If you're looking for the best Android phones around, you can't go far wrong with the great-value OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. The Chinese brand's latest top-of-the-line smartphones, they offer big, punchy screens, superb cameras and oodles of power. But, following OnePlus' bi-annual update, they're about to be succeeded by the OnePlus 8T..
OnePlus isn't one to sit still: it launches new phones every six months at least. The 8 and 8 Pro launched in April, so it's no surprise that the 'T' variant was unveiled in October. As predicted, it's a single-phone affair (there won't be a Pro variant this time).
So, what's the big deal about the 8T? What's its USP? And when can you order one Strap in for our full and frank 8T briefing...
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OnePlus 8T: price
OnePlus has built a reputation as a maker of some of the best Android phones at bargain prices. Analysts predicted that the 8T would debut at £649 ($850, AU$1185) but OnePlus has now revealed the official 8T price – and it's cheaper than expected!
The 128GB and 256GB versions will cost £549 (€599) and £649 (€699) respectively. In the US, the choice will be limited to the 256GB storage variant, priced $749.
Oh, and there will be no McLaren Edition of the Pro model this year after OnePlus recently confirmed its partnership with the motor racing company had ended. So those hoping for a snazzy paint job and more memory will be left wanting.
OnePlus 8T release date, but no 8T Pro
The OnePlus 8T will be available from 20th October. US buyers will have to wait a little longer – until 23rd October. OnePlus doesn't sell phones in Australia, so you won't be able to buy it there.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has officially confirmed on social media that there will be n large-screen 'Pro' variant in the OnePlus 8T series, breaking with years of company tradition.
That was rumoured to be the case: a Twitter post by tipster @Max.J., which shows the phrase "kebab2" covered by a "no entry" sign, seemed to suggest that the 8T Pro would be a no-go for 2020. (Kebab2 was the rather unappetising codename for the OnePlus 8T Pro).
According to OnePlus CEO Lau, "users who like Pro-level products can continue to choose OnePlus 8 Pro." Essentially, OnePlus believes there's no need to upgrade the 8 Pro at the moment.
OnePlus 8T: design
The OnePlus 8T has been officially revealed in its rather fetching Aquamarine Green colour. The 6.55in AMOLED display is protected by tough Gorilla Glass but aside from a few tweaks, it's very much business as usual.
The bezel and 16MP pinhole selfie camera will look familiar to OnePlus 8 users. But this time the display is flat, not curved.
The OnePlus 8T's rear camera isn't what you'd call ground-breaking but it'll put in a shift. The quad camera system is headed up by the same 48MP snapper in the 8 series.
The set-up is completed by a 16MP ultra-wide, plus macro and dedicated monochrome cameras. The idea behind the monochrome camera is that your moody black and whites will look more authentic than they would if they were simply colour shots overlaid with a black and white filter.
Hoping for a top-notch telephoto lens? Er, you might want to start saving for an iPhone 12 Pro.
Prior to the 8T's official launch on 14th October, several leakers tipped the screen to have a 120Hz refresh rate. Well, they were right, so this phone should provide a smooth picture for video and gaming. Even better, the display boasts 1100-nit peak brightness and HDR10+ support.
OnePlus 8T: specs
As for firepower, the 8T gets the Snapdragon 865 5G – the same processor found in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8 and Sony Xperia 1 II – rather than Qualcomm's brand-new Snapdragon 865 Plus.
It's also worth noting that the 8Twill be the first phone outside of the new Google Pixels to launch with the Android 11 OS installed (at least, OnePlus' version, which is dubbed OxygenOS 11). It includes an always-on display and a new menu designs.
The battery is a beefy 4500mAh affair and benefits from all-new WarpCharge 65 quick charging technology. This doubles the speed the WarpCharge 30T was capable of, brimming the battery to 60 per cent in just 15 minutes. Pretty impressive.
We'll be taking a closer look at the OnePlus 8T in due course so see how it ranks against the best Android phones of 2020.
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