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OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro get Android 11 beta update: Everything you need to know

The release sees OnePlus bring its first Android 11 Beta-based OxygenOS update under the company's Developer Preview Program to the OnePlus 8 series phones.

Sushant Talwar | June 12, 2020 | Updated 11:35 IST
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Highlights

  • OnePlus has announced the Android 11 beta program for OnePlus 8 series of phones
  • OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro users can now flash the beta update on their phones
  • The update has been announced under OnePlus' Developers' Preview Program

After Google announced the roll-out of the first beta of Android 11 for its Pixel phones, OnePlus has now gone ahead announced the update for its OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro range of flagships.

The release sees OnePlus bring its first Android 11 Beta-based OxygenOS update under the company's Developer Preview Program. This new build of the operating system is in the early development phase and, as such, remains for app developers and early adopters who are comfortable running a possibly buggy copy of Google's upcoming software on their phones.

While the new update brings with it some new features, and the promise of a chance to be the first to use them, it is also true that the update remains bug ridden and even OnePlus cautions against downloading and running it on your device unless you really know what you are doing.

As mentioned above, the Android 11-based build is currently only available for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro devices. Of the two, it is only the OnePlus 8 that has gone on sale in India for now, with the OnePlus 8 Pro expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.

The OnePlus 8 comes with a 6.55-inch FullHD+ Fluid AMOLED display, with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a pixel density of 402ppi. Rated at 90Hz, the panel is also slower at refreshing than the one on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Under the hood, we have the same flagship-level performance as the OnePlus 8 Pro as this phone gets a 5G enabled Snapdragon 865 chipset ticking at its core. There are key differences in camera set-ups, with the OnePlus 8 only getting a triple camera module. Of the three cameras, the primary is a 48-megapixel lens that's a Sony IMX586 sensor. The secondary is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel lens, while the third sensor completing the module is a 2-megapixel macro lens.

The phone brings a smaller battery -- 4300mAh -- which also misses out on support for wireless charging but can be fast charged through the OnePlus 8's Warp 30T supporting Type-C port.

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