Here is an honest take on using the OnePlus 8T phone with enhanced designing and good battery functionality.
With the failed predecessor of the renowned brand models, there is a higher set of expectations with the “T” series model of the OnePlus in 2020. Getting personally into the “T” series, for some reason or the other, the models have never failed to impress us. Right from the enhanced features, designing the structure and never to forget the high rated customer feedback had uplifted the OnePlus “T”, series models.
With the launch of OnePlus 8 Series this year, OnePlus has been putting forward all its efforts into making the models the best apart from the rest in the competition. But with the OnePlus 8, we could not have been much disappointed with the performance in comparison to what we have seen with the OnePlus 7T model.
Finally, OnePlus has officially launched the OnePlus 8T. As per the expectation, OnePlus offers with the enhanced designing and upgrades to the specifications. This is done in expectation of making the non-Pro version more with OnePlus 8 Pro at Rs 54,999. And we have seen that there have been loads of changes in it.
As we all have been disappointed with the previous launch of the OnePlus series this year, we have the rising expectation of the OnePlus 8T. Here is our latest gadget review on this latest model of the brand. Let’s get to know in detail.
Designing Structure of OnePlus 8T
Priced at Rs 42,999, the OnePlus 8T does come up with aluminium framing having a glass back. In comparison to that of OnePlus 8, there are loads of revamping done to the design.
The display sides do not have curved sides. The side outlook is more appealing to look at. Furthermore, the feature is pretty practical to wither an easier edge of the display for user-friendly representation.
The vignetting effect is completely focused on the display side. In comparison to the predecessor models, the OnePlus 8T is quite heaving and thicker is size. It is better to use the phone with both of your hands for getting tired within a small period.
Speaking of the colour variant, the new Aquamarine Green has a great feature. Regardless of the vibrancy, the fingerprint scanner is pretty smooth. Also, there are other colour variants that you can look for. The camera module is alternated to the left side with rounded corners circumferencing the mobile.
What we have seen is that the new OnePlus 8T has gone through upgrades and improvements in its display setup. Having the screen size of 6.55-inches, the phone is full-HD+ supported 120 Hz refresh rate. And this is no different than that of the 8 Pro model.
But here what we have pondered over is that the sampling rate has been upgraded to 240 Hz for enhanced response rate. The display is also nearly HDR10+ certified. Colour accuracy comes to JNCD where the display connector is properly blended right behind the panel. If you are asking to be honest with you, we do not see much of the changes here in terms of the design and display setup of the OnePlus 8T model.
OnePlus users are already aware of the button layout – Power and Volume button is adjusted on the opposite side of the frame, features USB 3.1 Type-C port on the bottom and have no headphone jack. The phone features dual-SIM but there is no option for microSD card.
Accessories are available with the phone –
One noticeable thing here is the change is alternated with Wrap Charge 65 giving you the support of 65W charger with your phone. The outlook of the enhanced upgrade in the sides and finish of the phone is something to fall for. The 120 Hz refresh rate is also welcoming. But one disappointment here is the phone does not support wireless charging.
Software Detailing Of OnePlus 8T
Functioning on OxygenOS 11, the OnePlus 8T runs on the complete new version of the brand running on Android 11. The rollout update has already hit the market with its previous two models of the 8 series.
With OxygenOS 11, you will come across a strong design that has been acquired or inspired by Samsung’s One UI. If you are to review through the OnePlus applications, there are big and bold letters to welcome you with but the size gradually reduces as you tend to scroll it down.
When you are swiping down the home screen, you will be featured with the recently launched applications. There is information about the application right over there. Now you can easily change the settings right from the notification panel. Dark Mode setting works independently and has been working pretty well with the phone.
Apart from the same, OnePlus has also added Always-On-Display feature to their OnePlus 8T. The newer insight of this feature is pretty interesting. It will showcase you with the number of times you have unlocked your phone. Speaking about the brand, OnePlus has decided of adding in more features to its stock applications and there will be an Always-On-Display feature update right in November 2020.
It also features Google’s stock dialler and messager application. The new model is well reversed with Zen Mode wellness feature that presents you with beautiful themes to select for. Mainly the idea is to let you share your digital detox experience with other OnePlus users.
Speaking of the Performance of OnePlus 8T
While we are done talking about the software and its specifications, the OnePlus 8T model is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Soc. This is something we are a little disappointed about. The phone could easily support and run on the + SoC variants.
