OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 7T Full Review | Which one should you get?
“Music” Hey guys it’s Sagar from Tecworkz. In this video lets us compare the Oneplus8 with the 7T, and see weather its enough of an upgrade. Looking at the comments on my camera comparisonbetween these 2 phones, lot of you guys still seem very confused, so hopefully this videowill clear things up for you.
Now I am not going to waste anytime, and wewill jump right into the comparison. First things first, if you are already usingthe OnePlus 7T, keep using it. You already have a very good phone, and theOnePlus 8 is not enough of an upgrade over the 7T. So that is it for the guys who already havethe 7T. Now if you don’t have the 7T and if youare using an older phone, the choice is going to be a bit difficult, and there are a fewthings that you need to consider.
We are going to start with the most importantfactor that anyone worries about while getting a new smartphone, Price. There are 2 variants of OnePlus 7T, and bothof them have received a price cut . 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant goes for Rs.34,999,while the 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage variant is available for Rs.37,999. There are 3 variants of the OnePlus 8. 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant availableexclusively at amazon is priced at Rs.41,999. 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is pricedat Rs.44,999 and the maxed out 12GB RAM and 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs.49,999. So there is a Rs.7000 price difference betweenthe base variants of both these phones.
Now if price is the most important factorfor you, and if you just can’t stretch your budget beyond Rs.35,000, then OnePlus 7T seemsto be your only option. If you can spend the extra money, But youwant to figure out if the OnePlus 8 is worth that money, let us see what that extra 7Kgets you. Just a side note, the base variant of the7T is almost always conveniently out of stock, so if you are looking at the 7T, be readyto spend Rs.38K. The build quality of both these phones ispretty much the same.
Premium feeling Gorilla Glass sandwichinga metal frame. Personally I feel the round camera moduleon the 7T give it a different look and better personality, while the OnePlus 8 looks morelike the OnePlus 7 Pro. Both colours of the 7T get matte finish withitched glass, while only one colour of the Oneplus 8 has this itched glass back, other2 just have regular glossy glass back. Personally I feel the itched glass back looksmuch better. Now while the build quality is pretty muchsame on both these phones, Curved glass front of the OnePlus 8 makes it feel much more premiumin the hand.
I don’t like how the light refracts on thesecurved edges while watching videos, but it definitely looks cool. Buttons and ports are similar on both thephones. On the right side, they have the power/sleepwake button, and the alert slider above it. At the top, there is just a noise cancellingmicrophone. On the left side that have the volume rocker. And at the bottom there is a SIM tray on theleft, a microphone beside it, USB type C port for charging and data transfer, and speakergrill in the end.
SIM tray on both can also hold 2 nano SIMcards, the difference is OnePlus 8 has support for 5G connectivity. I know that 5G is non existent right now,and chances are it will be this way for another 2 years at-least. But you should know that OnePlus smartphonesare good for 3-4 years, so if you buy the 8 now, you will be ready for the 5G wave whenit hits us. Just something to think about while makingyour purchase decision. Both get a stereo speaker setup and they canget pretty loud, but the ones on the OnePlus 8 deliver a bit deeper audio making it feelricher. Sadly, both don’t get the 3.5mm headphonejack.
Coming to the displays. Both the phones have a 6.55 inch AMOLED screenwith a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and 90Hz refresh rate. Colours contrast and viewing angels are excellenton both these phones. Both of them also get bright enough to beeasily viewable in outdoor lighting conditions. 7T gets a more traditional water drop or dewdrop notch, whereas the OnePlus 8 gets punch hole style cutout for a front facing camera. Which one do you prefer, let me know in thecomments. Since the display on the 8 is curved, itsside bezels seem to be smaller than they actually are.
I have never been a fan of the curved edges,because that means there are a lot of accidental touches, as the palm rejection is not thatgreat, specially on OnePlus smartphones. Now I have that issue with the OnePlus 8 aswell, but only while using it without the case. While using it with the case, I found thatthe accidental touch issue is reduced to almost negligible, because my palms are not longstoo close to the display. Bottom chin is ever so slightly smaller onthe OnePlus 8 than on the 7T.
The in display fingerprint sensor on bothis pretty fast and accurate. Since the Oneplus 8 has curved edges, tryingto unlock it is a bit easier. Its fingerprint sensor is also more convenientlylocated, where as the one on the 7T is a bit too low for the finger to naturally reach. For the internals, OnePlus 7T gets the Snapdragon855 Plus processor with Adreno 640 GPU and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, coupled with 128 or 256GBstorage. While the OnePlus 8 comes with a newer Snapdragon865 Processor, with Adreno 650 GPU, X55 5G chipset, 6 and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM with 128GBof storage, and 12GB of RAM with 256GB of Storage.
I think a bigger difference is in the batterycapacities of these phones. 7T comes with a 3800mAh battery which is notenough to take it through a full day if you are a heavy user. I mostly got 5 or 5 and half hours of screenon time on the 7T. But the 4300mAh battery on the OnePlus 8 iscapable of comfortably taking you through the full day, even if you are a heavy user. You can easily get 7+ hours of screen on timeon the 8. In clutch situations, you can always dropdown the display refresh rate to 60Hz, to save up some battery on both these phones.
And if you feel that you can’t really tellthe difference between the 60 and 90 Hz mode, you are actually better off leaving the phoneto 60 Hz, all the time. Now some of you might find this suggestionto be a bit crazy. But I have showed the phone to quite a fewof my friends, and almost 80% couldn’t tell the difference, even when I switched from60 to 90Hz refresh rate, in front of them. When it’s time to charge the phones, bothcome with the 30T warp charger, which can juice them up pretty fast.
