Review: OnePlus 8T

Oneplus8T

As a customer, we were expecting a “T” series Smartphone from OnePlus by the year-end and here we get the successor of one plus 8. Oneplus provides better features and tweaked designs in these phones and based on customer feedback and also simply stays relevant until the next generation arrives. 

The Oneplus has officially launched the 8T with some of the expected features like tweaked design and upgraded specification in an effort in making the “T” version more appealing. Two variant are provided in the phone i.e. 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB priced at Rs 42,999 and Rs 45,999 respectively.

ONEPLUS 8T SPECIFICATION:-

Display:  6.55-inch AMOLED, 120Hz FPS
Dimensions:  160.7mm x 74.1mm x 8.4mm
Weight:  186 grams
Processor:  Snapdragon 865 with 5G
RAM:  8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
Storage:  128 GB/256 GB UFS 3.1
Camera:  48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front camera:  16MP
Battery:   4,500mAh (non-removable)
Charging:  65W Warp Charge

Design

Oneplus has changed its design for the first time in the history of their device look. You must have seen all the earlier designs were with a curved back and the vertical camera setup. With Oneplus 8T you will get a new rectangular camera setup that is seen in most of the devices by now. Some changes are done with the design because of the internal shuffling and new cooling technology. 

Now when talking about the back, it is protected by layers of 3D Gorilla Glass while the tinted mental frame holds everything in place. The dimensions provided in the OnePlus 8T are 160.7mm x 74.1mm x 8.4mm, which weighs at 188 grams, making it a comfortable phone to hold and use. With this size, we can’t say it’s a one-handed phone but gets much closer than most of the flagship phones.

The colour is warm green to turquoise based on the ambient lighting similar to the Noch that was launched by Oneplus in its budget segment smartphones. I feel the blacks more premium and they should have given a black colour option.

Ports and buttons are in the usual places while you will not see the jack again in the 8T as OnePlus has just dropped the idea of putting the jack in their smartphone.

Display

OnePlus has moved to a flat 6.55-inch display with their 8T that confines between pretty slim bezels. The chin provided has been shaved down by a bit by adopting a COP (chip on panel) solution. You will get a punch-hole selfie camera at the top-left corner of the display which is easy to ignore while using it. 

Display

The AMOLED panel enables more vivid visuals with a high level of contrast and perfectly inky blacks. For people who prefer a more muted or saturated look, the colour profile can be changed accordingly. It is claimed by the company that colour accuracy with a JNCD of about 0.3 and based on the testing the colour rendition did seem to be on point.

You will get a 2400 x 1080 screen resolution with a 120Hz of refresh rate. That bit is noticeable as soon as you start using whether while scrolling social media or for a smoother gaming experience.  

For the screen protection, you get Gorilla Glass protection and sRGB and Display P3 also makes the cut. These all features are focused by the OnePlus to can Oneplus standout with the rest for gaming as well as content consumption.

Audio

With OnePlus 8T the smartphone offers a dual stereo speaker setup- a primary loudspeaker on the bottom and the earpiece doubling as the second one on the top. This combination is done to offer fairly loud output with minimal distortion. 

As you will not see any headphone jack in the OnePlus series but audio over USB Type-C is supported. Dolby Atmos can be enabled for a more immersive experience. 

Performance

In OnePlus you get Snapdragon 865 chipset with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and speedy UFS 3.1 storage. As mentioned earlier OnePlus 8T hung on to 120Hz output even while huggling through multiple apps, and heavy usage and multitasking in general. 

Snapdragon

The gaming experience in 8T is enjoyable too. It will feel instantaneous with the high refresh rate along with display with the 240Hz touch. Also, the strong haptics seal deal makes the OnePlus 8T one of the gaming phones around. The 5G capabilities come with a Snapdragon X55 modem that makes you 5G ready.

Software

The new Oxygen OS 11 given in OnePlus 8T build has been questioned that how it is different from stock Android. While we can say that this is the latest version of the company’s custom skin, and is based on Android 11. We can say it is an interesting interface on any Smartphone.

