Analysis of the OnePlus 10T in depth and opinion

Don’t have time to read the full review? Go directly to the Conclusions section to find out what I liked the most and what I liked the least about the OnePlus 10T.

In the second half of every year, OnePlus usually releases the slightly improved “T” variant of its flagship device.

However, in 2022, OnePlus put a twist on this tradition. Instead of a OnePlus 10T Pro, the company presented the OnePlus 10T 5G in August , which, due to its price and features, is one step below the OnePlus 10 Pro.

Still, being a newer phone, the OnePlus 10T has a couple of improvements that help it outperform the OnePlus 10 Pro model on some features.

The OnePlus 10T has high-end specifications, since it has a 6.7″ Fluid AMOLED screen at 120 Hz, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 8/16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, rear cameras 50MP f/1.8 (wide angle) + 8MP f/2.2 (ultra wide angle) + 2MP (macro), 16MP f/2.2 front camera and 4,800 mAh battery with 150W fast charge.

The OnePlus 10T is officially on sale for €639 (8GB/128GB) or €739 (16GB/256GB), so it competes fairly well with other flagships.

I have had the opportunity to use the OnePlus 10T for several weeks and here are my impressions of the device.

Analysis Index

  1. Design
  2. Screen
  3. Performance
  4. Biometrics
  5. Battery
  6. Software
  7. Multimedia
  8. Camera
  9. calls
  10. Precio
  11. conclusions

 

Design

The front of the OnePlus 10T is occupied by a large screen surrounded by narrow frames and, to the naked eye, quite symmetrical. In this aspect, it has nothing to envy to high-end smartphones, which have always been characterized by screens that occupy almost the entire front.

Unlike the OnePlus “Pro” models, which usually have a curved screen, the OnePlus 10T screen is completely flat, so the side frames are not so hidden.

In favor of flat screens I must say that there are no reflections or color changes at the ends, nor ghost pulses — a problem that is common in many phones.

The OnePlus 10T offers a screen-to-body ratio of 88% according to GSMArena , a very high value that is on par (or above) other high-end smartphones.

In the upper central area we find a circular hole that houses the front camera. Its diameter is quite small, which is why, in general, it goes unnoticed.

I would have preferred to see the camera in the upper left corner, as being in the center it interferes with the game interface and content when watching videos when holding the smartphone horizontally.

The sides of the OnePlus 10T are made of plastic, so they are not as resistant as other smartphones that use aluminum or stainless steel. In my opinion, the use of metal offers a more pleasant feeling to the touch than plastic.

The back is made of glass that is curved on the sides, which favors the grip and helps make the smartphone appear thinner than it actually is.

The use of glass adds a touch of sophistication, but increases the risk of breakage if the phone is dropped. Luckily, the OnePlus 10T uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the screen and the back. It’s not the latest version of Corning’s coating, but it should keep it safe from scratches and bumps.

 

The OnePlus 10T presents a very attractive design with a glass finish

The OnePlus 10T is available in two color variants —  black (Moonstone Black) or green (Jade Green) with the green color being the one that I have had the opportunity to try. This finish is quite pleasing to the eye and, as it has a light tone, fingerprints are not very marked.

OnePlus has used a glass thermal bending technology to give the OnePlus 10T a smoother curvature to its camera system than any other OnePlus to date. The phone features a crater-like design , in which the rear glass panel of the device blends into its camera module.

The camera module is square in shape with rounded corners, and its dark gray color contrasts with the light tone of the back. Since it is located in the upper left corner, the phone ” dances” when tapping on the screen when the phone is resting on a table.

Being so large, it’s easy to put your fingers on a camera when holding the phone horizontally. You must be careful not to dirty any lens, as this will affect the quality of your photos.

The OnePlus 10T is a fairly large smartphone since, despite the good use of space, its 6.7″ screen determines the size of the device

The screen is too large to reach all areas when holding the phone with one hand, but OnePlus already incorporates a one-handed mode that slides down the top half of the screen to make it easier to reach.

The thickness of the OnePlus 10T reaches 8.8 mm in thickness and 204 grams in weight , so it is in line with other smartphones with a similar screen size.

Measurements (mm.) Weight (g) Screen Screen to body ratio (*)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 163 × 78 × 8,9 228 6,8″ 90%
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 165 × 76 × 8,9 227 6,8″ 90%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
164 × 75 × 8,4 234 6,8″ 91%
Xiaomi Mi 11
164 × 75 × 8,1 196 6,8″ 91%
Huawei Mate 40 Pro 163 × 76 × 9,1 212 6,8″ 94%
ASUS ROG Phone 5s
173 × 77 × 9,9 238 6,8″ 82%
HONOR 70
161 × 73 × 7,9 178 6,7″ 91%
OPPO Reno8 Pro
161 × 74 × 7,3 183 6,7″ 90%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
164 × 75 × 8,2 204 6,7″ 90%
⏩ OnePlus 10T
163 × 75 × 8,8 204 6,7″ 88%
Xiaomi 12T Pro
163 × 76 × 8,6 205 6,7″ 87%
Pixel 7 Pro
163 × 77 × 8,9 212 6,7″ 89%
iPhone 14 Pro Max
161 × 78 × 7,9 240 6,7″ 88%
iPhone 14 Plus
161 × 78 × 7,8 203 6,7″ 87%
iPhone 13 Pro Max 161 × 78 × 7,7 240 6,7″ 87%
POCO F4 GT
163 × 77 × 8,5 210 6,7″ 86%
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 162 × 76 × 7,8 200 6,7″ 88%
OPPO Find X5 Pro
164 × 74 × 8.5 218 6,7″ 90%
OPPO Find X3 Pro 164 × 74 × 8,3 193 6,7″ 90%
OnePlus 9T
163 × 74 × 8,7 197 6,7″ 90%
LITTLE F4
163 × 76 × 7,7 195 6,7″ 87%
POCO X4 Pro
164 × 76 × 8,1 205 6,7″ 86%
Pixel 6 Pro
164 × 76 × 8.9 210 6,7″ 89%
OnePlus 10 Pro
163 × 74 × 8.6 201 6,7″ 90%
OnePlus 9
160 × 74 × 8,7 192 6,6″ 88%
Xiaomi 12 Lite
159 × 74 × 7,3 173 6,6″ 88%
Huawei P40 Pro+ 159 × 73 × 9,0 226 6,6″ 92%
Huawei P40 Pro 158 × 73 × 9,0 209 6,6″ 92%
I live X60 Pro
159 × 73 × 7,6 179 6,6″ 90%
Samsung Galaxy S22+
155 × 76 × 7,6 195 6,6″ 88%
OPPO Find X5
160 × 73 × 8.7 196 6,6″ 89%
Nothing Phone (1)
159 × 76 × 8,3 194 6,6″ 86%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
165 × 71 × 8.2 185 6,5″ 84%
Sony Xperia 1 III 165 × 71 × 8.2 186 6,5″ 84%
LITTLE M4 Pro
160 × 74 × 8.1 180 6,4″ 85%
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
156 × 75 × 7,9 177 6,4″ 85%
Pixel 6 159 × 75 × 8,9 207 6,4″ 83%
Pixel 7
156 × 73 × 8,7 197 6,3 85%
Samsung Galaxy S21 152 × 71 × 7,9 169 6,2″ 87%
Samsung Galaxy S22
146 × 71 × 7,6 167 6,1″ 87%
iPhone 14 Pro
148 × 72 × 7,9 206 6,1″ 87%
iPhone 14
147 × 72 × 7,8 172 6,1″ 86%
iPhone 13 Pro 147 × 72 × 7,7 204 6,1″ 86%
iPhone 13 147 × 72 × 7,7 174 6,1″ 86%
Sony Xperia 5 III
157 × 68 × 8,2 168 6,1″ 85%
Huawei P40 149 × 71 × 8,5 175 6,1″ 86%
Pixel 6a
152 × 72 × 8,9 178 6,1″ 83%
Pixel 5 145 × 70 × 8,0 151 6,0″ 86%
iPhone 13 mini
132 × 64 × 7,7 141 5,4″ 85%

(*) Screen-to-body ratio data obtained from GSMArena

Next, we are going to review the elements that we find on the sides of the smartphone.

