Like clockwork is the second OnePlus flagship of the year, the OnePlus 8T is here and ready to kick a flagship Android in the butt! However, as smartphones continue to evolve and get closer to perfection, it becomes difficult to create two flagships that are different enough to justify their existence. So did it OnePlus can do it? Well, we’re about to find out OnePlus 8T vs. OnePlus 8 Pro comparison.
OnePlus 8T vs OnePlus 8 Pro: design comparison
The design of the OnePlus 8T can hardly be called unique
So, OnePlus signed up and now we have another high-end OnePlus phone with a flat screen. It’s worth noting that there isn’t a OnePlus 8T Pro, which leads us to believe that the curved-edged display may come back on the OnePlus 9 and the Pro moniker may no longer be used. This would certainly be a great way for OnePlus to diversify the two models and keep fans of each display type happy.
The other major change between the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 Pro is the shape and location of the camera module. It wasn’t long ago OnePlus said the centered vertical camera bump was a defining element of the brand. It doesn’t seem that important after all, and the 8T has more generic 2020 cameras on the back. Possibly the decision was forced by changes in the phone’s internal component layout, but either way, this is the new look OnePlus is aiming for.
OnePlus 8T vs OnePlus 8 Pro: technical data comparison
Usually, one major difference between the OnePlus T models and the non-T models is that the former have the updated Plus version of the latest Qualcomm 800 series chip, if one is available. And there’s a Snapdragon 865+ this year, but the OnePlus 8T doesn’t have it. It uses the same Snapdragon 865 as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. So what performance benefit do we get if we wait another 6 months?
Let’s take a quick look at it:
OnePlus 8T vs OnePlus 8 Pro: camera comparison
Of course, the real camera comparison will take place as soon as we have the OnePlus 8T in our hands, but until then we’ll talk about the camera’s specifications. Here are the raw numbers:
As you can see, the OnePlus 8T is closer to the OnePlus 8 than the 8 Pro in terms of camera hardware. And while there is technically a quad camera system, two of them, the macro lens and the monochrome lens, are more or less just to add to the total. At least the macro sensor is now a 5 megapixel sensor, which hopefully makes it more user-friendly than the OnePlus 8’s. We’d rather have those “smaller” lenses replaced with a telephoto lens, but OnePlus doesn’t seem to want to get involved in the zoom Race that some phone manufacturers have competed in recently.
The main sensor on all three phones is the same, no upgrade. Hopefully OnePlus has put even more efforts into perfecting its camera software and we will see improvements in this department. Of course, any changes to the software will carry over to older OnePlus phones, so the 8 and 8 Pro will most likely be able to compete with the OnePlus 8T.
Let’s be clear, there are no reasons to buy the OnePlus 8T when you have one of the OnePlus 8 phones. Okay maybe one if you really Really You must have a flat panel monitor and you thought they’d never come back, so you bought a OnePlus 8/8 Pro. Still, we like the direction OnePlus is taking with this new T-Model, and we hope it will stick to this strategy in the future. A more flashy, more expensive OnePlus flagship earlier in the year, and a model that contains only the essentials towards the end of the year sounds like a good plan. We are sure that many hardcore OnePlus fans will be happy about the OnePlus 8T and will finally pull the trigger on a new phone. And the rest can certainly wait another 6 months before upgrading.
We’ll update this review as soon as we have our full impressions of the OnePlus 8T, as well as its benchmarks and camera samples, so we can have the complete data needed to properly compare the OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 Pro.