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OnePlus 8


  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Battery: 4300 mAh
  • Camera: 48 MP + 16 MP + 2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Display: 6.55 inch
  • OS: Android 10
  • Processor:  Snapdragon 865
  • Connectivity: Dual sim, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G,  Wi-Fi
  • Colors: Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Polar Silver

KSh65,000 KSh66,000

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone price in Kenya is in the range of 65,000 shillings. It runs on Android v10 (Q) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 585 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 585 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 585) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Chipset. It has 8/12 GB RAM and 128/256 GB internal storage.

Why you should buy OnePlus 8

  1. 90 Hz Fluid Display
  2. Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 with 5G
  3. Slim and Sleek Curved Design
  4. 48 MP Triple Camera

Intro

Today we’re looking at the OnePlus 8. And before we say anything important about this phone, can we just say that I love the matte coding on the back? It looks great. And every single picture I’ve seen and it somehow looks better in real life. There’s barely any fingerprints showing up, which makes it so easy to shoot and it feels great to the touch. Other phone manufacturers. Take note, we need more of this.

All right. Now the more important things OnePlus has always been a more budget to a mid-range oriented brand that aimed to give you the best performance and flagship features at a much more affordable price point. I think the OnePlus 8 does follow in those footsteps, but to a lesser degree, this time around the design is definitely up to flagship standards with a near bezel-less display and a hole punch camera glass back with that beautiful matte coating and a painted aluminum frame that matches the glacial green color on the back.

Display

The whole phone feels premium for sure. And I’d stack it right up there with the Samsung Galaxy S20 in terms of build quality and feel you are missing some features here that are present on truly flagship phones. However, and we’ll talk about that in just a bit. The display that OnePlus 8 has gone for with this phone is a huge 6.55-inch amyloid screen that caps out at a full HD plus resolution of 2400x 1080 but runs at 90 Hz as opposed to 60.

It has a pixel density of 400 pixels per inch, meaning the display is still decently sharp. But we would have liked to see the 1440p resolution with the 90 Hertz display like the one OnePlus 7 pro had. Given that the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 1440 P and a 120 Hertz display. There still would have been enough differentiation between the two new phones and the OnePlus 8 would have been an even more compelling phone at its current price point.

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The OnePlus 8 display is HDR 10 certified, however, both colors and contrast are very vivid and very accurate straight out of the box. The decision to go with a hole punch over the teardrop we saw last year, OnePlus 7T, I think is fine. Some people think that the teardrop is a little bit less intrusive overall, but I suspect that this decision was entirely made because the hole punch is a newer trend.

Most people associate teardrops with older, more budget phones. The display does curve over the edges of the phone, whoever it is, and much less aggressive curvature than other phones were comparable to the edges of saying a Galaxy S20 than something like the OnePlus 7 pro, which we like. Underneath the display is an optical fingerprint reader. It’s almost as accurate as a physical fingerprint reader.

Design and Sound

The frame of the phone is still classic. It’s got that lovely alert slider on the right side of the phone that every manufacturer should be putting on their phones by now, as well as the power button. And on the left side of the phone is the volume rocker on the bottom of the phone is the dual SIM card tray, a 3.1 type C, and the speaker grill for the stereo speakers. Let’s talk about those speakers for a second cause they deserve some recognition for sure. They sound good.

They have Dolby Atmos support for a more 3D sound effect. They’re very loud and sound nice and balanced. I’d say they’re close to on par with the iPhone 11 series and those phones have some of the best speakers we’ve tested to date. OnePlus 8, a great phone for watching content on the go, whether it’s movies with the HDR, 10 support, or your favorite YouTube videos.

Internal

One of the OnePlus points of differentiation has always been speed. And the OnePlus 8 delivers here too. It’s equipped with the latest Snapdragon 865 as well as 8 gigs of RAM in the glacial green color or 12 gigs of RAM in the wacky new interstellar glow color. And this variant has 128 gigs of UFS, 3.0 storage. Everything feels extremely fast and Oxygen OS, which one of the best Android skins right up there with Google’s version. And while we haven’t had the phone for very long, the phone hasn’t hiccuped or bogged down in any way so far again, performance is at a flagship level.

OnePlus 8 Cameras

Now let’s talk about the cameras in true OnePlus fashion, the cameras on the OnePlus 8, just aren’t that great. The standard 48-megapixel wide camera is good as it’s the same IMX 786 sensor that was on last year’s OnePlus 7 pro the 16 megapixel ultra-wide is just okay though. It’s not nearly as sharp as the wide-angle camera and the edges of the frame have some pretty bad distortion. But the truly terrible camera.

And this thing is that 2-megapixel macro lens. Yeah, you heard that right. 2 megapixels. I can get a better quote-unquote macro picture by using the two X crop from the main camera. The 16-megapixel selfie camera is decent though. It’s no pixel four or iPhone 11, but it gets the job done. The rear cameras, aside from the macro shoot video in 4k up to 60 FPS and the front-facing camera shoots 1080p at 30 FPS.

Battery

While the cameras aren’t suburb the battery life on the OnePlus 8 is. I thought that the 90 Hertz refresh rate and the massive display on this phone would deplete the battery fairly quickly, but it turns out that this phone has one of the better batteries of all the phones that we’ve tested so far. OnePlus has stuffed a 4300 mAh battery in here, and it easily lasts a full day. And part of another one with my light to medium use five and a half to even six hours of screen, time as possible on this phone.

If you want more battery life, just reduce the screens, refresh rate 60 Hertz. But I don’t think you’ll need to do that unless you’re strapped for a battery. And you’re far away from a charger one plus also bundles they’re fast, 30 watts warped charger in the box and it’ll charge the battery from 0 to 50% in about 22 minutes.

Conclusion

I wouldn’t even be super mad if the battery life wasn’t great, but because it is the fast charging speed is just the icing on the cake. However, OnePlus 8 does not come equipped with wireless charging as the pro model does. And this is another area where the eight doesn’t quite measure up to other flagships. There’s also one more thing that makes this phone fall a little short of flagship territory, water resistance. If you buy this phone unlocked, it does not come with official IP water and dust resistance rating like the OnePlus 8 pro does.

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Storage

8GB/128GB, 12GB/256GB

Price Ksh. 71,000
Display 6.55″ inch Fluid AMOLED touchscreen
Processor 2.84GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Sim Card Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Connectivity 4G
Operating System Android 10.0; OxygenOS 10.0
RAM 8/12 GB
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
Memory Card Slot No
Rear Camera 48MP(wide) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (macro)
Front Camera 16MP (wide)
3.5mm Jack No
USB Port 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector,
Fingerprint Sensor Under display, optical
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4300 mAh
Fast battery charging (Quick Charge) 30W, 50% in 22 min (advertised)
Color Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Polar Silver

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