OnePlus 8T features two storage variants –
The phone makes use of UFS 3.1 flash storage, a better and enhanced version use in comparison to OnePlus 8. Although the new model still makes use of LPDDR4X RAM and not DDR5 RAM like in the OnePlus 8 Pro.
What are the other features to be seen?
We have been thoroughly using the OnePlus 8T for a week now. And if we are to review its performance, we have not come through much of the changes to speak for. The weight of the phone is pretty heavier which makes you use your phone with both your hand. And if you are to stick your phone case, it will look bulkier.
Speaking on the other end, the display has outstanding visuals. The perfect blend of quirky colours and varied options will suit your likings. The 120 Hz refresh rate will help in making little system animation and gesture look snappy and pretty responsive. Though if you are asking to play games over the phone, the idea is not that impressive, to be honest.
How is the gaming experience?
Let’s begin with playing Asphalt 9: Legends to Battle Prime. The game is already smooth and does have consistent frame rates. Getting to the top of the frame, just near the earpiece, it starts getting a little hot when you are gaming but the rest of the frame is stagnant and there are no changes.
Stereo speakers are pretty loud and the sound is quite clear. HDR10 videos are displayed pretty well even if you are watching over online platforms like YouTube or other places. Though Netflix could not capture the OnePlus 8T’s HDR capacity.
The fingerprint scanner and face recognition worked effectively without much whimpering. The in-display fingerprint sensor responses quickly. Facial recognition also works the same.
Padded with 4500 mAh battery, the OnePlus 8T battery does have an upgrade in comparison to OnePlus 8 model. Not only this, it supports fast charging and the power adapter could be easily used for charging other phone and laptops. This includes fast charging possibility as well.
Within half an hour, the phone gets charged from zero to 72 per cent. And if you want full charge 15 minutes is enough to do the work. Like we stated the Warp Charge 65 charger also supports USB Power Delivery standard. It will help in the supply up to 30 W to other OnePlus phones and headphones. It could give supply of 45W power to MacBooks, iPads, iPhone and Android phones as well.
If we are to review the battery life of OnePlus 8T. It is solid. The thorough use of the phone for the week has not completely disappointment us. If you ask us why, if you are not constantly using the phone (which is also a little dreading for your eyes), the phone could last easily for a day. Now if you are gaming and also using video streaming or the camera functioning, then the battery could support you till 15 hours and 51 minutes. Somewhere there is a catch and also a disappointment.
Let’s delve into the camera segment to garner the information where you will get the clarity on the battery side at the same time.
Camera Functionality Of OnePlus 8T
If you honestly ask our opinion, the OnePlus 8T supports you with the decent camera performance. There are not much of the changes that we get to see with the new model in comparison to its predecessors.
You will be able to see there is the implementation of four lenses in place of three. The formulation is something to be commend-worthy but when there is no difference in the functionality of the camera setup, there is not much of the enthusiastic feeling.
Not only this, the OnePlus 8T will continue to make use of the same Sony IMX586 48-megapixel lens. It offers an optically stabilised sensor for the proper functioning of the primary camera. Don’t you think you have heard to experienced this somewhere? The answer is Yes! It does have the same functioning that we came across with the OnePlus 7 series. Though the sensor does offer a fruitful approach, with the commencement of 8T into the market, we expected OnePlus to enthuse has with something new, to become the talk of the town.
As well already spoke about the lenses, the quad-camera setup is placed at the back while there is only a single selfie camera functionality. OnePlus 8T makes use of 16 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 123-degree field of view, 5 MP macro camera and a 2 MP monochrome camera which are all placed at the back. The front camera is powered with 16 MP Sony IMX471 just the same as the ones used in the other 8 series.
The brand has been boasting about the use of wide FOV for the ultra-wide-angle camera. In comparison to its predecessors, the macro camera does have a higher resolution in this model. The white circle at the top of the camera model works as a flicker sensor. This sensor is like a boon in disguise to preventing against strobing while you are clicking pictures under any other form of artificial lighting.
Camera Photos During The Day
OnePlus 8T does click outstanding photos during the day. HDR functionality is incorporated pretty well. The colours are quite vibrant and do not get oversaturated. There detailing in the landscape shots are worthing, the pictures do not turn graining after zooming in. The ultra-wide-angle camera captures good colours at the same time, though the detailings turn out to be a little weaker.
