OnePlus 8T is official, with pricing starting at £549

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OnePlus has made the OnePlus 8T official, and for the money it packs quite a punch

This year has seen OnePlus launch the affordable Nord, while other BBK Electronic brands have introduced a wealth of mid-range 5G handsets at more affordable prices.

Now OnePlus has finished the year with the obligatory ‘T’ series phone, although this year it has only upgraded one model – the standard OnePlus 8.

The OnePlus 8T retains the flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset, with plenty of RAM and storage to ensure this sits at the top of the tree amongst all the other recent releases.

Observant readers will have noticed that the OnePlus 8T starting at £549 represents a price saving over the original OnePlus 8, where the equivalent RAM/storage model cost £599.

It is rumoured OnePlus may only produce one model per year in each market segment from now on (hence no OnePlus 8T Pro), although we will have to wait and see as there are many changes going on behind the scenes right now.

Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus left the company earlier this week to start a new venture.

Colours

Two colours are available, Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green, as shown below.

Key features at-a-glance

  • 120Hz flat AMOLED display with A+ DisplayMate rating, 1,100 nits peak brightness and 8,192 brightness levels
  • 4,500mAh battery with Warp Charge 65W wired charging (39 minutes 0-100%)
  • Quad camera with 48MP primary and 16MP ultra-wide camera with 123 degree field-of-view
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 + X55 5G/NR modem + Wi-Fi 6
  • Pricing starting at £549 for 8GB/128GB model
  • Android 11 (Oxygen OS 11) installed out of the box with new Always on Display features and Dark Mode toggle

Pricing and Availability

The OnePlus 8T will be available for pre-order on OnePlus.com from 4pm BST on October 14th, and then from John Lewis and Amazon from October 20th.

ColourStoragePrice
Lunar Silver8GB RAM / 128GB storage£549
Aquamarine Green12GB RAM / 256GB storage£649

Accessories

OnePlus has also got some more budget headphones in the form of the OnePlus Buds Z, available from November 4th for £55.

Press Release

New York, October 14, 2020 – Global mobile technology company OnePlus today launched its newest high-end flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 8T. Following the success of the company’s OnePlus 8 series earlier this year, OnePlus is again pushing the limits by introducing a host of next-generation technologies including a newly calibrated 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display and the company’s fastest charging solution ever – Warp Charge 65.

“With the OnePlus 8T, we’re offering pro-level capabilities for even more users across our flagship smartphone portfolio,” said Pete Lau, Founder and CEO of OnePlus. “Featuring a class-leading 120Hz AMOLED display, our upgraded 65W fast charging technology and fresh, bold software in OxygenOS 11, the OnePlus 8T offers an impressive overall package of powerful hardware and smooth software.”

Warp Charge 65 – A Day’s Power in 15 Minutes

Warp Charge 65 is OnePlus’ most advanced charging solution ever, offering a full day’s power in just 15 minutes. It utilizes twin-battery charging technology to rapidly replenish the large total capacity of 4500 mAh and takes just 39 minutes to complete a full charge under normal usage, making overnight charging a thing of the past.

The OnePlus 8T is equipped with 12 temperature sensors, along with an extra encryption chip in the adapter and cable, to keep charging temperatures at a comfortable level while operating at peak output of 65W. Whether you are getting ready for work in the morning or taking a quick break throughout the day, Warp Charge 65 gets the OnePlus 8T juiced up and ready to go in no time.

120Hz Fluid AMOLED Display

The OnePlus 8T’s 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display is the first flat 120Hz display ever to earn an A+ rating from DisplayMate. Every swipe or scroll across the panel will deliver astonishingly smooth visuals, so users can enjoy the most intense games with remarkable fluidity and browse effortlessly through social media feeds on the immersive display panel.

With a Just Noticeable Color Difference (JNCD) of around 0.3, the OnePlus 8T display has the highest color accuracy in the industry. The FHD+ 2.5D flexible display also features a peak brightness of up to 1,100 nits, delivering clearer visuals even under bright sunlight. In addition, the OnePlus 8T has 8,192 levels of brightness, making the transitions between various brightness settings feel natural and comfortable.

