It’s a common practice for tech companies to release two flagship lines for the year and OnePlus makes no exception, even though in its first years, it released only one device a year. Despite the challenging situation of 2020, it’s still possible to see a OnePlus 8T and a OnePlus 8T Pro. In previous years, OnePlus has released a slightly upgraded version, marketed with the letter “T” of its flagship devices, which comes with better battery life, bigger display and last year, the OnePlus 7T even featured a slightly upgraded version of the processor with the Snapdragon 855 Plus.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Release date
The OnePlus 8 series were released on April 14 and if OnePlus decides to follow the trend from previous years, it’s expected that the new OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro are going to be announced sometime in the fall of 2020. Since 2016, OnePlus has pretty much respected its schedule to release the T version of their flagships around October, so we would expect the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro to be released sometime during October 2020 globally and in the US.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Price
This year, OnePlus surprised us with a higher-than-usual price for the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. It looks like OnePlus is now really stepping in the big flagship vendor arena, most likely with aims to rival Samsung and Apple smartphones. The OnePlus 8T will probably be some $50 to $100 more expensive than the current OnePlus 8, which starts at $699, and the OnePlus 8T Pro should be slightly more expensive than the OnePlus 8 Pro. The prices are estimated at $799 for the OnePlus 8T and around $999 for the OnePlus 8T Pro. Unfortunately, no prices have been announced or leaked at this point.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Design
It’s possible that the OnePlus 8T design is not going to be that much different than the OnePlus 8, same goes for the 8T Pro. This year, the OnePlus 8 is pretty big in itself with its 6.5-inch display and relatively tall and narrow look, so maybe the OnePlus 8T will not be substantially bigger than that, more likely to match the OnePlus 8 Pro’s size, which is slightly bigger at 6.78 inches.
Additionally, last year, we had a design upgrade from the OnePlus 7 to the OnePlus 7T, which got a circular camera setup. However, it’s possible that OnePlus will go with the same camera setup design as the one on the current OnePlus 8 for its OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Display Given the fact that last year’s OnePlus 7T was surprisingly similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro in the display department, we can expect something like an 6.8 inch 3168 x 1440 pixels display for the OnePlus 8T variant. The OnePlus 8 Pro has a smooth 120Hz display refresh rate with beautiful color accuracy, so it’s quite possible the OnePlus 8T to feature this refresh rate.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Camera
This year’s OnePlus 8 sports a triple camera setup, while the OnePlus 8 Pro has a quad camera setup. We may expect a similar setup in the yet unannounced OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro. Based on last years’ models, the camera improvements between the OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T and 7T Pro were not as big, so we might expect the camera on the 8T and the 8T Pro to be similar to that of the OnePlus 8 Pro, which has a main sensor of 48MP and additionally 48 MP ultrawide lens, 8MP telephoto lens, 5MP color sensor and a selfie shooter with 32 MP lens.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Hardware
Unfortunately, it seems that we won’t be getting a Snapdragon 865 Plus version this year, given the fact that the Snapdragon 865 is already a very powerful chip and recent leaks pointed us that Qualcomm does not plan on 865 Plus. Previously, Qualcomm released a slightly-refreshed, gaming-oriented version of its flagship processor and that’s what the OnePlus 7T came with last year (the Snapdragon 855 Plus). However, given the fact that this year we will probably not be seeing a Snapdragon 865 Plus variant, the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro will most likely be powered by the current Snapdragon 865 SoC.
The current OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro variants come with 8 or 12 GB of RAM and internal storage of 128 GB, so we expect those specs to remain the same for the yet unannounced OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro.
This year’s OnePlus 8 comes with a solid 4,300mAh battery and the OnePlus 8 Pro packs an even bigger battery, a 4,510mAh one. Last year, OnePlus released a slightly upgraded battery capacity with the OnePlus 7T, which added additional 100mAh of capacity to the OnePlus 7’s 3,700mAh, thus standing at 3,800mAh.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro Battery
If OnePlus decides to follow this trend as well, it’s possible that the company will provide a bigger battery for the 8T and 8T Pro, something in the likes of 4,500mAh for the 8T and slightly more for the 8T Pro. Unfortunately at this time, we do not have any information on the battery sizes of either the OnePlus 8T or the 8T Pro variants.
Additionally, the OnePlus 8 comes with fast charging and wireless charging, but it’s possible for the 8T to improve on the speed of charging as well.
OnePlus 8T, 8T Pro 5G support
Both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are 5G-enabled devices, so we expect nothing less of the fall variants of OnePlus’ flagships.