OnePlus 8 vs. iPhone 11 Pro: Is OnePlus Still the Flagship Killer? | Digital Trends

These days, if you happen to’re in the marketplace for a brand new smartphone, there are such a lot of choices it could possibly make your head spin. Two of the latest telephones launched — the OnePlus 8 and the iPhone 11 Pro — have captured the highlight with their revolutionary designs and superior specs. Neither is what you’d name a funds telephone, however there’s nonetheless one way or the other a $300 worth distinction between them.

We check out their specs and different attributes and examine how every gadget performs throughout some main smartphone performance classes — design, show, efficiency, digital camera, software program, and worth — that can assist you resolve which is the greatest telephone for you.


OnePlus 8iPhone 11 Pro
Size160.2 x 72.9 x 8 mm (6.31 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches)144 × 71.4 × 8.1mm (5.67 × 2.81 × 0.32 inches)
Weight180 grams (6.35 ounces)188 grams (6.63 ounces)
Screen dimension6.55-inch AMOLED (90 Hz)5.8-inch Super Retina XDR OLED (60 Hz)
Screen decision2,400 x 1,080 pixels (402 pixels-per-inch)2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 pixels-per-inch)
Operating systemAndroid 10 (beneath OxygenOS)iOS 13
Storage128, 256GB64, 256, 512GB
MicroSD card slotNoNo
Tap-to-pay providersGoogle PayApple Pay
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865Apple A13 Bionic
Camera48-megapixel wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro lens rear, 16MP entrance12-megapixel, 12MP telephoto, and 12MP ultrawide, 12MP entrance
VideoUp to 4K at 60 fps, 1080 at 340 fps4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps
Bluetooth model5.15.0
Fingerprint sensorYes (under-display)No, Face ID as an alternative
Water resistanceIP67IP68
Fast charging (30W)

Fast charging (18W)

Qi wi-fi charging

App marketGoogle Play StoreApple App Store
Network helpVerizon, T-MobileAT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
ColorsOnyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Polar SilverMidnight Green, Space Gray, Silver, Gold
Buy fromOnePlusApple
Review rating4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars

Design, show, and sturdiness

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Like many flagship handsets, the OnePlus 8 encompasses a glass physique round a metallic body, with curved back and front edges. It is available in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, or Interstellar Glow. While slim and light-weight, the OnePlus 8 has a a lot bigger footprint than the iPhone 11 Pro, the smallest handset in the iPhone 11 series. Its dimension and form make it extra comfy to carry than most bigger telephones. While display decision between the two is nominally comparable — 402 versus 458 pixels per inch — photos are certain to look sharper on the iPhone’s smaller display. The OnePlus matte Gorilla Glass end is pretty fingerprint resistant, whereas nonetheless capturing the mild properly. The OnePlus 8 has a 2,400 x 1,080-pixel decision Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh charge however doesn’t have a motion-smoothing function. Our reviewer discovered it lower than beautiful to have a look at and never as spectacular as the competitors.

While the iPhone 11 Pro doesn’t meet the OnePlus specs in some respects — at the least on paper — in observe it greater than makes up for the deficiencies. The iPhone 11 Pro could follow its conventional iPhone design, nevertheless it doubles the earlier technology’s distinction ratio, enhances HDR, and raises brightness to 1,200 nits. The show is straightforward to view each indoors and out with dynamic lighting and vivid colours. The OnePlus provides twice as a lot RAM and storage, even in its base configuration, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to win it the class.

Winner: iPhone 11 Pro

Performance, battery life, and charging

OnePlus 8
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The OnePlus 8 battery has a 4,300mAh capability and options the Warp Charge 30W speedy cost system. The iPhone 11 Pro’s battery spec is decrease at 3,046mAh. Our assessment discovered the OnePlus 8’s charging impressively swift, charging the battery to 50% inside 20 minutes, and as much as a full cost in slightly over an hour, whereas chugging alongside for a full day beneath heavy use. The OnePlus 8 additionally provides sensible cost optimization, which lets the telephone study your routine and optimize its charging schedule to accommodate it.

Despite the decrease spec, in observe, we discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro battery lasted for greater than a day — fairly a bit extra — with as much as 25% capability left at bedtime and the potential to delay recharging till mid-morning. The iPhone’s quick charging function does fall behind the OnePlus 8 at solely 18W; nonetheless, the iPhone helps wi-fi charging the place the OnePlus 8 doesn’t.

As far as efficiency is worried, whereas we had no particular complaints about the OnePlus 8, Apple’s declare that the A13 Bionic chip has as much as 20% quicker CPU and GPU efficiency was borne out by our testing, making the iPhone 11 Pro the quickest telephone we’ve seen thus far for no matter you’re doing. Apple’s A13 Bionic chip is extensively thought-about superior to the OnePlus’ Snapdragon 865 when contemplating GPU, CPU, and energy effectivity, although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon does an admirable job with synthetic intelligence computation and machine studying.

