OnePlus 10T review: speed monster makes clear concessions

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OnePlus 10T review: speed monster makes clear concessions

The OnePlus 10T is the company’s second high-end smartphone in 2022. It is lightning fast and can charge faster than the OnePlus 10 Pro, but makes the necessary concessions for this. Time for the full review.

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This is the OnePlus 10T review

When OnePlus released the 10 Pro in April, we wondered where the ‘normal’ OnePlus 10 had gone. This device was never released, but OnePlus now comes with a high-end smartphone: the 10T. The manufacturer markets the phone as a ‘super-fast flagship with ultimate performance’. The focus is therefore clearly on speed. With a suggested retail price of 699 euros, the OnePlus 10T is a lot cheaper than the 10 Pro (899 euros) and still has better hardware. Sounds like a good deal, but the company has cut back on other parts to get to that lower price. Of course, that does not necessarily mean that the OnePlus 10T disappoints. In this review we look at what the OnePlus phone has to offer, which innovations have been implemented and whether the 10T is worth it. So read on quickly or go to a specific part of the review via the table of contents below.

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Design: no more alert slider

We start with the design. The OnePlus 10T looks largely the same as the OnePlus 10 Pro: the smartphone has a glass housing with a large camera island on the back. Because the camera island has a different color, it appears as if it ‘curves’ out the side of the housing.

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The OnePlus 10T comes in two colors: Moonstone Black and Jade Green. The black version has a new, striking finish: it is a bit matte-like. And that while the green version (which even tends a bit towards gray and blue) is shiny. We have tested the green 10T and think it looks sleek, although it is a bit boring. Due to the glossy finish, the OnePlus phone is quite smooth and you can see fingerprints and grease stains well. The 10T also feels less luxurious than the 10 Pro, as the latter has a matte back. Although the phone is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5, we recommend that you use a case.

OnePlus 10T review

It is important to know that OnePlus has removed a characteristic feature: the alert slider. With this physical button you can easily and quickly switch between sound profiles, in other words: you immediately set it to silent, vibrate or sound. We don’t think it’s a disaster that the alert slider has disappeared, but it is a shame. After all, the button gave the OnePlus phones its own face and is very popular with users. OnePlus reports that the alert slider has been omitted to make more room internally for other parts. The company (fortunately) also plans to add the slider to future phones.

Screen is excellent

The screen of the OnePlus 10T is 6.7 inches and has a resolution of 2412 by 1080 pixels. The refresh rate is 120Hz and that ensures very smooth images. The device can adjust the refresh rate to 60 or 90Hz to save battery, but in the settings you can only choose 60 or 120Hz.

OnePlus 10T review

Despite the screen being less impressive than that of the OnePlus 10 Pro – this display has a higher QHD resolution and ltpo technology to make the refresh rate really variable – we have little to complain about. It is simply a beautiful and large screen on which you can watch Netflix and HBO Max and play games.

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Colors look very nice, everything looks sharp and the maximum brightness is also fine. The edges around the display are thin, although we do see a clear ‘chin’ at the bottom. This is not disturbing, by the way. The selfie camera is incorporated in a small hole in the screen, at the top center. The fastest hardware

As mentioned, OnePlus emphasizes speed with the 10T. The device is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and that is the fastest chip that we currently find in Android phones. The ‘entry-level model’ has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of (non-expandable) storage space. OnePlus also sells a version with no less than 16GB(!) RAM and 256GB storage, which we have tested. So impressive and the performance is excellent. The OnePlus 10T is a real powerhouse and flies through the software. Apps and games start up smoothly, always run smoothly and you can multitask with many apps at the same time. The 10T is not necessarily much more powerful than the OnePlus 10 Pro, but it is easily one of the fastest smartphones of 2022.

Thanks to a special cooling system, the 10T also does not get too hot while playing games. You can feel the phone warming up a bit, but it’s never so distracting that it becomes uncomfortable to hold. This also applies if you put the phone on the fast charger (more on that later), because most of the heat remains in the adapter. We can be brief about the fingerprint scanner: it does an excellent job. He is very fast, always unlocks without problems and sits in a nice place on the screen. The scanner may be a bit lower than on other devices, but we actually like this.

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OnePlus 10T review Software: mixed feelings

Where we used to be very enthusiastic about the OxygenOS shell of OnePlus, that is less so nowadays. With the arrival of Android 12 (and OxygenOS 12.1), the software has started to resemble Oppo’s ColorOS. As we also wrote in the OnePlus Nord 2T review, everything feels a bit less snappy at. It’s like sometimes you’re ‘waiting’ for animations.

