OnePlus 10T review: speed monster makes clear concessions

The OnePlus 10T is the company’s second high-end smartphone in 2022. It’s lightning fast and can charge faster than the OnePlus 10 Pro, but makes the necessary concessions for this. Time for the full review.

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When OnePlus released the 10 Pro in April, we wondered where the ‘normal’ OnePlus 10 had gone. This device was never released, but OnePlus now comes with a high-end smartphone: the 10T. The manufacturer markets the phone as a ‘super fast flagship with ultimate performance’. So the focus is clearly on speed.

With a suggested retail price of 699 euros, the OnePlus 10T is much cheaper than the 10 Pro (899 euros) and still has better hardware. That sounds like a good deal, but the company has cut back on other parts to get to the lower price. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that the OnePlus 10T disappoints.

In this review, we look at what the OnePlus phone has to offer, what innovations have been implemented and whether the 10T is worth it. So quickly read on or go to a specific part of the review via the table of contents below.

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Design: no more alarm slider

We start with the design. The OnePlus 10T looks largely like the OnePlus 10 Pro: The smartphone has a glass body with a large camera island on the back. Because the camera island is a different color, it looks like it ‘curves’ out the side of the housing.

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The OnePlus 10T comes in two colors: Moonstone Black and Jade Green. The black version has a new, striking finish: it’s a bit matte. And that while the green version (which even tends a little towards gray and blue) is shiny. We have tested the green 10T and think it looks delicious, even if it is a bit boring.

Because of the glossy finish, the OnePlus phone is quite smooth and you can easily see fingerprints and grease stains. The 10T also feels less luxurious than the 10 Pro, as the latter has a matte back. Although the phone is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5, we recommend using a case.

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It is important to know that OnePlus has removed a distinctive feature: the alarm shutter. With this physical button, you can easily and quickly switch between sound profiles, in other words: you can immediately set it to silent, vibrate or sound. We don’t think it’s a disaster that the alarm slider has disappeared, but it’s a shame.

After all, the button gave OnePlus phones its own face and is very popular among users. OnePlus reports that the alarm slider has been omitted to make more room internally for other parts. The company (thankfully) also plans to add the slider to future phones.

The screen is excellent

The screen of the OnePlus 10T is 6.7 inches and has a resolution of 2412 by 1080 pixels. The refresh rate is 120Hz and this ensures very smooth images. The device can adjust the refresh rate to 60 or 90Hz to save battery, but strangely you can only choose 60 or 120Hz in the settings.

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Despite the screen being less impressive than on the OnePlus 10 Pro – this screen has a higher QHD resolution and ltpo technology to make the refresh rate truly variable – we don’t have much to complain about. It is simply a beautiful and large screen where you can watch Netflix and HBO Max and play games.

The colors look very nice, everything looks sharp and the maximum brightness is also nice. The edges around the screen are thin, although we see a clear ‘chin’ at the bottom. This is not disturbing, by the way. The selfie camera is built into a small hole in the screen, at the top center.

The fastest hardware

As mentioned, OnePlus emphasizes speed with the 10T. The device is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and it is the fastest chip that we currently find in Android phones. The ‘entry-level model’ has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB (non-expandable) of storage. OnePlus also sells a version with no less than 16 GB (!) of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which we tested.

So impressive and the performance is excellent. The OnePlus 10T is a real powerhouse and flies through the software. Apps and games launch smoothly, always run smoothly, and you can multitask with many apps at the same time. The 10T isn’t necessarily much more powerful than the OnePlus 10 Pro, but it’s easily one of the fastest smartphones of 2022.

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Thanks to a special cooling system, the 10T also doesn’t get too hot while playing games. You can feel the phone heating up a bit, but it’s never so distracting that it becomes uncomfortable to hold. This also applies if you put the phone on the fast charger (more on that later), because most of the heat stays in the adapter.

We can be brief about the fingerprint scanner: it does an excellent job. He is very fast, always unlocks without problems and sits in a nice place on the screen. The scanner may be a bit lower than on other devices, but we actually like this.

Software: mixed feelings

Where we used to be very excited about the OxygenOS skin on OnePlus, we are less so today. With the arrival of Android 12 (and OxygenOS 12.1), the software has started to resemble Oppo’s ColorOS. As we also wrote in the OnePlus Nord 2T review, everything feels a bit smaller cool on. It’s like sometimes you’re “waiting” for animations.

