Smartphone season 2020 is in full swing and OnePlus is expected to reveal its next flagship soon. OnePlus 8T (and, maybe, a OnePlus 8T Pro) could be revealed as early as mid-October, with fan-favourite OnePlus 8 features and some neat tweaks.
OnePlus is set to move onto its third big phone launch on the year, following the mid-range OnePlus Nord and flagship OnePlus 8 series. While the OnePlus 8T is yet to be officially announced, there’s been plenty of rumours and leaks regarding what we can expect. The most recent news gave us what could be our first look at this exciting phone.
One of the key unknowns about the OnePlus 8T range is if we will even see an 8T Pro at all. A recent leak suggested that we won’t, however, the latest is that the Pro model will be coming – with a mishap directly from OnePlus pointing to its inclusion. The posting of guides for the unannounced devices was noticed by noted leaker Evan Blass but they’ve now been taken down.
We’ll have to wait and see regarding full confirmation of both devices but, for now, let’s dive into specs, design, release date and display details. Read on for the full lowdown on everything you need to know about the upcoming OnePlus 8T.
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OnePlus 8T – Release Date
A new leak by prominent info-dropper Ishan Agarwal has pointed towards a October 14 release date for the OnePlus 8T.
Looking to years past, we’d expect the next phone from OnePlus to launch late October/early November 2020, so this date isn’t too far off that.
There’s been no concrete confirmation so we can only base this OnePlus 8T release date on the previous launches, when the “T” model launch 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.
OnePlus 8T – Specs
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 the display and camera departments. Here’s a rundown of the specs, as reported by Android Central:
- Display: 6.55-inch 120Hz AMOLED
- Processor: Snapdragon 865+
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 128GB
- Camera: 48-megapixel main sensor, 16-megapixel wide-angle, 5-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel portrait lens
As we mentioned, the processor specs have been reported on previously but the new stuff is certainly exciting. You had to fork out for the OnePlus 8 Pro last time out if you wanted the 120Hz display however, this time, it seems like the regular “T” will be graced with the smooth display tech.
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 catchup to the portait chops of manufacturers like Apple and Google.
That’s not all for potential spec goodies coming out of currently used code, 65W Fast Charge could be on the way. According to XDA Developers, the Android 11 Beta code for the OnePlus 8 series contains mention of the superfast wired charging tech. The move would very much make sense with OnePlus’s sister companies Oppo and Realme already sporting their versions of 65W charging – 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 and 65W SuperDart charge respectively.
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OnePlus 8T – Design
Let’s take a look at what appears to be our first taste on the OnePlus 8T design. The image comes courtesy of OxygenUpdater:
The image was found in the most recent Android 11 developer preview for OnePlus 8. While the image doesn’t reveal all that much, the most obvious is that it is sticking with the punch hole camera to the left-side. Another design choice that you can potentially infer, but maybe comes up short of being a confirmation, is that the OnePlus 8T screen will be much more flat like the OnePlus Nord. The 8-series had an extremely curved display which didn’t help with the large phone handling experience, so this would be a welcome change.
A variation to the rear camera design would make sense, given the OnePlus Nord’s (and much of the rest of the industry) moving to have the camera module towards the side of the phone. The change would also fall in line with the reports that a new 64-megapixel sensor is on the way, making a camera design shakeup sit well alongside the new tech.
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OnePlus 8T – Price
OnePlus 8 launched at £599 alongside the OnePlus 8 Pro at £799. We’d expect OnePlus 8T pricing to come in around this mark, but we await any official confirmation.
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 £200 gap between the Pro and non Pro model – it remains unclear if this pricing structure will remain in 2020.