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[The Lab] OnePlus 8T Review by Shevon Salmon

  1. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

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    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    Hey guys!


    My name is Shevon Salmon and I am proud to be apart of The OnePlus 8T Lab Review team, before we jump into the review I thought I would tell you a little about myself.

    I’m currently a Tech/Lifestyle YouTuber here in Canada. I have been creating content for around the last 7 years but only got serious and found my passion for Tech in 2016. I’m also a lover of fashion so I try to implement my style of fashion with tech. Click Here To Check Out My Youtube Channel

    My first OnePlus device was actually the OnePlus 8 and I bought it for a review and since I didn't have enough money to keep it I was planning to review it and sell it but I ended up keeping the device due to how much I loved it the 90hz refresh rate when playing games really got my attention.

    I usually play competitive Fortnite and I would have so much advantage over all the other mobile players who were stuck between 30-60 fps, Since then my love for OnePlus devices started. Join in for the ride and I hope you enjoy the journey.

    Now as I always say, without any further ado. Let's jump into the Unboxing and Review!

     
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  2. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

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    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    The unboxing experience with OnePlus devices is always surreal. The packaging is well done and we get all the necessary accessories we need to get the device up and running.

    What's included inside the box?

    • OnePlus 8T
    • Invitation Letter
    • Quick Start Guide
    • SAR Information
    • Safety Information
    • Warp Charge Adapter
    • Warp Charge Cable
    • Sim Ejector
    • Stickers

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    I thought this little letter of invitation was a nice touch, I feel welcomed to a family haha
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    paperwork? you know the procedures, pluck em and file em to the side, but those Stickers tho! 😍
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    this warp charge 65 is no joke, I literally watched and saw my phone go from 12% up to 34% in no time
    - it's stupid fast - still sad there's no wireless charging though

    Design

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    So OnePlus went with a very interesting design and I actually like it. The Aquamarine green colour option I have is really gorgeous and depending on how the light hits it you get a tint of blue in there as well. They went with a glossy back but surprisingly the texture they used does not show fingerprints which is much appreciated. Especially because I don't have to be wiping my phone down every 10 seconds to take these pictures of the device.

    The glass on the back has some sort of rounded edge design, it's almost as if they placed a curved edge display onto the back of the phone instead of the front and that's the way to go because curved screens to me were pointless.

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    With that being said the phone feels amazing in the hand and its super lightweight. The texture is not that grippy and if you aren't careful you might drop this device a lot especially if you have butterfingers, so I would definitely recommend a case or some sort of skin that adds texture.

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    We get a single hole punch camera cutout, I still thought the OnePlus 7 Pro pop-up camera system was the best because it made the viewing experience seamless but for now we have to work with that tiny hole on the left side of the display and after using for hours you won't even notice its there.

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    You also have the option to hide the hole punch in the settings. But then you sacrifice a little bit of screen real-estate so I keep that setting off.

    The entire phone is solid it has an aluminum rim which feels really premium, at the bottom, there is the USB-C port for charging and transferring files, a sim card slot, a mic and a speaker. At the top, we have another mic and along the sides, we have the power button and a textured alert slider which I love so dearly. Finally, on the left side, we simply just have the volume rockers.

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  3. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
    Display

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    My favourite part about the OnePlus 8T is the FHD+ 120hz Fluid Amoled Display, which simply means the phone is just gliding through animations. Playing games on this phone at such high of a frame rate gives me PC gaming vibes and that's crazy to think about. We also have a lot of screen to play with at 6.55 inches. The screen quality is sharp, vibrant, and accurate. Any competitive shooter games I play I dominate because I can see what's happening on the screen before my enemies who are usually stuck between 30-60 refresh rates.

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    Scrolling through my Instagram and Twitter feeds never felt better it's truly something you have to experience for yourself as you move your finger across the screen the pages just glides smoothly and it's actually satisfying, sometimes I find myself just thumbing through my home screen mindlessly haha. Coming from my iPhone 11 Pro Max the smoothness is day and night you especially see it if you hold both phones side to side and scroll through pages.

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    Size: 6.55 inches - Resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels 402 ppi
    Aspect Ratio: 20:9 - Type: 120 Hz Fluid AMOLED
    Support sRGB, Display P3 - Cover Glass: Corning® Gorilla® Glass

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    Tv Show "On My Block" this is how it looks when not in fullscreen on Netflix
    I'm not the biggest fan of watching movies on phones but I will get in a few tv shows here and there. Streaming services like Twitch, Youtube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video all work well on this display and you can punch into the full-screen mode to get that immersive feel but do remember when you punch into full-screen mode a small portion of the video may get cut out, but if the content you are watching is filmed in 2:1 aspect ratio instead of 16:9 you will not lose a lot of information while punched in.

