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OnePlus 7T Pro vs 8 in 2021: Is It Worth The Upgrade?

author Luis Silva (May 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

The price of the 8 isn't that much higher, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get a better display. But the 7T Pro adds more internal storage (256GB vs. 128GB).

What else sets them apart?

The 8 also features an Always-On display, better peak brightness, and Bluetooth 5.1. But the 7T Pro also adds a telephoto lens (+60 mm).

Having said that, none of them truly stood out since they got similar scores.

But how much more will I have to pay for the 8?

If you're not considering subscribing to a service provider, it'll cost you around $70 more.

Is it worth getting the 7T Pro in 2022?

The 7T Pro is a good value for the money in 2022, but I can't recommend it. You shouldn't get a phone that isn't going to receive security updates. Check out the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, for example, as it will give you better performance, more security updates, water resistance, and reverse charging.

Is the 8 still worth buying in 2022?

Don't let its age scare you. The 8 still is a fantastic device as we go thru 2022. You'll love it for its good performance and good battery life. But keep an eye on the 9 Pro too.

Keep reading for answers to all your questions about their differences, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus 8

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Introduction

So, the OnePlus 8 is pretty much a well-defined step up from the 7 Pro, but what does the 7T Pro has to say about that?

In April of 2020, OnePlus started selling its 8, while OnePlus's 7T Pro hit the stores in October 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the 7T Pro and the 8.

Warning: Please, refrain from purchasing the 7T Pro, as it will end up not getting security updates anymore.

The weight of each section

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device 7T Pro 8
Release Date 2019, October 2020, April 1y.
OS Updates 2 years 2 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the 8 17% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. If you're a heavy gamer, think about this. If not, then it isn't a big deal.

We can classify the 7T Pro as a lower high-end and the 8 as high-end.

Performance*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
SoC Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 865
Graphics Adreno 640 Adreno 650
Geekbench 5 Score 2698
3165
467
OS Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 Android 10 and OxygenOS 10
Tek-Score
6.4
7.1
0.8

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

OnePlus 7T Pro front transparent png OnePlus 8 front transparent png

The 8 is the title-holder here, and the difference is considerable.

Very few rivals share this maximum brightness. Usually, they rarely stay far from 765 nits, but the 7T Pro can only do 22% below that.

Considering the 7T Pro, 80% of its rivals can play HDR content, and 95% have an AMOLED screen and have an Always-On display.

Considering the 8, as a reference, 86% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and all have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
Size 6.6
6.5
-0.1
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1440x3120
1080x2400
-1900800
Refresh Rate 90hz 90hz 0
Dots per Inch 520.65
404.89
-115.75
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch No/Clean Hole
Peak Brightness 600 nits
802 nits
202
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
4.1
8.7
4.7
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
5.0
6.7
1.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

OnePlus 7T Pro back transparent png OnePlus 8 back transparent png

You should get similar performance with these two in the camera domain.

About the 7T Pro: DXOMARK reviewed this camera and gave it 116 points. If you also consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 129** points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 90% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.

About the 8: This sensor does deserve a review from DXOMARK's team. Knowing them, it'll get about 111* points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, this score goes up to 122** points.

Finally, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 14% of them feature a macro lens.

One can place these two as lower high-end.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So what do I do? I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). As of now, you can expect a deviation of up to 2 points.

**Consider this as an estimative, especially with cameras with less than 40MP and no telephoto lens. They moved to a better camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera 7T Pro 8
Megapixels 48
48
0
Aperture 1.6
1.8
0.2
Lens 26mm
25mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 2 2 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 129
122
-7

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) 7T Pro 8 vs.
Megapixels 8
16
8
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 74mm (2.8x zoom)
14mm -60
Lens Type Telephoto lens Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 16 2 -14
Aperture 2.2 2.4 0.2
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Macro
Score 13 11 -2
Selfie Camera 7T Pro 8 vs.
Megapixels 0 16
16
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 25mm -
7T Pro 8 vs.
Tek-Score
7.6
7.2
-0.4

Who has the best frame?

The 8 does win some points here, mainly for its weight and the number of color options. But that doesn't make the 7T Pro that much worse.

