OnePlus 8 Pro Review : Welcome to the FLAGSHIP-ZONE

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Since the beginning (2014), the Oneplus company was the “dark knight” of the mobile world industry,  Obviously by making what we truly called a “FLAGSHIP KILLER” at a reasonable price.

OnePlus 2020, welcome to the FLAGSHIP-ZONE

OnePlus 8 Pro is the latest and most expensive smartphone the six-year-old company has ever launched.  with the base OnePlus 8 Pro, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, costs $900, and the fully kitted model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs $1,000.For those keeping count, that’s as much as the Galaxy S20 and $250 more than last year’s top-end OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus’ price advantage — a key part of the identity the company built for itself — isn’t as big a factor anymore.

And YES, the progress comes at a price: OnePlus has graduated from plucky underdog to almost indistinguishable from the rival manufacturers whose prices the Shenzhen-based company used to routinely mock. So, when there is almost no price difference … is it still worth picking a smartphone from OnePlus over rivals from Samsung, Apple and Huawei?

OnePlus 8 Pro is here. And it’s all about speed once again.

The speed and fluidity of OnePlus phones has been one of the company’s biggest strengths, which is something the OP8 and OP8 Pro showcase in full force. Between a number of OS optimizations and either 90Hz or 120HZ screens (which are a real delight), both phones are a joy to use. Everything feels incredibly snappy, and combined with OnePlus being one of the faster phone makers when it comes to pushing out new software updates, OnePlus phones deliver the best Android experience of any phone not made by Google.

Specs — Just the Right Stuff ..

OnePlus 8 ProOnePlus 8
SoftwareAndroid 10
Android 10
Display6.78″ QHD Fluid AMOLED
3168×1440, 513ppi, 19.8:9
6.55″ FHD Fluid AMOLED
2400×1080, 402ppi, 20:9
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Adreno 650
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Adreno 650
MemoryStorage: 128GB / 256GB (UFS 3.0)
Storage: 128GB / 256GB (UFS 3.0)
Camera (Rear)48MP Main
—f/1.7, OIS, EIS, 1.12um
—Dual LED Flash
—Sony IMX68948MP Ultra Wide
—f/2.2, 119.7° FOV8MP Telephoto
—f/2.4, OIS, 1.0um
—3x hybrid zoom5MP Color Filter
48MP Main
—f/1.75, OIS, EIS, 0.8um
—Dual LED Flash
—Sony IMX58616MP Ultra Wide
—f/2.2, 116° FOV
—Sensor zoom 2x2MP Macro
—f/2.4, 1.75um
Camera (Front)16MP Front
—f/2.4, EIS, 1.0um
—Sony IMX471
16MP Front
—f/2.4, EIS, 1.0um
—Sony IMX471
Warp Charge 30T
Warp Charge 30 Wireless
Reverse Wireless Charging
Warp Charge 30T
Connectivity5G / 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11ax (WiFi 6)
Bluetooth 5.1
5G / 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11ax (WiFi 6)
Bluetooth 5.1
OtherIn-display fingerprint
USB-C (USB 3.1)
Dual nano-SIM
Alert Slider
Dual Stereo Speakers
IP68 water and dust resistance
In-display fingerprint
USB-C (USB 3.1)
Dual nano-SIM
Alert Slider
Dual Stereo Speakers
Size165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm
160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0mm
ColorsOnyx Black
Glacial Green
Ultramarine Blue
Onyx Black
Glacial Green
Interstellar Glow

DESIGN — Luxury to the bones.

OnePlus labels this phone as compact, compared to the phones I’m comparing to (Galaxy S20 Ultra, LG V60), it does feel smaller and fantastic in-hand. OnePlus was big to point out that the phone is hardly thicker than a pencil at just 8mm, where a standard pencil is around 6mm. That’s pretty thin.

Sadly, no versions of the OP8 have a headphone jack

DISPLAY — simply the best.

For the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus tossed in a 6.78″ Quad HD Fluid AMOLED display with a top refresh rate of 120Hz. This is the top-spec for a display in 2020. If you are making a high-end phone this year, it better match this or you will be thought of (rightfully) as a step below.

