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The OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB) is a much better phone than the Apple iPhone XS Max 256GB, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB)!

Apple iPhone XS Max 256GB  OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB) 
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Excellence Score
56.9
84.9
Value for Money Score
22.4
70.5
Price ₹ 124,900 onwards ₹ 45,985 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Oct, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Apple iOS 12, Upgradeable to 14Expected update to next Apple iOS version Android 11Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.55 inches
Screen Resolution 1242x2688 pixels (~ 456 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features AMOLED, Super Retina HD Display, HDR Display, True Tone Display, Wide Colour Display (P3), 3D Touch, Fingerprint-resistant Oleophobic Coating, Support for Display of Multiple Languages and Characters Simultaneously, 120Hz touch-sensing HDR10+ Support, Reading Mode, Night Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.49 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Hexa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Apple A12 BionicRanked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Apple GPU (4-core graphics) Adreno 650
RAM 4 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port Lightning USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Wide-angle: F/1.8 Aperture, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture, 2x Optical Zoom, Digital Zoom up to 10x, Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Dual Optical Image Stabilisation, 6P lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync, Panorama (up to 63MP), Sapphire Crystal lens cover, Backside illumination sensor, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, HDR, Live Photos, Local tone mapping, Red-eye Correction, Exposure control, Auto Image Stabilisation, Burst mode, Timer mode, Geo-tagging, 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps, Full HD Video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HD Video recording at 30 fps, Slo-mo Video for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, Time-lapse video, Continuous Autofocus video, Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, Playback zoom, Video geotagging, Stereo recording 48MP: f/1.7 aperture; 25mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 16MP: f/2.2 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; 123-degree ultra-wide; PDAF, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; macro camera, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; depth sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, Auto HDR, EIS, CINE Aspect Ratio Video Recording, Video Portrait, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Macro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, Smart Pet Capture, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image, Filter, Video Focus Tracking, Super Stable, Video Nightscape
Secondary Camera 7.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Portrait mode with bokeh and Depth Control, Portrait Lighting, Animoji and Memoji, Full HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, HDR, Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p), Live Photos, Retina Flash, Backside illumination sensor, Auto image stabilisation, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode f/2.0 aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, EIS, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 8.4 mmMedium
Weight 208 gmHeavy 188 gmMedium
Width 77.4 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output Lightning USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 3174 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 25.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging (50% in 30 min) Yes, 65W Warp Charge 65 (100% in 39 min)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 65.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time: upto 13 hrs, Video Playback Time (wireless): upto 15 hrs, Audio Playback Time (wireless): upto 65 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified); Wireless Charging (works with Qi chargers); Siri; Fast Battery Charging: Upto 50% Charge in 30 mins, IP68 Rated; NFC; TV Out; Lightning Connector; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Content; AirPlay Mirroring; Photos and Video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later); Video Mirroring and Video Out Support; AirDrop; AirPlay; AirPrint; Control Centre; Handoff; HomeKit; iCloud; iCloud Keychain; Multitasking; Night Shift; Notification Centre; Siri; Spotlight Search; iMovie; Pages; Keynote; Numbers; iTunes U; GarageBand; Apple TV Remote; iTunes Remote; Music Memos, Siri Shortcuts, Measure 5G Compatible (Limited Band Support); UFS 3.1 Storage, Alert Slider; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Continues the gorgeous, premium design language of last year's iPhone X
  • Ditching the home button and moving to a face-based login was a bold move from Apple last year - and its mostly ended up working (with just a bit of a learning curve for previous iPhone users), and thus allowed modern iPhones to go nearly all-screen - the new iPhones this year continue the trend
  • There is now even better water and dust resistance - these iPhones can stay water-safe an extra meter under water, up to 2 meters of immersion for up to 30 minutes (last year's iPhones already survived up to 1 meter) - this phone, according to Apple, will also better handle salt water, chlorinated water and various liquid spills
  • Face ID is now faster than before
  • The display is fantastic, and even slightly better than the already great one on the iPhone x - the new display looks subtly brighter and richer at maximum brightness
  • On the iPhone XS Max series, the display is also much larger, providing an even better experience for watching videos and browsing
  • Apple also claims to have used even more durable, scratch-resistant glass, than on the iPhone X
  • The new iOS 12 brings a number of new features like group notifications and most importantly makes deep performance improvements - Apple is known for regularly tuning its software to perform optimally with the hardware - overall, this as refined and polished a software experience on a smartphone as you can hope for
  • One of the best things about iPhones of course is that you are pretty much guaranteed updates for many years to come (even the best Android phones top out at about 3 years), so as long as you take care of your phone physically, the longevity factor here is really high!
