OnePlus 10T Review - Pros and Cons, Verdict - Future News

OnePlus 10T Review – Pros and Cons, Verdict – Future News

OnePlus 10T is the latest smartphone from the brand and the device starts at Rs 49,999 in India. In terms of specs on paper, the OnePlus 10T is a solid offering and the device is among the few phones in the country to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform. I’ve already concluded, in a full performance comparison, that the OnePlus 10T is one of the fastest phones on the market right now. So, today let’s take a closer look at the device to see if the phone lives up to expectations in other aspects as well. Read on to find out if the OnePlus 10T is worth all the hype.

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The OnePlus 10T is an excellent performer, and the device is backed by a reliable software experience and long-lasting battery life. The phone’s flaws are only magnified by its choice of camera hardware that does not match its price.

Inside information

The OnePlus 10T draws a lot of similarities with the OnePlus 10 Pro (Review) in the design department. Now, the 10 Pro is wrapped in a matte finish, while the OnePlus 10T opts for a glossy look. Except that the hardware looks exactly the same, and the 10T features a set of cameras that’s similar to its more pricier sibling’s stove. Note that the Hasselblad brand is not present on the 10T, the position of the LED flash unit has been swapped, as well as the high sensor. Much to my surprise, the device doesn’t come with an alert slider on the side, a component that has long been vital to OnePlus’ brand identity.

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

Regardless, it’s hard to tell the 10T from the 10 Pro, at least from a distance. The USB Type-C port, speaker grille, and dual SIM tray find their way to the bottom. The power button is located on the right side of the phone, within the reach of my thumb, while the volume button can be found towards the left fascia.

On the display side, the phone gets a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2412 x 1,080) Fluid AMOLED display, which can refresh at 120Hz. Unlike the OnePlus 10 Pro, the display does not have LTPO 2.0 technology but can swing between 60Hz and 120Hz. OnePlus has usually been at the top of the game in terms of viewing experience and the OnePlus 10T is trying to follow that path.

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

The panel is HDR10+ compliant, has a 10-bit color depth, and packs in a peak brightness of 950 nits. For OTT consumption, I watched a few episodes of the magician I was impressed with the visual details available to me. I also like that the edges of the screen are flat, unlike the OnePlus 10 Pro which has a curved screen. Finally, the perforation at the top is inherently unobtrusive, and the edges around the panel are very thin.

Visually, the phone has a 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor on its head backed by an 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP sensor. Given the price of the device, the camera setup on the OnePlus 10T can be said to be rudimentary at best. In fact, the smartphone’s primary sensor has been used many times on smartphones that cost much less, including but not limited to the OnePlus Nord 2T (review). Understandably, images clicked from the OnePlus 10T look good, provided you have enough lighting at your disposal.

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

Whatever the case, while the shots display good detail, the photos appear oversaturated, which has become the norm on most OnePlus phones lately. The dynamic range is decent and exposure levels are measured, which is something to expect from a smartphone at this price. Switching AI Scene Optimization can result in a slightly overprocessed look with very vivid colors. Apart from that, you have the standard 50MP mode for better cropping than the default 12.5MP pixelated photos.

For the ultra-wide sensor, the 8MP resolution doesn’t bring out a great deal of detail in its shots. Although there is no warping around the edges, the focus decreases dramatically giving the images a soft appearance. However, the colors are kept in the frame a lot more friendly when compared to the basic shooter. The macro sensor is nothing to write home about, and its 2MP shots aren’t on par with phones with macro capabilities attached to the ultra-wide shooter.

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Low-light photography on the device is relatively decent with ample detail and defined highlights when aided by ambient light. The colors are on the saturated side but I appreciate the lack of excessive noise reduction in the night sky. With the custom night mode, there is an improvement in the level of detail but sometimes the image appears excessive.

For video recording purposes, the phone can shoot in 4K @ 60fps with Ultra Steady mode that sets the resolution up to 1080p. Finally, the 16MP front camera is able to produce decent shots with correct exposure in the background along with accurate facial details.

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

In terms of performance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC powers the display. By benchmarks, it can be definitively proven that the chipset is currently the fastest processing unit in the Android world. What this means is that you get the best performance to accomplish even the heaviest mobile computing tasks without any worries. Moreover, unlike the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset that has been throttled under constant load, the newer platform is more adept at running resource-intensive tasks without bending on its knees. As for the capabilities of the GPU, the Adreno 730 is capable of playing titles like BGMI Ultra frame rate (60 fps) with HDR graphics enabled. You can read my performance comparisons with the OnePlus 10T here for a better understanding. The OnePlus 10T comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage with no option to expand using a microSD card slot.

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

Other features on the device include a dual speaker unit that produces a reasonably sharp and loud sound. The device also comes with an in-screen fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition technology, both of which worked well during my time with the device. 5G services in India should start rolling out later this year and the OnePlus 10T will be able to take advantage of it. However, I was satisfied with the 4G LTE speeds on Noida’s Jio circuit while the microphone and earpiece worked as expected. OxygenOS 12.1, based on Android 12, runs on the device and at the moment has a separate identity from OPPO’s ColorOS. There are some UI elements that are borrowed from the camera app and the settings menu of the latter. However, the overall interface remains clean with little or no bloatware.

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

On the battery front, the OnePlus 10T comes with a 4800mAh cell backed by a 150W SuperVOOC charging adapter. During my time with the device, I easily got over 7 hours of screen time with the set, with my usage including BGMI Play for up to an hour with two hours of Netflix playback. Rest assured, battery life should not be an issue while operating the OnePlus 10T. At ideal room temperature conditions, a 150-watt charger can fully power a cell in less than 20 minutes and you can get about 50 percent of your battery in just seven minutes.

Final verdict

OnePlus 10T Review - Pros, Cons, Verdict

The OnePlus 10T is definitely the performance champion it claims to be, and for its asking price, the device is only rivaled by the iQOO 9T (Review). Apart from that, the smartphone offers a healthy power boost and ultra-fast charging speeds of up to 150W. However, the camera setup is underwhelming, and in my opinion, the phone would have benefited greatly from the more diverse auxiliary cameras. There is also a distinct loss of OnePlus identity thanks to the deletion of the alert slider, among other things. Regardless, buyers looking for a fast Android with clean software will still find plenty to like about the OnePlus 10T.

Editor’s Rating: 3.5 / 5

Positives:

  • super performance
  • strong design
  • clean software
  • 150W Super Fast Charging

cos:

  • Camera hardware can be improved
  • No alert slider

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