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OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro 4G/5G US network bands and compatibility: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile

Whether you're on T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T, the new OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro will probably meet your connectivity needs, as the phones support almost every 4G LTE and 5G band currently deployed in any significant area of the United States. Just in case, though, here's a quick guide that should let you understand how the phone will perform on each carrier's network. This information comes direct from OnePlus' own documentation for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro so you can trust it's accurate.

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OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are first phones to run Fortnite at 90 FPS

OnePlus phones are among the most powerful around and sport high refresh rate displays, so it makes sense to target mobile gamers. There are already a number of titles that can be played at 90 or 120 frames per second, and now Fortnite is joining the list. A new partnership with Epic Games sees the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro as the first mobile devices to run Fortnite at 90 FPS.

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T-Mobile OnePlus 8 update adds new 5G band support

The OnePlus 8 is available as an unlocked device, but T-Mobile and Verizon have their own versions. T-Mobile and OnePlus are rolling out an update today that enhances the phone's 5G support with two new bands. You might not run into those bands right now, but now you'll have them for the future.

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This app lets you (sort of) add a notification LED to the OnePlus 8

Shrinking screen bezels have played a big role in the disappearance of the subtly breathing notification LED from our modern phones. An always-on display is a fine middle ground that lets you stay on top of your notifications right from the lock screen, but OnePlus hasn’t been able to perfect it for general availability. While you wait for the feature to see the light of day, the only way to get a notification indicator (well, kind of) on your OnePlus 8 right now is through the aodNotify app, but it brings along with some unwelcome implications.

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Bootloader unlock process for OnePlus 8 5G on T-Mobile not working for many

For some, the biggest advantage of OnePlus phones isn't the price or the software, it's the fact that they're one of the last manufacturers offering easy bootloader unlocks, which makes rooting and ROMing the company's phones pretty easy. Unfortunately, the unlock process that's been put in place for the T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 8 5G doesn't seem to be working for many device owners.

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The OnePlus 8 is a big upgrade over the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but is it worth the cost?

With the OnePlus 8, the company has put together a compelling phone that has a very calculated mix of features and compromises to keep its price tag relatively reasonable. The emerging Chinese brand that once started off in the mid-tier segment is now sailing in premium waters — a perfect recipe for leaving one’s existing customers in dilemma. The OnePlus 6 and 6T, released in 2018, are nearing their two-year cycles, and many of their owners were eyeing the 8 as a fitting replacement. But the substantially higher starting price of the non-Pro 2020 model has somewhat diluted the value-for-money element, posing a tough question for those due for an upgrade: Is the OnePlus 8 even worth upgrading to?

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OnePlus 8 series kernel source now available to developers

The license for the Linux kernel at the heart of Android requires that any changes, including modifications by device manufacturers, need to be publicly available. Some companies are faster to release their changes than others, but after only a few weeks on the market, kernel source packages for the OnePlus 8 series is now available.

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Verizon's OnePlus 8 isn't compatible with regular OnePlus 8 cases

We already knew that the Verizon version of the OnePlus 8 was unique in having mmWave support, when the unlocked version of the phone doesn't, but it turns out that's not the only hardware difference. The Verizon OnePlus 8 also puts its volume rocker in a slightly lower position, apparently to make room for a mmWave antenna. That means you'll need to make sure cases you buy are made specifically for the Verizon version of the phone.

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OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro update improves camera 'dirt detection,' no black crush fix yet

While otherwise outstanding, OnePlus’s latest flagship pair was shipped with some software bugs and display-related issues, as pointed out in our reviews. The company has so far fixed a few of those initial hiccups via a couple of pre- and post-release updates. While we're still waiting on a few fixes, a new OxygenOS update is rolling out to both the 8 and 8 Pro, bringing along a handful of general fixes and improvements — though the so-called "black crush" screen problem remains as-is.

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OnePlus 8 vs 8 Pro comparison: Which flagship killer is right for you?

OnePlus' newest smartphones are packing many of the latest and greatest parts and features you can find in high-end phones right now,  and the 8 Pro in particular has brought some long-demanded improvements. The 8 Pro, announced several weeks ago, has become the first phone from the company ever to support wireless charging and receive an IP rating — two of the longest-standing downsides to OnePlus smartphones. But as much as these features have satisfied the demand of fans, they've also created a much more noticeable difference between the basic OnePlus 8 and the 8 Pro.

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