An update to the phone that never was, the OnePlus 10T arrives in late Summer to fill a slot a notch below the 10 Pro. There was no OnePlus 10 to be succeeded, and there’s no 10T pro now either, so the 10T is in somewhat of weird spot – superior to the 10 Pro is some ways, not quite as good in others.
The upgrades come in areas that one easily associates with OnePlus. On the one hand, when it comes to the performance – the new model uses the snapdragon 8+ Gen 2, the TSMC – made version coming with improved a speed and efficiency. It’s coupled with most advanced cooling system the company has made, so it can make the most out of that chip. And then there’s charging speed – it has 150W of charging capability of OP10T sounds excessive on paper, bit it does make it one of the fastest charging handset we’ve seen.
Not being a pro, the 10T does make some concessions in other areas, key among them being the camera. The rather unimpressive setup is missing a zoom camera (a 3x one present on the 10 Pro), and the Ultra-wide one is a mid-range grade unit. That only leaves the main camera with some proper imaging chops, but it too hardly cutting the edges.
A similarly not quite flagship bit is the display sure, it’s a 120Hz OLED panel, but it omits the granular adaptive refresh rate we’ve come to expect from top-end model.
But framing the 10T as a flagship and pointing out ways in which it misses the Mark may be unfair to its aspirations. There’s a reason why there’s no Pro in its name, and with a starting price of 650$/€740 it’s fighting a different battel. Let’s see how it does.
Unboxing of OnePlus 10T
There are no surprises in the presentation – the 10T arrives in a familiar bright red cardboard box. It’s a full-size one, to- it has to be in order to fit the Chunky power adaptor. There’s a 160W stamp on the charger, bu the phone supports 150W, as we mentioned before. In the US, the power output will capped at 125W, to bummer. It’s worth mentioning that the charger is also USB power delivery complaints and will put output to 45W through it USB-C port
Theres little more in terms of accessories inside the box other than the adapter and cable to igo with it. There are a couple of it stickers for what it’s worth.
There’s no bundled protective case inside the retail box, but OnePlus send a couple from their case roster that you can purchase, at an extra cost. One of them is block and mimics the sandstone texture of earlier models by the Company-from when they still did things to standout from the pack. The other one is the cooling type, similar to the one we had for the Oppo find X5 pro. It has cutouts in a striped pattern, and with some imagination, you could see stylish lighting bolts in there.
The OnePlus 10T adopt the design language laid out by the 10Pro, the two differing somewhat significantly from the rest of the company’s line-up the 9th gen and the Nord series alike. Naturally, the standout bits are on the back.
its the camera setup or island the is the signature OnePlus 10- series design touch, the over-sized island with spread apart modules dominating the top of the phone. Knowing the actual cameras inside, the arrangement is hardly mandated by the hardwares dimensions – it’s clearly from over function here. If anything, the cameras were needlessly far apart, even on the OnePlus 10 Pro.
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 molded in one piece to curved over the camera section – the 10 Pro had a seperate piece for the camera island . The camera themselves do still have their own cutouts with slightly protruding rings. Believe it or not, these rings have an outer diameter of 17mm, compared to the 15mm ones of the 10 Pro, despite the new phone features inferior imaging hardware.
The other key differences is in the finish of the 10Ts back. Where the 10 Pro went for a frosted treatment with a shimmery effect when out in the bright sun, regardless of which of the two main colorways you picked, the surface of the 10Ts panel is first different from the old models and then different between the two colors options.
The moonstone Black Variant has a rough, stone like texture that OnePlus says is inspired by the texture of basalt. It’s quite unlike anything we have see being done with glass before and is very unique. As a bonus, it also does not show any fingerprint or smudges
The other color goes by jade Green, and it has a Glossy, ceramic-like finish. What that means is a lot of fingerprints, though wiping them is easy enough, and the pale color has an understated elegance to it. We can’t help but wonder if a subtler, color-matched 1+ logo like on the Emerald Forest 10 Pro would have looked better instead of this contrasting black one. It is what and we quickly snap out of it.
What is color matched of back of the phone is the frame. It’s made out of plastic as opposed to the aluminium of 10 Pro and has a Glossy finish. One postive spin to the change material is that there are no antenna lines spoiling it’s look if those still bothered anyone, that is.
And speaking of thing that won’t be spoiling it’s look, the alert slider is gone on the 10T- though admittedly, we can see this I’ve angering a lot more people than it will please. A stable of OnePlus design and features set since the OnePlus 2, the slider was a symbol of the company’s Identity, and a symptoms of the brand’s becoming just a mirror branch of Oppo.
So with the alert slider gone, the 10T is left with the usual two physical control- a power button on the right and a volume rockers on the left. We say usual, but this kind of separation is becoming increasingly rare with most makers now having both the power button and the volume rockers on the right.
