OnePlus 8T was launched on 14/10/2020 and will be available for sales from October 17 via Amazon.If you have read the title you will see that I have called it a strange member of the OnePlus 8 family.Why?
First of all it is priced at 699€ for the top variant in Europe.In India it will cost 42999 for the base variant and 45999 for the top model.It is less than the OnePlus 8 though by a very small amount.Now why would a company launch a new phone that competes with one of its own models.I don’t know.
Secondly the specsheet will clarify that the OnePlus 8T is not a complete flagship and the OnePlus 8 Pro is still the company’s top model.It has some very good and unique features,no doubt but it also misses on some features that can be associated with a flagship phone.
Well the price indicates that it wants to compete in the range which is a hotcake nowadays.But it will face some serious competition from the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and the recently launched Google Pixel 5.
Let’s have a look at what the OnePlus 8T has to offer.
If you liked the looks of the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro then rest assured you will fall in love with the OnePlus 8T.The only difference being that this phone has a flat display.The front and back are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and the frame is aluminium.Ultramarine Green and Lunar Silver are the colour variants both looking gorgeous.
The back has a matte finish specially the Silver coloured one.The Alert Slider retains its place,a feature I simply adorn.Rest keys on edges are exactly similar to the predecessors.No 3.5 mm jack is present.The bottom houses the dual Sim tray,USB port and dual Stereo speakers.The main difference is in the camera module which is bigger this time with quad camera set-up and the position being shifted from middle to the side.
To my disappointment the OnePlus 8T doesn’t have any IP68 certification for water resistance.You will find that every port or hole has a rubber coating to resist accidental splashes.
The dimensions of the phone are 160.7×74.1×8.4mm.The phone weighs 188g.
A fabulous 6.55″ Fluid Amoled display is featured with FHD+(1080×2400) resolution.The aspect ratio is 20:9 and pixel density is~402ppi.The maximum brightness is 1100 nits according to the claims.To be honest if any phone can be compared in terms of display with Samsung flagships it is the OnePlus 8 series and the OnePlus 8T reduces the gap further.
Always On Display is featured in this phone for the first time in any OnePlus device.Moreover 120Hz refresh rate is also boasted of which enhances the display performance by a big margin.The haptics have also been bettered.To put it in a nutshell the display of the OnePlus 8T is one of the best and it is further enhanced by the customisation options present in the phone.
I should mention that you have the option of 60Hz if you wish to save battery.The display also has A+ certification from Display Mate.
The OnePlus 8T is one of the first phones to come with Android 11 straight out of the box.It is the first phone to feature Oxygen OS 11 straight out of the box.You surely know that Oxygen OS is deemed to be the best software skin after stock Android and perhaps OneUI from Samsung.Oxygen OS 11 though has faced some criticism for its alikeness with OneUI but let’s see it for sometime before commenting.
The processor is the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and there’s nothing new to say about it.Obviously it is 5G enabled.In terms of storage there are two variants – 8GB RAM+ 128GB internal storage and 12GB RAM+256GB internal storage.There is no room for expandable storage.
The camera module is larger and the number of cameras has also increased but the primary camera remains the same 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX 586 sensor with OIS.The rest cameras are a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor with 123° field of view, a 5MP macro sensor and a 2MP monochrome sensor for black and white images.The camera module also houses dual LED flash.
Night mode, portraits are all supported.4K @30/60 fps can be captured and videos come with EIS.
On the front is a punch hole 16MP selfie shooter with f/2.4. 1080 p [email protected] fps can be captured and gyro EIS is supported.
The indisplay optical fingerprint sensor of the OnePlus 8T with the animations is pretty fast and secure.Face unlock is also very responsive.Usual password and pattern unlock is still present.
A 4500mAH battery powers the phone but the highlight is the 65W fast or Warp charging prowess.The 4500mAH battery is not a single brick but two parts of 2250mAH each which makes the faster charging possible.The charger is also compatible for other warp charging enabled phones,pads and even laptops.
As I mentioned before the OnePlus 8T is a strange member of the family.It has some very attractive features like the display which is similar to OnePlus 8.The primary camera is also similar but it has a bigger macro sensor and an extra monochrome sensor.
The display is flat edged which is liked by many and again many crave for a curved edge smartphone.The charging prowess of the phone is the best highlight.Moreover Android 11 and Oxygen OS 11 makes the phone a great one.
Still the OnePlus 8T has some drawbacks.There is no IP68 certification for water resistance.There is no wireless charging support too.The 2MP camera just increases the number with no big use.
If you have a OnePlus 8 there’s no point in buying the OnePlus 8T.Anyways what are your thoughts? Please let me know in comments.