On the right side we find the power button, but surprisingly there is no trace of the three-position Alert Slider switch that we find on other OnePlus smartphones.

OnePlus justifies this decision by the benefit of gaining space inside the device to add “significant new technologies that offer key advances to the OnePlus experience “, while maintaining a thin and light form factor. Specifically, OnePlus refers to a higher power charge, a larger battery and an antenna with better signal reception.

In practice, the move has not gone very well for OnePlus, since there are no significant improvements in battery capacity (rather its capacity has been reduced). In fact, with the just announced OnePlus 11, the switch is back.

On the left side we find the elongated volume button.

The upper part of the phone is free of buttons and connectors.

The bottom of the phone houses the USB Type-C connector, the speaker and the compartment for the nano-SIM card.

The OnePlus 10T does not have any official certification against water and dust , so we must prevent the phone from falling into water.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the well-known YouTuber JerryRigEverything has carried out a series of durability tests on the OnePlus 10T, and the results have not been good. While the phone passed the scratch and lighter tests, it easily bent during the bend test.

Of course, it’s rare for someone to exert force to bend your phone in half, but the fact that it can break so easily suggests that perhaps you shouldn’t keep it in your back pocket, lest you sit on it and break it. .

Screen

The OnePlus 10T has a 6.7″ Fluid AMOLED panel with a 20:9 ratio that offers Full HD+ resolution (2412 × 1080 pixels) , which implies a very high pixel density of 394 ppi.

An attraction of the OnePlus 10T panel is its 120 Hz refresh rate. This higher rate translates into a more fluid viewing experience, especially when scrolling in apps such as the web browser, Twitter, Instagram or the photo gallery.

In theory, some games could also benefit from the higher refresh rate, although, as we’ll see later, that’s not the case on this phone.

OnePlus allows you to choose between a normal (up to 60 Hz) or high (up to 120 Hz) refresh rate. In both cases, the OnePlus 10T makes use of refresh rate shifting technology , to adapt the refresh rate and save power.

However, unlike other smartphones with an LTPO panel, it cannot reduce the refresh rate below 60Hz, instead the only possible rates are 60, 90 or 120Hz. This does not save as much battery life as other smartphones that can drop the refresh rate down to 10 Hz (or even 1 Hz) when displaying still images.

The OnePlus 10T’s sub-pixel array is of the PenTile type , as is usual for OLED panels. This means that the sub-pixels are placed in a diamond shape with more green sub-pixels than red or blue. Therefore, the effective resolution of the panel is lower than Full HD+ when the screen displays blue or red colors.

The LCD screens that other phones have have RGB matrices, where the sub-pixels are placed one after the other, in red-green-blue (RGB) rows, so the advertised resolution applies equally to the sub-pixels. of each colour.

According to the company, the OnePlus 10T’s screen covers 100% of the sRGB and Display P3 color spaces . If you’re unfamiliar with color spaces, the sRGB (Rec. 709) space is the Android (and computer world in general) standard, while the Display P3 space offers a wider color gamut and is used in the film industry.

Color spaces. Source: AVS Forum

There is an even broader color space called Rec. 2020 , which covers 76 percent of the spectrum visible to the human eye.

No current panel is capable of displaying this latter full color space, instead they typically stick to around 60 percent.

The OnePlus 10T offers three display calibration modes : vivid, natural, and Pro mode.

The Intense color mode is activated by default and shows colors that are somewhat oversaturated and, therefore, less faithful to reality. However, many users prefer oversaturated colors over realistic colors, so it is no coincidence that it is the default mode.

The Natural color mode shows colors more faithful to reality and, finally, the Pro mode color mode allows you to choose between the wide range of AMOLED colors (“Bright” sub-mode) or the P3 Display space (“Cinematic” sub-mode). In addition, in any of the three cases we can adjust the color temperature to our liking.

The phone offers native color management and can adjust the screen’s color space based on the content displayed, so you should ideally set it to Natural mode if you want accurate colors that match the content.

Next, we are going to carry out a set of tests with the professional software CalMAN Ultimate and an X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter to find out the quality of the OnePlus 10T screen.

As I mentioned, Vivid mode is active by default , which targets the DCI P3 color gamut (covers 99% of this color space according to my measurements), so colors look oversaturated when using almost all apps, since these normally use the sRGB space.

This excess of color produces images that are visually more striking, but less true to reality, so if we retouch a photo on the phone, we may be disappointed when we see it later on another device. Or if we buy a piece of clothing, a piece of furniture or any object thinking that it is of one color and, when it arrives at our house, we discover that the color tone is different.

This mode has an important advantage when using the phone in broad daylight since, under the sun, the colors lose their strength.

In Vivid mode, the average error in color fidelity relative to the DCI P3 gamut is relatively good at 3.9 dE (a value below 4 dE is considered excellent and above 9 is considered unacceptable), and the maximum error is be 11.5 dE.

The color temperature is 7,387ºK, above the reference level of 6,500ºK, which is why a predominant shade of blue can be seen.

Results with the Intense screen mode of the OnePlus 10T

Natural mode is designed to more accurately reflect the sRGB gamut, which is commonly used in the computer and smartphone industry.

This is the mode to choose if you’re looking for the highest color fidelity in app and game content as intended by the developer — even though colors appear duller than Default mode.

With sRGB mode active, the OnePlus 10T’s screen covers close to 100% of the sRGB gamut. The average error in color fidelity is excellent, only 2.7 dE and the maximum error turns out to be 6 dE. The color temperature, 6,130ºK, is below the reference value, 6,500ºK, which implies an orange color tone.

Results with the Natural screen mode of the OnePlus 10T

Finally, in Pro mode we can choose between the wide range of AMOLED colors (“Bright” submode) or the Display P3 space (“Cinematic” submode)

The first of them takes advantage of the full color gamut of the AMOLED screen, so it even exceeds the DCI P3 color space. The other mode points to the Display P3 color mode, but the color temperature is cooler than ideal white unless you manually adjust it with the slider.

The maximum brightness of the OnePlus 10T with the brightness in manual mode is 469 nits according to my measurements. However, in automatic mode, when we are under strong light such as sunlight, the brightness increases to a maximum value of 764 nits with the screen fully illuminated at 100%.

These brightness values ​​have been measured with 100% of the screen illuminated. The brightness of AMOLED screens depends on the number of illuminated pixels, so if we reduce the illuminated white area of ​​the screen, the brightness increases considerably. In my tests, reducing the illuminated area to 18%, I have measured a brightness of 865 nits.

