OnePlus 8 Pro launch live blog: the full launch as it happened

The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are both now official, despite the Covid-19 pandemic that's sweeping the world and disrupting the tech industry.

The event happened on April 14, and below you'll find our exact reactions as it all played out.

We've since published our takes on both the devices – we've even given a full rating to the OnePlus 8 – but if you want to see how the event went down, it's for you below:

OnePlus 8 Pro launch live blog

All times in Eastern Standard Time (ET)

11:51 – Thanks for tuning in to our live blog for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Read on down below to see how the event played out!

11:50 – That's it – the event is over. There was a quick mention of a new online game called Crackables 2.0 that we didn't get to mention where you've got the chance to win $ 10,000.

11:48 – Bullets Wireless Z are around $ 50, while the OnePlus 8 with 8GB and 128GB of storage is $ 699. The 12GB and 256GB version is $ 799. We've yet to get prices for other regions.

The OnePlus 8 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is $ 899, while the 12GB and 256GB is $ 999. You'll be able to buy the phone in Europe from April 21 – pre-orders are live now – while those in the US have to wait a while.

11:46 – 10 minutes of charging will allow for 10 hours of audio, according to OnePlus. They'll last for 20 hours from a single charge.

The company also had a variety of cases that you'll be able to buy for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. There's even one from a street artist that we've never heard of.

11:45 – We've been told we'll hear about the price soon, but it's accessories first. The Bullets Wireless Z are a new version of the company's headphones, and we're about to learn about them.

11:40 – 5G time. Both of these devices are 5G compatible, and you won't be able to get a 4G-only version of either the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro. It's an interesting move from OnePlus.

11:38 – There's still a Qualcomm Snapdragon 864 in here, and it's up to 12GB of RAM. That's as powerful as the OnePlus 8 Pro, and it'll be interesting to see how the two phones compare.

There's also a 4300mAh battery inside, plus it comes with fast-wireless charging. There doesn't seem to be anything here about wireless charging though, which may be a shame for some.

11:36 – The OnePlus 8 also have a triple camera design with the 48MP shooter being the main camera here. You'll also have a 16MP ultra-wide, and 5MP macro camera as well.

11:34 – It's only a Full HD+ resolution (that's 2400 x 1080) for the OnePlus 8, so that's one of the major differences to the Pro model.

11:32 – It's 180 grams, which is notably light for a device of its type. It's set to come in Onyx Black, Glacial Green and another shade called Interstellar Glow. That last one is a reflective material that gives you different shades depending on when you're looking at it from.

11:31 – Ah, here we go. It's a 6.55-inch display. On paper, that doesn't sound like it'll be a lot smaller but OnePlus is spouting a lot of spec that does suggest it'll be a lot easier to hold in the hand compared to other flagships around right now.

11:30 – This is a more "compact flagship", according to OnePlus. We've yet to find out the exact dimensions of the device so far, but it looks like it's set to have a smaller display as the leaks suggested.

11:29 – Yes, it's the OnePlus 8. It seems to have lots of similar features to the Pro, but it's set to have a few less. Let's find out what's different…

11:28 – We're going to have to wait a while longer to find out exactly how much it costs and the release date. We're moving onto another device now, which we're expecting to be the OnePlus 8.

11:26 – Google Stadia is also set to be available on the OnePlus 8 Pro at launch. OnePlus just confirmed older devices will also get support for the service, but it has yet to reveal the exact phones.

11:25 – That's it for spec, and we're moving onto the software. It's still called OxygenOS, and there are 280 new optimizations to make using the phone "more fluid than ever before".

There's a new Dark Theme, plus there are new dynamic wallpapers that change depending on the weather where you are. These aren't gamechanging ideas, but they're interesting little additions.

11:24 – The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging, plus the company just said it'll give you 50% power in just 30 minutes. That's a strong result for wireless charging compared to the competition.

11:23 – This is the largest battery ever in a OnePlus phone, and 4510mAh is a big cell for any device. Hopefully that means we'll be able to use this device for a full day without having to recharge.

11:22 – As previously confirmed, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset is powering this device with up to 12GB of RAM. We've yet to learn if there will be a lower RAM version of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The battery is a 4510mAh cell, which has wireless charging for the very first time. That's fast wireless charging too, which works at 30W. We don't yet know exactly how long that'll take to charge up your phone from zero.

11:17 – Now we're into the camera, and as rumored there's two 48MP rear cameras on the OnePlus 8 Pro. There's also a telephoto shooter, but we don't know the exact specs for this. It's a 3x hybrid zoom though.

The 48MP are the standard and the ultra-wide cameras here. It's the Sony IMX586 sensor for both of these, and we're excited to properly try these out when we fully review these devices.

11:15 – What does 120Hz mean? It's the refresh rate of your screen. The average smartphone has a 60Hz display, so images on the OnePlus 8 Pro will refresh twice as fast as most other smartphones. 

That allows for a smoother picture when playing video games or scrolling through your social media feeds.

11:12 – This is the highest spec display in the universe, according to OnePlus. It's a 6.78-inch 120Hz display with a QHD+ (that's 3168 x 1440) resolution. 

