Four months after the launch of the OnePlus 10 ProOnePlus is back with a new device, the OnePlus 10T. After we to beat up the OnePlus 10 at a high price earlier this year, the OnePlus 10T looks like a decent correction: it’s $649, $250 cheaper than the $899 OnePlus 10 Pro.
Let’s find the missing $250 in the spec sheet: The OnePlus 10T is slightly faster than the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro, thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 SoC. This has a small 10 percent faster MHz boost over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and runs benchmark scores around that amount. That 10 percent speed boost finally brings Qualcomm’s 2022 CPU performance back to the level of its 2021 chip — before it was a bit slower.
The phone still has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (and a new 16GB/256GB tier for $100 more). There is still an on-screen fingerprint reader and a USB-C port. The battery is 4 percent smaller at 4800 mAh instead of 5000 mAh, and the wireless charging is gone. The phone doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6E (only Wi-Fi 6) and it sounds like the cameras are all down a layer, with the phone now sporting a 50MP Sony IMX776 and then an 8MP ultrawide for fun and a 2MP macro camera.
The 10T has a 6.7-inch, 120 Hz, 2412×1080 OLED display with a dynamic refresh rate that switches between 120, 90 and 60 Hz depending on the content. The more expensive 10 Pro has a higher resolution, 3216×1440, and a more dynamic refresh rate that can be lowered all the way to 1 Hz for more power savings. For the price, I consider both trade-offs. We’ve long said that phone screens have: too many pixels, and the extra resolution is invisible in real life. The 10T screen is still 394 ppi and that’s totally fine.
I actually prefer the cheaper 10T screen over the OnePlus 10 simply because it’s flat. Most flagships from Samsung, OnePlus and Google use a display that is curved along the long edges. Years ago it was technically impressive to be able to bend an OLED display, but in real life these displays only seem to have flaws. They distort any video or text along the edges of the phone and lead to more accidental screen touches. There is no benefit to bending the screen. OnePlus probably sees it as some sort of cost-saving measure, but in reality the flat screen is a big improvement.
Another cost-cutting measure: OnePlus’ three-way alert switch is missing from the OnePlus 10T. Previous OnePlus phones had a physical switch on the side that could toggle between sound on, vibrate only, or no sound/no vibrate. OnePlus sent a seven paragraphs PDF titled “No Alert Slider Statement” as if the company thought it was responding to a huge controversy. The closing paragraph even promises: “While the OnePlus 10T doesn’t have the alert slider, that doesn’t mean it will be removed from all future OnePlus devices.” I really don’t care if it gets deleted and wouldn’t have noticed if OnePlus hadn’t said anything. Most phones don’t have a notification switch because the volume keys work just fine!