The OnePlus 8T is the company’s entry-level flagship for 2020. Despite its low price of $749, it comes with a slew of high-end hardware and software. Of course, there are a plethora of excellent low-cost flagships available these days, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition). The 2020 S20 variant shares many similarities with the Galaxy S20 but makes a few compromises to achieve the low price of $699. The real question is this: which phone should you buy between the OnePlus 8T and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE?
We’ve already looked at the S20 FE and the OnePlus 8T, so let’s see how the two phones compare.
OnePlus 8T vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Specifications
|OnePlus8T||Samsung Galaxy S20 FE|
|6.55-inch AMOLED2,400 x 1,080 resolution402ppi120Hz refresh rate20:9 aspect ratio||6.5-inch flat Super AMOLEDInfinity-O cutout, centeredFHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) resolution407ppi120Hz refresh rateHDR 10+Gorilla Glass 3 cover|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 8654x Cortex-A774x Cortex-A55||5G models:Qualcomm Snapdragon 8654G models:Samsung Exynos 990|
|5G models:Adreno 650|
4G models:Arm Mali-G77 MP11
|RAM||8GB / 12GBLDPPR4x||6GBLPDDR5|
|Storage||128GB / 256GBNo microSD slot||128GBmicroSD support up to 1TB|
|RearMain: 48MP, f/1.7 aperture, 0.8µm pixels, optical + electronic image stabilizationSecondary: 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, ultra-wide (123-degree FoV)Macro: 5MP, 3cm focal lengthMonochrome: 2MP4K at 60fps/30fps|
Front16MP sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 1.0 μm pixels, fixed focus, electronic image stabilization
|Rear:12MP wide-angle Dual-Pixel, OIS ƒ1.8, 1/1.76in, 1.8μm|
12MP ultra-wide ƒ2.2, 1/3.06in, 1.12μm
8MP telephoto 3x optical zoom, OIS 30x digital “Space Zoom” ƒ2.4, 1/4.4in, 1.0μm
Front:32MP (binned to 8MP) ƒ2.2, 1/2.8in, 0.8μm
|4,500mAh battery15W wired charging (in-box adapter)25W wired charging (add’l adapter needed)15W wireless chargingWireless PowerShare|
|IP Rating||None for unlocked modelIP68 rating for T-Mobile version|
|Software||Android 11||Android 10|
|Dimension and Weight||160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4mm188g||74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm190g|
|Colors||Aquamarine Green, Lunar Silver||Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White, Cloud Orange|
The OnePlus 8T has a design that isn’t all that different from its predecessor, though there are some noticeable differences, such as a new camera setup in the upper left corner. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE resembles the original Galaxy S20 in appearance, but it replaces the glass rear with a plastic material with a glass-like finish held together by an aluminium frame.
While both manufacturers have very different design languages, they do share a few things. The S20 FE has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 and a refresh rate of 120Hz, while the S20 X has a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The OnePlus 8T features a slightly larger 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with the same resolution and refresh rate as the OnePlus 8. The S20 FE centres the punch hole, whereas the OnePlus 8T moves it to the upper left corner. Neither phone, as expected, has a headphone jack.
The OnePlus 8T is available in only two colours: Lunar Silver and Aquamarine Green. Samsung takes a different approach, offering a plethora of colour options. The colours available include Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, Cloud White, and Cloud Orange.
If you value water and dust resistance, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE offers an IP68 rating. The regular unlocked OnePlus 8T does not have this rating. T-Mobile customers, on the other hand, will be able to purchase the so-called OnePlus 8T Plus, which offers the same overall features but has an IP68 rating.
Regardless of which phone you choose, you’ll have plenty of power. Both devices use the same Qualcomm 865 chipset, which supports 5G. Outside of the US, there’s also a 4G-only version of the Galaxy S20 FE with Samsung’s own Exynos 990 chip. If 5G is vital to you, the Galaxy S20 FE is the better option, as it supports sub-6 and mmWave frequencies. The 8T only supports sub-6, which means it won’t work with some carriers, such as Verizon.
There are a few variations in the remainder of the parameters as well. To begin, the OnePlus 8T is available in two configurations: 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage or 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. The Galaxy S20 FE has 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While there is no model with more RAM or storage, you can add up to 1TB of extra storage via microSD.
Both phones come with a 4,500mAh battery and support for quick charging. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with 15W wired charging but can be upgraded to 25W with an optional adapter. The OnePlus 8T ups the ante by including a Warp Charge 65 charger, which can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in 39 minutes. The 8T can also charge other devices at speeds of up to 45W.
The Galaxy S20 FE is the only device that supports wireless charging at speeds of up to 15W. Other devices can even be charged wirelessly in reverse.
The OnePlus 8T features a Sony IMX586 48MP primary rear camera as well as a 16MP 123-degree ultra-wide camera. There’s also a third 5MP macro sensor and a 2MP monochrome camera. Finally, the front-facing camera is 16MP.
According to OnePlus, the 8T has some unique AI-driven camera features. When one of them detects that the phone is in low light, it will immediately switch to the camera’s Nightscape mode. In our review of the phone, we expressed our dissatisfaction with the overall image quality of the photos taken with the cameras.
The Galaxy S20 FE, on the other hand, has three camera sensors on the back: a 12MP standard camera, a 12MP wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. A 32MP front-facing camera is also included. The Galaxy S20 FE cameras, according to our review, produce solid but unspectacular images. It can also record video clips, but only in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.
The OnePlus 8T ships with OxygenOS 11, which is based on the new Android 11 operating system. While Oxygen OS has traditionally maintained a very stock-like design, the latest software introduces a few changes that push it further away from stock Android. Among the changes are a new OnePlus Sans font, a new Always On Display, and enhancements to Dark Mode and Zen Mode.
The Galaxy S20 FE came pre-installed with Android 10 and the One UI skin. The phone, on the other hand, received an over-the-air Android 11 update in early 2021. Samsung has promised three Android OS updates for the Galaxy S20 FE. The OnePlus 8T will receive at least two Android OS updates, as well as an additional year of software security updates.
- OnePlus 8T with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs £549/42,999 Rs.
- OnePlus 8T with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage costs £649/$749/45,999 Rs.
- $699/£699/€759 for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- £599/€659 for the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (4G only).
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE costs $699 in the United States. Verizon Wireless sells its own variant, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW, for $749 and is capable of connecting to the carrier’s “ultra-wideband” 5G network. In the UK, the 5G model costs £699, while the 4G model costs £599. The 4G model costs €659 in Europe, while the 5G model costs €759.
What about the OnePlus 8T? In the United States, the only model available is the 12GB/256GB variant, which costs $749. Other regions will be able to purchase the 8GB/128GB model, which is priced at £549 (US$709) in the UK.
Which should you buy: the OnePlus 8T or the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE?
On paper, the Galaxy S20 FE outperforms the OnePlus 8T in a variety of ways, including price. It also supports wireless charging, and Samsung claims that the phone will receive at least three Android OS updates. The Galaxy S20 FE appears to outperform the OnePlus 8T in terms of image quality. The IP68 rating is useful. Finally, the microSD slot allows users to expand their storage capacity.
For its US edition, the OnePlus 8T boasts larger internal storage and much more RAM. It comes pre-installed with Android 11. When compared to the Galaxy S20 FE, its Warp Charge 65W charger means you’ll be up and running with the phone in much less time. Its glass back is more premium than Samsung’s plastic back. It’s strange, though, that the IP68 classification is only available on the T-Mobile variant.
The OnePlus 8T and the Galaxy S20 FE are neck and neck, and it all comes down to personal choice.