The release of the OnePlus 8T awkwardly surprised many of its fans. Every mid-year OnePlus introduces its flagship smartphones and its successor with some good improvements at the year-end. But this time in October 2020, the company came with some clumsy changes to the ONEPLUS 8 series. The release of the OnePlus 8T phone might not be so impressive for the people who are looking for an upgrade in comparison to the OnePlus 8. For this argument, we shall first look at the Specs of the OnePlus 8T in Comparison with the OnePlus 8.
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Specs of both the devices
|Specs||ONEPLUS 8T||ONEPLUS 8|
|Display||6.55″ (20:9) Fluid AMOLED|
120Hz Refresh Rate
Flat Corning Gorilla Glass
|6.55″ (20:9) Fluid AMOLED|
90Hz Refresh Rate
Curved 3D Corning Gorilla Glass
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
Octa core (Single 2.84 GHz + Tri 2.42 GHz + Quad 1.8 GHz)
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
Octa core (Single 2.84 GHz + Tri 2.42 GHz + Quad 1.8 GHz)
|RAM||8GB / 12GB LPDDR4X||6GB / 8GB / 12GB LPDDR4X|
|ROM||128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1|
|128GB / 256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE|
48MP, ƒ/1.7, 0.8µm, OIS, EIS
16MP ultrawide, ƒ/2.2, 123° FOV
5MP macro, 3cm focal length
16MP, ƒ/2.4, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus
48MP, f/1.75, 0.8µm, OIS, EIS
16MP ultrawide, f/2.2, 116°
2MP macro, f/2.4, 1.75µm
16MP, f/2.45, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus
65W Warp Charging
(No wireless Charging)
30W Warp Charging
(No wireless Charging)
|Sim & Network||Dual Nano Sim with 5G Support||Dual Nano Sim with 5G Support|
|Software||Android 11 Operating System|
Oxygen OS 11 UI
|Android 11 Operating System|
Oxygen OS 11 UI (After update)
|IP Rating||IP68 rating for only T-Mobile version|
None for an unlocked version
The screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 (20:9) & AMOLED screen size of 6.55” are the same in both OnePlus 8 & 8T phones but the later one got the 120Hz refresh rate compared to 90Hz refresh rate in OnePlus 8. But the 120Hz screen not making it the ultimate phone. 90Hz is better enough because in real life 60Hz is more than enough for the Human eyes to feel the smoothness of a screen.
Remember one thing, the refresh rate comes in use only while scrolling the Phone’s user interface. Because not all the time the whole screen refreshes at the 90 or 120Hz, only that part of a screen refreshes in which there is a change in the screen, as other than that requires only 60Hz refresh rate.
Additionally, viewing video content, emails swiping, or interacting with Facebook UI doesn’t benefit from anything above 60Hz refresh rate on your phone. And also, a higher refresh rate comes at the cost of a fast Battery drain issue.
The OnePlus 8T’s display comes with a single detriment compared to its predecessor, which is a Flat screen compared to the 3D Curved screen in OnePlus 8. This is the difference that can change the buying decision of a user. Many prefer a curved screen on the Flat Screen, as it looks more modern and futuristic and feels great in hand to hold it.
Both OnePlus 8T & 8 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and Single 2.84GHz core, Three 2.42GHz cores, and Four 1.8GHz Cores. So, even after 6 months, there has been no change in the processor. Though there is no problem with that processor, it can be considered as a downgrade because the new phone with the old processor is the same as old wine in the New Bottle…!
So, why OnePlus did even launch this phone?
Even Company didn’t think to upgrade the OnePlus 8T to LPDDR5 RAM like the one in OnePlus 8 pro but put the same RAM type as OnePlus 8 which is LPDDR4X. The later be always better in the technology world. But here the Company choose to stand with the older technology.
Even this can be considered as a downgrade instead of no improvement.
OnePlus 8 is available in 6GB / 8GB / 12GB Storage while 8T is available in 8GB / 12 GB storage capacity.
Improvements are seen only on paper
The company has decided to move the same capacity storage from UFS 3.0 in OnePlus 8 to UFS 3.1 in the latest OnePlus 8T. As the UFS 3.1 version of the storage has newer storage capability and will improve on its 3 cores – Writer Booster, Deep Sleep & Performance Throttling Notifications. This can change the things on paper very significantly, but in the real world, you will not see that drastic difference between this and the older version of storage.
It is a Micro-Micro improvement from UFS-3.0 to UFS 3.1 storage.
5. Camera Setup:
– Main Camera Setup
The addition of an extra 2MP Monochrome Camera & Improved Macro Camera to 5MP ONEPLUS has slightly tweaked the Megapixels in the Rear cameras in the latest 8T model compared to the previous OnePlus 8 model.
