OnePlus 8T review: a stylish phone fully charges in just 37 minutes | Smartphones

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The OnePlus 8T replaces the OnePlus 8 released just six months ago, with a flatter, faster screen and blazingly fast charging.

The smartphone costs £ 549 or £ 649 depending on storage and sits between the mid-range £ 379 OnePlus North and the high-end £ 799 OnePlus 8 Pro.

The design of the 8T has more in common with the Nord than its predecessor or the 8 Pro, due to the adoption of a traditional flat screen rather than a screen that curls on the sides. The Switch makes the phone 1.2mm wider than its predecessor despite having the same 6.55-inch screen.

The screen also has a higher refresh rate at 120Hz compared to 90Hz, which is the best in the industry for smoothness, brightness, and color.

The aquamarine back glass has a special finish that almost completely blocks the appearance of fingerprints and stays shiny. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The sides of the device are made of aluminum and the back is glass. The green colored variant has a new glass treatment which almost completely removes the nuisance of fingerprint stains while still remaining shiny. The phone has OnePlus’ excellent alert slider on the side, a good set of stereo speakers, and a USB-C port on the bottom, but no headphone jack or official water resistance rating.

The 8T is on the wide side of normal phones but is fairly easy to grip. It comes with a plastic screen protector applied, plus a good clear plastic case is also included in the box in Europe.

Characteristics

  • Screen: 6,55 pouces 120 Hz FHD + AMOLED (402ppi)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8 or 12 Go of RAM

  • Storage room: 128 or 256 GB (UFS 3.1)

  • Operating system: OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11

  • Camera: four rear cameras: 48MP, 16MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, 2MP monochrome; 16MP front camera

  • Connectivity: 5G, dual sim, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX / HD. LDAC, AAC) et emplacement

  • Water resistance: no official rating

  • Dimensions: 160,7 x 74,1 x 8,4 mm

  • Weight: 188 g

High performance, super-fast charging

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WarpCharge 65 is one of the fastest charging systems available, requiring a special AC adapter and USB-C charging cable. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The 8T has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor as its predecessor and 8 or 12 GB of RAM, depending on how much storage you choose. It is 5G compatible and supports two SIM cards at the same time.

The 8T therefore runs just as fast and as fast as the old 8 and the current 8 Pro – the latter also has the same chip. This means that it is one of the fastest devices on the market.

The 8T has a new battery design and a new charging system. Instead of having one battery inside the phone, it has two that work together. For charging, it means both can charge at the same time for a higher charge rate.

The batteries last just under 33 hours between charges, which is roughly the same as its predecessor, from 7 a.m. on the first day until around 4 p.m. on the second day with the screen set to 120 Hz. During the test, the phone was in 5G for two hours, the rest of the time spent in wifi. You’ll get more time with 5G and 120Hz screen mode turned off.

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Moving the camera from the center to one side of the device made room for the super-fast charging system. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The new WarpCharge 65 system will fully charge the phone in just 37 minutes (two minutes faster than OnePlus states), which beats pretty much everything else. That’s a full charge in 28 minutes faster than the phone’s predecessor, which was already super fast charging. It reaches 50% in 14 minutes.

If charged via a third-party USB-C charger, rather than the included 65W charger and cable, the phone will charge up to 27W, which is still faster than most competitors limited to 18- 24 W. To keep everything safe, the phone has 11 temperature sensors plus one in the charger to ensure that nothing overheats while charging at the fastest rates, although the phone remains surprisingly cool. There is no wireless charging available.

The OnePlus charger can also charge other devices at 45W. It supports the latest PPS (USB Power Delivery Programmable Power Supply) standard, required by some tablets, computers and smartphones for fast charging, including those from Samsung. PPS compatible chargers are quite rare and expensive, so it’s great to see one included here and eliminate the need for another charger for other devices.

Durability

OnePlus rates the 8T’s battery for 800 full charge cycles up to 80% of its capacity – better than the 500 cycles typical of other rechargeable batteries. Battery longevity is also aided by an optimized charging system that delays full charges overnight until you wake up so you don’t keep the battery 100% stuck for long periods of time. The battery can be replaced for £ 18 excluding VAT and labor and the smartphone is generally serviceable by OnePlus in the UK, with the screen costing £ 130.50 excluding VAT and labor to replace.