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    Tv Show "On My Block" this is how it looks in fullscreen on Netflix

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    Twitch on the other hand will punch in but stops right at the hole-punch display

    All and all the display is gorgeous, at 1080p the OnePlus 8T’s display isn’t as sharp as other phones with a QHD resolution But you’ll only really notice the difference between a 1080p and 1440p panel if you really zoom into photos and pixel peep. You also have a few different display modes to choose from within the settings such as the Reading Mode, Dark Mode, Vibrant Color option. It's really nice to see that OnePlus takes pride in making sure our health is also looked after with these features.

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    The reading mode emits less blue light on the screen which is safer on the eyes for reading for long hours. The Vibrant Color option does exactly what it says and punches up the colours and contrast a little which makes videos and images look that more pleasing to the eye. I also really hope OnePlus keeps the flat screen design moving forward.

     
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  4. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    So let's get this out the way, unfortunately, the OnePlus 8T does not support wireless charging and to me, that was a big miss. The first night of using the phone I placed it on my wireless charger when I was working at my desk only to remember there's no wireless charging support which was a vibe kill. But the Warp Charge 65 somewhat makes up for it due to the insane charging speed.

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    I kid you not I went from 11% up to 90% in around 28 -30 minutes. I have never seen a phone charge this fast, the convenience factors really kick in with this charging rate because if you forgot to charge your phone in the night you can always plug it in first thing in the morning, do your morning routine which for me usually takes around 45mins to 1hr and when you're finished with your shower or whatever you do in the mornings once you're finished you will have a full days charge.

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    Now a lot of questions might spark your mind thinking, hmm "if it charges so fast, does that mean the battery will drain fast as well?" and the answer to that question is no. This phone pushes right through the day. I started my day at 9:00 am full charged and came home at around 8:30 pm with 32%. The OnePlus 8T is packed with a 4,500 mAh battery and within my testing, I got around 8hrs and 38 mins of screen on time which involves me checking my mail, social media, listening to music, watching tik toks and also taking pictures for this review while running at 120Hz and adaptive screen brightness.

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    So imagine how much battery you can save if you lower the refresh rate down to 60Hz you might be able to squeeze in a little bit over 1 more hour of usage. But if you're going to play high demanding games like PUBG and Fortnite then the battery will of course drain way faster than that.

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  5. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    The North American version of the 8T that I have comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage as well as two SIM card slots which both support 5G speeds but not simultaneously. I couldn’t test 5G speeds here in my area so I will not touch on that part.

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    Performance on the 8T is snappy I have never caught myself complaining about speeds with this device. It’s one of the best performing phones I have ever used and the fluid 120hz display makes it even feel faster. From loading up my games to switching between multiple apps it does it without breaking a sweat.

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    The OnePlus 8T uses the same processor found in the OnePlus 8 which is the Snapdragon 865 chipset and that thing is a beast, that's actually the same chip found in the Samsung Galaxy S20. Also when compared to the new Pixel 5 which has a Snapdragon 765G chipset, the OnePlus 8T easily outperforms the Pixel 5 in the benchmark tests.

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    Thanks to Lynn La from cnet for the benchmark scores.
     
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  6. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    I love taking pictures and the OnePlus 8T just fuels my picture snapping habits even more. I am not a selfie person and I wouldn't even care if my phone didn't have a front-facing camera but the 8T has a 16-Megapixel front-facing camera and it does the job well. The 8T has a quad-camera setup around the back and even though it has a controversial monochrome lens the other 3 lenses make it up to four.

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    Camera Specifications
    • 48-megapixel primary, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization (OIS)
    • 16MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
    • 5MP macro
    • 2MP monochrome
    Now, these specs sound incredible on paper but how does it stack up in the real world?

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    The main camera is great and to me is the best quality camera out of the 4, it tends to push out warmer tone shots in my testing which isn't necessarily a bad thing. When in good lighting you can get some pretty sharp and vibrant images. But indoors it's not going to impress you unless you enable that nightscape feature.

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    I think the 8T does a good job of showing a better representation of how the picture looks in person. The iPhone 12, on the other hand, does a great job brighten the shot but blows out information, for example, if I zoom in I can’t really make out what’s on the pylon sign & the image isn’t really what it looks like in person.

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    The ultra-wide camera is not the best quality but it's the most fun camera to use. Don't get me wrong the images coming from the wide-angle camera looks amazing but it's just not as good as the main camera haha. I love the look of the wide-angle shots and if you seriously need more space for a picture the wide-angle lens will definitely take care of that for you.

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    main camera (both shots were taken from the same spot) wide-angle

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    The other two cameras I rarely ever use and that's the macro camera and the monochrome camera. To me they are both pointless I rather not have these lenses on the camera and maybe it would save some production cost and make the device even cheaper. But I guess the "Quad-Camera Array" sounds better. I tried to take some macro shots, let me know how I did haha.

