OnePlus already advanced on its second round that there would be no Pro version , so that the most recent OnePlus Nord was waiting for a single brother. It is precisely the one that concerns us in this article, the analysis of the OnePlus 8T , in which we thoroughly check how the “Never Settle” experience has evolved after a few months.
Since, although strictly speaking it is the direct heir to the OnePlus 7T , the mobile arrives six months after the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro , and it does so while maintaining part of the high-end DNA of its predecessors but with new features among its features.Volume 90%
OnePlus 8T datasheet
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm|
|SCREEN||Fluid AMOLED 120Hz|
FullHD + 2,400 x 1,080, 402 dpi (20: 9)
sRGB Display 3
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 865 +|
Adreno 650 GPU X55 modem
|RAM||8 / 12GB LPDDR4|
|CAPACITY||128/256 GB UFS 3.0|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11 with OxygenOS|
|REAR CAMERAS||Main sensor: Sony IMX586 48 MP (0.8 µm), OIS + EIS, f / 1.75Ultra wide: Sony IMX481 16 MP, f / 2.2, 123ºMacro lens: 5 MP (1.75 µm), f / 2.4, 3 cmMonochrome lens: 2 MPOthers: Dual LED flash, PDAF + CAFVideo: 4K 30 / 60fps, Slow Motion 480fps (HD), 240fps (FHD), Time Lapse, Video Editor|
|FRONTAL CAMERA||Sony IMX471 16 MP (1 µm), EIS, fixed focus, f / 2.0, FullHD video|
|CONNECTIVITY||5G NSA, 4G LTE Cat 18, WiFi 6 ax, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC,|
GPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / SBAS / A-GPS
USB-C 3.1 (compatible, cable is 2.0), Dual Nano SIM
|SECURITY||On-screen fingerprint reader, 2D face unlock|
Stereo speakers, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD
|DRUMS||4,500 mAh with Warp Charge 65|
|PRICE||8 GB / 128 GB: 599 euros|
12 GB / 256 GB: 699 euros
Design: rear asymmetry and front symmetry (for good causes)
The OnePlus 8T makes something clear on an aesthetic level: this year the sky blue is the color of OnePlus, seeing it in its four 2020 phones. This achieves a certain hallmark (at least for this year), being a striking color but which in turn is more discreet than other gradients and shades.
That sky blue, without gradients, extends across the glass back with a gloss finish , in contrast to the matte metal edge. Hence, it can remember the Nord more, by leaving behind the mate that we saw on the rear of the 8 and 8 Pro.Beyond what we may like the tone, the mobile is well built, the touch is pleasant and it is beautiful
Beyond what we might like the tone, the mobile is well built, the touch is pleasant and it is beautiful, perhaps with a more youthful or casual style. But the most important thing is that despite this gloss finish it resists fingerprints quite well , although it is true that it slides a lot.
It’s comfortable to grip, partly because of the size and weight. It is very much in line with the OnePlus Nord, staying below 200 grams, although as we will now see it does not turn out to be strictly an example of compaction looking at other competing mobiles with a similar diagonal screen.
|HEIGHT (MILLIMETERS)||WIDTH (MM)||THICKNESS (MILLIMETERS)||WEIGHT (GRAMS)||SCREEN (INCH)||DRUMS||SURFACE (CM2)||VOLUME (CC)|
|ONEPLUS 8 PRO||165.3||74.35||8.5||199||6.78||4,510||122.9||104.47|
|HUAWEI P40 PRO||158.2||72.6||8.95||209||6.58||4,200||114.85||102.79|
|SAMSUNG GALAXY S20||151.1||69.1||7.9||163||6.2||4,000||104.41||82.48|
|IPHONE 11 PRO MAX||158||77.8||8.1||226||6.5||3,969||122.92||99.57|
|PIXEL 4 XL||160.4||75.1||8.2||193||6.3||3,700||120.46||98.78|
|LG V60 THINQ||169.4||77.7||8.9||219||6.8||5,000||131.62||117.15|
|SONY XPERIA 1 II||165.1||71.1||7.6||181.4||6.5||4,000||117.39||89.21|
|XIAOMI MI 10 PRO||162.5||74.8||9||208||6.67||4,500||121.55||109.39|
The curvatures characterize the rear and the corners, thus softening the sides and favoring good grip . It is not excessively thick or wide, so it is comfortable in hand and does not tire.
