OnePlus 8T hands-on: Crossing all the T’s?

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“Ultra stops at nothing.” After a pre-briefing and a keynote event, I still do not comprehend that slogan and the meaning that it tries to communicate. However something is clear: the OnePlus 8T will be announced this Wednesday, October 14, at the price point of EUR599 ($ 704) while doing everything in order to be worthy of the letter T engraved within the case, following the footsteps of its renowned predecessors. Is the OnePlus 8T faithful to the heritage of the makers mid-range flagship series? While awaiting my total evaluation, here is a sneak peek in my hands-on of the OnePlus 8T for NextPit.

✓ 120 Hz AMOLED screen

✓ Snapdragon 865 chipset

✓ OxygenOS 11 based upon Android 11

✓ Always-on display screen that worries on digital wellness

✕ No IP accreditation.

✓ Warp Charge (65W).

Best price.

Least expensive price: OnePlus 8T.

✕ No dedicated telephoto lens.

✕ Classic 48 MP lens.

✕ No expandable memory.

Bad.

Who is OnePlus 8T for?

A quadruple 48 MP photo module.

Main sensing unit: Sony IMX586, 48 EIS, mp and ois, f/1.7.
Ultra-wide angle: Sony IMX481, 16 MP, f/2.2, 123 ° FOV.
Macro: 5 MP.
Black and white: 2 MP.

The OnePlus 8T features a 6.55-inch AMOLED Flat Panel Display in Full HD+ resolution with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole situated in the top left corner for the selfie cam. Below the hood lies a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 4,500 mAh battery that will deal with the new Warp Charge 65W quick charge ability, a quadruple lens system anchored by a 48 MP shooter. It is also among the very first smart devices to offer an Android 11-based overlay with OxygensOS 11.
The point of launching the OnePlus 8T is this: to offer the very best of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which sells for EUR899 ($ 1,056) while the other would be the staple OnePlus 8 handset, while being rather cheaper than these 2 flagship models. In brief, it continues to stay well within the OnePlus Ts spirit where price-to-performance ratio is worried.
The OnePlus 7T, which likewise sold for EUR599 ($ 704), was my favourite smartphone of 2019 in regards to value-for-money in the premium section. Just Like OnePlus Nord in the mid-range sector, the OnePlus 8T uses, on paper, a good compromise in the face of the manufacturers move to the upmarket section and in terms of pricing..

With this all-important observation put aside, the design of the OnePlus 8T ticks all of the right boxes when it concerns a high-grade model. A glass back, a metallised aluminum frame and punch-hole electronic camera in the front screen. The 6.55-inch screen is flat, which is various from the curved edges of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.

In a blog site post that revealed the beta stage of its overlay, OnePlus explained that stock Android has just not been optimised for modern mobile phones that are geared up with bigger screens. The producer went on to detail using anthropometric information in order to create a thermal map of screen interactions, leading to the ultimate ratio for optimising content and user interface aspects.
Aesthetically, youre bound to be in for a small shock. The interface is even more streamlined than in the past. What I liked about OxygenOS was that it was a bit like the Arial Black where the Android UI is worried. Whatever was clear, but likewise extremely detailed, where each option displayed its function, simply put, the various customisation possibilities.
With OxygenOS 11, we proceed to a lot more simple and minimalist graphical layout. All information must be visible at a glimpse and in a clear manner. OnePlus does not totally desert customisation, however clearly reveals its desire to offer a more traditional and more available UI.
If we discuss customisation, we can discuss the Always-on display screen which sports a function understood as “AOD insight”. Essentially, its a visual indicator that takes the kind of a coloured vertical bar that informs you of just how much screen time you are using. You have an unlock counter and the bar modifications colour according to the length of your screen time.

OnePlus 8Ts 120 Hz Fluid Amoled screen and its punch hole./ © NextPit.

The screen of the OnePlus 8T is extremely intense and, above all, fluid./ © NextPit.

The OxygenOS 11 user interface is now more simplified, more “legible”/ © NextPit.

A brilliant 120 Hz flat display screen.

In terms of raw power, the OnePlus 8T has what it takes to contend with the finest video gaming smartphones on the market like the Asus ROG Phone 3 or the Nubia RedMagic 5G. OnePlus explained to me that by moving its video camera module that was previously located in the upper left corner, this enabled the addition of new components for much better temperature control.

App names are shown in an oversized typeface, which is great. Many of the info and commands have actually been shifted down to the lower sector of the screen. Simply put, the concept is to create a hierarchy in between information and tactile alternatives that can be accessed via your fingers.

The OnePlus 8T will be available from 20 October at a cost point of EUR599 ($ 704) for the 8GB/ 128GB version and EUR699 ($ 821) for the 12GB/ 256GB variation on the main OnePlus, Amazon, and Fnac/Darty online websites. It will be offered in 2 colours: Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver, the latter being unique to the standard memory configuration (8GB/ 128GB).

The OnePlus 8T display screen is a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel in 20:9 format, delivering Full HD+ resolution, 402 dpi, and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The entire display is HDR10+ licensed, so you are guaranteed of having a wonderful viewing experience.

