The £549 OnePlus 8T is stuck in the middle and that’s no bad thing

The OnePlus 8T may well be only the third most interesting OnePlus news this week. The first being that co-founder Carl Pei has reportedly left the company to start something new and the second being that the OnePlus 8 briefly dropped to £400 in the Prime Day sale.
But let’s give the OnePlus 8T its due. The latest 5G 8 series phone starts at £549 and is a spec bump from the recent OnePlus Nord (£379) that still leaves just enough space with the flagship 8 Pro (£900 though it’s cheaper now). There’s no 8T Pro right now either, which simplifies things a little. Plus, in what could be viewed as a slight correction, this combination of specs and price will be more than enough for most OnePlus fans.

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It’s got a 6.55-inch 120Hz 2400×1080 AMOLED display, the difference with the 8 Pro being that this is flat, rather than a curved screen. A shiny glass back – in silver or green – helps differentiate it from the more expensive, matte finished phone, too. It’s 180g and 8.4mm thick, with the rumour being that there’s no wireless charging on this model as OnePlus CEO Pete Lau wanted to keep it slim. No official IP rating here, as per usual for the brand, but OnePlus is confident the 8T will survive a soaking.
Technically this is a ‘quad camera’ setup, though one of those is a 5MP macro and another one is a 2MP monochrome sensor – no telephoto lens. The main cameras are a 48MP Sony sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP ultra-wide with a 123-degree field of view.
OnePlus also says its nightscape mode has been improved, as has stabilisation of both stills and video with a combination of OIS and EIS with a new video portrait mode thrown in for good measure.
The 8T is powered by the Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 graphics and 8GB or 12GB of RAM (the £649 model). There‘s a bigger vapour chamber to cool things down when playing games, too. There‘s also a dual nano-SIM slot, dual stereo speakers, both a fingerprint sensor and face unlock. In the UK it will be available with 128GB or 256GB of storage.

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While there‘s no wireless charging, the 4,500mAh battery – two batteries to be precise – can charge to 58 per cent in 15 minutes with OnePlus‘s WarpCharge 65 charger, which charges both batteries at 30W+. Temperature sensors in the device itself and one in the charger keep things cool and the adapter can be used to charge tablets, some laptops and the Nintendo Switch at up to 45W.
OxygenOS 11 has some tweaks to help with one-handed use, improvements to dark mode and some neat always-on-display clock face options for the lockscreen, including an upcoming Bitmoji collaboration with Snapchat.
OnePlus also announced some new £55 Buds Z wireless earbuds with an AirPods-style stem design, IP65 rating and 10mm drivers inside. Battery life is 4.5 hours or 20 hours with the case. The Buds Z will go on sale on November 4.

The OnePlus 8T is up for pre-order now direct from OnePlus. It goes on sale at OnePlus, Amazon and John Lewis on 20 October.

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