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  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8T
  • OnePlus 8T


8.5/10
Informr score
The OnePlus 8T currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 64 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Superfast charging
  • 120hz display
  • Solid performance
  • Good design aesthetic

What's bad

  • Poor camera performance
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating

There are so many similarities between the OnePlus 8T and its predecessor that it’s a little hard to tell them apart. Given they both came out in the same year, are the updates worth the incremental upgrades if you’ve already bought the OnePlus 8? How does the phone stack up to the best mid-tier releases of 2020?

Design

The OnePlus 8T comes in two colors: Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver. Its body is about the same as its cousins in terms of design. The most obvious difference in the phone is the altered camera bezel. Unfortunately, reviewers don’t like it very much.

The bezel is a rectangular protrusion in the upper left -- very similar to most smartphones these days. But therein lies the problem. Reviewers said that the way OnePlus arranged the cameras on previous models -- a vertical bump in the middle of the phone’s rear shell -- gave the phone a unique appearance in a market of similar designs.

Display

The OnePlus 8T has a beautifully crisp, 6.55-inch, Fluid AMOLED display. Reviewers found nothing to complain about regarding the viewing experience. It has double the brightness of the previous OnePlus 8, allowing easier outdoor use. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate, making everything from menu swipes to the latest games feel super smooth and fast.

Performance

The OnePlus 8T does not have the newest chipset on the market. However, that doesn’t seem to hold it back in any way. Reviewers were more than happy with the speed with which apps opened and the phone bounced between tasks. Many reviews credit the 120Hz refresh rate and OxygenOS skin for keeping things looking silky smooth.

Software & Storage

The phone ships with Android 10. However, reviewers found the new OxygenOS 11 made great adjustments to the experience, both making the phone easier to use and keeping things running smoother. With 256GB of onboard storage, there’s plenty of space at hand as well.

Cameras

With each new phone comes an even bigger list of expectations for mobile photography. While reviewers considered the OnePlus 8T’s camera okay, none felt it was great. Reviewers owe that to the lack of a telephoto lens. Without it, that makes the existence of the macro lens somewhat superfluous. The wide-angle lens captured a wider viewer, but the detail suffered. Blotches and blurs appeared throughout images once reviewers zoomed in to inspect them.

Battery Life

The OnePlus 8T has a solid battery. Most reviewers easily made it through an entire day’s worth of work without worrying about their charge. But if you’re an avid gamer, you might need to top off at some point during your day.

Audio

Dolby Atmos stereo speakers make for compelling sound in the OnePlus 8T -- a claim that isn’t common among smartphones on the market right now. You’ll still want headphones for the best experience, but reviewers found the built-in speakers very nice.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum chassis
  • 6.55-inch AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 Processor
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128/256GB of storage
  • 48MP rear-facing, 16MP selfie, ultra-wide lens, monochrome lens camera
  • 4500mAh battery

Bottom Line

The OnePlus 8T doesn’t exactly stand out from other OnePlus phones, but there are some improvements that would be useful to avid tech fans. While some upgrades may seem minimal at best, those upgrades could be major if you’re coming from another phone -- especially if you’re looking to upgrade from a model released two or three years ago.

The monochrome lens for instance is not a common occurrence in phones for those looking for interesting photography features. The fluidity of a 120hz display and stereo speakers that actually work well enough not to need headphones also make it a great choice for anyone who likes to dive into games or streaming media on their phone as well.

Tom’s Guide says, “The OnePlus 8T could have been a new flagship phone-killer, with its strong specs, excellent display, and super fast charging. But the cameras don’t quite measure up to other leading phones.”

The Verge comments, “OnePlus has always been very proud of the raw specs of its phones, and the OnePlus 8T is no different. The phone is better specced in almost every way than the OnePlus 8 it succeeds from earlier this year. It’s got quicker 65W fast charging, a higher 120Hz refresh rate display, a bigger 4,500mAh battery, and an extra camera.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.55"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

The OnePlus 8T, while not earning sterling scores for its front camera, produces decent selfies within its limits. Especially outdoors and at optimal focal distance (30 cm to 50 cm), it captures sharp, well-exposed selfies, even if there tends to be strong luminance noise in low-light conditions. It...

- Chris Welsch, DxOMark
DxOMark

The OnePlus 8T comes with a high-end chipset and large display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, making it an interesting proposition for general use. Its camera’s primary module is capable of delivering mostly pleasant images and video clips, as long as you stay away from low light. This said, those who...

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
DxOMark

Although OnePlus’s latest device could use a boost in brightness to ensure better readability, the very good color, improved video, and smooth touch performance of its display make the 8T a worthy member of the “8” family and a serious contender in its market segment.

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
Techaeris

The OnePlus 8T really ticked all the requirements for me personally. It has amazing battery life, excellent cameras, a silent switch, the ability to use custom icon packs, and the user interface is elegant and well thought out. Like anything else, the OnePlus 8T isn’t for everyone. But iPhone users...

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
G Style Magazine

OnePlus 8T sports faster charging slightly upgraded camera system, and a smaller body even if you won’t notice it too much from the 8 Pro. Noticeable takeaways though are wireless charging. But I don’t see as a big reason to jump from say a OnePlus 8 and definitely not an 8 Pro. With OnePlus’ price...

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine


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OnePlus backs up the 8T with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.55"

The OnePlus 8T's screen size is 6.55 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 1852 minutes, 798 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus 8T Specs

Overview
Release date October 16, 2020
Regions available United Kingdom
Networks
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.94 W/kg
Body: 1.24 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 963 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 798 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1852 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Aquamarine Green, Lunar Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.07 x 7.41 x 0.84 cm (6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 188 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6.55 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass, 120Hz refresh rate, In-display fingerprint sensor
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (16 MP, F2.2, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.4, Macro), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.4
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): OnePlus 8T+

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