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OnePlus officially confirms a handful of OnePlus 8 specs

Ahead of the launch of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 pro in two weeks time, OnePlus has confirmed a number of key details around the upcoming smartphones.

Writing on its community forum, the company talks about the new system on chip, the faster display, and the improved memory and storage technology.

First up is the use of 5G in the upcoming handsets. This was something expected, not least because the SnapDragon 865 does not have an integrated modem (unlike the 8xx models in recent years), so it ships to manufacturers with the X55 5G modem. If you’re going to go with Qualcomm’s top of the line chip, you’re going to have 5G capable circuitry.

While OnePlus had already confirmed that 5G across the board earlier this year, as the handsets approach their public launch and availability it is one that bears reinforcing. Your new OnePlus handset will have the new 5G.

Also being reinforced is the faster refresh on the screen. Last year’s OnePlus handsets moved up to a 90 Hz refresh rate and a faster response to touch. Earlier this year OnePus discussed its plans for a 120 Hz screen without explicitly saying it was for the ‘eight’ series of phones. That’s been confirmed as well.

The final big ticket item is another technical note, with OnePlus noting its use of LPDDR5 for RAM and UFS 3.0 for flash storage. Both of these are steps forward in terms of speed for the user, and should offer more efficiency to aid battery life.

Timing is of course everything. With OnePlus launching its new handsets on April 14th (naturally online), it’s setting out the building blocks of the story in advance. Focusing on a veritable avalanche of three letter acronyms (TLAs) allows the Shezhen-based company to talk about and explain the technical details to its own community and the tech press.

As we get closer to the launch date, it is expected from OnePlus to talk about more populist features, safe in the knowledge that the geekerati have already picked up the finer details of the chips and specifications in the upcoming handsets.

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