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The OnePlus 8 was already a bit of a strange duck in the bite at the release, but that is much more so for eight months. In this review update we discuss whether it is still worthwhile to purchase the smartphone.

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Review: the OnePlus 8 after eight months

Earlier this year we came up with something new Android Planet: review updates. Here we look at whether popular high-end, midrange and budget smartphones from last year are still worthwhile. We also discuss popular devices that were released a few months ago, so you know whether you should consider them. Slightly older Android phones may have been ‘overtaken’ by other smartphones, but they have often fallen considerably in price and therefore quite attractive.

At the launch of the OnePlus 8 phones in April, most of the attention went to the OnePlus 8 Pro, and that was not surprising. The device introduced all kinds of cool improvements and was a real flagship in everything. The normal OnePlus 8 therefore remained a bit under the radar, also because the price-quality ratio was not great. Eight months later this is unfortunately no different. In fact, the arrival of the OnePlus 8T makes us wonder why the normal 8 is still being sold at all. You can read more about it in this review update.

The test model for this OnePlus 8 review update is provided by OnePlus.

90Hz screen has been caught up

The OnePlus 8 has a sleek design of glass and although it is vulnerable, it does feel luxurious. As we wrote in our review of the OnePlus 8, it is smart to use a cover, because the device is extremely sensitive to fingerprints and other stains.

The 6.55-inch screen is nice and large and has very thin edges, with a small hole at the top left for the selfie camera. We are still pleased with the display; everything looks nice and sharp, colors look nice and because of the amoled panel, black is really black. The higher refresh rate of 90Hz ensures smooth animations, but the OnePlus 8 has caught up in this area.

The OnePlus 8T, which has been for sale in the Netherlands for a while, has a 120Hz display. This means that the screen refreshes itself more often and therefore everything looks even smoother. The difference between 90 and 120Hz is not very big and you may hardly notice it in practice, but it is a nice bonus.

Nice and fast hardware, good battery life

The internal hardware of the OnePlus 8 hardly differs from that of the 8T. Under the hood is the same Snapdragon 865 processor with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The performance remains excellent: the OnePlus 8 flies through the software, runs every app and game effortlessly and is still one of the fastest Android phones at the moment.

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We are also very pleased with the battery life. The 4300 mAh battery can easily last a full day – even if you use the phone intensively – and also charges quickly. Due to the 30 Watt charger, the OnePlus 8 is quickly full, but the 8T does it just a little better. This smartphone charges with a maximum of 65 Watt and is completely full within 40 minutes. The OnePlus 8 has now also been caught up in this area.

Software: Android 11 updated very quickly

The OnePlus 8 ran on Android 10 when it was released, but was later quickly updated to Android 11. In fact, the 8 was one of the first smartphones that got an update to the latest Android version, and that’s great.

Moreover, OnePlus is neat with updating its high-end devices, which means that you can also count on good software support in the future. The expectation is that the OnePlus will also receive upgrades to Android 12 and 13, although this has not yet been confirmed.

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