One of the aesthetic changes is in the triple rear camera module, which, in addition to having the shape of a domino (although with very rounded corners), is placed in a corner and not in the middle. With this, more space for components is achieved, according to the manufacturer, although what stands out is that it stands out rather little (but if we support it without a cover on the table, it sways a bit).
The physical buttons that we see follow in the wake of the predecessors, with the volume buttons on one side and the power / lock button on the opposite (right). Above the latter is the slider for the sound modes , something for which OnePlus bets stoically unlike most current manufacturers.
At the base is the tray for the SIM, the USB type C and the main speaker, all perfectly aligned. The secondary earphone / speaker is inserted very discreetly above the display, which rests on the metal edge with a black frame.
Speaking of the front, for the insertion of the subjective camera we have opted for the hole in the screen , as we saw in its predecessors. But yes, the screen is flat : no curvature on the sides, thereby avoiding accidental touches and other discomforts of curved screens in use.
What is maintained (or recovered) is the horizontal symmetry , seeing that there is no chin in the frames. According to OnePlus, this is achieved thanks to the fact that the AMOLED is flexible and with this they have been able to retract that end so that the elements that normally cause the presence of the chin are inside the edge (“embedded”).
In general, it seems to us a well-built and beautiful mobile that maintains the identity of the house, at the same time that it is possible to differentiate despite maintaining some fashions. It is comfortable and clean, although occasionally we can see some accumulation of dust on the rear module for the cameras if we use it without a cover.
Display: so it’s nice to forget about 60 Hz
Today we still see bets on the IPS beyond the mid-range like the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro , but AMOLED technology has long been the trend and championing the different paths of the evolution of the panels (by consumption, colors, thinness, flexibility, etc.).
This is also the choice for the OnePlus 8T, which has a 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with FullHD + resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels). The density is 402 pixels per inch and has an aspect ratio of 20: 9, although what stands out is that the maximum refresh rate it reaches is 120 hertz.
As we have mentioned before, it is a flat screen . This may be more or less aesthetically pleasing, but the truth is that the handling improves a lot in terms of performing navigation gestures and above all to avoid accidental touches, in addition to not having those side shadows that are always projected by the curvature of the crystal.
Speaking of brightness, the automatic adjustment works well, although it stays high when we go into a very dark environment. The maximum brightness allows the content to look good when the sun is more intense, in fact according to OnePlus it reaches 1,100 nits, which is not bad at all.
From the available DNA of its predecessors, the OnePlus 8T remains the one that defines part of the characteristics of the OnePlus 8 by inheriting density and resolution. The screen looks very good at this level and many users will not miss more pixel density, but as we always say in these cases today it is missing that all the high-end ones do not come by default with a higher degree of resolution .
Like good AMOLED, the oversaturation is present from the first moment, although we can adjust it by going to the screen settings . Even in soft mode, it is already over-saturated, so the most balanced configuration we see is the advanced setting, with sRGB profile and adjusting the temperature (somewhat colder).
In general, you have a good experience with this screen in terms of viewing angles and touch sensitivity. The sensation of the entire screen is quite well achieved with the hole for the front camera and the absence of a chin, achieving, according to GSM Arena, an utilization of 84.3%.
We will also see that the hole does not interfere with handling when the app is full screen and horizontal, nor does it cover elements in the apps we have tested. Of course, although the software provides the option of keeping the hole as it is or covering it with the black bar, not all apps can be run in full screen (we will have to check which ones in that section of the settings).
In this case, the bar measures 6.26 millimeters, being slightly less wide than in the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is achieved thanks to the fact that the front camera has a fairly small diameter (about 3.75 millimeters), and although the text on the Sweep him over space above does not give the feeling that he is “lost” in it.
