OnePlus 8T evaluate: This telephone model cannot compete with itself

OnePlus has introduced the OnePlus 8T, a $749 5G telephone that matches proper in between the $699 OnePlus 8 ($699 at Amazon) and $899 OnePlus Eight Professional ($999 at OnePlus), which had 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 telephone shortly. The OnePlus 8T has a couple of software program updates, too, together with an always-on show and a refreshed interface, which is able to roll out to different OnePlus telephones.


  • 120Hz show is tremendous easy
  • Primary digicam is great
  • Lengthy battery life thus far
  • Costs shortly

Do not Like

  • Macro digicam is middling
  • No wi-fi charging

In and of itself, the OnePlus 8T is a superb gadget and it will certainly fulfill anybody on the lookout for a high-powered, dependable Android. The good show is my favourite factor in regards to the telephone, however there is a extra attractive and cheaper competitor accessible 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 when 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. Certain, you will not get that 120Hz refresh fee, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an excellent telephone with a fantastic battery life and a easy 90Hz show. Although April might really feel like a very long time in the past, the notion that the OnePlus Eight is an “outdated” telephone simply hasn’t settled in but. And with its new lowered worth, it is the extra compelling decide.

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

The most effective a part of the OnePlus 8T’s design is its 120Hz show. Most telephones have screens that refresh 60 frames per second. A couple of telephones, just like the OnePlus 8, have screens that refresh 90 occasions a second, and even fewer refresh as usually as 120 frames. The impact of the 120Hz show means the telephone feels buttery easy and quick. Scrolling by means of social media feeds, thumbing by means of dwelling 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 to be just like the OnePlus 8. The display screen’s dimension and determination is similar, so it is simply as vibrant and sharp. The jewel-like aquamarine inexperienced variant I obtained is flashy and attention-grabbing too, however its again is dominated by a big rectangular digicam bump just like the Galaxy S20 Extremely.  

The telephone can also be lacking a couple of 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 score for water resistance (the T-Cellular variant, nonetheless, is rated IP68). If you happen to’re getting the gadget unlocked although, it is not fully weak. OnePlus did say it is nonetheless protected in opposition to unintended spills and after I submerged the OnePlus 7 Professional (which is not IP licensed both) final yr, 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 cell 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, fashionable and clear. 

New to the 8T is an always-on show, which helps you to examine for the time, notifications and alerts with out the necessity to unlock your telephone and totally get up the house display screen. There are a number of choices to select from on your show, together with one which reveals notches of various widths alongside a single line. It helps visualize what number of occasions in a day you unlock your telephone, with the thought being that it will discourage you from spending time along with your gadget. After I used this function, it made me extra aware about how usually I got here again to the handset at any time when 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 personal Bitmoji character and one other shows a stylized sketch of a private picture.

Different software program options embrace built-in modifying instruments for taking photos of paperwork (assume issues like straightening out angles and detecting edges, which third-party scanning apps may also do) and voice transcription with the native Be aware app. This function is okay 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 telephone performance if you need to focus. However now you possibly can invite your pals to hitch in a gaggle 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 regular, 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 rarely do.

If something, it might 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 a substitute, 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 favor capturing closeup pictures with the common customary digicam, however utilizing the macro lens does certainly permit you to get nearer to things and extra centered.

Learn extra: OnePlus 8T digicam takes on Edinburgh’s fall colours


The OnePlus 8T’s quad-camera setup.

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Photographs taken with the usual and telephoto cameras are vibrant and sharp in good, ample lighting. And the telephone’s low-light mode, Nightscape, is corresponding to the Pixel 5‘s Evening Sight function. Although the Pixel 5 handles vivid publicity from gentle sources higher and its white stability 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 motorbike. 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 tender strumming of an acoustic guitar I handed by. The OnePlus 8T has portrait mode for video as nicely, which blurs the background for a bokeh-like impact. The function is not at all times excellent; there have been a couple of situations when my flyaway hairs had been blurred out unnaturally, or edges had 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, just like that captured on DSLR.

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

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

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The telephone’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 telephone’s foremost digicam captures black and white photos in nice element and variance.

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The telephone’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 exams. 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 gadget in benchmark exams.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench multicore

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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). Checks 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 am going to replace this piece with remaining outcomes and scores once we end working streaming video exams.

The OnePlus 8T can cost extraordinarily quick with its branded Warp Cost 65 charger. OnePlus says this new charger can juice up the telephone to 58% after 15 minutes and 100% in 39 minutes. After I examined it out, the telephone charged at a reasonably customary fee throughout my first two trials (assume 30% after 15 minutes and  about 1.5 hours for 100%). However on the third strive, utilizing a special outlet, the telephone charged extraordinarily shortly and matched the numbers OnePlus reported. The charging brick is suitable with units that help 45W PD quick cost too, that means it could shortly cost different units you’ll have, like laptops. If you have already got a OnePlus telephone 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 (customary), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (monochrome) 48-megapixel (customary), 16-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro) 48-megapixel (customary), 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 waterproof (IP68); Warp Cost with 65W charger 5G enabled; quick charging; 90Hz display screen refresh fee; T-Cellular and Verizon model is waterproof (IP68); Warp Cost 5G enabled; Warp Cost; reverse wi-fi charging; waterproof (IP68); 120Hz refresh fee; wi-fi charging
Worth 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)
Worth (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)
Worth (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

First printed Oct. 14

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