The rest of the bits are where you’d expect them to be. The USB-C port is on the bottom, flanked by a mic and a loudspeaker. Also here is the SIM Card slot with no micro SD card slot, as usual. It’s one of those instances where we need to point out that the red gasket on the trays outer end does not mean an IP rating – there’s no official dust and water resistance on the OnePlus 10T.
Up top, there’s another mic and an Extra opening for the top speaker’s.
That top speaker’s also fres forward, towards the front of the phone, though a slit above the display – back in the day of phone calls, that was dubbed the earpiece. A punch hole cutout of reasonable size nearby is where the selfie camera peeks though.
The 6.7-inch OLED display is surrounded by minim.al bezels, if not quite uniformly thin all around. It’s a flat panel too, unlike the one on the 10 Pro, and we can already hear the curved screen haters rejoicing.
One slightly questionable point is the placement of the fingerprint reader- an optical one as is the norm. It’s a lot closer to the bottom edge of the phone than what we saw on the pro, though admittedly, this low position is also what the OnePlus 9 had. It’s the same on the OnePlus Nord 2T as well, by the way. The sensor itself works with no issues.
The OnePlus 10T measures 163×75.4×8.8mm and weight was 204g. It’s on the thick side of the average for the class, and it doesn’t comes with wirless charging coil inside the phone-the dual – cell battery does take some extra space, we gather. It’s nearly identical in dimensions to the pixels 6Pro, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro is the same footprint but is slightly thinner. The Galaxy S22+ is a lot thinner and also slightly shorter and lighter. So the 10T is a relatively larger handset though it doesn’t necessarily feel like it – the curved rare edges do soften its impact in your perception of the size.
The OnePlus 10T has a well-specced, display. The 6.7-inch OLED panel comes with a slightly odd 1080x2412px resolution, and the pixels density is 394ppi. The maximum refresh rate is 120Hz, and while there is some automatic downswitching, the display Won’t go below 60Hz. The panel is capable of 10-bit color (1 billion colors), and HDR10+.
In our brightness testing, the OnePlus 10T delivered more less standard results. We got 500-ish nits when the adjusting the slider manually and 800-ish nits when the adaptive brightness mode takes over in bright ambient conditions. Proper flagship can go as high as 1000, some even up to 1200 nits, but for the 10Ts price and segment, the numbers are just right.
The 10T color mode menu features two regular modes and two pro modes wih an additional step-less color temperature slider available across all. The out of the box Vivid settings makes no claims for accuracy and delivers vibrant colors with a blue tint to white and gray – something you can alleviate with the temperature slider. Both natural and cinematic mode are very color accurate (for sRGB and DCI-P3 test switches, respectively), and the white point is spot on in both. Superb mode, on there hand, is excessively colorful – think, the OLED display is colorful.
The OnePlus 10T comes with HDR playback, we did get YouTube, Amazon prime, and Netflix to co-operate. That last one required some going though hoops, however as the pre-installed Netflix app wouldn’t run, insisting an a trip to the playstore for an updates but it doesn’t exist. So we decided to uninstall the app although, at which point it would no longer show up when searched for side loading it worked just fine, though and the app reported HDR support.
The 10T goes about refresh rate in a simple manner there are two options, and standard will just lock things at 60Hz, while High will max out at 120Hz, but drop to 90 or 69 depending on the app and activity.
In High mode, the settings menu will maintain 120Hz constantly, and 120Hz is what you’ll get when roaming across the UI, but that will then drop to 60Hz after a couple of seconds of idling. Browsers are capped at 90Hz, with a prompt drop to 60Hz when you’re not interacting with them – so no, they won’t go to 120Hz. Facebook and Instagram maintain120Hz when you’re scrolling and switch 69Hzif you stop. Some apps will default to 60Hz, like the in-house photos app (so too wil Google photos, actually). YouTube switches to 60Hz upon launch, while Netflix lets you enjoy the UI to 120Hz but switches to 60Hz for video playback. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get above 60Hz in a gaming benchmark.
Oneplus 10T battery life
OnePlus 10T has 4,800 mAh battery and its powers the 10T-a very reasonable capacity given the rest of the hardware. The tiny Zenfone 9 had a 4,300mAh battery, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro has 4,600mAh battery and the Samsung Galaxy S22+ stands at 4,500 mAh.
The 10T does a solid job of converting those mAh into battery life and is good for 17:24 hours of video playback at 60Hz, or 14:41 hours of WI-FI web browsing also at 60Hz as we couldn’t force the 120Hz mode for the test. The 28:35 hours results in a voice call is also respectable. Factoring in the okayish stand-by results, we arrive at an overall endurance rating of 96h.
