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OnePlus 8T Rapid Review

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OnePlus have recently released their newest smartphone, the OnePlus 8T. What does the T stand for? Turbo? Three? Terrific? Find out what I thought of the latest flagship phone right here.

Fast Facts

Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android™ 11
CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865
5G Chipset: X55
GPU: Adreno 650
RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 2-LANE
Battery: 4,500 mAh (2S1P 2,250 mAh, non-removable)
Warp Charge 65 (10V/6.5A)

What’s Inside The Box?

Inside the smart red presentation box, you will find the OnePlus 8T handset, a Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter, Warp Charge Type-C to Type-C Cable, a case, and a pre-installed screen protector.

Design

The OnePlus 8T doesn’t look too dissimilar to the previous OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro models and fits in perfectly to the OnePlus family. The biggest design difference is the flat screen and the camera housing on the back of the phone.

My review handset came in a Lunar Silver finish, and as always with OnePlus, the handset looked and felt the part. The phone feels light in hand, and it’s thin as well.

Display

The OnePlus 8T features a 6.55” 120 Hz Fluid AMOLED flat display, with minimal bezel to speak of. The 120 Hz refresh rate makes a huge difference, and scrolling through websites is so smooth and navigating your way around the phone is a seamless experience. Colours are very accurate, and watching programmes in HDR is a treat. When browsing websites and social media, the text is clear and crisp. 

Performance

The OnePlus 8T is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the same processor as the OnePlus 8 Pro. In fact, the specs of the OnePlus 8T are almost identical to those found in the OnePlus 8 Pro. This isn’t exactly a bad thing, as it still felt quick, and was able to tackle multitasking and gaming with no performance issues. All recently released, and power-hungry games, ran as expected.

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The OnePlus 8T has very similar specs to the 8 Pro.

Software

The OnePlus 8T Oxygen OS is built on the newest version of Android, Android 11. Many OnePlus fans have taken issue with the new design approach; however, I like the new look and feel of the menus and settings. It all feels very clean and makes good use of the screen real estate.

An excellent feature of the new Oxygen OS is the always-on display. This has been a fan-requested feature for a long time, and it’s great to see it implemented. Of course, it will reduce battery life, but not dramatically. You can read more about Oxygen OS here.

Battery and Charging

While not the biggest battery in a phone, or an OnePlus phone for that matter (that award goes to the OnePlus 8 Pro) the 4,500 mAh battery is more than enough to get you through a day of intensive usage, with the screen brightness up and 120 Mhz refresh rate enabled. With less intensive usage, I was able to get a few days out of the battery.

Fortunately, battery life should never be an issue with the OnePlus 8T. The included 65W6 charger can charge your phone fully in around 15 minutes. I was so impressed with this, and once you’ve used the Warp Charge, it’s hard to go back to a slower charging solution.

Another great feature of the included charger was that I was able to use it to charge my other phones, my Nintendo Switch, and even my USB-C laptop. The only disappointment with the OnePlus 8T is that it doesn’t t support wireless charging. This wasn’t a dealbreaker for me; however, it could be for those looking for a phone with all of the latest features.

Cameras

You will find four cameras housed on the rear of the OnePlus 8T. If you’ve read my previous OnePlus phone reviews, you’ll already know that I’ve been impressed with the OnePlus cameras, and the OnePlus 8T’s are no different.

There is a 48MP main camera, a 16MB ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a new 2MB Monochrome lens. This monochrome lens was a good addition and isn’t just a black and white filter. To find it, however, you do need to click the filter button and scroll to the end to find it. Check out the slideshow below to see some photographs that I have taken using the various cameras.

Conclusion

The OnePlus 8T is another brilliant smartphone, and in my opinion, it is the best handset that they have made to date. However, if you’ve already purchased the OnePlus 8 Pro, there isn’t enough to make you upgrade. If it’s your first OnePlus phone, and you’re looking for a flagship phone, at a reasonable price, then the OnePlus 8T could be for you.

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