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.

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