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    As far as features go, OnePlus packed the 8T’s camera app full of modes to choose from. You have the normal photo and video modes, as well as portrait, pro, nightscape, time-lapse, and more. The camera has a macro mode, auto HDR, 4K cine video at 60fps, tripod long exposure shooting, and Google Lens support. This camera will do whatever you need it to do.

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  7. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    Okay, so this is a very controversial topic because a lot of people have mixed emotions towards OxygenOS 11 and where it's heading, for me personally I'm okay with the new UI. It's perfect for one-handed use knowing how tall the 8T is this really comes in handy, no pun intended. The new UI is not as close to stock Android as we have seen in previous OxygenOS versions but honestly, that doesn't really bother me as long as the device is running smoothly and provides functionality that's what matters to be and the OnePlus 8T surely delivers here.

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    A prime example of the new design layout is the Settings app. The first thing you'll notice is the massive typeface for the app title in the top left corner of the display. OnePlus uses this design language across several of its first-party apps, including Gallery, Calculator, Clock, Weather, and Recorder.

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    Scrolling through pages and opening and closing applications feels very snappy and responsive. OxygenOS also has tons of features baked into it and here are some of my personal favourites.

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    • Always On Display (AOD)
    We can now choose from 12 different AOD styles and there is also an option to schedule Always-on Display. To me, the AOD feature is a game-changer because I don't have to be opening my phone just to check if I missed anything important.

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    • Improved Dark Mode
    We now have a new and improved dark mode in OxygenOS 11. This isn't just a regular dark mode feature when dark mode is enabled the contrast dynamically changes, there's also readjustments of colour tones which makes it easier to read content by adding distinctive layers.
    Another big change is that we can now schedule dark mode by opting in the display section under the settings menu.

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    • Zen Mode 2.0
    My oh my, how do I love Zen Mode. Sometimes we just need to be at peace and distance ourselves from all the notifications and just the internet in general. Zen Mode does just that and this is not a gimmick, once Zen Mode is active you cannot cancel it, but don't worry there's still an option to make an emergency call if needed.

    If you need to study, take a break, meditate or just live a distraction-free life without your phone continuously beeping in notifications. What's even cooler is that you can now invite your friends into a Zen Space and relax together and this is perfect if you are studying together, now your friends cant lie about not using their phones during those intense study sessions.

    This new Zen Mode update has five new themes you can choose from Ocean, Space, Grassland, Meditation, and Sunrise. You can also schedule Zen Mode and choose a time limit for different options, it's really cool.

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    I think OxygenOS 11 is a good update overall to compliment the already amazing hardware. Sure it's not the stock Android UI anymore and at this point it's either you love it or hate it. But for me, this new UI is easier to use.
     
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  8. shevonsalmon
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Oct 14, 2020

    shevonsalmon , Oct 14, 2020 :
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    Ultimately, the OnePlus 8T checked off all my boxes when it comes to a flagship device and to me only a few things were missing. No wireless charging and also no proper IP Water resistance rating. But if we look past that we have solid performance and the display is on par with the best of what Android has to offer and the phone looks and feels like a $1,000 flagship.

    We can't forget the 120hz smoothness, great speakers, tremendous battery life complimented by the fastest charging speeds I have even seen on a mobile device using their warp charge 65 technology.

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    At $749, it gives you 256GB of storage, which is double that of the Pixel 5 or Samsung Galaxy S20 FE and four times that of the base iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

    If you are looking for the best smartphone camera around, the OnePlus 8T might not be the right choice for you. While it does produce decent top-range images, others do an even better job. If, on the other hand, you want the best performance and great connectivity for the least amount of money, you're in the right place.
     
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    W1602759756991 , Oct 15, 2020 :
    I agree I also would have liked to have seen the 8T get the 865+ Although I would personally hold off on buying one untill Google sorts out the performance degradation issues currently plaguing android 11. Since the pixel also suffers from this issue it's obviously Google at fault and not OnePlus.
     

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    sumitMZ007 , via OnePlus 6 , Oct 15, 2020 :
    And regarding monochrome lens it's totally gimmick in itself.that type of effect can easily be applied by using inbuilt gallery filters and other apps do provide that..Camera department just occupied more space but didn't added any value to it..
     

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    sumitMZ007 , via OnePlus 6 , Oct 15, 2020 :
    And another thing why 8T has stock Google messaging app.why OnePlus message app is not there . does OnePlus 8T shares same genes that of Nord. this time ONEPLUS 8T is NOT THE T VARIANT we were looking for ..T= TORE DOWN VARIANT THIS TIME..IF A person pays 43k he should get the flagship killer things not subsidized things..
     

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