  • The iPhone XS Max is a performance monster - there is no other way of putting it - it still blows the best Android phones away - and the new A12 Bionic processor sets a new standard for performance, and for chip design
  • The most important gains from the crazy fast A12 Bionic are in AI, AR and graphics - AR apps for instance show better, smoother video and higher-resolution backgrounds (Apple says that's due to a greatly improved Neural Engine chip for machine learning and computer vision)
  • The cameras will blow you away, and are easily the best-in-class along with the Pixel 2
  • The dual rear cameras are markedly improved from the iPhone X delivering better photos in both dark and high-contrast environments (Apple calls this "Smart HDR") thanks to a new sensor and the new image processor on the A12 Bionic chip - in practice, this means photos look better whether shot on a nighttime street, in a dark bar or in bright sunlight - focus is faster, too - all these elements combine to produce an even better camera than the already great iPhone X - and the difference is significant enough to get serious photographers interested
  • There is also a new adjustable background depth feature in portrait mode, that allows you to tweak the bokeh level, giving you even more power over your photos
  • Portrait Lighting effects, which digitally remove the background and turn selfies into head shots, now look slightly less artificial
  • The iPhone XS Max's video recording quality might benefit even more from the phone's camera improvements than still photos - the added HDR (better auto contrast, as with the still photos) and extra stabilization will make even your more casual videos look more vibrant, even at 1080p and 30fps - and the microphones now record in stereo, too - very simply, the iPhone's video camera is the best video camera on any phone at this point
  • As with the iPhone X, the iPhone XS Max pumps out some solid stereo sound in landscape mode, but the XS takes it up a notch - they sound even better, crisp and loud - movies and games sound great, almost like listening on an iPad Pro
  • The battery easily lasts the work day, and gives you about an hour more than the iPhone XS - though it's still not world-beating by any definition
  • Better wireless charging than before - Apple says the phone's wireless charging coil has improved so there'll be fewer misses when you place it on a charge pad
  • Support for faster Gigabit LTE
  • Finally, the iPhones this year also add dual SIM support - this is done with a physical nano-SIM + eSIM combination (eSIMs are currently supported in India only on Airtel and Jio)
  • On the whole, the iPhone XS/Max series is pretty much an "S" iPhone series, an overall polish and refinement of the bold iPhone X - they're faster, with better camera hardware that will make everyday photography more professional-looking - for most iPhone X users this will be a skippable upgrade, but for everyone else, the iPhone XS and XS Max, are the very best iPhones (and arguably the best smartphones) you can get - that's of course if you can afford it - these are crazy good phones at crazy high prices!
