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OnePlus 8T evaluation: see the stitches


OnePlus 8T

Richard Lai / Engadget

Seven years since the birth of OnePlus, most of their mobile phones have basically not disappointed consumers.And in the first half of this yearOnePlus 8 Pro, It has completed the transition from the “flagship killer” of the past to the true flagship of the killer. But its only problem is the higher price than previous OnePlus products. Its pricing has almost come to the field of top Android flagships on the market, and the cost-effective advantage that the brand previously relied on for survival is no longer applicable at least for the flagship flagship.

But this does not mean that OnePlus will abandon those price-sensitive users. On the contrary, they regained the mid-market with the Nord released in the middle of the year after many years. Although the manufacturer has made some trade-offs in the choice of hardware and materials in order to maintain costs, for many overseas markets, Nord is still a cheap mobile phone worth considering. Just from the perspective of many old fans of OnePlus, I definitely hope that the factory can come up with an affordable high-end option like OnePlus One. The OnePlus 8T unveiled today seems to be built in this direction. The brand’s masterpiece in the second half of the year has found its place between the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro announced in the first half of the year.

In short, you can think of 8T as an enhanced version of OnePlus 8, and in some respects it even surpasses 8 Pro. In the United States, this new machine will sell a model with 12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage at a price of US$750 (about RMB 5,040). For comparison, OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro of the same configuration are priced at US$699 (approximately RMB 4,700) and US$899 (approximately RMB 6,050) respectively. In other words, now you only need to spend a little more than buying one plus 8, you can buy a new machine closer to the true flagship standard. And this price is compared horizontally, at least in many target markets of OnePlus, there is still quite good competitiveness (the only potential problem is that the support of 5G frequency band is still uncertain, our US version of the evaluation machine encountered in Hong Kong In case of inaccessibility).

design

This time OnePlus has prepared two color schemes of “Blue Field” and “Moon Silver” for 8T. We received the former. Counting the 8 Pro in the first half of the year, green should be regarded as the main color of OnePlus this year. However, compared with the AG glass back cover of the 8 Pro, the 8T that has undergone a new “diffuse texture” treatment can make the glass back show a “ceramic glazed texture”. After using it for a long time, we are still quite familiar with it. Good impression.

According to CEO Liu Zuohu, 8T “may be the most resistant to fingerprints (back cover) mobile phone.” After actually using it, we can confirm that it does have good resistance to fingerprints, but the traces of hand pressing are basically the least obvious when you are looking directly at it. But from a personal point of view, this is not a particularly big problem, because our machines are basically in use with protective cases. Speaking of protective shells, OnePlus has provided us with two styles, “Mechanical Blue” and “Sandstone Blue”. Relatively speaking, we prefer the semi-transparent one, because the color of the back of the machine will be more electronic.

OnePlus 8T joins the family.

What is a bit surprising is that OnePlus has changed the mid-rear style from the OnePlus 6 to the OnePlus 8 series. Behind the 8T, you can see the familiar “Mahjong” camera. The engineering difficulty of this mainstream solution is relatively lower, but in terms of aesthetics and recognition, at least in our opinion, it is worse than the previous midline camera. A lot of. That is to say, 8T and Nord have a “popular back”, so the choice is estimated to have the design cost factor in it. Finally, the thickness and weight of 8T are 8.4mm and 188g respectively, which are relatively light in the same level of products.

screen

One big change of the OnePlus 8T is the screen. It uses a 6.55-inch 2,400 x 1,080 Fluid AMOLED panel with a hole in the upper left corner. The refresh rate is 120Hz like the 8 Pro. That is to say, 8T, like Samsung’s new Galaxy S20 FE, is one of the relatively affordable high refresh rate quasi flagships. Not only that, it also supports 8,192 levels of automatic brightness adjustment (the number of levels is twice that of OnePlus 8), and the peak brightness can reach 1,100 nits. It is relatively easy to read content outdoors, and the ambient light sensor on the front and back of the device can also help the phone to more accurately control the automatic brightness.

