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OnePlus 8 Pro vs. OnePlus 6T: Should you upgrade?

Oneplus 8 Pro
Oneplus 8 Pro (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

OnePlus 8 Pro

Oneplus 8 Pro

Yes, it's expensive, but the OnePlus 8 Pro offers meaningful upgrades in just about every way compared to the aging 6T. The display is sharper and more fluid, performance is faster than ever, the cameras have seen serious upgrades, and you finally get long-awaited features like wireless charging and an IP rating for dust/water resistance.

OnePlus 8 Pro

Better in every way

Fluid 120Hz AMOLED display
Latest Snapdragon 865 processor
Higher-quality cameras
Qi wireless charging
IP68 dust/water resistance
The most expensive OnePlus phone by a long shot
Disappointing telephoto camera

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T was one of the best Android values you could get your hands on in 2018, but in a world where the OnePlus 8 Pro exists, it's probably time you consider upgrading. It is impressive how many aspects of the 6T still hold their own, such as the display and performance, but there's also no denying that the 8 Pro is a massive upgrade in virtually every way.

OnePlus 6T

Showing its age

AMOLED display looks great
Waterdrop > Hole punch
Performance is still fast
Decent cameras
Now running Android 10
No wireless charging
No IP rating
Display is only 60Hz

Having launched back in Nov. 2018, the OnePlus 6T is far from being the latest and greatest in OnePlus's lineup. The phone still performs quite well given its age, but if you're looking for something new, you can't go wrong with the OnePlus 8 Pro. Its 120Hz AMOLED display is one of the best out there, performance is better than ever, and having things like Qi charging and proper water resistance settles pain points OnePlus devices have had for years. Simply put, you're getting a lot for your money.

The OnePlus 8 Pro brings a lot to the table

OnePlus 8 Pro

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If it's been a while since you've gone shopping for a new phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro is bound to be rather impressive. Honestly, even if you've kept your eye on what the industry's been up to, there's still plenty here to get excited about.

Starting with the display, this is one of the most notable upgrades coming from the OnePlus 6T. Not only is the 8 Pro's display larger and sharper with a 6.78-inch size and 3168x1440 resolution, but it also bumps up the refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz. This makes everything on the OnePlus 8 Pro's display look incredibly smooth, whether it be scrolling through your app drawer, swiping through Twitter, you name it.

Helping everything move so smoothly are the various internals, which are among the best currently available in a smartphone. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor is at the heart of the 8 Pro, and when you pair that with up to 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, the end result is a phone that flies through every application and game with ease. OnePlus phones have always been noteworthy for their speed, and the OnePlus 8 Pro continues that tradition.

Comparatively, an area in which OnePlus has often struggled — cameras — is massively improved going from the OnePlus 6T to the 8 Pro. The 6T's dual 16MP sensors were already slightly disappointing back when the phone launched, but in 2020, they're demolished by what the 8 Pro brings to the table.

On OnePlus's latest handset, you're treated to a 48MP primary camera, 48MP ultra-wide camera, 8MP telephoto camera, and a unique 5MP color filter. It's not the very best set of cameras you can get on a smartphone, but they're pretty darn great. The 8 Pro takes solid photos in just about any setting, with low-light performance seeing a massive upgrade compared to the 6T.

Finally, there are two features on the OnePlus 8 Pro that we've been nagging OnePlus about for years — wireless charging and an IP rating.

The OnePlus 8 Pro works with all standard Qi wireless charging pads/stands, but if you pick up OnePlus's new Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger, you can pull off wireless charging speeds of 30W — some of the fastest wireless charging available in a smartphone right now. As for the IP68 rating, this gives you legitimate protection against dust and water. OnePlus has always touted that its phones are resistant to splashes and whatnot, but having that IP rating is a nice touch to affirm the phone's durability.

OnePlus 8 ProOnePlus 6T
Operating SystemAndroid 10
OxygenOS
Android 10
OxygenOS
Display6.78-inch AMOLED
3168 x 1440
19.8:9
120Hz
6.41-inch AMOLED
2340 x 1080
19.5:9
60Hz
ProcessorSnapdragon 865Snapdragon 845
Memory8/12GB6/8GB
Storage128/256GB128/256GB
Rear Cam 148MP main camera
ƒ/1.78
16MP main camera
ƒ/1.7
Rear Cam 248MP ultra-wide camera
ƒ/2.2
119° field-of-view
20MP telephoto camera
ƒ1.7
2x optical zoom
Rear Cam 38MP telephoto camera
ƒ/2.2
3x optical zoom
Rear Cam 45MP Color Filter
Front Cam16MP
ƒ/2.4
16MP
ƒ/2.0
SecurityIn-display fingerprint sensorIn-display fingerprint sensor
AudioDual speakers
USB-C
Single speaker
USB-C
Battery4,510 mAh
30W Warp Charge
30W Wireless charging
3,700 mAh
20W Fast Charge
Water ResistanceIP68
Dimensions165.3 x 74.3 x 8.5mm
199g
157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm
185g

What the OnePlus 6T still does well

OnePlus 6T India review

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It shouldn't come as any surprise that the OnePlus 8 Pro is a better phone than the OnePlus 6T, but all things considered, the 6T still does a lot of things quite well that make it a viable phone to use even today.

Sure, specs across the board are technically worse in just about every way, but using the 6T is still a pretty solid experience. Its performance holds up, the display looks good, and its cameras are fine for taking casual photos and sharing them on Instagram.

Despite its age, the OnePlus 6T is already running Android 10 and is expected to be updated to Android 11. Android 11 will likely be the last major OS update the phone sees, but considering it launched with Android 9 Pie, that's pretty impressive.

Lastly, while it's a subjective thing, we'll firmly stand by the waterdrop notch of the 6T being so much better than the boring hole-punch cutout on the 8 Pro.

Listen to your budget

Oneplus 8 Pro

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Ultimately, this is a fairly simple decision.

If you currently own the OnePlus 6T and don't have the money or desire to upgrade just yet, that's perfectly OK. Yes, the 6T does have some notable disadvantages compared to more recent Android smartphones, but it still gets the job done. It looks great, performance is still plenty snappy, and you should be able to look forward to getting Android 11 at some point down the road.

That said, if you find yourself bored with the 6T and are in a position where you can upgrade to the OnePlus 8 Pro, go for it. It's everything you loved about the 6T cranked up to 11, with considerable upgrades in just about every department.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.