The OnePlus 8T (O8T) is a pretty cool smartphone in terms of what it has to offer and its price in Nigeria. I strongly doubt it’s the kind of device that will end up a regret.
However, while many people will expect the 8T to be more impressive than the OnePlus 8 (O8), there isn’t much difference between these two phones.
In fact, these two devices are powered by the same chipset. However, while the O8T is very similar to the latter, the O8T still deserves having its own review; in other words, you should really consider reading this review until the end.
Just so you know, it’s just one of the three OnePlus smartphones that has been launched this year (2020) already. There isn’t going to be a new one until the first quarter of 2021.
OnePlus 8T Price in Nigeria
The 8T from OnePlus mobile retails for $620 which amounts to N297,600 Naira. You can buy it on Jumia in Nigeria.
Specs & Features
- Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 [Octa-core processor; 1.80 – 2.84 GHz; 7 nm process]
- 1 x 2.84 GHz Kryo 585 cores & 3 x 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 cores & 4 x 1.80 GHz Kryo 585 cores
- Adreno 650 GPU
- 8 / 12 GB RAM
- Fluid AMOLED capacitive touchscreen [Over 16M colours support; 120 Hz]
- 6.55 inches [Approximately 87.0-percent screen-to-body ratio]
- 1,080 x 2,400 pixels [~ 402 ppi density]; 20:9 aspect ratio
Operating system [OS]
- Android 11 OS
- 128 / 256 GB internal storage space [UFS 3.1]
- No storage expansion support
- 48 MP + 16 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP rear cameras
- 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
- Auto-HDR and panorama
- LED flash
- 16 MP front camera
- HDR and panorama
- Fingerprint [Under-display; Optical]
- Proximity sensor
- Gravity sensor
- Light sensor
- Non-removable Li-Po 4,500 mAh battery
From the perspective of design, the 8T is absolutely a product you won’t regret buying.
But even though the phone is very similar to the OnePlus 8, the O8T’s design is quite different from that of the O8.
Giving details, firstly, their rear cameras positionings are different. Secondly, their dimensions are a bit different, with the O8T being a bit thicker.
The front of the O8T is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5, so also is its rear side. But as for the sides of the phone, an aluminum material is used.
The design of the O8T is however not the only nice thing about the appearance of the device, the colours it’s available in, is another thing you’ll be happy about.
The device is available in aquamarine green and lunar silver. And while these two colours are truly not flashy, lovers of flashy colours should still find them very okay.
So if you ask, which is the best in terms of design (when it comes to the OnePlus 8 and 8T), the answer is none.
The appearance of the two devices are on the same level of impressiveness; in other words, appearance isn’t a thing you can really use to choose between the two devices.
The chipset powering the O8T is the Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865. The processor contained in the chipset is an octa-core processor made up of Kryo 585 cores. The Kryo 585 core is derived from the ARM’s Cortex A77 core.
But not only is the Kryo 585 capable of doing everything the Cortex A77 is capable of, the Kryo 585 happens to be even better, when it comes to thing like power-efficiency.
It is also worthwhile stating that the O8T’s processor is based on ARM DynamIQ technology; in other words, the processor is more power-efficient, compared to other processors made up of similar cores but are based on the big.LITTLE technology.
In short, when it comes to computing power, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
And as regards how the phone’s processor competes with that of the OnePlus 8, the two devices feature the same processor, so its safe to say they’re also equal in this aspect.
You also note that the OnePlus 8 Pro is also powered by the same processor; so it’s further safe to say, the three devices are on the same level when it comes to computing power.
While an octa-core processor is responsible for the general computing tasks of 8T, the Adreno 650 GPU handles the graphics processing of the product.
The GPU is of course not the best Adreno we have out there, but until after a few year’s time, the GPU will remain very relevant.
Also, since the Adreno 650 is what powers both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, it’s safe to say the three products are also at the same level, when it comes to graphics processing.
A product like the O8T is a device loaded with the best mobile computing hardwares. And to get to best out of it, a suitable type of RAM with a pretty large capacity is needed.
And since builds of the product come with either at least 8 GB of RAM, which is the recommended RAM capacity, users of the O8T can expect to enjoy the best the phone’s computing hardwares can offer.
However, I must state that if you plan using this device for over 3 years, you should opt-in for a 12 GB RAM build, not an 8 GB RAM build.
With 8T loaded with a graphics processor like the Adreno 650, the phone is capable of generating highly impressive graphics. However, to get the best out of such a graphics processor, a great display is also needed.
And from the technical documents and our experience with the display of the 8T, I can confidently state that you have nothing to worry about; the display of the phone is excellent at helping to show what the 8T is capable of.
