OnePlus 8T review and hands-on experience

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OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

The OnePlus 8T doesn’t have a standout feature or spec update as opposed to its 8-series siblings, but OnePlus has taken all that made those phones great and improved in key areas to build the best smartphone yet.

OnePlus 8T: Display 

  • The OnePlus 8T follows in the footsteps of recent OnePlus phones that have featured stunning displays. 
  • It has a 6.55-inch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. More specifically, the OnePlus 8T has a super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, making it a delight to use.
  • Even if phones like the Pixel 5 stick with 90Hz rather than 120Hz, high-refresh-rate displays are becoming more popular.
  • If you use such phones for an extended period of time, you can find it difficult to return to a 60Hz screen. After removing the OnePlus 8T from its 120Hz mode, 
  • I quickly regretted it, as scrolling through menus and webpages felt jarring after the smoothness of 120Hz.
  • The OnePlus 8T manages colors and comparison well thanks to an OLED screen that supports HDR. 
  • The default “vivid” mode filled 169.9% of the sRGB color gamut and 120.2 percent of the DCI-P3 color space in our experiments. 
  • That outperformed the OnePlus 8 Pro, but it fell short of the Galaxy S20 FE in DCI-P3 coverage, with Samsung’s phone scoring 133.3 percent.
  • In our lab experiments, the OnePlus 8T received a Delta-E score of 0.29, which is higher than the S20 FE’s score of 0.3. 
  • Color accuracy improves with the OnePlus 8T’s “normal” screen calibration, resulting in a Delta-E score of 0.22 at the cost of color gamut coverage.
OnePlus 8T review
OnePlus 8T review

OnePlus 8T: Cameras

  • The OnePlus 8T has a 48MP primary camera and a 16MP super wide-angle camera on the back, as well as a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP monochrome camera. 
  • There’s no telephoto lens in the mix, like the one used on the OnePlus 8 Pro or Galaxy S20 FE, which is a bit strange because the OnePlus 7T had a 12MP 3x telephoto camera last year.
  • Nonetheless, with four cameras on offer and OnePlus demonstrating that it can deliver a smartphone with flagship-grade cameras with the OnePlus 8 Pro, 
  • I had high hopes for the 8T. Regrettably, they were not fulfilled.
  • Photos taken with the main camera were comparable to those taken with other Android flagships. The efficiency of the other lenses, on the other hand, was disappointing.
  • While OnePlus has released a suite of upgrades to boost the camera output after we first reviewed the 8T, 
  • the images we’ve selected below are still indicative of the phone’s photography abilities.
  • Overall, it’s nice, but it can’t quite explain its high price as compared to powerful competitors.

OnePlus 8T review: Battery life and charging

  • Thanks to its 4,500 mAh pack, you should expect the OnePlus 8T to last a full day of use before running out of power. 
  • The 8T managed 9 hours and 58 minutes with its screen running at 120Hz in our evaluation, which requires constant web browsing with the monitor set at 150 nits of screen brightness.
  • That’s not nearly long enough to make our list of the best handset battery life. 
  • Given its 120 mAh larger battery, it outlasts the OnePlus 8 Pro by 56 minutes, putting it on par with other phones with high-refresh-rate displays. 
  • It also outlasted the S20 FE’s 4,500 mAh battery, which lasted just 8 hours and 58 minutes.
  • If you set the monitor to 60Hz, you’ll get a battery life of 10 hours and 49 minutes, which is longer than the average for smartphones.
  • But, because switching back to 60Hz isn’t fast, I’d rather sacrifice battery life. And it’s all due to OnePlus’ latest Warp Charge 65 technology.

OnePlus 8T review: Software

  • The OnePlus 8T ships with Android 11, which includes features including integrated media controls in the drop-down menu and updated screenshot controls. 
  • It also ensures that the 8T has the most up-to-date Android security and privacy controls.
  • But it’s the debut of OxygenOS 11 that’s most intriguing. 
  • The OnePlus skin on top of Android is still pretty fuss-free, but it does have a few enhancements. 
  • These involve movements that are designed to be used with one hand. For eg, there’s a space between the main settings heading and the menu options, so Wi-Fi and monitor controls are in the lower two-thirds of the screen, making them easy to access.
  • A new dark mode is now available, which changes color tones and menu layers to make content easier to read. 
  • And, in general, using OxygenOS seems a bit neater and safer than using other Android skins, not that it was particularly messy, to begin with.