Leaks have indicated that OnePlus is looking to present its improved version of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. The company has presented OnePlus Nord just for the European and Indian markets instead of OnePlus 8T. The Nord is a new step for a company that tends towards repetition and procedure. Until now, OnePlus was known for releasing its flagship-killer phones that rivaled top-end handsets in everything but price. The handsets from the company are now looking increasingly premium in terms of price and specs since the OnePlus 7 phones. We haven’t heard any official or even rumored pricing or release information for the OnePlus 8T yet. Point to be noted that the OnePlus 7T phones were announced in September 2019. But, the OnePlus 6T was launched in November 2018.
The OnePlus 8 cost $699 and £599 for its most affordable version and the OnePlus 8 Pro started at $899 and £799. The OnePlus 7T features the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, so it’s likely the OnePlus 8T will pack this. Rumors have suggested 8GB of RAM, 65W charging, and Android 11 for its OnePlus 8 range. OnePlus 7 was the last truly affordable smartphone with a cheap price in the last few years. The OnePlus 8 had a glaring absence in its camera department, in the lack of a telephoto lens. OnePlus appears to think that people prefer ultra-wide and macro lenses to telephoto. If OnePlus needs to seriously compete with its close rival Oppo, it’s going to have to contend with Oppo’s camera tech.
It is noteworthy that one of the surprise features of the OnePlus 8 Pro was wireless charging. The OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro both housed their front-facing cameras in pop-up modules that were hidden away when you weren’t using them. The feature was ditched for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro with both phones have punch-hole cutouts in the screen instead. The OnePlus 8 has a 90Hz screen but the OnePlus 8 Pro had a screen with a 120Hz maximum refresh rate. It is twice the standard 60Hz typically found on phones. OnePlus was one of the first companies to introduce faster screen refresh rates in early 2019. It would be great if the company was the first to make an affordable phone with 120Hz too.