OnePlus 8T review: beautiful, POWERFUL, fast and… cheaper!

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Il OnePlus 8T is confirmation that things are changing for OnePlus. And now, after about 7 years in the market, the company is increasingly transforming itself from a brand that was born by addressing enthusiasts of the sector with aesthetically distinguishable and technically advanced products, to a more "mainstream" giant that has actually entered the ultra-premium market with its own OnePlus 8 Pro.

In short, just think of the presentation of the OnePlus North to understand that by now the company is no longer that of the first OnePlus One, and all in all this is right: OnePlus is no longer a start-up, and the choice of producing devices capable of competing with different market segments is more than legitimate. And the fact that it actually succeeded is already a great success.

And as soon as I got my hands on the new one OnePlus 8T I realized that the turning point was complete. Because it is clear that some design choices have become somewhat standardized, such as the camera no longer central and, let's face it, rather similar to that of the Realme 7 Pro, which however hides some features that could leave you speechless: in short, even with the OnePlus 8T the company continues to be something of a “trend setter” in the industry, but it does so in its own way, abandoning some of the (much appreciated) features we first saw coming with the 8 Pro, such as wireless charging.

OnePlus 8T review: many steps forward and a few steps back

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If there is a credit that must be given to those of OnePlus it is the attention to detail in their products, and not only in the actual devices but also in everything that accompanies them. And the new box OnePlus 8T is a clear example: made with high quality materials, it continues to be characterized by the typical red color and includes, in addition to the smartphone (which, among other things, is already sold with the protective film for the screen applied), also a very nice TPU case on which stands the words "Never Settle", a new USB-C charging cable and the new charger 65w Warp Charge.

Design and ergonomics

The numbers speak for themselves: like its predecessor, the OnePlus 8T is great. But not as large as its predecessor, with its 160,7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm and 188g of weight, not only loses a few millimeters compared to the OnePlus 8 Pro, but weighs 10 grams less. In a nutshell, it is much more convenient to use - even with one hand - and despite weighing less, it continues to give that touch and feel typical of a full-fledged premium phone.

Made with a design that the company has called "Flowscape" and available in two colors (Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver), the back cover of the OnePlus 8T is made of glass and is characterized by a construction process that makes it decidedly poco suffering from fingerprints. On the side there is still the button for selecting the sound modes, while at the bottom there is the USB-C 3.1 port, flanked by one of the two stereo speakers.

Then there are the usual subtleties of OnePlus, such as the haptic feedback that - generation after generation - gets better and better, while the fingerprint sensor has been placed under the display and (alleluja) has become more precise and faster.

Data sheet - OnePlus 8T

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • RAM: 8/12 GB LPPDR4X
  • Memory: 128/256 GB UFS 3.1 not expandable
  • Battery: 4500 mAh
  • Connectivity: 5G SA / NSA, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC
  • Wired charging: 65 Watt
  • Wireless charging: No.

Display

One of the elements that have always stood out in OnePlus devices is the screen, and also with the OnePlus 8T things haven't changed (or maybe they have?). The display of the new OnePlus is a 6.55 inch Fluid AMOLED type E3 (which reduces blue light emissions) with a refresh rate di 120 Hz, with which, however, the QHD + resolution has been abandoned, in favor of a more conservative one FullHD + and you opt for a non-curved panel: and here, a curiosity, actually the panel used in OnePlus 8T it is of the folding type, and has been used by the company - although, in reality, the display is not of the curved type - due to the reduced weight and thickness, and a much richer color range.

And some might say that between resolution and flat display OnePlus may have taken a step back, it is true, but all in all it is a sensible choice, which does not negatively affect image quality: i 402 ppi they guarantee a more than adequate pixel per inch density, and the balance between colors and saturation is almost perfect.

But beyond the actual technical specifications, that of the OnePlus 8T remains (as usual) a very satisfying user experience, which gives its best even in direct light conditions and if activated the 120 Hz: the combination of panel quality, update speed and Oxygen OS 11, makes the use of the device always fluid and visually pleasing.

Hardware

To be fair, there are no substantial hardware differences between the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 Pro. The processor is the usual and very solid Snapdragon 865, flanked by a GPU Adreno 650 and 8 or 12 GB of RAM memory that from the OnePlus 5 Pro's LPDDR8, return to being LPDDR4X type. But if there has been a sort of remodeling for the RAM, as regards the internal memory there is an excellent news: the cuts will be two, from 128 GB or 256 GB, and both will use UFS 3.1 memories (slightly more performing than the UFS 3.0 of its predecessor).

In short, in terms of performance we are definitely in line with expectations: speeds are excellent, both with the most common operations and when performing more complex tasks, which are completed without the slightest slowdown of the system and, above all, without the device getting too hot.

And this is also possible thanks to a new dissipation system, which is made with a vapor chamber (in graphite, copper and silicone) bigger than 285%. And yes, this is also the structural reason that “forced” OnePlus to move the camera.

It almost goes without saying that the gaming experience is at the highest level also in this case and not only thanks to the hardware, but also thanks to the Game Space, which integrates a series of functions born with the aim of improving gaming, ranging from the optimization of memories, graphics and haptic feedback, up to the management of network connections in order to improve streaming and Fnatic, which brings everything to the max.

As for connectivity, there are not many new features compared to the previous generation. The 5G modem is the same Snapdragon X55 that we have seen in the OnePlus 8 Pro, able to manage speeds up to 7.5 Gbps in download and which guarantees good reception (also thanks to the antennas, which have now been positioned at the top) with SAR values ​​not particularly high: 0,95 W / Kg for the head and 1,26 W / Kg for the body. WiFi is also good, compatible with the WiFi 6 standard.

