OnePlus returns with a new high-end terminal: the OnePlus 8T. Designed as the ultimate product in the 8 line, it seeks to combine all of the brand’s expertise in one phone. Unsurprisingly, this is the best of OnePlus, which masters its subject well and which even has the luxury of bringing some interesting innovations, if not big surprises.
2020 is a busy year for OnePlus. The Chinese-Finnish manufacturer unveiled its 8 range a few months ago, presenting the One Plus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. This summer, he returned to his first love, affordable smartphones, with the OnePlus North, which was a great surprise. The latest terminal is the OnePlus 8T. As usual, the brand offers a T version of its latest high-end product, a technical achievement and a showcase of its know-how. This is the one we are testing today.
True monster of power, this product brings some interesting things to paper: Android 11, fast charge at 65 Watts, better camera than 8, better screen… but does that make it an excellent phone? This is what we will see.
An impressive technical sheet
In view of the technical sheet, we quickly realize that OnePlus 8T is a OnePlus 8 improved on many points. He proposes the same processor, but brings novelties on some interesting points. The screen, first of all, goes to a refresh rate of 120 Hz, against 90Hz for the OnePlus 8. Similarly, we notice an improvement, timid but present, on the photo module with the addition of a sensor additional.
The autonomy part also promises a lot, with in particular a battery of 4500 mAh and especially a fast charge of 65 Watts, a first on the French market. A monster of power, therefore, that we will dissect in the course of this test. Attractive smartphone, yes, but controlled smartphone?
|OnePlus 8||OnePlus 8 pro||OnePlus 8T|
|Dimensions||160.2 x 72.9 x 8 mm||165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm||163 x 75.5 x 8.4 mm|
|Weight||180 grams||199 grams||188 grams|
2400×1080 FHD +
Corning Gorilla 6
3168 x 1440 pixels
Corning Gorilla 6
|6.55 ”2400×1080 FHD +
120Hz Display and HDR10
Corning Gorilla 6
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G (7nm)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G (7nm)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G (7nm)|
|BONE||Android 10 + Oxygen OS 10||Android 10 + Oxygen OS 10||Android 11 + Oxygen OS 11|
|RAM||8GB / 12GB||8GB / 12GB||8GB / 12GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB||128GB / 256GB||128 GB / 256 GB|
|Main sensor||48 MP f / 1.7 PDAF
16 MP f / 2.2 wide-angle AF
2 MP f / 2.4 macro
|48 MP f / 1.78 PDAF
48 MP f / 2.2 wide-angle AF
8 MP f / 2.44 telephoto zoom 3x PDAF
5 MP f / 2.4 Color Filter Camera
|48 MP f / 1.8
16 MP f / 2.2 wide-angle
5 MP f / 2.4 macro
2 MP f / 2.4 monochrome
|Secondary sensor||16 MP f / 2.0||16 MP f / 2.45||32 MP|
Quick charge 30 watts (Warp Charge 30T)
Quick charge 30 watts (Warp Charge 30T)
30-watt wireless fast charge
5 watt reverse load
Fast charge 65 watts
|Wireless network||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC|
|Biometrics||Footprint scanner under the screen||Footprint scanner under the screen||Footprint scanner under the screen|
Price and availability
The OnePlus 8T is already sold on the manufacturer’s official website. It is available in two versions. The first offers 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. It is sold at the very attractive price of 599 euros.
The most powerful version includes 12 GB of RAM as well as 256 GB of memory. It is logically more expensive, since sold at 699 euros.
A very successful design
The OnePlus 8T is not a carbon copy of the OnePlus 8 in terms of design. In fact, a huge amount of adaptation work has been done by the manufacturer to give it a personality of its own. He is recognizable at first glance with its colored glass shell.
It is available in two colors: metallic white (8 GB RAM + 128 GB memory) and aqua marine green (8 GB RAM + 128 GB memory and 12 GB RAM + 256 GB memory). This is the latest version that we have in testing. Suffice to say that design level is a total success. The smartphone is just beautiful in addition to being pleasant in the hand. We particularly appreciate the glass (Gorilla Glasss 5) under the fingers as well as the simplicity of the back cover. There is also a certain game of reflection of the most beautiful effect with the color green / blue. Little more, the hood does not attract fingerprints.
