2020 has been a very, very good year for smartphones. We've seen some wild and crazy stuff land, from folding to flipping devices, and the average phone is better than it's ever been. That puts the OnePlus 8T in a tough spot: It's a good phone that adheres to OnePlus' usual formula, but the competition is better than it's ever been, and "good" isn't enough to beat them.
After co-founding the OnePlus back in 2013, Carl Pei left the company in September to take some time off ahead of starting a new venture. That new project is already underway, and Pei has announced that he's been able to secure $7m in seed funding from friends and family ahead of a full unveiling early next year.
OnePlus only recently released a new flagship, but new hardware isn't the only thing it worked on. Zen Mode debuted last year and gained new features worthy of a 2.0 label in October, including support for group rooms so you can disconnect together and five new themes that bring a revamped look and feel to the experience. And now a smaller 220.127.116.11 release has added sounds complementing the five distinct looks.
OnePlus is in the process of updating its apps to fit its new Oxygen OS 11 theme better. The company no longer tries to stick as close to the stock or Pixel look as possible, but instead wants to develop its own design to stand out from the crowd. It settled for a Samsung-like focus on reachability with big titles and options to get content as close to your thumbs as possible. The OnePlus Game Space is the next app to receive this makeover, complete with a new icon and a new name: OnePlus Games.
OnePlus has two pre-release software channels — a closed beta for loyal fans willing to sacrifice stability for a chance to shape the future of Oxygen OS and an open beta for everyone who's just curious what's coming next with no strings attached. The company has just started looking for people with a OnePlus 8T willing to join the exclusive beta group. If you own the phone and are an active member of the OnePlus Community, you can apply to become one of the 200 testers.
The OnePlus Buds might be great cheap Apple AirPods alternatives, but of course, that's only true when they actually work. It seems that many people who have purchased the $80 earbuds are experiencing a strange defect leaving the left earpiece completely silent, with no way to recover it. Affected customers are encouraged to exchange their Buds under warranty, though it looks like new units aren't immune to the issue, either.
We've seen plenty of good deals this Black Friday, but this might be the most eye-catching: right now, if you buy a OnePlus 8 Pro direct from OnePlus, you can cop an additional 7T for $1 — yes, one dollar. If you and someone you know are both in the market for a new phone, this is a heck of an opportunity for the two of you.
We're in the season of big savings, and right now, B&H Photo is offering some major deals on two of OnePlus's latest phones. The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro offer powerful performance and a superpowered spec sheet — and they're on sale starting at just $570 with discounts of up to $250.
OnePlus has updated several of its phones over the past few days, including the 6/6T, T-Mobile 8T, and 7T/7/7 Pro. Now it's time for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro to get its monthly security patches, though they come nearly a month after Pixels and Samsung phones.