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Nevertheless, the software is quite good to use. Everything works smoothly, settings are clearly displayed and you have many personalization options. It’s a pity that the material you design seems to be partially missing. For example, the look of the software doesn’t change based on your wallpaper, which is a signature feature of Android 12.

The update policy looks good. OnePlus promises to give the 10T three major Android upgrades, to Android 13, 14 and 15. Security fixes, which are at least as important, will appear for four years. The only question is how quickly these updates will be rolled out. OnePlus used to be there like the chickens with Android upgrades, but unfortunately it’s different these days.

We’re also worried about the future of OxygenOS. The peel was once known for its nice stock Android experience, but it’s going the wrong way. With version 12 (based on Android 12), we already see the necessary influences from Oppo’s ColorOS software, and OxygenOS 13 looks even more so. As a result, the once neat ‘pure’ Android experience seems to be disappearing like snow in the sun.

Cameras: good, but nothing special

The OnePlus 10T is much cheaper than the 10 Pro in appearance, and the manufacturer has had to make concessions for this. The most important of these are the cameras, which are simply less good and versatile. On the back there are three: a 50-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and 2-megapixel macro camera.

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The main camera has the Sony IMX766 sensor, which is also included in, for example, the cheaper OnePlus Nord 2T, Nothing Phone (1) and Xiaomi 12. It is an excellent sensor that can take great pictures, but the OnePlus 10T belongs among other things. the absolute top, absolutely not. It is striking that with the new smartphone there is no trace of OnePlus’ collaboration with Hasselblad.

The camera comes into its own in particular with enough daylight. Pictures are so nice and sharp, have great colors and the dynamic range is okay. However, it’s striking that the 10T’s camera isn’t as consistent, as sometimes images suddenly look overexposed. When it gets dark, the quality visibly degrades – although you can still take excellent photos. The night mode helps a bit in those cases.

The 8-megapixel wide-angle lens doesn’t work wonders and is mediocre, but remains a handy feature. Remember that images are significantly less sharp due to the lower resolution. In addition, the wide-angle lens has a harder time in low-light conditions because the camera receives less light.

Finally, a 2 megapixel macro camera. We can be very brief about that, because this camera is basically useless. Snaps are not sharp, gray and not worth the trouble. If you want to take a close-up photo, it’s better to use the main camera and zoom in with it.

Charging is amazingly fast

What characterizes the OnePlus 10T is the charging speed. The device has the so-called ‘150W SuperVOOC Endurance Edition’ fast charging technology. Something of a mouthful, but the bottom line is that topping up the 4800 mAh battery is insanely fast. With the included 150 Watt charger, you don’t even need 20 minutes to go from 0 to 100 percent.

Ten minutes of charging is enough to get you through the day, according to OnePlus. We tested that, of course, and after ten minutes on the power we had 63 percent battery again. In practice, it’s actually enough to get you through the day, provided you don’t use the 10T very intensively.

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Also practical: if you only have five minutes to charge your smartphone, you already get 40 percent more. Ideal for when you need to get out the door quickly or if you wake up with an (almost) empty battery. The fast charging function is one of the main reasons for the OnePlus 10T: in this area, the OnePlus phone wipes the floor with the competition.

Wireless charging is also missing, and we can live with that. OnePlus omits the feature to save costs, and because wired charging is so fast, wireless charging doesn’t necessarily add anything. If you find the feature very important, then you will have to move to the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro.

Conclusion OnePlus 10T review

The 10T isn’t the best smartphone OnePlus has ever released, and for 699 euros, it’s not the most complete device you can buy. Still, we’re most positive about the 10T, even if it’s less all-round than the 10 Pro and flagships from other brands.

The hardware is extremely powerful, the screen is excellent, the battery lasts a long time and the charging is insanely fast. The 10T is therefore particularly interesting if you are looking for a real powerhouse and can live with the limitations of the device.

For example, the cameras are not special, you cannot charge wirelessly and the characteristic alarm slider has disappeared. The software also leaves mixed feelings. However, OnePlus shows that it knows how to make a nice high-end smartphone that does not cost the top premium, even if the company has now lost a little of its magic.

Buy the OnePlus 10T

Have you become enthusiastic after reading this OnePlus 10T review and want to buy the device? The smartphone is from 25 August available in the Netherlands and price 699 euros.

For that, you get the ‘entry-level model’ with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space. If this is not enough, you can also choose the version with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space. you are then 799 euros lost. In the price comparison below, we collect the best offers.

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