a very good smartphone, without excess soul?

a very good smartphone, without excess soul?

Failing to offer a complete test, here is a first opinion on the OnePlus 10T after a few hours in its company.

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

After a year without declination ” T ” of its flagship, OnePlus returns to its half-yearly calendar in 2022 and offers a OnePlus 10T which aims to strike the right balance between the excellence of the 10 Pro and good value for money. It thus fills the noticeable absence of the OnePlus 10 at the start of the year. Here is our first review of this phone.

OnePlus 10T

A design of OnePlus 10 Pro

At first glance, the OnePlus 10T would look like the 10 Pro, but it still has some differences, starting with its photo block. Although it is still a massive plate on the back of the smartphone contrasting with the colored shell, OnePlus was inspired by the Oppo Find X5 Pro to offer a smoother, less angular transition. Aesthetically, it’s still as marked, but to the touch, the result is much softer and better integrated.

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The photo block of the OnePlus 10T is a little softer // Source: Anthony Wonner – Frandroid

These are adjectives that qualify the whole design rather well. With its rounded shapes and its Gorilla Glass 5 glass coating, it is particularly pleasant in the hand. Nothing very surprising here, it’s been rather usual for several years on this range which is perfected from model to model without ever reinventing the wheel, and that’s good.

OnePlus fans will therefore be on familiar ground here, but one point still comes as a surprise to those who have followed the brand since its inception: the absence of theAlert Sliderthis very practical little switch allows you to quickly switch from silent mode to ringtone mode via vibrator.

According to OnePlus, this is a design constraint aimed at optimizing space in the phone and integrating other components allowing in particular fast charging (150 W) and cooling. However, we wonder if this change will affect future generations. It is a shame to lose this emblematic element that was so popular, proving that OnePlus is gradually losing everything that made it special.

Speaking of losses, the photo block of the OnePlus 10T also has other changes compared to the 10 Pro. First the flash which is now placed at the top right rather than at the bottom right. A detail. Then the statement ” Hasselblad » which disappears. The partnership with the photo specialist is already over, two years after its debut, leaving Oppo the expertise of the brand that equipped the Apollo missions of the late 1960s.

Note that this OnePlus 10T is only IP54 certified in France. The brand nevertheless assures that it is a matter of cost savings, as was the case in the days of the first water-resistant smartphones.

The screen of the OnePlus 10T is above all practical

On the front, there is also a slight change: the front camera is now centered against the upper edge of the screen instead of being housed in the upper left corner. It’s a little less discreet when consuming content in full screen, but it allows for a more centered look when taking selfies. A blessing in disguise, therefore, depending on your main uses.

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 it in width to keep the 6.7-inch diagonal. As always with the T range, practicality takes precedence over pure aesthetics.

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

We also find this 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 at 60 Hz, 90 Hz or its maximum instead of adapting to uses by going down to 1 Hz. More than the screen, this mainly questions autonomy, but to judge it, this will require a complete test of the phone.

Beyond this purely quantified aspect, OnePlus has as always opted for a beautiful Oled screen panel, bright, contrasting and with beautiful colors. Once again, we will wait for the complete test to publish the results recorded by our probe, but it is rather 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 champ. Add to that the animations of OxygenOS 12 — OnePlus’ interface based on Android 12 — and you get an extremely smooth day-to-day experience, with the exception of the Google Discover pane, to the left of the home page, which may have a slight slowdown when opening.

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

To this, OnePlus has added a larger heat dissipation area here and uses graphene for this, promising much better thermal management than on the 10 Pro. Its better designed chip should also help solve this problem encountered by many phones at the start of the year. This was also the only problem raised on the performance side during our test of the 10 Pro, so as much to say that we are very confident on this point.

The interface being the same on the OnePlus 10T as on the model at the start of the year, we will not come back to it. Fans will feel that Oppo has been there and OxygenOS has changed, but the plethora of customization effects are still there. We will simply regret that it becomes almost messy at times.

The photo of the OnePlus 10T slightly behind

As always when prices are pulled down, the OnePlus 10T’s biggest compromises are made at the camera level. The wide-angle remains of quality with a 50 Mpx IMX766 sensor (the same as the Zenfone 9 or the Nothing phone(1) for example) coupled with optical stabilization, but the ultra wide-angle drops to 8 Mpx (against 50MP on the 10 Pro). The telephoto lens disappears completely to give way to a 2 Mpx macro sensor, the usefulness of which is greatly questioned.

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

A quick word about Hasselblad. When announcing the partnership, OnePlus explained that the photo specialist would first help it improve its software processing on the OP9 generation, then bring its expertise to the hardware part thereafter. On the 10 Pro, the partnership was still focused on software. His loss should therefore not be felt excessively.

The main camera is fairly well-made, with detailed sharpness and eye-pleasing processing, but similar setups can be found on lower-cost smartphones today. We note that the algorithms are good with a soft, progressive and precise portrait mode on the cutting of details. However, the management of strong lights quickly shows some limits and night photos turn yellow very quickly. These are obviously extremely difficult conditions to manage, but a cheaper Pixel 6 does better.

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

It will obviously be necessary to wait for the complete test to put it to the test in more diverse conditions.

OnePlus 10T battery and network

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

If you usually charge your smartphone overnight, the charge will slow down to preserve the batteries, even if it’s too hot or you start a game. Conversely, if it’s too cold, the phone will heat the cells to facilitate charging, like in an electric car.

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The 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 revised its network part with a total of 14 antennas, some of which are horizontal. This allows in particular to better capture when holding the smartphone in landscape mode.

Our opinion on the OnePlus 10T

The OnePlus 10T looks very promising, in line with its predecessors. A beautiful screen, top performance, a fluid interface, extremely fast charging… All the elements that made OnePlus so successful are there. All, except perhaps the surplus of soul that there was before in the search for little extras that made the difference, such as the late Alert Slider. Suffice to say that at first glance the OnePlus 10T does not seem to disappoint and gives its money’s worth… as much as a good Oppo smartphone, the two brands having become much standardized in a 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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