15 September 2020
OnePlus is expected to launch one more phone this year and it could come as the much-anticipated OnePlus 8T. A couple of instances in the past had suggested the existence of this phone but what has surfaced now just adds more substantiality to them.
XDA member did a teardown of the latest OxygenOS 11 Beta 4 release and caught the first glimpse at the upcoming phone, though the contributor named Venkatesh Babu.G spotted it first and reported on Twitter. XDA member, however, found more interesting tidbits that collectively help in knowing the OnePlus 8T even better
A teardown of the new OnePlus Camera application suggests OnePlus is working on 8K video recording support, which currently no existing OnePlus device supports. This indicates the support might debut on the OnePlus 8T. Note that a previous teardown of the OnePlus Camera app (v5.4.23) by XDA had unearthed strings of code that suggested OnePlus 8T might use a 64MP camera sensor and now we are learning some additional details as well.
The most important finding of this teardown is a file called “oneplus_8t.webp” inside the OnePlus Settings app. The XDA member found an image file inside the About Phone page in the Settings app in OxygenOS. The render is believed to be the OnePlus 8T, though this could just be a placeholder.
The render that has appeared inside the OxygenOS 11 shows only the front panel of the device that has a flat display with a single hole-punch cutout in the top left. For comparison, the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro have curved displays, while the OnePlus Nord has a dual hole-punch cutout. The volume rocker is on the left edge. The Power button and the Alert Slider are on the right edge.
OnePlus launches its T-series phones in the fall, which is right around the corner. It is possible we may hear more about this new series in the coming days.