CHINESE phone-maker OnePlus has unveiled its latest mobile, the OnePlus 8T.
Starting at £549, the handset is packed with a tonne of top-end features – but won't break your bank account.
It's out in the UK on October 23 just ahead of the new iPhone 12 series announced by Apple this week.
OnePlus revealed the new gadget during a virtual event recorded at its Shenzhen headquarters on Wednesday.
"With the OnePlus 8T, we’re offering pro-level capabilities for even more users across our flagship smartphone portfolio," CEO Pete Lau said.
"The OnePlus 8T offers an impressive overall package of powerful hardware and smooth software."
The OnePlus 8T is the follow-up to the OnePlus 8, which hit shelves in Europe in April.
That mobile ran into controversy after users revealed on social media that one of the cameras could see through electronics and some clothes.
For the 8T, OnePlus has chosen to bin the offending "Photochrom" lens in favour of a more run-of-the-mill quad rear camera system.
That features a 48MP main camera flanked by 16MP ultra wide and 5MP macro lenses.
A new "monochrom" lens helps you take snazzy photos in black and white, while OnePlus has given night mode an upgrade.
As with previous OnePlus mobiles, one of the major highlights is the handset's glorious screen.
Measuring a mammoth 6.55 inches, the AMOLED display is flat instead of curved – making it similar in design to the new iPhones.
Unlike the iPhones, however, the 8T boasts a whopping 120hz refresh rate – meaning the display refreshes itself more time per second.
That gives smoother animations and makes gaming or scrolling through your Instagram a breeze, OnePlus said.
"Every swipe or scroll across the panel will deliver astonishingly smooth
visuals," the firm said in a press release.
"Users can enjoy the most intense games with remarkable fluidity and browse effortlessly through social media feeds on the immersive display panel."
OnePlus added that it has also given the phone's charging technology a huge upgrade, with the 8T capable of "a day's power" in 15 minutes.
That's possible thanks to a powerful new 65W charger that comes in the box, OnePlus said.
Pre-orders for the 8T open at 4pm UK time today and the mobile will ship on October 20.
The mobile is available through John Lewis, Amazon and from OnePlus directly, and comes in two colours: Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green.
OnePlus phones offer good value for money, but the company has a lot of work to do to pry consumers away from the likes of Samsung and Apple.
Both of those firms have announced low-priced smartphones with flagship features this year in the form of the iPhone 12 Mini and Galaxy S20 FE.
Those mobiles are each priced at £699 – just £150 more than the OnePlus 8T. Convincing consumers to break away from these beloved brands will take some doing.
In other news, Apple unveiled the latest iPhones yesterday, including the company's first 5G mobile.
Apple recently unveiled the latest version of the Apple Watch – its cheapest smartwatch in years.
And, there's a new iPhone homscreen in iOS 14, and fans are divided over it.
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