Oneplus 10T expert's review

 

Review by Marques Brownlee



Why you should buy Oneplus 10T

It's the most generic OnePlus phone of all time!!!!

Reason to get this phone:

1.The OnePlus 10 Pro from January had the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and up to 12 gigs of RAM.

But this 10T has the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and up to 16 gigs of RAM. Great!!!

Oneplus 10T .  dual color of Oneplus 10T


So there's a spec bump. A. Cool. And they're nearly the same size,



2.The last year's phone had a 120Hz display curved pretty dramatically over the edges.

But This 10T is flat. It also has a 1,000Hz touch sample rate and gets a little bit brighter. It is also adaptive instead of LTPO. And it's 1080 instead of 1440. This all makes complete sense. I mean, LTPO, and especially 1440P, are sort of reserved for the highest end of phones. So at this price, 1080P, OLED, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, it's good.

It's got the fingerprint reader under the display. It's got the hole punch in the top middle. No surprises here.


3.Design-wise, though, the 10 Pro was a satin soft-touch black that I really liked with dark satin metal rails. That was kind of sick, actually.


Oneplus 10T phone's Satin black vs moonstone black back cover


The 10T, here, has a new black textured back called Moonstone Black. It's got these little dashes or lines through it. And then instead of dark rails, it has sort of normal, generic chrome ones for their new 360 antenna system. And instead of a camera shelf, it's more of a smoothed-out camera slope up to the shelf.

Hasselblad Agreement With OnePlus

Adding to the list of reasons why it feels a bit more generic. Then you might also remember OnePlus signed this big three-year deal, $100-plus million dollar deal with Hasselblad for their cameras, which would let them borrow maybe some color science or some image processing. And the OnePlus 10 Pro was a part of that in January. It had the Hasselblad branding on the back and even a Hasselblad-themed camera app. Well, less than two years later, this OnePlus 10T doesn't have any Hasselblad stuff anywhere. There's no Hasselblad camera app. There's no Hasselblad branding on the back of the phone.

 

Oneplus 10T without Hasselblad logo

 

And as far as I can tell, it doesn't appear to use any of that new color science or image processing either. Now, is that because the cheaper phone isn't worthy of the new Hasselblad sauce? Like it's not expensive enough to get that? Or is it just because you stop caring about it? I don't really know. I guess I feel like if you've already paid for it, you should just put it in all your phones. But it's not here.

 

This is the first OnePlus phone ever made that doesn't have the alert slider. Literally, one of my favorite features of any OnePlus phone that they've had for years, the three-way volume slider that lets you quickly switch between sound on and vibration and silent, it is now gone from the OnePlus 10T.

And they gave their reason for it.

"It takes up more space than you would think "inside the phone.

"The board has to come across, "and we save that extra space

"and give you a little more battery, blah, blah, blah. "

You can still do that stuff with software."

 

Personal opinion:

I actually believe you, but just think about identity for a second. Can you actually imagine the iPhone dropping the mute switch because Apple wants to save some space and prioritize something else inside the phone? I literally can't picture an iPhone not having a mute switch. Sure, you can always do it with software, yes. But I would bet anyone $1 million right now that the next five years of iPhones will all have a mute switch because it's just such a part of the iPhone's design. So, a new OnePlus phone coming out and not having an alert slider, it might be kind of minor to some people who have never bought a OnePlus phone before or never even followed or cared about the OnePlus stuff. But to people who have, this is kind of sad that it's not here.


More generic points for this phone.

4.The 10 Pro had a standard camera, an ultra-wide, and a telephoto. Plus, an LED flash with some text in the middle. We talked about how that was kind of dumb text, but it was there.

IN 10T : To no one's surprise, that text is all gone. And in true generic fashion, they've moved to a Sony IMX766 sensor for the primary. Which is the same one that was in the Nothing Phone and the Zenfone 9 and the ROG Phone 6, and a bunch of others.

It also has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera 

and a two-megapixel macro camera.

Battery.(A biggest headline)

5.So it's a 4,800 mAh dual-cell battery, which is slightly smaller than the 10 Pro's 5,000 mAh. But it now charges with OPPO's SuperVOOC technology at a crazy fast, a crazy fast, 125 watts.

Oneplus 10T with superVOOC charging technology


It actually comes with this brick in the box which says 160 watts on it, but the phone peaks at 125 watts here in the US. And that's good for 1 to 100% in literally 20 minutes!!! It's insane. It really is truly incredibly convenient But they also didn't put wireless charging in this phone. So, you get the peace of mind of having fast charging, but you lose the convenience of wireless charging.



I bet this is a perfectly fine phone for a lot of people. Decent screen, high-end chip, lots of RAM, pretty smooth performance from my first impressions, decent cameras, and an OxygenOS that's more like ColorOS than ever before. That's actually what a lot of people are looking for at 650 bucks. And hey, it's even getting four years of software updates. And I guess that's the point, which is this phone is more generic than ever before.

 

Think twice!

And the moral of this story, for me, is don't be a fan of the company be a fan of the product. The individual product. And if you look at this on the market today, this phone is fine. I'm sure it's fine. Everything about this phone, it's all right, nothing too crazy about it. And that's what they're intending to do with the sort of remnants of what OnePlus is. There's a lot of other good phones out there for the price, and I highly encourage checking them out. Again, this sort of sweet spot of $600, which is a lot to spend on a phone, but also sort of right in the middle now considering you have $1,000 flagships. There's a lot of competition there. I just reviewed the Zenfone 9, incredible phone for the price. I really like it. And so a lot of comparables. But, hey, when you're familiar with OnePlus, this phone is just feeling more generic than ever before. Either way, that's been it.

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