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Lucy Eva is a content writer in Paylessdeal for 4 years, and a part-time contributor focused on the news and features attached to technology. She is always being excited about technology, especially about smartphones.

October 27, 2020

OnePlus 8T Review

A Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus always stands out in a crowd by striving hard to adapt to current market situations. In recent years flagship smartphone prices have been increased significantly – thanks to 5G frequencies and powerful, expensive CPUs and demand for flagships have decreased slightly. Therefore, OnePlus, which is known for producing high-end Android devices, decided to change its smartphone making strategy and bring down its flagship smartphones to a middle price segment without having to compromise on features and specifications.

Although we’ve seen super-fancy and super-expensive (not as expensive as others) smartphones from OnePlus but OnePlus 8T in Australia will be a cheaper flagship phone still with everything on paper one would need it.

At first glance, the OnePlus 8T looks quite gorgeous, but its internal features like processor and components are as same as we’ve seen in OnePlus 8 smartphones. However, it’s bearing a large battery and improved rear camera configuration alongside a 120Hz refresh rate display to ensure that everything looks stunning and vivid.

Without a doubt, it’s a solid and high-end Android smartphone but felt a little lackluster when comparing it to OnePlus 8 Pro. The company has claimed OnePlus 8T as the best and flagship-killer smartphone due to its 120Hz flat screen design, dual battery system, and four cameras on its back to capture cutting-edge images. Below, we’ve mentioned everything we’ve heard so far in our OnePlus 8T Review, such as its release date in Australia, pricing details, features, specifications, and much more. 

OnePlus 8T Release Date

OnePlus 8T is already on sale in quite a few parts of the world, such as the UK, and as far as its US release date is concerned, it’s expected to hold its position in stores on October 23rd, 2020.

The official OnePlus 8T release date in Australia isn’t confirmed as it seems that OnePlus has no plans to launch its beast in Australia officially – very much like OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. However, right after its launch in the United States, a handsome range of well-recognised platforms such as Amazon and others will bring OnePlus 8T for Aussies to purchase.

Besides, we at Paylessdeal will also compile a list of Australian online stores, including Amazon, for your convenience to compare OnePlus 8T Prices on a single page and grab one from your favourite online retailer or store at unmatched rates.

OnePlus 8T Price

Taking a look at OnePlus 8T Price in Australia, there is a surprise for the Australian audience as it set users back significantly less as compared to OnePlus 8. A base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of onboard memory in the UK costs about £549, which after conversion, comes to around AU$990.

The price for its biggest variant 12GB RAM and 256GB of ROM, is expected to be somewhere in between AU$1299. It’s indeed surprising for OnePlus fans to see that OnePlus has dropped its T-series price for the first time. Only two colour options will be available to choose from – Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green.

OnePlus 8T Specifications

OnePlus 8T so far is the company’s most gorgeously designed entirely-baked smartphone with a plethora of high-end components such as massive RAM, increased number of cameras, gigantic battery, glorious look, and more. The OnePlus 8T Specs are as follow:

  • Weight: 188 grams
  • Dimensions: 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm
  • Display Size: 6.55-inches AMOLED 120Hz
  • Display Resolution: 1080 x 2400 Pixels (402 PPI Density)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Operating System: Android 11, OxygenOS 11
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • RAM and ROM: 8GB with 128GB and 12GB with 256GB (microSD)
  • Rear Cameras: 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Video Recording: 1080p@30fps and 60fps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS and micro USB Type-C 3.1
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (in-display),Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, and Barometer
  • Battery: 4500mAh Non-removable (65W Fast Charging)
  • Colours: Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver

OnePlus 8T Design

OnePlus always strives hard to give its phones a distinct look, and interestingly, the OnePlus 8T is no different. The company has changed its overall design significantly as compared to its predecessors. It’s loaded with a glass back – protected by Gorilla Glass alongside a metal frame. When holding in hand, it feels premium and gives tough competition to numerous other state-of-the-art smartphones.

It has a vertical camera configuration on the top left side of the phone – comprising 4 rear cameras alongside a flashlight. In the previous models, this setup was in the center of the phone, but OnePlus has moved it to the left side – thanks to the addition of the cooling technology.