Speaking of software, OxygenOS maintains its minimalist ambient screen , with the possibility of programming it and choosing new designs (but with little customization in terms of functions). What we have missed is the option to raise to activate the screen, which as we will see would help facial recognition to be more dynamic.
The gesture menu is also very varied. In addition to the navigation buttons, we can add the usual gestures and hide the bar to get the most out of the screen, in addition to being able to set gestures for the screen off (which work very well).
As for what could be the star characteristic at the screen level, 120 Hz is a cap, but not a fixed frequency. That is, as we have been seeing in other manufacturers such as Samsung and Realme, it is a setting that automatically adapts the refresh rate according to use so that some energy consumption can be saved.It is worth leaving it at 120 Hz maximum, since the extra fluidity is noticeable and is greatly appreciated in the user experience
We will talk about consumption in the battery section, but this automatic adjustment seems to work well in that it shows when we have established the maximum 120 Hz , but we do not miss more sampling at any time (or browsing the system menus) . And in connection with this, to say that it is worth leaving it like that, at 120 Hz maximum, because the extra fluidity is noticeable and greatly appreciated in the user experience.
Performance: the absence of surprises as a good sign
The OnePlus 8T meets the minimums required for a high-end 2020, which are not few. The engine is captained by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 , which carries the modem to support 5G by hand, and there are versions of 8 and 12 GB of RAM with internal UFS 3.1 storage.
With this base of components, it was to be expected that there would be no task that could resist it and it has been. We have gotten tired of playing games, playing multimedia content, editing photos, etc. and we haven’t seen any signs of hardware being below expectations .
The flow is a constant in the OnePlus 8T, aided by the refresh rate of 120 Hz that described above , and peppered with good control of the heat. We will notice that after a while of play the temperature increases, but it does so in a subtle way and without noticing anything out of the ordinary in both sensation and numbers.
Regarding the benchmarks , we show you the values obtained in the performance tests that we usually do for those who take these tests into account.
|ONEPLUS 8T||XIAOMI MI 10T PRO||SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 ULTRA||SONY XPERIA 1 II||BLACK SHARK 3 PRO||ONEPLUS 8 PRO||HUAWEI P40 PRO <||ASUS ROG PHONE 3||IPHONE 11 PRO|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 865||Exynos 990||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 865||Kirin 990||Snapdragon 856+||Apple A13 Bionic|
|RAM||12 GB||8 GB||12 GB||8 GB||8 GB||12 GB||8 GB||8 GB||4GB|
|GEEKBENCH 5 (SINGLE / MULTI)||892 / 3,194||905 / 3,341||872 / 2,463||905 / 3,330||906 / 3,316||885 / 3,136||943 / 2,527||900 / 3,296||1,331 / 3,333|
|3D MARK (SLING SHOT)||8,925||6,311||8,885||7,330||9,448||8,726||4,074||8,747||–|
Software: customization and fluency by flag
We are at a double premiere with this new OnePlus talking about software. The OnePlus 8T comes with Android 11 as a base which is dressed in the latest version of the in-house customization layer, OxygenOS 11 . As a personal note, of all the layers that exist in Android, the OnePlus is one of the ones I like the most and the one that makes me feel “at home” the most, so let’s see how this new version is .
We see that beyond Netflix there are no third-party apps pre-installed, finding the entire Google suite and its own utilities. We can disable those that we are not interested in from Google and uninstall the change to another mobile and the OnePlus community (the only ones pre-installed own that is not a basic utility).
The minimalist aspect of OxygenOS is maintained, as well as the customization possibilities at the level of typography, size and colors. In addition, from the home screen we access a very complete configuration menu for it, which allows you to change the distribution of the apps (between drawer or only desktop), the size of the icons and other aspects.
In addition to the usual tools such as digital well-being, we can add quick start options, activate pocket mode (to avoid touches on the screen when we have it saved and all those options that we have seen in the screen settings. There is also a space for games , which allows you to establish a resource configuration that favors the game task (at the performance and network level), as well as a quick settings panel.
