OnePlus 8T experience: buy a direct screen, get a flagship

Catch up with the new wave of October, today OnePlus officially released its new flagship for the second half of the year: OnePlus 8T.

Unlike previous years, this year OnePlus only launched the OnePlus 8 iterative product and no longer has the Pro version.

OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu also explained on Weibo earlier, he said that when planning the OnePlus 8 Pro, it was defined as "there is no room for upgrade."

This means that in the existing OnePlus product line, 8 Pro is still the product with the highest positioning, while 8T is between 8 and 8 Pro. The gap between the three is mainly reflected in the screen, camera, charging and individual yuan. Device specifications.

However, since it is the flagship for the second half of the year, OnePlus 8T also has its own strong parts and selling points that the 8/8 Pro does not have.

Gospel for straight screen lovers

Compared with the 8 and 8 Pro, the biggest change in the design of OnePlus 8T is reflected in the screen structure, feel and rear camera.

▲ OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8T

The screen has always been the dominant selling point of OnePlus. This time, the 8T uses the FHD resolution of OnePlus 8, and other parameters are equivalent to OnePlus 8 Pro, such as 120Hz refresh rate, and 8192 level automatic brightness adjustment. The color depth and color accuracy have also maintained first-class standards.

▲ OnePlus 8T returns to the straight screen design, and the left and right sides of the screen are no longer curved surfaces

The bigger change comes from the screen itself. This time the OnePlus 8T has returned to the straight screen design, which means that you will no longer see the curved surfaces on the left and right sides, and you don’t have to worry about mistouching when holding it.

We have talked a lot about the question of which is better between the curved screen and the straight screen. The curved screen can add points to the appearance of the phone, but it is an indisputable fact that the straight screen is more practical.

Of course, in the future, OnePlus can also consider referring to the Samsung S20, making a 2.5D curved surface with a small arc, and taking the middle route between the straight screen and the curved surface is also a safe approach.

▲ OnePlus 8T not only uses a direct screen design, but also supports 120Hz refresh rate and 8192 levels of automatic brightness adjustment

In terms of hand feel, in order to be thin and light, this year OnePlus has set an index for itself, requiring that the weight of the flagship machine be controlled within 200g. In fact, the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro in the first half of the year have already been achieved. This time the OnePlus 8T is no exception, only 188g, which is already a very moderate weight.

According to the official statement of OnePlus, 8T can reduce weight by optimizing the stacking of internal components, which also makes 8T lighter than bloated after getting started.

▲ The silver plate is made of AG glass technology, but the touch is more "soft" than ordinary glass

Finally, the back cover part. The OnePlus 8T silver version we experienced this time uses the best AG glass process of OnePlus, and the new technology also makes the back cover material more "soft" and warmer. This is by improving the glass. The roughness of the surface is achieved.

▲OnePlus 8T Cyan Edition

Another version of OnePlus 8T uses the most highly acclaimed color scheme on the 8 Pro: Cyan. This time it uses a bright surface design, but OnePlus emphasizes that it does not stick to fingerprints, and it also allows the glass to show a ceramic-like glaze.

As for the arrangement of the camera modules on the back of the fuselage, I would prefer the centered longitudinal lens group of the previous OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro rather than the current matrix design.

However, the convexity of the 8T lens group is not as obvious as that of the 8 Pro, which is also related to the latter's choice of better photosensitive elements.

There is no short board configuration, the charging speed is faster

Performance is probably the most important part of OnePlus flagship machine. The same Snapdragon 865 chip as the OnePlus 8/8 Pro, as well as dual speakers, linear motors, etc., ensure the audio-visual entertainment experience of OnePlus 8T.

▲ OnePlus 8T playing "Call of Duty" can stabilize at 60fps

Therefore, the running score of OnePlus 8T is very close to that of 8 Pro, which means that you can play the best picture quality or the highest frame rate of "Glory of the King" and "Peace Elite".

▲ For testing purposes only, it does not represent recognition of its game quality

I also tried two newer games with OnePlus 8T: "Call of Duty" and "Original God".

According to PerfDog's results, the performance of Call of Duty on OnePlus 8T is very stable. At the highest image quality, it can be maintained at 58-60 frames for a long time, and there will be basically no freezes and frame drops.

But the situation in "The Original God" is more complicated. I have heard that the optimization of this work on the mobile phone side is very bad, and the performance of many 865 phones is not very satisfactory. The actual test results are indeed the case. OnePlus 8T will have large frame rate fluctuations at 60 frames + extreme image quality, and the memory usage and CPU utilization will be much higher than those of Call of Duty.

If you want to ensure the smoothness of "Original God", you can only choose the default medium quality and lock 30 frame mode.

▲ "Call of Duty" can run stable at 60 frames in OnePlus 8T, while the frame rate of "Original God" fluctuates greatly, so some popular mobile games require manufacturers and developers to make targeted optimization

In terms of charging, this time the OnePlus 8T will increase its own Warp flash charging power to 65W, and the charging efficiency will be higher than the 30W of the previous OnePlus 8 series.

According to actual measurement, when the remaining power is 10%, OnePlus 8T can be charged to 38% with 65W fast charge after 10 minutes, and 85% can be charged in half an hour.

If it is fully charged from 0-100%, OnePlus 8T can be completed in 41 minutes (battery capacity is 4500 mAh). In the same scenario, the previous OnePlus 8 Pro takes 65 minutes (battery capacity is 4510 mAh).

