[Test] OnePlus 8T: The new benchmark for high-end Android at 600 euros

The OnePlus 8T doesn’t do things by halves. First OnePlus in the test at KultureGeek, but also … first real hit on Android in ages. But on paper, we agree with the high-end Android available on the market, no more and no less than the other would say: 120Hz AMOLED screen 6.55 inches, Snapdragon 865, supported by 12GB RAM, 5G The OnePlus 8T technology sheet is a 4-sensor photo unit (not that big) and meets almost all criteria. The interest is not only in this component riot. The smartphone does have its own advantage, namely an elegant and responsive surface that really runs under your fingers at full speed. Do you want more ? Here is the rest of the adventure:

Discreet elegance

We only make a good impression when the saying goes, and with the OnePlus 8T, the Chinese manufacturer gave itself the opportunity to seduce at first sight. The OnePlus 8T is offered in a case with a decidedly high-quality style that is almost luxurious.

The box contains the smartphone, charger and mini-USB charging cable in red with white tips. Classroom! The smartphone itself is quite elegant, although the design seems a bit to come from the current flagship trends: the rounded edges of the iPhone (or rather the iPhone before the iPhone 12/12 Pro), the back is reminiscent of the Galaxy Sx and a photo unit ultimately quite compact, considering that the latter contains no fewer than 4 sensors for the photo.

Extremely thin bezels around the screen complete this subtle yet elegant look. Despite the weight of the device (188 grams), handling is pleasant and balanced. We almost forgot: The surfaces are exemplary, not quite on the level of the latest iPhones, but this is played here using micro-details. The only criticism here is the shiny back and a real trap for fingerprints, and those marks are quickly visible (that’s an understatement).

A great screen … and fast

As soon as the screen is switched on, the first good impression is confirmed: the 6.55-inch Full HD + AMOLED panel is absolutely outstanding. This isn’t the highest definition we’ve seen on a smartphone, but OnePlus strikes the right balance here between definition and a display frequency set here at 120 Hz (240 Hz sampling) allows the 8T to maintain acceptable battery life, and thanks to 120 Hz to offer an ultra-fluid display. The colorimetry does not drift towards blue or yellow (105% of DCI-P3), the contrast reaches the peaks (AMOLED required). and the maximum brightness is more or less the same as that of my iPhone 12 Pro, which means we are in 800 nits of water.

Top performance and interface

The device’s performance results from three cumulative factors: a Snapdragon 865 processor supported by 12 GB of RAM, a 120 Hz panel, and an equally sober and responsive Oxygen OS interface (running on Android 11) that can be easily integrated into all areas returns the Android overlays that we had tested so far. This trio of advantages is very noticeable in the application: The user interface runs at lightning speed and offers a level of responsiveness that is really superior to iOS. This is a shame as Oxygen OS is an overlay while iOS is a “native” system.

Banking enthusiasts can refer to the Geekbench 5 rating (890 points for single-core, 3209 for multi-core), but with the OnePlus 8T, we can’t advise too much not to consider these numbers. that don’t really reflect the feeling of speed in use. Note that mini-icons are permanently displayed at the top of the screen in the user interface, representing recent tasks, notifications, network connections, etc. Very handy, if sometimes a bit overloaded … When it comes to locking options, the choice is embarrassing: an insecure 2D face scan, a code, a character on a 9-point area or even the sensor fingerprints integrated under the screen, whereby the latter turned out to be fast and fairly reliable (no errors in our tests).

The in-game performance is excellent. Genshin Impact and 9 run with no noticeable slowdown, while the overall fluidity of the display offers a little more. The OnePlus 8T even has a Fnatic mode that was specially developed for gamers. In this mode, apps in background tasks are disabled to free up the full power of the processor and its integrated GPU.

Photo: correct, but room for improvement

On the photo side, the OnePlus 8T is a priori well equipped: a main sensor of the IMX586 with 48 Mpx (f / 1.7) + hybrid OIS and digital stabilizer, an ultra-wide-angle IMX481 with 16 MPx (f / 2.2) with a 123 ° field of view, a 5 MPx macro sensor and finally a 2 MPx monochrome for the depth of field. Can’t you notice something? There is no optical zoom for a sensor. The photos taken with the main sensor offer nice sharpness with very little noise on the day photos. On the other hand, there is a pretty obvious colorimetric drift in areas of spot colors, and this is true for all sensors (hence the ISP).

The wide angle often creates distortion effects at the edges of the picture

With the 48 MPx of the main sensor you can scratch the smallest details like the roughness of the wall or the thin layer of soil on the pumpkin

Night mode delivers razor-sharp results without (too much) noise, but the subject is a little overexposed. The above picture was taken in extremely low light

Focus isn’t always perfect in close-ups, with blurry effects that cut off elements in the foreground. In addition, the colors are much more vivid than in reality

Even in low light, portrait mode produces a fairly soft and convincing bokeh effect.

The digital zoom (here x2) offers a good level of detail via the 12 MPx sensor

Distortion is clearly visible on the outlines of the wide-angle shots, and the lack of optical zoom is only a problem if you want to go beyond x2 (48 MPx unfortunately doesn’t allow zoom). Portrait mode is a nice surprise even in low light, and the bokeh effects render well without major clutter concerns. Night shots or shots in poor light conditions use the opening of the main sensor. The dark areas are well cleared, sometimes too much: the recordings in night mode are often too bright, a statement that is actually valid when the brightness is lower. A very good point, however, is the presence of a “professional” mode with configurable options (ISO, aperture, manual depth of field, color temperature, etc.).

Autonomy: good for a 120 Hz cell phone

The autonomy of the OnePlus 8T is more than adequate given its 120 Hz display. Our test model took about 14 hours of continuous use, which is a good average. That’s not crazy in and of itself, but for a 120 Hz cell phone, it’s … very good. Many thanks to the 4500mAh battery. The device charges in less than an hour thanks to its 65 W charger. In contrast to the OnePlus 8 Pro model, however, there is no wireless charging.

Conclusion: an unbeatable price-performance ratio

In summary, it can be said that the OnePlus 8T has a lot to offer. The performances are generally excellent, especially at the display and user interface level, the autonomy is correct for a mobile 120Hz and the photographic rendering, if not at the top of the basket, largely fills it out of office. The complaints are ultimately limited to the lack of an optical zoom … and wireless charging. This very high quality package is offered for around 600 euros, which is the ultimate argument for this true top class. The OnePlus 8T is undoubtedly the new benchmark in the industry at this price level. An unbeatable price-performance ratio.

➡️ The OnePlus 8T is available from Darty for € 699.