The OnePlus 10 Pro is the first smartphone OnePlus has launched since its merger with Oppo, and as such the Chinese tech combines the long-standing strengths of the OnePlus series with some Oppo-focused software features. This translates to a thoughtfully designed phone, with a crystal-clear display, powerful internals, a versatile camera and fast charging, while also packing some OS quirks borrowed from Oppo’s ColorOS software. All in all, this is a distinctive experience and one of the best you’re likely to find on an Android device this year.
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Of course, the OnePlus 10 Pro is surrounded by potential rivals, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max probably the scariest. Apple’s device is arguably the closest thing to the “perfect phone” you’ll find in 2022, offering sharp looks, a beautiful display, blazing-fast performance, a great camera, powerful battery, and exquisite software. Will the OnePlus 10 Pro be able to cope? Head to head: OnePlus 10 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max.
|OnePlus 10 Pro||iPhone 13 ProMax|
|Size||163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7mm|
|Weight||201 grams||240 grams|
|Screen size||6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED (120Hz)||6.7-inch Super Retina OLED (120Hz)|
|Resolution||3216 x 1440 pixels (525 pixels per inch)||2778 x 1284 pixels (458 ppi)|
|Operating system||Android 12, Oxygen OS 12.1||iOS 15|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|MicroSD slot||Do not||Do not|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Apple A15 Bionic|
|Camera||rear: 48-megapixel triple lens, 50MP ultrawide, 8MP Telephoto
|rear: 12-megapixel triple lens, 12 MP ultra wide, 12 MP Telephoto
Frontal: 12MP TrueDepth
|Video||8K at 24 frames per second, 4K at 120fps, 1080p at 240fps||4K up to 60fps, 1080p at 240fps|
|bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|ports||USB-C, 3.1||lightning connector|
|fingerprint sensor||yes on the screen||No, FaceID instead|
Fast charging (65W US, 80W international)
Wireless fast charging (50W)
Fast charging (20W charger sold separately)
MagSafe wireless charging (15W)
Qi wireless charging (7.5W)
|App Store||Google Play Store||AppleApp Store|
|network support||T Mobile||main companies|
|Colors||Volcanic Black, Emerald Forest, Panda White (Extreme Edition)||Graphite, gold, silver, Sierra Blue, Alpine Green|
|Prices||From $899 dollars||From $1,099 dollars|
The OnePlus 10 Pro looks different than previous models in its series. The camera module now has an elegant two-by-two square format, where we find three lenses and a flashlight. It looks artfully subtle and elegant, and arguably makes the 10 Pro one of the prettiest Androids out there right now.
With the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Apple traces exactly the same design as the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It has square sides, a glass back, and a rear camera module with its three lenses arranged in a triangular formation. The only real difference is that its notch (at the top of the screen) is now 25% narrower, making it a bit less obtrusive.
Both devices have a 6.7-inch screen. However, there are several important distinctions here. First, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s display comes in at 3216 x 1440 pixels (which gives it 525 ppi), while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has 2778 x 1284 (or 458 ppi). The higher resolution gives OnePlus greater sharpness, with the ability to display a billion colors at once. Not only that, but the fact that it has an AMOLED screen also allows it to display deeper blacks, giving it some extra vibrancy. This gives it a slight edge over the iPhone’s OLED display, though both phones feature a 120Hz refresh rate, so the difference in overall quality isn’t huge.
Unfortunately for OnePlus fans, the 10 Pro does not have an official IP rating. The iPhone 13 Pro does have it: IP68, which makes it feasible to survive a plunge of 1.5 meters of water for half an hour. Bottom line: Even with a slightly more powerful display, the OnePlus ties this round.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. These are made with 4nm transistors, allowing Qualcomm to fit more of them in the same amount of space, achieving faster performance than chips that use 4nm transistors. 5nm, 7nm or 8nm. In theory, this should mean that the 10 Pro is faster than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which sports a 5nm A15 Bionic chip. However, even if OnePlus has 8GB of RAM and the iPhone has “only” 6GB, the two phones exhibited equally fantastic performance. This is largely due to iOS making more efficient use of RAM and internal hardware.
