The OnePlus 8T joins high-end fluidity power struggle as main protagonists: OnePlus has presented the OnePlus 8T, a smartphone that comes to compete in the high-end sector. Among its virtues are its power and fluidity, as well as its price, since you can get it for only 599 euros.
However, that cost hints at some 'cons'. Among them, it does not have a telephoto lens, a lens that I have missed in its photographic configuration.
In this way, the multinational adds to its 2020 product portfolio, and places it just below the OnePlus 8 Pro.
And is that, this time, the terminal arrives without a ' Pro ' version, but comes accompanied by the OnePlus Buds Wireless Z, headphones that will be perfect for sports.
If you want to know what are the pros and cons of the OnePlus 8T, check out this review:
- A different design that leaves no footprints on its back
The back is in the aesthetic section where the OnePlus 8T most changes compared to the previous generation. Historically, the firm has opted to place the camera module in a central way. There are certain exceptions, but until now it was part of its essence.
However, the 8T integrates a encapsulation reminiscent of the Samsung S20 range. The change of design and location is due to optimizations of space inside the terminal that have made it possible to add a battery of more capacity, namely 4,500 mAh, and also achieve better connectivity of both the WiFi signal and the 5G network.
It is a glass finished device that feels sturdy and quality.
OnePlus 8T joins high-end fluidity power struggle
In the right corner of the device is one of the stamps of this company: The 'Alert Slider', with which you can change in a simple way the mode in which you want to put the mobile at every moment (silence, vibration or sound). Just below, there is also the on/off and lock button.
On the left side are only the volume up and down buttons.
At the top is the microphone for recording video and the speaker for calls, which will also use it to amplify the sound and offer a much more immersive multimedia experience.
Finally, at the bottom of the device is the USB Type-C, the microphone for calls and the multimedia speaker.
Without a doubt, it is a very complete smartphone, although with how big it is I would have liked to integrate 3.5 mm jack, despite the fact that already predominate Bluetooth headphones. In fact, I've missed it on more than one occasion, as the trend in most 2020 Mobiles is to eliminate it.
- The 120 Hz display that will make you go at full speed
As I commented at the beginning, OnePlus was one of the first manufacturers to jump to 90 Hz, where the fluidity experience was really notorious. It is true that the difference between 90 and 120 Hz is very inconspicuous, but still it makes you have been able to enjoy a performance and experience that is not available to all phones.
This is a fairly large panel, specifically 6.55 inches built with flexible Super AMOLED technology. Yes, I was also surprised when I was told by the guys from OnePlus, and is that the panel is slightly flexible at the edges, such that the frames do not look and are really taken advantage of.
You can certainly see that you are facing a screen of a great level. It must be said that, unlike the 8, this version T has said goodbye to curves. A good decision, I think, since the reflections on the outside are really annoying on this type of panels.
The colors he achieves have that touch of saturation that makes them more beautiful to the eye, but also somewhat more unreal. The sharpness is really good and, as far as brightness is concerned, you should know that I'm talking about a device that reaches 1,100 nits, which is a barbarity. Although I have to say that I have noticed, especially in situations with full sun.
It integrates two brightness sensors, one at the back, and another at the bottom, which makes the automatic brightness adjust in a very natural way, something that sinned most smartphones of the brand in the past.
The viewing angles are very good, thanks to take the leap to the flat screen.
If we talk about the touch, it has a refresh rate of 240 Hz, which makes the experience especially 'electric' and the processes are really immediate.
It should be noted that you can also make use of this panel at 60 Hz, so you will maintain the quality of the panel, but the fluidity will be lower, although thanks to OxygenOS, the customization layer of which I will also tell you later, the fluidity does not go down at great level.
-When I knew the processor I was mounting I thought it would not disappoint me and when I tested it I confirmed my suspicions: it is a beast
The OnePlus 8T integrates the latest of the latest, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 accompanied by 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage.
As expected, I have been able to run any kind of demanding process without noticing any kind of pull or lag in games as heavy as Asphalt 9 or COD Mobile.
It should be borne in mind that, although in Spain at present there is hardly such connectivity, it is a 5G device compatible with both 5G NSA (non Stand Alone) and SA (Stand Alone) natively. Although in my tests-both with fiber optics and with 4G and 4G+ - the websites have loaded correctly in a really fast way.
In addition, it should be noted that the OnePlus 8T a smartphone that has not heated me too much, even when I have made demanding processes.
- OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11, makes the experience a real delight
Android 11 is official for a while, but the main problem with the Google operating system is that it usually takes a long time to come true on Android devices.
OnePlus is one of the brands that first incorporate the latest version of the green doll software. You should know that the experience it offers has surprised me. And it is that, although it was difficult, the Chinese company continues to improve the software more and more.
The good news is that, probably, if you own a mobile of this brand and it is relatively new, you could enjoy this version of the operating system relatively soon.
Although it sounds strange, the company is still interested in privacy on these types of devices. And is that, since the screen is built with Super AMOLED technology, it is possible to customize the information you want to be displayed as it detects that you lift it from the table.