OnePlus advertises 150W fast charging capability for the 10T, and the phone ships with a charger rated at 160W. The phone has the usual two-cell splits inside and charges rhe two separately, while advanced controller chips monitor the process. They say that after 1600 charging cycles, the battery should be at 80% of it’s intial capacity, which sounds like pretty excellent longevity to us.
The while things with crazy wattages is almost entirely for marketing purposes, of course, and the 159W OnePlus isn’t going to charge 25% faster than a 120%-capable Xiaomi, nor is it going to take 1/6 of the time a Galaxy charges at 25W. It may or may not reach the advertised value for a brief instant and switch to more sustainable numbers- we spotted 130W on our meter, but we may very well have missed the peak.
Thats not to say it’s not fast, mind you – it’s very much is. In our testing with the bundled charger the 10T took 18 to 19 mints to get to 100% from flat, with 2 to 5 mints on the top for to reach a full state and stop charging. The first 10 minutes of the process will get you to 65-67%, which is great if you often end up forgetting to plug in when you go to bed at night. In fact, charging speeds this fast will likely lead to you abandoning overnight charging entirely, we’ve been told.
For comparison, we have tried a third party 65W USB adapter, ad we got decent numbers out of that as well it takes to charge 45% for 30 minutes and to a full charge it takes 1 hour 14 minutes to fully charge this phone a random 65W PowerDelivery charger. As a side note, the included OnePlus adapter is also rated for USB PowerDelivery output upto 45aw.
And the downside of the OnePlus 10Ts charging capabilities is it’s lack of the wireless charging support.
The speaker’s setup in the OnePlus 10T is fairly standard arrangement witha bottom firing unit on one end and a top/front firing one above the display that also sever as the earpiece for voice calls. The top speaker’s is assigned the left channel in portrait orientation, while in landscape, the phone will switch the channels to respect it’s orientation in space. Either way, the opposite speaker’s will broadcast some of the other channels sound at a much lower volume.
The 10T earned a very good rating for loudness in our test, same as the 10 to and the Nord 2T. Competitors are in the same loudness ballpark too. The 10T does have a more full-bodied presence than the Nord, and its ever so slightly bassier than the 10Pro, but it hardly a low-end champ – the Zenfone 9, tiny as it may be, has more thump. We’d still pick the 10T over the Galaxy S22+.
The OnePlus 10T software running in same OxygenOS 12.1 over Android 12 we saw on the Nord 2T 5G just last week. You can read what if some of us have to say about the ColorOS – specifications of OxygenOS, though we don’t all necessary hold such strong opinions on the topic – you could say a bunch of us have settled.
As is the normal, the 10T supports fingerprint unlock, and the optical sensor works predictably great – always-on, fast, and accurate. You can also add a face for an even speedier unlock – though this is not as secure, being a simple camera-based solutions.
A Quick Lunch features (found both in special Features and the fingerprint settings) lets you open an app or execute a task if you keep your finger on the scanner for a second or two. There’s plenty of slots to occupy, and you can cycle them by holding your thumb and swiping left or right
Always-on Display is available, and it can be truly always-on, scheduled, or power-saving (on for just a bit). You can choose from many unique theme’s for the AOD screen. Also available is what OP calls Horizon light, also known as Edge light on other phones. It’s independent of the AOD and lighter on the battery, and it is a good alternative to a notification LED, which is doesn’t have in 10T.
The OnePlus 10T is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, so it’s packing the best there is on Android at the moment. And it’s comes with 256GB of storage and 16GB of Ram, the base version stands of 128GB of storage and 8Gb of Ram, and there’s a middle option to 256 GB of storage and 12GB of Ram.
OnePlus lists says the 10T has a cryo-velocity vapour cooling system with a total area of 37038.8mm². That’s alot of area – they sum the multiple layers, otherwise, it wouldn’t fit in a phone. It’s a 64% increase over the 10Pro solution and gives the 10T twice the heat dissipation efficiency their test date indicates.
There’s a matter of the different system modes that the phone has. Our team tested it both in its default state and in High performance mode. The latter allow the CPU to run at its fill potential with little consideration for battery efficiency and high thermal thresholds. The regular mode (not a setting, strictly speaking , just with high performance turned off) imposes some limitations on the processor, and phone returns CPU benchmarks scores lower than the OnePlus 9Pro. The GPU isn’t affected by this, and always working of full power.
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.
That configuration is very similar to what the Nord 2T got, with the exception of the macro module here, which replace the depth camera od the Nord. The primary camera based on the Sony IMX766 sensor – it has a 1/1.56 optical forma, 1.0μm pixels, and a Quad-Bayer color filter array. It’s paired with a 24mm equivalent lens with an f/1.8 aperture, which is stabilized.
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 latest OxygenOS OnePlus with the notable exception of the Hasselblad – branded models and on their orange accent colors.
Swiping onbthe viewfinder or the scroller below switches between modes, while the additional ones can be found under the more sub-menu. There’s an option to re-arrange the modes to your liking.
