Taken at face value, the OnePlus 8T is an awesome new Android handset that delivers a fast, smooth, and gadget-free smartphone experience.
Boasting a smooth screen, super-fast charging, and glass materials that give it a premium feel, the device is obvious. This is the latest release from a brand that has more than proven its products to compete well with similarly priced smartphones from tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Google.
The 8T, which became available for purchase in the US market today (October 23), is priced fairly competitively at $ 749 and comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The model has two color options, called aquamarine green and moon silver.
On paper, this seems like an extremely easy sale: a 5G-capable Snapdragon 865 processor, Android 11, 120Hz refresh rate, four-camera setup, 4,500mAh Battery charge and chain that powers the phone to death to full in about 40 minutes.
In reality, the 8T version is a bit more complicated as it not only competes with rivals like the Pixel 5 ($ 699) and iPhone 12 ($ 799), but also its own siblings, taken sandwiched between the cheapest OnePlus 8 ($ 599) and above OnePlus 8 Pro ($ 799).
If you rule out the competition and watch the OnePlus 8T in a vacuum, however, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. It lacks such a quirky feature as the Pixel’s motion-sensing gesture control (but who really uses it?), And its camera system may not beat some of its peers, but the new 8T phone delivers a sublime user experience. generally.
During several days of testing (examination of the device supplied to Newsweek by OnePlus), the 8T impressed as a daily driver after switching to a Google Pixel 4 XL. If you’re only interested in high-end specs, here are some notable 8T features:
- Dimensions: 6.33 x 2.92 x 0.33 inch (weight: 188g).
- Construction: glass front and back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame.
- Screen: 6.55 inch Fluid AMOLED, 120 Hz, 1080 x 2400 pixels.
- Operating system: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.
- Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
- Camera configuration: 48 MP, f / 1.7, 26mm (wide), 16 MP, f / 2.2, 14mm, 123˚ (ultra-wide) 1 / 3.6 “, 1.0 micrometer
- 5 MP, f / 2.4, (macro) 2 MP, f / 2.4, (depth)
- Video: 4K at 30 / 60fps, 1080p at 30/60 / 240fps
- Selfie camera: 16 MP, f / 2.4, (wide)
- Colors: aquamarine green, moon silver
- Battery: 4500 mAh, not removable, fast charge 65 W
- Fingerprint sensor under the display, Dual SIM
The 8T display is large and bright, but not so wide that it can only be operated with two hands. The 6.55-inch diagonal screen is nice and crisp, with small bezels and a whopping 120Hz refresh rate, which is the number of times the screen refreshes every second.
Basically, the higher the refresh rate, the smoother the viewing experience, and even though it is easy to call marketing mumbo The jumbo screen was indeed very fluid when browsing social networks and games. High refresh rates have gotten a bit OnePlus USP in recent years, and it certainly helps the 8T stand out from the crowd.
For comparison, the Pixel 5 offers 90Hz and the iPhone 12 has 60Hz. Could I personally tell the difference between 90Hz and 120Hz? No, but I’m still glad it exists.
Aesthetically, the 8T is a beautiful handset. I liked the aquamarine green color that the company sent for review, and it was nice to have a screen with flat edges instead of the curved screens that have become so common on high-end devices lately. .
The back of the Gorilla Glass didn’t seem to retain fingerprints and the rear camera module, while sticking out a bit, wasn’t too intrusive. The same goes for the pinhole selfie camera on the front, which I personally liked as it left more room for display.
The screen offers a nice haptic comments by pressing and a neat button on the right side of the device lets you quickly switch between silent, vibrate or sounds. Finger-swipe security technology – below the screen – also worked without a hitch.
Besides the screen technology, the second selling point is how fast the 4500mAh 8T battery can be charged using its 65W USB Type-C charging pack. In less than an hour, the phone can go from nothing to full. It is difficult to go back to anything else. The battery easily lasted a full day during testing, but didn’t last two.
Inside the 8T is a Snapdragon 856 chip, which allows you 5G connectivity if you are in an area that provides it. Right now, that’s not a huge selling point for consumers, as we’re still a bit far from next-gen technology deploying properly. The 8T doesn’t use the latest 856 Plus processor, but was more than capable in testing and never stuttered in use. The overall performance was brisk, quick and responsive.
the custom The version of Android 11 running the 8T, Oxygen OS, was also pleasantly clean. Apps open extremely quickly, just like browser tabs, and it comes with some cool features including a dark mode and always-on display. There are also plenty of settings to play around with, including Ambient Display, Adaptive Brightness, and a few quick and easy gestures, including a way to take screenshots with a three-finger swipe.
Android’s permission manager is also always great, letting you see which apps have access to your location, microphone, files, contacts, camera and logs, etc. Overall, the Oxygen operating system is bloatware and gimmick-free, with a calm and refined vibe.
Even coming from the Pixel’s camera, I ended up finding little to complain about with the 8T Quad Array of lenses. It’s no wonder, but it’s good enough. The 48-megapixel main camera performed well in good lighting and with the 16MP ultra-wide is always welcome.
The 8T has a “night landscape“which can take photos in low-light scenarios alongside time-lapse, panorama and slow-motion capabilities. Unfortunately, it lacks a telephoto lens like in the 8 Pro, instead offering a 10x zoom which is frankly pretty bad, leaving the pictures one pixelated disorder. If you buy a smartphone to take a lot of photos, you might be better off with the Pixel 5, but I would say for general users taking photos of their family, food, or pets, cameras would be more than enough. And, like its previous phone models, OnePlus is likely to improve the system with future software updates.
There are a few more downsides, but nothing that I would consider a deal-breaker. The 8T does not wirelessly charge, does not allow external storage, and does not have an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. Oh, it doesn’t have a headphone jack.
Is the OnePlus 8T a good phone? Yes. But is it a awesome phone? Sure. Is this a phone you should buy? It depends. At $ 749, the competition in 2020 is high.
For anyone who is budget-conscious, the Pixel 5 offers a really solid Android experience with better photo shooting specs starting at $ 699. The iPhone 12 hit the market today for $ 799, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is also priced at $ 699. There’s probably not enough in the 8T to justify upgrading to the six-month-old 8, when the high-end 8 Pro only costs $ 50 more. Reports suggest the cheapest OnePlus North (currently costing the equivalent of $ 480 in the UK) will soon be available in the US, which will further complicate matters.
The UK has the option of a wallet-compatible 8GB RAM / 128GB storage variant, and it would have been nice to have seen a more affordable version for the US market.
the OnePlus 8T is neither revolutionary nor the cheapest, but succeeds in three areas: screen, fast loading, operating system. If these are your priorities, it’s a push.
- Smooth 120Hz refresh rate display
- Super fast charging speeds and performance
- Clean Android 11 experience
- Robust processor, with 5G connectivity
- No wireless charging
- Camera system needs a little work
- No cheaper storage model in the US