  • And if you can afford the XS, you might as well give serious consideration to the XS Max too - the bigger screen is definitely an advantage for reading, gaming, watching videos, and typing
  • Gorgeous, more practical design - the new glossy Aquamarine Green finish shifts from a warm green to turquoise based on the ambient lighting - there’s the Lunar Silver variant which uses the matte finish
  • OnePlus 8T does away with its curved display and adds a flat screen at the front this time - there's also a hole-punch selfie camera
  • OnePlus’s handy alert slider is still here, which enables you to quickly switch between silent, vibrate and sound-on modes
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is quite accurate and works quickly
  • A gorgeous 6.55-inch, FHD+ screen, motion is smooth, colours are vibrant, and the resolution is sufficiently high
  • 120 Hz refresh rate means smooth scrolling in apps, and better fluidity, which provides an overall premium experience
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean UIs for Android with a host of additional customisation
  • Blistering performance from the Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset - with its 120Hz display, highly-optimised OxygenOS software, and plenty of under-the-hood tweaks, the OnePlus 8T feels crazy fast
  • Good quad rear camera setup - a 48MP primary sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • During the day, main camera captures good detail, colours are really punchy and vibrant, the dynamic range is impressive and white balance appears to be accurate
  • The ultra-wide unit also performs well and adds a fun new perspective - it produces softer images compared to the main cam but it retains the excellent dynamic range
  • Low-light photos are decent and the Night mode further helps in improving the image quality - it reduces the noise, brings even more detail out of the shadows and highlights - it's also probably the fastest night mode in any phone
  • The macro pictures are decent - the resolved detail is great, and the images are vibrant (though there's no autofocus, it is difficult to take an accurate photo)
  • The portrait mode is good - the faux bokeh effect seems pretty well-executed, it delivers a good amount of detail, the images look generally sharp, colours pop while retaining pretty natural and accurate skin tone
  • The selfie camera is excellent, producing sharp, colourful pictures - the selfie portrait mode looks just as good as with the main camera, the edge detection is surprisingly accurate
  • Good video recording - video looks nice colour-wise, and offers wide dynamic range, good contrast and no noise - the Super Stable video mode gives you gimbal-like stabilisation
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, providing richer, deeper sound
  • Good battery life with the 4500 mAh battery - it will comfortably last a full day on a single charge with moderate use
  • Crazy fast charging - the Warp Charge 65 can fully top up the phone in just under 40 mins
  • OnePlus 8T adds a bunch of smaller improvements across the board - its strong points are once again the display, software experience and performance (though, if it had a more reliable camera, it would have been a near-perfect smartphone)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Headphone jack dongles are now no longer included in the retail package - which means you will have to rely on Apple's included lightning port earphones (or purchase wireless earphones)
  • No fast charger included in the retail box - Apple only includes a 5-watt basic Lightning iPhone charger in-box - a fast charger will need to be purchased separately
  • The lack of a telephoto camera is disappointing - the crop zoom isn't nearly as good as the proper 2x telephoto, the images lack detail, are soft, fuzzy and noisy
  • Overall, the cameras on the OnePlus 8T are very similar to the 8, there are some software improvements but nothing game changing and they aren't the best
  • However, if you’re looking for a phone in this segment that offers a great camera, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is worth checking out - if you'd like to save some money, the slightly cheaper OnePlus 8 offers much the same experience with a sleeker design that is more recognizable
Expert Reviews
  1. Has one very big trump card - the large 6.5" OLED screen - the largest screen ever on an iPhone
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The iPhone XS and XS Max are your best choice if you’re looking for a no-compromise smartphone experience (and money’s not an issue)
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An evolution, not a revolution
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The iPhone XS, and XS Max are solid updates to a winning formula
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. As great as the new iPhone XS models are, it's difficult to really recommend them to anyone who isn't swimming in money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best iPhone ever...but given the ambitious pricing, only meant for a very select audience
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Going for the gold - the monstrous performance and cameras will blow you away
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Greatest iPhone ever, but Android flagships are way ahead
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Crazy good phones at crazy high prices
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  1. It is a premium mid-ranger at an attractive price that offers a superb pick of flagship features - the screen, the SoC, the charging
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A revolution in charging
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. OnePlus 8T is a high-powered Android phone with some great features, but can't resist the OnePlus 8's cheaper price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It's like a smaller OnePlus 8 Pro
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The OnePlus 8T feels like a small update to the OnePlus 8
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Its strong points are once again the display, software experience and performance... if it had a more reliable camera, it would have been a near-perfect smartphone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The OnePlus 8T is a solid offering and does everything you would expect from a mid-tier flagship
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus 8T is predictable and reliable
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Totally awesome
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. OnePlus 8T is a quick, solidly-made flagship smartphone... the cameras could have been better
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The T-series rules
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Making good on 'never settle' promise
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. All The Little Improvements Make For A Definite Experience Upgrade
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. With 65W fast charging and a 120Hz display, the OnePlus 8T has the upgrades you're looking for
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Fine upgrade, but not yet there as a premium smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Good phone, great price
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