The photo module is placed at the top left of the back cover, whereas it was in the center on the 8. A motivated choice by the arrangement of internal components, according to the manufacturer, in particular of the cooling system (efficient, we will come back to this). A placement that does not interfere too much, but we still note a module that emerges from the hull by a few millimeters, which tends to make it a little wobbly when placed on the back, but nothing serious.
On the edges, we find a one-piece aluminum strapping, also green. On the right side is the power button as well as a button specific to OnePlus: the dial for ringing modes. This small notched wheel can slide on three levels to switch the phone to silent, vibrate or ring mode, without even turning it on. A nice and above all useful feature, specific to OnePlus on the Android market. Once switched to another smartphone, we really miss it, that is to say.
The presence of this particular button pushes OnePlus to place the one dedicated to volume on the left of the screen, which is a bit confusing here. Indeed, manufacturers are now used to putting these buttons on the right and the first days, we will look for it with our fingers in the best case, and we will press the ignition button in the worst case (which leads to switching off screen in full use).
On the lower edge, we will note the presence of the dual SIM cover (not compatible with a microSD card), a speaker or even the USB Type-C port. The 8T does not have a Jack port, but makes up for it by putting some USB-C headphones in its box, which is always nice when you don’t have anything else on hand.
As for the screen part (6.55 inches), it has a little surprise. The slab is indeed completely flat, which is surprising when we know that the 8 had a curved display on the sides. A design choice assumed by OnePlus, who explained to us that a flat screen was necessary to combine finesse and its new cooling system. While the flatness of the panel is not a fault in itself, the smartphone loses a bit on the design and the edges of the display become more visible. A tiny bit of a shame.
Note that the screen has a perfectly integrated protective film. Designed to avoid scratches, it has one big flaw, however: it is a dustbin. It will then be up to you to make the decision to remove it or not, to opt for aesthetics or safety. The frontal AFN is located at the top left of the slab and materialized in the form of a punch. Like it or not, but this design trick increases the screen-to-front ratio and is not disturbing. Android and especially Oxygen OS are adapted to the presence of this kind of punches. Texts do not collide with the AFN and it is even possible to display an artificial edge, i.e. a black band at the top, if you wish.
You may have noticed, we didn’t mention the presence of a fingerprint sensor, neither on the edges nor on the back cover. And for good reason, since it is located under the slab. Working perfectly, it is paired with a facial recognition system that is also very powerful. We never had to go through it twice to unlock it. A real pleasure.
The smartphone is a bit heavy at 188 grams, but this is not disturbing in use, its weight being very well distributed. Likewise, the successful design compensates for the relative thickness of the product (8.4mm). Note that it is not water resistant, a bit of a shame. Finally, it should be noted that OnePlus provides a soft plastic shell in his phone box. Not very aesthetic, it will nevertheless be useful for the most clumsy. The manufacturer offers prettier (but paid) hulls on its official website.
Ultimately, the OnePlus 8T is a great success in terms of its design. Pretty to the eye, pleasant in the hand, it goes to the essentials while allowing itself a few fantasies, such as colors, materials used or the location of the buttons. More than a beautiful product, it is above all a recognizable smartphone, which is rather rare today. We just regret that the manufacturer did not go even further, with a curved screen on the edges like on the 8, but it really is to find it faulty.
A good screen that could have done better
The OnePlus 8T has a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a definition of 2400 x 1080 pixels. It has 120 Hz refresh rate, which is an improvement over the OnePlus 8 which was 90 Hz. It should be noted that we have here an absolute refresh rate, and not adaptive as can be offered by Samsung on some of its ultra high-end products like the Note 20 Ultra or the Z Fold 2. This refresh rate allows for greater fluidity, whether in menus or games, but consumes more energy. However, it is possible to block the screen at 60 Hz in the options. The front screen ratio is 85%, which is correct but far from the market records which exceed 90%. This is because the screen is flat and therefore has more prominent edges, but nothing too serious. It should be noted that the very rounded angles of the slab bring a soft touch to the design of the terminal.
