OnePlus's flagships are getting pricier and pricier with each generation, at a rate that outpaces its competitors. That makes sales all the more precious, and right now, you can cop a $100 discount on the OnePlus 8 Pro with 12 gigs of RAM: it's down to $799 — and comes with a free pair of OnePlus Buds.
Not too long ago, OnePlus released the third Open Beta for the 8 and 8 Pro, bringing various bug fixes for the Ambient Display and Zen Mode and making Canvas compatible with the new always-on Ambient Display. Now a bug has surfaced that deletes user data from some people who have joined the beta program. It looks like some 8 and 8 Pro owners have received the stable build of Oxygen OS instead of the Open Beta 3, which leads to the data loss.
OnePlus has become slower and slower at releasing security updates in a timely manner, ranking far behind devices from Samsung, Google, and other companies in our security update tracker. The first week of November is coming to a close, but OnePlus is about to update its first phones to the October security patch level.
Despite initially being popular for making affordable phones, OnePlus' 8 and 8 Pro are high-end flagship devices. Sadly, they were both quite expensive when they got out, with the 256GB 8 Pro costing a whopping $999. Thankfully, you can now save $200 on both the 256GB OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, bringing their prices down to $599 and $799, respectively.
OxygenOS 11 is OnePlus’ Android 11-based, totally revamped software skin, following in the design philosophy of Samsung’s One UI to allow for better one-handed use on big phones. After what was a relatively short beta cycle, OnePlus has decided to go ahead with releasing the stable version of Android 11 to its latest flagships ahead of next week's 8T event. The OxygenOS 11 update is now rolling out first to the 8 Pro and 8, while older models will have to wait a little longer for their turn.
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.
Though stable Android 11 builds haven't yet arrived for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro — they're still on Android 11 DP4 — OnePlus has already gone ahead and published the Android 11 kernel source. This means that developers can get a small head start on custom software like ROMs and recoveries.
This year's OnePlus 8 Pro is a flagship phone, full stop. It's also the most expensive device OnePlus has ever made, starting at $900. What's more, the version with 12 gigs of RAM and 256 of storage (up from the eight and 128 of the base model) is usually a cool grand. But right now, you can get this most excellent cellular telephone for $900 on Amazon, $99 off MSRP.
Oxygen OS is up for some big changes once its Android 11 build goes stable, but that doesn't stop OnePlus from getting out more updates to its current Android 10-based software. As such, the company released the latest Oxygen OS builds for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro a little earlier this month (ranging from version 10.5.10 to 10.5.13 depending on model and region), and is following up now with the latest update for the OnePlus 8 5G UW on Verizon.