This particular display has excellent viewing angles, where even steep off-axis viewing provides crystal clear colors. It might be better than Samsung in this area, which is huge for those of you who look at your phone as it lies on a desk all day. With colors, you get to customize that experience with Vivid, Natural, or Advanced options. Advanced lets you go wild with Wide Gamut, sRGB, or Display P3 modes, should that be a thing of interest. I left my review device on Vivid and love the punch and sharpness.

Is 120Hz as cool as you hoped? Yes, it is. Coming from a Pixel 4 XL with 90Hz and a Galaxy S20 with 120Hz, I’m so enjoying this world with high refresh rates. I can’t ever see myself going back to 60Hz for an extended period of time. The world on your smartphone looks better when everything is smooth at all times.

Additionally, OnePlus once again included a number of display options that I feel should be standard on all phones in 2020. It has adaptive brightness, but you’ll find a “Comfort tone” setting that adapts screen color based on your environment, video color enhancing and smoothing modes, and Night and Reading modes.

CAMERAS — Agh .. it’s not enough.

OnePlus phones usually had one big caveat: The cameras were never that great. That’s starting to change though. I’m not going to say that the company nailed it this time — some of its decisions are certainly questionable — but overall we’re looking at big improvements where it matters.

You’ll spend most of your time with the 8 Pro’s standard wide camera, so it’s a good thing that OnePlus clearly paid the most attention to it. Oneplus went with Sony’s 48-megapixel IMX689 sensor, with optical image stabilization and an f/1.78 aperture, but don’t be fooled: You’re much better shooting 12-megapixel stills instead of full-resolution whoppers.

The setup here is a 48MP main shooter at f/1.7, 48MP ultra-wide angle at f/2.2, 8MP telephoto at f/2.4, and a 5MP color filter lens. I still have no idea what the color filter lens is doing after two weeks of testing, but I can tell you that the main and wide-angle cameras are excellent.

The selfie camera works well enough, but you’re going to look pretty soft in anything less than ideal light, and a built-in macro mode can be helpful if you’re taking incredibly tight shots. It’s not necessary all the time because the main camera does a nice job when you’re right next to your subject, but the extra processing does bring out some of the finer details.

BATTERY— finally a fast wireless charge made by Oneplus.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been waiting for Oneplus to implement a wireless charging solution on its phones since the Oneplus6, but dear readers, this phone gets what I was looking for – a RAW 30W WARP CHARGE- Thank goodness.

One of the big upsides of OnePlus’ many tweaks and optimizations is that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro really sip power when doing things like watching videos— something that allowed both phones to turn in some of the longest battery lives.

However, in real life if you’re connected to 5G or you have 90Hz or 120Hz mode turned on, you’re looking at at least two to three hours less of real-world runtime, especially if you enable 120Hz mode at the OnePlus 8 Pro’s max QHD+ resolution.

CONNECTIVITY — Obviously its about the 5G .

For connectivity, OnePlus has mostly knocked this out of the park. You have LTE and 5G connectivity where you will need it. I know that it doesn’t have 5G mmW support, but 5G mmW is stupid and a waste of worry. This phone connects to mid-band and low-band 5G, which is all you will ever really need to care about for the next several years.

The OnePlus 8 Pro also has Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax), so it’s as ready for the future of connectivity as any device on the market.

COLORS — Few choices but well-chosen ..

The OnePlus 8 Pro comes in black, a deep ultramarine blue, and a new light green which is by far my favorite of the three, though “green” can seem like a misnomer: Depending on the light around you, the finish varies from seafoam to teal, which you’ll probably notice in our photos.


  • On top of being available unlocked, the OnePlus 8 will also be available from both T-Mobile and Verizon.
  • The carrier versions of the OnePlus 8 have a few differences including official IP68 water resistance and support for mmWave 5G on Verizon.
  • On the more premium OP8 Pro, OnePlus has finally added Qi wireless charging, which is really fast when paired with OnePlus’ 30-watt wireless charger.
  • The OnePlus 8 Pro feels a lot like a cheaper version of the Galaxy S20+, in a good way.
  • While they sound neat, the OP8’s macro cam and the OP8 Pro’s color filter camera aren’t really all that useful.
  • Pre-orders for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are live, with devices officially going on sale on April 29th.


