We thoroughly tested OnePlus’ premium range smartphone. Features, price, and opinion of the new OnePlus 8T.
OnePlus has officially presented the new OnePlus 8T, its new premium range phone that is a big step forward compared to the OnePlus 8, a terminal with which it also shares some features.
The Asian manufacturer has already confirmed that this time there is no Pro model of the OnePlus 8T, since “there was no room for improvement for the OnePlus 8 Pro”. For its part, the new OnePlus premium range stands out for its 120 Hz screen and its 65W ultra-fast charge, in addition to its four rear cameras and its price: 599 euros.
With the arrival of this new member, the company’s catalog is as follows: in the mid-range is the popular OnePlus Nord, while the 8T replaces the OnePlus 8 in the high range and the OnePlus 8 Pro remains the premium high-end phone from the manufacturer.
At Andro4all we have tested the OnePlus 8T for a few weeks, specifically the Aquamarine Green color model and with a configuration of 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. One of the premium range devices to take into account in the remainder of the course. Here we tell you what our experience with the new OnePlus 8T has been.
Index of contents:
- Data sheet
- The best of the OnePlus 8T
- Fast charge
- Performance, software, and overall experience
- The least good of the OnePlus 8T
- Autonomy and small absences
- So are the OnePlus 8T cameras
- Andro4all’s opinion
- Price and where to buy the OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T: a technical sheet of characteristics and specifications
|Dimensions||160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm. Weight: 188 grams|
|Screen||6.5-inch Full HD Fluid AMOLED flat screen with 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR+|
|Resolution||2400 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. GPU Adreno 650|
|Operating system||OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11|
|Storage||128/256GB UFS 3.1|
|cameras||Configuration of four rear cameras made up of a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 16-megapixel wide angle, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. On the front, a 16-megapixel selfie camera|
|Drums||4,500 mAh with fast charge Warp Charge 65|
|Others||On-screen fingerprint reader, face unlock, NFC, Dual SIM, stereo speakers, accelerometer, USBT Type-C, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
The best of the OnePlus 8T
An elegant and brilliant design
The new OnePlus 8T has an elegant design that is slightly different from the other 8 series terminals. What stands out the most at first glance is its new Aquamarine Green color, which provides a shiny surface and leaves significantly fewer fingerprints on the back of the phone. glass. A color that is always bright and clean, and that makes the brand’s new phone beautiful to look at.
On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD Fluid AMOLED flat screen with a 120Hz refresh rate that gets an A+ rating from DisplayMarte and with a hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. On the back, you can see a rectangular camera module located in the upper left corner, and not in the central area as in the OnePlus 8. A module that includes four rear cameras positioned in an ‘L’ shape.
By reworking the layout of the rear cameras and their placement, the company has managed to tweak all the internals of the OnePlus 8T, such as the option to add a larger battery or modify the antennas, among others. In addition, it also helps deliver more efficient thermal performance and stronger network connections at all times thanks to the aforementioned new position of the antennas.
Unlike the OnePlus 8, the new model of the firm has four rear cameras located in a rectangular module and with a 120 Hz flat screen.
Continuing with the design, the main speaker is located in the upper part, while the USB Type-C port is located in the lower part of the terminal, which is accompanied by the Dual SIM tray, the microphone, and other speakers. On the left side are located both the controls to raise and lower the volume, and on the right side there is the on and off button, and the Alert Slider switch to silence the mobile, with sound or in vibration mode.
In general, the design of the OnePlus 8T denotes quality from the first moment, and it feels really good in the hand and to the touch, being quite comfortable to hold. Of course, and as usual, it can be a large smartphone for those who have small hands (not in our case).
A very fast fast charge
In addition to its elegant design, we also want to highlight other details of the new smartphone from the Asian manufacturer: such as its ultra-fast Warp Charge 65W charge -it should be noted that the OnePlus 8 has a fast charge of 30W-. It is the most advanced fast charging solution from OnePlus, which is capable of offering autonomy for a day of use in only 15 minutes. A device that uses a new system with dual battery technology to reach the full capacity of its 4,500 mAh battery.
A fast charge that allows you to charge the phone to 60% in just 15 minutes, and complete 100% in 39 minutes. The OnePlus 8T is equipped with 12 temperature sensors, along with an additional encryption chip in the adapter and cable, to keep the temperature of charging processes at a good level while running at a maximum power of 65W. This way the heat is focused on the charger and not on the phone. Similarly, it should be noted that the charger and the cable include a safety sensor so that they do not overheat.
