Our Opinion

The OnePlus 8T (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the OnePlus 8T (8GB RAM, 128GB)

OnePlus 8T (8GB RAM, 128GB)  POCO X3 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
OnePlus 8T POCO X3
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Excellence Score
83.5
65.3
Value for Money Score
71.9
89.8
Price ₹ 42,835 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2020 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.55 inches 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 120 HzSuper High
Display Features HDR10+ Support, Reading Mode, Night Mode HDR10
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 732GRanked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB 8 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 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP
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 64MP: f/1.9 Aperture; 1/1.73" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 119-degree ultra-wide; 1.0um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/120fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 16MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, EIS, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 27mm Focal length; 1/3.4"; 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.4 mmMedium 10 mmThick
Weight 188 gmMedium 225 gmHeavy
Width 74.1 mmOk for one-handed use 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IP53 Rated)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 6000 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, 33W Fast Charging (100% in 65 min)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 65.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W 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 UFS 2.1 Storage; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
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)
  • Unique, flashy rear design - the polycarbonate back has a thick etched strip running through the middle with large Poco branding towards the bottom which shines in iridescent colours when light hits it
  • The front has a sleek look with just a single punch-hole camera in the middle-top and thin bezels
  • The Poco X3 is well-built for a phone at its price
  • The side-positioned fingerprint scanner is easy to find, very responsive, and accurate
  • There’s also IP53 rating for dust and water resistance
  • Vibrant and crisp 6.67-inch IPS LCD screen - the expansive canvas with smooth transitions and rich colours with high refresh rate make it one of the best in this segment
  • The 120 Hz refresh rate is exclusive to Poco for this segment - it makes the UI very quick and responsive and general content and scrolling on the display looks smooth
  • HDR10 support for content and sites like YouTube while Widevine L1 brings high-res OTT streaming
  • Poco's UI is identified as Poco Launcher as well as MIUI in different parts of the UI - MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimisation - everything is neatly categorized and colour coded for easier access
  • Excellent performance for the price from the new Snapdragon 732G SOC - it raises the bar in terms of how smooth budget phones can be - regular usage like scrolling pages, switching between apps is extremely fluid and heavy games like COD: Mobile can also be cranked up to higher graphics or frame rates for a respectable performance
  • Good quad cameras for the price - a 64MP primary snapper, a 13MP ultrawide shooter, followed by a 2MP macro cam and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The default 16MP photos from the main camera are excellent for this class - there is enough detail, high contrast, and commendable dynamic range - the colours are on the warmer side, but other than that the Poco X3 performs splendidly for its price
  • The ultrawide photos are quite good for a mid-ranger - they are quite detailed, the colours are nice and there is a reasonably wide dynamic range, the lens distortion correction is decent
  • The macro camera is decent for the occasional snap of a flower or bug
  • The portrait shots are pretty detailed - the Poco X3 is a capable portrait shooter with proficient subject separation and natural-looking blur
  • The low-light photos from the camera are decent, with enough details and light - the night mode brightens the whole scene and restores the highlights, the photos look great on the phone's screen and in low resolution on social media
  • The 20MP samples from the front camera present enough details, the colours are nice, and the contrast is excellent - portrait selfies are available and are decent
  • Video recording is good from both primary and ultra-wide cameras - electronic stabilization is available for the cameras
  • Good set of stereo speakers - the speakers get very loud with good enough bass
  • Excellent battery life from the 6000 mAh cell - the battery can last a whole day with heavy use, with light to moderate use it can be stretched for the second day
  • Very good fast charging from the 33W fast charger - it takes little over an hour to charge the phone completely
  • The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones in its segment - it crams in a huge battery, solid screen, good cameras, and excellent performance for an unbeatable price, add in the great audio setup and it makes for a fantastic package
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
  • A tad bit too bulky, measuring over 10mm and weighing over 225 grams
  • Brightness could have been better for direct sunlight use
  • There are still at least a dozen unnecessary apps pre-installed, though most of them can be uninstalled
Expert Reviews
  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
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The Poco X3 is an outstanding smartphone with a great specs sheet on a bargain price
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A pretty capable phone where the specs do translate to real-life usage
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Poco X3 brings incremental updates, it does everything just a little better compared to the Poco X2
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Xiaomi’s Answer To The Budget-Conscious
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of the best phones in India under Rs 20k
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Xiaomi Poco X3 is one of the best budget smartphones you can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. This is the best Poco so far
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Poco X3 make for a good smartphone to buy
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Great performance
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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