When it concerns the cam module, the OnePlus 8T consists of a quadruple lens system with the following setup:.

The OnePlus 8T is powered by Qualcomms Snapdragon 865 chipset that is mated to an Adreno 650 GPU.
There will be no overclocked variation with the Snapdragon 865+, much like the OnePlus 7T in its day and the Snapdragon 855+. Without a Pro model for its 8T variety, OnePlus doesnt desire to present other models that might cannibalise its other gadgets – which is a smart relocation..
Im not going to offer you graphic standards in this hands-on, but will obviously include them in my full review. Were beginning to get an idea worrying the efficiency of this processor, which is just the most effective for Android smartphones right now, not that we really require all that power anyway.

Yeah, its all well and great to have actually a totally filled SoC, but if everything of those turn the mobile phone into a toaster after a short while, its very little usage. So you get a larger surface area for the steam chamber, 12 temperature level sensing units, as well as 5 graphite plates and silicone grease all over the location in order to limit overheating.
Ill need to abuse the OnePlus 8T with long video gaming sessions and a number of criteria in order to see if the smartphone will present thermal throttling halfway through, which instantly decreases its efficiency when the temperature level increases excessive to avoid overheating.

As for the electronic camera module that has actually ended up in a rectangular manner, I am eliminated that there is a far less protrusion than anticipated. Unfortunately, there is no IP accreditation for waterproofing, which could be a deal-breaker for some. As on the models preceding the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, this is, in fact, water resistant, however the maker chosen to save some expenses to obtain main accreditation.

The OnePlus 8T in Aquamarine Green./ © NextPit.

OxygensOS 11 based on Android 11.

Fresh design like a nordic breeze.

Snapdragon 865 and Fnatic Mode modified.

The devoted Fnatic video gaming mode is less advanced than on pure video gaming mobile phones, however the interface far more easy to use. Having actually Instagram docked in a window while playing on the OnePlus 8T: whats the point?!/ © NextPit.

The OnePlus 8T is the brands first smart device and one of the very first non-Pixel Android smartphones to strike the marketplace with Android 11 pre-installed.
OnePluss OxygenOS 11 brand-new overlay has actually gotten a lot of attention, specifically in the United States tech press for its cleverness (which is odd since OnePluss application is far from being dominant in the US, however the press has actually spoken).
The main change made by OnePlus that showed the manufacturers intent would be moving away from the stock Android interface, at least in regards to its visuals. The close similarity to Googles UI in the past happened to be the trademark of OxygenOS, and proved to be a struck with its user base.
With OxygenOS 11, OnePlus appeared to have wished to retain the spirit of stock Android in terms of fluidity but also injected a more individual touch, in addition to special functions that have long been happily promoted by the fanbase, such as the Always-On screen.

We likewise have a reading mode for much better eye comfort, equipped with a monochrome mode and a chromatic mode. A “canvas” mode in the customisation settings allows you to draw an abstract illustration that takes the contours of one of your photos, like a sketch. Unfortunately, I did not have this feature on my upgraded version of OxygenOS 11.

In OxygenOS 11, Zen Mode is a digital detox tool that can be embarked on with several individuals/ © NextPit.

On paper, I doubt the effectiveness of both macro and grayscale sensors. In my opinion, and I may be incorrect since I havent tested them, its just a marketing push to include more sensors. In any case, I would have greatly chosen a devoted telephoto lens for extra flexibility.
The camera module is now rectangular in shape and situated in the upper left corner on the back of the smart device. OnePlus discussed to me that the Nightscape mode also works in video and will trigger instantly, rather comparable to iOS, depending upon the lighting conditions.
Its a camera module that toes the industry line after all, and theres nothing elegant about it at this rate. OnePlus has released various software updates to its picture application considering that the launch of OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, so I will see in my full evaluation whether or not it will come with the latest photo app variation or not.
A quick note for the front-facing video camera: it is a Sony IMX471 16 MP sensing unit, with no IOS with an aperture of f/2.4. The OnePlus 8T can also tape-record video at as much as 4K 60 fps.

The manufacturer announced a maximum brightness of 1,100 nits, compared to 800 nits on the OnePlus 8 and 1,300 nits for the OnePlus 8 Pro. The displays touch tasting rate can add to 240 Hz (the number of times a touch is recorded with your fingers), which is completely helpful for responsive gaming controls.

Linear and formerly centered, the photo module of OnePlus 8T becomes rectangle-shaped and is positioned in the upper left corner./ © NextPit.

The famous switch or “slider” of OnePlus, the information that eliminates./ © NextPit.

On paper, all of the ingredients are there for a fluid and immersive visual experience. It stays to be seen what effect the 120 Hz will have throughout a variety of on-screen activities. Similar to a lot of other producers, this refresh rate is vibrant and its frequency differs depending upon the usage (gaming, video, navigation, etc).
OnePlus has truly spoiled their fans given that the start when it comes to a whole variety of customisation options for additional visual convenience with a mono- or chromatic-playback mode, a colour accentuation mode, or an always-on screen (that regrettably, is not as customisable as under ColorOS 11) – and they continue in this rich custom with the OnePlus 8T.

