OnePlus 8T reviewSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

It's here — the OnePlus 8T. Following the release of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro from earlier in the year, the 8T looks to offer a similar experience found on the regular 8 while adding a couple of upgrades. In the process, it also lowers the price by $50.

The OnePlus 8T has a lot going for it, whether it be the 120Hz AMOLED display or OnePlus's all-new Warp Charge 65 feature. But in a world filled with increasingly-competitive value handsets like the Galaxy S20 FE and Pixel 5, does OnePlus still have a unique edge to it?

From full device specs, our review, pricing info, and more, here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 8T!

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OnePlus 8

Plenty left in the tank

The OnePlus 8T is a great handset, but if you want a new phone right now and can find it on sale, the regular OnePlus 8 continues to be a great choice. Right now during Prime Day, you can get the 256GB/12GB RAM model for just $699 — a generous $100 discount.

How much does the OnePlus 8T cost?

OnePlus 8T reviewSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

First thing's first, let's talk price. The OnePlus 8T retails for $749, and this time around, there's just one storage configuration to choose from (256GB of space with 12GB of RAM). No matter if you choose Lunar Silver or Aquamarine Green, you'll get the same specs and pay the same price. This is much simpler compared to the OnePlus 8 that came out before the 8T 😅.

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The price for the 8T continues OnePlus's constant trend up in higher costs, as the OnePlus 7T that came out about a year before it was just $599. That said, the OnePlus 8T is $50 cheaper than the 256GB/12GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 8.

$749 isn't an awful price for the 8T given everything it brings to the table, but when you consider that the Galaxy S20 FE and Pixel 5 are both available for $699, you start to realize that OnePlus's unmatched value proposition isn't really there anymore.

When can I buy the OnePlus 8T?

OnePlus 8T pre-order pageSource: OnePlus

Pre-orders for the OnePlus 8T are live right now on OnePlus's website. According to the site, shipments should go from between October 16th and the 21st.

Regular sales for the OnePlus 8T then begin on October 23, but if you manage to pre-order before then, you'll get a "mystery gift."

Have we reviewed the OnePlus 8T?

If you're wondering whether or not the OnePlus 8T is any good, you're in luck — we've already reviewed the phone! Above you'll find our video review, but if you prefer your smartphone analyses in written form, we have you covered as well.

As you'd expect, just about every high-end spec you can ask for is present in the OnePlus 8T. It has the Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 120Hz display, and a total of four rear cameras. From the incredible performance to the stunning AMOLED screen (which is completely flat), a lot about the 8T is top-notch.

That said, the phone isn't entirely perfect. The lack of water-resistance and wireless charging are disappointing, and if you're an avid shutterbug, these aren't the very best cameras you can get at this price. Even so, this is still a phone that's absolutely worth keeping on your radar.

What specs does the OnePlus 8T have?

OnePlus 8T reviewSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

OnePlus phones are always filled with impressive specs, and the OnePlus 8T is no different. Here are all of the various components the phone is packing:

Specs OnePlus 8T
Software Android 11, OxygenOS 11
Display 6.55-inch AMOLED
2400 x 1080
120Hz refresh rate
Chipset 2.84GHz Snapdragon 865
Storage 256GB
Rear Camera 1 48MP ƒ/1.7 (primary)
Rear Camera 2 16MP ƒ/2.2 (wide-angle)
Rear Camera 3 5MP (macro)
Rear Camera 4 2MP (monochrome)
Front Camera 16MP ƒ/2.4
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, BT 5.1, NFC
Battery 4500mAh, 65W Warp Charge 65
Security In-screen fingerprint
Colors Aquamarine Green, Lunar Silver
Dimensions 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm
Weight 188g

Looking through the spec sheet, there are a couple of things worth pointing out. For one thing, this is the regular Snapdragon 865 and not the newer Snapdragon 865+. It is interesting for OnePlus not to use the most recent Qualcomm processor available, though the performance boost between the two is very minimal.

The 4,500 mAh battery is a great size, having a flat display is something we're always happy to see, and you have plenty of cameras to mess with.

How does the OnePlus 8T's Warp Charge 65 work?

