The OnePlus 10T, an upgrade to the phone that was never, will be available in late summer to take up the position left by the 10 Pro by one notch. The OnePlus 10T is in a peculiar position because there was no OnePlus 10 to succeed it and there isn’t one now either. It is better than the 10 Pro in some ways but not quite as good in others.
The improvements are found in places where one would naturally associate OnePlus. On the one hand, the new model employs the snapdragon 8+ Gen 2, a TSMC-made version with better speed and efficiency, in terms of performance. To get the most out of that chip, it is coupled with the most sophisticated cooling system the company has ever produced. The OP10T has a 150W charging capacity, which on paper seems excessive but actually makes it one of the fastest charging smartphones we’ve seen.
Since it is not a professional, the 10T does make some compromises in other areas, with the camera being a major one. A zoom camera is absent from the very mediocre configuration (a 3x zoom camera is included on the 10 Pro), and the Ultra-wide camera is a mid-range-grade device. All that is left is the main camera, which has some decent imaging capabilities but is still hardly cutting edge.
The display, albeit 120Hz OLED, is also not quite a flagship feature because it lacks the fine-grained adjustable refresh rate that we have come to anticipate from top-end models.
However, it could be unjust to the 10T’s objectives to frame it as a flagship and point out the ways in which it falls short of the Mark. There’s a reason the name doesn’t include “Pro,” and with a starting price of 650 dollars or 740 euros, it’s competing in a different field. Let’s monitor its progress.
Unboxing of OnePlus 10T
The 10T is packaged in a well-known bright red cardboard box, so there are no surprises. It must be a full-size one in order to accommodate the Chunky power adaptor. Despite the charger’s 160W rating, the phone can only handle 150W, as we already mentioned. It’s unfortunate that the power output in the US will be limited to 125W. It’s important to note that the charger has issues with USB power delivery and can only output 45W through its USB-C port.
More than the adaptor and cable that come with it, there aren’t many other components in the box. For what it’s worth, there are a couple of it stickers.
There isn’t a protective case included in the retail box, but OnePlus sent a few options from their selection that you can buy separately. One of them is made of blocks and mimics the sandstone texture of the Company’s earlier models, from the time when they were still making efforts to stand out from the crowd. The other is of the cooling variety, like the Oppo Find X5 Pro model we previously owned. With a little imagination, you might be able to glimpse fashionable lightning bolts inside of the striped cutouts.
The OnePlus 10T adopts the design language established by the 10Pro, with the two models differing somewhat from the rest of the company’s lineup, including the Nord series and 9th generation models. The most noticeable parts are, of course, on the back.
either the island or the camera configuration The large island with widely spaced components dominating the top of the phone is a defining feature of the OnePlus 10-series design. Knowing the actual cameras inside, the configuration is hardly required by the hardware’s dimensions – it is obviously beyond the scope of this situation. Even on the OnePlus 10 Pro, the cameras were, if anything, too far apart.
Despite looking a lot like the 10 Pro at a passing glance, the 10Ts panel is actually different on at least a couple of ways. Still made of the same quality of Gorilla Glass 5, the panel is now moulded in one piece to curved over the camera section – the 10 Pro had a seperate piece for the camera island . Even so, the camera still has its own cutouts with ring-like projections. Despite the fact that the new phone has inferior imaging hardware, these rings have a larger outer diameter than those on the 10 Pro, measuring 17mm as opposed to 15mm.
The 10Ts back’s finish is where the other major changes are found. The surface of the 10Ts panel is first different from the older models and then different between the two colour options, in contrast to the 10 Pro’s frosted treatment with shimmery effect when exposed to direct sunlight.
The rough, stone-like texture of the moonstone Black Variant, according to OnePlus, was influenced by the roughness of basalt. It is quite original and completely unlike anything we have seen done with glass before. Additionally, it does not exhibit any smudges or fingerprints.
The second shade is called jade Green and has a glossy, ceramic-like appearance. There will be a lot of fingerprints as a result, but wiping them off is simple and the pale colour exudes a subtle elegance. We can’t help but wonder if the contrasting black 1+ logo would have looked better if it had been more subdued and color-matched, like on the Emerald Forest 10 Pro. It is what it is, and we quickly recover from it.
