Update, October 8, 2020 (03:00 PM ET): Earlier today, OnePlus shared an official video that gives us a very explicit look at the upcoming OnePlus 8T. See it for yourself below!
When OnePlus introduced the OnePlus 7 Pro in 2019, it followed it up with the 7T Pro later that same year, in addition to releasing the 7 and 7T. Based on the fact, you might think OnePlus would follow a similar strategy in 2020. After all, it started the year with the OnePlus 8 series, which had the usual vanilla and Pro models. But OnePlus plans to do things differently this year, with CEO Pete Lau recently confirming the company doesn’t plan to release an 8T Pro.
And who could blame OnePlus? There weren’t a lot of notable differences between the 7 Pro and 7T Pro, giving the company’s diehard fans little reason to upgrade to the latter. With a new mid-range offering in the OnePlus Nord and seemingly even more affordable phones reportedly on the way, OnePlus could use a more streamlined lineup.
We’ve rounded up everything we know about the OnePlus 8T with all the leaks, rumors, and confirmed details so far.
When is the OnePlus 8T release date?
OnePlus has confirmed it plans to unveil the 8T on October 14. The company will show off the phone through an online event scheduled for 10:00 AM ET. An Amazon leak suggests the OnePlus 8T could go on sale as soon as October 20.
OnePlus usually starts slow dripping information about its next phone on Twitter and other social media platforms weeks in advance of an official announcement. With the company acknowledging the existence of the 8T, we will see a lot of info drop between now and October 14.
Recently, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared a video on YouTube that shows off pretty much every angle of the 8T. As such, we know exactly how the phone looks.
The biggest change when compared to the OnePlus 8 series (and the OnePlus Nord) is the rear camera module. Instead of a slim, vertical module, the rear cameras are now arranged in a rectangular panel. It looks very similar to the module on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
See the phone from all angles below:
In a recent interview with TechRadar, Lau confirmed the phone will feature a 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. He also said the phone’s new 2.5D flexible screen will allow its panel to hit a peak brightness of 1,100 nits, making it better suited for outdoor use. With a 91.9% screen-to-body ratio to the 8 Pro’s 90.8%, it’ll also have smaller display bezels.
OnePlus 8T specs and features
In the past, OnePlus has used T-series releases to give its fans the chance to upgrade to the latest silicon from Qualcomm. That may not be the case this year. Instead of the chipmaker’s new Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, it looks like OnePlus could stick with the Snapdragon 865. That might seem like a bummer, but the 865 Plus is only a minor update over the already fast 865. As for RAM, you can expect OnePlus to offer the 8T in 8GB and 12GB configurations. This time around, you may also have the option to configure the 12GB model with 128GB of storage if you don’t want or need 256GB of storage.
Then there’s that camera array we mentioned. We expect the 8T will feature a quad-camera setup made up of 48MP, 16MP, 5MP, and 2MP sensors complimenting wide, ultra-wide, macro, and portrait lenses. Add the possibility of a 32MP selfie shooter to that, and you have a more versatile system when compared to the OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus could further augment the 8T’s camera setup with new software features like 8K capture at 960 frames per second.
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With all those new components to power, the OnePlus 8T could come with a bigger 4,500mAh battery. Since the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, OnePlus has also bundled its 30W Warp Charge adapter with its phones. That’s put the company on the backfoot against some of its competitors. The good news is we are certain the 8T will come with a new 65W charger.
Thanks to the new charger and an updated dual-battery layout, OnePlus says you can charge the OnePlus 8T to full in 39 minutes and 58% in about 15 minutes. What’s less clear is whether the phone will include wireless charging. After the OnePlus 8 Pro, it would feel like a step back for the 8T to not have that feature, but OnePlus may skip on it to save on cost.
OnePlus has also confirmed that the OnePlus 8T will run the Android 11-based Oxygen OS 11 out of the box. That means OnePlus 8T buyers will be getting the redesigned Oxygen OS UI and a bunch of new features from day one, as well as all the tweaks in Android 11. Check out our hands-on with the retooled Android skin below for more.
OnePlus 8T price and availability
Typically, each new OnePlus flagship has cost more than its predecessor. The OnePlus 8T may break that trend, however. Leaker Ishan Agarwal recently said the base 8GB model will start at €599 (~$700), making it €50 cheaper than the OnePlus 8, which sells for €649 at the moment. The Amazon leak we mentioned above listed a €693.18 (~$815) price for the 12GB/256GB variant. That price is likely a placeholder, but it provides a good ballpark for what we can expect from the 8T.
That’s all the OnePlus 8T leaks, rumors, and official information so far. We’ll update this post as we know more about the new OnePlus phone!