We analyzed the OnePlus screen using a probe. If we have a good screen, it does not touch the market leaders in this area, which are far above. OLED requires, we have infinite contrast. The whites are brilliant and the blacks are very deep. When watching video, dark scenes will therefore remain very readable.
The maximum brightness is also very satisfactory, reaching 700 cd / m². Even in direct sunlight, your screen will therefore remain perfectly readable and you will not be bothered by reflections or by light. The temperature is acceptable, since we are at 7000K, or a little above the 6500K of the video standard. When a white screen is displayed, it therefore seems a little blue, but it is still within reason. However, it is possible to set this temperature in the options for the most demanding.
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Finally, respecting the colors displayed on the slab would have deserved a little more care. With an average Delta E of 4.5 (less than 3 being excellent), OnePlus had accustomed us to better. We note for example that the colors are a little more “lively”, especially reds and greens. This gives a more sparkling appearance to the screen at the expense of respecting the original colors. But as with the temperature, we remain within the acceptable range. So we are in front of a good screen, but not a great one. The refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is starting to democratize everywhere, is a real plus and OLED technology still works miracles in terms of visual comfort.
The audio part is very mastered. OnePlus has included two speakers, one on the bottom edge of the smartphone, the other on the front, just above the screen. When viewing video, the sound is therefore not muffled by the palm of your hand applied to the speaker on the edge. In the facts, the sound is very clear, despite a little distortion on the bass. Nothing to reproach on that side. The headphones that come with the smartphone do a great job and have the advantage of being comfortable.
The OnePlus 8T is available in two versions. For our test, OnePlus lent us the more powerful model, which therefore has 12 GB of RAM as well as 256 GB of memory. On the CPU side, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It is powerful and has already proven its worth in the past. It also has the advantage of being 5G compatible.
Let’s not get into the suspense. In our battery of benchmark tests, the 8T proved to be one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. It’s neck and neck with the Z Fold 2 and S20 Fan Edition, both excellent in this segment. It sits just a little below the ROG Phone 3, the most powerful phone sold today. To sum up, the 8T keeps all of its promises when it comes to performance. It’s not much of a surprise when you look at his spec sheet.
In use, we have not found no slowing down or even jerking during our test week, whether multitasking or in-game. These all run perfectly with the graphics to the maximum and without flinching. Note that some titles, like PUBG, can go at 90 frames per second, which allows you to make the best use of the phone’s 120 Hz screen. But almost all of the other titles on the PlayStore are still limited to 60 frames per second, like Asphalt 9, for example. Oxygen OS is also perfectly optimized.
OnePlus has promised better heat dissipation on its mobile, by doubling the size of the steam chamber. This is what led him to shift the photo module to the back cover. This cooling system has proven itself. When the terminal is put to the test, the heat is indeed diffused over the entire length of the frame instead of stagnating on a specific point as is the case with many other models. The consequence is that the heat given off by the smartphone is less unpleasant under the fingers because it is better distributed. A success.
Oxygen OS, still the best overlay on the market
The OnePlus 8T is one of the first smartphones to feature Android 11, the new version of the OS from Google. It brings its share of nice new features that we have listed in a dedicated folder. Moreover, the 8T embeds its Oxygen 11 overlay from OnePlus, which also offers some very interesting things. Oxygen is one of the strong points of the brand and brings a real plus to Android. Version 11 is no exception to the rule.
Oxygen 11 (which will arrive on the brand’s other recent terminals) brings its share of new features. Night mode is now better managed and the colors have been adjusted for clearer navigation. One of the points that OnePlus worked on is one-handed operation. The 6.55-inch screen is indeed impractical on this point, so the manufacturer has designed its OS and all its native applications accordingly. Whether it’s the gallery, the call log or just the settings menus, everything has been done to be able to be used quickly with a thumb. It works well and comes in handy when you have a grasped hand.