The general settings menu is found under the three-dit button in the upper-right corner of the viewfinder.
Naturally, a Pro mode is available too, offering control over the usual stuff like IOS, exposure, white balance, manual focus and shutter speed. There are also focus peaking and histogram to help you out.
In daylight, the OnePlus 10Ts primary camera is capable of some really pleasing shots. The amount of the details is about the maximum you can expect from a 12-ish MP image and its rendered in a particularly gritty fashion, so it tooks especially sharp – sharper than the 10Pro. It’s also a markedly different rendition to that of the Nord 2T, and its superior, we reckon. There’s a fair bit of the noise too, adding to that grittiness it’s rather specific look, and we do like it.
Colors are vibrant, and the white balance is mostly accurate with the specific exception of flower shots that can be little off. Dynamic range is reasonable wide, with a particular focus on highlights preservation, though some Manu find the shadows undeveloped – you might need to tap expose for them if that’s your thing.
If you’d like some further boost of color saturation, the AI Toggle will deliver that. We’re not necessarily huge fan.
While there’s no zoom camera on the 10T, the 2X setting on the zoom selector delivers very usable images. They don’t have the per-pixel detail to deal with intricate texture, but straight lines are render nicely sharp.
The Ultra-wide camera has somewhat of a mid-range vibe to it. The 8MP resolution with a field of view this wide doesn’t alright for what it is. The graininess is here as well- apparently, OnePlus adopted a conservative approach to noise reduction across the brand, and we’re all for it. Once again similar to the main camera, the Ultra-wide is based on towards protecting the highlights and some could find the shadows are too dark, but ultimately we wouldn’t fault if for its dynamic range.
Sadly, the Ultra-wide doesn’t autofocus, so trying to take close-up on it would result in our of focus subject, There’s the macro camera for that, but we wouldn’t Exactly call this 2MP unit useful/usable.
The 10Ts approch to low-light shooting is to apply Night mode style processing in photo mode by default when the light is below a certain threshold. It’s not a setting you can turn off like an other phones, but there’s little harn in that, as it really quick to shoot and produces great results. We’re seeing an excellent dynamic range and tonal development with likeable, saturated Colors – occasionally a touch to orange with certain street lights. Noise is barely there, and the detail is very good, though there is evidence of the havey-ish Night mode sharpening – not excessive, but not natural either.
That said in the scenes that were clearly left with no Night mode action (1,6,7,9,12,) we’re seeing more noise, but a bit more detail to, and less of that orange cast. That’s not being detrimental to dynamic range either, making the ture photo mode a viable option for low-light shooting, only the phone isn’t giving you control over that.
How some of the some scens look when shot in the actual Night mode. You’ll note that difference can be seen in the images where Night mode didn’t automatically kick in above, but not in the rest of the them .
The Ultra-wide camera behaves similarly to main one in terms of Night mode processing application, only here the instance where it chose not to engage were fewer. That’s a good thing this time around, since the Night mode – less photos can end up pretty noisy AA nd with limited dynamic range – the High-contrast bar shit is prime example.
Other than that, and despite the relatively modest hardware, the 10Ts results are quite reasonable exposure and dynamic range are very good colors don’t suffer from desaturation, detail is okay if you manage your expectations.
Portrait mode of the OnePlus 10T comes with the option to shoot at two different zoom levels- the main camera’s native field of view and a 2x zoomed – in crop. In principle, the former will get you finer quality but can wrap facial features if shooting from up close, while the latter will mean improved perspective, but inferior pixel-level results.
The zoomed – in results turned out surprisingly good, even in moderately challenging light. Subject detection is excellent, the blur looks just right, and HDR is working nicely.
Selfie camera on the 10T was pretty solid in a global scale. Color are generally pleasing, if a little too Saturday in some scenes of producing overly punk faces. Dynamic range is excellent. Whats not so great is detail when examined at 1:1- this being a Tetra pixel sensor, it’s not a its finest when outputting at its nominal resolution, and that’s what’s we’re looking at here. That said, at a fit to screen level and for social media, these images will look just fine.
The OnePlus 10T supports video recording upto 4k60fps with the main camera – there no 8K capability, which we tend to consider pointless anyway. What is unfortunate, however,is that the Ultra-wide can’t do 4K, it doesn’t have any necessary pixels on the sensor. And it doesn’t support 1080p at 60fps.
As usual there’s the option to use the h.265 codec (HEVC) for more efficient storage utilization than what you can get with the default h.264 codec. Stabilization is always on in all modes, and audio us recorded in stero at 96kbps.
- Bright 120Hz display.
- Competent main camera for both stills and video, in good light and at night alike.
- Some if the fastest charging adaptor, with a solid battery.
- Nice Sounding stero speaker’s.
- Fastest Android chipset on the market, amazing substained 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.