The following graph reflects the maximum brightness with 100% of the illuminated screen, which is how this parameter is usually measured. The maximum brightness of the OnePlus 10T is very high , although it does not reach the levels of the latest and most powerful flagships.

The black color is very deep , to the point that the colorimeter has been unable to measure any level of gloss. This means that it is really black and that the contrast is theoretically infinite.

OLED screens have a peculiar behavior when viewed from an angle. On the one hand, the light emitters are closer to the surface, and this causes the contrast and brightness to vary less when moving relative to the center, but on the other hand, the Pentile matrix causes the colors to be distorted.

In the case of the OnePlus 10T, the viewing angles are wide and the colors are hardly altered when looking at the screen from an angle. Only when observing from very extreme angles does one begin to appreciate a certain color change.

With the OnePlus 10T locked with the screen off, we can activate the Ambient Screen by tapping on the screen or by picking up the phone.

OnePlus also offers Always On Display . It is possible to set it to show all the time, at an hourly interval or while the phone is not idle for a while, but it always turns off when it reaches 10% battery or activates battery saver mode.

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Always On Display Mode

It is also possible to see the fingerprint recognition area when you touch the screen or pick up the phone, which is very useful to know where to place your finger.

The Always On Display shows useful information such as the time, date and battery level, as well as notifications to read, media playback controls and a text message of our choice.

It is possible to customize the design of the Always On Display with different models of clocks or more advanced designs:

  •  Insight and displays a vertical time bar with a pattern generated based on our use of the device. Every time the phone is unlocked, a groove appears on the bar. The more the phone is used, the wider the use and vice versa.
  • Canvas turns a photo of a person into a drawing, and when you unlock your phone, the drawing becomes the original photo. OnePlus has enhanced this functionality with a variety of brushes and filters.
  • Bitmoji allows you to customize the appearance of a bitmoji as our personal avatar and updates throughout the day based on your activity and what is happening around you. Requires installing the free Bitmoji app.

Within the screen options, we can activate Horizon Light, which makes the edges of the screen light up when a notification arrives.

The OnePlus 10T features Eye Comfort mode that activates a blue light filter to reduce eye fatigue by limiting the amount of blue light emitted from the screen. This mode can be activated manually, at certain times, or from sunset to sunrise, making it possible to control the intensity of the effect.

When it comes to watching videos, OnePlus has added a feature called Video Color Enhancer that extends the color gamut from SDR to HDR to enhance the viewing experience at the cost of increasing battery consumption.

The OnePlus 10T supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG. OnePlus has added an option called HDR video brightness mode , which increases the screen brightness when playing HDR videos. This results in higher battery consumption and heating up the phone, but helps to overcome brightness limitation in dark environment.

We also found a feature called Image Refiner that offers a sharper image with the improved AI algorithm. The drawback it has is that it increases energy consumption.

 

hardware and performance

OnePlus usually incorporates very powerful hardware into its smartphones and the OnePlus 10T is not far behind.

The smartphone comes with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor , which was announced in May 2021. This chip has already been surpassed by the Snapdragon 8 Gen2, although there is still no smartphone with this chip for sale in Spain.


ℹ️ Info: This is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 is a SoC chip manufactured at 4 nm by TSMC. It integrates a “Prime Core” based on the ARM Cortex-X2 architecture up to 3.2 GHz, three performance cores based on the Cortex-A710 up to 2.5 GHz and four energy-efficient cores based on the ARM Cortex-A510 architecture up to 1.8 GHz. All cores can use the 6 MB shared L3 cache.

Compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the SoC is produced on TSMC’s 4nm process, which is more power-efficient and offers higher-speed CPU and GPU cores (with lower power consumption, according to Qualcomm ).

The built-in AI engine can deliver up to 4x faster AI performance thanks to the larger Tensor engine. The Spectra 18-Bit ISP has also undergone major improvements and is now called the Snapdragon Sight.

The integrated Adreno 730 GPU offers a 30% graphics boost compared to the previous Adreno 660.

The integrated Snapdragon X65 5G modem is also new and offers faster transfer speeds (up to 10 Gbps download and 3 Gbps upload). FastConnect 6900 offers support for the current Wifi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.


The OnePlus 10T comes with 8 or 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM , the fastest we can find in a smartphone until the already announced LPDDR5x memory becomes popular. When enough storage space is available, you can use 4, 8, or 12 GB to expand the RAM.

OnePlus includes a feature called RAM Accelerator that learns device usage to predict which apps to launch and data to load, making the most of RAM capacity to improve everyday performance.

It features 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage , which is up to 3 times faster than UFS 3.0 and consumes less power. Therefore, in this section we have no complaints since OnePlus has assembled the best.

Next, we are going to see the results of the OnePlus 10T in various benchmarks , which will give us an idea of ​​the power of this terminal compared to other smartphones.

In the AnTuTu v9 benchmark , it has achieved a result of 862,082 points , a very high score, although somewhat below what we see in other smartphones with similar hardware.

In the Geekbench 5 benchmark focused on processor performance, it has achieved 1,032/3,879 points in mono/multi-core tests, which are again high results, although below other smartphones with the same hardware.

In the PCMark 3.0 general performance test that measures performance when performing everyday tasks, it has obtained a score of 10,585 points , a high value, but which does not exceed certain smartphones with less powerful chips.

In terms of storage, the phone scores highly in AndroBench ‘s read and write speed tests.

Next, we are going to see the results in various graphic tests to check the expected performance in games.

In the GFXBench test with traditional APIs, the phone has achieved very good results.

In GFXBench tests based on modern low-level and high-efficiency APIs (Metal/OpenGL and Vulkan), the phone outperforms many Android smartphones.

In the new 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited test , the phone has also achieved a spectacular result, beating almost all Android rivals.

To check the graphics performance on a day-to-day basis, I’ve tried several demanding 3D games — Real Racing 3, Asphalt 9 and Call of Duty Mobile .

Using the GameBench software , I have been able to measure various performance parameters in these games in real world play.


Do you know GameBench Pro? GameBench Pro is the industry’s leading tool for measuring gaming performance on Android and iOS smartphones. If you want to know more, you can visit their website .


Games get a stable rate around 60 FPS with a minimum of 45 FPS.

These are good values, but it seems that OnePlus limits the game rate to 60 FPS, possibly to save battery or limit heating. Other devices with similar hardware have passed the 60 FPS barrier with no issues.

Match FPS (mediana) FPS stability FPS Min.-Max. %CPU / %GPU
Asphalt 9 59 99% 46-60 12% / 69%
Real Racing 3
60 99% 45-60 5% / 39%
Call of Duty 60 100% 57-60 12% / 35%

(*) Game quality settings:

Asphalt 9: Graphics quality set to “high”
Real Racing 3: Default graphics quality
Call of Duty Mobile: “Very high” graphics quality and frames per second at “Full” speed

In general, the OnePlus 10T has achieved very high results in benchmarks, although some high-end smartphones surpass it in certain tests. In any case, benchmarks aside, on a day-to-day basis, I have not experienced any signs of lag when moving around the interface, opening applications or switching between tasks — for reference, I have tested the version with 16 GB of RAM.

OnePlus has tried to improve thermal performance with the new Cryo-Velocity vapor cooling system. This ultra-thin vapor cooling system combines a larger cooling area (37,039 mm²), advanced materials, and a redesigned heat dissipation channel for breakthrough thermal performance.

In addition to point performance, it is important to know if the phone is capable of sustaining this performance over time or if it is reduced by the increase in processor temperature.

