OnePlus 8T revealed ahead of launch event in eleventh-hour leak

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OnePlus will hold its next smartphone launch this afternoon, but the biggest surprise seems to have surfaced online a few hours early. Twitter tipster Ishan Agarwal has shared an image of what appears to be the OnePlus 8T lying facedown next to its blood-red retail box, which confirms the name of the handset. The picture seems to confirm a number of previously rumoured features, including a dramatic rear-camera redesign.

In a first for OnePlus, the camera set-up seems to have been shifted from the middle of the rear case to the left-hand side. OnePlus cameras were always centrally-aligned until the arrival of the budget OnePlus Nord earlier this year. And the trend looks set to continue with the update to the OnePlus 8, dubbed OnePlus 8T. The horizontally-stacked camera design found on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro has also been ditched in favour of a square set-up, which looks much closer to what we’ve come to expect from the design team at Samsung, rather than OnePlus.

Whether this design shake-up hurts the OnePlus 8T – by removing some of that trademark OnePlus identity – or helps it gain greater marketshare as it looks closer to some of the biggest-selling Android smartphones remains to be seen. With any luck, OnePlus will use its launch keynote to explain the thinking behind the design shift.

According to the latest whispers, this square camera block should contain four separate cameras.

First up, the main camera will use a hefty 48MP sensor. It will be accompanied by a 16MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera for close-up shots, and a 2MP depth sensor to improve the artificial bokeh blur in Portrait Mode shots. Flipping over the OnePlus 8T, there’s rumoured to be a 32MP selfie camera on the front of the phone housed inside a small cut-out in the display to maximise the amount of screen real estate that OnePlus can squeeze into the chassis.

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While the latest photo from Ishan Agarwal can’t confirm each of these rumoured camera lenses, it does reveal a striking Aquamarine Green colour option. As previously teased by OnePlus, the Aquamarine Green finish has a glossier look to the other option, which is widely-tipped to be a matte Silver finish. As usual, we’d expect OnePlus not to make every storage variation available in every colour, with the headline Aquamarine Green colour likely not available on the entry-level model to help push customers to the pricier options. And based on this photo – who wouldn’t want a smartphone that looked that good?!

Unfortunately, the leaked image doesn’t reveal a look at the display, which is purportedly a 6.5-inch AMOLED affair with a 120Hz high-refresh rate. Unlike the OnePlus 8, which has a 90Hz display, the OnePlus 8T will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the costlier OnePlus 8 Pro when it comes to refresh rate. For those who don’t know, most smartphones ship with a 60Hz display. Increasing that refresh rate means system animations and fast-paced video games look noticeably smoother. It also makes the touchscreen feel more responsive since it’s able to react to touch inputs faster than a standard 60Hz display.

The arrival of a 120Hz display on the OnePlus 8T might go some way to explaining why OnePlus has confirmed that we won’t be seeing a OnePlus 8T Pro. According to the Shenzhen-based firm, it only refreshes its smartphones with an optional “T” upgrade when it believes that it can make a substantially new experience. And right now, OnePlus believes the OnePlus 8 Pro is the best smartphone it can make. With the OnePlus 8 still rocking a 90Hz display, that seems like an obvious upgrade for those looking to spend slightly less than the top-tier OnePlus 8 Pro and slightly more than the affordable OnePlus Nord.

Inside the OnePlus 8T, the rumours point to 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of non-expandable storage in the entry-level model. Like the OnePlus 8 Pro, this could move to 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage for the priciest configuration. All OnePlus 8T models will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, which launched a few months after the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

Finally, the last long-rumoured new addition that cannot be confirmed by the latest leaked image is the arrival of a new fast-charging technology. OnePlus 8T is widely-tipped to ship with 65W wired fast charging ability. The 30W charging of the original OnePlus 8 is not to be sniffed at – topping up the handset with enough juice to last the entire day in 30 minutes plugged into the wall, but 65W sounds like it could be substantially quicker. OnePlus promises a 40 percent charge of the 4,500 mAh battery in a mere 10 minutes and a 100 percent in 30 minutes. If that turns out to be accurate, that’s an incredible feat.

OnePlus has promised to unveil its all-new OnePlus 8T during an online presentation from 3pm BST today, October 14. It’s possible that OnePlus 8T won’t be the only announcement, with rumours of a new pair of budget wireless earbuds, potentially named OnePlus Buds Z, rumoured to be coming soon. As you’d expect, Express.co.uk will have all of the latest news as soon as it breaks, so stay tuned.

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