It is interesting that we take a look at the settings of the games area (which appears as its own app) to see if we are interested in activating functions such as the “Mis-touch” prevention (to avoid opening notifications accidentally “or the improvement of the tactile response among other aspects As the mobile hardware per se is already more than enough, this resource adjustment is not too noticeable, but all these additions in the interaction are useful if what we want is to play and nothing else.
In general, the sensations are maintained with this layer of software: it is light and it is not overwhelming at the level of preset notifications, bloatware or the interface itself. If we have occasionally noticed any sign that it is a very new layer (an unexpected closure or some notification that did not disappear after the first start of the system), but they have happened in a very specific way and we would not say that it is an unstable layer or much less.
With the sides and the back clear, the fingerprint reading remains on the screen like in the previous OnePlus. So does facial recognition thanks to the subjective camera, thus also complying with what we see in today’s mobiles in general.
Speaking of the fingerprint reader , its performance is correct and it is activated with the ambient screen. It is quite fast and not too demanding with the surface that we have to support, so it is a fairly comfortable method to use.
In general we usually say that fingerprint reading is overshadowed by facial recognition as it is faster, but in this case it does not happen as the screen is not activated when lifting automatically. By having to activate it (with a double tap or with the physical button) we have ended up using fingerprint reading much more.
But in any case, facial recognition works very well . It has a function to illuminate the face when the lighting of the scene is low, since it will not work in the dark, but in general it makes a quick and correct reading and it is convenient to enable it although we may not use it always.
Cameras: a different design for a similar experience
Except for the appearance, the cameras of the OnePlus 8T remain fairly faithful to those we saw in the OnePlus 8, with the main sensor also in the OnePlus Nord. The scheme is as follows, including the front:
- Main camera: 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor (0.8 µm pixels), lens with f / 1.75 aperture and OIS + EIS.
- Ultra-wide: 16-megapixel Sony IMX481 sensor with f / 2.2 aperture lens and 123-degree field.
- Macro lens with 5 megapixel sensor (1.75 µm pixels) with f / 2.4 aperture lens.
- 2 megapixel monochrome sensor (support for the main one).
- Front camera: 16 megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor (1 µm pixels) with f / 2.0 aperture lens and electronic stabilization.
The monochrome sensor works in conjunction with the main camera, both in performance and in assisting the user. The manufacturer claims to have improved low-light photography , with the novelty that we will get the suggestion to use the Night Landscape mode thanks to this sensor (when detected in the conditions).
The maximum resolution of the video is 4K , being able to record both 30 and 60 frames per second. It also has slow motion at 240 fps (FullHD) and the usual shooting modes, which we will now see when talking about the app.
The rudder for the cameras is slightly updated, although it maintains some previous aspects that we also liked. The navigation between modes is by tabs, being able to customize which ones we want in them and which ones we prefer to have hidden in the drawer.
The photography interface (in automatic) has the usual shortcuts with two additions and one absence: the macro shot (which does not have a tab, as in MIUI ), the 48 megapixel one and the absence of the direct access to HDR. In fact, the HDR will be automatic or it will not be , as we can see in the settings.
The portrait mode maintains its interface and operation, being activated directly with zoom but being able to shoot at 1x. The night landscape (night mode) is available for both the main lens and the wide angle lens and is automatic, and you can also record with this mode (finding it in the video interface).
It is a fairly complete app and adapted to the mobile, so that the photographic resources of it can be used well. Of course, the app is a bit slow , as if it could be optimized more (it is very noticeable as this is a contrast to how well the rest of the system sections are doing).
The main rear camera of the OnePlus 8T is comfortable in the daytime, outdoors and in abundant or indirect lighting. Even so, we will see that two factors are encountered many times : the lack of detail and the white balance , which is not always realistic and is sometimes cold.Automatic photography.