In the CPU Throttling test, which measures the drop in CPU performance after 15 minutes of sustained load, the phone has obtained a somewhat better result, since performance after about 5 minutes drops to 84%.

The 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test measures the variation in graphics performance after 20 minutes of running the test.

The phone has also obtained a quite improvable result here of 61%, which means that the graphics performance deteriorates after a long period of time of use.

In practice, it’s rare that you run into performance issues after long usage, as the chip’s power remains very high even when reduced.

Now, you must be prepared to handle a phone that can get quite hot. After playing several games in a row, I have measured high temperatures on the rear surface, of more than 40ºC, as well as on the screen. This makes it awkward to keep your fingers on the screen in certain games.

On the connectivity side, the OnePlus 10T supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. It is not compatible with the new WiFi 6E standard that makes use of the 6 GHz band, although very few smartphones support this type of network.

As for positioning, it supports L1+L5 dual band GPS , which means that it can connect to satellites using two different frequencies at the same time. This translates into more precise positioning, especially when we are surrounded by buildings.

Not all is good news in the hardware, since the USB-C port is USB 2.0 type, which is insufficient if you want to transfer large amounts of data.

Other flagships incorporate much faster USB 3.2 type ports when it comes to moving or copying videos or other content between the smartphone and a PC or an external drive. To get an idea, USB 2.0 is limited to 480 Mb/s, while USB 3.1 can reach 20 Gb/s.

The USB port is OTG compatible , so it is possible to connect external storage via USB flash drive or hard drive. However, you must bear in mind that it automatically deactivates after 10 minutes of use.

The SIM compartment offers space for two nano-SIM cards, so you can make use of Dual SIM functionality. Now, it is not compatible with eSIM.

The OnePlus 10T is compatible with 5G networks and supports the band below 6 GHz (Sub-6), but not the mmWave band. 4G connectivity is Cat. 20/Cat. 18, so theoretically it could reach maximum speeds of 2 Gbps for download and 200 Mbps for upload.

In my network speed tests, the OnePlus 10T has reached the maximum of my fiber connection of 300 Mbps over WiFi. In the 5G connection test, I have obtained a download speed of 38 Mbps and an upload speed of 12 Mbps, which They are not high values, but Movistar’s 5G connection is not the fastest.

 

Biometrics

The OnePlus 10T incorporates an optical fingerprint reader integrated under the screen . The company boasts of having one of the fastest fingerprint readers on the market and, indeed, my feeling is that it is so.

In my tests, the OnePlus 10T has been very fast when it comes to unlocking the phone , above other high-end smartphones.

To unlock the phone, we must rest our finger on the screen without having to press. During the reading of the fingerprint, an animation is displayed on the screen that we can customize by choosing between four possibilities or deactivate it completely.

Fingerprint recognition is reliable as long as we place our finger in the correct area. Luckily, the fingerprint recognition area is quite wide, so you don’t have to hit the exact spot with your finger.

The fingerprint reader is located in a somewhat awkward position to reach, since it is too low for my liking. I would prefer it to be higher up, in a place that is easier to reach with your finger.

The OnePlus 10T has an on-screen fingerprint reader

OnePlus has also incorporated its facial recognition system , which allows you to unlock the phone simply using our face. Face identification takes place very quickly, allowing us to access the smartphone without having to do anything except look at the phone.

OnePlus offers an option to illuminate the screen so that our face lights up and recognition can occur even in the dark. It also includes choosing if we want to stay on the lock screen or go directly to the desktop when recognition is complete.

However, we must bear in mind that facial recognition is simply 2D, so it is not as secure as the 3D facial recognition that other devices incorporate and could be fooled by a photograph or video. Also, it doesn’t work if you’re in the dark.

For this reason, facial recognition is not available for certain sensitive actions such as banking or confirming mobile payments.

Battery

The OnePlus 10T battery has a capacity of 4,800 mAh . This capacity is generous for a smartphone with this screen size, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing 5,000 mAh like the OnePlus 10 Pro, even more so when OnePlus justifies removing the slider switch to increase battery capacity.

To check the autonomy, I have carried out the battery test of the well-known PCMark test: Work 3.0.


ℹ️Info: A reflection on autonomy tests

Given the importance of the screen in the consumption of the battery, it is important to calibrate with a colorimeter (or a similar instrument) the screens at the same absolute level of brightness (it is not valid to set it to 50%) if you want to obtain comparable autonomy results. between devices.

Otherwise, the results may be greatly affected by the brightness level of each smartphone’s screen and are therefore not comparable. I mention this here because not all analyzes take this into account and in this test you sometimes see absurd values.

In the case of PCMark: Work 3.0, the test itself indicates that the test must be carried out with the screen calibrated at 200 nits so that the results are comparable. This is how we perform autonomy tests on smartphones.


PCMark Work tests the autonomy of the terminal when carrying out a mixture of daily and demanding tasks, since the test simulates browsing web pages, writing texts and inserting images, applying filters to photos, editing videos and data manipulation.

Given the impact that the refresh rate has on the autonomy of smartphones, I have carried out this test twice: once with the normal frequency up to 60 Hz and once with the high frequency up to 120 Hz.

In the test with the screen set to the normal frequency (up to 60 Hz) I have obtained a result of 12 hours and 14 minutes, which is a pretty good result.

If we adjust the refresh rate to a high frequency (up to 120 Hz) , the autonomy is reduced to 10 hours and 14 minutes , which is not a drop of around 15 percent.

The OnePlus 10T does not have battery usage profiles or any functionality that allows us to control battery consumption beyond what Android incorporates by default.

Some energy saving mode like those included by other manufacturers is missing, or a more granular control of the battery consumption of applications.

The OnePlus 10T uses its own 150-watt SuperVOOC fast charging system , which is extremely fast and comes with a charger included in the box.

As you can see in the following graph, the charging process is very fast. In just 11 minutes, we reach around 50% charge, and the entire charging process takes just 21 minutes — OnePlus claims that in just 10 minutes you get all-day battery life.

The OnePlus 10T charges its entire battery in just over twenty minutes

One of the advantages of OnePlus fast charging is that the phone does not heat up during the charging process , instead the heat is generated in the charger itself. This allows, for example, to play while charging without any problem.

Plus, charging is just as fast with the screen off as it is with the screen on, unlike some smartphones that only fast charge when the phone is idle.

OnePlus offers Optimized Charge functionality , which adjusts the charging rate based on your phone usage to reduce the time the battery spends at 100%. In this way, battery life is increased, since batteries degrade when they spend a long time at maximum charge.

It also incorporates Smart Fast Charge functionality which means that when you charge your device with the included high-speed charger, Fast Charge increases the charging speed if it detects a situation where you need to charge your device quickly.

OnePlus has not provided the OnePlus 10T with wireless charging , which is a shame because it is a charging system that is very comfortable on a day-to-day basis.

 

Software

The OnePlus 10T arrives with Android 12 , the most recent version of Google’s operating system to date. On top of Android, OnePlus incorporates its own OxygenOS 12 customization layer . At the time of writing this review, the latest version is OxygenOS 12.1.

OxygenOS has always been characterized as a lightweight and minimalist-looking software layer, but, in its latest versions, it has been mixed with ColorOS, since the company announced that it was going to end OxygenOS. However, users showed their discontent and more recently, OnePlus has rectified and OxygenOS 13 will once again be a separate software layer of ColorOS.

