Is this the ultimate comeback? Not exactly
OnePlus has constantly teased the OnePlus 10T with several sneak peeks on their social media. After a round of rumors, the company finally revealed the phone. It comes packing with features and in the US at least, an affordable price tag, surprisingly.
The OnePlus 9 series marks the first time that OnePlus skipped the T subseries, now they’re making a comeback with the OnePlus 10T. It features everything you expect from a flagship and it is a marginal improvement over the original OnePlus 10 Pro. The main distinctive features are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset inside, the removal of the Hasselblad markings on the camera hump, and the lack of an Alert Slider, a feature that’s now reserved for the “Pro” line. OnePlus argues that this feature makes the device pricier and thicker.
It retained the same 6.7in. FHD+ (2412x1080px) OLED with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. You know, the usual flagship stuff. However, it misses out on the more expensive LTPO2 from the OnePlus 10 Pro which improves colour reproduction. A casual user may not be able to tell the difference and this helps in keeping the phone’s price low.
It has a triple camera setup. As you can see, the arrangement of the cameras is slightly altered for the OnePlus 10T. The flash is now located on the top right corner as opposed to the bottom and has no labels, the front camera is now centered, and finally, there is a noticeable lack of a “Hasselblad” label here. The partnership might have been called off after the disappointing results with the OnePlus 9 Pro, or that it’s just a cost-saving measure. This means that the cameras are also downgraded. It has thankfully kept the popular 50MP Sony IMX766 camera but also now uses the cliched 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro combo, something a midrange phone offers. The front camera is also the usual 16MP shooter
To compare, the more expensive camera-centric OnePlus 10 Pro uses a 3x telephoto camera and a more advanced 50MP ultrawide camera. The OnePlus 10 Pro also uses a 32MP front camera. If you’re more into cameras, you better spend more or look for other alternatives.
The OnePlus 10T debuts with 150W fast charging, a massive improvement over the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 65W or 80W fast charging tech. This may be the same tech adapted from the Realme GT Neo 3, another cost-effective gaming handset. It ships with a 160W charging brick and it’s nice OnePlus has not gone full Apple by removing it and saying it’s for the environment.
As mentioned earlier, the phone uses the TSMC-manufactured Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 which was proven to show improvements over the base Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in terms of performance and power-saving. It is paired with 8, 12, or 16GB RAM with 128 or 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. The US and India will get only a specific storage/RAM configuration so we’ll have to wait for what Digital Walker has to offer. It has a VC cooling chamber inside too to keep things under the heat level.
By the way, this charging speed cap will depend from country to country so if your country only has a 110V standard, the phone will charge at 125W max. Still, that’s incredibly fast and the charger it uses can even be used to power laptops!
OnePlus’ AI enhancement called Battery Health Engine helps lower battery depreciation. According to the company, the phone can retain 80% of its overall health even after 1,600 charge cycles. There is a 4800mAh battery inside in case you are asking.
Speaking of the 3D Vapour Chamber cooling system, the one used for the OnePlus 10T is the biggest out of all other OnePlus phones.
It debuts with OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12, although OxygenOS 13 would be available for the phone alongside Android 13. OxygenOS 13 revamps the UI. The design is based on water which OnePlus calls “Aquamorphic Design”. It will have elements of Material You and the icons are now more rounded. The UI will retain the simplicity OxygenOS is known for. Also, the AOD (Always-On Display) now provides access to both Spotify and the company’s version of Animoji called Bitmoji. Sadly though, the UI will now be more influenced on ColorOS as OnePlus becomes more and more Oppo-fied.
Other known features include native support for Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio, something they took surprisingly long before it got implemented.
The rest are identical to the OnePlus 10 Pro. The phone comes in Midnight Black and Jade Green. In the US, it starts at a surprisingly affordable price of USD 649 (~Php 36.1K). Is this OnePlus trying to go back to their “flagship killer” roots? Probably not, but it’s nice to see that it’s priced fairly. Although there are compensations, but the fact it remained a flagship phone is quite impressive.
- 6.7in. FHD+ (2412x1080px) OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 (4nm)
- 50mp, f/1.8, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, Sony IMX766, OIS
- 8mp (ultrawide), f/2.2
- 2mp (macro), f/2.4
- FRONT: 16mp, f/2.4
- 4800mAh, 150W fast charging
- 125W for 110V sockets
- OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12
- 5G services, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6/6E, NFC, USB-C, stereo speakers
- Midnight Black, Jade Green
- 8/128: TBA
- 8/256: TBA
- 12/256: TBA
- 16/256: TBA
We’re hoping Digital Walker brings the 16/256 configuration in the Philippines once it is launched.