The OnePlus 8T can be charged using another charger, but only 27W is reached since the mobile interprets that it is not its official charger and thus manages not to compromise the mobile. On the other hand, the OnePlus 8T cable and charger are also compatible with other smartphones and devices, such as the Nintendo Switch, but it adapts to a maximum power of 45W. The cable also undergoes a minor modification compared to the OnePlus 8, as it is a Type-C to Type-C cable.
An immersive and fluid screen
The OnePlus 8T stands out for having a 6.5-inch Full HD Fluid AMOLED flat screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate that obtains an A+ rating from DisplayMarte; In addition to having a hole in the upper left corner where the 16-megapixel selfie camera is located. A very fluid screen that offers a great user experience. Compared to the OnePlus 8, it stands out that the panel is now flat and the refresh rate is 120Hz.
Each swipe delivers smooth visuals, allowing you to enjoy heavy games with ultra-high fluidity; in addition to browsing social networks without problems. The OnePlus 8T display also offers an even more immersive experience and features the highest color accuracy in the industry thanks to a JNCD (Just Noticeable Color Difference) of around 0.3. In addition, the flexible FHD + 2.5D screen has a maximum brightness of up to 1,100 nits, offering images of greater clarity.
It is worth mentioning that even when sunlight hits the screen, it looks really good and clearly since the new flagship of the firm has 8,192 levels of brightness. In general, the OnePlus 8T offers one of the best screens on the market with vivid and pleasant colors and an excellent level of brightness that allows the panel to be seen outdoors without problems. A long and not very wide device, which allows a good grip with one hand. It should also be noted that the manufacturer’s new flagship has support for HDR + content.
Performance, software, and overall experience
OnePlus has become a benchmark in terms of smartphone performance. The new flagship of the Chinese company follows that path, and it is the fastest phone that I have been able to enjoy. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor coupled with an X55 5G modem, enabling incredible multi-gigabit 5G connectivity, professional-quality photography at Gigapixel speeds, ultra-realistic graphics desktop gaming, and an intuitive AI experience. A processor that delivers a fast and smooth overall experience and optimized performance for gaming.
Qualcomm’s processor has been manufactured in a 7-nanometer format. It comes with 8 cores, one Cortex A77 at 2.85GHz, three Cortex A77 at 2.4GHz, and four Cortex A55 at 1.8GHz. A chipset that runs the most demanding applications and games without problems, with all settings at their maximum, offering a gaming experience of the highest level. In general, it offers the same performance as the OnePlus 8, thanks also to its 8 or 12 GB of RAM, and 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Logically, the 120Hz screen makes this new device even faster and smoother than its predecessor.
Unlike the OnePlus 8, the 8T incorporates a vapor chamber that covers the entire phone and allows better heat dissipation, thus achieving better performance. On the other hand, the new OnePlus flagship is also focused on the gaming world: it sports a 120Hz screen, a powerful processor, a really fast fast charge and has, once again, the Fnatic mode, a kind of ‘no mode’. disturb’ while enjoying games (hiding heavy notifications while playing).
In addition, the device focuses its capabilities so that the gaming experience is the best it can be. In this sense, it should be noted that the firm’s new smartphone is, thanks to its power, screen, and performance, one of the best non-gaming mobiles to enjoy video games. A device that offers a truly immersive, fast, fluid experience without lag or any kind of inconvenience, as we have been able to test in titles like Genshin Impact or Call of Duty: Mobile.
The OnePlus 8T is not only the company’s first device to incorporate the latest version of OnePlus’ operating system, OxygenOS 11, but it is also the first smartphone globally, not manufactured by Google, to be presented with the new Android 11 already installed. OxygenOS is one of the most comfortable customization layers to use, offering a great experience.
The OnePlus 8T offers thanks to OxygenOS 11 the purest Android possible but with fast updates and more customization.
This time around, OxygenOS 11 reinvents the OnePlus software experience with a new design, improved element layout, as well as useful features that make one-handed operation easier and more intuitive. In short, it offers the purest Android possible but with fast updates and more customization. For example, several changes have been made to the design of OxygenOS 11, now being more linear, clean, and structured. A layer of personalization has been designed considering how far the finger reaches when using the phone with one hand.
The dark mode also receives a new design, making it cleaner and tidier than before. It is even more visual. OxygenOS 11 integrates a host of newly optimized animations and gestures, as well as numerous customizations, including up to 11 new on-screen clock options, improved one-hand gesture controls, and Zen 2.0 mode. Also, note that it is now possible to transcribe voice notes or convert an image into a PDF. Finally, mention that with this customization layer you can customize everything to your liking, such as the shape of the icons, the notification bar, the animation of the fingerprint reader, and the main color.
