OnePlus 10T is the company’s latest premium smartphone. It has many of the features and specs you expect from a modern Android smartphone (including a powerful processor, fast charging, a good camera). At the same time, the manufacturer had to sacrifice some functions in order to keep the price at an average level (about 45,000 rubles). In today’s article, we consider the phone in detail, talk about its advantages and disadvantages.
The smartphone comes in a red box without any remarkable elements – “10T” is written in large letters on the front side.
Package includes Oppo SuperVOOC 160W charger, red USB-C cable, SIM eject tool, user manual and warranty card.
The front and back panels of the OnePlus 10T are glass and covered with Gorilla Glass 5 to protect against scratches. The sides are made of plastic.
The smartphone is available in two versions – black with a matte finish and green with a glossy finish. The back of the black variant has a unique “stone” texture that OnePlus says is inspired by basalt. Green color got a smooth ceramic surface thanks to a special film. It picks up fingerprints easily (although they can be wiped off easily with a tissue), and this is its main drawback compared to the black model.
The bezels around the screen are thin all around and almost the same size. The front camera is placed inside a single hole in the middle. The speaker and other sensors are hidden in the top frame.
An optical fingerprint scanner is installed under the display. The location is uncomfortable (too close to the bottom edge) and takes some getting used to. The sensor itself works flawlessly.
At first glance, the back panel design is reminiscent of the OnePlus 10 Pro. In both cases, the camera module has four distinctive rings with three lenses and an LED flash. In 10T, it was moved to the upper right corner.
The OnePlus 10T lacks the proprietary three-position slider that toggles the sound modes (on, off, and vibrate) of many of the company’s other phones (including the 10 Pro 2022 and Nord 2T). According to the manufacturer, this component was excluded from the 10T because it takes up a lot of space inside the device. Instead, the company opted for a large-capacity dual-cell battery, high-capacity charging, and a better antenna signal.
The only buttons on the phone are the power/lock key on the right edge and the solid volume rocker on the left.
The top part has speaker and microphone outputs. The bottom side is equipped with a USB-C port, card tray, microphone and speaker.
Despite the plastic frame and smaller battery, the OnePlus 10T is larger and heavier than the OnePlus 10 Pro at 163.0 x 75.4 x 8.8mm, 204g vs. 163.0 x 73.9 x 8.6, 201g.
Unfortunately, there is no IP rating for water and dust resistance. There is a rubber seal around the SIM tray for minimal intrusion protection.
Display and Audio
The OnePlus 10T features a 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2412 pixels, an aspect ratio of 20.1:9 and a density of 394 ppi. Unlike the company’s flagship models, the display is flat, but it supports 10-bit color depth (displays 1 billion shades).
In the brightness test, the OnePlus 10T delivered industry-standard results of 500 nits with the manual slider setting and 800 nits with adaptive brightness mode in sunlight.
The 10T color setting includes 2 regular modes (Vivid and Natural) and 2 Pro modes (Cinematic and Superb) with an additional color temperature slider.
The default setting (Vivid Colors) is not accurate, whites and grays tend to have a blue tint (can be softened with the temperature slider). “Natural” (for sRGB color space) and “Cinematic” (for DCI-P3) presets reproduce colors quite accurately. The “Gorgeous” mode is overly colorful in our opinion.
There are 2 options for setting the refresh rate:
- “Standard” – blocks everything at a frequency of 60 Hz;
- “High” – 120 Hz, depending on the application and activity, the frequency can be reduced to 90 or 60 Hz.
In High mode, 120Hz is maintained at all times when navigating the UI, Settings, and social media. Browsers are limited to 90Hz. In all cases, after a couple of seconds of inactivity, the frequency drops to 60 Hz.
Some apps will run at 60Hz by default, such as the native Photos app, Google Photos, and YouTube. Unfortunately, most games didn’t get above 60Hz (Fortnite runs at 90fps).
The smartphone does not have a headphone jack, an adapter from USB-C to 3.5 mm is not included in the package. The stereo speakers are very good – with clear sound and bass. The phone is great for watching YouTube videos and listening to podcasts, but it won’t replace a music speaker.
The OnePlus 10T is powered by a 4800mAh dual-cell battery that supports 150W fast charging. According to the manufacturer, after 1600 charge cycles (equivalent to 4 years of use), the battery will retain 80% of its original capacity (very good life).
