OnePlus 8 Pro Ultramarine Blue Unboxing and First Impression
Hey guys, I finally managed to purchase the OnePlus 8 Pro. I can’t stress this enough that this is NOT a review unit. Like all other phones that you see on my website,I have purchased this myself. I just went to one of the OnePlus Experiencestores and was surprised to see that they had quite a few of these in stock. That catch was, they just had the 12GB RAMand 256GB Storage variant and I got it for Rs.59,999. Now I was planning on getting the UltramarineBlue anyway, but for others who did not want the 12GB RAM variant, found them out of luck. The box is exactly like the one, that theOnePlus 8 came in. There is 8 on the top lid, and OnePlus 8 Proon the left side. And on the right side, there is OnePlus brandingin this new font. With that out of the way, let me tear thisplastic off, and lets take a look inside.
As I lift the lid, 1st thing that we see isthe OnePlus 8 Pro itself. Design of this 8 Pro looks mostly like thatof the OnePlus 7 Pro. I am going to keep it aside while we takea look at other things in the box. The phone was sitting on this white box, whichcontains an invite to the Red Cable Club, just as we saw in the OnePlus 8’s unboxing. Then there is this leaflet containing allthe SAR values, some stickers from OnePlus, and other paperwork like the quick start guide,letter from the CEO and safety information. And lastly we have this happy looking SIMtray ejection pin. Then we get a thin transparent flexible TPUcase to protect your phone. And it says Never Settle on its back. Under this case sits the signature Red USB Type A to Type C cable for charging and data transfer, and finally we have the Warp charger30T. If I’m not wront, this is the same chargerthat we got with the OnePlus 7T and the 8. Those are all the things that we get in thebox. Let me keep all these things aside, and getback to the phone. In the wake of expelling all the plastic and this sticker from the back, this is the manner by which the Ultramarine blue shading looks. It has a matte soft touch feel to it, andwhile I wasn’t too sure about getting this colour, I am glad I did, because it is growingon me. Now this phone is definitely bigger than theOnePlus 8 in all dimensions. It is taller and heavier, but my main concernis that it is also wider. It does get a curve to the back to make iteasier to hold, and the display is curved as well, but then that raises a lot of otherconcerns for me. Last time I used the 7 Pro, and I hated thecurved display because the palm rejection was not that great and there were too manyaccidental touches. I will have to use the 8 Pro for some moretime to see if that has been fixed or not. While the phone boots up, let us take a lookaround it. Starting with the bottom, we get a SIM trayon the left, a microphone next to it, then there is the USB type C port for chargingand data transfer, and finally a speaker grill. The SIM tray can hold 2 nano SIM cards, onebehind the other, and there is no microSD card slot to expand the storage further. On the right side, there is the Power / Sleepwake button and my favourite, alert slider. At the top there is just a noise cancellingmicrophone, and this ridge as a part of the design. To the left, there are just the volume upand down buttons. We often overlook this, but all these buttonsare very well built. They are made of metal, don’t rattle atall and are very tactile. Coming to the back, there is this OnePlusname in the new all capital font, the new logo above it, and then there are these cameras. This camera module sticks out quite a bit. Main camera gets a 48 megapixel Sony IMX689sensor with F/1.78 aperture, 7 element lens and Optical Image Stabilisation. Next camera gets the 48 megapixel Sony IMX586sensor with F/2.2 aperture and 120 degree field of view. This wide camera can also take macro shots. This is how a macro lens should be implemented. And if you think this sensor sounds familiar,that is because it is the same sensor that the OnePlus 8 used for its primary camera. Then there is this 8 megapixel sensor withF/2.44 aperture and 3x telephoto lens. You can take upto 30x digital zoomed images with this camera, and it gets optical image stabilisation. And finally there is the controversial 5 megapixelcolour filter camera with F/2.4 aperture. This was the so called X-Ray camera that everyonewas going crazy over. OnePlus has disabled it for this Indian variant. Some people who upgraded to Oxygen OS 10.5.10in the US said that this camera is working for them again. But I have also upgraded to the said OxygenOS 10.5.10 version, and it is still disabled for me.
Coming to the front, there is this mammoth6.78inch FluidAMOLED display, with a resolution of 3168x1440 pixels. The display has 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. It is curved at the edges, and while it looksvery futuristic, I am not a big fan of these curves. With these type of diaplays, Light refractsat funny angles while watching videos, and there are too many accidental touches. Many people have reported some issues withthe display, but I haven’t seen any of them. OnePlus is making these phones in India, andhopefully they have figured out a way, and fixed all the issues with the display. Above the display there is this speaker grill,and the selfie camera gets a punch hole style cutout. Inside, the 8 Pro packs in the Snapdragon865 processor and Adreno 650GPU, 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB of UFS 3.0 2-Lane storage. To back this all up, it gets a 4510mAh battery. I am a bit worried about the battery performance,because I am not sure this battery is enough to power this huge display and at 120Hz allthe time. When it is time to charge it up, the 30 wattcharger makes sure to juice it up quickly, and if you have the OnePlus wireless charger,it also supports 30 watt wireless charging. It is running on the latest version of OxygenOS which is built on top of Android 10, and if you are curious, you can also install theAndroid 11 beta on this phone.
I have said before that Oxygen OS is one ofmy favourite interfaces. I love how simple and minimal it is, and itstill offers us a lot of features. Now I have had this phone for less than aday, so it is not enough time to check its overall performance or know about its batterylife. So I will have to spend more time with it,I will let you guys know more about it in my full review. Right now, I can tell you that this is a hugephone, and if you have average sized hands, you will have a tough time using it. I am really exited to test out its camera,and compare them with the other phones that I have. If you are looking to buy this phone, it isgoing on sale from 15th June, thanks you, Take care.