OnePlus has finally announced the OnePlus 10T. It is a continuation of OnePlus 10 Pro and a cheaper model of what turned out to be a well-received phone.
OnePlus takes additional steps, including ditching the alert side and keeping the divisive OxygenOS 12 software. But if those things don’t bother you, the 10T is an interesting option in a market not devoid of phones to choose from.
The OnePlus 10 T has amazing Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 performance and 125W charging are outstanding, especially for a phone that costs $649. But beyond that, the 10T leaves a lot to be desired.
The camera quality is nothing to write home about, which is especially disappointing after OnePlus made good progress here with the 10 Pro. There’s also no alert slider, the design isn’t as premium as we’d like, and the lack of wireless charging is a considerable annoyance. People who really want a OnePlus smartphone in 2022 are better off getting the OnePlus 10 Pro. And if it’s okay to go beyond the OnePlus family, there are even better options from Google, Samsung and others.
OnePlus has gone for a very distinctive design with the OnePlus 10 series, and the 10T is a spin off of that. It’s a device that looks a lot like a 10 Pro with a few changes. As you can see from the photo above, the OnePlus 10T is your typical big slab smartphone with a full screen interrupted only by a hole. A distinctive camera bump to the rear promises substantial photography credentials. It looks a bit more like an Oppo phone than previous OnePlus iterations, and the absence of an alert slider just spoils it. It comes in Moonstone Black or Jade Green.
As for the materials, everything is plastic and glass. It’s covered by the slightly older Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides, not exactly the Victus we’re used to in modern flagships, but it’s a sign of small changes made to hit a lower price point while maintaining a line of quality base good enough. You also get a plastic rather than metal frame like OnePlus used on the 10 Pro, further reminding you of the 10T’s lower price point.
As far as cameras are concerned, the OnePlus 10T has a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 main camera with an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro shooter with a 16MP hole-punch selfie camera. While OnePlus sometimes struggles with its camera prowess, the company really doubled down on its camera ambitions with the OnePlus 10 Pro. We found the 10 Pro to have a reasonably good camera system, thanks in part to Hasselblad’s fine-tuning.
The problem here is that the OnePlus 10T No has a camera tuned to Hasselblad. T-brand phones are sometimes lesser versions of their non-T models, and the camera is one place where corners are cut to keep costs down. We can look to the OnePlus Nord 2 or 8T for what OnePlus can achieve on its own. They’re capable camera phones, though they lack the refinement offered by OnePlus devices with the Hasselblad partnership.
That’s really what the camera experience on the OnePlus 10T comes down to. The main camera sensor can take good photos, but they are not visible as good as what you’ll find on the 10 Pro. The 8MP wide-angle lens is fine too, and the 2MP macro camera is really there for the looks.
The OnePlus 10T, as expected, comes with flagship-level specs in almost every category. We have already passed over the camera, but the rest is just as competitive. The 10T ships with a 6.7-inch Full HD display. As is the norm, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, and it adapts between 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz depending on what is being displayed on the screen. It’s not as variable as the Pixel 6 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max with LTPO, which allow them to go down to 1Hz, but it does come with an impressive brightness of up to 950 nits.
The OnePlus 10T is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. If you don’t need as much memory and storage, there’s also a version available with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
A 4,800mAh battery and OnePlus’s touted 125W super fast charging keep things going, making the 10T faster than the 65W charging offered by the OnePlus 10 Pro in the US. Unlike the Recent flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 10T comes with a charger in the box. In our tests, the OnePlus 10T should last about a day and a half with normal app usage and some light gaming. It won’t last two full days on a charge, but it should get you through more than a single one.
As with all Android phones launching in late 2022, the 10T has Android 12 on board, albeit covered in OnePlus’ OxygenOS 12.1 overlay. However, an update to android 13 should be here within a year, also upgrading the phone to OxygenOS 13.
OnePlus is launching the 10T with a starting price of $649 in the US and £799 in the UK Sales start in the UK earlier than the US, with pre-orders opening on 3 August and are shipped on August 25. In the United States, pre-orders start on September 1st and sales ship on September 29th. Of course, 10T won’t be limited to just the US and UK. It will also be available in Canada, most of Europe, the Middle East, and select parts of Asia, including India and mainland China.