OnePlus 8T review: This phone brand can’t compete with itself

OnePlus has introduced the OnePlus 8T, a $749 5G cellphone that matches proper in between the $699 OnePlus 8 ($699 at Amazon) and $899 OnePlus 8 Pro ($999 at OnePlus), which have been launched in April. (The OnePlus 8T’s UK worth of £549 converts to about AU$1,000.) The OnePlus 8T has an identical design to the 8, however carries over a few of the higher specs of the Eight Professional.

This premium {hardware} features a silky 120Hz show and 4 cameras on the again. It additionally comes with a beefy 65-watt charger that juices up the cellphone shortly. The OnePlus 8T has just a few software program updates, too, together with an always-on show and a refreshed interface, which is able to roll out to different OnePlus phones.

In and of itself, the OnePlus 8T is a wonderful machine and it will certainly fulfill anybody in search of a high-powered, dependable Android. The sensible show is my favourite factor in regards to the cellphone, however there is a extra attractive and cheaper competitor out there from OnePlus itself — the OnePlus 8. 

At time of writing, OnePlus has lowered the costs of the Eight and eight Professional by $100. Going by the identical reminiscence configuration throughout all three telephones (12GB of RAM and 256GB storage), the OnePlus Eight prices $700 and is $50 cheaper than the OnePlus 8T. Possibly in case you’re already paying $700, that further $50 will not matter all that a lot to you. In that case, be at liberty to nab the 8T. However if you wish to save as a lot as you possibly can, get the OnePlus 8. Positive, you will not get that 120Hz refresh fee, however it’s nonetheless an excellent cellphone with an incredible battery life and a easy 90Hz show. Although April could really feel like a very long time in the past, the notion that the OnePlus Eight is an “outdated” cellphone simply hasn’t settled in but. And with its new lowered worth, it is the extra compelling choose.

OnePlus 8T’s 120Hz display screen is a winner

The very best a part of the OnePlus 8T’s design is its 120Hz show. Most telephones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second. Just a few telephones, just like the OnePlus 8, have screens that refresh 90 instances a second, and even fewer refresh as typically as 120 frames. The impact of the 120Hz show means the cellphone feels buttery easy and quick. Scrolling by means of social media feeds, thumbing by means of house display screen pages and enjoying video games like PUB-G really feel tremendous fast and responsive.

Apart from from the boosted refresh fee, the OnePlus 8T seems much like the OnePlus 8. The display screen’s dimension and determination is identical, so it is simply as vibrant and sharp. The jewel-like aquamarine inexperienced variant I acquired is flashy and attention-grabbing too, however its again is dominated by a large rectangular camera bump similar to the Galaxy S20 Ultra.  

The cellphone can also be lacking just a few options that the extra premium OnePlus Eight Professional has. The OnePlus 8T does not have wi-fi charging or reverse wi-fi charging for different equipment, and the unlocked model does not have an IP ranking for water resistance (the T-Mobile variant, nonetheless, is rated IP68). Should you’re getting the machine unlocked although, it is not utterly weak. OnePlus did say it is nonetheless protected towards unintentional spills and after I submerged the OnePlus 7 Pro (which is not IP licensed both) final 12 months, it survived with out points.


The 8T’s 120Hz show makes scrolling by means of apps and webpages really feel liquid easy. 

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OnePlus 8T’s refreshed interface and Android 11

Although the OnePlus Eight and eight Professional can replace to Google‘s newest cellular OS, Android 11, the OnePlus 8T already has it out of the field. OnePlus additionally refreshed the interface for the higher; menus and notifications look extra streamlined, trendy and clear. 

New to the 8T is an always-on show, which helps you to test for the time, notifications and alerts with out the necessity to unlock your cellphone and totally get up the house display screen. There are a number of choices to select from on your show, together with one which exhibits notches of various widths alongside a single line. It helps visualize what number of instances in a day you unlock your cellphone, with the thought being that it will discourage you from spending time along with your machine. Once I used this characteristic, it made me extra aware about how typically I got here again to the handset every time I used to be bored or idle. Two different always-on choices are coming later in November by means of an replace. One will allow you to add your individual Bitmoji character and one other shows a stylized sketch of a private picture.

Different software program options embrace built-in enhancing instruments for taking footage of paperwork (suppose issues like straightening out angles and detecting edges, which third-party scanning apps may do) and voice transcription with the native Word app. This characteristic is ok and is responsive sufficient, however Google’s Recorder app additionally transcribes memos and might add the textual content on to Drive. OnePlus’ digital wellbeing app, ZenMode, nonetheless limits cellphone performance if you wish to focus. However now you possibly can invite your mates to affix in a bunch session of ZenMode — which is one thing I am unable to think about anybody ever doing.


The 8T’s new interface is extra streamlined and clear.

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OnePlus 8T digicam: Can we commerce 2 for 1?

The OnePlus 8T has 4 rear cameras, three of that are additionally on the OnePlus 8 (a normal, ultra-wide and macro digicam) and a “monochrome” digicam. This fourth digicam does not take pictures itself, however helps out with lighting if you take black-and-white pictures — one thing I infrequently do.

If something, it will have been nice to swap the OnePlus 8T’s macro and monochrome for one very good telephoto lens, however alas, that did not occur. As an alternative, the digicam has a 10x digital zoom that works okay, however I do not advocate utilizing it for getting clear pictures. The OnePlus 8T’s 5-megapixel macro digicam additionally works higher than the 2-megapixel setup on the OnePlus 8. Colours aren’t as washed out and particulars are a bit sharper. I nonetheless want taking pictures closeup pictures with the common commonplace digicam, however utilizing the macro lens does certainly help you get nearer to things and extra targeted.