The frame matches the colour of the phone’s back in terms of colour. In contrast to the aluminium of the 10 Pro, it is made of plastic and has a glossy finish. One benefit of the new material is that it is visually unimpaired by antenna lines, if anyone was still disturbed by them.
Speaking of features that won’t detract from the 10T’s appearance, the alert slider has been removed, but it’s clear that this has enraged far more people than it has pleased. The slider, a staple of OnePlus design and functionality since the OnePlus 2, was both a statement of the company’s identity and a hint that OnePlus was devolving into an Oppo mirror branch.
The 10T now only has the standard two physical controls — a power button on the right and volume rockers on the left — as the alert slider has been removed. Even though this kind of separation used to be common, most manufacturers now place both the power button and the volume rockers on the right.
The remaining pieces are situated just as you would anticipate. On the bottom, a mic and a loudspeaker are placed on either side of the USB-C connector. Additionally, this location has a SIM Card slot without a micro SD card slot. It’s one of those times where we have to emphasise that the red gasket on the tray’s outer edge does not signify an IP rating because the OnePlus 10T does not have official dust and water resistance.
Another microphone and an additional hole for the top speaker are located up above.
Although there is a slit above the display, which was once known as the earpiece in the days of phone conversations, the top speaker is also facing forward, towards the front of the phone. The selfie camera peeps through a punch hole cutout that is reasonably sized nearby.
There are minimal bezels all around the 6.7-inch OLED display, though they are not completely thin. We can already hear the curved screen haters rejoicing because it is also a flat panel, unlike the one on the 10 Pro.
The positioning of the fingerprint reader, which is an optical scanner as is customary, raises some minor concerns. Compared to what we saw on the Pro, it is much closer to the bottom edge of the phone, albeit, obviously, the OnePlus 9 also had this low location. By the way, it’s the same on the OnePlus Nord 2T as well. The sensor itself operates without any problems.
The OnePlus 10T weighs 204g and has dimensions of 163×75.4×8.8mm. It is thicker than normal for its class and lacks an internal wireless charging coil since a dual-cell battery requires more room, according to our understanding. Its proportions are almost comparable to those of the Pixels 6Pro, whereas the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a similar footprint but is little smaller. The Galaxy S22+ is much shorter, lighter, and much thinner. The 10T is therefore a somewhat larger smartphone, despite the fact that you might not notice the difference in size because to the curved edges.
The OnePlus 10T’s display is well-equipped. The 6.7-inch OLED screen has a resolution of 1080×2412 pixels and a 394 ppi pixel density. Although there is some automated downswitching, the LCD won’t fall below 60Hz, which is the maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. The screen supports HDR10+ and 10-bit colour (1 billion colours).
The results the OnePlus 10T produced in our brightness tests were more or less average. When we manually adjusted the slider, we obtained about 500 nits, and when the adaptive brightness mode took over under bright ambient lighting, we got about 800 nits. Proper flagships can reach brightness levels of up to 1000, and some even reach 1200 nits, but for the 10Ts price and market segment, the figures are ideal.
Two ordinary modes, two pro modes, and a step-less colour temperature slider are all included in the 10T colour mode menu. The Vivid settings give brilliant colours with a blue tinge to white and grey out of the box, but you may remove this tint using the temperature slider. For sRGB and DCI-P3 test switches, respectively, natural mode is highly colour correct, and the white point is perfect in both. On the other hand, superb mode is overly colorful—imagine how colourful an OLED display is.
The OnePlus 10T supports HDR playback, and we were successful in getting YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Netflix to work together. The pre-installed Netflix app would not function on that last one, requiring a trip to the playstore in search of an update that isn’t there. The app worked perfectly, but we decided to uninstall it because it would no longer come up in searches for side loading even though it claimed to support HDR.
The 10T has two options for refresh rate: Standard will simply lock things at 60Hz, while High will max out at 120Hz but drop to 90 or 69Hz depending on the activity and the app.
