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Meitu T8 Quick Review: Selfie-Focused Phone With 24MP Front Camera

Some manufacturers focus on dual-curved screens. Some of them target customers who like large memory devices. The third ones pack their handsets with great front cameras. There are a few devices made with this goal in mind. We have already managed to take a look at some of them such as the Leagoo T1 and iNew Pandora R9. But none of them can compete with the Oppo R9S sporting a 16MP camera on the front as well as on the back. The company has managed to sell over 3 million units in January. So be sure this model will help the manufacturer to stay in the top Chinese smartphone makers list this year too. May be the forthcoming Bluboo device will make some competition to it, but it’s another topic for conversation. I mean this phone will never become a reality, so let’s see what other smartphones can make competition to the Oppo R9S. Be sure there are some models in face of the Meitu M6S and Meitu T8 announced recently. The former one sports a 21MP camera that is the way better than Oppo’s model. But today we are going to review the next one – meet the Meitu T8 selfie-centric device packed with a 24MP front camera. But it’ll be a sin to say this is the only selling point of this smartphone. So let’s look at it closer.

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Meitu T8 Unboxing

The phone comes in a matte black box with a double-V silhouette of the phone. The phone name and the brand logo are printed inside that shape. So the rest of the box is blank.

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The back of the Meitu T8 carries some info on the device such as model number, memory combination, etc.

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The phone is put in a glossy pink cardboard with two holes for fingers. It is covered with a sticker that should be removed before the use.

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The charger among the USB cable, protection case, and a pin are in small black boxes located under the cardboard.

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Nothing useless is there. Even there is not a paunchy user manual – only instructions with pictures how to use the cable and so on.

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Meitu T8 Appearance

The Meitu T8 sports an ‘outdated’ design, as many can claim. But this hexagonal design is great in terms of ergonomics. Thanks to it the phone can be hold by one hand easily. Plus, it is great for single-hand operations. Agree this is a problem for current handsets. At last, it comes at 7.15mm thickness.

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The manufacturer has tried to make a symmetrically-designed smartphone. Any design element on the phone has its contrary lineament. For example, the Meitu T8 sports a 5.2-inch AMOLED display at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The front camera is located above the screen, and a home button at almost the same size is below the display. The proximity sensor is next to the camera.

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A dedicated camera button among with the power button and SIM tray are located on the right side.

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The volume rocker is on the left hand side.

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The top side is blank.

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 A 3.5mm audio jack, a microUSB port and a speaker are on the bottom hand side.

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The back panel carries a camera accompanied with a dual-LED flash. There is also a small hole for microphone and the brand logo. Nothing more.

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As you can see, this is the metallic orange variant of the Meitu T8, but there are other color options including blue, gray, rose gold, and black. The phone has metal dual frame hinting at a good build quality.

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We can also clearly notice the antenna lines parallel to the top and below contours.

Hands on With Meitu T8

Many are familiar with Meitu brand thanks to selfie apps like MakeupPlus and BeautyPlus. But this manufacturer has started making smartphones since 2013. Unfortunately, they are available only in China. But the apps built for taking selfies can be used by any Android smartphone. As for the Meitu T8, it comes with the aforementioned apps pre-installed.

The phone sports a dual 12MP camera modules on the front, which is basically like 24MP. Thus it is capable of taking photos similar to DSLR cameras. The shooter also packs OIS, PDA and Meitu’s own noise reduction technology. It comes at f/1.8 large aperture.

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The camera app has tons of filters and effects built right in. so you don’t need to download additional apps to edit your selfies. Moreover, the Meitu T8 comes with artificial intelligence-powered editing features instantly detecting genders and offering filters corresponding to them. Say it will detect a child and avoid much skin smoothing.

There is a number of Instagram-like filters called Jungle, Shatter, Sweet, and Amber, but the real advantage of this brand is the camera’s AI Beautification functions such as the “auto face-lift,” “anti-acne,” “dark circles,” “highlight face,” “smart whitening,” “tooth whitening,” and “rosy.”

As for the performance, the Meitu T8 sports a deca-core MediaTek Helio X MT6797 chip clocked at 2.3GHz and paired with a 4GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM.

The rest of specs include a 21MP rear camera at f/2.2 aperture, 3,580mAh battery, USB Type-C, and Meitu’s custom MeiOS skin based on Android 6.0 and providing features such as private albums and private home screens.

Conclusion

The Meitu T8 actually looks and acts identical to top-notch smartphones. No one can complain on any feature of it, as the phone looks amazing, sports powerful processor, AMOLED display at Full HD resolution, great memory combination, large capacity battery, good connectivity options supporting 18W fast charge like the Meizu M5S, and incredible cameras at 24MP and 21MP on front and back, respectively. If this phone is made by a top-brand, be sure you will have to pay a fortune to get your hands on it. We can take the iPhone 7 / Plus as an example. But the Meitu T8 is priced at 3299 yuan ($480). There is also the Meitu T8 Mirage Black Special Edition designed by Angelababy, priced at 3599 yuan ($523).

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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