And for those who aren’t aware, the display featured by the 8T is the same as that featured by the OnePlus 8; in short, it’s further safe to say the two devices are at the same level in this aspect. However, when it comes to the 8T and the 8 Pro, the 8 Pro is way more impressive.
Firstly, the display is bigger, measuring 6.78 inches, compared to the 6.55 inches of the 8T. Secondly, the 8 Pro has a higher resolution of 1440 x 3168, leaving the 8 Pro’s display with a higher resolution of about 513 PPI.
Thirdly, while the 8T’s display has support for just a little over 1 million colours, the 8 Pro’s display support over 1 billion colours. In short, if you’re to choose between the two products based on display, the 8 Pro is clearly way more impressive.
The 8T is a device powered by the Android 11 OS. The Android 11 is not just a better OS by name, the OS is actually better when it comes to features and security.
And with the O8T being powered by the most impressive version of Android, there is nothing to complain about.
However, while the Android 10 OS is what the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro come with, I can’t consider the O8T to be necessarily better in this aspect.
My reason for saying this is that the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are also upgradable to Android 11.
It is further worthwhile stating that the OS powering the O8T is not the stock Android 11. The OS of the phone is rather a custom Android 11 OS.
OnePlus’s custom Androids have always been impressive, but I won’t be surprised if the OS of the O8T has a lot of bugs; my reason for saying this is that OnePlus took very little time to build its custom Android 11, and from experience, OS rushed like are usually loaded with bugs.
However, this isn’t to mean you should stay away from the phone; even though the phone’s OS my truly be ridden with bugs, by issuing OS updates, the bugs in the phones OS should disappear with time.
As for those who wonder if this product will be upgradable to Android 12, the answer is yes. In fact, it has also been confirmed the phone will also be upgradable to Android 13.
For a device like the 8T, a UFS 3.0 storage device with at least 128 GB of storage is what we expect. And as you can see from the specs and features summary of the phone, the device meets up with this expectation.
In short, when it comes to the aspect of storage, the O8T is a really nice product. I understand some people may like to argue that 256 GB of storage is the least this product should come with; but let’s not forget that the storage type isn’t UFS 2; using at least 256 GB UFS 3 storage will have driven up the cost of the product, so I really consider OnePlus to have done a good job in this aspect.
However, if you still insist that 256 GB of storage is what you’ll prefer, there’s no need to worry, as some builds of this product come with storage of that capacity. However, to own a 256 GB build of the phone, expect to spend a lot more.
Also, for the people who will be using this product for over 3 years, I will recommend that you get a 256 GB build; the device doesn’t have storage expansion support.
So unless you’re willing to manage just 128 GB for over 3 years, don’t consider a 128 GB build.
When it comes to the aspect of camera, the OnePlus 8, the 8T, and the OnePlus 8 Pro are all different.
The rear cameras of the O8T are more impressive than those of the O8, while the rear cameras of the O8 Pro are more impressive than those of the O8T.
Giving details about the rear cameras of the O8T, there are four lenses on the rear side of the device.
The main lens on the rear side is the Sony IMX586 Exmor RS lens. This has a resolution of about 48 MP.
And with the tests I was able to subject it to, I can confidently state that the lens is a good one. And while this lens alone is capable of taking very nice pictures, it further has the support of a 16 MP lens which assists it with taking ultra-wide pictures.
As for the 2 MP lens, it assists with black and white pictures, and trust me when I say this 2 MP lens isn’t some gimmick. And as for the 5 MP lens, its primary job is to assist with taking macro pictures.
It is also worthwhile stating that while the four lenses of the device are capable of taking impressive pictures, without any further image processing, the O8T comes with an incredible image processing software.
Or to put in simpler terms, the pictures taken by the O8T are more impressive than those of many other phones featuring the same set of rear cameras.
While the rear cameras featured by the three devices (the O8, the O8T, and the O8 Pro) are different, the three of them all feature the same front camera.
This front camera is the Sony IMX471 Exmor RS lens; and trust me when I say this lens does a very great job, when it comes to taking selfies.
The OnePlus 8T is a very good phone considering its price in Nigeria and capabilities, and if you’re already obsessed about it, feel free to make it your next device.
But as for people who wonder which to choose among the O8, the O8T, and the O8 Pro, I’ll suggest that you choose based on your budget — if you can afford the O8 Pro, go with it; if you can’t afford the O8 Pro, then consider the O8T; and if you can’t afford either the O8T and the O8 Pro, consider the O8.
If for some reasons you don’t like this oneplus device, an oppo smartphones will probably serves you well.