Winner: iPhone 11 Pro


iPhone 11 Pro
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It’s been mentioned, solely half-seriously, that cellphones are literally cameras that allow you to make calls, ship texts, and play video games. The OnePlus 8 has a triple-lens digital camera with a 48-megapixel f/1.75 most important sensor, a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 2-megapixel f/2.Four macro lens, plus a 16-megapixel selfie digital camera round the entrance. That’s fairly spectacular, and total the photos from the OnePlus 8 are greater than respectable. Yet, regardless of it producing total respectable photos, the OnePlus 8’s digital camera has no knockout options to tell apart it from different cell cameras. Sadly, the 16-megapixel selfie digital camera is not so good as the competitors, the macro digital camera lacks colour and definition, evening mode doesn’t fairly reduce it in the darkish, and it lacks an optical zoom.

From the perspective of the iPhone 11 Pro’s superlative digital camera, the query is the place to start. With a triple digital camera setup that raises every lens in a metallic bezel housed in a somewhat obtrusive mound configuration, it’s attainable to criticize the design aesthetics of that setup. But the digital camera’s performance works in its favor. Deep Fusion, a function designed for lower-light taking pictures, employs machine studying algorithms that run a pixel-by-pixel evaluation to optimize photos for element, colour, and sharpness. The iPhone 11 Pro additionally enhances its Smart HDR tech, making use of publicity changes to components of a photograph it acknowledges — sky or flowers, for instance. It options semantic rendering, which takes a collection of over- and under-exposed pictures to create a balanced picture with the greatest publicity and noise-free element. And lastly, the automated Night mode simply works with out your having to do a factor. You may even use the iPhone 11 Pro digital camera to shoot a starry sky — a feat past the talents of most smartphone cameras.

Winner: iPhone 11 Pro

Software and updates

OnePlus 8
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Comparing Android with iOS isn’t a good combat: There are partisans on each side and the judgment is each visceral and emotional. In brief, there are iOS folks and there are Android folks and there’s an enormous share who is not going to cross the line no matter particular options provided in a single or the different. OnePlus’ elegant OxygenOS pores and skin for Android, with its neat slide-in display powered by the Google Assistant, is an enthralling producer pores and skin. But it’s up in opposition to the iPhone 11 Pro with the slick, muscular iOS 13 — which has actually taken its candy time ironing out numerous launch issues. This could be very a lot a private alternative between the two.

Regarding updates, there’s no competitors. Android producers have their very own indirect timetable for updating to the newest Android OS model whereas Apple persistently releases free updates to all at specified dates so everybody can, in the event that they select, work from the identical display. Apple’s iOS updates additionally reliably span a number of generations of its handsets, thus future-proofing older telephones — one other level in its favor.

Winner: iPhone 11 Pro

Special options

iPhone 11 Pro
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Apple usually doesn’t add many particular options to its collection lineups — for Apple, the product lineup has all the particular options inbuilt. But it’s not farfetched to categorise the iPhone’s Deep Fusion as a particular function that provides monumental worth to the digital camera and the telephone itself.

The OnePlus 8 provides 5G to the combine forward of Apple, and although it’s helpful solely in particular geographical areas, at the least it’s an choice that future-proofs the handset considerably. The OnePlus 8 additionally encompasses a display refresh charge of 90Hz, versus the 60Hz on the Apple telephone. Beyond that, as our assessment states, there aren’t any killer options for this Android telephone, however let’s give credit score the place it’s due.

Winner: OnePlus 8

Price and availability

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The iPhone 11 Pro is at the moment accessible beginning at $999. You can purchase one from most U.S.-based carriers and at quite a few shops, together with the Apple Store. The OnePlus 8 begins at $700, and it will likely be accessible solely from Verizon and T-Mobile. If you wish to avail your self of 5G, you might want to be in a geographical space that helps the new networking protocol. The OnePlus 8 launched on April 21 in Europe/U.Ok. and can launch on April 29 in the U.S.

Overall winner: iPhone 11 Pro

In the immortal phrases of our Digital Trends’ reviewer: “The iPhone 11 Pro is the greatest telephone cash can purchase.” That means it’s higher than every other Apple iPhone and higher than any Android competitor — even the supremely well-qualified likes of the OnePlus 8. OnePlus has historically prided itself on providing high-end options at affordable costs, and its inclusion of 5G, the 90Hz refresh charge, and extra RAM and storage capability are good examples of that. With a price ticket $300 decrease than the iPhone, you get loads of worth to your cash from an admirable Android telephone. But it nonetheless doesn’t beat the conveniently sized and richly outfitted iPhone 11 Pro.

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