OnePlus has been going through a transformation. From undercutting its rivals in creating mobiles that people would want at a lower price point to increasing its prices to keep in touch with the big boys, they’ve really been restructuring how they handle their new found attention. And rightly so.

With the recent release of the Nord it was clear that OnePlus didn’t forget their roots and it is even clearer now.

Design

  • Dimensions: 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm / Weight: 188g
  • Colours: Aquamarine Green, Lunar Silver

Unlike anything OnePlus has done before the back doesn’t have the signature OnePlus look with the camera down the middle. OnePlus has now fallen in line with its competition by having all the camera sensors on the left side of the device. But one thing is unmistakable OnePlus; the colour. It comes in Aquamarine Green which is a signature of OnePlus and is part of the range of colours they’ve offered in other devices.

The differences continues. Gone is the frosted glass type on past devices and hello to a glossy surface. But unlike other glossy surfaces it doesn’t make smudges immediately clear unless you put it in line of direct sunlight.

On the right side of the device is the typical OnePlus slider to change your phone setting from silent, vibrate and of course ring. You’ll also find the typical power button below the slider.

Nothing too unfamiliar with the device in terms of size. Yes, it’s big but no it isn’t too big that you need both hands clamped on it at all times. With the help of the curved glass, it makes the OnePlus better to hold.

Display

  • 6.55-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED
  • 2400 x 1080 resolution
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 20:9 aspect ratio

OnePlus has gone for an AMOLED 6.55-inch flat display which is a first for the company which I personally think was a wise decision. There are two issues with curved displays; touching your phone accidentally and seeing distorted content at times. With a flat display, you don’t have this issue.

With a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 OnePlus have done well to put enough pixels (402 to be precise) to make sure your viewing experience is enjoyable by reproducing beautiful colours.

You’ll find the front facing camera in the usual left hand corner of the device.

Camera

  • 48-megapixel primary, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilisation (OIS)
  • 16MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
  • 5MP macro
  • 2MP B+W

You can find the Quad camera set up at the rear of the device, and as you expect, each camera has its purpose. There’s a 48MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.7, which features both optical and electronic image stabilization.

Least we forget the 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro shooter, and a 2MP monochrome lens that all aide in taking good images despite the weather conditions.

Internal

  • 4,500mAh battery
  • 65W Warp Charge + and PD compatible
  • Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 8GB/128GB & 12GB/256GB variants
  • Android 11

The OnePlus 8T battery is big. Not as big as the OnePlus 8 Pro with its 4,5100mAh battery but its bigger than most at 4,500mAh battery. Add on the 65w Warp Charge the phone can charge from 0-60% in 15 mins. What other phones can say that?

You can find the latest Snapdragon 865 processor onboard to handle all your phone needs. From a personal view-point getting the phone in 12GB/256GB would save you a lot of headaches as you have enough space for apps, pictures without trying to find ways to save space.

And don’t worry, Android 11 coms straight out the box with the latest OxygenOs which is smoother than ever before.

Final thoughts

The OnePlus 8T hasn’t made major changes but it didn’t have to. With the OnePlus 8 Pro only a few months old it is a decent upgrade to what is already on the market. Yes, the battery life has gone down from 4,5100 to 4,500  but their is an improvement in charging as the phone can now spend less time on charge than ever before.

From the phone design, to the flat display, the OnePlus 8T is a decent upgrade and is for someone who is interested to see what OnePlus has to offer.

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