The company offers a trade-in program for its own phones and competitor models. He did not comment on the use of recycled materials in his smartphones.

OxygenOS 11

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The 8T is one of the first smartphones to ship with the latest version of Android 11, showing the upgraded media controls here. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

OxygenOS 11 is the company’s customized version of Android 11, which here makes a slight change in the design of previous iterations of OxygenOS.

It benefits from standard Android 11 changes, including upgraded media controls, faster access to smart home devices and Google Pay through a power button menu, and improved messaging app notification controls. .

But new to OnePlus is a quick-access dark mode toggle and ambient display mode, which places notifications, time, and music playback information on the phone screen when it’s not. used. This is a feature that most rival manufacturers have had for quite some time, but here it is executed very well.

Another novelty is an attempt to make using a large phone with one hand a little easier by mirroring Samsung’s One UI design, which brings the parts of the apps you interact with closer to the bottom closer. screen and information you don’t need. touch near the top of the screen.

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Unlike Samsung’s One UI, OnePlus uses a lot of Google apps like Calendar, Messages, and more that don’t get changed, so the most obvious place the new design can be seen is in the settings of the system. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

Overall, OxygenOS 11 is still one of the finest and smoothest versions of Android available, with plenty of customization options, but minimal bloat and fast performance.

OnePlus offers software support for at least three years from release, including two years of Android version updates and then an additional year of security updates on a bi-monthly schedule. Updates to newer versions of Android are also pretty quick after Google’s release.

Camera

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The OnePlus camera app is simple and has a lot of features, including a new automatic night mode. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

The 8T has the same 48-megapixel main camera and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera as its predecessor, as well as a new 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. However, there is no telephoto zoom camera.

The main and ultra-wide-angle cameras work very similarly to the OnePlus 8, producing excellent standard photos in good to medium light, with Auto HDR where needed, handling high contrast scenes well. New is an automatic nightscape mode that kicks in when shooting in low light for better photos.

The 5MP macro camera is an improvement over the really mediocre 2MP version of the OnePlus 8, but I still get sharper images using the main camera and zooming in a bit.

The 2MP monochrome camera does not take images directly. Instead, it is used as a color sensor for the main camera applying a monochrome filter through hardware rather than pure software. The results are better than a software filter and fun to play with, but the images aren’t as crisp as you would typically get with a full 20MP monochrome camera on competitors in the past.

The 16MP front camera is fixed focus but is really good, producing very detailed and well-balanced images in good and medium light, with a reasonable portrait mode also available.

Observations

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The integrated fingerprint scanner is still the best in the business, being faster, less picky and more accurate than its competition. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian
  • The haptic vibrations are excellent: short, crisp and powerful.

  • The alarm app can fully wake the phone as long as it has battery left in the morning.

Price

The OnePlus 8T is available in two versions in the UK. The silver version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs £ 549 and the green version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs £ 699.

For comparison, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a suggested retail price of £ 799, the OnePlus North costs £ 379, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs £ 1,179, the iPhone 11 costs £ 729, and the Fairphone 3+ costs 425. £.

Verdict

Another great premium phone from the Chinese smartphone brand at a great price is the OnePlus 8T.

It has a superb 120Hz display, good build, attractive design, best in performance, good battery life, 5G, dual sim and a good set of cameras. But it’s the super-fast charging that really changes the game. A full charge in 37 minutes means you don’t have to worry about battery life and you can even turn it off overnight.

It’s not perfect. The lack of a telephoto lens is disappointing, as is the lack of an official water resistance rating and only receiving three years of software updates. It’s also not really an upgrade from its predecessor, the April OnePlus 8, but at £ 549 it’s at least £ 50 cheaper at launch.

The OnePlus 8T is a top-notch phone for the money – it undermines much of the established competition, which makes it another reason not to spend more than £ 600 on a phone.

Benefits: excellent screen, top performance, good battery life, blazingly fast charging, good camera, great software, alert slider, top notch build, 5G, dual sim, super fast fingerprint scanner built into the screen.

The inconvenients: no headphone jack, no telephoto lens, no official IP rating, only three years of software updates, no wireless charging.

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The selfie camera pierces a small hole at the top left of the screen. Photographie: Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian

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