Verdict: OnePlus finally made a flagship phone flagship features and a flagship price.

The 8 Pro stacks up surprisingly well against the best the industry has to offer. It used to be that OnePlus phones were excellent because of their value, but don’t get caught up in that line of thinking.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is an excellent phone, period.


DualSense the new PS5 controller : release date, design and features

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Everything to know about the new DualSense PS5 controller

Sony’s new DualSense PS5 controller, the gamepad we’ll be using with the PlayStation 5 when the next-gen console lands in late 2020, has finally been unveiled, and we’ve rounded up all the information you need to know.

The PS5 controller looks radically different from the company’s previous gamepad designs, instead sporting a new futuristic look, a white and black color scheme, and a boomerang-like shape that has divided the opinion of fans.

But regardless of whether you love it or hate it, the DualSense controller has some fantastic-sounding features that we can’t wait to get our hands on, such as adaptive shoulder button triggers with haptic feedback, a built-in microphone, and a new ‘Create’ button that replaces the PS4 Share button.

Interested to find out more? Here’s everything we know so far about the DualSense PS5 controller.


  • What is the DualSense? Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 5 controller
  • When’s the DualSense release date? “Holiday 2020” (to coincide with the release of the PS5)
  • What will be the controller’s price? TBC, but likely around £60/$70/AU$120
  • Can you still use a PS4 controller on the PS5? According to PlayStation, yes
  • Does the DualSense PS5 controller come in black? Sony hasn’t confirmed if the PS5 controller will come in other colors – but we’re expecting it may after launch


Sony finally revealed the DualSense Controller to the world in a PlayStation Blog post on April 7, 2020 – giving us our first glimpse of the next-gen gamepad.

The Sony PS5 controller will release alongside the PlayStation 5 during the “Holiday” 2020 period – so sometime between October and December.

We’re expecting that the DualSense PS5 controller, like the DualShock 4 before it, will work not only on the PlayStation 5 but also with PC.


A price for the DualSense PS5 controller has not been confirmed yet, but with the PS4 controller retailing for around £40/$50/AU$80, we expect the DualSense to be just a bit more expensive – we’d predict around £60/$70/AU$120.

This is pure speculation at this point, based solely on the confirmed features and Sony’s previous price strategy for controllers. It’s likely Sony will confirm the PS5 controller price in the coming months ahead of launch.


The formal reveal of the DualSense controller confirmed what we’ve heard about the PS5 controller features for a while. Here are all the features we know about so far:

Haptic feedback
Haptic feedback will replace the DualShock 4’s rumble technology. While the rumble technology seen in the PS4 controller vibrates intensely during particular in-game events, it wasn’t particularly fine-tuned to the player’s experience.

Haptic feedback simulates touch, meaning the controller will output vibrations or movements to replicate a real-life touch experience. This aims to improve the controller’s feedback and therefore player’s immersion.

In an interview with Business Insider Japan (translated by Gematsu), SIE CEO Jim Ryan said:

“3D audio and the haptic feedback support of the controller are also things that, when you try them, you will be surprised at how big a change they are. Even just playing the racing game Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 5 controller is a completely different experience.

“While it runs well with the previous controller, there is no going back after you experience the detailed road surface via haptic control and play using the adaptive triggers.”

Adaptive triggers
The PS5 controller will also feature adaptive triggers which Sony says have “been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2)”. These adaptive triggers will allow developers to program the resistance of the triggers to simulate actions more accurately.

New ‘Create’ button
There’s no Share button on the DualSense controller, but there is a Create Button, and it’ll perform the same function and more. “We’re once again pioneering new ways for players to create epic gameplay content to share with the world, or just to enjoy for themselves,” is how Sony describes it. Expect more on this as we get closer to launch.

Audio jack
The PS5 controller will still feature an audio jack, too, so you can plug in your own headphones and headsets.

Built-in microphone
The DualSense controller will also include a built-in microphone, and Sony says you’ll be able to use this to talk with your friends online without the use of a gamepad. Of course, for folks who still want one, Sony says it will still support them.