Both phones come with 128GB of internal memory as standard, which can be increased to 256GB and 512GB for a higher price. With the iPhone 13 Pro Max you can even go up to 1TB, but be prepared to spend an extra $500.
As for energy, the OnePlus 10 Pro houses a 5,000 mAh battery, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 4,352 mAh one. As with processors, this numerical difference in size doesn’t really translate to a difference in performance. The iPhone 13 Pro Max can easily last two days when subjected to light to moderate use, which is about the same as the OnePlus 10 Pro lasts. In fact, the iPhone 13 can last a bit longer, which attests to the excellent battery optimizations that Apple introduced with its iOS 15 operating system.
On the other hand, the OnePlus 10 Pro offers 65W fast charging (if you’re in the US) or 80W (if you live elsewhere). This allows you to charge from 40% to 100% in around 15 minutes, something the iPhone can’t match with its 20W charger – which you’ll also have to buy separately. This last point balances the balance between these two models.
The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with three rear lenses: a 48MP main camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a 50MP ultrawide lens. This is the same basic configuration found on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, although here the main, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses come in 12MP.
Many think that more megapixels equal better photo quality, but Apple shows that this is not the case. Thanks to a combination of OIS (optical image stabilization) sensor-shift and dual-pixel PDAF (phase detection autofocus), as well as a variety of software tricks, the iPhone 13 Pro Max takes stunning photos. Its main camera lens is particularly good and can take great photos, even in low light.
This isn’t always the case with the OnePlus 10 Pro. While its 48MP main lens takes great-looking photos, its ultra-wide and telephoto lenses aren’t as useful as the iPhone’s. They often fail to balance shots in terms of colors and exposure, introducing a bit of noise, especially when using the special 150-degree ultra-wide mode.
Overall, the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s camera is more useful and reliable, since you can point it at just about anything and get good results.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s operating system is Android 12, with OxygenOS 12 running on top of it. The latter is usually one of the best Android “skins” on the market today, but OnePlus’ merger with Oppo seems to have changed things for the worse. In particular, it seems to have included various elements of Oppo’s ColorOS, some of which are not that attractive. This includes semi-regular crashes and prompts, an occasionally overwhelming range of feature customizations, and somewhat chaotic app designs. There are also problems of lack of reliability – WhatsApp seems to ignore incoming messages – and it insists on showing you old notifications, we don’t really know why.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max uses iOS 15, whose main strengths are its simplicity, reliability, and ease of use. There are also some welcome additions in contrast to iOS 14, including a focus mode that allows you to set custom do not disturb modes for particular situations and times of day (for example, when working, or when socializing).
The updates also blow in favor of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. With it, Apple will likely have your back for six years or more (judging by the fact that even the iPhone 6S received iOS 15), while OnePlus has committed to just three years of software updates with the 10 Pro. .
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Both phones are 5G compatible. However, the OnePlus 10 Pro only supports the slower sub-6Hz bands, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max also supports the faster mmWave 5G frequencies. This means that you will have faster download speeds on your iPhone.
Still, OnePlus includes some other special features to make up for this lack. OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad results in the camera including some cool new features, like the aforementioned 150-degree ultra-wide mode, as well as a RAW mode that lets you capture a natural shot and edit it later. There’s also OnePlus Zen Mode, which eliminates distractions, and HyperBoost Gaming, which boosts the phone’s performance so you can get the most out of gaming.
With the iPhone 13 Pro Max, most of its special features are now pretty well established. This includes Face ID and support for MagSafe accessories, which while useful, aren’t particularly spectacular.
The OnePlus 10 Pro starts at $899 and can be ordered from one plus. It is supported by T-Mobile in the US and will be widely available in retail stores.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099 for the 128GB model and tops out at $1,599 for the model with 1TB of internal memory. It is compatible with all major carriers.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the best Android phones you’re likely to see this year, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a superior phone overall. It has better durability, a really great camera, slightly longer battery life, more reliable software, and support for the fastest 5G speeds. Sure, the OnePlus is a very good-looking phone and has a beautiful display, though on almost every count it matches or loses with the iPhone. On the other hand, it’s a bit cheaper than Apple’s flagship device, and if you prefer Android, it can be an excellent choice.