When will the OnePlus 8T launch?
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 8T will launch on 14 October at 3pm BST.
The launch will be a livestream available through the OnePlus site, where you can also sign up with your email for a sneak peek of the 8T and a special edition OnePlus Nord and to enter a prize draw. Find out more on how to watch the 8T launch live.
The site also promises that there will be a pop-up event for the phone, as OnePlus usually likes to do, though there aren’t any more details right now.
With a mid-October launch event, it’s likely that the 8T will actually be on sale towards the end of the month, though it might be sooner than that – Twitter leaker Yogesh claims the phone will actually go on sale within two days of the launch event. Of course, this might simply be the pre-order date rather than the true on-sale date.
Will there be a OnePlus 8T Pro?
Simply put: no. Rumour had it for a while that the 8T might arrive solo, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau eventually confirmed this in a post on Weibo.
“There is no 8T Pro this year,” Lau wrote in Mandarin (translated by Google). “Users who like Pro-level products can continue to choose OnePlus 8 Pro, the annual machine king. Our plan for it is itself defined in a direction where there is no room for upgrade. There are also surprises, it is worth looking forward to.”
Still, the 8T won’t arrive entirely on its own. Usually reliably tipster Ishan Agarwal said on Twitter that fans should expect “a lot” of launches, teasing that the “8T + almost 5 in total” products would arrive, especially for the Indian market, and that one of them hadn’t even leaked at all yet. How OnePlus will launch “almost” 5 we’re not sure, but we can’t wait to find out.
Either way, it’s a safe bet that one of the other new launches should be the next Nord phone – whether that’s called the Nord 2, Nord Lite, or something else altogether. We’re also expecting a new, cheaper pair of true wireless earbuds, and maybe the long-rumoured OnePlus Watch.
How much will the OnePlus 8T cost?
There have been two price leaks so far, but they both contradict one another. The first comes from Twitter leaker @chunvn8888 – though they’re not too established, so take this with a pinch of salt. Chun claims that the 8T will cost €799 for an 8GB/128GB version, and €899 for a 12GB/256GB model.
If you’re worried by the news that the 8T might cost more than the OnePlus 8, you might prefer the price listed by Amazon Germany on a listing page that prominent leaker Ishan Agarwal spotted. This lists prices of €599 for an 8GB/128GB version, and €699 for a 12GB/256GB model, making the 8T cheaper than the 8.
We’re more inclined to believe these prices, not least since while they represent a bit of a price drop, they’re still closer to the prices of previous models. It doesn’t hurt that the listing page features a lot of the same specs we’ve seen leaked already.
The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro start from £599/$699 and £799/$899 respectively, with prices rising as you add more storage.
What is the OnePlus 8T design?
Thanks to OnePlus itself we’ve now had an official look at the back of the phone, which you can see for yourself in this brief official video:
That’s in a colour called Aquamarine Green, and the company has confirmed that it has a glossy finish – rather than matt – but one that’s been designed to minimise fingerprints.
As for the front of the phone, we have less official looks at that too. In an Android 11 developer preview of the OnePlus 8 series, OxygenUpdater stumbled across a possible build image of the OnePlus 8T. The render shows that the phone’s design is rather similar to the OnePlus 8, with a single cut out camera in the top left corner.
Note that the device opts for a flat screen, rather than the curved edges seen on the 8 and the 8 Pro – a design element that OnePlus has since confirmed to be true, lending credence to the rest of the render.
As this is a placeholder image, there are no guarantees that this is the final design of the phone, but it looks plausible enough.
This 5K render from OnLeaks in partnership with Pricebaba shows the 8T in more detail, and you can see it’s very similar to the real version shown in the video above – though is missing the second flash module within the camera.
OnLeaks even gets specific about the size, claiming the phone will measure “roughly 162.8 x 75.5 x 8.4mm (9.3mm including rear camera bump).” That makes it a little larger and thicker than the OnePlus 8 if true – with the large, fast-charging battery setup most likely to blame.
What specs & features will the OnePlus 8T have?
OnePlus has begun drip-feeding confirmed specs about the 8T, and combined with various leaks that means we can assemble a pretty solid spec sheet for the phone.
- 6.55in 120Hz flat display
- 4500mAh battery
- 65W wired charging
- OxygenOS 11 on Android 11
- Snapdragon 865
- 8GB/128GB or 12GB/256GB
- 48Mp, f/1.8 main camera with OIS
- 16Mp ultra-wide, 5Mp macro, 2Mp portrait
- 32Mp selfie lens
The first specs OnePlus confirmed are for the display. The OnePlus 8T comes with a 6.55in, 120Hz fluid display, which is the same size as the OnePlus 8’s – though flat, rather than curved.
Furthermore, the display will have a max brightness of 1,100 nits and a screen-to-body ratio of 91.9% – even higher than on the 8 Pro.
The company has also confirmed the phone’s charging specs. As widely reported before hand, the 8T will leap from 30W to 65W Warp Charge. This will reportedly fully charge the battery – confirmed to be 4500mAh in a twin-cell configuration – in 38 minutes, while a mere 15 minutes should get you 58% of the battery back, which OnePlus says is enough for a day’s use.
The new 65W also promises improved compatibility with other devices – a weak point with OnePlus chargers in the past. It features a dual-end USB-C port design, supports all previous OnePlus charging protocols, and supports up to 45W PD charging for other phones, laptops, or tablets.
We also know that the phone will ship with Oxygen OS 11, based on Android 11, making it one of the first phones in the world to do so.
We discussed these features, and more, on our weekly podcast Fast Charge:
As for rumours, consistent reports – most recently from Yogesh, as above – suggest that the 8T will have the following four cameras: a main 48Mp camera once again using the Sony IMX586 sensor at f/1.8, with OIS; a 16Mp, f/2.2 ultra-wide; 5Mp, f/2.4 macro; and 2Mp, f/2.4 depth sensor.
The above leak from Pricebaba agrees with the above camera specs and adds that the selfie shooter will be 32Mp. This leak also correctly reported on a 4500mAh battery and 65W charging, so it seems reliable.
According to The Indian Express, the OnePlus 8T was spotted on the Geekbench benchmarking website, with a model number of KB2001. The scores seemed to indicate that the phone will come with 8GB RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, but not the upgraded 865+ model. For reference, the 7T Series moved up from the 7 Series’ Snapdragon 855 to the enhanced Snapdragon 855+.
A similar KB2000 device popped up on Geekbench later, also sporting the Snapdragon 865 and running Android 11, but with 12GB of RAM this time. That matches suggestions by OnLeaks that the 8T will have 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB options for RAM and storage, which is the standard for OnePlus these days.
Almost all of the specs above were listed on the leaked Amazon Germany page mentioned above, so it now looks like we have a pretty strong idea of what the 8T’s specs will be.