Netflix on OnePlus 8T

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It is worth mentioning that OnePlus 8T also conforms to a recent trend in the Android industry, which is to use flexible panels to create flat screens like high-end iPhones in recent years. Compared with the curved surface design, the visual impact of this solution is a little weaker (because it is a flexible panel, it can still achieve ultra-narrow upper and lower sides), but it can effectively reduce false touches and screen distortions, and it can reduce damage caused by falling risk. In addition, after the front is flattened, some internal space can be increased accordingly. The 8T battery has been enlarged to 4,500mAh, which has the same specifications as the 8 Pro.

In actual use, we are not dissatisfied with the 8T screen. It can play HDR videos on Netflix and YouTube normally, and stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos can also further enhance the viewing experience. Compared with the OnePlus 8 that uses a 90Hz screen, running OxygenOS with an 8T 120Hz screen and apps that support high refresh rates are also smoother. Of course, the difference between this may not necessarily be appreciated by everyone. In order to test the effect, we also played “PUBG” with HDR and full image quality. The feeling of operation has become more sensitive, and sometimes the enemy can be found more easily. The overall game effect is indeed enhanced.

Warp Charge 65

However, one of the most attractive selling points of OnePlus 8T may have to be the new Warp Charge 65 wired fast charge. Compared to the previous 30W, the 8T can be charged with a maximum power of 65W, and the specifications have more than doubled. It only takes 10 minutes to charge the battery from 0 to 42%, and it only takes 39 minutes to fully charge the phone. If you have any knowledge of OnePlus’ true friends, you should know that Warp Charge 65 is actually the same as Oppo’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 and Realme’s 65W SuperDart fast charging solutions. After plugging in the chargers of the other two mobile phones and charging cables with VOOC related certification, OnePlus 8T will also recognize “Warp Charge 65”.

Warp Charge 65 on OnePlus 8T

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For domestic users, most of them already understand that 65W wired fast charging is now not the strongest in the industry, and there is actually more than one manufacturer that has produced more than 100W fast charging solutions. But in the market where the target customer group of OnePlus is located, there are still a few that can reach Warp Charge 65 as fast. In addition, the charger equipped with 8T can also provide 45W USB-PD fast charging function. Using any USB-C to USB-C charging cable, it can charge Switch or even notebook devices. In addition, the 8T itself also supports 27W USB-PD charging, which can reach a good speed when there is no standard charger.

However, like OnePlus 8, 8T does not support wireless charging. We don’t care so much about this, because sometimes we still need to use mobile phones while charging, and most wireless solutions are still not comparable to wired technology in terms of charging efficiency. Of course, different people will have different opinions on this matter. For example, if you have invested a lot in wireless charging accessories, you will definitely want the experience of charging on the fly. For consumers like this, if you want to choose OnePlus, you can only buy the more expensive 8 Pro.

PUBG Mobile on OnePlus 8T

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During the aforementioned “PUBG” test, we played for 40 minutes with the effect on top, and the power consumption was about 20%. Then we turned off HDR and lowered the frame rate by one level. For the same game of about 40 minutes, the power consumption has been reduced by almost half, and the heat generation has naturally improved.

In daily use, according to our habits, the 4,500mAh of the OnePlus 8T can generally be used for almost 13 to 15 hours, and overall it will last a little longer than the higher resolution 8 Pro. If you want to further extend the battery life, of course, you can also reduce the refresh rate to 60Hz to use. However, we ourselves are basically unwilling to sacrifice fluency. After all, there is a 65W charge as a backing. It will not take long for a temporary charge to return to full blood.

Insight AOD on OnePlus 8T

software

The non-national version of OnePlus 8T is pre-loaded with the OxygenOS 11 system based on Android 11. The overall visual style is not very different from the past, so we continue to take a simple route. One of the more interesting new features is the Insight AOD off-screen interface developed by OnePlus and Parsons School of Design in the United States. It completely visualizes the concept of digital health, using a gradient color line to represent your day. The clock in the middle will move from top to bottom according to the actual time, and every time you turn on the phone, the unlock count at the top will increase. At the same time, the lines will be cut, and the distance between the cuts will vary according to the length of time you use each time.

