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OnePlus 8T 5G 

 OnePlus 8T 5G Review

It is now customary to expect a 'T' series smartphone from OnePlus at this time of year. These phones generally have better features and tweak design, based on customer feedback and to remain relevant until the next generation arrives. It may be more important than ever with this generation - for the OnePlus 8 (Review) series that launched earlier this year, OnePlus put everything into the OnePlus 8 Pro, comparing it to the Vanilla OnePlus 8 I felt a little foggy.

OnePlus has officially launched the 8T, which, as expected, features a tweak design and advanced specifications in an effort to make the non-Pro version more attractive. The brand has not refreshed the OnePlus 8 Pro for Rs 54,999 (review) this year, which is fine if you ask me, as there is not much that needs to be changed.

If you were disappointed with OnePlus 8 at Rs 39,999 and holding for 8T, should you buy it? let's find out.

Design and Look

The OnePlus 8T continues to feature an aluminum frame with glass back at Rs 42,999, but the design is very different compared to the OnePlus 8. The edges of the display are no longer curved, making the front look less striking, but it is certainly more practical. The edges of the display are easy to see and interact with the content. In addition, there is no attractive effect that is commonly seen on curved-edge displays. The other thing I've noticed is that the OnePlus 8 is heavier (188g vs 180g) and thicker (8.4mm vs 8mm) than the 8T. The exact reasons are not clear but this new model seems top-heavy even without a case. Prolonged one-handed use can quickly become fatiguing.

The new Aquamarine Green colorway looks great, and despite it having a glossy finish, fingerprints are not a major problem. The OnePlus 8T also comes in a Lunar Silver colorway, which is called a matte-frosted finish. The camera module is shifted to the left rather than in the middle, and its rounded corners match the soft shape of the rest of the phone.

OnePlus has also made some subtle improvements to the display. It is the same size and resolution as the OnePlus 8, at 6.55 inches and full-HD +, but it now supports a 120Hz refresh rate just like the 8 Pro. OnePlus claims that the touch sampling rate has also been increased to 240Hz (180Hz to 8) for better touch response. The display is also HDR10 + certified, and has a JNCD color accuracy accuracy of less than 0.55 as well as a maximum brightness of 1,100 nits. OnePlus says the 8T has a slimmer chin as the display connector now tilts behind the panel. I don't see much difference (if any) when comparing 8T and 8 side. Finally, there is a cutout in the upper-left corner for the single selfie camera.

The button layout will be familiar to OnePlus users. The power and volume buttons sit on opposite sides of the frame, the ringer profile, an alert slider for switching between the USB 3.1 Type-C port on the bottom and the headphone jack. The OnePlus 8T has a dual-SIM tray, but there is no option to increase storage.

The OnePlus 8T ships with the usual set of accessories - a data cable, charger, SIM eject tool, stickers, silicon case and user guide. A big change this time is the type of charger you get. This is a 65W charger called OnePlus War Charge 65, which we'll talk about later.

The redesigned body and display make the OnePlus 8T look good, and the 120Hz refresh rate is always welcome, but this is a limitation of the physical upgrades to this model. It still does not support IP rating or wireless charging, which is disappointing.

Software and Operating System

Before we dive into the performance of OnePlus 8T, let's take a look at what's new on its software. OnePlus 8T runs OxygenOS 11 out of the box. It is the latest version of the company's custom skin, and is based on Android 11. OnePlus has already started rolling out this update for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.

OxygenOS 11 features a new "bold" design from Samsung's One UI. When you open them, most stock OnePlus apps now show their names in large, bold letters and as you scroll it shrinks to a regular size. You can see this in most stock apps of OnePlus such as Clock, Settings, Notes, Recorder, Gallery, etc., but not a file manager app for some reason.

A quick swipe on the home screen brings the OnePlus shelf, which shows recently launched applications and some relevant information from the app. This gesture can be easily changed to pull the notification notification shade. Now there is a proper dark mode setting, which can be scheduled and work independent of the theme you set. OnePlus has also finally added Always-on-Display (AOD) feature. The new Insight AOD is interesting because it shows you how many times you have unlocked your phone. OnePlus says it will add more features to its stock apps and AOD via a software update in November.

