With its OnePlus 8T, the Chinese company intends to offer the best possible experience on its new smartphone. To achieve this, it is combining its two models from the beginning of the year into a more affordable, yet equally enjoyable product.
Just as it did at this time last year, OnePlus is offering a new version of its high-quality smartphones. After the 8 and 8 Pro models earlier this year, it’s the 8T model’s turn to compete with what we can find at the top end of the market.
OnePlus 8T is the fourth smartphone launched by the Chinese company in 2020. It comes six months after the 8 and 8 Pro models, and only three months after OnePlus North – a trial in a more affordable price range aimed at a different audience. With this new device, OnePlus intends to offer the OnePlus 8 Pro experience in a smartphone of the same (or almost the same) size as OnePlus 8, but at a slightly lower price. This vision of the OP 8T also explains why no OnePlus 8T Pro has been introduced. Indeed, the company believes that there are no new or even innovative enough technologies to offer a higher version. An approach that should undoubtedly satisfy fans of the brand.
A classic data sheet, with adjustments
At the front, we’re practically dealing with a OnePlus 8. The display here is also Oled technology, with a size of 6.55 inches and FHD+ definition (2400 x 1080 pixels). The only difference with its big brother is that there is no bending whatsoever – OnePlus is a 2.5D display. The borders are very thin, especially the chin, which is shrunk. OnePlus explains that it has managed to fold the control panel behind the display, allowing it to make the most of the available front surface. In addition, the firm says its slab is 28% thinner than OnePlus North.
In terms of performance, this is exactly the same as on OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. This OnePlus 8T features the Snapdragon 865, coupled with 8 or 12 GB of RAM. For storage, the choice is between 128 and 256 GB in UFS 3.1. The cooling system has been redesigned to provide a better experience. The new steam chamber is composed of five layers of graphite as well as silicone. It is also 285% larger than the OnePlus 8. A feat made possible by moving the photo modules – which move from the center to the left corner of the smartphone, freeing up space above the battery.
That’s right, the battery. OnePlus offers 4500 mAh on this model. However, this capacity does not fit on just one battery, but on two. This means that the OnePlus 8 T regains 100% of its autonomy within 39 minutes, thanks to the new 65 W charging unit. If you only need a boost, the smartphone can recover 60% of its full capacity in just 15 minutes. In addition, this new 65 W WarpCharge block is compatible with the Power Delivery protocol. It allows you to charge other USB-C devices up to 45W. Finally, if you don’t have the OnePlus charger handy, the phone can be charged with any other device up to 27W.
For photography, this 8T model offers a 48-megapixel main module. It comes with a 16 megapixel ultra-wide-angle module, a 5 megapixel macro module and a 2 megapixel monochrome sensor. Surprisingly, OnePlus did not want to take over the telephoto lens from the OnePlus 8 Pro – presumably to avoid cannibalizing the sales of the latter. For the front module, we find the 16 megapixels already present on the two previous OnePlus 8s.
One of the first smartphones under Android 11
Like the 7T and 7T Pro last year, the new OnePlus model will arrive with the new version of Google’s OS. It will be one of the first, if not the first Android smartphone to be equipped with version 11, ahead of Google’s Pixel 5. This allows the firm to offer in parallel version 11 of Oxygen OS, its specific overlay. Still closer to a stock version of the Android software system, this new Oxygen OS is not radically different from what was brought with the 2019 version. Version 11 presents a few improvements, such as a slightly more advanced customization, a reworked dark mode and smoother animations.
The Always-On display finally makes its arrival on Oxygen OS 11. A new feature that has been teased this summer and offers a constantly present screensaver that can display the time, your notifications or other useful information. Three different screensavers have been designed for the occasion:
The first one is called “Insight”. It is a vertical bar acting as an unlock counter. Pieces of this bar will come off as the smartphone is opened, representing the time spent using it. Convenient for those looking to use their phones less during the day.
The second is called “Canvas”. This screen mode, which is always active, offers a white line on a black background, using the image that you have placed on the background of the screen.
The last one will surprise you, and for good reason. OnePlus has partnered with Snapchat so that you can add your Bitmoji to the Always-On. As the day progresses, your activity or what’s going on around you, your little personalized avatar will take poses. Just like on the social network.
Two colors will be available: aquamarine green and light silver. Both colors will be available in 8 + 128 GB while the 12 + 256 GB variant will only be available in green. We have indicated at the beginning of the article, the prices have been revised downwards. Thus, the 8 GB version will be available at 599 € while the 12 GB version will cost 699 €. A placement that puts these models in direct competition with many smartphones, such as the Mi 10T Pro, the Google Pixel 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Recently released phones that are strongly betting on end of year customers.