It’s not ideal for those with small hands due to its 188 grams weight and 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm dimensions. So, if you are looking for something small, then OnePlus 8T won’t be a good option as it’s too difficult to operate a phone with a 6.55-inches display with one small hand.

The bottom of the phone is loaded with a SIM Tray as well as a USB-C port and a single speaker, whereas the power button is mounted on the right side, and volume rockers are holding their position on the left of the phone. Excitingly, it’s equipped with a silence slider, which is very much difficult to find on nowadays’ Android smartphones. The silence slider enables you to switch between vibration, notification sound, or silence.

Talking about its fingerprint scanner, it’s embedded into the display, and according to the sources, it can work absolutely perfectly. One can choose the OnePlus 8T from two sensational colours, such as Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green.

OnePlus 8T Display

Vivid and punchy, the OnePlus 8T’s biggest 6.55-inches display feels quite large, and bezels around the display are meaningfully small, which maximises the screen-to-body ratio and let you enjoy an almost all-screen experience. The biggest 6.55-inches display is being supported by 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution at 402 Pixels per inch. This means it can take your enjoyment to the next level when it comes to watching movies or playing games.

The most important and interesting part of the display is its 120Hz refresh rate, which has now become a common feature in state-of-the-art smartphones. 120Hz refresh rate means the display is very much smooth and silky when playing games or scrolling social media feeds.

On OnePlus 8T, it looks quite fantastic, and you’ll notice it with immediate effects. Moreover, the brightness of the display is very much higher and enable you to read the content on display under direct sunlight with ease. The selfie camera is positioned on the top left corner of the phone behind the punch-hole. It doesn’t take too much room, so it’s virtually unnoticeable.

OnePlus 8T Camera

Another reason why OnePlus 8T shines is its rear camera configuration that can perform quite accurately in a variety of scenarios. The phone is equipped with four mind-boggling and quality-oriented lenses to take your photography to the next level.

The main 48MP camera lens comes with an aperture of f/1.7 and houses both electronic and optical image stabilisation. The other 16MP ultra-wide camera lens with f/2.2 aperture promises detailed images, and the remaining 5MP (f/2.4) macro shooter and a 2MP (f/2.4) monochrome lens support to get cutting-edge results.

In hands on reviews, sources have confirmed that its main 48MP camera lens performs an awesome job both in low lighting and bright lighting conditions. All the captured images look amazingly great and true to life without compromising on contrast and natural-looking colours.

However, other sensors struggle quite a bit when it comes to bad lighting conditions, but it still captures great quality images with more than enough details and colours. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sport a telephoto camera lens that you can find in some other high-end and flagship devices. The built-in zoom, however, works exceptionally well in all situations.

The built-in zoom is capable enough to zoom up to 10 times, but it drops image quality if you zoom completely. The 5MP macro lens comes into action when shooting close-up images but not as great and remarkable as other Android phones.

The fourth 2MP monochrome camera lens works great with the other three camera lenses to help you capture black-and-white images. But if you apply a B&W filter when capturing, the end results will look more natural. There is a single 16MP camera on the front in a small hole on the top left side – suitable for capturing selfies with your loved ones or video calling.

The OnePlus 8T lets you shoot 4K videos with ease either at 30 or 60fps with its rear camera. The slow-motion feature is available at 720p alongside a time-lapse mode. To make your videos glitch-free and smoother, the OnePlus 8T comes with an optical image stabilisation feature.

OnePlus 8T Performance

One should expect its phone to be fast in 2020, and interestingly, the OnePlus 8T with its up to 12GB RAM is amazingly fast. So many online sources have already gone through hands on review and shared its super-fast and glitch-free performance. The sources indicated that most of the Android smartphones slow down after a couple of years, but OnePlus phones are an exception. Every OnePlus smartphone runs fast even after many years and hence, highly reliable.

However, when it comes to playing games for a long period of time or performing intense tasks, the OnePlus 8T gets warm slightly. Not really hot but a little bit warm! The in-display fingerprint scanner, on the other hand, is astonishingly fast as compared to Samsung devices – for instance, it’s effortless to use it.