Oxygen OS 11 is perhaps one of the classiest software skins.

According to OnePlus, this approach splits the interactions to the bottom and on the top; it keeps the major viewing element.

There is always a place for the customization; along with the usual dark and light theme you will see a dual-tone theme that is available in red and white secondary colours. It provides character to Oxygen OS single-handedly. You will get to see your phone usage on an Always-on display, which is great to avoid too much usage. 

Till date, the OnePlus 8T is the first Smartphone to run on Android 11. You can redesign the notification management system that prioritizes important conversation and give media control a dedicated spot.  

For the gamers there is a whole new design Game Space which can be summoned during playing games with a downward swipe from the corner that presents a quick option such as floating messages, blocking notification, screen recording, etc.

Summarizing the change Oxygen OS 11 is very welcome and should go a long way in establishing the identity in the android world. 

Biometrics

OnePlus 8T comes with the classic optical in-display fingerprint scanner from Goodix which is considered to be faster of its kind; a quick tap is enough to unlock the phone in seconds. It is positioned a little higher than usual, making it easier t reach.

Apart from that you also get 2D face unlocking using the front camera. While the face unlocking is always a less secure option.

Battery

The OnePlus 8T features a battery of 4,500mAH, which is considerably bigger than 4,300mAH with that in OnePlus 8, there is an improvement that is noticeable but not massive. While checking we notice with heavy usage, we got 6 hours of screen-on-time, which is just average for a heavy user.  

While you will see a massive upgrade in the charger with OnePlus 8T you get a new Warp Charge 65- a 6.5V 10A charging implementation that can fully charge the phone is just 40 minutes making it fastest on any Smartphone. 

Camera

The camera given in 8 Pro, hit new highs with its camera but when talking about 8T it falls back to the older days of unexceptional camera hardware. The upgrades are only on the quantitative part: four-camera setup with two flashes. If you are OnePlus user and used the OnePlus phone in the last year this is pretty much the same.

Oneplus Camera

The primary camera in 8T continues to use the same 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor with OIS and EIS that we have already seen in OnePlus 7-series. You will get a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view (FOV), a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. The front camera is the same as before the 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor.

The ultra-wide lens has a resolution of 16MP is good but it struggle to maintain colour temperature parity with the main camera. The dynamic range is still surprisingly high.

When talking about the lower lightning condition such as the golden hour we can see higher saturation and temperature in the pictures. Also, there is a difference in the image between the sensors widens. While at night the camera does its work perfectly and produces the fairly lit images that are even brighter than the actual setup. However, details are a little bit lag in the image.

You can record a 4K video in both 30FPS and 60FPS on the rear camera, in super slow motion up to 920p can be recorded and a time-lapse mode. You get a smoother and stable recording experience with the optical image stabilization. You can record the video in the night mode as well. 

Conclusion

According to us we don’t see any headlining features or upgrade on the OnePlus 8T rather than a bunch of little improvement across the board. People who own any of the OnePlus phones from their recent buys you aren’t missing much. 

Some of the strong points that can be considered is defiantly its display, software experience, and performance. With a more reliable camera setup, it could have been a near-perfect Smartphone. 

Why Buy?

For an easy yet elegant software experience

There is a lot more to know in the Oxygen OS 11, once you’re past Android 11’s learning curve. There are many meaningful features that give it character as well as functionality. The customization to a higher level is an added adventure.

For The Radiant Screen

With OnePlus you get a beautiful screen with a 120Hz refresh rate with a strong brightness level.

For reliable performance

OnePlus is packed with goodies i.e. all the latest specifications. It is impossible to slow it down regardless of all the heavy usage. 

Why not buy?

Not the Best Camera in The Market

We are not saying that 8T can’t take great shots but with this, we are not getting the cutting edge camera tech that you can find in some of the phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 range or the new Xiaomi flagship.

Want a unique design

We expect a lustrous and great looking phone at this price range but in this case, we can say that it has an average looking design.

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