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OnePlus 8T goes on sale for $749, still $80 cheaper than iPhone 12

OnePlus 8T review
OnePlus 8T review (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The OnePlus 8T is now available for purchase on OnePlus's website for $749.
  • This model packs 65W charging, improved cameras, and a stunning Aquamarine Green color.

With a bright, flat 120Hz screen, Android 11 out of the box, and ridiculously fast 65W wired charging, the OnePlus 8T is making a push to retake the throne of the "value flagship" segment that has been seriously heating up with the Google Pixel 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. OnePlus had been slipping further from "flagship killer" to "regular flagship" for the last few years, and the OnePlus 8T brings it a little closer to that flagship killer name again with the top of the line specs with a sensible price.

There's no wireless charging and no water resistance, but you've got the Snapdragon 865, a 6.55-inch 120Hz screen, and 4500mAh battery to power it all day and then some. There are four cameras that don't quite compete with Samsung and Pixel quality — though, to be fair, very few cameras hold a candle to them — but otherwise the OnePlus software experience is top-notch. OnePlus opted for a more Samsung-like styling to its software in Android 11, though the appearance is a bit better and theming controls are 100 times better on OnePlus — hey, it's a small detail, but it matters!

There's only one RAM/storage configuration for the 8T — 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage — but you do have two color options: a bright Lunar Silver and a vibrantly lovely Aquamarine Green. The 8T has both sub-6 and mmWave 5G compatibility, if you're wanting a phone you'll be able to use once 5G rolls out in your area. For $750, it's a little more expensive than the Pixel 5, but it's got a much larger screen and more powerful internals, and it's $80 cheaper than the newly-released iPhone 12 while having more storage, a bigger screen, and triple the RAM.

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

4 Comments
  • There don't appear to be any mmWave bands listed in the spec... 5G NSA: N2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71
    5G SA: N41, 71, 2, 25, 66
  • That's good. Few people need it and would have made the phone $850.
  • They screwed many who pre-ordered immediately, by not offering us the Pop Up Box. Instead, they gave us a "mystery gift" worth $99 which turned out to be a stainless steel water bottle that they sell for $20 on their India website. Meanwhile, those who waited a little bit were offered a Pop Up Box for the same price ($749) that had a bumper case and wireless earbuds actually worth $99. I was one of those "lucky" $99 water bottle winners. OP refuses to acknowledge it or make it right. Many are sending the phone back as a result, including me. #TeamFlask
  • I'm not an Apple person, but who's choosing a oneplus 8T over an iPhone 12 just to save a measly fifty bucks?