The OnePlus 8 series has just been announced, and as expected, the OnePlus 8 Pro gets all the neat upgrades, including support for fast 30W wireless charging and an IP68 rating. Officially, the standard OnePlus 8 doesn’t have these two features, but as it turns out, there’s a chance the more affordable flagship phone is in fact IP68-rated.
In the US market, OnePlus 8 models sold by certain carriers (including T-Mobile and Verizon) do in fact carry IP68 rating. However, unlocked models – units that are not bought from carriers – do not have any IP rating. This lines up with official information from OnePlus itself: only the OnePlus 8 Pro is confirmed to be IP68-rated by the phone maker.
That being said, there doesn’t seem to be any significant difference between carrier models and regular units of the OnePlus 8. In fact, Michael Fisher, one of the most prominent figures in the mobile industry, believes that all variants of the OnePlus 8 are effectively IP68-rated.
Chances are, it’s possible that carriers pay for the IP68 certification for the OnePlus 8, which lets them advertise the device with the rating. On top of that, previous OnePlus smartphones – such as the OnePlus 7 series – were actually quite water-resistant despite not being IP-rated.
However (and this is important), if the device does get damaged by water, there’s a good chance it will not be covered under warranty because of the lack of IP rating.
Nonetheless, the OnePlus 8 itself, even if it’s not dust- or water-resistant, is quite a respectable flagship smartphone. For starters, it features a 6.55-inch 2400 x 1080 Fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. That’s not quite as fast as the Pro model’s 120Hz screen, but it’s still better than a conventional 60Hz panel.
Besides that, powering the OnePlus 8 is none other than Qualcomm’s best offering to date, the Snapdragon 865. This gives the phone 5G connectivity along with an excellent level of performance. After all, the Snapdragon 865 is found in the majority of flagship smartphones this year.
In the camera department, the OnePlus 8 is packed with a triple camera system. It’s made up of a 48MP f/1.75 main sensor with optical image stabilisation, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. That’s right, this phone does not offer any dedicated zoom lens, which is quite an odd omission for a flagship smartphone.
Rounding out the specifications of the OnePlus 8 include a 16MP f/2.45 front-facing camera, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, a 4,300mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging (no wireless charging here), and an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
At the moment, Malaysian availability of the OnePlus 8 series has not been revealed yet. But given that the OnePlus 7 series eventually made its way here, there’s a good chance the OnePlus 8 smartphones will be officially available in Malaysia in the near future.