8 series to stay close to the same price point, possibly with a slight increase, considering that OnePlus looks like it will be offering a more affordable model too.
- Full screen, punch-hole cameras
- 8: IP53; 8 Pro IP68
The OnePlus 7T has a waterdrop notch at the top of its display, while the 7T Pro has a pop-up front camera, allowing for an uninterrupted display. Renders of the OnePlus 8 series suggest OnePlus will opt for a punch-hole design for its next devices.
It looks like the alert slider will remain and we expect a premium build quality. Renders suggest both OnePlus 8 models will opt for a vertical camera housing design in the centre of the back. This is something that appears on the OnePlus Concept One, which while announced as a concept and nothing more, is a likely hint of the overall design of the OnePlus 8.
A leaked spec breakdown suggested an alloy frame with glass back, using Gorilla Glass 6 for the front. Interestingly, the OnePlus 8 is said to have an IP53 rating, while the OnePlus 8 Pro has an IP68 rating - meaning it's a lot more waterproof than previous devices. Waterproofing is something that has stuck and we believe OnePlus will be stepping up in this area.
We've seen a range of colours leaked, including a green option, ultramarine blue, and something called Glow, which looks like it's inspired by the setting sun, but moving through yellow to purple might end up looking like a bruise - although we've seen several different versions of this "glow" colour. Most people will probably just buy the black model.
- 8: 6.55-inch AMOLED, 2400 x 1080, 90Hz
- 8 Pro: 6.78-inch AMOLED, 3140 x 1440, 120Hz
- In-display fingerprint sensor
OnePlus has said that it's not going back to 60Hz displays, meaning you'll get at least 90Hz from the new devices, with the OnePlus 8 Pro said to sport a 120Hz display. That 120Hz display technology has been confirmed by OnePlus, and DisplayMate has awarded the phone an A+ rating. There's been the suggestion that the OnePlus 8 will get a 90Hz display.
OnePlus says that it's deploying TV tech to boost the performance of the panel, not only with 10-bit colour (meaning it's likely to be HDR+ compatible), but also with dedicated hardware that will handle MEMC - frame insertion technology - that aims to make video smoother by boosting everything to 120Hz.
That tech might make video smoother, but it might also lead to what's commonly called the "soap opera effect", where video starts to look unnatural as it moves from the native frame rate - 24 or 30fps - to 120fps.
Both phones will come with an AMOLED panel, but the Pro gets a 6.78-inch display with a 3140 x 1440 resolution; the OnePlus 8 will be a smaller 6.55-inch display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution, according to leaks.
We're expecting both the 8 and the 8 Pro to curve towards the edges, rather than having a flat display like the OnePlus 7T - but the OnePlus 8 Lite will likely be flat instead.
OnePlus has also confirmed that it's going to be putting always-on display on the roadmap, whether that will appear on the OnePlus 8 series we don't know.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 confirmed
- X55 modem for 5G
- 8/12GB, 128/256GB storage
- 4300/4510mAh battery, with wireless charging
It's said that it will be launching on the Verizon network in the US - a first for OnePlus - and that it will support 5G on Verizon. That's expected from the X55 modem which supports all bands.
There's said to be 8GB RAM and 128GB as standard with a step-up option of 12GB and 256GB. While OnePlus hasn't confirmed those quantities, but has said that it's using LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage, so things are going to be fast. That's no surprise and we'd expect nothing less.
The OnePlus 8 will reportedly get a 4300mAh battery, while the OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 4510mAh battery. Both are said to support for 30W Warp Charge 30T.
OnePlus has also confirmed Warp Charge 30 Wireless, which is 30W wireless charging. This should get the phone to 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes - although we're assuming you have to buy the charging pad separately. The OnePlus 8 series will support Qi standards, so you'll be able to use existing wireless chargers too.
- 48MP main camera on both phones
- Front 16MP camera in punch hole
Early leaks said that both models would have a 64-megapixel f/1.7 main camera, 20-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera. The main sensor was said to be the Sony IMX686.
However, subsequent leaks have suggested an entirely different load-out, with the OnePlus 8 Pro said to have a 48-megapixel main camera, along with 48, 8 and 5MP cameras - likely ultra-wide, telephoto and perhaps a depth sensor. The OnePlus 8 is said to have a 48-megapixel main camera (probably the same), but then a 16MP ultra-wide or telephoto and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Details of what these cameras will all do isn't currently clear.
At the moment, it's hard to say exactly what the layout of these cameras will be - with conflicting leaks and sketchy details at best, there's a lot more to learn in this area.
- Android 10
The OnePlus 7T series launched on Android 10 out of the box so we're expecting the same treatment for the OnePlus 8 models. We'd also expect the 8 models to get a quick update to Android 11 when it arrives later in 2020.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro rumours: What's happened so far?
Here are all the rumours relating to the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro we have heard so far.
8 April 2020: The Interstellar Glow option of the OnePlus 8 appears again, looking different
The dubious "glow" colour appears again, but looking totally different to the last version of Glow that we saw.
The OnePlus 8 "Interstellar Glow" version keeps changing colors every time I see it on my radar. pic.twitter.com/3EnsTQ4QaQ— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) April 8, 2020
7 April 2020: The OnePlus 8 series will have blazing fast 30W wireless charging
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series will benefit from what the company is calling Warp Charge 30 Wireless - that's 30W wireless charging, which should get the phone to 50 per cent battery in 30 minutes, wirelessly.