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Nevertheless, the software is quite nice to use. Everything works smoothly, settings are clearly displayed and you have many personalization options. It is a pity that the Material You design seems to be partly missing. For example, the appearance of the software is not modified based on your wallpaper, which is a feature of Android 12. The update policy looks good. OnePlus promises to give the 10T three major Android upgrades, to Android 13, 14 and 15. Security patches, which are at least as important, will appear for four years. The only question is how quickly these updates will be rolled out. OnePlus used to be very successful with Android upgrades, but that is unfortunately different these days.

OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 10T review

We are also concerned about the future of OxygenOS. The peel was once known for its fine stock Android experience, but it’s going the wrong way. With version 12 (based on Android 12) we already see the necessary influences from Oppo’s ColorOS software and OxygenOS 13 looks even more like this. As a result, the once fine ‘clean’ Android experience seems to disappear like snow in the sun. OnePlus 10T review Cameras: good, but nothing special

The OnePlus 10T is a lot cheaper than the 10 Pro on appearance and the manufacturer has had to make concessions for this. The most important of these are the cameras, which are simply less good and versatile. On the back there are three: a 50 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel wide-angle lens and 2 megapixel macro camera.

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The main camera has the Sony IMX766 sensor, which is also included in, for example, the cheaper OnePlus Nord 2T, Nothing Phone (1) and Xiaomi 12. It is an excellent sensor that can take beautiful pictures, but the OnePlus 10T belongs to the absolute top. absolutely not. It is striking that with the new smartphone there is no trace of OnePlus’ collaboration with Hasselblad. The camera especially comes into its own with enough daylight. Photos are then nice and sharp, have beautiful colors and the dynamic range is okay. It is striking, however, that the 10T camera is not so consistent, because sometimes pictures suddenly look overexposed. When it gets dark, the quality visibly deteriorates – although you can still take excellent pictures. Night mode helps a bit in those cases.

OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 10T review The 8 megapixel wide-angle lens works no wonders and is mediocre, but remains a useful feature. Keep in mind that photos are significantly less sharp due to the lower resolution. In addition, the wide-angle lens has a harder time in poor lighting conditions, because the camera receives less light.

OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 10T review

Finally, the 2 megapixel macro camera. We can be very brief about that, because this camera is virtually useless. Snaps are not sharp, gray and not worth the effort. If you want to take a close-up shot, it’s better to use the main camera and zoom in with it. OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 10T review Charging is bizarrely fast What distinguishes the OnePlus 10T is the charging speed. The device features the so-called ‘150W SuperVOOC Endurance Edition’ fast charging technology ek. Quite a mouthful, but the bottom line is that topping up the 4800 mAh battery is insanely fast. With the included 150 Watt charger, you don’t even need 20 minutes to go from 0 to 100 percent. Ten minutes of charging is enough to get through the day, according to OnePlus. Of course we tested that and after ten minutes on the power we had 63 percent battery again. In practice, that is indeed enough to get through the day, provided you do not use the 10T very intensively.

OnePlus 10T review Also handy: if you only have five minutes to charge your smartphone, you already get 40 percent more. Ideal for when you have to get out the door quickly, or if you wake up with an (almost) empty battery. The fast charging function is one of the main reasons for the OnePlus 10T: in this area the OnePlus phone wipes the floor with the competition. Wireless charging is also missing and we can live with that. OnePlus omits the feature to save costs and because the wired charging is so fast, wireless charging does not necessarily add anything. If you find the function very important, then you will have to switch to the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro. Conclusion OnePlus 10T review The 10T is not the best smartphone that OnePlus has ever released and for 699 euros it is not the most complete device that you can buy. Still, we are mostly positive about the 10T, although it is less all-round than the 10 Pro and flagships from other brands.

The hardware is extremely powerful, the screen excellent, the battery lasts a long time and the charging is insanely fast. The 10T is therefore especially interesting if you are looking for a real powerhouse and can live with the limitations that the device has.

For example, the cameras are not special, you cannot charge wirelessly and the characteristic alert slider has disappeared. The software also leaves mixed feelings. However, OnePlus shows that it knows how to make a nice high-end smartphone that does not cost the top prize, even if the company has lost its magic a bit.

Buy OnePlus 10T
Have you become enthusiastic after reading this OnePlus 10T review and do you want to buy the device? The smartphone is from August 25

available in the Netherlands and costs 699 euros. For that you get the ‘entry-level model’ with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If this is not enough, you can also opt for the version with 16GB RAM and 256GB storage. You are then 799 euros

lost. In the price comparison below we collect the best deals. OnePlus 10T

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