OnePlus 8 Pro Display Review

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Surprising absolutely no one, OnePlus finally decided to hop on the high-end fleet of premium-priced smartphones. But what do they have to show for it? The most specs and features packed on a smartphone screen to date.

Pros

  • Super smooth and sharp 120Hz high refresh rate at 1440p
  • Among the brightest in smartphone displays
  • Pushing the envelope in display technology

Cons

  • Mediocre shadow rendering, gray tinting, and black crush at lower brightness
  • Higher likelihood of receiving a panel with uniformity issues
  • Miscalibrated red color tones in calibrated display modes
  • Renders shadows in HDR/PQ too bright

“Premium flagship” components

In regards to the whole device, the OnePlus 8 Pro is very well-built. Every component included is high-end, and nothing of major significance has been omitted from the handset. Though while higher quality parts increase headroom, it should be noted that they often require greater care and maintenance to integrate to their full potential.

The panel in the OnePlus 8 Pro is sourced from Samsung Display, but this time around OnePlus doesn’t seem to settle for anything but Samsung’s best. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a tall 6.78-inch screen that runs at QHD+ (3168×1440513 pixels per inch) resolution with a high 120 Hz refresh rate. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8 Pro is capable of rendering 120 Hz at its full QHD+ resolution. In terms of color volume, the OnePlus 8 Pro gets as bright and as wide as Samsung’s own flagship, the Galaxy S20. Furthermore, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a native 10-bit display panel, which fills in more of its color volume. It should theoretically allow for smoother color gradients and finer shadow details.

Darkened row along hole-punch camera, and cloudiness near the bottom

The display in the OnePlus 8 Pro is an ambitious endeavor in creating the best possible display experience on a smartphone. I had no reservations in the effort OnePlus was putting into the display. However, over the last few months, many customers of the OnePlus 8 Pro have faced some abnormalities with their OLED displays. These abnormalities involve screen uniformity issues, black crush, and a darkened row along the front-facing camera. I’m facing these same issues with my own unit, as well as with a replacement unit that I’ve received, but I found the quality control on mine to be acceptable. However, after seeing abundant quality control reports from other users, perhaps that was the price they had to pay to afford using Samsung’s latest and greatest panels. We reached out to OnePlus for a statement on the dark row problem, to which all we were told was that “under some low-light settings, an extremely slight brightness difference may potentially be observed. This will not impact the performance of the device.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know, and it leaves us commentless on the dark row problem.

SpecificationOnePlus 8 Pro
TypeFlexible OLEDPenTile Diamond Pixel
ManufacturerSamsung Display Co.
Size6.18 inches by 2.81 inches6.8-inch diagonal17.3 square inches
Resolution3168×1440 pixels19.8:9 pixel aspect ratio
Pixel Density363 red subpixels per inch513 green subpixels per inch363 blue subpixels per inch
Distance for Pixel AcuityDistances for just-resolvable pixels with 20/20 vision. Typical smartphone viewing distance is about 12 inches<9.5 inches for full-color image<6.7 inches for achromatic image
Angular ShiftMeasured at a 30-degree incline-22% for brightness shiftΔETP = 3.3 for color shiftExcellent
Black Clipping ThresholdSignal levels to be clipped black<0.4% @ max brightness<2.7% @ 10 nits<5.1% @ min brightness
SpecificationNaturalVivid
BrightnessMinimum:
4.5 nitsPeak 100% APL:
768 nitsPeak 50% APL:
732 nitsPeak HDR 20% APL:
550 nits
Minimum:
4.5 nitsPeak 100% APL:
791 nitsPeak 50% APL:
971 nitsPeak HDR 20% APL:
910 nits
GammaStandard is a straight gamma of 2.202.15–2.81
Average 2.35Very high variance
Strong black clipping
2.35–2.85
Average 2.49Very high variance
Strong black clipping
White PointStandard is 6504 K6401 K
ΔETP = 2.0
6925 K
ΔETP = 4.6
Color DifferenceΔETP values above 10 are apparent
ΔETP values below 3.0 appear accurate
ΔETP values below 1.0 are indistinguishable from perfect
sRGB:
Average ΔETP = 4.0
Oversaturated redsP3:
Average ΔETP = 3.7
Oversaturated reds
49% larger gamut than sRGB+23% red saturation, slightly shifted orange (ΔHTP = 3.1)+33% green saturation, slightly shifted mint (ΔHTP = 2.6)

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