OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro phones on April 14 through an online-only keynote event.
OnePlus isn’t letting the coronavirus outbreak spoil its upcoming product launch, well almost. Hours after OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau took to Twitter to confirm that “soon we’ll bring you the products we’ve worked so hard to develop,” the company has officially revealed the OnePlus 8-series launch date. OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro phones on April 14 through an online-only keynote event. The launch will be livestreamed on the OnePlus official website and YouTube channel starting 8:30PM IST.
“I know many of you are looking forward to the coming OnePlus launch. This is something more than 2,000 people at OnePlus have been working on for over a year, so naturally we want to share it with everyone,” Lau wrote on Twitter earlier, adding that OnePlus has already pushed back the launch date three times “out of concern for the current situation.”
These are difficult times for us all, and I’ve been pained to see how the pandemic has unfolded and already hurt so many, both directly and indirectly (1/4)
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 29, 2020
OnePlus isn’t the only brand canceling its product launches in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Even before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO, many tech brands had already called off their upcoming on-ground events, instead choosing to go online to make their announcements. As things started to get worse, brands started canceling their launch events altogether. Canceling a launch event is just the tip of the iceberg. The novel coronavirus outbreak has brought manufacturing to a halt. More and more stores are being closed – in countries like India which is under a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus, even online stores are permitted to sell and deliver only the key essentials.
Bottomline is, it’s not the best time to launch a new product, especially a new smartphone. Even the next iPhone, which is expected to go all 5G, is said to be delayed by months.
Even though OnePlus says it has delayed the launch of its next products several times, it is the only tech company in the world right now to come up and literally say that the show must go on.
OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8 — everything we know
Its next products, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, are all over the internet meanwhile with new leaks coming in almost daily. There’s also a OnePlus 8 Lite in development, apparently, but that seems to have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is said to come with a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz high refresh rate and Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 processor paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage under the hood. It is said to come with two 48MP cameras, plus an 8MP camera and another 5MP camera – that’s four cameras on the back. More precisely, the OnePlus 8 Pro will reportedly have a 48MP main (Sony IMX689), 48MP (IMX586) ultra-wide with 120-degree field-of-view, 8MP telephoto for 3X optical zoom camera, and another 5MP colour filter. On the front, it is said to come with a 16MP camera housed inside a punch-hole cutout. The OnePlus 8 Pro is further said to come with a 4,510mAh battery with 30W fast charging. The OnePlus 8 Pro is also said to support wireless reverse charging. Plus, it’s also set to be the first phone from OnePlus to bag an IP-rating.
#OnePlus8Pro to feature 48MP IMX689 as the Main Sensor (F/1.78), 48MP IMX586 Ultra-Wide (F/2.2) & 120° FOV. 8MP (F/2.44) Telephoto w/ 3X Optical & 30X Digital Zoom + 5MP Color Filter. New Night Portrait Mode, '3-HDR' Video, Cinematic Effects & Better OIS! https://t.co/2EfheWwNr8 pic.twitter.com/kVfZcfk5BQ
— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 29, 2020
The OnePlus 8 is meanwhile said to come with a smaller 6.55-inch 1080p+ Super AMOLED display with a toned down 90Hz refresh rate. It’s said to come with three cameras on the back – a 48MP main, 16MP and another 2MP camera. On the front, it is said to come with the same 16MP camera inside the same OnePlus 8 Pro-like punch-hole cutout. The OnePlus 8 is further said to come with a 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging support – although this one may not get wireless charging or reverse wireless. The OnePlus 8 is also said to skip out on any IP rating. The processor inside should be the same as the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 is said to come in Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Onyx Black colours.
OnePlus has already confirmed that it’s going all in on 5G with the upcoming OnePlus 8-series. Watch this space for our detailed coverage of the OnePlus 8-series. And stay in, stay safe.