OnePlus 8 release date: The phone’s display could see an update with a “waterfall screen” design
UPDATE: With the reveal of a new touchscreen prototype by the smartphone manufacturer Oppo, we may have been given our first glimpse at the design of the OnePlus 8’s display.
While Oppo unveiled what it’s calling “Waterfall Screen” technology on their Twitter account, it’s actually the post above by renowned leaker Ice Universe that allows us to see the new screen in full display.
As the video shows, the screen extends completely over the edges of the phone, resembling a waterfall. The apps on the home screen can also be seen travelling across the edges of the display when the user is swiping, rather than appearing from the sides of the front facing screen only.
The reason why this waterfall screen could be indicative of the OnePlus 8’s final design is due to Oppo’s and OnePlus’ previous connections. Ever since the release of the OnePlus One in 2014, a number of OnePlus phones have shared many similarities with Oppo handsets. This ranges from the overall design of previous phones and similar features and specs, which you can read more about over at Android Authority.
Suffice it to say, due to the shared design history with Oppo devices, it’s possible that this new waterfall screen could end up making its way onto the OnePlus 8. For everything else we currently know about the OnePlus 8, the rest of this article has you covered.
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It could be a while before we hear anything concrete about the OnePlus 8 – after all, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro have only recently been released. But based on past experience, we have a good idea of when it’s likely to appear.
What’s more, while we were impressed overall with the OnePlus 7 Pro, we can already envisage some improvements that would benefit the OnePlus 8 when it eventually appears. Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus 8, along with our list of the new features we’re hoping to see.
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OnePlus 8 release date: When will you be able to buy one?
OnePlus Technology has released a new line of OnePlus phones every year since the original OnePlus One in 2014 – so it’s a good bet that the OnePlus 8 will be released sometime in 2020.
However, unlike other smartphone manufacturers (such as Apple and Samsung), OnePlus doesn’t have a regular annual event at which it announces new devices, which makes it hard to be more specific. What we can say is that once the OnePlus 8 is unveiled, it will almost certainly be released within a few weeks of the announcement, as has been the case for every OnePlus phone since the OnePlus 2.
OnePlus 8 price: How much will it cost?
It’s likely that OnePlus itself hasn’t decided on a price for the OnePlus 8 yet, but we expect it’ll be in a similar range to the company’s most recent OnePlus 7 line of phones.
At launch, the OnePlus 7 costs £499 or £549, depending on the model you buy, while the OnePlus 7 Pro costs between £649 and £799, with three versions to choose from. If the OnePlus 8 also comes in two different models, we expect it’ll come out costing at least £500, with the high-end models possibly surpassing £800.
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OnePlus 8 features: What we’d like to see
At this early stage, information about the OnePlus 8 is scarce to non-existent. But having thoroughly tested the OnePlus 7 Pro, we can think of a few areas where the as-yet unannounced phone could improve on this year’s model.
Don’t get us wrong, the OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery is impressive, managing to last more than 18 hours in our tests before shutting down. Given the size of the phone, however, we would have liked to see a battery larger than 4,000mAh.
If the OnePlus 8 sticks with a similar design and size to the OnePlus7 Pro, there’s no reason why it couldn’t feature a higher-capacity battery and improve on its already respectable longevity.
The OnePlus 7 Pro may have HDR+10 certification, but when our reviews editor Jonathan Bray put it to the test he felt that the display didn’t look quite right. “Picking out a couple of scenes from the Netflix Original Marco Polo series, everything looked far too dark,” he noted. “Even scenes filmed in broad daylight. There’s clearly something broken here.”
For a phone with such a large screen, watching and streaming video is a big part of the appeal – and if the HDR component isn’t working to its full potential, you won’t be getting the best possible experience. When the OnePlus 8 is announced, we’d like to see it come with an improved, fully functioning HDR display.
The most recent OnePlus phone is capable of capturing 48-megapixel images, but the truth is, they’re not very good. When the 48MP camera mode is used, even pictures that are well lit lose a significant amount of fine detail, and overall image quality is reduced as a result.
This could perhaps be improved by an update, and it’s certainly something we’d like to see resolved completely for the OnePlus 8. It’s exciting to think of the results that could be possible when the potential of a 48MP camera is fully realised.