We will see that the colors may lack some liveliness, although this can be solved by editing in a simple way. Where it comes out best is in close-up shots , in which the exposure is usually better measured and we do not have the feeling that there is an interpretation with room for improvement in highlights and shadows.
We will see that it has some difficulty in the exhibition when the lighting is not abundant, especially speaking of the interiors with indirect light or late in the afternoon (even with the sun out). The twilight, of course, is something to improve in general, whether or not HDR intervenes.Photography with the main camera (12 megapixels) in automatic.
Thus, in the afternoon (or on cloudy days) it is not uncommon to obtain underexposed images and perhaps with some contrast to spare. In these situations, and speaking above all about the general planes and the abundance of contours to define, we will see that we miss something more sharpness .
What we have noticed after testing in all situations is that the HDR is presented in automatic mode when necessary , but not in the 48 megapixel shot. It is not too noticeable, but we will see that the dynamic range is somewhat narrower at full resolution and that it can also influence the interpretation of the shadows.
At 48 megapixels what we get are larger photos, but not exactly more detailed. It will depend a lot on the lighting, and if it is not favorable we will have to take into account that they can come out more contrasted and that since it is a slower shot there is the risk that it will be moved.
The wide angle complies very well with the correction of the natural deformation of the lens, but in general the result is too tight. Items such as bushes in the secondary planes, which are already regular in the main lens, here are a stumbling block that cannot be overcome and in general we see underexposure and more contrast than in the main camera.Wide angle.
At night we do not see that there is significant improvement compared to the previous thing, in fact we even expected something more for the supposed improvements. When the lighting is indirect (and favorable) we get good shots, although it is harder to define when it comes to backlights or there are many points of light (many street lamps).
In this situation, it will be better to dispense with the Night Landscape mode when running the risk of obtaining overexposed photos and even with some burned points, being a more suitable mode for when the scene is not very illuminated and for the wide angle . In fact, if there is hardly any light, it will be the one that best solves the shot on both lenses.With the main lens.With the wide angle.
OnePlus hasn’t quite gotten the hang of portrait mode this time either, although it is being more obedient. We will see that when it comes to interiors or medium light it takes a bit longer to get a correct exposure, but it detects the main subject well and the cropping is usually adequate.Portrait mode.
What we do notice a significant improvement is in macro shooting . Here we see that they have also tried to increase the resolution of a sensor that we usually see of 2 megapixels and, whether or not it is for this, with its 5 megapixel sensor we see very successful results in terms of detail, white balance, contrast and colorimetry.Photography with the macro lens.
In the subjective shots we have seen a little of everything. The performance in favorable conditions is correct, saving well the detail of the face and with a balanced exposure and colorimetry .Automatic photography.
We will see that in backlighting it has problems in interpreting the shadows, usually due to an exacerbation of contours that leaves a very false result even if the colorimetry is correct. This occurs in both self-shooting and portrait mode.
The portrait mode applies a very flat blur, but as occasion may look good. The clipping is normally correct, being able to detect an error when there is hardly any contrast between the element in the foreground and the background (nothing that does not happen with hair and other mobiles). In any case, the detail of the foreground is respected and it is quite permissive in terms of its application (more than in the frontal ones).Portrait mode.
Thus, there is also a tendency for the white balance to be too cold and we will see that in the afternoon we will be able to obtain highly contrasted images, as with the rear ones, so it seems that it may be something associated with processing.
In the shots taken with the OnePlus 8T, the good stabilization in daytime shots stands out. The combination of OIS + EIS gives very good results, with videos without shaking, sharp turns and fluid.
Better at the quality level if we shoot 4K versus 1080p, but in both the exposure, contrast and white balance are maintained. In addition, we can change to the wide angle even if we start recording with the main camera, although we will notice the change.
The shots have a fairly realistic color, although we can notice that the tone tends to magenta very slightly (especially in the afternoon and on cloudy days) **. The sound capture is good **, without appreciating problems in this regard.