Focusing on OxygenOS 12, the OnePlus skin features a sleek design that doesn’t differ much from what we find on stock Android.

The lock screen shows at the bottom two shortcuts to Google Assistant and the Camera, one in each corner. Unfortunately OnePlus does not give the possibility to customize these shortcuts.

Once we unlock the phone, we access the desktop. The interface is driven by navigation gestures .

Access to the application drawer is done by dragging your finger up on the main screen, but not from the bottom, but from a little higher. We find all our apps arranged alphabetically (although curiously those that start with a number appear at the end), but they cannot be re-ordered or grouped into folders.

In the event that we have become accustomed to using the smartphone without an application drawer (many smartphones of Chinese origin do not have this functionality), we can deactivate the drawer from the Settings.

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In the recent applications view , if we click on the three points, we can lock it so that it remains permanently in memory by pressing the padlock, manage the application,  hide app content in the recent apps view, or activate the split screen . At the bottom we can see the icons of all the open apps in small, which allows us to move more quickly.

OnePlus allows you to alter the appearance of app icons. We can modify the size and shape of the icon, as well as the size of the text below (or even not show the text at all).

Another interesting option is to modify the number of rows/columns (3×5, 3×6, 4×5, 4×6, 5×5 and 5×6) and an option to automatically fill the free spaces with icons by order. You can also lock the home screen layout, set the screen lock when you double-tap an empty area of ​​the screen, adjust the speed of app launch and quit animations, show app suggestions, etc. .

OnePlus has made some tweaks to Android’s Dark mode , making it possible to customize the style — smooth , medium , or enhanced — and set adaptive contrast that adjusts the intensity of the display’s color contrast based on ambient light conditions.

OnePlus incorporates certain quick gestures that allow, for example, to take a screenshot with three fingers, answer a call by bringing the phone to your ear, turn the phone to mute incoming calls or wake the device with a double tap.

A double click on the power button can open the camera and a long press can bring up the shutdown menu or activate the voice assistant (Google or other).

Also interesting are the gestures when drawing on the screen , which allow applications to assign the letters O, V, ^, M and W to the stroke on the screen, as well as draw ‘>’, ‘<‘ or ‘||’ with your finger on the screen off to control music playback.

OnePlus has incorporated a feature called Quick Launch that allows you to activate functions or launch applications when the phone is locked by simply holding your finger on the fingerprint reading area.

Just keep your finger on the fingerprint sensor until the icons appear and, without lifting your finger, slide your finger to an icon and release it to launch the corresponding function or application.

Immediately after unlocking the screen with fingerprint and before the icons appear, you can also quickly swipe to the area where the target icon usually appears and release it to launch the function or application.

In previous OnePlus smartphones, a new screen called Shelf was located to the left of the home screen , which gave access to our widgets, one after the other, with the possibility of vertical scrolling.

OnePlus no longer includes this utility, but now we can access Google Discover . If you don’t know it, Discover is a current news feed that Google customizes based on your interests.

Shelf is still available if you drag the screen down from the right side, and by default some widgets appear — weather forecast, steps taken, storage usage, Spotify, sticky notes, etc. — but you can choose from many more. In my opinion, it doesn’t do much and, tired of the fact that Shelf appeared by mistake when trying to pull down the notification curtain, I ended up deactivating it.

If you are a fan of games, you will be happy to know that OnePlus includes a Games app that allows you to improve the experience in those games that you select by selectively activating various options:

  • Answer calls through the speaker
  • Alter how notifications are displayed: prompt, text only, bullet (they fly across the screen from right to left), or notification block.
  • Automatically answer calls with the speakerphone
  • Disable auto brightness
  • Activate 4D vibration with situation-specific vibration effects
  • Fast Boot to turn on fast startup for the games you play the most
  • Distraction-free gaming mode to block notifications/calls and reduce inadvertent touches
  • Game filter that shows vivid colors and details (HDR effect) in certain games (PUBG only at the moment)

This app also brings together all the games installed on the phone and shows statistics for the total game time and for each title in particular.

From the game itself, it is possible to display a panel by dragging a tab that, in addition to showing the FPS rate, the temperature of the device and the remaining battery level, allows you to activate various functionalities:

  • Open any app installed on the phone in a window.
  • Choose between three performance modes:
    • Gamer pro mode , which improves performance, frame rate and touch feedback, but increases battery consumption and phone heating.
    • Balanced mode , which maintains a balance between performance and battery consumption. The temperature of the phone remains stable.
    • Low power mode , which reduces the visual quality of games to reduce battery consumption.
  • Activate distraction-free gaming mode, which blocks game tools, quick settings, calls, notifications, gesture navigation, and alarms.
  • block notifications
  • Start screen recording
  • Optimize touch feedback by choosing touch and swipe sensitivity and turning on accidental touch prevention.
  • lock orientation
  • Turn on Fast Boot, which launches the games you play the most more quickly.
  • Apply image filters for certain games (currently only PUBG Mobile)
  • change voice
  • Show system status, which shows FPS, CPU load and GPU load permanently on the screen.

game panel

One feature that I like is the ability to control data usage by apps. It is possible to give unlimited access to WiFi and mobile data, to give access to only one of the two, or to prohibit access completely.

Although Google no longer includes the Smart Lock functionality in the Pixels, OnePlus continues to maintain this functionality that allows you to keep the device locked when you carry it with you, you are in a trusted place (for example, your home) or it is linked to a trusted device (for example, the Bluetooth of the car or an activity bracelet).

In terms of privacy, we find the Application Lock functionalities that allow you to block the execution of certain applications,  Hide applications that hides some apps and their notifications from the view of curious people, and Safe to protect images, videos, documents and other files from other people’s looks

OnePlus has included Zen mode that helps you distance yourself from your smartphone for 1, 20, 30, 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes when you have been using the phone for a long time. As a novelty, now nature sounds are added for you to relax.

Once Zen Mode starts, it cannot be turned off, and during that time, incoming notifications are muted and all apps except the camera are blocked. You will be able to receive incoming calls and make calls to Emergencies or to contacts that you have marked as emergency.

We also find App Cloner , which allows us to clone certain applications that do not support multiple accounts so that we can set up two different accounts. Compatible apps include WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, Instagram, BBM, hike, WeChat, imo, Viber, Skype or Telegram.

If you use the smartphone as a device for leisure and for work, the Work Life Balance functionality allows you to configure the Work and Life modes. Thus, it is possible to switch between one application notification profile and another depending on the time, where you are or your Wi-Fi connection.

OnePlus has improved the search bar, which now allows you to find whatever you want on your phone: documents, contacts, songs or even information from the web. You can use the voice search functionality to get results even faster.

If you’re thinking of buying the OnePlus 10T, you’ll be happy to know that the company includes a utility called Phone Clone that makes it easy to transfer contacts, messages, and photos from your old smartphone without having to use WiFi or mobile data.

Finally, OnePlus has improved its support policy to offer three major operating system updates and four years of security updates for the OnePlus 10T. It’s not as good as what other manufacturers offer, but it’s close.

Google promises three major operating system updates for its own devices, but has extended security support to five years. Samsung continues to offer the best support among Android device manufacturers, with four years of operating system updates and five years of security updates.

 

Multimedia

The OnePlus 10T arrives with stereo sound thanks to a speaker on the bottom edge, next to the USB Type-C connector, and a second speaker on the earpiece.

