hertz, 65 watts, a Snapdragon 865 processor, 4500 milliamp-hours, OxygenOS 11 and four cameras. Like almost every otherphone manufacturer, OnePlus likes to use bignumbers to advertise its phones. And its latest device, the OnePlus 8T, is no different. (upbeat music) This is the successor to the OnePlus 8 released early this year. It’s got an all new design, 120 hertz display and superquick 65 watt fast charging. And those are big numbers which is kind of OnePlus’ speciality. Each new device brings with it a faster display, more cameras and even quicker fast charging, but numbers never reallytell the full story of whether the deviceactually does the job that you need it to do. So, what’s the real storywith the $749 OnePlus 8T? (upbeat music) Now, $749 gets you 12 gigabytes of RAM with 256 gigabytes of storage, but there is a step downmodel which I’ve been using that comes with eight gigabytes of RAM and a 128 gigabytes of storage but it’s not being sold in the U.S. Both versions come withsub six gigahertz 5G, although there’s nomillimeter wave support here. There’s also no official IPrating for unlocked models. The OnePlus has confirmedthe T-Mobile carrier version has an IP 68 rating. Like usual, OnePlus saysthe phone should survive being used in the rain, even if it’s not officially certified. Other than that, thosespecs put the OnePlus 8T firmly in line with most other flagships released this year, and I haven’t encounteredany performance hiccups during my time with the phone. A lot of how speedy theOnePlus 8T feels to use comes down to it’s 120 hertz display.
And whether you’rescrolling through Twitter or flipping between apps, everything feels lovely and smooth. 120 is a whole 30 extra hertz compared to the 90 hertzdisplay we had on the OnePlus 8. And look, I’m not gonna sit here and claim that it’s not technically a bigger number, I just don’t think it makesas substantial a difference as the jump from 60 to 90. Much more important isthat the 1080p screen looks vibrant and crisp, and although its default color settings tends a little warmer than I’d like it’s easily fixed in the settings. And it’s also, thank theLord, a flat display, does it make the overall phone look ever so slightly less premium? Sure, maybe. But is it more usefulfor basically everything you want a phone screen to do? Obviously yes. But the OnePlus 8T has stereo speakers, one downward facing and onefor the phones earpiece, and it’s great to seestereo speakers returning after they were missing from the Nord. Their quality is about onpar from what you’d see on similar setups elsewhere. 65 is the most eye catching number on the OnePlus 8T’s spec sheet, because it describesits fast charging speed. 65 watts is among thefastest fast charging you’ll find in a phone right now, and OnePlus is making big claims about its warp charged 65 technology included with the eight. Not least the fact thatyou’re supposed to get a day’s power in 15 minutes. But I have a confession to make, and that’s the I justrarely get too excited about fast chargingannouncements like these.
I mean call me old fashioned but I just like to chargemy phone overnight. But 65 watts does seem very fast though, so it seems like a shame notto put it through its paces. So, what if instead ofcharging my phone overnight I plug it into chargefirst thing in the morning? My morning routine takesme roughly 25 minutes which charges the 8T4,500 millamp-hour battery to 81% from zero. Now, obviously the amountof charge you’ll get will depend on how much you had going in, but that’s a rough idea. And of course, everyone’sroutine is slightly different but after 37 minutes thephone was completely charged. And the OnePlus 8T does end up feeling a little bit warm to thetouch when you fast charge it but it was nothing unusual. And OnePlus says it has a whole bunch of temperature sensors to catch any heat problemsbefore they crop up. So yes, 65 watt fast chargingdefinitely means you can, if you want to, stop chargingyour phone overnight. I was averaging about 50% ofbattery at the end of the day, which is, I guess, about whatyou get out of 15 minutes, so a days worth of charge in 15 minutes, yeah well done OnePlus you nailed it. But you didn’t include wireless charging which really is a shame especially since it wason the OnePlus 8 Pro. And that’s a shame becauseincreasingly wireless charging is about not only beingable to charge your phone but being able to use yourphone to charge other devices like wireless earbuds. And it’s just a shame that OnePlus isn’t embracing the feature more. (upbeat music) Now OnePlus is getting onthe Android 11 train early choo choo. And is actually claimingthat the OnePlus 8T, it’s going to be one ofthe first phones to ship with Android 11 pre-installed. And that means you get accessto all the Android 11 features like it’s redesigned conversationnotification settings, media controls, power buttonmenu, all that good stuff. And from OnePlus’ perspective, it’s made a couple of tweaks of its own with OxygenOS 11, like aredesigned settings menu. But these are pretty minor overall. I continue to like what OnePlusdoes with Android though. Everything’s feels cleanand out of the way. So there are four cameras onthe back of the OnePlus 8T and they’re contained within this kind of generic lookingrectangular camera bump. That’s one more rearcamera than the OnePlus 8 but your hardly getting 25%more camera performance here. First three are similar to the OnePlus 8 a 48 megapixel main camera,a 16 megapixel ultra wide and a kind of useless five megapixel macro but the extra sensor is a new two mega pixel monochrome sensor. It’s for black and white photography. It’s super weird, Ican’t quite work it out. Personally I would haveloved a new telephoto sensor like we saw in the OnePlus 8 Pro, but hey I consider myselfa pretty cultured guy. Let’s give black and whitephotography a shot shall we? Guys? (violin music) Sensor is super weird. And honestly, I just can’tquite wrap my head around it. For starters, the setting to actually take black and whitephotographs is buried right at the end of the cameraapps list of filters. And even then it’s onlya two megapixel sensor so the photo is actuallybeing taken by the main camera with the monochrome sensor kind of gathering some extra data.