At night the stabilization is not fully maintained and we see that there are some problems, beyond noise and what is usually unavoidable in these shots. Although it should be noted that the super stabilization mode works quite well and does not suppose a drastic underexposure as we sometimes see with this function, although yes, the night mode in video better if there is little light because it tends to overexpose.
The front camera maintains what we saw in photography and gives us realistic videos in terms of color, exposure and contrast. At night the quality declines a lot, yes, more than what we saw in photography.
Battery life: the surprise of excellent performance for a “familiar” battery
Despite being even somewhat less bulky than the OnePlus Nord and slightly more compact than the OnePlus 8 Pro, the OnePlus 8T stays on a 4,500 mAh battery . That is, it is larger than the Nord and practically identical in capacity to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Something that improves with respect to the two is the speed of charging, since the 8T comes with compatibility with Warp Charge 65, or what is the same, a 65 W fast charge that supports the charger that is included. Of course, the cable this time is USB type C at both ends.
We have been testing the OnePlus 8T for a few days alternating full loads with the maximum frequencies at 60 and 120 Hz, and it gives us an average autonomy higher than that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. Specifically, the average we have obtained is almost 48 hours , with about 6 and a half hours of screen time.
The load that has lasted the longest has been at 60 Hz and a total of 53 hours , making normal use that included game, camera, multimedia and social networks (with some Google Maps). The load that has taken us the least has been at 120 Hz and giving a lot of power to the video playback, something that the PC Mark test shows, lasting more than 15 hours.
Yes, a higher consumption is noticed if we allow 120 Hz to be reached, but in the end we always see very good autonomies , reaching almost two days being at 120 Hz maximum. So in this sense there is a good work with the optimization of the consumption in the background, as well as in the adaptation of the refresh rate.
We have been very comfortable at the level of autonomy, although there is no wireless charging for this mobile
An incentive is also that the charge is completed in about an hour . In general, we have been very comfortable at the level of autonomy and the OnePlus 8T allows us to forget enough to be aware of plugs and external batteries, although yes, there is no wireless charging for this mobile.
Sound: welcome stereo, always
The OnePlus 8T does not integrate a 3.5 mm minijack, but at least it maintains what should already be a minimum for all high-end (and part of the middle): stereo sound . As we have seen in the design part, the main speaker is located on the mobile base next to the USB, while the secondary one appears discreetly at the top of the screen.
Speaking of the sound from these speakers, the performance is very correct and balanced . Well at the level of dynamic range, with well compensated bass and treble and without appreciating throat clearing, distortion or other signs of a poor quality sound.
There is plenty of power , reaching 115 decibels at the output of the main speaker, which translates into about 80 ambient (which is more than enough). It is surprising that there is no noticeable loss of quality when we raise the volume so much, although the best experience is rather 75% down (about 63 ambient decibels, more is not convenient or pleasant).
The Dolby Atmos is also available for speakers and enabled by default. There are three options depending on the content (movies or music), although what makes up for it is to leave it in dynamic so that it adapts automatically (there is not a huge difference either).
For headphones we can choose style preferences, between balanced, warm, nuanced or none. It’s also a very subtle difference and it almost pays to keep it balanced.
OnePlus 8T, the opinion of Xataka
Curious about 2020 from OnePlus, which although it has given us four phones as on previous occasions, the menu has ended up being very varied. And this OnePlus 8T is presented as a high-end proposal adjusted in price and performance, for those who want to taste the power to spare but not the four figures on the bill.
Something that remains in this 8T is fluidity , speaking both of performance and its layer of customization. This is very positive for the user, who in addition to having the latest version of Android does not have to worry about touching the system so that his mobile works better.
To highlight the autonomy , surprising us for good to be able to go up to two days without charging it (with the lack of wireless charging). Something that benefits gamers, since it involves hours of games without being aware of the charger and without the temperature of the mobile changing hardly.
Where they seem to have cut is in photography , maintaining specifications with respect to the previous for good and not so good. We really liked the stabilization in the video, although we have noticed that the processing in the photographs has a lot of room for improvement if it aims to meet the minimums of the high range.