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 OnePlus 8 the most exciting OnePlus ever, because it's now on two of the threelargest carriers in America.On a darker day,

"one plus 8"


I called it

the company's dullest

generational sequel ever,

because frankly it doesn't

bring much new to the table.


And finally, after nearly two weeks

of using the thing, I

realized that it's both.

(upbeat music)

OnePlus has a cool story, right?

It started out by appealing to buyers

who were price conscious,

yes, but also phone geeks.


So, OnePlus phones have always been fast

and they've always been buffed up

by a few cherry picked features

that usually made them more useful.

Like the physical, "Do

not disturb switch,"

that I've been begging

any other manufacturer

besides Apple, to pick

off the old palm carcass.


Same time OnePlus has mostly resisted

adding extraneous bloatware,

stuff that doesn't improve the experience.

The result has been years of products

that I could recommend

not just to fellow nerds,

but to normal people who just wanted

a really solid phone at a fair price.


The OnePlus 8 does not betray that legacy,

but neither does it do

much to push it forward.

For that you need to look

to the OnePlus 8 Pro,

but then you're jumping to a $900 phone.

The OnePlus 8 here, a

buck under 700 to start.


We'll come back to that price,

but first let me show you something.

This is what's called a reviewers guide.

Manufacturers often package them

with review devices to

showcase what's new,

and the thing is, this book

could be a lot thinner.

6.5 inch HDR+ display at 90 Hertz, okay,

same screen specs as last year's 7T,


with the bonus that it's

now more readable outdoors.

Uh quote, "Brilliant

contoured design that seems

to disappear in the hand."

Okay, it's comfortable and

this interstellar finish is fetching.

But there's nothing really

special about this rectangle.

The return of the curved

screen means the return


of false taps with your thumb meet.

And then a hole punch for the front camera

is far uglier than the teardrop on the 7T.

Don't add me, but if you're

gonna there's my handle.

Okay, let's see, we'll

come back to the camera,

crazy performance thanks

to a not so spec sheet,


like always.

Oh, yes, 5G.

Folks, by now you should

understand three things

about 5G: one, it doesn't

cause coronavirus,

so pleas stop burning down cell sites,

two, it's the backbone

upon which the future


of communications is going to be built,

so it will someday be very important,

but three, today is not that day.

I've tested 5G on the two carriers

this phone will be launching on

and the TLDR is, you'll get slower,

but more reliable service

on T-Mobile's lowband 5G

and much faster, but also

much less consistent service


on Verizon's millimeter wave 5G.

If you wanna know more check out

my 5G explainer videos linked below.

Oh, there's actually

one more thing 5G does,

increases the price of phones.

That's partly because Qualcomm,

which makes the Snapdragon 865 processor

doesn't sell a version without 5G.


And that in part explains the

$100 hike in the launch price

from last year's OnePlus 7T.

Those extra bucks helped

fund better haptics

long a low point of OnePlus phones.

And a slight refresh of OxygenOS,

still the most fluid

and restrained version

of Android you can find.

A little more complicated,

dust and water resistant certification.

I'll give you the scoop on that


and the battery and camera,

after a word from my sponsor about

one of the first games you

might wanna play on this thing.

Gotta be honest with you guys

I'm not typically the type for

fantasy role-playing games,

but today's sponsor

combines great graphics


with incredible vocal performances,

and makes it so easy to use

that even I got the hang of it.

This is Raid: Shadow Legends

and if you're into fantasy combat

it's probably right up your alley.

See, you don't have to play a cutesy game

to customize your characters.


I'm partial to this Dark

Elf, because he kinda looks

like a Romulan and I'm into that.

But whichever way you go, your journey

is a fully voiced battle campaign,

with modes that let you fight

a common enemy together,

or go PVP against other players,


and in my case lose badly.

But don't worry if they're

better than you to begin with,

each time you play you

pick up daily rewards

that make you stronger.

With mobile and desktop

versions it's a great game.

And there's a special

offer for new players,


join at the link below and you'll get

a 100,000 silver, 50

gems, one energy refill,

and one free Champion Adjudicator.

Act fast though, this offer is only good

for the 30 days after

this video goes live.

Find it at the link in the description.


For years, one of the

ways OnePlus saved money

was by not paying for its phones

to undergo the costly testing

that certifies them IP 68

dust and water resistant.

Well, the OnePlus 8 finally changes that.


Now, I'm told that only the ones

being sold by T-Mobile and Verizon

have actually received

the IP 68 certification.

But I'm also told the

hardware of the unlocked model

is virtually identical.

That's confusing, but it's good


to see OnePlus finally

fill this gap regardless.

Speaking of gaps, how about the one

that's always been there

in terms of camera quality.

Well, we've got some feature bumps.

Not just 4K video, but now

4K video with stabilization.

And while it's still noisier footage


than I'd like, at least it's now exported

in an easier to work with color space.

See my 7T review for more on that.

For still shots you've got

the same 48-megapixel primary sensor

and then identically spec

16-megapixel ultra-wide

as that 7T.

But the telephoto is gone, replaced

by a dedicated macro shooter.


Now, I love my extreme close-ups,

but the resolution on

that macro is very low.

And last year's 7T could already shoot

in macro using another method.

So we can't really call this an upgrade,

especially when you look at

some of those rough zoom shots.

On a whole the camera is fine,


but if you really care about your photos

this isn't the phone for you.

You should either spring

for the OnePlus 8 Pro,

or save a ton of money

and get a Pixel 3a.

Just like with the OnePlus 7T,

I found I can squeeze two

days out of the OnePlus 8,


with the kind of light use that comes

from not being able to leave your house.

Be advised, my review sample

is an unlocked version,

so those of you buying from a carrier

should expect different results,

particularly if you

use this on Verizon 5G.

And Warp Charging delivers on its name.

From empty to 50% in 22 minutes.

Eight, that's more than

this phone's model number,

it's how many times I've

mentioned its predecessor

the 7T in this video, and that

should tell you something.

When you put that phone in one hand


and the eight in the other,

it's really hard to see

how the OnePlus 8

justifies its $200 premium.

It is rare that I advise anyone

to buy last year's phone,

but if you're buying unlocked

you really won't be missing out on much

by snapping up a 7T.

At the core of it all,

things sure haven't changed.

You're still getting one of

the best Android experiences


for less, sometimes hundreds

less than the competition.

And now, you can get it through two

of the nation's three largest carriers.

Objectively that's a win, both for OnePlus

and American consumers.

But with that Google Pixel 3a sold,

just owning the Android value conversation

and a Pixel 4a and iPhone

9 each on the horizon.


Well, while it's never been easier

to find a OnePlus phone in the States,

it's also never had

more potent competition.

The OnePlus 8 goes on sale,

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