OnePlus 8T has been finally launched and there many improvements which have been learnt by the mistakes done in the OnePlus 8. The company did well with the OnePlus 8 Pro but messed up the OnePlus 8. The reason was that the price point. It should have had more features for the price it was launched at. Now OnePlus 8T is a more refined and feature loaded. It basically is a re-modelled 8 pro with few cut down fringe features and has the same price as that of the 8.
OnePlus has finally shifted from it’s old traditional vertical camera module to rectangular one placed on the top left corner. Design is still pretty good in looking and has a curved back. But, like in the 8-series, which had curved screen, this phone has a flat screen. This is a good improvement. This is even a light phone despite having bigger battery than the 8. The phone has only got two colour options. Aquamarine green, which is not frosted, and Lunar silver, which is more of black and is frosted.
Everyone expected a improvement in the processor which is Snapdragon 865+ but they stuck to 865. This doesn’t make any difference as there is very slight difference between 865 and 865+. The phone is still quite fast.
There is a massive improvement in the battery segment. First, the battery is now a 4,510 mAh which is divided into two equal parts. Because, the already Fast Warp charge 30T has now become Warp Charge 65. Yes, the new power brick now has the capacity to deliver a power of 65 W. This is blazing fast and can charge the phone 59% in just 15 mins and the whole battery in 39 mins.
Coming to storage it has two options of 8 and 12 GB RAM and 128 or 256 GB storage. RAM type is LPDDR5 and storage is UFS 3.1 both of which are high end. There is also a new liquid cooling system which prevents from over heating as it has got fast charging. It has also got a very good haptic engine.
The new flat FHD+ AMOLED screen produces super punchy colours. Although QHD+ was expected but the screen is still of excellent quality. It is HDR10+ certified. Brightness levels are super high. This is a 120 Hz refresh rate screen. Now, this also a improvement as the predecessor had only 90 Hz refresh rate.
Cameras are also improved from the 8. Not up to the mark as they are claiming it a flagship experience, but are a capable one. It has got a 48 MP IMX586 primary sensor which has OIS. This sensor is quite old but OnePlus has been doing optimizations to improve picture quality. But it would be better if they start using a new one before it starts getting deteriorated. There is a 16 MP ultra-wide angle camera with 123 degree FOV which is one of the widest in smartphones. It has got a 5 MP macro and 2 MP monochrome lens. This time the company hasn’t mess up by adding a colour filter lens as it had privacy issues. Overall, the images come quite good and have good sharpness in the pictures you click.
OnePlus has been had a very good reputation about their software. It is a bloatware free software. It just seems like Vanilla android but has a loads of customization features. The phone has got Android 11 out of the box. With this new version, OnePlus has added a new feature of Always on Display with various options of wallpapers for the always on display.
In regions like the US, there is only a 12 GB RAM variant. But in regions like India there is even an 8 GB RAM variant. In US it starts at $749. And in India it starts at around $575, which is a very good price point.
Looking at the overall package, OnePlus 8T offers so many features which are of flagship features and directly competes with phones like Galaxy S20 FE. This phone is highly recommended for a flagship experience. But this phone wouldn’t be recommended for camera as it is the weak point for this phone.