OnePlus 8 for Verizon has a ridiculous flaw

Joanna Estrada
May 6, 2020

The 5G-enabled OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro may look wonderful on paper, despite their significant price hikes over last year's 4G LTE-only OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, but out in the real world, the two Snapdragon 865 powerhouses have racked up an unusually high number of issues and caveats shortly after and even before making a USA commercial debut last week.

The moved buttons aren't the only difference on the Verizon model - it's also rated for IP68 water resistance (as is the T-Mobile version), an official designation that the unlocked version lacks.

An analysis of PhoneArena The FCC documents for the two variants clarify the problem: The Verizon model has several additional mmWave modules, one of which is located directly where the volume switches are.

Strangely, even OnePlus' online store offers no accessories for sale for the OnePlus 8 5G UW - just the unlocked and T-Mobile models. The Verizon OnePlus 8 also puts its volume rocker in a slightly lower position, apparently to make room for a mmWave antenna. Verizon and T-Mobile are two of the places where you can purchase the phone, and we knew the models sold by these carriers were not the same. The unfortunate truth is that 5G is new and complicated, with a mess of different protocols at play that require unique hardware in some cases.

Millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G specifically, like what Verizon's using, needs to be deployed in devices in a highly specialized manner at this stage, on a per-device, per-network basis.

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