OnePlus 8T has had its released date plonked right into the heart of the storm in 2020, coming just a day after the big iPhone 12 launch. The move does fit quite nicely with the often bullish and brazen attitude of OnePlus and it’ll have to perform to take on some tough contenders in the upper mid-range market. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming 8T.
OnePlus has kept fairly busy in 2020, even if its not Samsung busy (but no one’s Samsung busy), and the results have been pretty impressive. There was a return to the mid-range with the new OnePlus Nord as well as the launch of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro at the beginning of the year.
One of the surprising rumours floating around regarding the new 8T was that there wouldn’t be a Pro version this time around. The rumour was recently confirmed by CEO Pete Lau (via Android Authority) – opting for a single, solitary OnePlus 8T this time.
Ahead of the 8T launch on October 14, the company has now revealed we’ll be seeing another product next week. The launch is set to be for a new set of OnePlus earbuds, with an IP55 rating this time.
The event is closing in and we’ll soon have confirmation of the key details of the next flagship from OnePlus. Until then, read on for an early look at what we expect to see from the specs, design, release date, display and more.
OnePlus 8T – Camera
The camera setup of OnePlus phones has long been one that has held the company back, however, it has definitely been making progress in recent years – with our OnePlus 8 review calling its setup “a good mid-range camera.”
Ahead of OnePlus 8T, the phone manufacturer has already been touting the camera chops of the next device:
The low light shot certainly promises some big improvements for the OnePlus 8T but we’ll have to wait for our full in-depth review to give it a good and thorough testing.
OnePlus 8T – Design
We aren’t expecting a huge shakeup between the design of OnePlus 8 and the new 8T, with this being further confirmed by some recent images from OnLeaks:
The key difference being the shifting of the camera module to the left side, like OnePlus Nord. While shrewd observers may have noticed the dimensions are slightly different, despite the phone being expected to offer the same 6.55-inch display. The differences are set to equate to a taller device.
There was further confirmation of this design from Phandroid, who spotted a case for the upcoming phone, with that camera cutout to the left side of the device.
OnePlus 8T – Price
OnePlus 8 launched at $988 alongside the OnePlus 8 Pro at $1,298. We’d expect OnePlus 8T pricing to come in around this mark, but we await any official confirmation.
A new leak has pointed towards a raised price for the OnePlus 8T. Leaker Chunvn8888 has indicated the new phone will cost €799 (~SGD $1,278) for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model and €899 (~SGD $1,438) for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage edition. Rumours have suggested the 8T Pro may not make an appearance this year, meaning a price that would normally sit in between the regular and “T” models may make sense – even if it’s an unwelcome change for fans.
As with release date, OnePlus is yet to indicate any pricing for the upcoming flagship phone. That means you can only look to previous years and, last time out, there was a ~SGD $350 gap between the Pro and non Pro model – it remains unclear if this pricing structure will remain in 2020.
OnePlus 8T – Specs
We thought it was coming but now OnePlus has confirmed the OnePlus 8T will have a 120Hz display. Previously, you had to fork out for the OnePlus 8 Pro for the super high refresh rate but not it will come to the regular flagship.
OnePlus refers to the panel as its “ultra-smooth 120Hz fluid display.” Ultra seems to be a key theme of the upcoming 8T launch, with “Ultra stops at nothing” used as the slogan for the launch event announcement. We’re not quite sure what OnePlus is going for but it may hint at features that are determined “Ultra” by other manufacturers (nudge, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, nudge) coming to a more wallet-friendly price point.
Along with the expectation that the OnePlus 8T to sport Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a new report has emerged indicating the new flagship will be going full whack in other departments too. Here’s a rundown of the full specs, as reported by Android Central:
For the cameras, OnePlus is set to up the macro lens from 2-megapixels on the OnePlus 8 – the lens wasn’t all that great so hopefully, this will improve those close-up detailed shots. The portrait lens is completely new and seems like an interesting attempt by OnePlus to try and catch up to the portrait chops of manufacturers like Apple and Google.
Following rumours that even fasting charging could be on the way for the new OnePlus phone, the company confirmed on its forum that Warp Charge 65 (65W charging) will debut on the 8T alongside a 4500mAh battery.
OnePlus 8T – Release Date
In line with recent rumours, OnePlus has now announced the reveal date for the OnePlus 8T. October 14 is the special day and OnePlus accompanied the announcement with the phrase “Ultra Stops at Nothing” and a reveal video:
There’s been no concrete confirmation on the specific OnePlus 8T release date when fans will be able to get their hands on the device. However, when it comes to previous launches, the “T” model launched on November 21, November 6 and October 8 over the past three years.
However, 2020 is quite unique and we’ve already seen delays to phones like the Pixel 4a and, even, OnePlus’s own Nord phone – leaving any predictions in doubt.