1. The macro camera has improved in a great manner. Because in OnePlus 8’s 2MP macro Camera isn’t good enough and in comparison, to that, the 8T’s 5MP camera captures photos with good details and the exposure with white balance is a fairly good improvement to the previous one. So, Microphotography lovers will like it.
2. The addition of a 2MP Monochrome camera in the rear makes OnePlus 8T a Quad cam phone. But the addition of this camera sensor is not that effective and helpful. This is not an improvement it’s a just make up to the mobile, nothing else.
The Camera placement of the OnePlus 8T is the same as Samsung’s Galaxy M31 Prime and Galaxy S20FE.
3. Other than the above change everything at the rear is the same as the OnePlus 8. Main Camera sensor 48MP, same in both the brothers OnePlus 8 & 8T with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) & Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).
Apart from that 2nd Camera sensor is not different. It is the same 16MP Ultrawide processor for the wide-angle shot.
– Front Selfie Camera
OnePlus is so Lazy to improve on the front Camera sensor. Both the brothers have the same 16MP sensor in the front of the phone with EIS and a Fixed focus Camera placed in a punch-hole design.
Like most of the features, this is also considered as a detriment to the selfie camera because no improvement has been intended by the company.
To get the improved result OnePlus has tweaked the Camera software of the OnePlus 8T.
“If you want to get some extraordinary results from the OnePlus 8 & 8T’s cameras then you should get the G-Cam (Google Camera Application Port) for these phones.”
Download G-Cam Port for OnePlus 8
Download G-Cam Port for OnePlus 8T
6. IP Rating:
Though OnePlus is giving protection seals in OnePlus phones to save it from water but to cut the cost it never gets IP Ratings for its OnePlus non-pro models.
For OnePlus 8T the case is the same, the company did not get the IP Rating certificate for the unlocked version.
Another reason for it is not to cover the phones in the warranty for water damage problems.
Oxygen OS is one of the big selling points for OnePlus Smartphones. The integration of Oxygen OS with Android OS is such a great that it makes the phone faster to use even compared to Google’s Pixel Phones.
In the latest release of OnePlus 8T, Company has released its first phone to be bundled with Oxygen OS 11 with Android 11 out of the Box.
Although OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro has already these updates available.
8. Battery & Charging:
OnePlus has made a good improvement in the area of Battery capacity from OnePlus 8’s 4300mAh battery to 4500mAh capacity battery in OnePlus 8T.
But there is a catch here. One thing to note here that if you are using a 120Hz refresh rate all the time then it may be possible that this battery will last even less than OnePlus 8’s battery.
So, the improvement will be turned into a detriment for the 8T.
The charging capacity of the 8T’s power brick has a 65W(10V/6.5A) Warp Charge which is more than double the capacity of the OnePlus 8’s power brick has. This simply means your OnePlus 8T will be charged fully within 39 minutes from 0% to 100%.
This is the only change that can be considered as the MAJOR improvement or change in the latest OnePlus 8T. The 65W charging capacity can double your charging speed and save your time.
The company did not provide the 65W charging in the previous models OnePlus 8 & 8Pro because it wanted to promote the wireless charging in the 8Pro model and so that its sibling OnePlus 8 did not get the 65W charging. Otherwise OnePlus’s sister concern OPPO already had the 65W charging capacity phone available in the market at the time of launch of those phones.
9. Other Common features in OnePlus 8 & 8T:
Both the phones have a Dual sim card slot, but no expandable storage capacity. So, you only get 128Gb or 256Gb storage. Both the models have 5G support and the same type of 4G bands in it.
Wi-Fi 802.11 with ac/ax/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO & Mobile Hotspot available.
NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, and GPS with A-GPS and Glonass are available on the phones. USB Type-C for charging and Audio Jack, but as always, no FM radio in them. Loudspeakers with Dolby Atmos are treat to listen to.
- On-Screen Optical Fingerprint sensor,
- Light Sensor,
- Proximity sensor,
- Accelerometer sensor, Compass & Gyroscope are also packed in the phones.
OnePlus 8T is priced at ₹42,999/$749 and
Same capacity OnePlus 8 model is available at a cheaper rate of ₹41,999/$699.
11. Final thoughts:
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8T have things a little bit more complicated. And Surely, the additional price for OnePlus 8T to get you faster charging, and a 120Hz display, but neither of them is an absolute or must-have specs in the smartphones. Additionally, largely similar the camera set up will not make much of a difference in daily use.
It is appreciated to have 65W charging and 120Hz display, but for the value of money, the OnePlus 8 is the right way to go if you can find a good deal on the same.
“And that is why the younger brother OnePlus 8T can be skipped and either you should buy OnePlus 8 or wait for the next release of the series by ONEPLUS.”
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