While wandering around the UI in High mode, the settings menu will always remain 120Hz, however after a few seconds of inactivity, that frequency will drop to 60Hz. Browsers are limited at 90Hz, and when you aren’t engaging with them, they request to decrease to 60Hz, so they won’t go up to 120Hz. When you scroll on Facebook and Instagram, the frequency stays at 120Hz and switches to 69Hz when you stop. Some applications, including the internal pictures app, have a 60Hz default setting (so too wil Google photos, actually). When launched, YouTube shifts to 60Hz, but Netflix lets you enjoy the UI at 120Hz but changes the video playing speed to 60Hz. Unfortunately, in a gaming benchmark, we were unable to exceed 60Hz.
Oneplus 10T battery life
Given the rest of the hardware, the 4,800 mAh battery inside the OnePlus 10T has a pretty respectable capacity. The Xiaomi 12 Pro’s battery is 4,600 mAh, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S224,500 +’s mAh and the small Zenfone 9’s 4,300 mAh.
The 10T performs a decent job of turning those mAh into battery life and can run for either 14:41 hours of WI-FI web surfing at 60Hz or 17:24 hours of video playing at 60Hz because we were unable to force the 120Hz mode for the test. The voice call at 28:35 hours is also decent. With the stand-by results taken into account, we arrive at an overall endurance rating of 96h.
Although the OnePlus 10T arrives with a charger rated at 160W, the company claims that the device is capable of 150W fast charging. The phone features the typical two-cell splits within, which charge the two independently while being monitored by sophisticated controller chips. They claim that the battery should be at 80% of its initial capacity after 1600 charging cycles, which to us seems like quite good lifespan.
The 159W OnePlus won’t charge 25% faster than a Xiaomi with a 120% capacity, nor will it take 1/6 as long as a Galaxy charges at 25W, as these claims are nearly exclusively for marketing purposes. We detected 130W on our metre, although we could have missed the peak as it could have briefly reached the reported figure before switching to more sustainably high values.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fast; it definitely is. The 10T took 18 to 19 minutes during our testing with the included charger to charge from flat to 100%, and another 2 to 5 minutes to reach full capacity and stop charging. If you frequently forget to plug in before going to bed at night, the first 10 minutes of the process will get you to 65–67%, which is excellent. In fact, according to what we’ve been told, charging this quickly will probably cause you to stop overnight charging altogether.
For contrast, we also tested a third-party 65W USB converter and had respectable results; the random 65W PowerDelivery charger took 1 hour and 14 minutes to completely charge this phone and took 30 minutes to charge it by 45%. The OnePlus converter that comes with the device is also capable of producing up to 45 aw of USB PowerDelivery.
The OnePlus 10T’s inability to support wireless charging is another drawback of its charging capabilities.
The OnePlus 10T’s speaker configuration is quite basic, with one speaker that fires from the bottom on one end and another that does the same above the display and serves as an earpiece for voice calls. In portrait orientation, the top speaker is given the left channel; in landscape, the channels are switched to take into account the phone’s position in space. In any case, some of the other channels will be transmitted at a considerably reduced level by the speaker on the other side.
The 10T, together with the 10 to and the Nord 2T, received a very excellent grade for loudness in our test. Competitors are also in the same volume range. The Zenfone 9, despite its little size, offers more thud. The 10T does have a fuller-bodied presence than the Nord and somewhat more bass than the 10Pro. The 10T remains our preference over the Galaxy S22+.
The OnePlus 10T’s software is the same OxygenOS 12.1 over Android 12 that we just saw on the Nord 2T 5G. Although we don’t necessarily all have such strong ideas on the matter—you might argue that a lot of us have settled—you may read what some of us have to say about the ColorOS – specs of OxygenOS.
The 10T supports fingerprint unlock as is customary, and the optical sensor performs predictably well – it is always on, quick, and accurate. For an even quicker unlock, you may even add a face, albeit this is less safe because it uses a straightforward camera-based method.
