OnePlus 8T Confirmed, The T Should Stand For TrickySeptember 23, 2020
OnePlus has announced it will be announcing the OnePlus 8T on October 14. The Shenzhen-based manufacturer has had a busy 2020, and the expected winter launch means the pace remains high.
The ’T’ handsets are tricky beasts. Released six months after the vanilla handsets they inherit the number from, they allow OnePlus to stay on top of current smartphone trends and always having the option to offer the latest technology to its customers. That means a rapid turnaround of devices, and while most users will be on a network contract-esque 24 month cycle of buying devices, OnePlus softens the blow of constant hardware updates with as much back porting of software features to older devices as resources will allow.
I’ve no doubt that OnePlus 8T will follow that same trend, with a feature set remarkably close, but slightly ahead of the OnePlus 8. It’s a tricky path to navigate, although it is one that OnePlus has navigated with the 5T, 6T, and 7T handsets.
This year has a number of factors that make it trickier than most.
In 2020 there is a handset that sits between the launch of the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8T. The OnePlus Nord has been praised by the community as a handset more in keeping with the early spirit of the ‘flagship killing’ smartphones early in OnePlus’ life. OnePlus itself describes the OnePlus Nord as “pretty much everything you could ask for”.
If the OnePlus 8 Pro (note that the presumptively named OnePlus 8T Pro has not been announced) is the flagship, and the OnePlus Nord is everything you need, I’m intrigued to see where the OnePlus 8T fits into that progression. The preview video has the tag line “Ultra stops at nothing”,
Now read my review of the OnePlus Nord…