In just six years, OnePlus has gone from a barely recognised newcomer in the smartphone market to one of the most popular brands that offers value for money with great specifications.
It cemented this position in 2020 with its OnePlus 8 and Nord handsets that help it serve the flagship and mid-range markets.
In the coming weeks, the Chinese company is due to announce its OnePlus 8T handset. So what can we expect from this new phone?
No Pro Model
At the end of September, OnePlus’ CEO, Liu Zuohu confirmed that the company wouldn’t be releasing a Pro version of the 8T. He suggested that they didn’t feel like they could create a Pro version of the 8T that would be a big enough upgrade from the 8 Pro.
Instead, the company will recommend users wanting a “Pro-level product” to buy the OnePlus 8 Pro.
However, in the same message, he did also describe the 8T as “a surprise worth the wait”, though there’s little information as to what that means.
Will the OnePlus 8T be good for gaming?
Since the first OnePlus model, the company’s flagship devices have all been at the cutting edge of smartphone technology and the OnePlus 8T will be no different. It will either contain the same Snapdragon 865 processor as the OnePlus 8 or the slightly more powerful 865+, meaning it will handle any game you throw at it.
That means it will be capable of playing everything from Playtika’s House of Fun to Activision’s Call of Duty: Mobile without compromising on the experience or graphics.
The quality of the photographs a phone can take is important to many users, so OnePlus has always included great cameras in its devices. However, only the Pro models have ever featured optical zoom. It seems like this will still be the case for the 8T.
OnePlus is expected to include four rear lenses, likely similar to the ones found on the OnePlus Nord. This will give users a 48-megapixel main camera, plus an ultra-wide lens, a macro lens, and a depth lens.
There’s no word on whether the company will include dual front-facing cameras like on the Nord or stick to the single pinhole camera found on the 8 and 8 Pro.
There have been several rumours about a price for the OnePlus 8T, though the most credible is that it will be €50 cheaper in Europe than the 8. This would seem logical as the other leaks and rumours have suggested an increase of €100, although this would make the 8T almost as expensive as the 8 Pro without all of the same features.
The 8T will be getting a display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, putting it on par with the 8 Pro. It will also be brighter, with a maximum of 1,100 nits.
This will make it great for playing games and watching movies, though that level of brightness probably isn’t needed for more mundane tasks.
Battery and Charging
OnePlus has always prided itself on its fast charging and the 8T will be no different. It will support 65W fast charging, more than double that of the previous handset. This means that you can fully charge the 4,500 mAh battery in just 39 minutes.
You could also top the battery up by 58 percentage points in just 15 minutes.