The sound it emits is quite powerful, but it is perceived in a slightly asymmetrical way. On the one hand, the lower speaker does not point forward, but downwards, and on the other hand, the sound from the earpiece is heard weaker and with less bass.

The sound quality is good, although it is below other flagships, especially when it comes to reproducing bass, which is not so forceful, or if we raise the volume to high values, which causes distortion.

The position of the lower speaker is not the best either, since it is easy to cover it with a finger or hand when we play or watch a video holding the phone horizontally.

The OnePlus 10T offers Dolby Atmos sound which, in theory, produces surround sound, although in the case of a phone, obviously you can’t expect anything amazing. Dolby Atmos is always on when using the speakers, although it can be turned off when connecting headphones.

Offers four possible context profiles: Smart (optimizes sound based on content), Theater/Cinema (delivers true 3D surround sound and powerful bass), Music (vibrant, balanced sound) and Game (wide sound range with rich bass) .

It also offers four environment profiles: Indoors (when there is not much noise), On the Move (for places with a lot of noise and people), Commuting (for consuming entertainment on public transport) and Flight (for enjoying entertainment during a flight).

The OnePlus 10T does not incorporate its own music player, since it makes use of Google’s YT Music application .

This app not only allows access to music under subscription, but also to music files stored locally on the device. We can access music by lists, albums, songs and artists.

OnePlus follows the trend of other manufacturers and the OnePlus 10T does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack , so you will have to resort to headphones with a USB Type-C or Bluetooth connector. In fact, it doesn’t even include a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.

To view images, OnePlus incorporates its own application called Gallery that allows access to all our photos. The bottom of the app offers three tabs: Photos, Collections, and Explore. In Photos we can access all our photos in chronological or import order, and it is possible to filter the images so that those smaller than 50 KB are not seen.

The Albums tab lets you view your photos organized by collections (selfies, screenshots, videos, etc.), and finally, the Discover tab shows smart categories (people, places, and objects) and highlights stories.

If we click on an image, we can make various adjustments (exposure, contrast, saturation, color temperature, relief and shadows), apply filters, draw lines and apply patterns. Of course, the Google Photos app is also available.

OnePlus has not incorporated any specific application to view videos, but uses the system’s own applications. The playback of videos stored on the phone is good thanks to its screen that, as I have mentioned, offers deep blacks and vivid colors.

To check compatibility with various audio and video formats, I have tried to play some 4K files encoded with H.264 and with the more modern HEVC. The OnePlus 10T can play all these files smoothly.

OnePlus has built in Widevine Level 1 support , so the OnePlus 10T can play HD content from Netflix and other streaming services. I have verified that the OnePlus 10T can play HDR videos from Netflix and YouTube without problems.

 

Photo camera

The OnePlus 10T offers a triple camera setup with the following features:

  • Wide-angle camera (24mm) with 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor (1.0µm, 1/1.56″), f/1.8 aperture lens and optical stabilization.
  • Ultra wide angle camera (120º) with 8MP sensor (1.12µm, 1/4″) and f/2.2 aperture lens.
  • Macro camera with 2MP sensor and f/2.4 aperture lens

I miss a telephoto camera, which is usually present in high-end smartphones, but it is one of the cuts that OnePlus has had to make to keep the price lower.

The Camera app offers a good number of buttons on the screen, but they’re a bit small for my taste and the settings aren’t always where you’d expect. For example, OnePlus has separated the video recording resolution selection (720p, 1080p, 4K, or 8K) and the FPS rate selection (40, 60, or 120) into two different menus, which complicates things.

Focusing on the interface, on the right, we find an icon to switch between front/rear cameras and a thumbnail of the last photo taken, as well as the shutter button.

Next to the shutter button are labels for quickly choosing Night , Video , Photo , Portrait , and More modes . In the latter we find additional modes such as Movie, Long exposure, Diorama effect, Panoramic, Time lapse, Pro, Slow motion, Dual view video and Macro. We also find a selector of the camera that we want to use (0.6x, 1x or 2x, the latter by software).

On the left we have quick access to the flash settings, HDR, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 12.5MP/50MP resolution change and More. In the latter we find the option of Timer, Aspect Ratio and Settings, where we can access options more advanced watermarking, grids and guides, shutter sound, display location data, etc.

To activate the camera, we can click on the app icon or double tap the power button to access the Camera app quickly.

To focus on an element of the image, simply click on it. We will see how a circle appears at that point and a bar to the right that allows us to adjust the exposure manually by dragging our finger vertically, as well as lock the focus and exposure.

The camera makes suggestions when it thinks you should use a different shooting mode or lens. For example, when shooting buildings or wide landscapes, the camera may suggest that you switch to the ultra-wide camera.

The OnePlus 10T is one of the few phones that can capture 10-bit color images in Photo and Night modes. In practice, however, you’re not likely to notice much difference in color grading between 8-bit and 10-bit images due to compression.

In Pro mode it is possible to modify different parameters such as white balance, focus, exposure time and ISO sensitivity. We can even see a histogram in real time and an artificial horizon, as well as save the image in RAW and RAW+ format (same processing as JPEG) with 12-bit color. However, this mode is limited to the main camera and cannot be used with the other cameras.

There’s also a more professional mode for shooting video, which lets you manually adjust ISO, shutter speed, exposure, focus, and white balance. You can record with all three cameras, but only video to [email protected] with a 21:9 crop.

Next, we are going to review the quality of each of the OnePlus 10T cameras.

Wide-angle camera (main)

The OnePlus 10T’s wide-angle camera takes photos by default at 12.5MP resolution using the pixel binning functionality that combines 4 pixels into 1, but it is possible to activate a 50MP super high-resolution mode.

Below we can see an example of the same photo taken at 12.5 and 48MP, as well as a crop of both. Despite having four times as many pixels, the image doesn’t look much sharper, so it doesn’t seem like this is a necessary mode on a day-to-day basis.

The main camera offers good image quality in good light conditions. It presents vivid colors (perhaps too much if you have the AI ​​mode permanently activated), wide dynamic range and excellent sharpness throughout the image, as we can see in the following example photographs.

Pictures taken with the main camera during the day

When the light is low, the presence of optical stabilization and a fairly wide aperture means that image quality is maintained reasonably well, although there is a noticeable reduction in sharpness when magnifying images.

Below, we can see some examples of photographs taken at night.

Pictures taken with the main camera in low light

OnePlus incorporates a Night mode that allows you to capture better photos in low light conditions at the cost of longer processing time (about 2 or 3 seconds). This mode is automatically activated when the camera deems it necessary.

One interesting aspect of the camera is the AI ​​mode , which detects the scene and applies certain enhancements — typically increasing saturation and contrast — to enhance the image. In my tests, the phone has detected scenes of flowers, grass, building, food, etc.

Below we can see some examples of the same capture without and with AI mode.

Photos without and with AI mode

ultra wide angle camera

The ultra wide-angle camera provides great versatility when it comes to capturing photos of landscapes, architecture or closed spaces as it provides a completely different perspective. Personally I find the ultra wide angle camera very interesting as it allows you to take much more spectacular pictures than the normal camera, as long as there is good light.

The ultra-wide-angle camera of the OnePlus 10T has an 8 MP OmniVision OV08 sensor, a lens with f/2.2 aperture and, as usual in this type of camera, does not have optical stabilization.

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Below are some examples of photos taken with the ultra-wide angle lens during the day, which offers good image quality.