In this comparison, the improvement in charging power of OnePlus 8T is still very obvious.

It is worth mentioning that this time OnePlus 8T is also equipped with dual C-port power cords and C-port charging heads. In addition to charging OnePlus phones, you can also use this set of charging tools to charge Switch and MacBook. It supports PD fast charging up to 45W.

In addition, OnePlus 8T itself also supports PD fast charging up to 27W, which means that even if you don’t have the original OnePlus charging head by your side, you can efficiently recharge the 8T with the help of a third-party PD fast charging.

Taking pictures is not considered "Pro", but it is better than stability

Image capability should be the biggest gap between OnePlus 8T and 8 Pro.

This time the OnePlus 8T used four rear cameras, but the core of the imaging is still the 48-megapixel IMX586 main camera, plus the 16-megapixel IMX481 ultra-wide-angle, and a 5-megapixel macro, and 2 million. Pixel lens.

Regarding the camera configuration alone, the imaging capability of OnePlus 8T will be closer to that of OnePlus 8. Let's look at the performance of a few sets of samples.

▲ Ultra wide angle

▲ Main photo

▲ 2x zoom

The imaging capability of OnePlus 8T is still very stable. Although the IMX586 sensor is not new until now, it is enough to cope with most daytime scenes, but in some strong light areas, there will be some highlight overflow problems, dim light The film production rate in the environment, OnePlus 8T is also different from the OnePlus 8 Pro I have used before.

So, if you have more requirements for taking pictures, OnePlus 8 Pro is obviously still the best choice among OnePlus phones; but if you follow the principle of "enough is enough", OnePlus 8T can also perform what it should. Level.

Hydrogen OS, it’s not easy to love you

In early August of this year, OnePlus released a new version of Hydrogen OS , Hydrogen OS 11 , and OnePlus 8T was also the first OnePlus mobile phone with the system pre-installed.

The characteristics of the hydrogen OS system will not be repeated. The fresh and simple design and no annoying advertisement push are the reasons why many people like it. However, with the development of the times, it is difficult to meet the needs of users because of the simplicity and simplicity. .

▲Hydrogen OS 11 has greatly changed the interface of basic applications, and the interactive area has been moved down to facilitate one-handed operation

OnePlus hopes to make changes. From the hydrogen OS 11, you can see that OnePlus has refactored the system interface, strengthened the top title bar, and moved the operating area down to facilitate one-handed operation.

At the same time, the information screen display, global dark mode, and smart album are all complements to the previously missed functions. The overall still follows the simple and refreshing style of Hydrogen OS.

▲ The "Time" screen interface of Hydrogen OS 11 is very interesting. Every time the screen is turned on, it will leave a mark on the ribbon

But on the other hand, the "fragmented" experience of hydrogen OS still exists-in some important basic functions, such as app stores, wallets, music, voice assistants, etc., hydrogen OS still chooses to use apps from ColorOS. After clicking on the app , Is another style of painting.

To be honest, I can understand the starting point of OnePlus. After all, it is no secret that OPPO and OnePlus are "family". It is understandable that resources are shared and the wheels are not repeated.

But from the perspective of system experience, while reusing resources, can OnePlus make these apps follow the style of Hydrogen OS to ensure the unity of vision and interaction logic?

This is why, there are always users who joked that OnePlus should directly modify the ColorOS system to make up for the shortcomings of hydrogen OS.

It's the most embarrassing situation to be caught in the middle like now.

Of course, considering that the bulk of OnePlus' sales are abroad, and overseas relying on native Andorid and Google family buckets, many needs can be solved. In fact, OnePlus's desire for the system is indeed not as strong as domestic manufacturers.

What's more, in China, application stores and payment services have to spend a lot of manpower. It is impossible for OnePlus to use the resources of the group and start anew.

In short, I agree with the changes made by OnePlus in Hydrogen OS 11, but in the future, how to make good use of resources and turn it into its own advantage, perhaps OnePlus should think about it.

The best direct-screen flagship at this stage

The price of OnePlus 8T has been announced at the press conference. The prices of the two versions are:

OnePlus 8T (8+128GB): 3399 yuan OnePlus 8T (12+256GB): 3699 yuan

Overall, this time OnePlus 8T still follows the annual upgrade rhythm of the T-suffix series, and only upgrades individual configurations. Those users who have already started 8 and 8 Pro do not need to be too entangled (although the price of 8T Somewhat unexpected).

Unless, you really like the straight screen, then 8T can really provide you with a reasonable reason to change the phone-at least in my opinion, daily browsing content and playing games, OnePlus 8T will indeed be better than 8, 8 Pro For ease of use, this is also a significant improvement brought by the straight screen structure.

I also mentioned when I experienced the realme X7 Pro before, now that the Android phone with a straight screen, a single hole on the front, and a width close to four sides, the look and feel is not worse than the curved screen, but it can bring A visually balanced beauty.

I personally hope that in the future Android flagship camp, there will be more direct-screen phones like OnePlus 8T. After all, only when everyone is willing to use straight screens as flagships, the public will not have the misunderstanding that "the ones with straight screens are not up to grade". Friends who like straight screens can also buy more with sufficient budget. Good product.

Of course, differentiation is still an indispensable part of high-end, especially in the domestic market, the competition that OnePlus faces has become stronger and stronger. If OnePlus wants to break away from the small and beautiful, and go to the masses, it is obviously not enough to rely on excellent hardware configuration. In the future, OnePlus needs to show off in software and ecology.

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