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  • - 120 hertz, 65 watts,

  • a Snapdragon 865 processor,

  • 4500 milliamp-hours,

  • OxygenOS 11

  • and four cameras.

  • Like almost every other phone manufacturer,

  • OnePlus likes to use big numbers to advertise its phones.

  • And its latest device,

  • the OnePlus 8T,

  • is no different.

  • (upbeat music)

  • This is the successor to the OnePlus 8

  • released early this year.

  • It's got an all new design,

  • 120 hertz display and super quick 65 watt fast charging.

  • And those are big numbers

  • which is kind of OnePlus' speciality.

  • Each new device brings with it

  • a faster display, more cameras

  • and even quicker fast charging,

  • but numbers never really tell the full story

  • of whether the device actually does the job

  • that you need it to do.

  • So, what's the real story with the $749 OnePlus 8T?

  • (upbeat music)

  • Now, $749 gets you 12 gigabytes of RAM

  • with 256 gigabytes of storage,

  • but there is a step down model which I've been using

  • that comes with eight gigabytes of RAM

  • and a 128 gigabytes of storage

  • but it's not being sold in the U.S.

  • Both versions come with sub six gigahertz 5G,

  • although there's no millimeter wave support here.

  • There's also no official IP rating for unlocked models.

  • The OnePlus has confirmed the T-Mobile carrier version

  • has an IP 68 rating.

  • Like usual, OnePlus says the phone should survive

  • being used in the rain,

  • even if it's not officially certified.

  • Other than that, those specs put the OnePlus 8T

  • firmly in line with most other flagships

  • released this year,

  • and I haven't encountered any performance hiccups

  • during my time with the phone.

  • A lot of how speedy the OnePlus 8T feels to use

  • comes down to it's 120 hertz display.

  • And whether you're scrolling through Twitter

  • or flipping between apps,

  • everything feels lovely and smooth.

  • 120 is a whole 30 extra hertz

  • compared to the 90 hertz display we had on the OnePlus 8.

  • And look, I'm not gonna sit here and claim

  • that it's not technically a bigger number,

  • I just don't think it makes as substantial a difference

  • as the jump from 60 to 90.

  • Much more important is that the 1080p screen

  • looks vibrant and crisp,

  • and although its default color settings

  • tends a little warmer than I'd like

  • it's easily fixed in the settings.

  • And it's also, thank the Lord, a flat display,

  • does it make the overall phone look

  • ever so slightly less premium?

  • Sure, maybe.

  • But is it more useful for basically everything

  • you want a phone screen to do?

  • Obviously yes.

  • But the OnePlus 8T has stereo speakers,

  • one downward facing and one for the phones earpiece,

  • and it's great to see stereo speakers returning

  • after they were missing from the Nord.

  • Their quality is about on par from what you'd see

  • on similar setups elsewhere.

  • 65 is the most eye catching number

  • on the OnePlus 8T's spec sheet,

  • because it describes its fast charging speed.

  • 65 watts is among the fastest fast charging

  • you'll find in a phone right now,

  • and OnePlus is making big claims

  • about its warp charged 65 technology

  • included with the eight.

  • Not least the fact that you're supposed to get

  • a day's power in 15 minutes.

  • But I have a confession to make,

  • and that's the I just rarely get too excited

  • about fast charging announcements like these.

  • I mean call me old fashioned

  • but I just like to charge my phone overnight.

  • But 65 watts does seem very fast though,

  • so it seems like a shame not to put it through its paces.

  • So, what if instead of charging my phone overnight

  • I plug it into charge first thing in the morning?

  • My morning routine takes me roughly 25 minutes

  • which charges the 8T 4,500 millamp-hour battery

  • to 81% from zero.

  • Now, obviously the amount of charge you'll get

  • will depend on how much you had going in,

  • but that's a rough idea.

  • And of course, everyone's routine is slightly different

  • but after 37 minutes the phone was completely charged.

  • And the OnePlus 8T does end up feeling

  • a little bit warm to the touch when you fast charge it

  • but it was nothing unusual.

  • And OnePlus says it has

  • a whole bunch of temperature sensors

  • to catch any heat problems before they crop up.

  • So yes, 65 watt fast charging definitely means you can,

  • if you want to, stop charging your phone overnight.

  • I was averaging about 50% of battery at the end of the day,

  • which is, I guess, about what you get out of 15 minutes,

  • so a days worth of charge in 15 minutes,

  • yeah well done OnePlus you nailed it.

  • But you didn't include wireless charging

  • which really is a shame

  • especially since it was on the OnePlus 8 Pro.

  • And that's a shame because increasingly wireless charging

  • is about not only being able to charge your phone

  • but being able to use your phone to charge other devices

  • like wireless earbuds.

  • And it's just a shame that OnePlus

  • isn't embracing the feature more.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Now OnePlus is getting on the Android 11 train early

  • choo choo.

  • And is actually claiming that the OnePlus 8T,

  • it's going to be one of the first phones to ship

  • with Android 11 pre-installed.

  • And that means you get access to all the Android 11 features

  • like it's redesigned conversation notification settings,

  • media controls, power button menu, all that good stuff.