The complete power supply replenishes the battery from 0 to 100% in just 19 minutes (up to 65-67% in the first 10 minutes).
For comparison, we tried a third-party USB PowerDelivery 65W adapter and got decent numbers – 45% in half an hour, 100% in 1:14 hours.
Unfortunately, you cannot charge your smartphone wirelessly.
A fully charged battery provides:
- 28 hours 35 minutes of voice calls;
- 14 hours 41 minutes of web surfing;
- 17 hours 24 minutes of video playback.
The OnePlus 10T comes with Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. For cooling, it has the largest vapor chamber of any device from the brand – several layers with a total area of 37038.8 mm². This is 64% more than the 10 Pro.
The phone is available in the following memory configurations: 8/12/16 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of internal storage. The internal memory cannot be expanded.
There is a “High Performance” mode that allows the processor to work at full capacity, without taking into account battery consumption and heat. If this mode is disabled, CPU power drops to around the peak performance level of the Snapdragon 888 (OnePlus 9 Pro). The Adreno 730 GPU is always running at full capacity.
In everyday use, the difference is not noticeable, OnePlus 10T remains extremely fast and smooth regardless of the mode. Gaming performance is good, but in most cases the frequency is limited to 60 Hz.
At an ambient temperature of around 23°C, the phone was comfortable to use even when gaming at 90fps. Since most games are pegged to 60fps, the cooling system never reaches its full potential and heat is rarely an issue.
In terms of stability, the OnePlus 10T scored one of the best in the 3DMark Wild life GPU stress test with 88% in high performance mode.
During the stability testing of the CPU, there were no sharp dips. In normal mode, after an hour of CPU throttling test, the phone showed a steady level of 77% of maximum power. In high performance mode, the result is slightly worse – 71%. In general, good performance under high continuous load.
The OnePlus 10T has the same 3 rear sensors as the OnePlus Nord 2T (which is nearly £13,000 cheaper).
The main Sony IMX766 wide-angle sensor has a resolution of 50 megapixels and optical image stabilization (OIS). It is commonly used in mid-range and flagship Android phones including Nord 2T and Oppo Find X5 Pro. Compared to the Nord 2T, OnePlus has slightly changed the optics (aperture has improved from f/1.9 to f/1.8), but it’s the same sensor. Due to pixel binning technology, pictures are 12.5MP by default, but you can shoot at full resolution as well.
Photos in daylight have good detail, saturation and contrast. There’s also an impressive array of software features: great night mode, video night mode, ultra HDR to boost contrast, portrait mode, separate portrait mode for cats and dogs, slow shutter speeds, RAW shooting, focus tracking, and more. In general, the main sensor takes high-quality pictures.
When shooting in low light conditions, the camera makes comparable images in normal and night mode. The only real benefit of night mode is a separate tripod mode. It produces cleaner, brighter images (which take longer to shoot).
The main camera can record high-quality 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) and slow-motion clips at 1080p. These are average figures for modern technology. For comparison: OnePlus 10 Pro, which focuses specifically on the camera, supports 8K video recording at 24fps, 4K video recording at 30/60/120fps.
Less impressive are the secondary sensors, the first of which is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. It can take decent images in good light, but detail is poorer and there is no OIS.
The lowest quality is the 2-megapixel macro lens, which can take close-up shots with a focus of 2 to 4 cm from the subject. You can play around with it, but the pictures are mediocre – they lack sharpness and detail, the colors are dull.
On the front is a 16-megapixel Samsung S5K3P9SP fixed focus camera. Image quality is decent with good color reproduction and a wide dynamic range. In portrait mode, the background blur is natural, the object is not defined exactly (hair and beard are cut off).
The OnePlus 10T is an all-around smartphone with a great display, fast performance, ultra-fast charging, and an excellent main camera on the back. Since this is not a flagship, the company had to make some compromises. These include a plastic bezel, no IP rating, and no wireless charging support.
Pros of OnePlus 10T:
- smooth and fast operation;
- high-quality flat display 120 Hz;
- incredibly fast wired charging;
- decent quality of photos on the main camera;
- good stereo speakers and an NFC module for contactless payments.
OnePlus 10T cons:
- no moisture protection;
- terrible macro camera, no telephoto;
- cannot be charged wirelessly;
- most games are limited to 60Hz, browsers are limited to 90Hz.