29 Oct 2020

A lot of readers have been asking which is a good 5G smartphone that is good in specs and is not expensive. Well, there are plenty of choices out there but some of them may not work due to the supported bands or they might not be provisioned to work on the telcos in Singapore (or in any country).

In this review, we take a look at the new OnePlus 8T. The OnePlus 8T spots a dimension of 160.7 mm x 74.1 mm x 8.4 mm and weights 180 grams. It comes with a 6.55 inches 2400×1080 pixels 402ppi 120 hertz AMOLED screen which really fluid when compared to other phoens with 60 or 90 Hz refresh rate. There seems to be some rough edges on the screen when you try to go back to previous screen using hand gesture.

Speedwise, this guy is a speed demon as it is powered by the Snapdragon 865 and it is the first to ship with oxygenOS based on android 11. The intial feeling upon power up is the familiar Android interface which looks like my Pixel 3 XL. There is no bloatware which hogs memory.

The unit we review has a 12 GB LPDDR4X (there is a 8GB model available). There is also a 256 GB UFS 3.12 (there is a 128 GB model available).

The battery is a 4500mAh battery which can be charged up to 100 percent within 39 minutes using the warp charge 65. We did need not a charge for 1.5 days as we usually do some basic stuff on it like youtube, facebook etc.

At the rear, it has a 48 megapixel main camera using SONY IMX 586 sensor. There is also a 16 megapixel ultrawide angle lens, a 5 megapixel macro and a 2 megapixel macro lens.

As for video,you can take 4K or 1080p at 30 or 60 fps.slpw motion at 1080p at 240 fps or 720p at 480 fps The front camera is a ilSony imx 471 at 16 megapixel which can take 1080p video at 30 fps.

The most important part of the phone – connectivity. The 8T support 4×4 MIMO and support CAT 20 download and CAT 18 for upload. So, even if you are using on 4G+ network, the speed will be superb, reaching 200 Mbps with a 2 CA or 300 Mbps with 3CA is highly possible (depends on your operator).

In 5G , it supports both NSA and SA networks.It supports both the n1 and n78 bands which are used by the Singapore telcos sub6 band implementation.

By Harry