OnePlus announced its new flagship, the OnePlus 8T earlier this month, The company decided to break from the tradition and only launch the OnePlus 8 with the Pro version, unlike previous years. Explaining this decision, OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu said in a Weibo post that while planning the OnePlus 8 Pro, it was found that “there is no room for upgrade.”
In other words, the 8 Pro continues to be in the highest positioning in the current OnePlus product line, while 8T is placed between 8 and 8 Pro. The difference between the three is evident in the screen, camera, charging, and price tags they carry.
Nevertheless, the OnePlus 8T, which is the company’s flagship for the second half of the year, boasts an impressive array of features, coupled with top-notch specifications, and a slew of other selling points that are absent in the 8/8 Pro versions. The OnePlus 8T has gone up for sale on Giztop.
The OnePlus 8T replaces OnePlus’s trademark pattern of a curved back and vertically placed cameras with a design that other leading phone makers have offered recently. The newfangled rectangular camera module is a bit too generic for my preferences. The internal shuffling paved the way for new cooling technology, but it is unclear whether or not OnePlus will use the same technology for future OnePlus phones.
The OnePlus 7T is the only phone from the company that sports a circular camera housing. The camera bump, however, is nearly non-existent. The back is protected by a 3D Gorilla Glass’ layer, while a tinted metal frame ensures everything stays in place. Weighing in at 188 grams, the phone’s dimensions are 160.7mm x 74.1mm x 8.4mm, making it one of the more comfortable devices to hold and use. Although it is not a one-handed phone, it is much closer as compared to other flagships.
The recently introduced Aquamarine Green finish features hues that can shift from a warm green to turquoise depending on the ambient lighting. In my opinion, the matte/anti-glare finish offers a more premium look. For minimalists, OnePlus offers the Lunar Silver variant, only for the base variant, which has just that atop a metallic grey.
As far as ports and buttons are concerned, they are located in usual places. The bottom houses the SIM tray, loudspeaker slits, and a USB Type-C port, the volume rocker is placed on the left, while the power button and the alert slider are on the right. OnePlus is still the only OEM that offers an option to switch between notification sounds, vibration, or complete silence without even unlocking the phone.
The OnePlus 8T takes a more functional approach in terms of design. It will serve you well unless you are looking for something more unique.
OnePlus has a reputation for not compromising when it comes to internal specifications, and 8T is no exception. The 8T is powered by the same Snapdragon 865 chip that powers the OnePlus 8/8 Pro. It ships with 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and offers a speedy UFS 3.1 storage. The phone sprints through everything you throw at it, and that it is hardly surprising.
Despite huggling through several apps, heavy web pages, or even multi-tasking, the phone consistently hung on to the 120Hz output. I didn’t see it abnormally stutter even in a single instance. Although our testing particularly covered the higher-end variant, we expect the other models to perform equally well.
If you fancy playing mobile games, it might interest you to know that gaming on the 8T was extremely enjoyable. The high refresh rate display, coupled with the 240Hz touch sampling made every input feel instantaneous. The phone’s wider screen, equipped with the stereo speakers enhanced the overall gaming experience.
Moreover, the strong haptics makes up the leeway, meaning, the OnePlus 8T is one of the best gaming phones available on the market today. The Snapdragon X55 modem supports 5G capabilities, ensuring your phone is ready whenever 5G lands in your country. Network reception and download speeds on top networks were excellent.
Regrettably, the 8T goes back to the older days of mediocre camera hardware. The upgrades are mere quantitative in nature, with four cameras and two flashes. Those who have used other OnePlus phone earlier would find this pretty much the same. For the primary camera, OnePlus has used the same old 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS and EIS.
While the images have several dynamic range and color, you’d notice some issues when you zoom in. A considerable amount of processing goes on, along with increased saturation. Aside from that, it raises the shadows, which usually leads to a contrast-less shot.
The resolution of the ultra-wide lens is 16MP, which isn’t bad but is incapable of maintaining color temperature parity with the primary camera. The dynamic range is lower but still surprisingly high. The camera acts crazy with the temperature and saturation in lower lighting conditions. On top of that, the difference in the images between the sensors also widens.
It seems to adopt a software-driven technique to enhance the brightness of the images, but that’s not always the most elegant way to do things. The primary camera does a great job at night and produces a considerably lit image, sometimes even brighter than the actual scene. While night mode takes this even further, do not expect a lot of details.
The macro shooter isn’t efficiently able to lock on to the subject due to a very slim and fixed plane of focus. There is also a monochrome sensor that works in combination with the primary camera for black and white images. We aren’t sure if that does much, considering that the lens can be covered with a finger without even affecting the final image. Keeping the saturation zero while editing, will give you the exact same thing.
You can shoot 4K video at both 30 and 60 frames per second using the rear-mounted camera, with super slow motion available at 720p, as well as a timelapse mode. The optical image stabilization makes make video recording smoother as compared to other handsets, and the night mode is also available for shooting videos.
The OnePlus 8T draws its juices from a robust 4,500mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the 4,300mAh battery in the OnePlus 8, and a fraction smaller than the 4,510mAh battery in the 8 Pros, and although not massive, the improvement is evident. Despite heavy use, I got about 6 hours of screen-on time, which is above average for my usage.
Starting early in the morning, with WiFi/data on all day, nearly an hour of gaming, video streaming, and some calls could drain it in a day. With slightly lighter use, it should last until the next day but I recommend you to not stray too far away from the charger.
The most significant OnePlus 8T upgrade is the new Warp Charge 65, which alludes to a 6.5V 10A charging implementation that can fully charge the phone in about forty minutes – the fastest on any smartphone. I was able to refuel the phone to over 60 percent in a 20-minute top-up.
While wireless charging is absent, OnePlus offers Optimized Charging options, which can reduce the charging speed to protect the battery’s health. In short, there is not much to complain about. You can head straight to Giztop to get your hands on the OnePlus 8T.