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The OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 256GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB)!

OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB)  Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 256GB 
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Excellence Score
87.8
78.3
Value for Money Score
82.3
57.4
Price ₹ 45,999 onwards ₹ 54,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.55 inches 6.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1440x3040 pixels (~ 495 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10+ Support, Reading Mode, Night Mode Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10+ Compliant, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.73 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9825Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 12 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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D Camera
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 12MP (Wide): F/1.5-1.8-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 27mm Focal Length; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP (Telephoto): F/2.1 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP (Ultrawide): F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length; 1.0µm Pixel Size, TOF 3D VGA Camera, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording, Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, EIS, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching F/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length (Wide), 1.22µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 1 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.4 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 196 gmHeavy
Width 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use 77.2 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 65W Warp Charge 65 (100% in 39 min) Yes, 45W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 65.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 5G Compatible (Limited Band Support); UFS 3.1 Storage, Alert Slider; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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)
  • Stylish, beautiful, refined design - the “Aura Glow” version where the back reflects surrounding light transforming into all sorts of gradients, shapes and colors, looks especially mesmerizing
  • The front is really sharp looking as well with a nearly bezel free display and a center punch hole front camera
  • Samsung’s remarkable job of improving screen to body ratio continues here - in fact, the 6.8-inch Note 10+ has roughly the same footprint as the 6.4-inch Note 9 - this is a really sleek phone
  • High quality build with glass on the front and the back, and an aluminum frame in the middle
  • The power button can be programmed for long presses and double presses to launch Bixby (default) or other apps
  • Of course, one of the key highlights of the Note series is the S-Pen: it's one of those things that some people don't use at all, while some swear by - apart from taking notes, handwriting recognition (much improved), it can be used to control music, advance slideshows and snap photos via air gestures
  • Incredibly good looking, 6.8-inch, sharp AMOLED display - it has excellent outdoor legibility, displays beautiful, vibrant colors, has excellent contrast, and excellent viewing angles - it's basically as good as smartphone screens get
  • Samsung's OneUI is one of the best custom Android skins at present - it's well optimized for single handed use with more controls in the easier to reach bottom part of the screen, looks stylish, and of course has a few useful options on top of stock Android
  • If you like the idea of using your Note 10 on a bigger screen, Samsung makes it easy with its upgraded 'DeX' functionality - all you need is the provided USB Type-C cable that comes with the phone, as well as the DeX desktop app for your Windows PC or Mac, and you can run Android applications on your computer's display and manage your files through a phone-like interface, only on the big screen
  • Top-end performance with the flagship Exynos 9825 - as expected, it's a performance beast: it flies in benchmarks, receiving top scores, it performs excellent in games, and it features an immense 12GB of RAM which is a sweet overkill
  • The storage is also of the new UFS 3.0 standard and it is the absolute fastest storage of any phone yet - the real life implications of having such fast storage it is just that everything loads and runs faster, from large games and videos, to smaller files
  • Top-end quad camera setup on the rear - 12MP standard + 16MP ultra-wide + 12MP telephoto + DepthVision sensor
  • The camera setup continues to be one of the best in mobile - and the inclusion of telephoto and ultra-wide lenses allow for a wide range of different shots, and the hardware coupled with machine learning makes it a lot more difficult to take a bad photo
  • The live focus feature (Portrait mode, essentially) comes to video, with four different filters, including Color Point, which makes everything but the subject black and white
  • Samsung’s also brought a very simple video editor into the mix here, which is nice on the fly - it's also one of the better uses for the S Pen
  • There is also an improved Super Steady offering for videos, which smooths out shaky video, including Hyperlapse mode, where handshakes are a big issue
  • There is clever Zoom-on Mic functionality - while shooting video, pinch-zooming on something will amplify the noise from that area
  • The DepthVision Camera allows for many interesting AR use cases - including Quick Measure to measure object dimensions, 3D Scanner to click '3D images' and animate them, AR Doodle which uses depth sensing to orient live drawings, and of course AR emojis
  • The 10-megapixel camera for selfies is very good as well - and it also supports Live Focus so you can blur the background and it does a very good job, with a good amount of detail and with vibrant colors
  • Overall, as you would expect, this is one of the best, most versatile camera setups on any smartphone - you are going to love photography with your Note 10+
  • Excellent stereo loudspeakers - they are capable of blasting music with quite the powerful punch
  • Good battery life with a 4300mAh battery - you will get close to 1.5 days with moderate use, and 1 day with heavy use
  • Very fast charging with the included 25W charger (and support for up to 45W chargers) - you will get 61% charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge in 1 hour - one of the highest recorded charging speeds for any smartphone
  • Support for (fast) wireless charging and wireless power sharing
