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

OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T
OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

OnePlus 8T

OnePlus 8T

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The OnePlus 8T delivers the latest hardware you can buy today. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, has 5G connectivity, and you get a flat AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and insane 65W fast charging. Add the fact the phone runs Android 11 out of the box and you get a great overall package.

OnePlus 8T

The ideal upgrade

Gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display
Snapdragon 865 with 5G connectivity
65W fast charging
Android 11 out of the box
Decent cameras
No IP rating
No wireless charging

OnePlus 6T

6T

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The OnePlus 6T still has a lot to offer, and the fact the phone will get the Android 11 update is a huge deal. That said, it's starting to show its age, and the camera in particular does not hold up in 2020. So if you're in the market for a new phone with 5G connectivity, the OnePlus 8T is the ideal choice to upgrade from the 6T.

OnePlus 6T

Showing its age

Hardware still going strong
Vibrant AMOLED panel
Will be updated to Android 11
All-day battery life
Camera doesn't hold up
No water resistance
No wireless charging

OnePlus releases a new flagship once every six months, but because its phones deliver some of the best hardware in the industry, they hold up just fine even after years of use. That's the case with the OnePlus 6T, which has aged well and is a reliable workhorse. That said, the OnePlus 8T comes with exciting upgrades in a lot of areas, so let's find out how the phones differ and whether you should make the switch.

OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T: Considerable upgrades in all key areas

The OnePlus 6T debuted two years ago, and is still going strong in 2020. The Snapdragon 845 chipset holds up just fine in day-to-day use, the phone is getting regular updates, and is set to make the switch to Android 11 in the coming months.

It's good to see OnePlus delivering a third platform update to the phone, and it means you can use your OnePlus 6T for longer. That said, if you're looking to upgrade to a new phone in 2020, the OnePlus 8T is the obvious choice.

The OnePlus 8T has a 120Hz AMOLED panel, faster internals, and 65W fast charging.

The OnePlus 8T delivers everything you're looking for in an upgrade. The design has picked up a refresh, with the phone sporting considerably thinner bezels than the 6T. There's also new camera housing at the back that makes it look more premium.

The OnePlus 6T also looks great it in own right, and the Thunder Purple color option in particular is one of my favorite colorways in the last two years. OnePlus didn't radically change its design aesthetic, but the subtle changes to the 8T allow it to stand out.

But the biggest reason for upgrading to the 8T is the hardware on offer. The phone features a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the screen is one of the best you'll find on a phone today. The high refresh rate makes everything look smooth, and switching from the 60Hz panel on the 6T, there's an immediate difference.

Another factor that makes the OnePlus 8T one of the best Android phones on the market today is the internal hardware. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and has 5G connectivity, and the base variant has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in the U.S.

You're also getting much better cameras and the latest software on the OnePlus 8T.

My favorite feature on the OnePlus 8T is the 65W fast charging. The phone has a 4,500mAh battery, and Warp Charge 65 takes just 39 minutes to fully charge the battery. You get up to a 60% charge in just 15 minutes, and that means you'll never have to plug in your phone overnight.

In terms of software, the OnePlus 8T runs OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 out of the box, and is currently one of very few devices that lets you try out the latest version of Android. The 6T is also slated to pick up the Android 11 update, but it won't be rolling out to the device until next year.

And then there's the subject of cameras. It's fair to say that the cameras on the OnePlus 6T were strictly average at launch, and they haven't fared well in the last two years. This is where the OnePlus 8T has a considerable edge, with the 48MP primary camera delivering much better shots. There's also a 16MP wide-angle lens, and while you won't get much usage out of the 5MP macro and 2MP monochrome modules, the primary lens on the 8T is a considerable upgrade from the 6T.

OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T: Specs

OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T

Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)
OnePlus 8TOnePlus 6T
Operating systemAndroid 11
OxygenOS 11
Android 10
OxygenOS 10.5
Display6.55-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED
2400x1080 (20:9)
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass 5
6.41-inch Optic AMOLED, 2340x1080, (19.5:9)
DCI-P3
Gorilla Glass 6
ChipsetSnapdragon 865
1 x 2.84GHz A77
3 x 2.42GHz A77
4 x 1.80GHz A55
Adreno 650
7nm
Snapdragon 845
4 x 2.80GHz A76
4 x 1.80GHz A53
Adreno 630
10nm
RAM8GB/12GB LPDDR4X6GB/8GB LPDDR4X
Storage128GB/256GB UFS 3.1128GB/256GB UFS2.1
MicroSD slot
Rear camera 148MP (IMX586), 0.8um
f/1.75, OIS
4K at 30fps
16 MP, f/1.7
1.22um, OIS
PDAF
Rear camera 216MP wide-angle, f/2.25
120-degree field-of-view
20MP, f/1.7
Rear camera 35MP macro, f/2.4
Rear camera 42MP monochrome, f/2.4
Front camera16MP, f/2.4
1080p video, fixed focus
16MP, f/2.0
1080p video, fixed focus
Connectivity5G Sub-6, SA and NSA
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
AptX HD, NFC, A-GPS
4G
Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0
AptX, NFC, A-GPS
Battery4500mAh
Non-removable
3700mAh
Non-removable
ChargingUSB-C 3.1
Warp Charge 65 (10V/6.5A)
USB-C 2.0
20W Warp Charge
AudioUSB-C
Stereo speakers
USB-C
Single speaker
Water resistance
Only on T-Mobile version
SecurityIn-display fingerprint (optical)In-display fingerprint (optical)
Dimensions160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm
188g
157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm
185g
ColorsUltramarine Green, Lunar SilverThunder Purple, Mirror Black, Midnight Black

OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T: It's time to upgrade

OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 6T

Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

If you've used the OnePlus 6T for the last two years and are looking to upgrade to a new phone with better cameras and 5G connectivity, the OnePlus 8T is the obvious choice.

The OnePlus 8T is the ideal upgrade for current 6T owners.

The design itself hasn't changed too much in the last two years, and the 8T will feel immediately familiar if you're switching from the 6T. But there are a lot of exciting upgrades on offer, with the 120Hz AMOLED panel in particular making a huge difference in day-to-day use.

Then there's the internal hardware, with the Snapdragon 865 chipset delivering 5G connectivity and rock-solid performance. The 65W fast charging is a fantastic addition, and it makes using the phone that much more interesting. The 8T misses out on wireless charging, but the fact that it takes just 39 minutes to fully charge the battery means it's not too big an omission.

And with Android 11 out of the box, the OnePlus 8T is running the latest software you'll find today. You'll also find a lot to like with the cameras on offer, and the 48MP lens at the back takes much better shots than the 16MP module on the 6T. All things considered, the OnePlus 8T is the ideal option if you're in the market for a new phone in 2020.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.