The OnePlus 8T just launched as the company’s new flagship for the season. While there was no Pro version this time, a special OnePlus 8T Plus was tacitly made available. There is a catch, however.
In the last three generations, OnePlus has two models of its flagship in the form of a regular number variant and a corresponding Pro variant. The OnePlus 8T is the first exception to this product strategy as it is the only version of the phone that will be launched – or at least we have been told so. Shortly after the announcement, T-Mobile announced details of an exclusive model.
The special variant that is available to T-Mobile consumers in the USA is called OnePlus 8T Plus (officially: OnePlus 8T + 5G) and uses the network operator’s 5G spectrum of 600 MHz and 2.5 GHz on the already available advanced LTE network. Interestingly, it’s the only variant of the OnePlus 8T that has official IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. This is likely to be the case if a carrier partner has decided to spend on the certification process to make their model more lucrative.
It’s unlikely that OnePlus had a different smartphone design or production line specifically for T-Mobile. If so, the regular OnePlus 8T models available worldwide should theoretically be just as invincible to water damage. The company has claimed in the past that its phones are waterproof, only that it is choosing not to spend to get certification to keep costs down.
In fact, the T-Mobile OnePlus 8T Plus is being sold in the US for the same price of $ 749 for the 12GB + 256GB variant. Other monthly plans and payment options are also available. “We have a longstanding partnership with OnePlus and look forward to continuing this with the latest 5G smartphone available exclusively for T-Mobile in the US,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile.
The OnePlus 8T debuted worldwide on October 14th with a new 120Hz display, the Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G capabilities, a quad camera setup on the back, and an industry leading 65W fast charge.
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