Photos taken with the ultra-wide angle camera during the day

At night, the image quality noticeably deteriorates due to the limited aperture of the lens and the absence of optical stabilization. If anything, the screenshots are usable and overall the quality is in line with what we tend to find on many other phones.

Photos taken with the Ultra Wide Camera in low light

macro camera

The macro camera has a 2 MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture lens that allows you to focus at 2-4 centimeters.

With these characteristics, one cannot expect great image quality and, as we can see in the following screenshots, they are not particularly good. In my opinion, it is an expendable camera.

Photos taken with the macro camera

Portrait mode

The OnePlus 10T is capable of taking photos in Portrait mode by detecting the outline of the person we want to photograph and blurring the background of the image. Unfortunately, the Portrait mode does not allow you to adjust the depth of field during the capture or after the fact, so we are gambling that the crop will turn out well.

Portrait mode uses the main wide-angle camera, but allows you to choose whether you want to take the shot at 2x magnification. This way, we don’t have to get as close to the subject to capture a portrait, since using a wide-angle camera makes the face look distorted if we get too close. The drawback of cropping is that we lose image sharpness.

We can see example images below and if we zoom in on any of them we can see that the OnePlus 10T generally does a good job of separating the person from the background , although hair and “holes” (for example example, the space between the arms and the body) resist on some occasions.

Photos taken with Portrait mode

Video recording

The OnePlus 10T can shoot 4K video at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60fps with the main camera, but only 720p at 30fps with the ultra-wide camera.

It is also possible to record slow motion video [email protected] or [email protected] in case you are interested in recording video in this way.

It is possible to activate an ultra stable mode to record scenes in situations with a lot of movement at the cost of cropping the image. It is also possible to record in Log format for greater color registration, as well as in HDR HLG format . Another interesting option is to record simultaneously with the front and rear cameras.

Next, we can see some videos on [email protected] and [email protected] captured by the OnePlus 10T during the day, which offer good image quality.

Videos recorded with the rear camera of the OnePlus 10T during the day

Here we can some videos captured by the OnePlus 10T during the night. Image quality is not particularly good. Also, videos shot at 60fps look too dark, so I recommend shooting at 30fps in low light.

Videos recorded with the rear camera of the OnePlus 10T at night

Frontal camera

The front camera is located in a hole located in the upper central area of ​​the screen. It has a 16 MP Samsung S5K3P9 sensor with f/2.4 aperture, so it is not particularly bright. It does not have autofocus, but it is fixed.

It offers a beauty mode with various settings for skin texture, cheekbones, eye size, nose, refine chin, head, retouch, etc.

Below we can see some selfies captured with the front camera. The image quality is quite good, especially during the day, since when the light is scarce, sharpness is lost a lot.

The camera has such a wide angle of view that faces look a little warped if you don’t extend your arm far, as if the photo was taken with a fisheye-type lens.

Selfies captured with the front camera

 

voice calls

In the tests that I have carried out , the voice quality is correct and we have been able to perfectly hold conversations in moderately noisy environments without difficulties.

When you receive an incoming call, you can swipe up to answer the call.

The OnePlus 10T supports VoLTE HD , which provides voice calls with higher sound quality, faster call setup, and the ability to navigate at full speed even while on a call. This functionality is only available on some carriers.

 

Precio

The OnePlus 10T is officially on sale for €639 (8GB/128GB) or €739 (16GB/256GB), so it competes fairly well with other flagships.

For a similar price, there are quite a few alternatives on the market that are also interesting.

The OnePlus 10 Pro ( €889 ) offers a 6.7″ 120Hz Fluid AMOLED LTPO2 screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 8/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, 48MP f/ rear camera 1.8 (wide angle) + 50MP f/2.2 (ultra wide angle) + 8MP f/2.4 (telephoto lens), 32MP f/2.2 front camera and 5,000 mAh battery with 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging.

An alternative with a similar price is the realme GT2 Pro ( €674 ), which has a 6.7″ AMOLED screen with HDR10+ support and 120 Hz, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256/512 GB UFS 3.1 storage, triple wide-angle rear camera (50MP, f/1.8) + microscope (3MP, f/3.3) + ultra-wide angle (50MP, f/2.2), front camera (32MP, f/2.4) and battery 5,000 mAh with fast charge at 65W.

Another alternative is the Pixel 7 ( €649 ) with a 6.3″ FullHD+ 90Hz AMOLED screen, Google Tensor G2 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, wide-angle rear camera (50MP, f/1.9) + ultra wide angle (12MP, f/2.2), front camera (10.8MP, f/2.2), and 4,355 mAh battery with 20W fast charging. Or with a somewhat better configuration, the Pixel 7 Pro ( €899 ).

The Xiaomi 12T Pro ( €799.99 ) has a 6.7″ AMOLED screen up to 120 Hz, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 8/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, wide-angle rear cameras (200MP f/1.7) + ultra wide angle (8MP f/2.2) + macro (2MP f/2.4), front camera (20MP f/2.2) and 5,000 mAh battery with 120W fast charging.

The Huawei P50 Pro ( €799 ) has a 6.6″ OLED screen, Snapdragon 888 4G (without 5G support), 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256/512 GB of storage, wide-angle rear camera (50MP, f /1.8) + ultra wide angle (13MP, f/2.2) + 3.5x telephoto (64MP, f/3.5) + monochrome (40MP, f/1.6), front camera (13MP, f/2.4), 4,360 mAh battery with fast charge at 66W. It lacks Google services.

 

conclusions

The OnePlus 10T has a modern design, with a front dominated by a huge screen surrounded by narrow and fairly symmetrical frames , as well as a small hole in the center for the front camera. As a result, we are facing a device with a high screen-to-body ratio, around 88%.

The OnePlus 10T screen is not curved on the sides, so the side frames are more visible than on other smartphones.

However, this also has the advantage that the color is not altered at the edges and, if the phone falls to the ground on its side, it better withstands the impact. It also avoids the dreaded ghost touches.

OnePlus has chosen to remove a feature that, until now, was unique to OnePlus: the Alerts Slider switch . It is a pity that it is not present because it was something really useful and that differentiated the brand. So much so that it has returned with the recently announced OnePlus 11.

The OnePlus 10T is available in two colors : black (Moonstone Black) or green (Jade Green) . The Jadre Green model that I have tested has a teal hue that looks quite nice. In addition, it has a matte finish that means that fingerprints are barely marked.

OnePlus uses Gorilla Glass 5 reinforced glass on the front and back, which, while not the latest version, should offer good protection against scratches and bumps. The company has left the device devoid of official resistance to water, although this is common for the brand.

The OnePlus 10T screen has a 6.7″ Fluid AMOLED panel with a 20:9 ratio that offers Full HD+ resolution (2,4126 x 1,080 pixels).

It supports a 120 Hz refresh rate , which offers a much smoother visual experience when scrolling and moving around the interface, although games seem to be limited to 60 Hz. Without an LTPO panel, the refresh rate does not adapt granularly to content, but can only toggle between 60, 90, or 120Hz. Other smartphones may lower the refresh rate to as low as 10Hz (or 1Hz on Always On Display) for further battery savings.

The display covers 100% of the sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces , and offers three color modes: Vivid , Natural , and Pro mode . The default color mode is Vivid which offers rich and saturated colors but less true to life, while in the Natural color mode the color fidelity is very high and adapts to the color space of the content.

