These days, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, there are so many options it can make your head spin. Two of the newest phones released — the OnePlus 8 and the iPhone 11 Pro — have captured the spotlight with their innovative designs and advanced specifications. Neither is what you’d call a budget phone, but there’s still somehow a $300 price difference between them.
We take a look at their specs and other attributes and compare how each device performs across some major smartphone functionality categories — design, display, performance, camera, software, and price — to help you decide which is the best phone for you.
|OnePlus 8||iPhone 11 Pro|
|Size||160.2 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)|
|Weight||180 grams (6.35 ounces)||188 grams (6.63 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.55-inch AMOLED (90 Hz)||5.8-inch Super Retina XDR OLED (60 Hz)|
|Screen resolution||2,400 x 1,080 pixels (402 pixels-per-inch)||2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 pixels-per-inch)|
|Operating system||Android 10 (under OxygenOS)||iOS 13|
|Storage||128, 256GB||64, 256, 512GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||No|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay||Apple Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Camera||48-megapixel wide-angle, 12MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro lens rear, 16MP front||12-megapixel, 12MP telephoto, and 12MP ultrawide, 12MP front|
|Video||Up to 4K at 60 fps, 1080 at 340 fps||4K at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes (under-display)||No, Face ID instead|
Fast charging (30W)
Fast charging (18W)
Qi wireless charging
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Apple App Store|
|Network support||Verizon, T-Mobile||AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon|
|Colors||Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Polar Silver||Midnight Green, Space Gray, Silver, Gold|
|Review score||4 out of 5 stars||4.5 out of 5 stars|
Like many flagship handsets, the OnePlus 8 features a glass body around a metal frame, with curved front and back edges. It comes in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, or Interstellar Glow. While slim and lightweight, the OnePlus 8 has a much larger footprint than the iPhone 11 Pro, the smallest handset in the iPhone 11 series. Its size and shape make it more comfortable to hold than most larger phones. While screen resolution between the two is nominally comparable — 402 versus 458 pixels per inch — images are bound to look sharper on the iPhone’s smaller screen. The OnePlus matte Gorilla Glass finish is fairly fingerprint resistant, while still capturing the light nicely. The OnePlus 8 has a 2,400 x 1,080-pixel resolution Fluid AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate but does not have a motion-smoothing feature. Our reviewer found it less than stunning to look at and not as impressive as the competition.
While the iPhone 11 Pro doesn’t meet the OnePlus specs in some respects — at least on paper — in practice it more than makes up for the deficiencies. The
The OnePlus 8 battery has a 4,300mAh capacity and features the Warp Charge 30W rapid charge system. The
Despite the lower spec, in practice, we found that the
As far as performance is concerned, while we had no specific complaints about the OnePlus 8, Apple’s claim that the A13 Bionic chip has up to 20% faster CPU and GPU performance was borne out by our testing, making the
It’s been said, only half-seriously, that mobile phones are actually cameras that let you make calls, send texts, and play games. The OnePlus 8 has a triple-lens camera with a 48-megapixel f/1.75 main sensor, a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens, plus a 16-megapixel selfie camera around the front. That’s pretty impressive, and overall the images from the OnePlus 8 are more than respectable. Yet, despite it producing overall decent pictures, the OnePlus 8’s camera has no knockout features to distinguish it from other mobile cameras. Sadly, the 16-megapixel selfie camera is not as good as the competition, the macro camera lacks color and definition, night mode doesn’t quite cut it in the dark, and it lacks an optical zoom.
From the perspective of the
Comparing Android with iOS is not a fair fight: There are partisans on both sides and the judgment is both visceral and emotional. In short, there are iOS people and there are Android people and there’s a huge percentage who will not cross the line regardless of specific features offered in one or the other. OnePlus’ elegant OxygenOS skin for Android, with its neat slide-in screen powered by the Google Assistant, is a charming manufacturer skin. But it’s up against the
Regarding updates, there’s no competition. Android manufacturers have their own oblique timetable for updating to the latest Android OS version while Apple consistently releases free updates to all at specified dates so everyone can, if they choose, work from the same screen. Apple’s iOS updates also reliably span multiple generations of its handsets, thus future-proofing older phones — another point in its favor.
Apple typically does not add many special features to its series lineups — for Apple, the product lineup has all the special features built in. But it’s not farfetched to classify the iPhone’s Deep Fusion as a special feature that adds enormous value to the camera and the phone itself.
The OnePlus 8 adds 5G to the mix ahead of Apple, and though it’s useful only in specific geographical areas, at least it’s an option that future-proofs the handset somewhat. The OnePlus 8 also features a screen refresh rate of 90Hz, as opposed to the 60Hz on the Apple phone. Beyond that, as our review states, there are no killer features for this Android phone, but let’s give credit where it’s due.
Winner: OnePlus 8
In the immortal words of our Digital Trends’ reviewer: “The iPhone 11 Pro is the best phone money can buy.” That means it’s better than any other Apple iPhone and better than any Android competitor — even the supremely well-qualified likes of the OnePlus 8. OnePlus has traditionally prided itself on offering high-end features at reasonable prices, and its inclusion of
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