  • Like always, the new Note, is Samsung's and the Android world's top-end 'everything phone' - if you have the moolah to spend, you won't go wrong with it - it succeeds as both a productivity device (thanks to additions like DeX and added cross-platform functionality with Windows 10) and an everyday handset - so if you need a new phone, are looking for something big and flashy and are willing to splurge, the Note continues to be the one to beat
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Even though the phone has a surprisingly small footprint for the screen of that size, the ergonomics are not exactly stellar - the sharp edges and corners, tend to make it harder to use with one hand
  • The ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner is not quite as fast as 2nd gen optical fingerprint readers on the likes of the OnePlus 7
  • The screen does have occasional issues with phantom touches - since it has such tiny bezels, there are sometimes unintended touches from just holding the phone that interrupt your experience - Samsung could do here with a better palm rejection algorithm
  • Samsung matches the industry trend here and lets go of the the headphone jack (you do get a nice pair of AKG USB-C headphones in-box)
  • That said, the Note 10 series is no longer the 'best at everything' phones they used to be at one time - you will get a more fluid feeling experience on the OnePlus 7 Pro (thanks to the 90Hz display), an even better all-round camera on the Huawei P30 Pro or the Google Pixel 3, and some powerful 10x zoom on the Oppo Reno 10x - so there are lots of options to look around at now, many of them cheaper too
Expert Reviews
  1. 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 »
  2. 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 »
  3. Totally awesome
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. OnePlus 8T is a quick, solidly-made flagship smartphone... the cameras could have been better
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
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  10. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
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  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  19. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  25. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  28. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Goes head-to-head with the best in the industry...but the high price makes it hard to sell, unless you are a fan of the stylus
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. An excellent, beautiful all-around phone...We do, however, wish it pushed the boundaries a little more in certain aspects
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The most premium Android phone for your money
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Eccentric but excellent...the best big phone out there
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Not a matter of need, but a matter of want...The Note10+ is a shiny spectacle of a phone, it’s overkill, and if that's what you want, then you’re going to love it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you need a new phone, are looking for something big and flashy and are willing to splurge, the Note continues to be the one to beat
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Smartphone opulence
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you don't mind spending this much money, the Galaxy Note 10+ is one of the best devices that money can buy at the moment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Will leave you fully satisfied
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you are designer or a productivity freak, paying for the Note 10+ is worth it
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The best big phone (again)
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A wonderful phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The do-it-all phone worth paying premium for
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. For me, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is most productive and trustworthy Android phones you can buy at the moment
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. If you like large, powerful phones, this is nearly perfect
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. A complete phone with everything consumers will ever need from a flagship and more
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. The most exciting phone we have seen in a while
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. It might require two hands and a mountain of cash, but it really doesn’t get much better than this
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. The big-screen phone to beat
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Almost great...At the end of the day, picking up the Note 10+ is based on how much you care about the stylus
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. A very capable and glamorous Android phone with a touch too much swagger for most
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  22. Best business phone
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Does its stuff with aplomb and excess...if your hand, and your wallet, are each large enough, and your need for a stylus unrelenting, you won’t be disappointed
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. A big, powerful phone that's good for artists and note-takers...but if you don't care for the stylus then there are other less expensive, and still excellent options out there
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. Expensive, but full of surprises
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. An evolutionary Note for Samsung loyalists
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. A class apart
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. The Galaxy Note 10+ is a great smartphone in just about every way, but there are a lot of phones that offer the same specs, same features, and equally great designs for a whole lot less money....unless you want the S-Pen
    9to5google.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. A truly premium Note, but only for those who love the S Pen
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. The Note10+ is big, it's unquestionably powerful, and it's the objectively best Samsung phone you can buy right now...but unless the S Pen really lights your fire, the high price is hard to justify
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. Has it all in abundance...but keeping the maxed out specs aside, the one thing you need to ask yourself is whether you see yourself using the S Pen and all its gestures - if not, you'd be better off sticking with the Galaxy S10 Plus instead
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  36. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  37. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  38. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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