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OnePlus 8T: Price, release date, and the latest news

OnePlus is announcing the OnePlus 8T right now. Stay tuned for loads more on the new phone, and read on for all the rumours. 

OnePlus 8T feels like its launching on the morning after the night before, following the huge iPhone 12 launch last night but, from what we’re expecting to see, OnePlus has its own interesting device in-store. The brazen move does fit with the defiant attitude OnePlus had long had and, along with the new iPhone, is pitting itself against the latest from Google and Samsung.

OnePlus has had a busy 2020, releasing its previous flagships earlier this year in the form of OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro as well as entering the mid-range with the new OnePlus Nord.

Early in the OnePlus 8T news cycle, rumours emerged that there would not be a Pro model this time out and the news was later confirmed by CEO Pete Lau. Sticking to the corporate side of things, a report coming via a leaked internal memo have indicated that co-founder, and longtime public face of OnePlus, Carl Pei is set to leave the company (via Reddit).

With the launch just hours away, it was recently revealed we’d be seeing another product at the OnePlus 8T reveal. OnePlus revealed a new pair of its earbuds would debut, with an IP55 rating this time around.

The event will be upon us before we know it and we’ll be providing all the important information right here as it comes in. Ahead of the event, read on for everything you need to know on the OnePlus 8T specs, design, release date, display and more.

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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.

A new leak has pointed towards a raised price for the OnePlus 8T. Leaker Chunvn8888 has indicated the new phone will cost €799 (~£731) for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model and €899 (~£822) for the 12GB RAM and 256GB storage edition. Rumours have suggested the 8T Pro may not make an appearance this year, meaning a price that would normally sit in between the regular and “T” models may make sense – even if it’s an unwelcome change for fans.

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.

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OnePlus 8T – Release Date

In line with recent rumours, OnePlus has now announced the reveal date for the OnePlus 8T. October 14 is the special day and OnePlus accompanied the announcement with the phrase “Ultra Stops at Nothing” and a reveal video:

There’s been no concrete confirmation on the specific OnePlus 8T release date when fans will be able to get their hands on the device. However, when it comes to previous launches, the “T” model launched 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

We thought it was coming but now OnePlus has confirmed the OnePlus 8T will have a 120Hz display. Previously, you had to fork out for the OnePlus 8 Pro for the super high refresh rate but not it will come to the regular flagship.

OnePlus refers to the panel as its “ultra-smooth 120Hz fluid display.” Ultra seems to be a key theme of the upcoming 8T launch, with “Ultra stops at nothing” used as the slogan for the launch event announcement. We’re not quite sure what OnePlus is going for but it may hint at features that are determined “Ultra” by other manufacturers (nudge, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, nudge) coming to a more wallet-friendly price point.

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 other departments too. Here’s a rundown of the full 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

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 catch up to the portrait chops of manufacturers like Apple and Google.

Following rumours that even fasting charging could be on the way for the new OnePlus phone, the company confirmed on its forum that Warp Charge 65 (65W charging) will debut on the 8T alongside a 4500mAh battery.

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OnePlus 8T – Design

Ahead of the OnePlus 8T reveal, OnePlus has revealed the new 8T – you read that right. The video might be short but OnePlus has shown off much of the design of the new OnePlus 8T before the official big reveal:

OnePlus 8T – Camera

The camera setup of OnePlus phones has long been one that has held the company back, however, it has definitely been making progress in recent years – with our OnePlus 8 review calling its setup “a good mid-range camera.”

Ahead of OnePlus 8T, the phone manufacturer has already been touting the camera chops of the next device:

The low light shot certainly promises some big improvements for the 8T but we’ll have to wait for our full in-depth review to give it a good and thorough testing.

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