As OnePlus promised just days ago, yet more updates for its latest pair of phones are now rolling out. Unlike the last couple of pre-release updates, which had near-identical changelogs, this one delivers a handful of much-appreciated fixes, including some un-named "display effect" optimizations and camera improvements. For the 8 Pro, it also brings better touch rejection along the edges of the touchscreen. But most importantly, in our testing, the 8 Pro's update delivers at least a partial fix for the so-called "green-tint" complaints.
OnePlus hasn't announced the update at its forums as it usually does, but we've already spotted it rolling out to our own devices. (Update: OnePlus has since published announcements for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro to its forum.)
Changelog for this update. Left: OnePlus 8 Pro. Right: OnePlus 8.
Among the euphemistic changes are "optimized the display effects," and while that's offensively vague, I can confirm in my own testing that grays at very low brightness levels no longer seem to tint green as drastically, though they still don't match the performance of the 7 Pro or 7T for me. I'd say it's a partial fix for the "green-tint" complaints. This change also helps to reduce the visibility of any panel unevenness with things like night/dark theme backgrounds at night.
Oneplus 8 Pro Green Tint test!
Great display but heard similar issues to the S20U (no surprise considering it’s a Samsung panel).
Oxygen Os 10.5.4 vs Oxygen OS 10.5.5
Settings = Lowest screen brightness, adaptive brightness off, comfort tone off.
— Fox Tech (@FoxTechh) April 25, 2020
Crushed/clipped blacks also seem to be less of a problem at different brightness levels, but it's not fixed yet. However, I don't believe OnePlus was planning to address that issue until a later update, so any fix here is likely a spillover from other changes.
The OnePlus 8's changelog also claims to have the same display effect changes, but I didn't notice any "green-tint" problem with mine.
Outside display-specific fixes, the update also adds some improvements for edge touch sensitivity, which was a bit of a problem on the 8 Pro given its curved edges, sheer size, and apparent lack of edge touch rejection previously. I can report that the phone now rejects accidental edge touch input much better ( though I'm not sure it did at all before). The keyboard doesn't close randomly as often from accidental taps on the edge, and a poor grip which spills over onto the screen doesn't interfere with things as much.
The soap opera effect-like "motion graphics smoothing" on the 8 Pro is now allegedly even smoother — though I personally can't stand motion interpolation and am happy to report it's still turned off by default.
Camera fixes for low-light white balance and focus on both phones are also present, plus other improvements in "smoothness and stability." Other fixes and enhancements for mobile data, Wi-Fi, and general system stability are also included.
Build numbers vary by device and market, with the OnePlus 8 Pro getting 10.5.5 in all markets, and the OnePlus 8 getting 10.5.3 or 10.5.4 depending on where you are.
The updates are rolling out as we speak for the handful of folks that already have the phone, so it should be a day-one download for those that buy either once general sales open on April 29th.