The panel is capable of playing HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG content. In my tests, I have been able to successfully play YouTube and Netflix content in HDR format without any problems.

Being an OLED panel, the blacks are pure and the contrast is very high (theoretically, infinite). The maximum brightness of the screen is quite high, since it manages to reach 764 nits with automatic brightness activated and the screen illuminated at 100%.

OnePlus incorporates the ‘Ambient Display’ functionality so that the screen lights up when a notification arrives or when you pick up the phone, and offers an ‘Always On Display’ mode to permanently display information on the screen with custom designs, including a curious Bitmoji style.

The OnePlus 10T incorporates an optical fingerprint reader under the screen that allows you to unlock the phone just by placing your finger on it.

The fingerprint reader under the screen is reliable when it comes to identifying the fingerprint and the unlocking process is very fast. Now, OnePlus has placed it too low for my liking, so it is more uncomfortable to place the finger than in other smartphones where it is higher.

OnePlus has also incorporated facial recognition that, again, is very fast when it comes to identifying us, although it is not as secure as a fingerprint system when it comes to 2D recognition and, furthermore, it does not work in the dark.

In terms of hardware, it has a very powerful configuration that allows it to stand up to other high-end smartphones.

The OnePlus 10T arrives with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, 8/16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 128/256 GB UFS 3.1 storage.

One of the limitations of the OnePlus 10T is that it does not allow storage to be expanded via a micro-SD card , so we must choose well between the storage variants

In benchmarks, the OnePlus 10T has obtained high scores in all tests. However, in some of them, the performance results are below devices with similar hardware. In my tests, the sustained performance, after several minutes of high load, does not stand out from other rivals and the temperature of the phone after several games easily reaches 40ºC.

On a day-to-day basis, the OnePlus 10t moves extremely fluidly and its 120 Hz screen also helps this feeling.

As for graphics capacity, I have been able to measure stable rates of 60 FPS in demanding games like Real Racing 3 or Call of Duty. In the gaming section, it is worth mentioning that OnePlus incorporates a gaming tool that allows us to better concentrate on our games by reducing distractions, improving game performance, making game recordings, etc.

The OnePlus 10T arrives with a 4,800 mAh battery that is sufficient for a smartphone with a screen of its size, although I would have liked to see at least 5,000 mAh — even more so when the space for the alert switch has been freed up. In the battery test, the smartphone has performed quite well at both 60 and 120 Hz.

OnePlus incorporates its own 150-watt SuperVOOC fast charging system , which is capable of fully charging the phone in 21 minutes. To take advantage of this fast charge , we must use the USB cable and the charger that come in the box since it is a proprietary system of the brand. OnePlus has not endowed the phone with wireless charging.

The OnePlus 10T has stereo speakers that offer reasonably good sound, although it falls short of other flagships in terms of bass reproduction and distortion at high volumes.

The sound sounds somewhat unbalanced as the bottom speaker is more powerful and sounds fuller than the earpiece speaker. On the other hand, the lower speaker is in a position that is easy to cover with your hand when holding the phone horizontally. The company has dispensed with the 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you’ll be forced to use USB-C or Bluetooth headphones.

In the photographic section, the OnePlus 10T has a triple rear camera made up of a 50MP f/1.8 (wide angle) + 8MP f/2.2 (ultra wide angle) + 2MP (macro) rear camera.

In good light, images produced by the main camera are sharp, and when light is dim, snapshots offer reasonable image quality, though it lags behind other flagships as sharpness suffers quite a bit.

The OnePlus 10T camera offers a Pro mode (only for the main camera) with many manual control options and the possibility of saving in RAW and RAW+ (with processing) in 12 bits, as well as a Night mode that allows you to increase the exposure and reduce noise when taking photos at night with better results when really low light.

The ultra-wide angle camera offers a viewing angle of up to 120º, but does not have autofocus. During the day, the images are good, but in low light conditions, the quality suffers due to the lack of optical stabilization and a more limited aperture.

The macro camera offers a poor resolution and, in general, it is an expendable lens, since the captures leave a lot to be desired in terms of sharpness and color.

The OnePlus 10T also offers a Portrait mode that blurs the background of the image quite successfully. Portrait mode uses the wide-angle camera, which isn’t ideal for a portrait. OnePlus allows you to do a 2x crop so you don’t have to get as close to the subject and avoid the typical distortion of a wide angle lens, but being a crop, the sharpness is reduced.

In video recording, the OnePlus 10T can record 4K video at 30/60 fps and 1080p at 30/60 fps with the main camera.

OnePlus also allows you to record in Log format for a greater richness of colors, as well as in HDR in HLG format.

The front camera has a 16MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and offers adequate quality, although its wide viewing angle makes the face appear somewhat deformed if you don’t move your hand far enough away. This camera also offers Portrait mode functionality, which produces a good result.

On the connectivity side, the OnePlus 10T comes with WiFi 6 (but not Wifi 6E), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and 5G connectivity. In my tests, I have achieved high network speeds with both WiFi and 5G.

The OnePlus 10T arrives with Android 12 and, on top of that, the brand’s OxygenOS 12.1 customization layer, which is a hybrid between OxygenOS and ColorOS. Although OnePlus announced that it would merge both layers of software, it has recently changed its mind and will keep OxygenOS independent.

OxygenOS offers interesting features on top of Android , such as double-tap to wake up the screen, gesture navigation, Night/Reading modes, Hidden Space, app and content protection, special gaming mode, Zen to disconnect from the smartphone, the Work-Life Balance mode to balance between work and leisure, new options for dark mode, etc.

OnePlus has enhanced its support policy to offer three major operating system updates and four years of security updates for the OnePlus 10T.

The OnePlus 10T is officially on sale for €639 (8GB/128GB) or €739 (16GB/256GB), so it competes fairly well with other flagships.

Is the OnePlus 10T a good buy? If you’re looking for a high-end smartphone with a modern design, a great screen, high performance, competent battery life, blazingly fast charging, decent (but not the best) cameras, and a smooth Android experience, the OnePlus 10T is a great option.

The best:

  • Attractive all-screen design with narrow bezels around the screen and a small hole for the front camera.
  • Attractive glass finish protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back cover.
  • Fluid AMOLED screen with high sharpness, high maximum brightness, very high contrast, wide color gamut, HDR10+ support and refresh rate up to 120 Hz.
  • Fluid use of the phone thanks to very powerful hardware: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 8/16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
  • OxygenOS software with features that improve the performance of Android 12. Version updates guaranteed for 3 years and security patches for 4 years.
  • Optical fingerprint reader under the screen that unlocks the phone quickly, as well as 2D facial recognition.
  • WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and 5G connectivity with Sub-6 support (but not mmWave). VoLTE HD support for high quality calls.
  • Versatile camera suite for wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and macro photography. Camera App with many options including a Pro mode.
  • Powerful stereo speakers that offer acceptable sound quality and Dolby Atmos support.
  • Good autonomy thanks to its 4,800 mAh battery.
  • Warp Charge fast charging at 150W capable of fully charging the battery in just over 20 minutes (although it requires the OnePlus cable and charger).
  • Dual SIM support.

 

Worst:

  • Camera quality below its high-end rivals, especially in low-light situations. The camera interface is not very intuitive to find certain options.
  • Gaming performance capped at 60 FPS, though the hardware is capable of much more.
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack or FM radio
  • Without the brand’s iconic Alerts Slider switch
  • No wireless charging
  • No official water resistance.

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