Both don’t get the wireless charging supportlike the OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus 8 gets a few new internals, and whilethis makes it a bit faster, chances are you won’t notice the difference unless you comparethese phones side by side. When we open the same apps on both of them,OnePlus 8 is a hair faster at opening all of them. That doesn’t mean the 7T is slow by anymeans, it still packs in a flagship processor from last year and is a very fast and capablephone, and will remain so for a few more years.
You can even play demanding games on it andit will run them without even breaking a sweat, it’s just that the battery on the 7T won’tlast as long as the OnePlus 8. So you might wonder, what exactly is the useof the more powerful processor on the 8? As I showed you, it is a bit faster at openingapps, it gets the 5G Mode, and it will keep on performing at its peak capacity for longerthan the 7T.
The power management and the Image signalprocessor is also better on the new chip inside the OnePlus 8. Since we are at the top of Image signal Processors,let us check out the cameras on these phones. Both the phones get a triple camera setupon their back, but the design of the camera module is very different on both. Primary camera on both these phones get thesame Optically Stabilised 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor. On the 7T, it is coupled with a F/1.6 apertureand a 7 element lens, which gives it a 26mm focal length.
While on the OnePlus 8, it gets F/1.75 apertureand a 6 element lens, again giving it a 26mm focal length. Aperture size and lens optics take a stepback as we go from the OnePlus 7T to the OnePlus 8. I am not sure what OnePlus is trying to pullhere, because even after charging more money for the OnePlus 8, the lens optics on itsprimary camera seems to be inferior than one on the OnePlus 7T. Next, both get a 16 megapixel sensor withF/2.2 aperture and an ultra wide lens.
On the OnePlus 7T, this ultra wide lens isused for taking macro shots, while the OnePlus 8 gets a separate 2 megapixel macro sensorwith F/2.4 aperture. OnePlus 7T gets another 12 megapixel sensorwith F/2.2 aperture and a 51mm lens, which gives it a 2x optical zoom. You don’t get this lens on the OnePlus 8,so it has to rely on 2x digital zoom. At the front both these phones again get thesame 16 megapixel Sony IMX471 sensor. One on the 7T gets a slightly wider fieldof view and a F/2.0 aperture, while the one on the OnePlus 8 gets a much narrower F/2.45aperture.
If we just look at the camera specs, OnePlus8 doesn’t even look like an upgrade over the 7T, but if you saw my dedicated cameracomparison between these phones, we know the Image Signal Processor on the Snapdragon 865helps the 8 deliver better results. Here are a few image samples from both thesephones. I won’t tell you which one is better, Iwould like for you to look at these images and decide which ones look better to you. I have a lot to say about the camera on thesephones, but if I do that this video will be much longer than it already is.
So if you want my views on the cameras ofthese phones, I suggest you check out my dedicated camera comparison. I will leave a card to it on the top rightcorner of your screen, and also link it in the description section. There are over 60 image and video samplesin that video from both the phones, so make sure you check it out. If you want the jist of that video, I feelthe 865 processor on the OnePlus 8 makes the images from its primary camera look better.
There are more details in its daylight images,and the contrast and colours also look better in its images. I also prefer the portrait shots from the8, but the 7T is much better at taking detailed macros and selfies are also better from it,despite of having the same sensor. For some reason, I feel the 7T does a betterjob in lower lighting situations. All that being said, the camera performanceon both these phones can be greatly improved by using a comparable Gcam mod on them. If we are being honest, the difference inthe images is not night and day, and most average users won’t notice it, if they arenot comparing these images side by side.
So you will have to be the judge if the differencebetween these images is worth the extra money for you or not. If I was making this choice, I would get the8, mainly because I like the colours in its images better and I mostly take portraitswith my smartphone, which as we saw are much better from this phone than the 7T. That brings us to the Software, which canmake or break the Users experience of using any phone. Both of them are running on the later versionof Oxygen OS that is built for them, on top of Android 10.
Oxygen OS is one of the main reason that Peoplechoose OnePlus phones. It is simple, fast, yet feature rich, andfor the most part, it stays out of your way letting you enjoy the overall experience. Now the oxygen OS hasn’t been very smoothfor the last year or so. I have experienced a few lags and stuttersthroughout the interface, and that is on both these phones. It is not anything major, and I have a feelingmost average users won’t even notice it, but I still feel OnePlus needs to work onrefining the software experience.
Software update is not an issue on OnePlussmartphones. They are quick at pushing out security patchesand even major updates to your phone. OnePlus also promises 2 years of major softwareupdates and 3 years of security updates for their phones. But looking at their past record, they dobetter than that. So on the software front both are on evengrounds. Looking back at all these things. For the extra money, OnePlus 8 is giving youa newer processor with better GPU which results in slightly faster overall experience. 5G capability for whenever the networks areready. Better Image signal Processor, so it takesbetter images with the same sensor which is on the 7T. Much better battery backup, software supportfor at- least 6 months linger than the 7T.
A bit more premium feel in hand thanks toa futuristic looking curved display. Better placement of the notch, which is nottoo intrusive while playing games. And finally having the satisfaction of owningthe newer or the latest device from OnePlus. Now you have to decide wether these thingsare worth the extra 7K to you. My suggestion would be, if you are planningto use a phone for more than 2.5 or 3 years, spend the extra money and get the OnePlus8. But if you are planning to upgrade to a newphone again in the next 2 years, you can go with the 7T and save urself some cash. Even by going with the OnePlus 7T, other thanthe better battery life, you are not missing up on a lot.
It all comes down to how much are these benefitsof the OnePlus 8 worth to you. Look at all these points again if you wantto, and make an informed decision. Whatever decision you make, let me know inthe comments. While I don’t recommend upgrading to theOnePlus 8 if you already have the 7T. But I know a small group of people will stillwant to do that, if you are one of those, please let me know in the comments, the thoughtprocess behind your decision.
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