This is about the time when we got some renders for an unrelated phone – it goes around, it’s the OnePlus 8T. But things are not so cut-and-dry as to take out a couple of curbballs with the source of intelligence as to how these photos were drawn and a big fantasy line that we set in stone.
Illustration comes from Steve Hemmerstofer @OnLeaks Through the Pricebaba blog. Unlike other leaks, these do not come from computer-aided design files but from internal schematic.
Save for Aquamarine’s fresh spark, the industrial design comes with an iPhone or Galaxy phone: glass with a display that covers the front as much as possible and a large bunch of cameras mounted in a large pod sat on the back. Upper-left corner of the. Oh, and typical paper towards edge and brand accouterments, can’t forget those. Probably the only unique point OnePlus has placed here is the alert slider, which will not appear anywhere anytime soon.
Heimerstofer also puts out some special tidbits that go a few weeks ago from Android Central far more than those found in the spill. For starters, we knew the 8T would have a 6.55 “120Hz AMOLED display, but we had no idea that it would be at 1080p resolution. We knew there was a configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, but now we have a 12” / 256GB lockup. And we already know about all four rear cameras – a 48MP main unit apparently found on the OnePlus 8, a 16MP wide angle, a 5MP macro, and a macro. Gone. 2MP depth sensor for portraits. We didn’t know yet that the punch-in-display selfie camera would be 32MP.
but there’s new New stuff too. The battery capacity is increased to 4,500 mAh and it will support wired charge at 65W – the same watermark that was achieved and marketed by OnePlus’ corporate cousin Oppo – from 30W in previous phones. And there is also a direct contradiction to the Android Central line. Hemerstofer says the OnePlus 8T will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 SoC, not the 865 Plus.
Last year’s OnePlus 7T sported the 855 Plus which enabled some variants to have first-gen access to early 5G networks. The jump between the 865 and 865 Plus is arguably less drastic: a 10% improvement in CPU and GPU clock speeds and a new Wi-Fi modem to support 6GHz transmission.
We can dive into speculation about Qualcomm’s product strategy and where OnePlus is as a company right now on how it affects a spec line, but it could be a discussion for relevant forums …