DisplayMate – a trusted source for testing phone screens – gave the OnePlus 8 Pro a rating of A+. That's the website's highest award, so you can expect a fantastic experience on the OnePlus 8 Pro's screen.

11:10 – We're starting with design. It has a curved glass back with a glossy finish or a matte-frosted finish. On the front is a punch-hole front facing camera that is 3.8mm in diameter. That's a change away from the self hiding camera on previous OnePlus devices.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is also IP68 water and dust resistant!

11:09 – Here it is! The OnePlus 8 Pro is confirmed, and it's being shown off on stage right now. Let's dive into the specs you can get.

11:08 – 5G is the other big talking point here at the start. We've heard the phrase "OnePlus is all in 5G" on stage, and that's because the whole range of OnePlus devices we see today are going to be next-gen connectivity enabled.

That's a bold move that we haven't seen from all manufacturers. For example, Samsung's Galaxy S20 range still features 4G variants.

11:07 – A bit of a mention here for the OnePlus Concept One. That's a device the company unveiled at CES 2020 that had a disappearing rear camera. The leaks don't suggest any of these new devices will feature that tech, but it may be something we see introduced in future OnePlus phones.

11:05 – Typically, OnePlus is starting off by talking about its community. Prepare for a bit of this before we get into the meat of the announcement where we'll hear about the new devices.

11:03 – The event is happening at different locations around the world, which makes sense considering we've yet to hear exactly where the event would be happening. That's an interesting touch, and it seems like we'll have lots of different presenters throughout today's show.

11:02 – We've yet to properly start as the company is talking about its social distancing policy and how its workers are currently at home. 

10:55 – We're kicking off a little early with a video all about the OnePlus community. Don't worry if you're not settled down to watch yet, they're not going to unveil the new devices until at least 11am EST.

Even then, we'd expect to get a bit of preamble before the name OnePlus 8 is uttered on stage.

10:50 – This isn't the first launch that has been forced to go online-only because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Devices such as the Huawei P40 Pro and Sony Xperia 1 II were forced into internet-only events earlier in the year.

It's something major manufacturers have adapted to quickly to ensure each can keep unveiling new devices without a hitch. 

That said, here at TechRadar we're missing the physical events themselves and the opportunity to grab as many snacks as we can before hopping into live blogs like this. Right now, we just have coffee in hand in our own houses.

10:40 – We've got 20 minutes to go until we get to see the OnePlus event. Below you'll be able to watch the launch event live on YouTube, but be sure to follow along with our live blog throughout the event too.

09:40 – What are you most excited to hear about later today? Vote in our Twitter poll below.

09:00 – Are you a big fan of OnePlus? If so, you may recognize a lot of the devices below. Our friends at Android Central put together a retrospective of all the phones the company has unveiled over the last six years.

07:00 – Want to know how much the OnePlus 8 series will cost? UK retailer John Lewis has provided those details with listings for each phone that seem to have gone up ahead of schedule on the store's website.

At the time of writing, the listings are still available to see at the link above, but we'd expect those to be pulled before the launch. How much will the phones cost? We've listed those John Lewis UK prices below, with approximate converted prices for the US and Australia.

8GB RAM and 128GB storage 12GB RAM and 256GB storage
OnePlus 8 £599 (about $ 750 / AU$ 1200) £699 (about $ 900 / AU$ 1,400)
OnePlus 8 Pro £799 (about $ 1,000 / AU$ 1,600) £899 (about $ 1,100, AU$ 1,800)

06:00 – OnePlus has adopted an odd strategy for its latest phone launch, teasing a variety of features ahead of the launch. So what do we know for certain about the new phones?

The company has confirmed that at least one of the devices will have a 120Hz display, and it's also said it'll be including wireless charging for the first time – we're expecting both those features to be included on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

We also got a glimpse of the OnePlus 8 design in an update from the company's CEO. We're assuming there will be a few surprises at the launch to keep us interested, but we've still got a few hours to find out what those will be.

04:40 – We're going to be hearing all about the OnePlus 8 in a matter of hours, and here you'll be able to follow along in the build-up to the event, and then read our first impressions and analysis during the launch event itself.

Below we've listed the phones and peripherals that we're expecting to hear about, based on the latest leaks and rumors, as well as some official announcements from OnePlus.

  • OnePlus 8 – This is the standard edition of the phone, which isn't expected to be the top-end device, but will feature a 6.44-inch display and a 48MP rear camera.
  • OnePlus 8 Pro – The top-end handset from OnePlus for 2020, which we expect will sport a 6.7-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate as well as two 48MP rear cameras.
  • OnePlus 8 Lite – Little is known about this phone, but it's rumored that OnePlus will be introducing a third handset in its line that's likely to be cheaper than the others.
  • OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z – The company is expected to introduce new headphones that last for 20 hours on a single charge.
  • OnePlus wireless charger – OnePlus has teased a wireless charging pad for its upcoming phones, so that will likely be arriving alongside them.
  • Something else – We may get a surprise announcement from OnePlus – and if that's the case you'll hear about it here first.


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