Unlike other smartphone companies, OnePlus always pays attention to little details when launching a new phone. The vibration of the OnePlus 8T is amazing, and typing on a keyboard with such vibration makes you feel great. It’s the company’s first non-Google phone running on Android 11, and we’ve seen that OnePlus has an excellent track record when it comes to Android updates.

OnePlus 8T Battery

With a gigantic 4500mAh non-removable battery, the OnePlus 8T is capable enough to let you stay online throughout the day with ease upon a single charge. According to the sources who have tested its battery performance, the OnePlus 8T can last up to 9 hours and 58 minutes during web surfing with 150 nits of screen brightness at 120Hz refresh rate.

9 hours and 58 minutes juice doesn’t make the OnePlus 8T as the best battery phone around, but it’s on par with a plethora of other flagship devices with high-refresh-rate display. The OnePlus 8 Pro with its 4510mAh battery can last 56 more minutes, and it’s giving tough competition to Samsung Galaxy S20 (4500mAh),which only lasts around 8 hours and 58 minutes.

However, if you drop the refresh rate of the display to its 60Hz, you’ll then be able to manage approx. 10 hours and 49 minutes of battery life, which seems great, with no doubt.

One of the best features OnePlus always uses in its smartphones is super-fast charging. And interestingly, Warp Charge from 30W to 65W have further enhanced the charging technology of OnePlus. Within 15 minutes, it would charger your OnePlus 8T from 0% to 55% and wait for more than 15 minutes, and you’ll get approx. 93% juice. The only disappointment regarding the OnePlus 8T is that it’s not equipped with wireless charging technology which we’ve seen in OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.

OnePlus has used two smaller batteries instead of one large battery pack inside the phone, therefore we call it “batteries.” This somewhat encircles the advantages of electrical resistance and heat when the wattage of the charger is increased and enables 8T to charge very quickly. Other smartphone brands expect this technology to be introduced next year.

Wrapping Up

OnePlus 8T comprises a groundbreaking design and internal components with eye-catching colour options such as Lunar Silver and aquamarine Green. If you’re looking for a smartphone with outstanding look, OnePlus 8T won’t disappoint you. Perhaps you wouldn’t be impressed by its screen resolution but it’s indeed looking great with 120Hz refresh rate as well as highest brightness level. Moreover, its’ battery life can easily last for more than 48 hours upon a single charge.

However, it doesn’t comprise wireless charging, which is already available in OnePlus 8 Pro. Although OnePlus 8T comes with capable enough camera lenses but it wouldn’t give your cutting-edge results like Huawei P40 Pro, Oppo Find X2 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S20 series.

Is There Going to be OnePlus 8T in Australia?

OnePlus didn’t mention about its OnePlus 8T launch, but it’s now on sale in the UK, US audience will get their hands on one sooner than later, and it’s most likely to hit Australian shelves before December 2020 ends.

Which One is Better to Buy OnePlus 8 or 8T?

Although the OnePlus 8 is unique in its own way, waiting for the OnePlus 8T can be beneficial as it’s equipped with a vast number of upgrades inside and outside. It doesn’t entirely mean the OnePlus 8 is a bad phone. If you wait for a couple of days, the OnePlus 8 Price will be dropped meaningfully – thereby making it a great deal to go for.

Should You Wait for OnePlus 8T?

Of course, waiting for the OnePlus 8T is a smart move as it’ll be loaded with significant changes in terms of design, display, and internal components. It’s expected to be landed on Australian shelves sooner than later, and most important of all, the OnePlus 8T will come with a lower price tag as compared to the OnePlus 8.

Does OnePlus 8T Comprise Wireless Charging?

Technology is getting advanced more and more day by day and opening a new world of charging accessories for your convenience, but the OnePlus 8T doesn’t comprise a wireless charging feature. And another bigger change is its screen, comprising a 120Hz refresh rate, which looks great.

Is OnePlus Better than Samsung?

Indeed, Samsung has covered a handsome part of the market with its Galaxy S20 series, but the OnePlus wins in terms of RAM, storage, display, and camera performance even for less money.


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