Just after the merger with Oppo, OnePlus has launched its flagship phone for 2022, the OnePlus 10 Pro. It comes with a new redesign, but in addition to incorporating elements of Oppo’s ColorOS, it largely continues the tradition of previous models from Oppo. OnePlus. This means that it offers users a beautiful big screen, a versatile camera, very fast charging and fairly reliable performance. Being “Pro” positions it as a premium model, but without OnePlus 10 on the horizon, it has to compete with more “standard” devices, such as the iPhone 13.
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How does he fare when compared to the latter? This is exactly what we will try to elucidate. We will weigh the specifications, performance, design, screen, camera and software of each device to determine which of these two phones is the best.
|OnePlus 10 Pro||iPhone 13|
|Size||163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7mm|
|Weight||201 grams||174 grams|
|Screen size||6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED (120Hz)||6.1-inch Super Retina OLED (120Hz)|
|Resolution||3216 x 1440 pixels (525 pixels per inch)||2532 x 1170 pixels (460 dpi)|
|Operating system||Android 12, Oxygen OS 12.1||iOS 15|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Apple A15 Bionic|
|Camera||rear: 48-megapixel triple lens, 50MP ultrawide, 8MP Telephoto
|rear: Dual 12-megapixel lens, 12 MP ultra wide
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)||Black, blue, green, red and white|
|Prices||From $899 dollars||From $799 dollars|
The OnePlus 10 Pro has the same edge-to-edge screen as previous models, but its rear benefits from a facelift. The camera module has been reshaped to have a nice 2×2 square shape, while the panel fits snugly against the rest of the phone. It’s distinctive, yes, but it’s also understated, delivering the kind of sophistication you’d want in an $899 phone.
With the iPhone 13, Apple has kept the same basic design as the iPhone 12, although there’s a narrower notch at the front, and the two rear camera lenses now have a diagonal formation. You may or may not agree that this is aesthetically superior to the vertical alignment of previous generations, but at least it lets everyone know you have the latest iPhone.
While design preferences are a matter of taste, the OnePlus 10 Pro definitely has a better display. Its 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED packs 3216 x 1440 pixels, 525 pixels per inch of resolution. The iPhone 13, for its part, has a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels or 460 dpi. This gives the OnePlus 10 Pro greater sharpness and vividness compared to the iPhone, while its 120Hz support makes playback and animations look extremely smooth.
On the other hand, there is no doubt that the iPhone is more durable than the OnePlus 10 Pro. It has an IP68 rating, which indicates the ability to withstand a dip of 1.5 meters of water for half an hour. Unfortunately, OnePlus doesn’t have this rating, which puts it on a par with the iPhone 13 in this section.
The OnePlus 10 Pro features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which is manufactured with 4nm transistors, making the processor faster than previous chips that used 5nm or 7nm transistors. The iPhone 13 uses the 5nm A15 Bionic chip. This would theoretically make the OnePlus faster than the iPhone, particularly when you consider the former’s 8GB RAM versus the iPhone’s 4GB. However, differences in how Android and iOS maximize RAM use make both phones comparably fast.
It’s a similar story with batteries. The iPhone 13 is powered by a 3,240 mAh battery, while the OnePlus 13 Pro uses a larger 5,000 mAh battery. Again, this would lead us to assume that the OnePlus provides more usage time between charges, but our reviews for both the iPhone 13 and OnePlus 10 Pro found that each can get around a day and a half running under a moderate usage regimen. .
What sets OnePlus ahead, though, is that it enables fast charging at 65W (if you’re in the US) or 80W (if you live elsewhere). This means that it can go from roughly 40% to 100% capacity in about 15 minutes. This is something the iPhone can match, and it gives OnePlus the win in this section.
Winner: OnePlus 10 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera has three lenses: a 48MP main camera, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 50MP ultrawide lens. By contrast, the iPhone 13 has only two lenses on its rear camera, one wide and one ultrawide. This means that, in theory, the OnePlus is better positioned, but believe us that it is the iPhone that take better photos.
Yes – the 12MP main and ultrawide lenses on the iPhone can be comparatively small. However, thanks to a combination of OIS (optical image stabilization) sensor-shift and dual-pixel PDAF (phase detection autofocus), as well as Apple’s software prowess, photos taken by both lenses are almost always very balanced, colorful and pleasantly dynamic. The same can largely be said for the OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera lens, which indeed takes some very attractive photos. On the other hand, its ultra-wide and telephoto lenses are somewhat disappointing, requiring work and careful framing to capture good images.
To some extent, OnePlus’s inclusion of an interesting 150-degree ultra-wide mode makes for a versatile and quirky camera phone. The thing is, when it comes to fundamentals, the iPhone 13 does the job a little better and delivers more than what the vast majority of smartphone users really want.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13
The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with Android 12 and OxygenOS 12. In previous years, OxygenOS has been one of the best Android skins around, but the merger with Oppo doesn’t seem to have done it too many favors. The most annoying thing is that the operating system now works with a fairly regular stream of interruptions, while some users can be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of customizations available when trying to make a feature just work. There are also reliability issues, such as WhatsApp and Line ignoring incoming messages, as well as a tendency to show old notifications even when new ones have arrived.
The iPhone 13 runs iOS 15, and it’s clearly more reliable. It also provides, in contrast to iOS 14, new focus modes, native app updates, and improved sharing and social features. Normally, we’re always divided when it comes to comparing Android vs. iOS, but given the issues facing OxygenOS 12 (which seems to have adopted some of Oppo’s ColorOS weaknesses), there’s a clear winner here.
The same goes for updates. Even though OnePlus guarantees three years of major software updates for the 10 Pro – which is remarkable by Android standards – you can expect your iPhone 13 to receive them for about six years or so.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13
Both phones support 5G, but the OnePlus 10 Pro only supports the slower sub-6Hz bands. The iPhone 13 supports the faster mmWave frequencies, which means OnePlus users miss out on the faster speeds that 5G is capable of.
Other than that, OnePlus arguably has a few more special features than the iPhone 13. Its 150-degree ultra-wide camera mode is fun to play with, while OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad also offers a few other useful features (like like the RAW mode, which allows you to capture a natural shot and then edit it). With the iPhone 13, you get some useful features, like Face ID, but this has been around for a number of years, so they don’t seem so new anymore.
The iPhone 13 retails for $799 in its 128GB model and is available from all major US carriers and virtually all retailers that sell smartphones.
There’s no question that the OnePlus 10 Pro is a solid, well-rounded phone, but the iPhone 13 beats it in enough areas to take a clear victory. Its more consistent camera and software, as well as its long-term support, are big differences that put it ahead of the OnePlus device. Still, if you’re a fan of Android, its beautiful screen, performance and attractive design may be enough arguments to buy it, and no one would object to you.