If you’re looking for the best Android phones around, you can’t go far wrong with the great value OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. They’re the Chinese brand’s latest top-of-the-line smartphones, offering big screens, superb cameras and oodles of power. But, following OnePlus’ bi-annual update, they’ll soon be succeeded. In fact, the pictures and details of the new devices have already begun to leak out.
OnePlus isn’t one to sit still: it launches new phones every six months at least. The 8 and 8 Pro launched in April, meaning we’re due the ‘T’ variants, the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro, shortly. And they should feature plenty of improvements over the current models.
So what can we expect? We’ve scoured the web to find the best, most reliable rumours and tips around. Read on for everything we know so far, including the latest leaked renders and the possible shock news concerning the 8T Pro…
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OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro: price
OnePlus has built a reputation as a maker of some of the best Android phones at bargain prices. And with the recent launch of the OnePlus Nord, it went back to its flagship-killer roots. But in recent years, the prices of its devices have been creeping up.
Because they will be more advanced than the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro should be more expensive, as is usually the way with the firm’s ‘T’ variant phones.
Price leaks tend to come thick and fast just before a OnePlus. So far, there’s been very little, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make an educated guess.
The 8 and 8 Pro start at £599 ($699, AU$1199 ) and £799 ($899, AU$1700) respectively, so we’d expect the 8T and 8T Pro to cost around £649 ($850, AU$1185) and £949 ($1256, AU$1732) respectively. That’s going on last year’s mark-up for the 7T and 7T Pro.
One other thing to note is that there will be no McLaren Edition of the Pro model this year after OnePlus recently confirmed its partnership with the motor racing company had ended. So those hoping for a snazzy paint job and more memory will be left wanting.
OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro: release date
So far there’s no been no official confirmation that the 8T and 8T pro exist – let alone an official release date. But it seems OnePlus may have accidentally confirmed the OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro and two new versions of the OnePlus Nord.
On 11th September, these official OnePlus guides – spotted by Evan Blass (@evleaks) – appeared to reference the company’s new devices. The guides are no longer online, so we’re guessing OnePlus took them down in a hurry.
You might wish to take all that with a pinch of salt, particularly as a number of leaks claim there the OnePlus 8T won’t be accompanied by a ‘Pro’ model.
A very recent Twitter post by tipster @Max.J., which shows the phrase “kebab2” covered by a “no entry” sign, seems to suggest that the 8T Pro is a no-go for 2020. Kebab2 is said to be the codename for the OnePlus 8T Pro.
Will OnePlus break with tradition and dump the Pro variant of the 8T? Some analysts believe that the rumours come down to availability. It could be that the OnePlus 8T Pro won’t launch immediately in, for example, the US (just as the OnePlus 7T Pro didn’t launch immediately in the US).
Either way, OnePlus generally has two major phone launches a year, usually around six months apart. It has already held two launches this year – the One 8 and 8 Pro in April, and the Nord in July – but as the Nord was a midrange device rather than a flagship, we’re expecting the 8T and 8T Pro launch to go ahead in October.
According to tech tipster @Sudhanshu, the 8T recently received BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) certification, which means the launch could come as soon as the first week of October, or possibly even the end of September.
The 7T and 7T Pro launched in September 2019, while the 6T arrived in November 2018, so there is some wiggle room around this date (that’s especially true with the coronavirus pandemic currently causing launch delays for many companies). But either way, expect them before the year is out.
OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro: design
The leaked image (just above) is said to be the first look at the OnePlus 8T. The picture, which was spotted in OnePlus’ Android 11/R developer preview by OxygenUpdater, shows a front-facing shot of what appears to be the OnePlus 8T. Much like the 8 and 8 Pro, it sports an ultra-slim black bezel and a pinhole ‘selfie’ camera.
The leak doesn’t provide much detail and may be nothing more than a placeholder, but the fact that it appeared in OnePlus’ own firmware update suggests it could be legit.
More recently, @PriceBaba and @Onleaks teamed up to leak these eye-catching 5K renders and 360-degree video. The images tip the 8T to sport a curved back and rectangular rear camera module. The 6.55-inch display is said to have a Full HD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate and punch-hole cutout.
The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are only available in certain colours in certain regions. This approach has proved divisive, with UK buyers unable to purchase the rather natty Ultramarine Blue and Interstellar Glow versions of the devices.
Hopefully, OnePlus will do away with this approach for its next phones. Who knows, it might throw some new colour schemes into the mix too.
As for the actual look of the phones, the ‘T’ versions often appear identical to their predecessors, though the 7T was quite a departure: it featured a circular rear camera housing that was different from that on the OnePlus 7. While the latest renders image are based on reliable leaks, the true design of the 8T is still anyone’s guess.
OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro: specs
If the rumours are true, there’s very little we don’t know about the 8T and 8T Pro, spec-wise.
For starters, we should see the same 120Hz refresh rate as the OnePlus 8 Pro, putting the 8T series on a par with the Samsung Galaxy S20 as one of the best Android phones when it comes to screen refresh rate.
As for firepower, @OnLeaks claims the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. However, a number of analysts have disagreed, pointing out that OnePlus tends to opt for the ‘Plus’ versions of the Snapdragon chips when launch its ‘T’ series devices.
When Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 865+ earlier this year, the chip-maker did not mention the OnePlus 8T. But perhaps that’s because the 8T series will be among the first Android phones to use this chipset?
Will it be the 865 or the 865+ processor? We’ll have to wait and see which one the phone ends up with. As for the RAM/storage variants, there are two we can almost confirm as of now: 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB.
According to a leaked benchmark test, the 8T will have 8GB of RAM and Android 11 which is as we would expect. Its results are reportedly not that dissimilar to the OnePlus 8, so we might not be looking at drastically improved performance.
The battery is said to be a beefy 4500mAh affair – a tad bigger than the OnePlus 8’s 4300mAh power unit. But the real big advantage over previous OnePlus phones would be 65W charging (via TechRadar). Previous generations of OnePlus phones have maxed out at 30W charging, so more than doubling this would have a real impact on how long it takes to juice up the device.
As for the camera, the 8 Pro’s rectangular camera module could house no fewer than four sensors: a 48MP primary shooter, 16MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro and 2MP portrait sensor. The front camera is said to be 32MP, which is a big step up from the 16MP front cameras on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
Previously, there were rumours that we could also see a bump to 64MP on the main camera. That was according to XDA Developers, who spotted a mention of the megapixel increase within the code for an update to the OnePlus camera app.
Other camera improvements will probably include eliminating the HDR system’s ‘halo effect’, correcting white balance across all camera lenses, improving the auto-exposure lock feature and continually optimising post-processing. These all came out of OnePlus’s Open Ears forum in May, which is an event for developers and users alike to suggest ways for the firm to improve its products.
These improvements should come to other OnePlus phones too via a software update.
Finally, expect the 8T series to be among the first to adopt Android 11, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. In fact, the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 is already in beta testing on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro (via AndroidCentral). It includes an always-on display and a new menu designs.
We’ll be updating this page with new information on pricing, release date, features and specs of the new OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro as and when they land in our inbox. But if the rumours are true, the OnePlus 8T could turn out to be one of the best Android phones of 2020.