Remember that Always On Display technology hardly consumes battery, thanks to which it turns off the pixels. One of the themes that are included in this mode is the 'Insight' in which you will appear the unlocks that you have made in the day and also a bar that will be put in an increasingly orange hue depending on the time you use the smartphone.
-You can be without charging the Mobile One Day and have it recharged in just over 30 minutes
The battery of the OnePlus 8T is 4.500 mAh and, although it is a good figure, considering that it has a weight of only 188 grams, the best is in the charger.
In about half an hour, you'll be able to make your phone go from being 0% 100% battery. In addition, the cable included with this terminal is USB Type C to USB Type C-thus abandoning the USB Type A, which could be a problem to recharge it in certain PowerBanks, but not in the other processes—.
The 8T does not heat up while recharging to 65 W. Another aspect you should know is that this transformer has not increased in size compared to the 30 W integrated smartphone OnePlus to date.
If you do not charge the smartphone with this charger, but with another charger of the same power, the Fast Charge will be reduced to 27 W. The intention of the brand, is that you use this charger to charge all your devices, from the mobile to the laptop.
Charging devices of previous generations of the brand at the corresponding speed is also possible, in fact it performs it automatically.
One technology that I found really interesting is the adaptive charge with which the degradation of the battery is much lower. This function will intelligently manage the charge to be at 100% approximately 20 minutes before you unplug the power terminal in case you set an alarm every day at the same time.
This can be a double-edged sword, as you may not have it fully charged if you one day unplug it sooner. Yes, it will be at 80%.
The battery has not been a problem: I used the device with Wifi, mobile data, bluetooth and GPS enabled, in a mixed use with the screen at 120 Hz at all times(although remember that in games and many apps the rate is lower). The resulting data has been about 6 hours of active screen.
I also have to say that I use a lot of applications but, still, I have reached the end of the day with about 15%.
- An authentic auditory delight
Multimedia sections are often quite important to me on a mobile, as I personally consume a lot of multimedia content.
The sound of the OnePlus 8T is really good: it is heard loud, clear and defined. It is true that at maximum volume, as happens in the vast majority of terminals, it distorts.
When it comes to watching movies and series, the dual speaker is very noticeable and, beyond the volume and that also sounds louder, the immersion when I have enjoyed this type of content has been really good.
The nuances of the sound are quite abundant. The media predominates, but the bass are more than correct and surprise for this type of product. At 75% of the total volume, the sound is crisp and clean.
- A complete photo section, but without telephoto lens
The encapsulation of the back of the device is composed of 4 photographic sensors, although this keeps certain curiosities:
Main Sensor: 48 megapixels, is one of the best-known photographic sensors in the world of smartphones. From normal, the quality is limited to 12 megapixels, although the difference is barely noticeable thanks to Quad Pixelm technology with which the lower resolution, the greater light. Although it does not have telephoto lenses, this sensor allows a 2x zoom in which the quality is maintained.
Ultra wide angle Sensor: 16 megapixels. It is very useful in situations where you want to photograph very large elements.
Macro Sensor: 5 megapixels. Photographing 3 or 4 cm away is possible. The results have pleasantly surprised me.
Monochrome Sensor: 2 megapixels. This sensor will allow you to take black and white photographs, but it will also make use of it to enhance photographs in low light situations.
The camera also houses a sensor that is responsible for measuring and recording the refreshment of the different elements - such as light or a screen—. It will achieve better results.
It should be noted that the OnePlus 8T integrates artificial intelligence into the camera software, so that it adapts to different situations automatically through different parameters.
- A 16 megapixel front camera with which to take your favorite selfies
If there was something I really liked about the OnePlus Nord was the integration of two front cameras, so that you can take selfies with your friends without stretching your arm. Still, I understand the position of having included the perforation on the screen, so that it occupies as little as possible.
I would have liked to see some kind of change in the location of the sensor, although the 8 had this same location and remember that it is an evolution of that device.
- Security for all tastes
In this section, the OnePlus 8T has a really complete security section.
The fingerprint sensor works really well and, personally, it seems to me that it is slightly located a little lower than usual, but you can always access the first one and it is very convenient to use.
It also integrates face unlock, although it does not have dedicated sensors for this, so the reliability is inferior to others. Still it is really useful and fast, as it adapts to any situation with the possibility of illuminating the face through the screen. Although in some situation I have unlocked with the mask on, although probably will be solved very soon.
- The OnePlus 8T retains the essence, but there is evolution
Undoubtedly, it is a high-end smartphone that does not disappoint. Its starting price is very interesting, considering that it competes with terminals with much less economical devices. In addition, it should be noted that, although they have a similar hardware, this is placed above in several other rivals close to its price as, for example, the POCO F2 Pro.
In general terms it is a mobile that gives pleasure to use since everything goes smoothly, as has been common in the vast majority of devices of the brand.
The fact is that it stands out in the vast majority of sections-perhaps the least interesting is some photographic feature—. In other words: it is a smartphone close to being round, but it will not have an easy road through the sector in which it competes.
OnePlus 8T joins high-end fluidity power struggle