The OnePlus 8T was launched on October 14, 2020. It was available for purchase in the Kenyan market from our store a week later. Below we include all the important information for the Kenyan market.
First, below are the most notable upgrades of the 8T over the OnePlus 8 which was released a few months prior:
- A 120Hz display refresh rate instead of 90Hz
- 65W wired charging instead of 30W
- A quad-camera system instead of triple-cam
- Android 11 skinned with Oxygen OS 11 out-of-the-box
- Two new colorways
Still, the OnePlus 8T shares some similarities to the OnePlus 8. It has a similar processor (Snapdragon 865), a similar RAM/storage and configuration options. Because of the upgrades, however, the 8T now is an “inbetweener” for the series, sitting above the OnePlus 8 but still a sub to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8T costs KSH. 60,000 in Kenya for the Lunar Silver or Aquamarine Green colorways. Either color comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Scroll down further information on pricing in this article for Kenya and the greater East Africa Region.
Is the OnePlus 8T good for the Kenyan Market?
The OnePlus 8T has incredibly fast charging speed (the fastest in Kenya and the world as of January 2021)which sets the phone apart from the competition. The processor (the Snapdragon 888) is capable of doing pretty much anything you need a smartphone to do, including high-performance gaming, extended application use and long periods of overall screen time. It also will be relatively “future-proof” for Kenyan users since it supports 5G connections.
What Have Online Reviewers Said About OnePlus 8T?
- Cnet’s Lynn La has a lot of good things to say about the OnePlus 8T. She says that the phone’s 120Hz display is vibrant, sharp, and an absolute winner. She was also impressed with its cameras and likes the more streamlined and clean interface of the latest version of Oxygen OS.
- Tech Radar’s James Peckham says OnePlus’ “T” iterations have always been iterative and the 8T follows along the same lines and is an excellent phone overall and a compelling option when pitted against similar flagships.
- Supersaf says the OnePlus 8T is a worthy phone, and the 120Hz display and the 65W fast-charging are really impressive for the device’s price tag compared to the competition.
OnePlus 8T specs
2,400 x 1,080 resolution
20:9 aspect ratio
120Hz refresh rate
In-display fingerprint sensor
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|RAM||8GB / 12GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1|
48MP, ƒ/1.7, 0.8µm, OIS, EIS
5MP macro, 3cm focal length
16MP ultra-wide, ƒ/2.2, 123° FOV
16MP, ƒ/2.4, 1.0µm, EIS, fixed focus
Warp Charge 65 (10V/6.5A)
No wireless charging
|IP Rating||None for unlocked model|
IP68 rating for T-Mobile version
|Software||Oxygen OS 11|
|Dimensions and weight||160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm|
|Colors||Lunar Silver, Aquamarine Green|
65 W Charging Speed and Battery Life
There are several differences between the OnePlus 8T and other OnePlus phones, but the brand new star feature is the 65W wired charging speed. Warp 65
This allows you to charge from empty to full in 39 minutes, which ultimately provides a day’s power in a quarter-hour because you can get from empty to almost 60% capacity in just 15 minutes. This is a bonus for Kenyan users that are constantly on the move and need a phone that charges fast and holds on to it’s power.
Additionally, there are two batteries in the OnePlus 8T. Combined, they pack the equivalent of a 4,500mAh cell. However, the two separate cells should, in theory, help prevent degradation of overall battery life.
Finally, the included 65W charger is also capable of charging other devices at high speeds. If you have a laptop that charges via a USB-C port, it is likely you’ll be able to use it with this charger, for example. For this to work, however, you’ll need to use the charger in tandem with the in-box cable
OnePlus 8T Cameras
The OnePlus 8T has four rear cameras. It features a main 48MP sensor, a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. The selfie snapper comes in at 16MP.
The camera system is beyond good and sticks out among other flagship device cameras.
The wide-angle camera is a bit softer than the main one. It’s a good camera overall providing accurate sharpness and good image quality for most lighting situations compared to other models in the Kenyan market at the same price point.
Where to buy the OnePlus 8T
The OnePlus 8T is available in the Kenya and many other countries right now.
In Kenya, the phone has two configurations and two colorways. with prices ranging from KES. 60000 to KES. 68000. You can choose between the Aquamarine Green or Lunar Silver colors, but either one comes with 8/12GB of RAM and 128/256GB of storage.
The easiest way to buy a OnePlus 8T is directly from OnePlus.co.ke
Just click the button below to grab it.
We provide global manufacturer’s warranty and lifetime support for hardware and software issues.
Q: Where’s the OnePlus 8T Pro?
A: OnePlus declined to create a Pro variant of the 8T, so it does not exist.
Q: What are the differences between OnePlus Kenya and other online Kenyan store versions?
A: There are three main differences. Manufacturer’s warranty, which we provide global manufacturer’s warranty, After sales support of which we provide free lifetime diagnostics and support and our devices being certified new, unused and never refurbished
Q: What kind of 5G networks are supported?
A: If you buy the phone it will support all Kenyan 5G networks.
Q: Does the phone have a headphone jack?
A: No, OnePlus no longer includes 3.5mm ports on its flagships apart from the OnePlus Nord N10
Q: Does the OnePlus 8T have a microSD card slot?
A: This is something OnePlus has never offered with its flagships apart from the OnePlus Nord N10
Q: What colors are available?
A: There are two colors: Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green. In some countries, each color is locked to a RAM/storage configuration, but not in Kenya.
Q: Is the OnePlus 8T waterproof?
A: There is no IP rating with the unlocked variant of the 8T, which means there are no guarantees against water or dust. However, the Kenyan version of the phone does have an IP68 rating.
Q: Does the phone support wireless charging?
A: No. The only OnePlus phones with wireless charging ever made is the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 9