OnePlus 8T review: slick phone fully charges in just 37 minutes

Guardian Technology 15 Oct 2020 06:00
Updated cut-price flagship Android phone is slick, snappy and charges super-quick. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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

The smartphone costs £549 or £649 depending on storage and sits between the mid-range £379 OnePlus Nord and top-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 adopting a traditional flat screen rather than one that curves at the sides. The switch makes the phone 1.2mm wider than its predecessor despite it having the same 6.55in screen.

The screen also has a higher refresh rate at 120Hz versus 90Hz, matching the best in the business for smoothness, brightness and colour.

oneplus 8t review
The glass of the aquamarine back has a special finish that almost entirely blocks the appearance of fingerprints and remains glossy. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Top performance, super-speed charging

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

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

OxygenOS 11 is the firm’s customised version of Android 11, here making a slight departure in design from previous iterations of OxygenOS.

Overall, OxygenOS 11 is still one of the most refined and slick versions of Android available, with plenty of customisation options but minimal bloat and fast performance.

The 8T has the same main 48-megapixel camera and 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera as its predecessor plus a new 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. There’s no telephoto zoom camera, however.

  • The haptic vibrations are excellent: short, sharp and powerful.

  • The alarm app can wake the phone from completely off as long as it still has battery in the morning.

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