The least good of the OnePlus 8T
Autonomy and small absences
It is not that it is a ‘bad’ element of the OnePlus 8T, far from it. But being a phone that bets on raw power, a fluid screen, and a high video game experience, perhaps the 4,500 mAh battery may fall short (especially for those who spend many hours playing). That is to say, the device has correct autonomy, reaching an autonomy of a day and a half moderately using the phone: consulting social networks, mail, and calling.
On a demanding day, with a few hours of play, when consuming multimedia content or taking pictures, the terminal offers about 7-8 hours of screen time. Logically, if one focuses on playing heavy titles for a long time (as is our case), the battery provides even less autonomy. However, the new 65W Warp Charge ultra-fast charge comes into play here, with which to charge the mobile to 60% of its capacity in just 15 minutes. Whatever use you give it, the battery will not give you problems, but the relationship between autonomy and extreme fluidity was indeed expected to be more balanced in this model.
On the other hand, as lovers of wired headphones, we still miss smartphones in this range that have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. It also does not have wireless charging. Some absences do not tarnish the experience of using the device, but we take advantage of this review to ask manufacturers to continue including these features. And since we are with the claims, we also burn with the desire to see a red OnePlus again.
So are the OnePlus 8T cameras
As for photography, the brand’s new premium range phone offers a total of five cameras. In the rear area, there is a configuration of four rear cameras located in a rectangular module in the upper left corner and arranged in an ‘L’ shape. Sensors that are made up of a 48-megapixel main lens, a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor. Similarly, a 16-megapixel resolution selfie camera is located on the front, located in a hole in the screen at the top left.
The camera software has been updated and now the night mode comes automatically, that is, the OnePlus 8T is capable of automatically switching to night mode in low light situations. The camera application of this terminal includes everything from video recording and slow motion, to photography, panorama, or portrait mode, among others. When taking a picture there are several options to take into accounts, such as the possibility of selecting color filters (this is where the monochrome sensor is accessed) or the timer, to take a picture after a few seconds. You can also find within the application a Pro mode with which to select both the ISO and other elements.
As for video recording, night mode can also be activated directly from the moon icon in the camera app and the sensor blocks the flickering of annoying lights, such as streetlights. The portrait mode also comes with new features, such as a square that follows the subject at all times, leaving it always defined, while the back area is blurred. It should also be noted that stabilization has been improved, including gyroscope information. However, the cameras comply but do not stand out, compared to other terminals.
In general, the photographs obtained to offer a positive result, achieving a high-level photographic experience. The images offer great quality and a high level of detail; in addition to a good dynamic range and correct color reproduction, although the software tends to overexpose the captures. As for night photography, the result is images with good details and good quality. The portrait mode also offers interesting images, since more precise snapshots are achieved and with a fairly high level of detail of the subject in the foreground. Of course, sometimes the background blur is not what you want. For its part, the front camera for selfies offers very good quality images full of details.
OnePlus 8T, opinion and final thoughts of Andro4all
Despite sharing some features, such as the front camera, the OnePlus 8T is a great evolution compared to the OnePlus 8. The new premium range of the Chinese firm offers a high-level experience and performance, as well as a really fast charge and an extraordinary 120Hz screen with which to enjoy any heavy title without problems, and that looks good. It should be noted that the device also stands out for having a fast and accurate on-screen fingerprint reader, and powerful and quality audio.
A high-end adjusted in price and performance, but that stands out for having great power, considerable fluidity, and outstanding performance. As points in favor are its elegant and comfortable design hand, it’s ultra-fast charging, its large screen, its excellent performance, and its user experience. On the other hand, the cameras are not outstanding and a headphone jack and wireless charging are missing, although they are not a problem when it comes to enjoying the device. In short, the OnePlus 8T will become one of the options to consider for Android users and more so keeping in mind its price: 599 euros.
Price and where to buy the OnePlus 8T
The OnePlus 8T can be purchased from October 20 through the brand’s official website, as well as on Amazon. The 8 GB configuration with 128 GB of storage will be available in Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver finishes for 599 euros.
On the other hand, the model with 12 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage will only come in Aquamarine Green for 699 euros.
|Should you buy the OnePlus 8T?|
|Conclusions||The OnePlus 8T is a great evolution compared to the OnePlus 8. The new premium range of the firm offers a high-level experience and performance, as well as a really fast fast charge and an extraordinary screen. One of the phones of the year will become one of the options to consider for Android users.|
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.