Learn extra: OnePlus 8T camera takes on Edinburgh’s fall colors


The OnePlus 8T’s quad-camera setup.

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Images taken with the usual and telephoto cameras are vibrant and sharp in good, ample lighting. And the cellphone’s low-light mode, Nightscape, is akin to the Pixel 5‘s Night time Sight characteristic. Although the Pixel 5 handles shiny publicity from mild sources higher and its white steadiness is extra correct, the OnePlus 8T can nonetheless brighten up a dim surroundings and produce clear pictures stuffed with element.

For video, I used the digicam’s tremendous secure mode whereas recording video on a motorcycle. I used to be using on even cement pavement and the video turned out regular and easy. I used to be additionally impressed that the mic clearly picked up the mushy strumming of an acoustic guitar I handed by. The OnePlus 8T has portrait mode for video as properly, which blurs the background for a bokeh-like impact. The characteristic is not at all times excellent; there have been just a few cases when my flyaway hairs have been blurred out unnaturally, or edges have been patchy and inconsistently switched from being blurred to being in focus. However the brand new mode provides a tad extra polish and drama to the video, much like that captured on DSLR.

The OnePlus 8T’s essential 48-megapixel digicam can seize photos in a 12-megapixel decision for wider dynamic vary.

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The cellphone’s macro digicam allowed me to get shut to those flower petals.

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The cellphone’s 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens has a bigger subject of view to suit extra content material.

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With the assistance of the monochrome digicam, the cellphone’s essential digicam captures black and white photos in nice element and variance.

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The cellphone’s Nightscape mode brightens up dim settings.

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OnePlus 8T efficiency and battery

The OnePlus 8T has the identical processor because the OnePlus Eight and eight Professional, and all three telephones carried out equally on benchmark assessments. The OnePlus 8T was additionally on par with the Galaxy S20, which shares the Snapdragon 865 chipset too. And for fast reference, in comparison with the Pixel 5, which has the Snapdragon 765G processor, the OnePlus 8T comfortably outperformed Google’s machine in benchmark assessments.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench single-core


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench multicore


Longer bars point out higher efficiency

The OnePlus 8T is provided with a 4,500-mAh battery, which is in between the OnePlus Eight and eight Professional’s battery capacities (4,300 mAh and 4,510 mAh, respectively). Exams for steady video playback on Airplane mode averaged 23 hours, 7 minutes. By comparability, the OnePlus Eight and the Eight Professional lasted a contact shy of 19 hours. I will replace this piece with closing outcomes and scores once we end working streaming video assessments.

The OnePlus 8T can cost extraordinarily quick with its branded Warp Cost 65 charger. OnePlus says this new charger can juice up the cellphone to 58% after 15 minutes and 100% in 39 minutes. Once I examined it out, the cellphone charged at a reasonably commonplace fee throughout my first two trials (suppose 30% after 15 minutes and  about 1.5 hours for 100%). However on the third attempt, utilizing a unique outlet, the cellphone charged extraordinarily shortly and matched the numbers OnePlus reported. The charging brick is appropriate with units that help 45W PD quick cost too, that means it could actually shortly cost different units you will have, like laptops. If you have already got a OnePlus cellphone and need the 65W charger, the corporate will promote it for $40 individually.

OnePlus Eight specs vs. OnePlus Eight and eight Professional

OnePlus 8T OnePlus 8 OnePlus Eight Professional
Show dimension, decision 6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels 6.55-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080 pixels 6.78-inch AMOLED; 3,168×1,440 pixels
Pixel density 402ppi 402ppi 513ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.33×2.92×0.33 im 6.3×2.8×0.31 in 6.51×2.93×0.35 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 160.7×74.1×8.Four mm 160×72.9× mm 165×74.4×8.5 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.63 oz; 188g 6.35 oz; 180g 7.02 oz; 199g
Cellular software program Android 11 Android 10 Android 10
Digicam 48-megapixel (commonplace), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (monochrome) 48-megapixel (commonplace), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro) 48-megapixel (commonplace), 48-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 5-megapixel (‘coloration filter’)
Entrance-facing digicam 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 16-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Storage 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB
RAM 12GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB
Expandable storage No No No
Battery 4,500 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,510 mAh
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No
Particular options 5G enabled; 120Hz refresh fee; T-Cellular model is water-resistant (IP68); Warp Cost with 65W charger 5G enabled; quick charging; 90Hz display screen refresh fee; T-Cellular and Verizon model is water-resistant (IP68); Warp Cost 5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; water-resistant (IP68); 120Hz refresh fee; wi-fi charging
Value off-contract (USD) $749 (unlocked) $699 (unlocked, 8GB RAM/128GB); $799 (Verizon, 8GB RAM/128GB); $799 (unlocked 12GB RAM/256GB) $899 (8GB RAM/128GB), $999 (12GB RAM/256GB)
Value (GBP) £549 (8GB RAM/128GB); £649 (12GB RAM/256GB) £599 (8GB RAM/128GB), £699 (12GB RAM/256GB) £799 (8GB RAM/128GB), £899 (12GB RAM/256GB)
Value (AUD) Converts to AU$1,000, AU$1,180 UK converts to: AU$1,180 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,370 (12GB RAM/256GB) UK converts to: AU$1,570 (8GB RAM/128GB), AU$1,770 (12GB RAM/256GB)

*costs are at launch

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