an excellent smartphone, without too much soul?

Failing to offer a complete test, here is the first opinion of the OnePlus 10T after some time in its company.

OnePlus 10T from the front // Source: Anthony Wonner – Fandroid

After a year of no decline” Q in its flagship, OnePlus returns to the half-year calendar in 2022 and offers a OnePlus 10T that strikes the right balance between the efficiency of the 10 Pro and good value for money. Thus it fills the noticeable absence of the OnePlus 10 at the beginning of the year. Here is our first review of this phone.

OnePlus 10T

A OnePlus 10 Pro design

At first glance, the OnePlus 10T looks like the 10 Pro, but it has some differences, starting with its photo block. Although it is still a large plate on the back of the smartphone in contrast to the colored shell, OnePlus was inspired by the Oppo Find X5 Pro to offer a smooth, less angled transition. Aesthetically, it is still marked, but to the touch, the result is softer and better integrated.

The OnePlus 10T photo block is a bit soft // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

These are the adjectives that qualify the whole design. With the rounded shapes and the Gorilla Glass 5 glass coating, it is very pleasant in the hand. Nothing surprising here, it has been the norm for many years in this range to be perfected from model to model without a tire change, and that’s fine.

So OnePlus fans are on familiar ground here, but one point still comes as a surprise to those who have followed the brand since its inception: the absence ofAlert Sliderthis practical little switch allows you to easily switch from silent mode to ringtone mode via the vibrator.

According to OnePlus, this is a design restriction aimed at optimizing the phone’s space and integrating other components that allow particularly fast charging (150 W) and cooling. However, we wonder if this change will affect future generations. It would be a shame to lose this emblematic element that is so popular, which proves that OnePlus is gradually losing everything that makes it special.

Speaking of omissions, the OnePlus 10T’s photo unit has other changes compared to the 10 Pro. First the flash is now placed in the upper right rather than the lower right. A detail. Then the statement ” Hasselblad » to disappear. The partnership with the photo specialist has ended, two years after its debut, leaving Oppo with the expertise of the brand that equipped the Apollo missions in the late 1960s.

Note that this OnePlus 10T is only IP54 certified in France. The brand however assures that it is a matter of saving costs, as it happened in the days of the first smartphones that were not water resistant.

The OnePlus 10T screen is above all practical

On the front, there is also a small change: the front camera is now centered against the upper edge of the screen instead of being placed in the upper left corner. It’s a little less smart when using full-screen content, but it allows for a more centered look when taking selfies. So, a blessing in disguise, depending on your primary use.

At the same time, the edges remain thin and uniform and the curved screen gives way to a flat screen, which adds a small millimeter to its width to keep the 6.7-inch diagonal. As always with the T range, practicality comes before pure aesthetics.

The punch of the OnePlus 10T is now in focus // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

We can also see it in the technical characteristics of the panel: Full HD+ (1080p) instead of WQHD+ (1440p) and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz that can only alternate between 60 Hz, 90 Hz or its maximum instead of adapting to the use of down to 1 Hz. More than the screen, it mainly questions the autonomy, but to judge it, it requires a full test of the phone.

Beyond this purely quantified aspect, OnePlus has always opted for a beautiful Oled screen panel, bright, distinct and with beautiful colors. Again, we will wait for the complete test to publish the results recorded in our review, but it is pleasing to the eye.

OxygenOS 12 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 8-16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128-256GB UFS 3.1 storage. The OnePlus 10T is equipped like a true champion. Add to that the animations of OxygenOS 12 — OnePlus’ interface based on Android 12 — and you get a much smoother everyday experience, except for the Google Discover pane, on the left of the home page, which may have slight opening slowdown.

The OnePlus 10T interface remains refined // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

In this, OnePlus has added a larger heat dissipation area here and used graphene for it, promising better thermal management than the 10 Pro. A better designed chip should also help solve this problem that many phones encountered at the beginning of the year. It’s also the only problem the performance side raised during our testing of the 10 Pro, so that’s saying a lot that we’re pretty confident at this point.

The interface of the OnePlus 10T is the same as the model at the beginning of the year, we will not go back to it. Fans will feel that Oppo is there and OxygenOS has changed, but the many customization effects are still there. Let’s just regret almost messing up sometimes.

OnePlus 10T photo slightly back

As always when prices are lowered, the biggest compromise in the OnePlus 10T is made at the camera level. The wide angle remains in quality with a 50 Mpx IMX766 sensor (the same as the Zenfone 9 or the Nothing phone(1) for example) combined with optical stabilization, but the ultra wide-angle is reduced to 8 Mpx (against the 50MP of the 10 Pro ). The telephoto lens has completely disappeared to give way to a 2 Mpx macro sensor, the usefulness of which is highly questioned.

The OnePlus 10T photo block // Source: Anthony Wonner – Fandroid

A quick word about Hasselblad. When announcing the partnership, OnePlus explained that the photography specialist will first help it improve the software processing of the OP9 generation, then bring its expertise to the hardware side afterwards. In the 10 Pro, the partnership is still focused on the software. So his loss should not be felt too much.

The main camera is quite well made, with detailed sharpness and processing that is pleasing to the eye, but the same setups are found in cheaper smartphones today. We noticed that the algorithms are good in a soft, progressive and accurate portrait mode to cut details. However, the handling of strong lights quickly shows some limitations and the night photos are easily yellowed. These are obviously tough handling conditions, but the cheaper Pixel 6 is better.

Here are some sample photos taken with the OnePlus 10T:

It is clear that it is necessary to wait for the complete test to test it in more different conditions.

OnePlus 10T battery and network

We only tested this OnePlus 10T quickly, so we can’t really talk about its real autonomy. On the other hand, between the well-optimized chip and its 4800 mAh battery, we can expect good results. But the most interesting is apparently the 150 Watt SuperVooc charge that promises a full recharge in just 19 minutes. The phone’s artificial intelligence takes care of optimizing everything according to the conditions and especially the temperature.

If you usually charge your smartphone overnight, the charging will slow down to preserve the batteries, even if it is very hot or you start a game. On the other hand, when it’s too cold, the phone will heat up the cells to speed up charging, just like an electric car.

OnePlus 10T charger goes up to 160 W (but charges the phone at 150 W) // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

Designed for gamers, the OnePlus 10T has also changed its network part with a total of 14 antennas, some of which are horizontal. This allows for better capture when holding the smartphone in landscape mode.

Our opinion on the OnePlus 10T

OnePlus 10T looks very good, in line with its predecessors. A beautiful screen, high performance, a fluid interface, extremely fast charging… All the elements that make OnePlus successful are there. All, except perhaps too much of the soul that used to look for the little extras that make the difference, as of late. Alert Slider. Suffice it to say that at first glance the OnePlus 10T does not seem to disappoint and provides value for money… like a good Oppo smartphone, both brands have standardized a lot on short time.

The OnePlus 10T is available for pre-order at 729 euros for the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and at 829 euros for the 16/256 GB model.

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