It is deemed to be fashionable now to move away from curved screens, so OnePlus is not forging a brand-new path but following a market pattern here, although I was guaranteed that the screen still retained a slight curve, with 2.5 D corners. There are also certain quarters that like to mock the size of OnePlus mobile phones.
Personally, I didnt find the OnePlus 8T to be particularly enormous, and I value a larger than typical kind factor anyhow. The general grip of the smartphone is likewise great, where the slider button is well-positioned to deal with the vibration/ringtone modes – something that I will never ever get tired of.

Le mode insight de lAOD sur le OnePlus 8T et son indicateur visuel de temps décran./ © NextPit.

The “insight” function of the Always-on screen on OxygenOS 11 gives you visual info about your use of the OnePlus 8T/ © NextPit.

The OnePlus 8Ts quadruple image module emphasizes night mode and a remodelled algorithm./ © NextPit.

OnePlus has actually also made a small update to the Zen Mode for digital wellness, enabling you to produce group sessions to synchronise your phases of digital detox with numerous individuals. Accountability certainly assists one achieve ones goals, does not it?

The OnePlus 8T advised me a lot of OnePlus Nord, which was, obviously, a premium-looking gadget that does not spend a lot. Throughout the pre-briefing, OnePlus guaranteed me that the Aquamarine Blue colour is not the same as the OnePlus Nords Blue Marble. After putting the two mobile phones side by side, the OnePlus 8T has a blue-green shade that does tend to lean somewhat more towards green tones instead of the OnePlus Nord.

The default OnePlus 8T ODA is not the most personalized on the market./ © NextPit.

The Warp Charge 65T, a killer function?

The huge news, supposed to be.
THE killer feature of the.
OnePlus 8T, is not a concealed electronic camera under the screen as I had actually hoped, but the Warp Charge 65 feature. This 65W quick charge (just with the dedicated charger, otherwise it plods along at 27W) is supposed to be able to charge the OnePlus 8Ts 4,500 mAh battery from 0 to 100% in 39 minutes or from 0 to 58%, or enough for one days usage (as the maker claims), in 15 minutes.
OnePlus discussed to me that Warp Charge 65 is based on a double battery system where each battery charges at the same time without increasing the voltage or temperature level excessive. The 10 Volts are divided by two and provided at 6.5 amps, so each battery is simultaneously recharged in 5 V/6.5 A each.

So I cant wait to provide you a long and substantial review of this OnePlus 8T to see if the manufacturer measures up to its track record with a OnePlus fanboy or otherwise.

Conclusion: My first impressions.

Many of the technology of the Warp Charge 65 lies in the adapter, and not in the mobile phone. Theres an extra encryption chip in the charger along with in the USB-C cable in order to control the temperature level (in addition to the 12 thermal sensors in the mobile phone).
Once again, this is not a huge innovation if you look at the “competitors” over at Oppo or Realme. But thats the OnePlus approach: you only carry out a function if its fully optimised, while decreasing costs as much as possible (no, not like Apple, because Cupertino waits far too long and maximises costs instead of lowering them). It will hence be necessary to wait on a Warp Charge 125.
I will tell you in my total review if the battery and Warp Charge 65 carry out well in daily usage.

And with the OnePlus 8T, which will be sold at the exact same cost as the OnePlus 7T at EUR599 ($ 704), the brand name clearly offers one of the most competitive high-end mobile phones on the market. On paper, it is a product that respects the spirit of its range, and this makes it deserving of using stated letter on its name..

Its only competitors in this segment are the Realme X50 Pro, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro (which I will review really quickly), and the Poco F2 Pro (which Xiaomi chose not to send out to us for a review). In any case, EUR600 ($ 705) is the price that a flagship need to cost in my opinion. Anything that goes beyond this price point will need a revolutionary type element or actually ingenious hardware in order to charge above-market rates, rather like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.

OnePlus sees the Warp Charge 65T as the killer-feature of its OnePlus 8T./ © NextPit.

I even entitled my OnePlus Nord evaluation “All is Forgiven”. Its as though the brand name got tired of hearing from me, or rather reading my review, raving on and on like the fanboy I am.

Left wing, the old Warp Charge 30T charger and on the right, the new Warp Charge 65T./ © NextPit.

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I had a great deal of problems about OnePlus in 2020, generally about the relocate to the upmarket section, however especially about the cost of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. With the OnePlus Nord, the producer already showed its willingness not to abandon the price/quality ratio in favour of a race for the premium section with a modest disposition.

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The OnePlus 8T includes a 6.55-inch AMOLED Flat Panel Display in Full HD+ resolution with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole situated in the leading left corner for the selfie camera. Throughout the pre-briefing, OnePlus ensured me that the Aquamarine Blue colour is not the same as the OnePlus Nords Blue Marble. After putting the two smartphones side by side, the OnePlus 8T has a turquoise color that does tend to lean somewhat more towards green tones as opposed to the OnePlus Nord.

With this critical observation positioned aside, the style of the OnePlus 8T ticks all of the right boxes when it comes to a top-of-the-line design. Having Instagram docked in a window while playing on the OnePlus 8T: whats the point?!/ © NextPit.

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