A Quick Lunch features (available both in special Features and the fingerprint settings) enables you start an app or conduct a task if you hold your finger on the scanner for a second or two. There’s plenty of slots to occupy, and you may cycle them by holding your thumb and swiping left or right
It is possible to have an always-on display that can be genuinely always-on, planned, or power-saving (on for just a bit). For the AOD screen, you can select from a variety of distinct themes. Horizon light, also known as Edge light on other phones, is also available, according to the OP. It’s independent of the AOD and less draining on the battery, and it’s a good substitute for a notification LED, which 10T lacks.
The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset powers the OnePlus 10T, making it the best Android device currently available. The base version has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, and the middle option has 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. It also has 256GB of storage and 16GB of RAM.
The 10T is said to include a cryo-velocity vapour cooling system with a total area of 37038.8mm2, according to OnePlus listings. They combined the many layers because else it wouldn’t fit in a phone. The 10T now has twice the heat dissipation efficiency that their test results indicate, an improvement of 64% over the 10Pro solution.
There is the issue of the phone’s many system modes. Both in its normal setting and in High performance mode, our team evaluated it. With less regard for battery life and higher thermal thresholds, the latter enable the CPU to operate at its full capability. Regular mode, which isn’t really an option, simply high performance turned off, places certain restrictions on the processor and causes the phone to perform worse on CPU benchmark tests than the OnePlus 9Pro. The GPU is unaffected by this and operates continuously at maximum capacity.
That’s difference in behaviour between modes is also manifested in Antutu, and the the score of Antutu in normal mode was 786238 where the CPU performance is significant Chuck of the overall result. But the High performance Antutu score was very high it’s 1016958 in the High performance mode. There is is a little bit difference between the OnePlus 10T and Zenfone 9, itself High performance mode.
We did observe one of the most stable runs of the 3D mark Wild life stress test in the OnePlus 10T – in High performance mode, the phone posted an 88% stability rating.
The OnePlus 10T has what we can pretty much call a mid-range camera system. With a run of the mill primary unit, a simple Ultra-wide and no telephoto, it will not be no photo enthusiasts shortlists, and the 2MP macro isn’t helping either.
The Nord 2T’s configuration is very similar to this one, with the exception of the macro module here replacing the Nord’s depth camera. The main camera, which is based on a Sony IMX766 sensor, has 1.0-m pixels, a 1/1.56 optical format, and a Quad-Bayer colour filter array. It is used in conjunction with a stabilized, f/1.8, 24mm equivalent lens.
The Ultra-wide relies on the OmniVision OV08 sensor – 8MP 1/4 unit with 1.12μm pixels. The lens covers a 120-degree field of view, OP says, has an f/2.2 aperture, and its focus is fixed.
Joining these two is the 2MP close-ups camera, which uses the 2MP OV02 sensor (1.5, 1.75μm). The f/2.4 aperture lens has its focus fixed at around 4cm.
for a selfie camera, the 10T has a Samsung sensor, for a change – the S5K3P9 has a 1/3 optical format and 16 million 1μm pixels . The lens here has an f/2.4 aperture, 24mm equivalent focal length, and a fixed focus distance.
The camera app is the same as on any other Oppo or Realme device, running ColorOS 12 or the rearmost OxygenOS OnePlus with the notable exception of the Hasselblad- ingrained models and on their orange accentuation colors.
The other modes may be found in the more sub-menu, and they can be switched between by swiping on the viewfinder or the scroller below. You have the choice to rearrange the modes anyway you choose.
The three-dit button is located in the viewfinder’s upper-right corner, behind which is the general settings menu.
Of course, there is also a Pro mode, which gives you control over the standard settings like IOS, exposure, white balance, manual focus, and shutter speed. Additionally, you have focus peaking and a histogram at your disposal.
The OnePlus 10T’s main camera can capture some very beautiful images in natural light. It tooks exceptionally crisp – sharper than the 10Pro. The number of information is around what you should expect from a 12-ish MP image, and it’s presented in a really gritty manner. Additionally, it is a far better rendition than the Nord 2T, in our opinion. There is also a good deal of noise, which adds to the roughness in its quite distinctive appearance, which we enjoy.
With the exception of flower shots, which can occasionally have slightly off white balance, colours are vivid and the white balance is generally accurate. Some Manu find the shadows underdeveloped; if that’s your thing, you might need to tap expose for them. Dynamic range is reasonably wide, with a focus on preserving highlights.
