Should you upgrade to the OnePlus 8 with a new design, chipset, and a larger battery?
OnePlus 8 was launched this year alongside the OnePlus 8 Pro and comes with a newer design, the new Snapdragon 865 chipset, and a larger battery.
The OnePlus 7T had a very strong foothold in the market with a higher refresh rate display and last year’s powerful Snapdragon 855+ chipset. The OnePlus 8 has a lot to offer but does not offer much when compared to the OnePlus 7T.
OnePlus 7T is one of the most affordable flagships with a powerful chipset, faster charging, higher refresh rate, and much more with a starting price of Rs.34999.
The OnePlus 8 is priced at Rs.41999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, so should you consider the smaller upgrades of the OnePlus 8 over the OnePlus 7T or is OnePlus 7T is still the better one to consider?
OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 7T Design:
The OnePlus 7T had a 6.55 inches display with a glass sandwich design both at the front as well as back. The display is flatter whereas on the OnePlus 8 there is a curved display with a punch-hole camera on the top left of the screen.
On the back, both the smartphones have a frosted glass finish which looks and feels premium. But there is a stark difference in the camera modules of both of them.
The OnePlus 8 gets the regular vertical camera setup housing the triple cameras whereas the OnePlus 7T has a circular camera module with the triple cameras.
The Interstellar Glow color on the OnePlus 8 looks great and has different colors on the back when viewed from different angles. On the sides, both get volume rockers with a power button and an alert slider present on all OnePlus smartphones.
Considering the design, there is not much of a difference but still, the design on the OnePlus 8 looks attractive than the OnePlus 7T with that curved display.
OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 7T Display & Software:
Both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 7T have a Full HD+ display (1080×2340 pixels) Fluid AMOLED and have a 90Hz refresh rate which makes them smoother and faster while scrolling or during multitasking.
Both have good viewing angles and the color accuracy is good. They have support for HDR content and have the basic Widevine L1 which is used to stream HD contents from Netflix, Amazon, etc.
Though, the OnePlus 8 has a slightly better display panel compared to the OnePlus 7T as the display has better brightness levels and the auto-brightness sensor has been well-calibrated.
Coming to the software, both of them run OxygenOS 10 with Android 10. With the newer version of OxygenOS, there is a new Google feed instead of the Shelf.
OxygenOS provides one of the finest software experiences in the mobile market as it is almost close to Stock Android. The OnePlus 8 has some new features like Deep Battery which enhances the battery life of the OnePlus 8.
OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 7T Performance:
The OnePlus 7T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ and the OnePlus 8 has the newer Snapdragon 865 with support for 5G. There is not much difference between both when it comes to gaming and overall performance.
The Snapdragon 865 has the newer ARM Cortex A77 architecture instead of the ARM Cortex A76 on the Snapdragon 855+ for the higher cores which are clocked at 2.84GHz on both. The Adreno 650 GPU has a 25 percent increase in efficiency and performance over the Adreno 640 GPU.
When it comes to gaming, all high-end games like Asphalt 9, Call of Duty played smoothly and with the 90Hz display, the gaming experience becomes better.
Coming to benchmarks, the OnePlus 7T scores 498766 on Antutu v8 whereas the OnePlus 8 scores 589566 which is better but the difference won’t speak in real-life usage.
However, the OnePlus 8 has a slightly better chipset and has support for 5G compared to the OnePlus 7T.
But if 5G is not a big concern, then the OnePlus 7T is still a very good option to consider.
OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 7T Cameras:
The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 7T have the identical 48MP main camera which is the Sony IMX586 sensor with f/.18 aperture and has support for OIS. The 16MP ultrawide camera is common as well.
The third camera is different on both where the OnePlus 7T has gone for a 12MP telephoto camera, but the OnePlus 8 has one for a 2MP macro camera.
This does seem a downgrade for the OnePlus 8 as it has a macro camera which is a bit cheaper implementation compared to the telephoto camera on the OnePlus 7T.
The main camera on both takes very good photos with excellent dynamic range and the colors come out good. But zooming into the photos, the OnePlus 8 somehow has better details compared to the OnePlus 7T.
Similarly, at night, both have a dedicated Night Mode and support for OIS which helps both capture good photos and improves the noise level in the background.
The 16MP ultrawide camera does a good job of taking photos and videos and at night, the details are not so good as the noise is present and with the night mode, the photos come out well.
The 12MP telephoto camera on the OnePlus 7T takes good zoomed-in photos with 2x and 5x zoom. The OnePlus 8 can also zoom through the main 48MP camera but the quality of photos is not good.
Coming to the macro camera, the macro shots taken from the OnePlus 8 lack details, and the colors look washed out whereas the OnePlus 7T does a great job when it comes to macro shots.
This is because the OnePlus 7T uses the ultrawide camera for the macro shots which come out with better details and the dynamic range is good.
On the videos, both the OnePlus 7T and 8 support 4k video at 60fps. The videos come out good as the OIS kicks in, thus providing a good dynamic range and the colors pop out well in the videos.
The ultrawide camera has also good video quality on both but the OnePlus 7T holds the edge with the telephoto camera which takes good videos and also has a Night Mode.
Overall, in the camera department, the OnePlus 7T holds a clear edge over the OnePlus 8.
OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 7T Battery & Charging:
The OnePlus 8 gets an improvement over the OnePlus 7T in this department as it gets a 4300mAh battery over the 3800mAh battery on the OnePlus 7T.
Both can easily last for one full single day but the OnePlus 8 can stretch for more than a day also. With the display set to 90Hz, the average screen on time on the OnePlus 8 stands at 5-6 hours whereas for the OnePlus 7T is 4.5-5 hours.
Coming to charging, both support 30W Warp charging which takes 0 to 70 percent in half an hour and to 100 percent in 72 minutes.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has the support for wireless charging which is not present on the OnePlus 8 which we had expected on it.
Verdict: Is it worth upgrading from the OnePlus 7T?
Both are excellent flagship devices from OnePlus as both of them provide excellent software and hardware. The OnePlus 8 has a curved display, a newer chipset, and a bigger battery compared to the OnePlus 7T.
In terms of all other things, both are the same but when it comes to cameras, the OnePlus 7T has the better camera setup as it provides a telephoto camera which the OnePlus 8 lacks.
Clearly, the OnePlus 8 seems to be a downturn over the OnePlus 7T in terms of camera. The speaker setup on the OnePlus 7T is louder compared to the OnePlus 8.
To sum it up, if you want that curved display, slightly faster chipset, and battery life, then consider the OnePlus 8 or else with a powerful Snapdragon 855+ chipset, a better set of cameras and great refined OxygenOS.
The OnePlus 7T is priced at Rs.34999 which is cheaper compared to the Rs.41999 for the OnePlus 8 and this makes it a value for money option if 5G and higher battery life is not your concern.