Highlights
  • OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a MEMC chip inside the phone
  • It upscales standard 24/30 fps content to ultrasmooth 60/120 fps by interpolating the frames in between
  • It will work on apps like YouTube, Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime

OnePlus announced its flagship OnePlus 8 Pro for the global markets on April 14th. There are a number of flagship features on the smartphone which are complemented by the $899 price tag. One of them is MEMC, which stands for Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation. The feature is facilitated by a dedicated MEMC chip that is present in the phone itself. But what exactly does this chip do and how is it useful for the user. Let’s try and answer those questions.

What is MEMC?

As mentioned above, MEMC stands for Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation. It is a feature that is generally found on modern-day TVs. It is basically used to upscale content shot in 24fps or 30fps to a higher 60fps. This means that all content can basically be viewed at ultra-smooth frame rates for a better viewing experience. MEMC adds more frames into a standard lower frame rate video to make it match the maximum screen refresh rate supported by the display. 

How does it work on the OnePlus 8 Pro?

The MEMC chip used on the OnePlus 8 Pro works the same way this feature works on a TV. As the maximum frame rate supported by the OnePlus 8 Pro display is 120Hz, the MEMC chip will upscale all lower frame rate content to match the screen’s refresh rate. The result is that a normal YouTube video shot in 24fps will, in theory, appear at an ultra-smooth 120fps. The feature is currently only part of the OnePlus 8 Pro and not on its less expensive sibling, OnePlus 8. The MEMC feature is supposed to work on apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, VLC, MX Player, and more.

You’ll have to go to the OnePlus 8 Pro’s display settings and turn on ‘Motion Graphics Smoothing’

Whether the feature is really worth it is something we will have to see when we review the smartphone. It does seem prudent to mention that this feature is not enabled by default. You’ll have to go to the display settings and turn on ‘Motion Graphics Smoothing’. Once this is enabled, your phone can be expected to consume more battery as it tries to upscale the video content you are viewing. 

Early reviews of the feature have come back positive. The Verge’s Deiter has said that the motion smoothening effect has been done well on the OnePlus 8 Pro than in most TVs, and the TNW’s Napier Lopez has also said that the phone’s implementation of the feature, while not exemplary, is quite easy on the eye. Stay tuned for our review of the device as soon as it is announced in India.

Key Specs

OnePlus 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | 8 GBProcessor
6.78 inches Display
48 MP + 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MPRear camera
16 MPSelfie camera
4510 mAh Battery
OnePlus 8 Pro Video