05 August 2020
Update: July 30, 2020
A new OnePlus phone with model number KB2001 has been spotted on Geekbench and it is believed to be the OnePlus 8T. The listing has been first spotted by the tech site Nashville Chatter. The listing shows the phone runs Android 11, has "kona" processor, which is a codename to Snapdragon 865 SoC, and 8GB RAM as well. The listing includes nothing else but we look forward to gaining more insights on the alleged device.
Original Post (July 24, 2020)
Now that the OnePlus Nord is official, the company is ready to take its next challenge and it might come in the form of the new OnePlus 8T series. We still do not have any strong evidence on the existence of the new T-series but some new details that have surfaced via XDA Developers suggest that OnePlus might be working on them already.
The sleuths have unearthed new strings of code inside the OnePlus Camera app (v5.4.23) that clearly show what the company is up to. No, the code does not mention the name of the device but it does suggest OnePlus is now aiming to use even larger camera sensors.
The code hints at the 64MP photo support and it is believed that the OnePlus 8T or its Pro model would carry it. For comparison, the current OnePlus 8 series features 48MP sensors. As XDA notes, the company might be preparing OxygenOS’s stock camera app for its next-gen flagships.
The strings of code even include a brief description of what the 64MP will entail. One string reads, the 64MP camera mode “offers higher resolution and captures details in well-lit scenes.” The code further reveals the burst mode is disabled while using 64MP. Also, the Camera app will recommend using the lower resolution 16MP model for a better dynamic range. The default 16MP model further suggests that the newly found feature is coming to some upcoming device because the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro capture 12MP photos by default.
Looking at just these strings we can’t tell if OnePlus is bringing the 64MP sensor on its OnePlus 8T series but this does confirm that a phone carrying this much sensor is actively under development.