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OnePlus 8T shimmers in 'Aquamarine Green' and a 120Hz display

Available unlocked and on T-Mobile, the $749 OnePlus 8T is the latest 5G offering from Chinese phone-maker OnePlus.

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OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 8T, a $750 5G phone that fits right in between the $700 OnePlus 8 and $900 OnePlus 8 Pro, which were released in April. In the US, the phone is available unlocked from OnePlus and at T-Mobile. (The OnePlus 8T's price converts to about £575 or AU$1,038)

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The OnePlus 8T has a similar design to the 8, but carries over some of the better specs of the 8 Pro.

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This premium hardware includes a silky 120Hz display and four cameras on the back. It also comes with a beefy 65W charger that juices up the phone quickly. The OnePlus 8T has a few software updates too, like an always-on display and a refreshed interface, which will roll out to other OnePlus phones.

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Like previous OnePlus phones, the 8T has a toggle button for silencing the phone and vibration.

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The best part of the OnePlus 8T's design is its 120Hz display, which means the phone feels buttery smooth and fast. Scrolling through social media feeds, thumbing through home screen pages and playing games like PUB-G feel super quick and responsive.

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Though the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can update to Google's latest mobile OS, Android 11, the OnePlus 8T already has it out of the box. 

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OnePlus also refreshed the interface for the better; menus and notifications look more streamlined, modern and clean. 

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The OnePlus 8T is equipped with a 4,500-mAh battery, which is in between the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro's battery capacities (4,300 mAh and 4,510 mAh, respectively).

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The OnePlus 8T can charge extremely fast with its branded Warp Charge 65 charger. OnePlus says this new charger can juice up the phone to 58% after 15 minutes and 100% in 39 minutes. 

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The phone uses USB Type-C for charging and file transferring. The 8T does not have a headphone jack.

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Besides from the boosted refresh rate, the OnePlus 8T looks similar to the OnePlus 8. The screen's size and resolution is the same, so it's just as vibrant and sharp. 

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The phone also has an in-screen fingerprint reader.

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The OnePlus 8T has four rear cameras, three of which are also on the OnePlus 8 (a standard, ultra-wide and macro camera) and a "monochrome" camera. 

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The fourth camera doesn't take photos itself, but helps out with lighting when you take black and white photos.

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The OnePlus 8T's 5-megapixel macro camera also works slightly better than the 2-megapixel setup on the OnePlus 8. Colors aren't as washed out and details are a bit sharper.

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Photos taken with the standard and telephoto cameras are vibrant and sharp in good, ample lighting. And the phone's low-light mode, Nightscape, is comparable to the Pixel 5's Night Sight feature.

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The OnePlus 8T has the same processor as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, and all three phones performed similarly on benchmark tests. The OnePlus 8T was also on par with the Galaxy S20, which shares the Snapdragon 865 chipset too.

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In and of itself, the OnePlus 8T is an excellent device and it'll surely satisfy anyone looking for a high-powered, reliable Android. Its brilliant display is my favorite thing about the phone.

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But if you want to save as much as you can, get the OnePlus 8. OnePlus has lowered its price so it's $50 cheaper than the 8T at the same memory configuration (12GB and 256GB). You won't get that 120Hz refresh rate, but it's still a superb phone with a great battery life and a smooth 90Hz display.

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