If you put your fingerover the monochrome sensor it complains and refuses to take the photo in black and white, butthe framing stays the same. And the black and whitephotos do look nice but it’s hardly the most useful addition especially since OnePlustells me the phone doesn’t use this extra sensor for anything other thanblack and white photography. So here are two photos. One was taken using the monochrome mode and the other was takenin the monochrome mode but with my finger overthe monochrome sensor and then I just appliedone of Google Photo’s stock black and white filters afterwards. I’m just struggling to seea significant difference in picture quality here. And beyond the monochrome sensor, the OnePlus 8T’s camerasprovide similar performance to what we saw on the OnePlus 8. In daylight, you get nice neutral colors with plenty of detail. But things can get a little softer looking when you switch to the ultra wide. The camera does handle skin tones well and there doesn’t seem tobe any significant smoothing or loss of detail here. But in low light things can end up looking a little warm and yellow. Even when the phones nightmode enables automatically. And this mode does a nicejob at boosting details. As long as you don’t haveany fast moving subjects. Finally, there’s a low resolutionmacro sensor on the phone but the macro shots I gotwere just underwhelming. Over on the video side of things, there are a couple of newfeatures to play with. Now one of them is video portrait mode, which you’re seeing right now. Now, if it’s working you should see all ofthe background around me look nice and blurry whilstI’m actually in focus. Apologies if it’s a little bit windy but this should give you some idea of how good the microphoneis on this phone. There’s also a supersteady mode which tries to smooth out movementwhile you’re filming and a video nightscapemode for filming at night. All three are okay, butthey have their compromises. None work for the phone selfie camera and all top out at 1080p rather than 4k. So ultimately the OnePlus 8T’s cameras probably shouldn’t be the deciding factor for whether you buy this phone or not. They’re not bad enough towarn you off a purchase but they’re not good enough for you to pick it upspecifically for them. And sure there were four cameras but I’d wager that most people will probably only end up using two of them. OnePlus has a lot ofimpressive specs up its sleeve for the OnePlus 8T. 65 watt fast charging, 120hertz refresh rate, four cameras but take these specs off a piece of paper and put them in the real world and the reality is sometimesa little different. It’s 65 watt fast chargingis genuinely very impressive but a 120 hertz display compared to the OnePlus 8’s 90 hertzscreen just doesn’t feel like as big of an improvementas the numbers suggest. And two of the 8T’s four camerasfeel a little bit gimmicky. Macro shots look pretty soft and the monochrome camerajust feels unnecessary. So in the end, the OnePlus8T ends up feeling like an incremental upgrade compared to the 8 which itself was an incrementalupgrade compared to the 7T. It’s just a shame that wehaven’t seen the OnePlus 8 Pro’s more premium featureslike a telephoto camera and wireless chargingtrickle down to this level. If you’re using a OnePlus 7 or earlier then you’re likely to reallyfeel these improvements. But if you’re using a more modern device, you’re probably safe onholding off upgrading for another year or so. OnePlus has played a numbersgame with the OnePlus 8T. It just all adds up to a device that occasionally feelsa little bit familiar. So the sensor is super weird. The sensor is super veered. So this sensor is super weird. That’s my best French accent. I’m sorry I’m so sorry.