Which one should you buy?

The OnePlus 9 is here after a long run in the rumor mill. This device sports a new design language that comes with a fast battery, a new set of cameras, and a 120Hz AMOLED display. For that reason, we will be comparing it to the flagship launched in the second half of 2020. Here’s a comparison of OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 8T to see which one would be best for you.

OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 8T: Specs

OnePlus 9 OnePlus 8t
Demonstration Size: 6.55 ”AMOLED
2400x1080pixels at 402 PPI
20: 9
sRGB, DisplayP3
6.55 ″ Fluid AMOLED
2400 x 1080
402 PPI
120Hz refresh rate
Processors Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5 8GB / 12GB
Storage 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 128GB / 256GB
Camara Back: 48MP Sony IMX689 7P lens, EIS
50MP ultra-wide Sony IMX766
Monochrome 2MP

Front: 16MP Sony IMX471

Back: 48MP primary (f / 1.7, OIS)
16MP ultra-wide (f / 2.2, 123 °)
Macro 5MP
Monochrome 2MP

Front: 16MP

Battery 4,500mAh
Cost of Warp 65T
15W Qi wireless charge
(North America / Europe)
4,500mAh with an early charge of 65W
I weigh 192g (North America / Europe)
183g (India / China)
188 grams

Design and Exhibition

The OnePlus 9 comes equipped with a 6.55-inch AMOLED display that has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels at 402 PPI and supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The 20: 9 aspect ratio display also supports sRGB and P3 Display. This device weighs 192 grams (in the US and Europe), while the Indian variant weighs 183 grams (probably because it misses out on wireless charges). It comes in three color options of Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, and Astral Black. The back is also made up of 3D Corning Gorilla Glass.

The OnePlus 8T chewing the front and back of cooked glass in an aluminum frame on the sides. It is not heavy as it weighs 188 grams, and fits well on the hand. The smartphone features a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with Full-HD + resolution. It features the same refresh rate as the OnePlus 9 – 120Hz. The display is also HDR10 + certified. It is a sharp and vibrant screen.

OnePlus 9 Cameras

Hardware and Battery

Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC on the OnePlus 9. It is powered by up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB / 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You get a display fingerprint scanner similar to the OnePlus 8T. The smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W speed technology (Warp Charge 65T). It also supports 15W Qi wireless charging in North America and Europe. Plus, you get dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos like the 8T.

The OnePlus 8T is powered by a Snapdragon 865 SoC, which is the same as the OnePlus 8 Pro and the OnePlus 8. It comes with alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB / 256GB of onboard storage. In my practice, I never experienced a lag or stutter in the UI or while opening and closing an app. In addition, it packs the same 4,500mAh battery that supports a fast 65W charge and charges the battery up to 15% in 17 minutes, and up to 85% within 28 minutes. It costs up to 100% within 40 minutes.

additional 8T cameras
OnePlus 8T


The OnePlus 9 sports a triple rear camera setting. The main 48MP sensor is Sony IMX689 which has an aperture of f / 1.8 and comes with a 7P lens. Then there is a Sony IMX766 50MP ultra-wide-angle 7P lens that has an f / 2.2 aperture. Additionally, you get a 2MP monochrome sensor. On the front is a Sony IMX471 sensor with a resolution of 16MP. As for videos, you get support for 8K videos at 30fps, and 4K can be shot at 30 / 60fps. It allows you to shoot slow motion in 720p at 480fps.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 8T sport quad rear camera setting. A 48MP Sony IMX586 stable sensor. It is the only sensor used in the OnePlus 7 series as well as the OnePlus Nord. A 16MP ultra-wide hunter having a 123-degree view, a 5MP macro camera, and 2MP monochrome sensor. You will get a 16MP selfie browser. In bright daylight, the OnePlus 8T captures detailed images with excellent HDR implemented. Moving on to the ultra-wide camera, the detail is no less but not completely different.

OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 8T: Price

The OnePlus 9 is priced at 729 USD for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model, but the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant will cost 829 USD. As for the OnePlus 8T, it sells at 600 USD in the US.

Prakhar Khanna

I have been involved with the tech industry since 2014 when I built my first blog. I have been working with Digit, one of the largest tech publications in India. To date, I work as a News Editor at Pocketnow, where I get paid for using and writing about state-of-the-art technology. You can reach out to me at [email protected]