OnePlus 8 T will launch out-of-the-box, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed via a forum with OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11. Lau also reported that, aside from Google’s own Pixel phones, the latest OnePlus phone would be the first global smartphone to launch with Android 11. In addition to official confirmation of its software edition, the OnePlus 8 T is claimed to have hit the Geekbench benchmark site with 12 GB of RAM. The listing of the OnePlus 8 T by Geekbench indicated the existence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Earlier rumours, however, pointed to the latest smartphone being powered by the Snapdragon 865 + SoC.
In a forum update, Pete Lau said that the smartphone will offer better one-handed gestures as well as an overall more polished experience over the current OnePlus 8 with OxygenOS 11 running out-of-the-box on the OnePlus 8T.
In the forum article, Lau said, “We have introduced a new layout that moves touch controls closer to your thumbs for easier access, a broad range of Always on Display options to enable you to customise your interface, more intuitive animations and gestures to help you access important information more quickly, and other features that will enable you to enjoy a more well-rounded, customised user experience.”
As the Chinese company has so far maintained a record of launching its new flagships with the latest operating system, the default availability of OxygenOS 11 on the OnePlus 8 T was very evident. The OnePlus 8, however, is also in the queue to receive the latest Android 11-based OxygenOS update in the coming days, with its testing already taking place via beta releases.
Specifications suggested by OnePlus 8 T via Geekbench
A Geekbench listing has suggested some specs for the new smartphone that was initially mentioned by tipster Sudhanshu Ambore, apart from Lau’s forum post confirming OxygenOS 11 on the OnePlus 8 T out-of-the-box. The listing details the phone with the model name OnePlus KB2000, although this is assumed to be a OnePlus 8 T reference. It indicates that the handset is operating on Android 11 and 12 GB of RAM is available.
The Geekbench listing also shows that a SoC called “kona” is powered by the OnePlus handset, which is allegedly a codename for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Some previous news, however, indicated that the OnePlus 8 T could come with the Snapdragon 865 + SoC, not the Snapdragon 865, which is already powering the current OnePlus 8 sequence. If we take a look back at the OnePlus 7 T that came with the Snapdragon 855 + SoC, this makes sense, while the OnePlus 7 had a Snapdragon 855 SoC earlier. However, a list from Amazon recently indicated that the phone could only be powered by the Snapdragon 865.