Taken at face value, the OnePlus 8T is an impressive new Android handset that delivers a fast, smooth and gimmick-free smartphone experience.
The device features a fluid display, crazy fast charging and glass materials that give it a premium feel. It is the latest version of a brand that has more than proven its worthy competitors to similarly expensive smartphones from technology giants such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Google.
The 8T, available for purchase on the US market as of today (October 23), is priced at $749 and comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of memory. The model has two color options, known as Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver.
On paper, it seems to be an extremely easy to sell model: a fast 5G capable Snapdragon 865 processor, Android 11, 120 Hz refresh rate, quadruple camera setup, a 4500mAh battery and a warp charge that takes the phone from empty to full in about 40 minutes.
In reality, the 8T version is a little more complicated, as it competes not only with competitors like the Pixel 5 ($699) and iPhone 12 ($799), but also with its own siblings, who are located between the cheaper OnePlus 8 ($599) and the premium OnePlus 8 Pro ($799).
However, if you turn down the competition and look at the OnePlus 8T in a vacuum, you will probably not be disappointed. It lacks a feature as quirky as gesture control of the pixel with motion sense (but who really uses that?), and its camera system may not beat some of its competitors, but the new 8T phone offers an overall sublime user experience.
During several days of testing (the tester was provided to Tekk.tv by OnePlus), the 8T impressed as a daily driver after switching from a Google Pixel 4 XL. If you are only interested in the specifications of the first line, here are some of the 8T’s outstanding features:
Dimensions: 6.33 x 2.92 x 0.33 inch (weight: 188g).
Build: Front and back made of glass (Gorilla glass 5), aluminum frame.
Screen: 6.55 inch liquid AMOLED, 120 Hz, 1080 x 2400 pixels.
Operating system: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.
Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
Camera setup: 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)
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Selfie camera: 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide)
colors: Aquamarine Green, Moon Silver
Battery: 4500 mAh, not removable, quick charge 65W
Fingerprint sensor under the display, Dual SIM
The 8T screen is large and bright, but not so wide that it can only be operated with two hands. The 6.55-inch diagonal display is beautiful and vibrant, with small bezels and an impressive refresh rate of 120 Hz, the number of updates per second.
By and large, the higher the refresh rate, the smoother the viewing experience – and while it’s easy to dismiss it as marketing mumbo jumbo, the screen was actually very fluid when browsing social media and playing games. High refresh rates have become a certain OnePlus-USP in recent years, and it certainly helps the 8T stand out from the crowd.
For comparison, the Pixel 5 offers 90 Hz and the iPhone 12 has 60 Hz. Could I personally see the difference between 90Hz and 120Hz? No, but I’m still glad it exists.
Aesthetically, the 8T is a good looking handset. I liked the aquamarine green color that the company sent for a review, and it was nice to have a display with a flat edge instead of the curved screens that have been so common on premium devices lately.
The gorilla glass back panel didn’t seem to have any fingerprints on it, and the rear camera module, although it did pop out a bit, was not too obtrusive. The same goes for the pinhole camera on the front, which I personally liked because it offered more space for the display.
The screen offers a nice haptic feedback when pressed, and with a neat button on the right side of the device you can quickly switch between silence, vibration or noise. The fingerscan security technology – under the display – also worked without any problems.
Apart from the screen technology, the second most important sales argument is how quickly the 4500mAh 8T battery can be charged with its USB charger type-C 65W. In significantly less than an hour, the phone can be brought up to full power from nowhere. It is hard to go back to anything else. The battery easily lasted a full day during the tests, but two days would not be enough.
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