The AI Toggle will provide a more pronounced increase in colour saturation if you want it. Not generally big fans.
The 10T doesn’t have a zoom camera, but the 2X setting on the zoom selector produces very useful images. Although they lack the per-pixel detail to handle complex textures, straight lines are rendered with a nice level of sharpness.
The Ultra-wide camera offers a feeling that is a little bit mid-range. With such a large field of vision, the 8MP resolution is inadequate. The graininess is also there; OnePlus appears to have taken a cautious stance toward noise reduction across the board, and we applaud that decision. The Ultra-wide is geared at safeguarding the highlights, and some may find the shadows to be excessively black, but overall we wouldn’t criticise it for its dynamic range.
Unfortunately, the Ultra-wide doesn’t have autofocus, thus attempting to capture a close-up would result in an out of focus subject. There is a macro camera for this, but we wouldn’t exactly call this 2MP device practical or usable.
When the light is below a particular threshold, the 10Ts approach to low-light shooting applies Night mode type processing by default in photo mode. Since it is so quick to shoot and yields excellent photos, there is no harm in the fact that you can’t turn it off like on other phones. Excellent dynamic range and tonal development are being displayed, along with appealing, rich colours that occasionally lean somewhat orange from certain street lights. Although there is very little noise and excellent detail, there is evidence of havey-like sharpening in the Night mode that is neither extreme nor natural.
Having said that, we notice more noise, somewhat more detail, and less of that orange tint in the areas (1,6,7,9,12) that were obviously left without any Night mode action. The ture photo mode is a good choice for low-light shooting because that doesn’t compromise dynamic range, but the phone doesn’t give you control over it.
How certain scenes seem when they are actually shot in the night mode. You’ll observe that the change is only noticeable in the photographs above when the Night mode didn’t immediately turn on.
In terms of Night mode processing, the Ultra-wide camera works similarly to the primary one, with fewer occasions where it decided not to activate. This time around, it’s a good thing because the Night mode might result in photographs that are noisy, AA-limited, and have a high contrast bar, for example.
Other than that, and in spite of the hardware’s relative modesty, the 10Ts results are fairly acceptable in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and colour saturation. Detail is acceptable if you keep your expectations in check.
The OnePlus 10T’s Portrait mode offers the choice between two different zoom levels, including the main camera’s native field of view and a 2x zoomed-in crop. The former will theoretically result in finer quality but may wrap facial features if taken up close, whereas the latter will result in better perspective but less desirable pixel-level results.
Even in relatively difficult lighting, the results of the zoomed-in shots were surprisingly impressive. The blur looks exactly correct, subject recognition is outstanding, and HDR is operating well.
In general, the 10T’s selfie camera performed admirably. Although a touch too Saturday in certain situations that result in too punk looks, colour is often beautiful. The dynamic range is really good. What’s not so great is detail when viewed at 1:1. Since this Tetra pixel sensor outputs at its nominal resolution, which is what we’re seeing here, it’s not at its best. Having said that, these images will look great on screens and in social media.
The OnePlus 10T’s primary camera can capture videos in 4K at 60 frames per second; 8K is not supported, which we generally think is stupid. Unfortunately, the Ultra-wide cannot capture 4K video since its sensor lacks the requisite pixels. And 1080p at 60 frames per second is not supported.
As usual, you have the choice to utilise the h.265 codec (HEVC) for better storage usage than you can achieve with the h.264 codec’s default settings. In all settings, stabilisation is always on, and stereo audio is captured at 96kbps.
- 120Hz display that is vivid.
- competent primary camera for both still images and moving pictures, both in daylight and at night.
- With a reliable battery, this charging adapter is among the fastest.
- Very Nice Stereo Speakers.
- The fastest Android chipset available has incredible sustained performance.
- Alert slider was gone.
- No wireless charging.
- No IP rating
- OxygenOS is now but a reskinned ColorOS.
- Most games limited to 60Hz, browsers to 90Hz.
- No telephoto camera, and the Ultra-wide is so-so.