Huawei presents the Nova 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE, three 5G smartphones.

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The Nova 7i already launched in Malaysia a few weeks ago. While it can be called the first Nova 7 smartphone, it is actually just a rebranded Nova 6 SE. Yesterday, it was reported the “real“ Nova 7 will be released in April, shortly after the launch of the Huawei P40 series whose launch date has been announced already. Today, a new leak has revealed that there will be three (for now) Nova 7 phones and all three will have 5G support.

The source of the info is Digital Chat Station and a post made on Weibo earlier today reveals the names of the three phones that make up the Nova 7 series. According to the post, there will be a Nova 7 5G, a Nova 7 SE 5G, and a Nova 7 Pro 5G.

Huawei Nova 7 5G series

The post mentions there will be a Kirin 990 5G processor under the hood and OLED displays with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

UPDATE : The Huawei Nova 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE have just been formalized in China. 

They are distinguished by a premium design and the integration of the new SoC Kirin 985 for the first two models. The Kirin 985 is a high-end 5G chip that is located halfway between the Kirin 980 and 990. The Nova 7 SE as far as it is concerned is a mid-range smartphone which benefits from a very honorable technical data sheet. Everything is offered from 2,799 yuan in China (around € 367 gross).

Huawei Nova 7 Pro: technical form

Let’s start with the Nova 7 Pro, the more advanced version of the three proposals. Its design strongly recalls that of the P40 Pro with its curved almost borderless screen and its large hole in the upper left corner. The screen is OLED type and displays a diagonal of 6.57 inches in 2340 × 1080 pixel resolution (19.5: 9 ratio) . The smartphone is equipped with a SoC Kirin 985, the new premium chip that is already found on the high-end Honor 30, 30 Pro and 30 Pro + .

This processor directly integrates a 5G modem and is supported by 8 GB of RAM memory for 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable internal storage. The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh. For the photo part, the smartphone has four sensors: a 64 MP main module , an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, an 8 MP telephoto lens and a 2 MP macro lens.

The Huawei Nova7 Pro supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and up to 50x for digital zoom. As indicated by the size of the hole in the screen, there are 2 sensors for selfies: a 32 MP + module supported by an 8 MP wide-angle sensor.

The characteristics of Huawei Nova 7 and 7 SE

The Huawei Nova 7 standard has a design similar to the Nova 7 Pro, unlike the hole in the screen that takes the form of a drop of water. Under the hood, their characteristics are also similar: the smartphone has a slightly smaller OLED screen whose size is 6.53 inches (FHD +) . We also find here the SoC Kirin 985 supported by 8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage . The configuration of the photo sensors is the same at the rear. On the front, the Huawei Nova 7 has a single 32 MP sensor. The battery also has a capacity of 4000 mAh.

Finally, the Nova 7 SE is the “Lite” version of the family taking advantage of a Kirin 820 SoC engraved in 7 nm and also having an integrated 5G modem. The smartphone has a 6.5 inch screen, but this time LCD. Its photo sensors are the same as those of the Nova 7 and 7 Pro on the back. For selfies, there is a 16 MP module. Its battery has a capacity of 4,000 mAh. The Nova 7 SE is available in 6 GB / 128 GB and 8 GB / 128 GB versions.

Availability and price

The Huawei Nova 7, 7 Pro and 7 SE are already available in China. We do not know for the moment if they will arrive in Europe, but here is the configuration of prices on the Chinese market and the gross conversion to euro.

  • Huawei Nova 7 SE : 6 GB + 128 GB – 2,799 yuan (~ € 367)
  • Huawei Nova 7 SE : 8 GB + 128 – 2399 yuan (~ € 313)
  • Huawei Nova 7 : 8 GB + 128 GB – 2,999 yuan (~ € 392)
  • Huawei Nova 7 : 8 GB + 256 GB – 3399 yuan (~ 445 €)
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro : 8 GB + 128 GB – 3699 yuan (~ 484 €)
  • Huawei Nova 7 Pro : 8 GB + 256 GB – 4,099 yuan (~ € 536)

As a reminder, the last smartphone in the Nova line to have been launched in Europe is the Huawei Nova 5T.