The OnePlus 10T is a return to the market for a company that has struggled to find its place after a merger with Oppo. Released on 3rd August 2022, the OnePlus 10T is gaining footing by offering a “flagship killer” for an affordable price than the competition. It does so with high-end specs, excellent cellular reception, and the fastest wired charging of any phone.
Although the OnePlus 10T is significantly more affordable than the iPhone 13 ($749) and the Galaxy S22+ ($999.99), some software issues still prevail, hopefully, these will be fixed before the phone is available to purchase in the next month.
OnePlus 10T Design
At 6.42 by 2.99 by 0.34 inches (HWD) and 7.16 ounces, this phone isn’t a small or light phone. It is more compact than its dimensions indicate.
The phone is available in two colours: Jade Green or Moonstone Black. The Moonstone Black model features a slightly rough back texture. Otherwise, the back closely resembles that of the OnePlus 10 Pro, with a smooth-framed camera bump that houses three lenses and a flash.
A 6.7-inch, 2,412-by-1,080-pixel AMOLED panel defines the front of the phone and alternates between 120Hz, 90Hz, and 60Hz refresh rates. The screen displays a peak brightness of 950 nits, which means it is a bit dimmer in bright sunlight than the Galaxy S22+ (1,750 nits). It worked fine outdoors, but the S22+’s screen is noticeably brighter in real-world use.
On the sides, the phone has a power button and volume rocker, but amazingly, no physical mute slider, any OnePlus signature is available. OnePlus says it needed the space in the phone’s body to add support for 125W charging, but we believe that future devices will include the slider also. Like other recent OnePlus flagships, the OnePlus 10T doesn’t have a microSD card slot or a headphone jack. You will get stereo speakers, however. The US model of the phone has a single, physical SIM slot.
A Gorilla Glass 5 glass cover protects the front and back of the phone from drops and scratches. OnePlus specifies an IP54 rating for the phone, which means it’s reasonably resistant to dust and water ingress. For reference, the Galaxy S22+ and iPhone 13 offer superior IP68 ratings.
The 10T sports the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 platform, with either 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage ($649) or 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage ($749). It is a slightly faster prime core than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip (3.2GHz vs 3.0GHz), but its major advantages pertain to power consumption and heat management.
Like the OnePlus 10 Pro, the phone defaults to a balanced performance mode. With this setting, it scores similar to the Pixel 6 (10,602), but both handsets significantly trail other flagships here. The benefit of this mode is that it prevents the phone from ever getting hot or throttling.
The phone also has plenty of power for games even in balanced mode. That’s a very similar performance to the Asus ROG Phone 6, which is built specifically for gaming.
If you want more efficiency, you can kick the phone into a performance mode that OnePlus says decreases battery life.
The quality is fine. The speakerphone is quieter than on other competing phones—it’s sufficient if you put your phone on your desk or coffee table, but don’t try to use it much outside or to run a conference call. The earpiece, on the other hand, is loud enough for any circumstance.
All the other usual wireless standards are all present, including Wi-Fi 6 (but not the newer 6E standard). This is also one of the first phones with Bluetooth 5.3. It supports the AptX HD Bluetooth codec, but not Aptx is Lossless.
The OnePlus 10T presently offers the fastest-charging battery of any phone for sale in the US. It’s 125W SuperVOOC charging, borrowed from parent company OPPO, offers speeds three times faster the Samsung’s Galaxy S22 lineup and more than six times the recharging speed of the latest iPhones. The phone charges even faster (at 150W) in countries with 220V electrical systems. That difference is similar to how the OnePlus 10 Pro charges at 65W in the US, but 80W elsewhere.
Cameras is Average
The OnePlus 10T sports a 50MP main camera (which defaults to 12MP images), along with an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, you will get a 16MP selfie camera. Unlike on the OnePlus 10 Pro, the cameras don’t feature Hasselblad branding; OnePlus holds that out as a differentiator, although it’s never been really clear what that branding means other than an orange shutter button.
As we’ve seen with past OnePlus phones, the camera still needs some tuning. But OnePlus can still easily fix that issue via software updates.
The 2MP macro camera appears to exist mostly to fill out an extra slot on the back. Selfies from the front-facing camera tend to look washed out, much like photos from the main camera; specifically, they have a bit of a reddish cast in low-light settings.
The one area most people can easily notice the difference between the 10T and the S22+ or the iPhone 13 Pro is when you zoom in. The 10T’s camera app appears to offer 2x zoom, but it’s merely a sensor-crop trick in which it blows up the centre portion of the 50MP sensor. Compared with an optical zoom lens, this software solution gives you softer images that show halos around some elements.
Getting back to Form
The OnePlus 10T isn’t perfect, but it’s a great phone that could even be an Editors’ Choice winner if the company addresses two issues. First, OnePlus must fix the exposure algorithm in the camera software. The company can’t create an optical zoom out of thin air, but it can fix the current software issues.
Whether you pick the $649 OnePlus 10T over the $599 Pixel 6 or the $749 iPhone 13 depends on if you want to trade a bit of camera quality for better connectivity and super-fast charging.
The $799 Galaxy S22 is closer in price to the 10T than the $999 S22+, but the S22+ is a better match when it comes to the OnePlus handset’s size and performance. Meanwhile, the 10T might also be a natural fit for any OnePlus fans who find the $899 10 Pro too pricey. Finally, the fact that the 10T is even competing with these more expensive phones is good news for buyers—and a hopeful indicator that OnePlus is back on track.