The OnePlus 8 Pro may be the best large screen smartphone you’ve never heard of. With 5G-capability, a 6.78-inch display, quad cameras, and a gorgeous, superior build, this flagship phone from the cult Chinese manufacturer should be at the top of your list if streaming video and/or mobile gaming is a priority.
An Android phone on steroids, the OnePlus 8 Pro is slim and sleek, weighing in at only seven ounces. And because it’s sold unlocked, you can finally break out of that wireless contract you sold your soul to all those years ago. It’s also important to note that the 12GB version of the OnePlus 8 Pro is not cheap at $899, (you can also nab the 8GB version for $736.95) but still a few hundred dollars less than its direct Apple competitor, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which can be pre-ordered starting at $1099 (the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999 but only has a 6.1-inch display).
The phone comes in Glacial Green, Ultramarine Blue and Onyx Black, and though we dig its smooth finish and matte-frosted glass, what really excites us here at Decider is its first-rate, edge-to-edge AMOLED screen. Since we’re in the business of watching, well, pretty much everything, we are blown away with the full 120Hz refresh rate, which works with even the highest resolution streaming video. This not only provides a super smooth video experience, it even adds extra clarity for sports and action packed content.
Netflix and YouTube also get a visual upgrade with a dedicated chip. In fact, pair this feature with its Vibrant color effect Pro for extra brightness and accurate color (even in full sunlight) and we believe this is the most impressive screen we have used to date.
But does its inside match the outside? The simple answer is, yes. Packed with the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, as well as a RAM booster which helps speed up mobile gaming, it also comes with an IP68 rating, so toilet drops will not be a problem (except, you know, the fishing out part).
For photo buffs, there are four rear cameras to play with, one of which is a whopping 48-megapixel. You can also mess around with the 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and an ultra-wide camera with color filter.
All-in-all, if you’re in the market for a new, large screen phone to help you watch, play, work and communicate, you’re in luck—because the OnePlus Pro 8 is a true contender, and a welcome, less-pricey, surprise in the super premium smartphone landscape.
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