a very good smartphone, without superfluous soul?

If you can’t offer a full test, here’s a first opinion of the OnePlus 10T after a few hours in the company.

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

After a year without rejection” T ” of its flagship, OnePlus returns to its biannual calendar in 2022 and offers a OnePlus 10T that 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 the OnePlus 10 Pro

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

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

These are adjectives that qualify the whole design pretty well. With its rounded shapes and its Gorilla Glass 5 glass coating, it lies particularly comfortably in the hand. Nothing particularly surprising here, it’s been pretty normal for several years on this range, which has been 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 ofAlarm Sliderthis very handy little switch allows you to quickly switch from silent mode to ringtone mode via vibrator.

According to OnePlus, this is a design limitation that aims to optimize the space in the phone and integrate other components, which in particular enables fast charging (150 W) and cooling. But we wonder if this change will affect future generations. It’s 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 booth on the OnePlus 10T also has other changes compared to the 10 Pro. First the flash, which is now located at the top right instead of at the bottom right. A detail. Then the statement ” Hasselblad » which disappears. The partnership with the photo specialist has already ended, two years after its debut, leaving Oppo 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 nevertheless assures that it is a matter of cost savings, as was the case in the days of the first waterproof smartphones.

The screen on the OnePlus 10T is, above all, practical

On the front, there is also a slight change: the front camera is now centered towards the top edge of the screen instead of being placed in the top 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 diagonal at 6.7 inches. As always with the T series, practicality takes precedence over pure aesthetics.

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

We also find that 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 applications of goes down to 1 Hz. More than the screen, this mainly calls into question autonomy, but to judge it, this will require a full test of the phone.

In addition to this purely quantified aspect, OnePlus has, as always, chosen a beautiful OLED display panel, bright, rich in contrast and with beautiful colors. Once again, we will wait for the complete test to publish the results recorded by our probe, but it is quite a sight to behold.

OxygenOS 12 and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, 8-16 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128-256 GB 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 an extremely smooth day-to-day experience, with the exception of the Google Discover pane to the left of the home page, which can have a slight slowdown when opening.

The interface on 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 that many phones encounter at the start of the year. This was also the only issue raised on the performance side during our testing of the 10 Pro, so that’s to say we’re very confident on this point.

The interface is the same on the OnePlus 10T as on the model at the beginning of the year, we will not return to it. Fans will feel that Oppo has been there and OxygenOS has changed, but the abundance of customization effects is still there. We simply want to regret that it gets almost messy at times.

The image of the OnePlus 10T slightly behind

As always when prices are reduced, the OnePlus 10T’s biggest compromises are made at the camera level. The wide angle remains 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 drops to 8 Mpx (versus 50MP on the 10 Pro). The telephoto lens disappears completely to make way for a 2 Mpx macro sensor, the usefulness of which is very questionable.

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

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

The main camera is quite well made with detailed sharpness and eye-pleasing treatment, but similar setups can be found on cheaper smartphones today. We note that the algorithms are good with a soft, progressive and accurate portrait mode on cutting details. However, the control of bright light quickly shows some limits, and night images turn yellow very quickly. Obviously, these are extremely difficult conditions to handle, but a cheaper Pixel 6 does better.

Here are some examples of photos taken with the OnePlus 10T:

Of course, it will be necessary to wait for the complete test to put it to the test under more varied 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 thing is of course its 150 Watt SuperVooc charging that promises a full recharge in just 19 minutes. The phone’s artificial intelligence optimizes everything according to the conditions and especially the temperature.

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

The OnePlus 10T charger goes up to 160W (but charges the phone at 150W) // 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 especially allows for 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. Everything except perhaps the excess of soul that used to be in the hunt for that little extra that made the difference, such as Alarm Slider. Suffice it to say that at first glance, the OnePlus 10T doesn’t seem to disappoint and offers value for money… as much as a good Oppo smartphone, where the two brands have become very standardized in a short time.

The OnePlus 10T can be pre-ordered 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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