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OnePlus 8 Pro in the test: camera, charging and battery life

For the main camera, the OnePlus 8 Pro uses the Sony IMX689 sensor, which was previously exclusively supplied to Oppo for the Find X2 Pro, which, with a size of 1 / 1.4 inches, is currently the largest 48 megapixel sensor on the market. That it is available to OnePlus is no surprise given that both smartphone manufacturers belong to BBK Electronics. A new feature of the IMX689 is its omnidirectional autofocus via phase comparison (PDAF), which detects changes in objects not only in the vertical but also in the horizontal direction. The IMX689 also offers 4,096 tone values ​​per RGB channel (12 bit), while with the usual 10 bit it is only 1,024 tone values.

Main camera with bright colors

In a direct comparison with the Galaxy S20 Ultra, P40 Pro, Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 Pro Max, the bright colors of the OnePlus 8 Pro stand out. The color saturation is not quite as intense as with Samsung, but there is a slight neon effect, as for example the construction container and the sky in the first photo or the pipe segments in front of the shovel from Figure 21 show. OnePlus hits the white balance well, but tends to have a minimal blue shimmer that covers the entire image. The new autofocus works reliably as advertised and there is nothing to complain about in terms of sharpness and detail, for example with bricks.

The OnePlus 8 Pro masters HDR well, as the comparison from picture 31 in the dark doorway with a light background shows. OnePlus performs as well as Google and Huawei here, while Samsung's HDR weakness comes out again with an underexposed foreground and Apple lightened the entire subject too much.

Night mode with good results

In night mode, OnePlus has clearly caught up with previous smartphone generations and no longer has to hide behind the larger manufacturers. Samsung in particular is clearly beaten in terms of sharpness, while Huawei draws more details from particularly dark areas of the image.

Triple optical magnification

The telephoto lens offers three times optical magnification, which also changes to a digital zoom of up to 30 times. This is an often useful enlargement in everyday life, which does not overshoot the target and still offers sufficient scope. As with the main camera, optical stabilization (OIS) helps to safely focus on the desired object.

Ultra wide angle lens with macro mode

OnePlus' ultra-wide-angle lens also scores with good quality and covers a much wider field of view than the Huawei P40 Pro. However, Apple and Samsung go one step further, even though the quality of the iPhone 11 Pro Max decreases noticeably in the edge area. OnePlus uses the ultra-wide-angle lens to handle the macro mode, which works up to an approximation of 3 cm.

Color filter camera of no great use

The OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a fourth, so-called color filter camera, which, according to OnePlus' description, "unique lighting effects and filters“Allowed. However, the sensor only had a limited influence on the color filters available in the camera app, because the fourth camera was only actually necessary for the filters "Matt", "Vivid", "B / W" and "Photo Chrome" that can be selected for photos . As soon as a finger is held in front of the lens in photochromic mode, no picture is visible in the viewfinder. With all other filters, the image remains without any visible influence in the viewfinder. The photos with can also be snapped with the color filter lens covered.

Video stabilization or HDR with up to 4K30

In video mode, OnePlus supports HDR recordings as well as a combined video stabilization from OIS and EIS for the first time. Both are only possible up to 4K at 30 FPS and not together. With 4K30, users have to choose between video stabilization or HDR. With the 4K60, none of the features can be selected. On this point, Apple is still the only provider that enables an extended SDR dynamic range (not HDR) with excellent video stabilization in all modes.

There is nothing wrong with the video quality of the OnePlus 8 Pro with 4K30 and in this case activated stabilization and deactivated HDR. The dynamic range is at least as good as with Apple, with OnePlus even drawing more details of the house facade in backlighting. The video stabilization from OIS and EIS has the typical Steadicam look, but still shows that you were walking. Coarse wobbles and minor trembling movements are taken out of the video very well. Both smartphones support audio recording in stereo.

Wireless charging with 30 watts

For the first time, wireless charging is supported in addition to wired charging in a OnePlus smartphone. The manufacturer justifies the fact that it took so long by stating that the technology should only be used when a level comparable to wired charging can be offered.

As with charging via the USB cable, the result is called "Warp Charge 30", but now wirelessly via the "OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger". As the name suggests, OnePlus enables wireless charging with up to 30 watts.

50 percent after 30 minutes

OnePlus states that it can charge the 4,510 mAh battery to 50 percent within 30 minutes. In the test, the smartphone made a precision landing and reached exactly 50 percent after half an hour. After an hour it was 90 percent, the battery was fully charged after 78 minutes. With the wired "Warp Charge 30", 50 percent is reached after 23 minutes. The associated Warp Charge 30 power supply is included in the scope of delivery of the smartphone; OnePlus is asking for 69.95 euros for the new wireless charger.