Superior Power and Performance

The OnePlus 8T is equipped with the flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform with a Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, which enables staggering multi-gigabit 5G connectivity, professional-quality photography at Gigapixel speeds, desktop-level gaming with ultra-realistic graphics, and intuitive AI experiences. The superior computing power is further complemented by dual-mode NSA + SA 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support for faster, more reliable data speeds.

With up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 flash storage, the OnePlus 8T delivers faster and more stable performance. The exceptional hardware enables smoother 4K video capture and playback with reduced battery drain, allowing users to take advantage of 5G network speeds to stream HD videos or play performance-demanding games while on the move.

Advanced Quad-Camera System

The OnePlus 8T features a robust and versatile camera kit designed to efficiently capture any and every moment in crisp detail. The quad-camera system includes a 48MP main camera with optical image stabilization, a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens, and dedicated macro and monochrome lenses, letting users enjoy studio-level photography on the go.

The 123-degree ultra wide lens on the OnePlus 8T provides a new perspective for framing shots so users can confidently capture vast landscapes, expansive architecture and other wide-angle subjects in full view. The lens delivers clear shots in a variety of lighting conditions – even at night or in the dark due to the improved Nightscape mode.

The versatile OnePlus 8T camera kit covers even the most action-packed moments thanks to advanced video stabilization software. The new Video Portrait mode produces vivid clips with a natural bokeh effect based on improved AI, accurately detecting and analyzing human subjects and blurring out the background.

Beautiful Design

The OnePlus 8T is available in two new breathtakingly beautiful colorways: Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver. The Aquamarine Green version takes advantage of diffuse reflection, a form of light refraction that scatters light in an expansive array of angles and directions, and provides a clean, gleaming surface that leaves significantly fewer fingerprints on the glossy glass back.

The new Lunar Silver variant combines the latest iteration of OnePlus’ premium matte-frosted glass with a calming grey tone to strike the perfect balance between aesthetic elegance and unmatched comfort.

OxygenOS 11 – So, So Smooth

Not only is the OnePlus 8T the first OnePlus device to come with the latest version of OnePlus’ operating system, OxygenOS 11, right out of the box – it is also the first global smartphone not manufactured by Google to launch with Android 11. OxygenOS 11 reimagines the OnePlus software experience with an improved layout, bold design and useful features that make one-handed operation easier and more intuitive.

OxygenOS 11 also enjoys a host of newly optimized animations and gestures, as well as numerous customizations to meet your personal preferences such as 11 new Always On Display clock options, improved one-handed gesture controls and Zen Mode 2.0. The clean look and feel empowers users to streamline day-to-day tasks, improve efficiency, and enjoy a more refined, personalized user experience.


OnePlus Buds Z – Set Your Music Free

The OnePlus Buds Z are OnePlus’ latest true wireless in-ear headphones, set to deliver an elevated musical experience for users on the go. The earbuds are equipped with advanced 10mm dynamic drivers primed for a richer, booming bass line that works in synergy with bass boost technology for heart-pounding audio. Equipped with a dynamic 3D stereo powered by Dolby Atmos, the OnePlus Buds Z construct a thoroughly immersive soundstage. On a full charge, the OnePlus Buds Z provide an impressive 20 hours of playback time, while a quick 10-minute top-up provides three hours of vibrant audio.

Available in White and a special-edition colorway by Steven Harrington, the OnePlus Buds Z feature a polished seashell pattern and come with three sizes of silicone eartips to ensure a snug, stable and comfortable fit.  The OnePlus Buds Z include Bluetooth 5.0, environmental noise reduction for voice pickup and Quick Pair to deliver exceptional sound when taking a conference call, watching a movie or simply enjoying music on the go.

On top of the superior audio quality, the OnePlus Buds Z’s IP55 rating offers sweat and water resistance for sports like jogging and workouts at the gym. The accompanying Quick Switch function offers an easy and intuitive way for users to stay in control of their audio experience using a simple double-tap.

The OnePlus Buds Z will be available to buy from OnePlus on November 4th for £55.

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