OnePlus 8T has Google's stock dialer and message app just like the OnePlus Nord. Interestingly, OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro should continue with OnePlus related apps even after Android 11 update. OnePlus has also refreshed its Zen Mode Wellness feature, which now includes soothing themes and you can share your digital detox experience with other OnePlus users.

Boost and Performance

OnePlus usually uses a slightly speedier plus + 'SoC variant of Qualcomm for its refresh, but sadly we have no such luck with the OnePlus 8T. It sports the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. It will be available in two configurations at the time of launch - 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for Rs. 42,999 for Rs 45,999 and has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. Higher version with me.

OnePlus 8T uses UFS 3.1 flash storage compared to OneFS 8T as compared to UFS 3.0. However, according to the Androbeck test, there seems to be no major difference in read / write speed. However, OnePlus 8T still uses LPDDR4X RAM and not DDR5 RAM like the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Other features include an in-display fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, face recognition, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC. The OnePlus 8T also supports several satellite navigation systems and the expected suite of sensors, and a flicker detection sensor in the camera module.

I have been using the OnePlus 8T on a much larger scale for about a week now, and so far, the performance has been nothing short of amazing. The weight of the phone takes a bit of time to use, and if you plan to use one of the OnePlus cases, the phone will become even heavier. On the other hand, this display looks great, with lots of colors to calibrate it to your liking. The 120Hz refresh rate makes animation and gesture flatter and reactive to every small system. None of the games I tested were able to take advantage of the 120Hz display at the time of this review, but OnePlus says it is adding 90fps support for Fortnite soon via an update.

Speaking of games, everything from Asphalt 9: Legends to Battle Prime ran very well, with a smooth, consistent frame rate. Above the frame above the earpiece, it gets slightly warmer during gaming but the rest of the frame and back do not have much heat. The stereo speakers are loud and the sound is clear. HDR10 videos looked great when played on YouTube or locally. Netflix was not able to detect the HDR capability of the OnePlus 8T display, but it should be easy to fix with the update.

Fingerprints and face recognition worked quickly to unlock the phone. I found the in-display fingerprint sensor early, and almost never encountered a misunderstanding. Facial recognition has also worked well, though I wish there was a 'get up-to-wake' option for a more comfortable experience.

OnePlus has placed the 8T with a slightly larger 4,500mAh battery than the 4,300mAh of the 8T. More importantly, this phone supports faster charging. OnePlus 8T is the first OnePlus device to support Warp Charge 65, a trademark of OnePlus. You get a slightly redesigned charger with USB Type-C output.

I managed to charge the 8T from zero to about 72 percent in half an hour, and it only took 15 minutes more to fully charge. Interestingly, unlike the company's previous offerings, the Warp Charge 65 charger also supports the USB power delivery standard with a range of power outputs. It can supply up to 30W of power to other OnePlus phones and headphones, and up to 45W of power to the Samsung Galaxy S20 + (review) such as MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and Android phones.

The Warp Charge 65 technology appears to be similar to the brands using Realme and Oppo in their respective phones. When plugged into the OnePlus 8T 65W SuperDart Charger or Oppo's SuperVOOC 2.0 Fast Charger, it will charge fast without any problems.

Battery life in general is solid. I was also easily using a day average and half to medium light with a bit of gaming and camera testing. The OnePlus 8T did not do very well in our battery loop test, strangely, lasting only 15 hours and 51 minutes.


OnePlus 8 offered decent camera performance and it seems as if not changing the formula too much with OnePlus 8T. Now you get four rear lenses instead of three, but most of the functionality remains the same. OnePlus 8T continues to use the Sony IMX586 48-megapixel, optionally stable sensor for its primary camera - OnePlus's 7-series phones, OnePlus Nord, and even on many budget phones such as the Redmi Note 7A sensor From 2019.  It's a good sensor no doubt, but I was expecting something better for the 8T.

In addition, the OnePlus 8T features a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view (FOV), 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. The front camera is still the same 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor. The OnePlus 8T boasts a wider FOV for its ultra-wide camera than its predecessor, and the macro camera currently has a higher resolution. . At the top of the camera module is the white circle flicker sensor, which should be useful to prevent strolling during shooting under some type of artificial light.

