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OnePlus launched its 8T in October of 2020, while OnePlus's 8 arrived at stores in April of 2020.
With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the 8 and the 8T. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.
The OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 are comparable in price. Still, you'll find the 8 cheaper most of the time. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.
Down below, there's a "Tek-Score" in every analyzed section of these models. We evaluate all quantifiable specifications to help you quickly identify how much they are far apart. The global score will help you compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.
This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com on what buyers are looking for when purchasing a smartphone. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to your preferences. Click here to skip everything, but keep reading because there are many things to unveil about these two and their rivals.
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You'll also see a progress bar underlining some features. That can help you understand how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.
You can click here: to view the ones we're comparing to, but we only include smartphones with price tags from -20% to +20%.
Some items are clickable, and they'll get you to the top 10 phones for that feature for every spending plan.
|Release Date||2020, April||2020, October||0y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
|Security Updates||3 years||3 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Geekbench 5 scores the 8 4% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.
We can label both of them as high-end.
Both come with the previous generation's Snapdragon 865, so this actually isn't a speed race.
This also isn't a GPU battle because they all have an Adreno 650.
Android 10 and OxygenOS 10 runs out-of-the-box on the 8, and the 8T runs on Android 11 and OxygenOS 11.
|SoC||Snapdragon 865||Snapdragon 865|
|Graphics||Adreno 650||Adreno 650|
|Geekbench 5 Score||3165
|OS||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10||Android 11 and OxygenOS 11|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
There isn't a winner here, so don't worry about it.
Both phones have the same AMOLED 6.5-inch display. There's no general contest here as each user has his personal preferences. Me, I'd go for an AMOLED screen, but a decent LCD can be just as good.
Resolution is no contest here. Both have a 1080x2400 Full HD panel.
Screens seem to get bigger each year, so you need to know about their glass protection. Both have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display.
If you value an Always-On display, you'll be glad to find it in both of them.
If you're looking for the brightest display, there isn't that much of a difference here. Both can do around 802 nits.
Both phones can play HDR10+ video formats.
If you value a smooth display, you should pick the 8T with its 120hz over the 8 that only has 90hz.
Considering the 8, just know that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content. Plus, all have an AMOLED screen, and 92% have an Always-On display.
Compared to the 8T, as a reference, 87% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 91% have an Always-On display.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||404.89
|Peak Brightness||802 nits
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
Overall, You shouldn't be seeing any difference between these cameras.
What about its shooters? OnePlus's 8 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 48 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.8, a 25mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization.
It also has a secondary 16 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.2, plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. And a third of 2 Megapixels for macros.
If you take a 48 Megapixels snapshot, you can zoom in on it and do a crop in the middle to get the same results as you'd get on a 12 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera.
There's also a 16 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 1/3" sensor.
I'm expecting a review from DXOMARK anytime now, and when they do, I'm sure they'll give it about 111* points. Then, if you consider its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 122** points.
Before moving on, you'd probably like to know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 12% of them feature a macro lens.
With its whopping 48 Megapixels shooter, the 8T's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.7 and a 26mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. These days a single shooter is not enough, nor it's two or three. I guess you need four of them. The second one has 16 Megapixels with an aperture of f/2.2 plus a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. The third one has 5 Megapixels for macros, and the fourth has 2 Megapixels that works as a depth sensor.
Just so you know: You can take a 48 Megapixels photo, zoom in and crop, and get (for example) an additional 2x of optical zoom and a 12 Megapixels sample, just like the 8.
The front-facing camera features a 16 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.4 and a 1/3.06" sensor.
The guys over at the DXOMARK labs scored this camera with 115 points. Plus, combining with its wide-angle lens, we'll get to the final score of 124 points. Just click here to read about it.
Lastly, just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.
Considering this score, we can classify these two as lower high-end.
If you take optical zoom seriously, you should consider other options like the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So when I get my hands on one of them, I take every hardware specs (like lenses, sensor size, OIS, aperture, and so on) and give a comparable score. You should give it a deviation of up to 2 points.
**Consider this as an estimative, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.
*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
|Lens Type||-||Depth Sensor|
The 8 does have an advantage here, thanks to its number of color options. But that doesn't make the 8T that much worse.
They have precisely the same height: (160 mm / 6.30 inches) but not the same width: 72 mm vs. 74 mm (2.84 inches vs. 2.92 inches).
Both are 8 mm thicker (about 0.32 inches).
The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The 8T is a little bit heavier: About 8 g. (0.32 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The 8 got a score of 6.2, which means a pretty nice weight for a 6.5 inches screen. In the meantime, the 8T has 5.3, so nothing to state here.
You can have the 8 in Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver. And you can compare that with the Aquamarine Green, Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, and Lunar Silver, which comes with the 8T.
Would you like to have a fingerprint scanner? Both phones include one.
For an all-weather smartphone, check out the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.
|Size||160 x 72 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.54 x 0.28 in)
|160 x 74 x 8 mm
(5.64 x 2.61 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||180 g. (6.35 oz)
||188 g. (6.63 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Onyx Black, Interstellar Glow, Glacial Green, and Polar Silver||Aquamarine Green, Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, and Lunar Silver|
|Screen To Body Ratio||88.55%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||6.2||5.3||-0.9|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The 8 features a 4300 mAh battery, while the 8T has 4500 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, you should get the same battery life with either device.
If you do a full charge, this is how the 8 comes out of it:
And these are 8T's patterns:
What's even better, the 8 can also easily defeat most devices. Do check our best-of listing.
If one of these will end up being the one, you'll have quick charging on your next phone: 30w for the 8 and 65w for the 8T.
Wireless charging is nowhere to be found. Keep that in mind. There are other phones out there. For instance, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE instead. What's even better is that it also features reverse wireless charging.
If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the 8T. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 31w.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||85% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||71% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||74% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||5.6||4.3||-1.3|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
They share the same amount of storage.
In terms of RAM, the 8 brings 8GB. In terms of storage, it has 128GB. Unfortunately, OnePlus didn't include a MicroSD slot, but with that much space, who cares?
The 8T also offers 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, it also lacks a MicroSD card slot, but 128GB is more than enough for most people.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
These two do look alike sometimes.
Both phones have Bluetooth 5.1, so nothing special here. As for the NFC chips, both have them.
About the 3.5mm jack: Now may be the time to consider moving to wireless earbuds. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't care that much about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Sony Xperia 1 II.
You can find these two in the (LTE and) 5G variant.
The OnePlus 8 definitely has its sibling beaten on price, and with the right deal, it can be an impressive finding. You'll most likely find the OnePlus 8T at a higher price range, but it doesn't mean it can't be a great deal.
Don't worry, because the following tables will help you make up your mind.
Here are the best prices that we've found:
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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||8||8T||VS|
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Want to know about that global score? But first, let's see where its rivals are. They aren't that far from 6.9 for these two.
I didn't quite understand why OnePlus came up with two almost identical devices. The 8T does have a display with higher refresh rates, and it does charge faster. About twice as fast. At least until the battery reaches 80% of its total capacity. It also has an additional camera, you might think. But I wouldn't call a depth sensor an actual camera. Still, it's nice to have it.
Anyways, since it still should also have 6 months of additional software updates, I guess it's obvious what device you should pick.
|#5||Battery Life||Battery Life|
|#6||Fast Charging||Fast Charging|
|#1||Wireless Charging||Wireless Charging|
|#2||MicroSD Slot||MicroSD Slot|
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.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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