It’s that time of year again, OnePlus is releasing it’s T variant of the phone it released earlier in the year, except that there is no 8T Pro, just the 8T, however, don’t let this get you down, the 8T is a beast of a phone.
Let’s start off with the main upgrade over the OnePlus 8, and that would be the screen. The 8T now has a 6.55” 2400×1080 Flat OLED display with a whopping 120hz refresh rate and a 24H0z polling rate, not only is this a fast screen, it’s an accurate screen, not only did it get an A+ from Displaymate, but this screen has a JNCD of 0.35, what JNCD? Just noticeable colour difference, it’s how close to perfect something is, and anything under 1.0 is considered visually indistinguishable from perfect, that doesn’t stop companies trying to get even more accurate though and a 0.35 is insane! Add to that the screen is HDR10+ certified, meaning HDR YouTube and Netflix are going to look great here.
Next is the new charger. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have Warp Charge 30T, 30w wired charging is still pretty damn fast and OnePlus’ Warp charge algorithm is faster than most, maintaining it’s peak speed for longer, however with the 8T OnePlus is taking that further with Warp Charge 65. 65w wired charging means 0-100% in 39 minutes, or as OnePlus are saying, a days power in a quarter of an hour. There is a lot of technical wizardry behind this, but in the simplest of terms, there are two batteries inside the phone each being charged at 32.5w each this reduces heat which is bad for batteries and gets you going faster, cool!
Next is the camera, and using the 48MP Sony IMX586 some might be disappointed that OnePlus is using this now 2-year-old sensor, but don’t fret this also has the benefit of being a high-end sensor at launch and having 2 years of firmware updates and optimisations to it, and the IMX586 in here is stellar. The Ultrawide is a 16MP unit with a whopping 123-degree field of view, higher than most others and still without any fish-eye distortion, great job. Next is the 5MP macro which is, whatever. It’s better than a 2MP one, but still a waste of space and money. Lastly is the new Black and White sensor, but OnePlus won’t tell us the sensor size here because it is not being used for photos directly, instead, the video stream of the Black and white sensor is laid on top of the 48MP main, giving more depth, shadow detail and grayscale. Finally, OnePlus upped the front-facing camera to 32MP, and it’s a surprisingly decent camera despite the small pixels.
Wrapping up this launch piece is the software, OxygenOS is back, this time with version 11 built upon Android 11 and it is divisive. Some very much like the more refined look, better one-handed usability and more muted colour scheme, and others dislike how much it looks like Samsung’s OneUI, I haven’t spent long enough with it yet to make a decision on how I feel about it that way, but I am a fan of how well it performed and how stable it was, even on my pre-release device.
Config wise, all the OnePlus 8Ts are 5G capable with the Snapdragon 865 and X55 modem, there are 2 SKUs available, a Lunar Silver for £549 with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and an Aquamarine Green unit with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, both are available for pre-order today on OnePlus’s website, and on October 20th available through John Lewis, Amazon and more.