2 April 2020: OnePlus 8 earns an A+ rating from DisplayMate
DisplayMate has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series has been awarded an A+, pushing the message that this is an accomplished display.
1 April 2020: This is what the OnePlus 8 Pro looks like in a flashy 'ultramarine blue' shade
Having seen a full range of colours, it looks like ultramarine blue might be joining the list for the OnePlus 8 Pro.
31 March 2020: Specs revealed: OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will probably be among the fastest smartphones around
OnePlus has started its customary teasing of its forthcoming phones, revealing some concrete details about some of the core hardware in the OnePlus 8.
30 March 2020: Official: OnePlus 8 series will launch on 14 April
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 8 series will be launching on 14 April - as well as reiterating that he series will all offer 5G and that there will be a 120Hz display.
30 March 2020: Massive OnePlus 8 leak reveals three colours, including green and a multi-colour 'Glow' variant
A huge dump of device renders for the OnePlus 8 has appeared online, revealing a range of different colour options, including a Glow colour.
27 March 2020: OnePlus 8 Pro might launch in this new green shade with wireless charging
Images of the OnePlus 8 Pro in a green colour have surfaced online, along with further talk of support for wireless charging.
26 March 2020: Fresh OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro specs leak revealing all the details
A reputable leaker has provided a breakdown of the specs for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Lite, but there's some areas where specs don't match previous leaks.
Exclusive: They're coming! Here is the full specification list of the #OnePlus8 & 8 Pro. Seems like #OnePlus8Pro is gonna be a beast with 6.78" 120hz QHD+ Display and 48+48+8+5MP Camera Setup. Will have 30W Wireless Charging & IP68 Rating too. I'm so excited! #OnePlus8Series pic.twitter.com/j1AAo19q4J— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 25, 2020
4 March 2020: The OnePlus 8 Pro will launch with 30W wireless charging
One online source is saying that there will be wireless charging, including reverse charging on the OnePlus 8.
4 March 2020: The OnePlus 8 might launch on 14 April
With the date appearing to shift to April, one Twitter source is saying it will be 14 April.
As I said yesterday, expect the launch to be Mid-April, particularly 14 April. https://t.co/pJePBATl4V— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 4, 2020
3 March 2020: OnePlus 8 to launch in mid-April?
A report claims to have heard from a source close to OnePlus that it will be launching the phones in mid-April.
15 February 2020: OnePlus 8 could come with waterproofing
A reliable leaker has hinted that OnePlus will finally add waterproofing to its phones.
10 February 2020: OnePlus 8 could launch in March or early-April
It looks as though OnePlus might be announcing its phones slightly earlier than previously - with March/April suggested, rather than the May of previous years.
31 January 2020: OnePlus is now a member of the Wireless Power Consortium
OnePlus has popped up on the list of manufacturers that are members of the Wireless Power Consortium. As OnePlus has never offered wireless charging before, this does sort of suggest that it's going to be a feature of the OnePlus 8.
24 January 2020: Could OnePlus 8 Pro be the company's first with wireless charging?
A reliable leaker has suggested that you'll be able to "charge like a pro", hinting that OnePlus will be adding wireless charging to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Charge like a pro. pic.twitter.com/Fqnkpsa0mT— Max J. (@Samsung_News_) January 21, 2020
13 January 2020: OnePlus will be packing a 120Hz display into the OnePlus 8
OnePlus held an event in China where it showed off its new 120Hz display technology. This is likely to find its way into the OnePlus 8.
11 January 2020: OnePlus 8 might support 5G and launch on Verizon's network in the US
It's reported the OnePlus will launch its new handset on Verizon's network, with 5G.
23 December 2019: Massive leak: Full specs of OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 revealed
A huge leak has given us a full spec sheet for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro devices.
23 December 2019: OnePlus 8 Pro could feature a Face ID style unlocking system
A leak has suggested that the OnePlus 8 Pro will offer a 3D face recognition system.
20 November 2019: Leaked OnePlus 8 sketches appear to confirm quad camera and hole punch display
Digital sketches of the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro leaked supporting previous digital renders and indicating a four-camera system on the back, as well as a hole-punch cutout in the display.
11 November 2019: OnePlus 8 Pro prototype spotted in the wild, with hole-punch camera and purple finish
Images surfaced showing what looks to be a OnePlus 8 Pro being used in the wild. The photos show a device with curved glass on the display as well as a dual hole-punch camera, indicating a move away from from notches and pop-up camera mechanisms.
1 November 2019: OnePlus to continue its two phone strategy, suggesting OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro in future
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told the Times of India in an interview: "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."
18 October 2019: OnePlus 8 Pro leaks, complete with quad camera and hole punch display
Renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro were published by @OnLeaks and 91 Mobiles, showing quite a few similarities to the OnePlus 8 render leak (below). There's a quad camera on the rear, and the report claims the OnePlus 8 Pro will have a 6.65-inch screen.
As with the OnePlus 8 render, there is a punch hole front camera in the top left of the screen - which would suggest the pop up camera of the OnePlus 7T Pro is no more.
4 October 2019: OnePlus 8 has already leaked, and it has a hole-punch camera
Renders of the OnePlus 8 were published by @OnLeaks and CashKaro showing a device with a triple rear camera in a vertical format, along with a punch hole front camera.
The report claimed the OnePlus 8 would be 8.1mm thin and offer a 6.5-inch display. It also looks like the display will be flat.