As per the usage of the screen calibration, the colours in the photos could look oversaturated on the phone display. Close-ups covers in good detailing. Autofocus is quick and photos have a pleasing blurred background effect.
There is a little improvement seen in the macro lens of the OnePlus 8T. Portrait mode works a lot better. Skin tones on human subjects took off the guard as you will come across of unnatural skin smoothing getting applied when the beauty filter gets disabled. Still, objects shots are rather better if compared.
There is not much of the functionality of the monochrome camera. You will not find it until and unless you have a knack for black and white photography. It is then only used when you are making use of the last filter in the Photo Mode which is the “Mono” filter. It is mainly the 48 MP camera overall that is capturing the photograph. The need for separate lenses does not huge difference to implicated this effect.
Selfies During Day Time
Daytime selfies look marvellous. There is plenty of detailing and fairly natural skin tones. Portrait mode helps in blurring the background behind you but the result is never that perfect that you are looking for. Image quality takes a dig when in low light. There is no Nightscape that will help in the improvement with the exposure. Though you can make use of the screen flash.
One thing to look across if you are having the Vision comfort which is the OxygenOS blue light filter feature getting enabled in your OnePlus 8T. The screen flash will have the heavy yellow tone tat impacts the skin tones in the selfies. If that is the case, you will have to turn off the feature to get the natural skin tone when you are clicking a selfie with the screen flash.
On the other hand, the rear cameras click the much better picture in the low light. Even if you are not using Nightscape, the main camera click and digs into the detailing that helps in suppressing the noise pretty well. The finer texture on the objects will not come out as sharp when you are zooming in the image. The ultra-wide-angle camera does a commendable job in suppressing the noise at night. The details and exposure get a lot weaker. Nightscape helps in fixing the exposure and makes objects look visible in the darker areas.
How is the video quality?
The OnePlus 8T has outstanding video recording capabilities. You can record at 4k 30fps and kept switching between the primary and ultra-wide angle cameras. The quality during the daytime is outstanding. The main camera, on the other hand, can record up to 4K 60 fps. But here you will not be able to switch sensors at this framerate. The selfie camera is limited to recording at 1080p and the stabilization works outstandingly well.
Speaking of OnePlus 8T’s video, the brand has added some new features to its camera applications. This includes
Video Focus Tracking – used for tracking the focus. It blends so well with the experience you capture.
Video Portrait – helps in creating an in-depth effect right around your subject. But it is only applicable to human shooting else you will not come across through the difference that we are talking about.
Video Nightscape – offers you wth a brighter exposure right in even low lights when compared to the standard video mode. The resolution is here only gets restricted to 1080p.
Low light video quality is okayish but does not meet the expectation as you are wanting it to be. There are not much of the changes that you will get to see in comparison to OnePlus 8. Objects tend to look grainy.
Our Take – Is OnePlus 8T a Good Value For Money?
With the overwhelming response of the OnePlus 8, everyone has their focus on the launch of the OnePlus 8T. As the possibility was fixing many of the shortcomings. To be honest, OnePlus 8T does bring many changes but there are many features that the brand could have easily worked on to and offered the best to make the phone become a great successor. We were hoping to find IP rating or wireless charging, as we mentioned earlier. The decision of the brand was to leave other features but then the phone does not get to steal the thunder right from the existing flagship. The same issue occurred with OnePlus 8 when Nord was launched into the market. Is the brand making the same mistakes again?
The “T” version of the 8 series was not setting a benchmark as the OnePlus 7T did. With the OnePlus 8T Pro model, we could have been upgrades to Soc and cameras as well, maybe. The overall experience of the phone is outstanding, to be honest. It does give you a solid offering, comes along with an outstanding display. The camera functionality is pretty decent and the battery life is also up to the mark.
Coming to the pricing structure the OnePlus 8T starts at an amount of Rs 42,999 and the last variant gives way to Rs 45,999. In comparison to its predecessors, the 8T is offered better value as you are able to acquire more features and better specifications. The price could be a little higher but there is no result of getting your hands on OnePlus 8 anymore. It’s that the competition is quite tough. At the same pricing module, Samsung is also bringing in bigger and better.
Utsha Roy is an aspiring writer who has been gaining knowledge on various genres. Delving into the different cars and gadget news, she has also engaged herself into showcasing latest vehicles and gadgets news and reviews over Autonmobiles.com
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