On a bright, sunny day, the OnePlus 8T is capable of capturing some very striking photographs. HDR is applied very well, colors are perforated but not overset, and zooming in also gives a good amount of detail in landscape shots. The ultra-wide-angle camera also captures good colors, with slightly weaker details. The colors in the photos can be seen heavily depending on the screen calibration used on the phone's display, so this is one to keep in mind. Close-up packs in good detail too - autofocus is quick and has a pleasing background blur effect in photos.

The OnePlus 8T's macro camera is slightly improved from the 8, but it is still no match for the macro implementation of the 8 Pro. Portrait mode can use a lot of work. Skin tones on human subjects often looked completely off, with unnatural skin smoothing as well as beauty filters disabled. There are still much better performances in this context.

I did not find much use for monochrome cameras, and unless you will be in black-and-white photography. It is only used when you select the last o mono 'filter in photo mode. This is still the primary 48-megapixel camera capturing the picture, so I'm not sure that a separate sensor and lens was needed to apply this effect.

Daylight selfies look good, with plenty of detail and very natural skin tones. Portrait mode tries to blur the background behind you but the result is not always correct. Image quality takes a big hit in low light. Sadly, there is no nightscape to help improve apathy, but you can use screen flash. One thing I noticed is that if you have Vision Comfort (OxygenOS Blue Light Filter feature) enabled, the screen flash will have a heavier yellow tone, resulting in a red skin appearing in the selfie. To get a more natural skin tone with screen flash you have to turn it off.

Thankfully, rear cameras are better in low light. Even without Nightscape, the main camera does a decent amount of detail and suppresses noise well. Of course, the fine texture on objects is not as sharp as if they were shot during the day, but when you enlarge a picture, it is only noticeable. The ultra-wide-angle camera does a good job of suppressing noise even at night, but the details and exposure are very weak. Nightscape helps to correct exposure slightly, making objects appear a bit more in darker areas. I found it more effective with the main camera than with the wide-angle.

OnePlus 8T has solid video recording capabilities. You can record 4K at 30fps and switch between primary and ultra-wide-angle cameras. The quality is very good in daylight except for a light flickering in the footage while walking. The main camera can record up to 4K 60fps, but you cannot switch sensors at this framerate. The selfie camera is still limited to 1080p recording but stabilization and it works well.

OnePlus has added some new video features to the 8T's camera app - Video Focus Tracking, Video Portrait and Video Nightscape. The former is essentially focused on tracking, and has done a great job in my experience. OnePlus 8T is able to continue tracking an object even if it exits the frame and returns. The video portrait creates a deep impact around your subject, but it only works for humans. Finally, Video Nightscape offers a great exposure in low light compared to standard video mode, but the resolution is limited to 1080p.

Low-light video quality was still mediocre at best, with the OnePlus 8 much preferred. The objects looked grainy and were constantly panicking from the moment I started walking. Ultra-wide-angle cameras performed very poorly at night, producing almost unusable footage.

Should you upgrade to it or not?

After being slightly less than OnePlus 8, everyone will be eyeing the OnePlus 8T so that its many shortcomings can be fixed. Well, the OnePlus 8T offers many changes, but still we leave out many features that we were expecting to see such as IP rating or wireless charging. OnePlus' decision to drop these features is quite disappointing, but perhaps also understandable, because you don't want a new phone to steal away from an existing flagship. This is exactly what happened for the OnePlus 8 when Nord was launched, and I don't think OnePlus wants to make the same mistake again.

This year's 'T' refresh is not that big, let's say, what was OnePlus 7T for OnePlus 7 at 37,999. OnePlus launched the 8T Pro model, we would have seen upgrading the SoC and cameras on the 8T. As it stands, the OnePlus 8T is still a solid offering and does everything you'd expect from a mid-tier flagship. It looks great, has a great display, the cameras are decent, and the battery life is solid. It also doesn't hurt to charge super fast 65W.

For the price, the OnePlus 8T starts at Rs. 42,999 for the base variant, and I have a higher 12GB RAM priced at Rs. 45,999. Compared to the equivalent variants of OnePlus 8, the 8T offers better value as you get more features and better specifications for less. However, the starting price is slightly higher. There is no longer any reason to buy OnePlus 8 (if you haven't already), until its price drops permanently.

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