The 8 weighs 180 g. (6.35 oz), while its sibling is 26 g. (0.92 oz) heavier. If you're looking for a lightweight device, the "weight to display size" score of the 7T Pro is 3.7, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 6.6 inches display. The 8, in its turn, has 6.2, which is pretty nice.

If you want waterproofness on your next device, check out the 9 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy A72.

Looks*
vs.
Body 7T Pro 8
Size 162 x 75 x 8 mm
(5.71 x 2.65 x 0.28 in)
160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
-5040
Weight 206 g. (7.27 oz)
180 g. (6.35 oz)
-26
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Haze Blue and a unique McLaren Edition Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver
Screen To Body Ratio 88.01%
88.55%
0.54
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.7 6.2 2.5
Looks 9.1/10
10.0/10
0.8
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
1.9
2.9
1.0

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The 7T Pro does have a smaller battery, with 4085 mAh, while the 8 has 4300 mAh. But by GSMArena's standards, both should theoretically get the same battery life.

What's even better, both of them also don't have many rivals at any given price range. Just check out our top 10 list with the best battery life.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, that's already a reality on the 9 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21, for example.

Battery*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
Capacity (mAh) 4085 4300 215
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 84% left
85% left
1
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 69% left
71% left
2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 73% left
74% left
1
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.4 5.0 1.5
Sub Tek-Score
7.5
7.7
0.1
Fast Charging 30w
30w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.6
6.7
0.1

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

Definitely, the 7T Pro.

OnePlus put 8GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage on the 7T Pro. I should also mention that most rivals have less storage and less RAM. They're closer to 147Gb of storage and 8GB of RAM.

Storage*
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
RAM (GB) 8GB
8GB
0
Internal (GB) 256GB
128GB
-128
Micro SD No No
Tek-Score
8.5
6.0
-2.5

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

I'd go for the 8 if you really value Bluetooth 5.1 and 5G.

If you love good-old wired headphones, you're out of luck because none of them included a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. You can also check other devices if you're not really leaning towards any of these. You'd have to pick a smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

The 8 runs on (LTE and) 5G networks.

Connectivity
vs.
Features 7T Pro 8
Network LTE 5G
Bluetooth 5.0
5.1
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No
Tek-Score
3.6
5.1
1.5

Which is more affordable?

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money 7T Pro 8 VS
Amazon 1.15 - -
eBay - 0.78 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you ready for that final score? We're almost there. Just so you have an idea, take a look at where its adversaries average. The 7T Pro class is at 6.8, and the 8 6.9.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Ah-ha! The 7T Pro won't let it go that easy.

You'll probably love it for its storage, and you know what? Despite being somewhat slower, it isn't slow at all, and you can get by another year without the Always-On display and the newer Bluetooth version, you'll get to keep (or win) a great set of cameras.

What's even better, it's price will always be lower.

You'll have to get familiar with a hefty device. Aside from that, there's not much more for you on the OnePlus 8.

Pros 7T Pro 8
#1 Performance Performance
#2 AMOLED AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Battery Life Cameras
#5 Fast Charging Battery Life
#6 Storage Fast Charging
Cons 7T Pro 8
#1 Always-On-Display Wireless Charging
#2 Wireless Charging MicroSD Slot
#3 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#4 Weight Price
#5 3.5mm Jack
#6 Price
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score 7T Pro 8
Gaming Score
7.6
7.2
-0.4
Tek-Score
6.42
6.45
0.03
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 OnePlus 7T Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $519
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $564
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
    $497
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $584
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
    $482
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $499
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $534
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $499
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • OnePlusrival8
    $630
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $519
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $543
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $520
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
    $480
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • OnePlusrival9
    $530
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554

 OnePlus 8 
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12
    $709
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
    $519
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
    $649
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
    $564
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
    $598
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro
    $584
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
    $650
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11 Pro Max
    $749
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
    $689
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $534
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
    $697
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
    $560
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
    $680
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
    $697
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 Plus
    $749
  • HuaweirivalP40
    $666
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
    $600
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
    $519
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
    $543
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
    $520
  • ApplerivaliPhone 12 Mini
    $739
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
    $609
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
    $650
  • OnePlusrival8T
    $675
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
    $529
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
    $594
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
    $698
  • OnePlusrival9 Pro
    $749
  • OnePlusrival9
    $530
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite
    $554
  • ApplerivaliPhone 13 Mini
    $729
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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