OnePlus has officially launched the 8T which, as expected, incorporates a complete design and advanced features in an effort to make the Non Pro version more attractive. This year, the brand is not updating the OnePlus 8 Pro (review), which is fine if you ask me, because there is not a lot that needs to be changed right now.
OnePlus 8T design
OnePlus 8T features an aluminum frame with a glass back, but the design is quite different from the OnePlus 8. The edges of the display are no longer curved, which makes the front look less surprising, but it is certainly more practical. The content is easy to see and interact with on the edges of the display. Also, there is no deep effect that is commonly seen on curved edge displays. The other thing I’ve noticed is that OnePlus 8T is heavier (188g vs 180g) and thicker (8.4mm vs 8mm) than the 8. The exact reasons are not clear but this new model seems too heavy without a case. Prolonged use may cause fatigue quickly.
The new Aquamarine Green Ringway looks great, and despite its shiny finish, fingerprints are not a big deal. OnePlus 8T also comes in a lunar silver ringway, called a fade. The camera module is moved to the left rather than the middle, and its rounded corners match the soft shapes of the rest of the phone.
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OnePlus has also made some subtle improvements to the display. It is the same size and resolution as the OnePlus 8 at 6.55 inches and full-HD +, but now supports a 120 HHz refresh rate like the 8 Pro. OnePlus claims that the sampling rate is also beaten to 240 Hz (180 Hz for 8 weeks) for better tactile response. OnePlus says the 8T has a thinner chin after tilting the back of the panel in the display connector. I don’t see much difference (if any) compared to the 8T and 8 side. Finally, there is a cutout in the top left corner for the selfie camera.
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Button configuration will be familiar to OnePlus users. The power and volume buttons sit on opposite sides of the frame, with no alert slider to switch between the ringer profile, the USB 3.1 Type C port and the headphone jack below. OnePlus 8T has a dual SIM tray, but there is no option to increase storage.
OnePlus 8T software
Before we consider the performance of OnePlus 8T, let’s take a look at its software which is also new. OnePlus 8T runs 11 oxygen out of the box. It is the latest version of the company’s custom skin, and is based on Android 11. OnePlus has started bringing this update to OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
OnePlus 8T display
OnePlus typically uses slightly faster ‘+’ SoC variants of Qualcomm for updates, but unfortunately we are not in good luck with OnePlus 8T. It has the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SC game. It will be available in two configurations at launch – 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for Rs. 42,999, and 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. 45,999. There is a high level between me.
When it comes to games, from Asphalt 9 to Legend, the Bat Prime runs very well with a smooth, stable frame rate. When gaming, the top of the frame, above the airpiece, gets slightly warmer, but not the rest of the frame and back. Stereo speakers are loud and clear. HDR10 videos look great when played on YouTube or locally. Netflix was unable to detect the HDR capability of the OnePlus 8T display, but it should be easy to fix with the update.
Fingerprints and facial recognition worked quickly to unlock the phone. I found that the fingerprint sensor in these displays is fast, and almost never made any misconceptions. Facial recognition also worked better, although I wish there was a ‘lift’ option for a smooth experience.
OnePlus has launched the 8T with a 4,500mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the 4,300mAh. More importantly, it supports fast charging. OnePlus 8T is the first OnePlus device to support OnePlus’ trademark Warp Charge 65. You get a little designer charger with USB Type-C output.
I managed to charge 8T to zero in about half an hour, and it only took 15 more minutes to fully charge. Interestingly, unlike the company’s previous offerings, the War Charge 65 charger also supports USB power delivery standards with a range of power outputs. It can provide up to 30W on other OnePlus phones and headphones, and up to 45W on Android phones such as MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and Samsung Galaxy S20 + (Review).
OnePlus 8T camera
OnePlus 8 offers decent camera performance and does not change the formula much with the OnePlus 8T. Now you get four rain lenses instead of three, but most of the functionality remains the same. OnePlus 8T continues to use the Sony IMX586 48-megapixel optical stationary sensor for its main camera. A sensor that we have seen on OnePlus 7 series phones, OnePlus Nord and even many budget phones like Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The front camera is still the same 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor used in the 8. OnePlus 8T has a wider FOV for its ultra-wide camera than its predecessor, and this time the macro camera has higher resolution. At the top of the camera module is a white circle flicker sensor, which should be useful to prevent stroke when shooting under some type of artificial light.