OnePlus believes that such a design can help you more intuitively understand how much you rely on your mobile phone. If you want to restrain yourself away from your mobile phone when you don’t need it, the 2.0 version of the Zen mode has also been added to the new version of the system. In addition to being able to lock your phone so that you cannot use it for a preset period of time as in the past, you can also invite others to install an app (not applicable to OnePlus phones) and join the so-called “group meditation mode”. It seems that this function is quite practical in scenarios such as meetings, study discussions, and dinners, but during the epidemic, there are not too many cases where there may be real opportunities to use it.

Quick Share on OnePlus 8T

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In addition, OnePlus has also improved the one-handed mode in this version of the system. Now in the camera app, you can also quickly call up the fan-shaped selection interface for sharing photos by long pressing the thumbnail in the lower right corner with your thumb. Three social apps you have used recently will be displayed here. After a long press, just drag your thumb to the corresponding icon to share content more quickly. After getting used to it, it can help you save a lot of time, but we also hope that OnePlus can add the option of allowing users to customize the display of the app. In this way, the user can decide whether to share it immediately or revise the picture first according to the needs.

It should be noted that there are some new features that are officially being improved, which will not be available until the November update. This includes voice notes (Voice Note) that can convert English and Mandarin into text and tools for “enhancing document display” effects. Similar functions have actually appeared in many domestic mobile phone systems. It is gradually following up.

camera

Somewhat disappointing is that the main rear camera of the 8T still uses the same 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as the OnePlus 8. Compared to the IMX689 used by the 8 Pro and Oppo Find X2 Pro, the effect is still much inferior. In terms of dynamic range and detail performance, we can see the obvious gap between the two, which will be further magnified at night. Even when HDR is turned on, the buildings in the background are blurry during night shooting, and 4K video recording in low-light environments has insufficient sharpness.

In addition, 8T also uses the same 16MP selfie camera as OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. In the case of good outdoor lighting conditions, it can take photos with good details, but the color will be relatively weak. After being transferred indoors, its performance is somewhat unsatisfactory. And because of the slow shutter speed, 8T Selfie often encounters blur.

Fortunately, the 16MP ultra-wide-angle and 5MP macro cameras newly enabled by OnePlus on this phone work well. Among them, the former has a nominal field of view of 123 degrees, and the lens is calibrated to 111.7 degrees. In most cases, the imaging can be satisfactory. In low light, it can even sometimes take more beautiful and clear pictures than the main camera. The performance of the macro camera is obviously better than the 2MP module on the OnePlus 8. The previous shots seem to be taken with an old webcam.

Under the two LED flashing lights, there is actually another 2MP monochrome camera. However, it is not directly used for imaging, the role is to collect and analyze environmental data, and then help the main camera to shoot better black and white effects. Compared with the black and white mode of OnePlus 8, the black and white photos of 8T look more like traditional black and white photos, and have a better look and feel in sharpness, contrast and graininess.

OnePlus 8T

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Conclusion

As an upgraded product of the brand in the second half of the year, we believe that OnePlus 8T has qualified to complete its task. Regardless of the overall strength of the product or the price positioning, this product should be considered as one plus 8 and 8 Pro, found its own position. The 65W charging and 120Hz screen are very attractive selling points for OnePlus’ target users. In addition, OxygenOS, which has been well received overseas, has also implemented a “speed first” experience consistent with hardware at the software level.

It is a pity that the camera system and exterior design of the 8T are not outstanding. Especially the camera, it gives people a feeling of being deliberately reserved. When there are cheaper big-name rivals like the Galaxy S20 FE in the market, it may not be a wise move to have reservations on key functions like the camera. Perhaps OnePlus believes that its users value speed and practicality more, but whether it is really so, let’s see how the market responds.

Key specifications

OnePlus 8T

processor

Eight-core Snapdragon 865

RAM / storage

12GB/256GB

MicroSD card support

no

screen

6.55 inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED

Resolution

2,400 x 1,080

Rear camera

16MP f/2.2 ultra wide angle, 48MP f/1.7 wide angle with OIS, 5MP macro, 2MP black and white

Front camera

16MP f/2.4

system

OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11

battery

4,500mAh

Recharge

USB-C, supports Warp Charge 65 and USB-PD (up to 27W)

Measurements

160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm

weight

188g

fingerprint

Fingerprint under the screen

waterproof

unknown

NFC

Have

3.5mm headphone jack

no

5G

sub-6