Active cooling for the new wireless charger

For wireless charging to work so quickly, active cooling is required, which is implemented by a small fan in the wireless charger that blows fresh air over the back of the smartphone. Fresh air is drawn in through the back of the wireless charger and blown into the area between the smartphone and the wireless charger through a wide slot on the front. As soon as the mobile device is removed from the charging station, the fan switches off without delay.

The active cooling is particularly noticeable in a quiet environment and makes the wireless charger unsuitable for the bedside table. Even on the desk in the home office, certain ambient noise must be present in order to drown out the fan. In the open-plan office, however, the noise could be less disturbing.

Not a slower passive option

OnePlus has achieved its self-imposed goal of wireless charging at the level of a wired solution, but users have to accept an annoying background noise depending on their sensitivity. There is no option in OxygenOS to reduce the charging cradle from "Warp Charge 30" to the weaker Qi standards of 5 watts or 15 watts and thus to operate it passively.

With wireless charging, the focus is not necessarily on fast charging, but on convenience, which in addition to ease of use includes volume. Wireless charging while working at the desk is used for several hours anyway, so that no particularly fast charging technology is required. The focus is more on the fact that the smartphone is fully charged at the end of the working day. However, if you have a normal Qi charging station, you can use the OnePlus 8 Pro with it.

Battery life with 120 Hz and 60 Hz

The battery life of the OnePlus 8 Pro is comparable to that of the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T, although the battery has been increased from 4,085 mAh (OnePlus 7 Pro) and 4,000 mAh (OnePlus 7T) to 4,510 mAh. The plus of a good ten percent compared to the direct predecessor primarily serves as a buffer for the refresh rate increased from 90 Hz to 120 Hz and its higher energy requirement, which had the greatest influence on the runtimes in the test.

In PCMark, which simulates office work, the use of the browser as well as offline video playback and image processing, it makes no difference whether the OnePlus 8 Pro is operated with the factory-set resolution FHD + or QHD +, as long as the refresh rate is activated by default 120 Hz is left. Recently, other smartphones with comparable options have shown that the resolution has hardly any influence on the runtimes. The OnePlus 8 Pro is 6 percent behind the OnePlus 7 Pro, whose display can be operated with a maximum of 90 Hz in QHD +.

60 Hz extend the runtimes

A runtime that is almost 20 percent longer can be achieved by reducing it to 60 Hz, which with FHD + is on par with the Galaxy S20 + with FHD + but at a faster 120 Hz. The OnePlus 7T runs an hour longer in PCMark, but has a lower native display resolution of 1,080 × 2,400 pixels, which has to be viewed independently of the internal rendering resolution.

  • 44 entries
    PCMark 1.1 battery test 200 cd / m²
    Unit: hours, minutes
      • Motorola Moto G7 Power (Android 9.0)
      • Huawei P30 Pro (Android 9.0)
      • Gigaset GX290 (Android 9.0)
      • Motorola Moto G8 Power (Android 10.0)
      • BlackBerry Motion (Android 7.1.2)
      • Asus ZenFone 6 (Android 9.0)
      • Motorola Moto G8 Plus (Android 9.0)
      • OnePlus 7T (Android 10.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Android 10.0)
      • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Android 8.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S20 + (Android 10.0)
      • OnePlus 8 Pro @ FHD + / 60 Hz (Android 10.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Android 9.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy A50 (Android 9.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S10 + (Android 9.0)
      • Google Pixel 2 XL (Android 8.0.0)
      • Huawei P40 Pro (Android 10.0)
      • Google Pixel 3a (Android 9.0)
      • Oppo Find X2 Pro (Android 10.0)
      • OnePlus 7 Pro (Android 9.0)
      • Google Pixel 4 XL (Android 10.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S20 (Android 10.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Android 8.1)
      • BlackBerry KeyOne (Android 7.1.1)
      • Huawei P20 Pro (Android 8.1)
      • OnePlus 8 Pro @ FHD + / 120 Hz (Android 10.0)
      • OnePlus 8 Pro @ QHD + / 120 Hz (Android 10.0)
      • Motorola Moto G7 (Android 9.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S10e (Android 9.0)
      • Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Android 9.0)
      • Motorola Moto X4 (Android 7.1.1)
      • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Android 8.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S10 (Android 9.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S8 + (Android 7.0)
      • Motorola Moto G7 Plus (Android 9.0)
      • Honor 8 Pro (Android 7.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S9 + (Android 8.0.0)
      • Google Pixel 3 XL (Android 9.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Android 7.1.1)
      • Motorola One (Android 8.1)
      • Motorola One Vision (Android 9.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S8 (Android 7.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy A6 (Android 8.0)
      • Huawei Nova 2 (Android 7.0)
      • Samsung Galaxy S9 (Android 8.0.0)
      • Sony Xperia 1 (Android 9.0)