OnePlus 8T reviewSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

If there's one feature from the OnePlus 8T that's worth talking about, it's Warp Charge 65. This is the biggest upgrade Warp Charge has ever seen, and as the name implies, it increases charging speeds to an impressive 65W. For comparison's sake, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro max out at 30W charging.

What does that increased speed mean? Where Warp Charge 30 offered "a day's power in half an hour," Warp Charge 65 means you now get "a day's power in 15 minutes. If you want to charge the phone from 0 - 100%, it takes just 39 minutes.

The new Warp Charge 65 charging brick is included with the OnePlus 8T, and for the first time, it offers fast charge speeds for non-OnePlus devices. It won't output the same 65W power, but it will kick our 45W charging if your device supports it.

Does the OnePlus 8T have wireless charging?

OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless ChargerSource: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

As exciting as Warp Charge 65 is, we are a bit disappointed that the OnePlus 8T doesn't offer wireless charging of any kind. A lot of people probably won't mind given how fast Warp Charge 65 is, but still — this is a $749 smartphone.

If you step back and think about it, though, it makes sense why there's no wireless charging here. OnePlus is still selling the OnePlus 8 Pro as its highest-end flagship, so if you really want wireless charging on a OnePlus phone, you have to spend more and splurge for the Pro.

It's a bit crummy for you and me, but from a business perspective, there is logic to it.

Are the cameras on the OnePlus 8T any good?

OnePlus 8T reviewSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

If there's one area that's been a weak spot for OnePlus over the years, it's camera performance. The company does improve just about every year, however, and the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro delivered pretty good shooting experiences.

The OnePlus 8T is equipped with four cameras, and they include:

  • 48MP primary camera
  • 16MP ultra-wide camera
  • 5MP macro camera
  • 2MP monochrome camera

Overall, the OnePlus 8T takes really good photos. The primary camera is the exact same sensor found in the regular OnePlus 8, so the experience is very familiar if you've used that phone. You'll find great detail and dynamic range when taking pictures in ideal lighting, but as you head into low-light settings, things tend to break down rather quickly.

We've been quite happy with how the 16MP ultra-wide camera performs, and while the macro and monochrome sensors are fun, they're nothing mind-blowing.

What software is the OnePlus 8T running?

OnePlus 8T reviewSource: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

The OnePlus 8T is the first OnePlus phone to ship with Android 11 right out of the box, and that also means it's the first phone to ship with OxygenOS 11 (OnePlus's custom take on Android 11).

That's a big deal, because as we've previously seen, OxygenOS 11 is a big departure from past iterations of the software. With it, OnePlus has ditched the stock Android look and feel in favor of something that strongly resemble's Samsung's One UI.

OxygenOS 11 on OnePlus 8TOxygenOS 11 on OnePlus 8TOxygenOS 11 on OnePlus 8TSource: Android Central

Whatever you think about the aesthetics of OxygenOS 11, it also packs a few new features that are great to have. It finally adds an always-on display mode, all of the new system-wide features Google added with Android 11, and retains things that made OxygenOS so great already (like endless customization tools).

The drastic redesign will certainly take some getting used to, but given the popularity of Samsung phones around the globe, it's not surprising that OnePlus wants to mimic the software to some degree.

Should I still buy the OnePlus 8?

OnePlus 8Source: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about the OnePlus 8T, but what about the OnePlus 8? Is it still worth getting now that its successor has arrived?

It actually kind of is. The display is only 90Hz as opposed to 120Hz, and you don't get Warp Charge 65, but so much else about the experience is incredibly similar. And right now during Prime Day, it's on sale for just $699.

Some folks may be better off waiting for the OnePlus 8T to arrive, but if you're content with what the 8 delivers, picking it up on sale is not a bad idea at all.

Still great

Oneplus 8

OnePlus 8

Plenty left in the tank

The OnePlus 8T is a great handset, but if you want a new phone right now and can find it on sale, the regular OnePlus 8 continues to be a great choice. Right now during Prime Day, you can get the 256GB/12GB RAM model for just $699 — a generous $100 discount.

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