OnePlus has announced a new phone, right on time. Since this is autumn, it’s time for the Chinese OEM’s latest T-series phone release, which this year takes the form of the OnePlus 8T. This phone has been rumored for weeks, and the final device itself doesn’t pack any major surprises. However, the early response to the OnePlus 8T seems a bit tepid compared to past releases. It’s not a bad phone, but some of the magic seems to be missing.
The OnePlus 8T is a big phone with a 6.55-inch 1080p OLED screen. That display also has a 120Hz refresh rate, just like Samsung’s latest phones. According to DisplayMate, it’s an excellent panel from a technical standpoint. OnePlus even managed to slim down the bezels even more to make them almost completely symmetrical all the way around — phones in this price range often have larger “chins” to house display drivers.
There are four camera modules on the OP8T, and two of them are what I would call “useful.” You get a capable 48MP primary sensor and a 16MP ultrawide. The device also has a 5MP macro camera that is bad, just like all dedicated macro cameras. There’s also a 2MP depth sensor that allegedly helps with focus and portrait mode effects, but I suspect it’s just there to boost the sensor count.
Inside, the phone has an almost-top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 (with 5G) and a 4500mAh battery with super-fast 65W charging. In the US, the 8T has 12GB of RAM and 265GB of storage for $750. Internationally, there’s a cheaper version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The pricing is about what we’d expect from a OnePlus phone — slightly higher than the previous version with a corresponding spec bump. However, the smartphone arena has shifted in the last few months.
Reviews are generally positive, but not positive like OnePlus reviews used to be. At $750, the 8T is competing directly with phones like the $700 Galaxy S20 FE, which has most of the same specs plus wireless charging and an IP68 rating. The 8T only has IP68 if you purchase the carrier version from T-Mobile. OnePlus also changed around its OS skin, which is now based on Android 11. The modifications are more extensive and further from the “stock” Android experience, which some consider a step backward.
By all accounts, the OnePlus 8T is a good phone. It just doesn’t undercut the big names like it used to. You might even consider OnePlus to be one of those big names these days. So, who’s going to undercut OnePlus? You can pre-order a OnePlus 8T now, and it’ll ship October 23.
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