Camera

The first instinct I had just saw the camera module of the OnePlus 8T was asking me why. Why insert a macro sensor and a black and white sensor, and leave an optical zoom at home? In short, because OnePlus has decided to align itself with the standard of the mid-range, where not only are devices with the photographic sector of the same shape and size, but also with the same choice of sensors. Well, why?

In reality, however, after some photographic tests I had to change my mind and for several reasons: for the performances with the night mode, also present in the videos and of excellent quality, and for the fact that it seems that among all the companies that use the Sony IMX586, OnePlus has been the only one who really understood how to make it work at its full strength.

But let's go in order. The photographic sector of OnePlus 8T it consists of a main sensor Sony IMX586 to 48 megapixel, optically stabilized and with an f / 1.7 optic, flanked by a16 megapixel ultra-wide angle which uses a Sony IMX481 sensor and an F / 2.2 lens with a 123 ° field of view. Then there are one 5 megapixel macro with a focus distance of 3 cm and a sensor 2 megapixel black and white.

And regardless of the real usefulness of the two "minor" sensors which, in my opinion, are useful poco in everyday life, the photographs taken with OnePlus 8T are among the best ever with this Sony sensor and are undoubtedly aligned with the brand's most direct competitors. The main camera has very good dynamic range, well-balanced contrast and detail, and very good color accuracy. Also good photos with the wide-angle camera, which loses slightly in terms of dynamic range (even in HDR) and detail, but which has a very large field of view.

What more surprised us however it is the general performance of the smartphone with night modes. Regarding both photos and videos, the OnePlus 8T it's practically seeing in the dark, and it does it faster and more accurately than all other devices in the same price range. With the smartphone it is possible to shoot in night mode both with the main lens and with the ultra-wide angle, with more than good results that drop slightly when using the ultra-wide camera where, despite some possible micro-moves, we are still with a very high rod.

And the same effect can be had with videos, which can be recorded up to maximum resolution 4k at 60 fps, but which are limited to FullHD at 30 fps when using the portrait video functions, which produces good videos with bokeh effect, and Night: the latter is truly exceptional, and allows you to record videos in environments where other smartphones cannot capture anything.

Without praise and without infamy the front camera, which continues to use a Sony IMX471 sensor from 16 megapixels, with an f / 2.4 lens and electronically stabilized. It does not have autofocus and the good performance in good light conditions is slightly less in low light conditions, where you continue to notice too invasive noise attenuation, which generates rather muddy images.

Software

OnePlus 8T is animated by Android 11, personalized with the OxygenOS 11 which, even if at first glance it does not denote important changes, in reality it becomes much more "stock" as an experience and is characterized by a general moving the user interface down, a bit like we have already seen in Samsung's OneUI (and you can see it a lot in the Settings).

And beyond the practicality or otherwise of the choice, it is a graphical interface very pleasant to use and that, despite the Android stock experience, continues to express the identity of the company and to be recognizable: it is useless to go around it, OxygenOS is one of the best Android customizations. Point.

A new one has been introduced in the camera app hot key for sharing photos, there is the new Game Space which also integrates a function of prevention of involuntary touches, there is a new Ambient Display with 10 new styles for the watch and there is the Zen Mode 2.0 that becomes "collaborative": a sort of "group stop" with which you can relax with your colleagues or friends. And yes, it's a useless thing that probably no one will ever use, but it's a nice idea. Finally, there is also a novelty for the application of the Notes, which with OxygenOS 11 is able to turn into text what is said during registration, in real time.

Battery

The performance of the battery from 4500 mAh integrated into OnePlus 8T which, at its fullest potential, still manages to guarantee more than 6 hours of screen on, and which introduces a very important novelty but which, unfortunately, does not integrate wireless charging. And, honestly, I was unable to explain the reason for this choice: in short, with OnePlus 8 Pro the fast wireless charging at 30w was even introduced, while with the 8T it is just abandoned. And it weighs a lot to me not to be able to recharge my smartphone by placing it on a wireless charging base. Sin.

And who knows, maybe the absence of wireless charging was also made necessary by the new battery pack design, which recharges at 65w and will take 15 minutes to go from 0% to 58%, or 40 minutes for a full charge: actually the batteries are two, and are charged in parallel by the new charger which, among other things, is also capable of charging a Nintendo Switch or even a MacBook Air.

Price and conclusions - OnePlus 8T

The price of OnePlus 8T varies according to the version chosen. The model with 8/128 costs 599 euro and is only available in the Lunar Silver version, while OnePlus 8T from 12/256 costs 699 euros and is also available in the Aquamarine Green color.

Last updated the 04 / 12 / 2021 13: 27

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And in short, OnePlus 8T it is further confirmation that the company has changed, but in a certain sense it is back to what it was before. In short, with this price and this novelty OnePlus with the 8T has all the credentials to return to being a game changer. Amen.

Because the OnePlus 8T is one of the most pleasant smartphones to use, in which display and camera are the masters, also assisted by the excellent OxygenOS 11. And, of course, if with OnePlus 8 Pro the technical compromises were almost absent, with the new version of the smartphone it is as if you had taken a step back, and the absence of wireless charging is noticeable. Had it been integrated, the OnePlus 8T would have been a near-perfect smartphone. But, hey, at this price you can't ask for more.

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