The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are here and available for purchase. The two devices were a logical step from the OnePlus 7 series from 2019. That leaves us with the question: what could be on the way with the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro?
Obviously, we are too early in the launch cycle to say for sure that there will be a OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro. The expected launch of the OnePlus Z and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could have effects on how and when OnePlus will launch major smartphones. .
However, judging from the company’s history, we’re operating under the assumption that there will be a OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro landing sometime in the fall. Below are some of the features I expect these new phones to have. They’re not based on rumors we’ve heard or any kind of industry knowledge – it’s literally a wish list made by a smartphone geek.
That said, the wish list is realistic. I’m not going to wait for the headphone jack to return or for expandable storage to finally debut on a OnePlus phone. The list that follows is made up of the features that OnePlus could have in the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro.
Wireless charging for OnePlus 8T Pro and OnePlus 8T
In OnePlus’ six-year history, I don’t think there’s ever been a time when I haven’t heard fans complain about the lack of wireless charging on OnePlus phones. This year, OnePlus finally gave fans what they’ve been asking for and delivered wireless charging, but only on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Wireless charging will almost certainly make an appearance on the OnePlus 8T Pro, but I expect it to land on the OnePlus 8T as well. It doesn’t even have to be the 30W wireless charging system we saw on the OnePlus 8 Pro. In fact, that kind of disparity between the two phones would help keep the 8T Pro premium compared to the vanilla 8T.
Honestly, I don’t even use wireless charging. The main reason I want this is that it will finally stop the complaints about OnePlus devices lacking this feature.
Get rid of trick camera
There’s a quad-lens camera system on the rear of the OnePlus 8 Pro. So it’s pretty certain that we’ll also see a quad-lens setup on the OnePlus 8T Pro. However, I hope the fourth lens will be something useful and not the color filter lens that’s on the 8 Pro.
The image above gives you an idea of what the color filter lens does. Although it is a very neat trick, the existence of that lens drives up the price of the phone. And for what? To take artistic photos once or twice and then forget the feature even exists?
In its place, OnePlus could put an optical zoom lens, or hell, even the macro lens we saw on the vanilla OnePlus 8. Anything but the color filter lens would be welcome.
Larger storage capacity
OnePlus has shown no fear when it comes to increasing the amount of RAM in its phones. 2019’s OnePlus 7 Pro was one of the first commercial devices to offer a whopping 12GB of RAM, and the OnePlus 8 Pro also has a 12GB variant. However, OnePlus has never released a phone with more than 256GB of internal storage and it’s time to break that barrier.
Since no OnePlus device has ever offered expandable storage, offering a OnePlus 8T Pro in a 512GB option would be a real treat. People who might overlook OnePlus phones because they need as much storage as possible will finally be able to give the brand a chance.
This move would also have two positive side effects: It would allow OnePlus phones to compete directly with other big flagships that offer 512GB options (including iPhones), and the company could simply charge extra for the increased capacity. It’s not even like I’m going to lose money on the option. It’s a win-win situation!
All colors available to everyone
A few years ago, but after the strange invitation system, buying a OnePlus phone was very simple: go to OnePlus.com, pick up the phone and go. Now that the company has to think about partnerships with carriers and third-party retailers, it has begun dividing up its portfolio to allow only certain colors and configurations to be sold through certain sources.
I’ve written about how annoying this is before, and I really hope OnePlus doesn’t become another Samsung in this regard. Even if the company decides to only sell a carrier version of the OnePlus 8T or OnePlus 8T Pro in one color, fans should still be able to purchase the device in any color/configuration available on OnePlus.com. It can (and should) be that simple.
To be clear, I’m not even saying that the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro should come in the same colors. That would be nice, but I’m not going to go that far. What I want to see is that if there is a colorway for a OnePlus phone, I should be able to get it in my country by buying it directly from OnePlus. I don’t even understand why that wouldn’t be common sense.
Lower the mania with the curve
There are many debates about the benefits of curved screens. Although they have a cosmetic look that makes it seem like the screen goes on forever, they make holding a phone uncomfortable. They can also cause apps to have trouble displaying controls that appear near the edge of the screen, and gamers in particular hate that it can cause issues when holding a phone in landscape mode and using on-screen controls.
I quite like curved screens, but I agree that perhaps OnePlus has taken the feature a bit too far. Going back to a fully flat display on the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro might not be in the cards, but dialing back the curves a bit would be a best-of-both-worlds solution that should make most users happy. .
For what it’s worth, Samsung did just that with the Galaxy S20 series. Those phones still have curved screens, but they’re much less pronounced than what we saw on the Galaxy S10 series. Keep track of Samsung here, OnePlus.
OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro prices remain the same
We’ve got a tally of how much OnePlus’ price has risen over the years, which you can read here. Traditionally, “T” series phones have little or no price increases.
Considering that the OnePlus 8 Pro is now the company’s most expensive offering, I really hope the OnePlus 8T Pro comes at exactly the same price. Obviously, it would be nice if the company lowered the price, but that’s not likely to happen. OnePlus has jumped to the next level on the pricing chart and it’s very rare for companies to go back down once they do.
Since we’re not expecting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor this year, the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro shouldn’t get any processor upgrades. So it should be easy for OnePlus to avoid the price hike. Don’t let us down.
On the screen select the camera or bring back the pop-up
Ok, I will admit that the company using an auto-off camera system is very, very unlikely to happen with the OnePlus 8T Pro, let alone the OnePlus 8T. Instead, if we see this soon, it would be on the OnePlus 9 or even the OnePlus 9T.
Still, I can’t help but hope that OnePlus will find a way to get rid of the screen cutout on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. On the OnePlus 8 Pro, in particular, the screen cutout seems like a step back from the usual display. the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro.
Unfortunately, I can’t decide which is more likely: an in-screen selection camera or the return of the pop-up camera. I am afraid that this will be the impossible dream that I will not see realized this year.