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OnePlus 8T First Impressions: Reasons to Buy | Reasons Not to Buy

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8T smartphone as the successor to OnePlus 8 in an online event yesterday evening. The latest ‘T’ flagship from OnePlus comes with a 6.55-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED 120Hz display, Snapdragon 865 SoC with X55 5G modem, up to 12GB RAM, and Android 11. It sports a quad rear camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16MP in-screen front camera, and packs a 4500mAh battery with 65W fast charging that also supports up to 45W PD charging.

OnePlus 8T price in India starts at Rs. 42,999, so if you are confused that you should buy this or not, here are our OnePlus 8T first impressions with reasons to buy and not to buy.

Reasons to Buy OnePlus 8T

Glass Back

The new OnePlus 8T comes with a glossy glass back with Gorilla Glass protection. The handset comes in Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver color options.


The green one has a diffuse reflection that scatters light in an array of directions to offer a clean, gleaming surface. While the Lunar Silver color offers matte finish on the glass.

The front of the device is very cool and impressive, with a small punch-hole design, which also has a Gorilla Glass protection. The phone is easy to hold despite having a big screen.

Talking about the compact factor, it has only 8.4mm thickness and 188g weight. There is an under-display fingerprint sensor. The notification slider button is still there.

120Hz AMOLED Display

The phone sports a 6.55-inch FHD+(1080 x 2400 pixels) Fluid AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 16-megapixel in-screen camera.



The screen is protected by flat Corning Gorilla Glass, supports up to 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, and HDR10+.



It has tuned color accuracy rating of JNCD ~.0.3 for life-like quality and 8192 degrees of brightness adjustment, that’s why OnePlus 8T has received A+ rating from DisplayMate.

Snapdragon 865 Processor

The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 7nm SoC with support for X55 5G modem that offers both NSA and SA 5G networks. It also has a vapor chamber, along with graphite for cooling, that is 285% larger than the OnePlus 8. The phone is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and up tp 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.

65W Fast Charger & 45W PD Charging

The phone packs a 4500mAh (twin 2250mAh) battery with Warp Charge 65W fast charging support that can charge the phone fully in just 39 minutes. The new Warp charger is equipped with 12 thermal monitors to keep temperatures at a safe level.

Moreover, the charger also supports up to 45W PD charging so that it can also charge other devices such as laptops or tablets.

Android 11 with OxygenOS 11

This is one of the first phones to come with Android 11 out of the box in India. The layered OxygenOS 11 also brings some useful and cool features to now more cleaner UI.

One of such features is customizable lock screen, or you can also say Always-on display. You can set a clock to this screen and also customize it as per your needs.

Another useful features is in-built video recorder in the gallery app. Yes, you can edit videos shot with OnePlus devices, within the gallery app itself. It includes all the basic editing features, such as trimming, adding music etc.

Reasons Not to Buy OnePlus 8T

Cameras Need Improvement

The OnePlus 8T sports a quad camera setup just like the OnePlus 8 Pro, however there are different camera sensors.

Since the main sensor is the same 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture this time, and there is an 16MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and a 2MP depth camera.

The camera comes with all the features like OIS+EIS, 4K & slo-mo recoding support, video night scape, video portrait and video tracking.


In our initial testing, camera performed not very impressively. The portrait mode has some issues in indoor ambience. Also, the color accuracy is not that good. Overall, the cameras are good, but not up to mark for a phone worth Rs. 43K. Maybe some software update will do some improvements, we’ll see in our full review.

The above camera samples are actually screengrabs from our video, but you can get an idea how the colors and details are captured.

Talking about the 16MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX471 sensor and f/2.45 aperture that also comes with EIS support.

it clicks good selfies. Interestingly, in comparison to the main camera, the front camera performance surprised us. Selfies clicked in both indoor and outdoors were good and having enough details.

No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

We have been telling this time and again, there is a need of 3.5mm headphone jack in flagship smartphones. Not everybody wants to afford Bluetooth headsets or USB Type C OnePlus Bullets in this case.

OnePlus 8T Price & Availability

OnePlus 8T price in India starts at Rs. 42,999 for the 8GB+128GB version and the 12GB+256GB version costs Rs. 45,999.

The phone will be available via, and OnePlus Experience stores starting from October 16.

OnePlus 8T First Impressions: Wrapping Up

These were our first impressions about OnePlus 8T. As you can clearly see, there is not a strong reason, why you shouldn’t buy this phone. If the camera performance may improve with some software updates, and you don’t really care about 3.5mm jack, OnePlus 8T might be a perfect flagship phone for you in an affordable budget.


Satyendra Pal Singh

Satyendra explores the latest happenings in the tech world and writes stories about those. He likes to play around with the latest gadgets and shares his views through articles. In his free time, you can find him watching movies/TV shows and/or reading books.