The Alway On Display mode has been redesigned, in particular with the possibility of deactivating it on specific time slots to save a little battery. Who needs the Always On Display when they sleep? Likewise, new clocks have been put in this mode, like the very nice Insight. It displays a solid bar dotted with “holes”, symbols of the moments when you use your smartphone. The number of unlocks is also counted.
Very practical for those who want to reduce the time spent on their mobile, but above all very aesthetic. Other AOD modes are present and some will be added later. For example, OnePlus promised us a canvas mode, which displays a simple drawing done with a few strokes made from a photo of your own.
Oxygen OS is very pleasant to use and is a real bonus over Android Stock. If we can welcome the basic features redesigned by the overlay, such as the notifications bar, we particularly appreciate the various additions, such as a well-done app manager mode as well as a dashboard quickly accessible via a swipe of finger.
Likewise, the game mode is activated automatically once a game has started and allows to limit the number of notifications, to see the temperature of the CPU or to record a sequence. Zen mode has been reworked, allowing you to mute your smartphone for longer and synchronize it with others.
In addition to being pleasant to use, Oxygen OS is beautiful, adding class to Android menus and the desktop. It is also extremely customizable, leaving the user free to adjust their smartphone as they wish. Even the fingerprint unlock animation can be changed, that is. Rest assured, those who have never used the overcoat before are very easy to tackle. A total success on this point.
A not exceptional camera
Photos have never been OnePlus’ strong point. There is better with this 8T, even if we are not yet at the level of the market leaders like Samsung, Sony or Apple. This model has four sensors (against 3 for the OnePlus 8): a 48-megapixel main camera (f / 1.1), a 16-megapixel wide-angle (f / 2.2), a 5-megapixel macro sensor (f / 2.4) and a monochrome sensor of 2 megapixels (f / 2.2).
When taking a photo, OnePlus offers several options: a 48-megapixel capture (which does not allow zooming but offers cleaner shots) and a more flexible 12-megapixel capture. The latter allows a digital zoom x10 which does not unfortunately not used much, software smoothing does not allow you to have a clean photo with such a large magnification.
The shots in good light are very correct, but the night mode is somewhat disappointing, not offering usable results:
The 8T is also equipped in a portrait mode which proves to be successful and allows for example to have fun with the depth of field.
Finally, the shots in macro mode for photographing small objects are not up to par, and we prefer the “normal” mode for this type of capture. Photos are generally successful, but beware of the phone screen which tends to make the colors fluorescent, which can give a bad idea of the end result. Here are some sample shots taken with the OnePus 8T:
The photo software is very complete, offering different modes (slow motion, accelerated, panorama) and even a professional mode for the most seasoned users. The gallery is also well thought out, categorizing photos by location or theme (like Google Photos) and allowing for easy sharing. It is even compatible with Google Lens.
Impressive fast charging
The OnePlus 8T comes with a 4,500mAh battery, which on paper is adequate for a 120Hz display and such power. In our testing, the phone surprised us in more ways than one. With the refresh rate stuck at 120 Hz and the Always On Display mode activated, the terminal easily lasted a day, with a small margin of safety. Indeed, after a full day of use (navigation, games, video …), we had between 30% and 35% battery left. By setting the screen to 60 Hz and removing the AOD function, we are between 40% and 45% of battery at night. This means that you can last a day and a half, or even two, with very little use. A good surprise.
But the big innovation of the OnePlus 8T, it’s its 65 Watt fast charge. The charger is big, certainly, but very quickly shows its advantages. So we recharged the phone from 2% to 100% battery in 46 minutes. A record on our panel!
A feat due to the power of the charger, but not only. Indeed, it is customary to slow down the fast charge in the last percentages to preserve battery life, which is not the case here. Is OnePlus sacrificing its battery to charge faster? Not really, since here the builder used a trick: they are actually two batteries contained in the smartphone. In rapid recharging, the power is therefore limited to 5 volts for each, so as not to damage them while resupplying them as quickly as possible.