  • And from OnePlus' perspective,

  • it's made a couple of tweaks of its own

  • with OxygenOS 11, like a redesigned settings menu.

  • But these are pretty minor overall.

  • I continue to like what OnePlus does with Android though.

  • Everything's feels clean and out of the way.

  • So there are four cameras on the back of the OnePlus 8T

  • and they're contained within this

  • kind of generic looking rectangular camera bump.

  • That's one more rear camera than the OnePlus 8

  • but your hardly getting 25% more camera performance here.

  • First three are similar to the OnePlus 8

  • a 48 megapixel main camera, a 16 megapixel ultra wide

  • and a kind of useless five megapixel macro

  • but the extra sensor is a new

  • two mega pixel monochrome sensor.

  • It's for black and white photography.

  • It's super weird, I can't quite work it out.

  • Personally I would have loved a new telephoto sensor

  • like we saw in the OnePlus 8 Pro,

  • but hey I consider myself a pretty cultured guy.

  • Let's give black and white photography a shot shall we?

  • Guys?

  • (violin music)

  • Sensor is super weird.

  • And honestly, I just can't quite wrap my head around it.

  • For starters, the setting to actually take

  • black and white photographs is buried right

  • at the end of the camera apps list of filters.

  • And even then it's only a two megapixel sensor

  • so the photo is actually being taken by the main camera

  • with the monochrome sensor

  • kind of gathering some extra data.

  • If you put your finger over the monochrome sensor

  • it complains and refuses to take the photo

  • in black and white, but the framing stays the same.

  • And the black and white photos do look nice

  • but it's hardly the most useful addition

  • especially since OnePlus tells me the phone

  • doesn't use this extra sensor

  • for anything other than black and white photography.

  • So here are two photos.

  • One was taken using the monochrome mode

  • and the other was taken in the monochrome mode

  • but with my finger over the monochrome sensor

  • and then I just applied one of Google Photo's

  • stock black and white filters afterwards.

  • I'm just struggling to see a significant difference

  • in picture quality here.

  • And beyond the monochrome sensor,

  • the OnePlus 8T's cameras provide similar performance

  • to what we saw on the OnePlus 8.

  • In daylight, you get nice neutral colors

  • with plenty of detail.

  • But things can get a little softer looking

  • when you switch to the ultra wide.

  • The camera does handle skin tones well

  • and there doesn't seem to be any significant smoothing

  • or loss of detail here.

  • But in low light things can end up looking

  • a little warm and yellow.

  • Even when the phones night mode enables automatically.

  • And this mode does a nice job at boosting details.

  • As long as you don't have any fast moving subjects.

  • Finally, there's a low resolution macro sensor on the phone

  • but the macro shots I got were just underwhelming.

  • Over on the video side of things,

  • there are a couple of new features to play with.

  • Now one of them is video portrait mode,

  • which you're seeing right now.

  • Now, if it's working

  • you should see all of the background around me

  • look nice and blurry whilst I'm actually in focus.

  • Apologies if it's a little bit windy

  • but this should give you some idea

  • of how good the microphone is on this phone.

  • There's also a super steady mode which tries

  • to smooth out movement while you're filming

  • and a video nightscape mode for filming at night.

  • All three are okay, but they have their compromises.

  • None work for the phone selfie camera

  • and all top out at 1080p rather than 4k.

  • So ultimately the OnePlus 8T's cameras

  • probably shouldn't be the deciding factor

  • for whether you buy this phone or not.

  • They're not bad enough to warn you off a purchase

  • but they're not good enough

  • for you to pick it up specifically for them.

  • And sure there were four cameras

  • but I'd wager that most people will

  • probably only end up using two of them.

  • OnePlus has a lot of impressive specs up its sleeve

  • for the OnePlus 8T.

  • 65 watt fast charging, 120 hertz refresh rate, four cameras

  • but take these specs off a piece of paper

  • and put them in the real world

  • and the reality is sometimes a little different.

  • It's 65 watt fast charging is genuinely very impressive

  • but a 120 hertz display compared to

  • the OnePlus 8's 90 hertz screen just doesn't feel like

  • as big of an improvement as the numbers suggest.

  • And two of the 8T's four cameras feel a little bit gimmicky.

  • Macro shots look pretty soft

  • and the monochrome camera just feels unnecessary.

  • So in the end, the OnePlus 8T ends up feeling like

  • an incremental upgrade compared to the 8

  • which itself was an incremental upgrade compared to the 7T.

  • It's just a shame that we haven't seen the OnePlus 8 Pro's

  • more premium features like a telephoto camera

  • and wireless charging trickle down to this level.

  • If you're using a OnePlus 7 or earlier

  • then you're likely to really feel these improvements.

  • But if you're using a more modern device,

  • you're probably safe on holding off upgrading

  • for another year or so.

  • OnePlus has played a numbers game with the OnePlus 8T.

  • It just all adds up to a device

  • that occasionally feels a little bit familiar.

  • So the sensor is super weird.

  • The sensor is super veered.

  • So this sensor is super weird.

  • That's my best French accent.

  • I'm sorry I'm so sorry.

- 120 hertz, 65 watts,

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OnePlus 8T review: numbers game

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    林宜悉   posted on 2020/10/23
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