OnePlus 10T Review: A Great Smartphone Even Without Hasselblad | Tech Reviews
The OnePlus 10T 5G is the younger brother of the 10 Pro. However, it offers an upgraded processor, a more capable cooling system and 150w fast charging. The Hasselblad branding, the telephoto camera and the popular slider had to give way.
Normally, OnePlus releases a “normal” model and a “Pro” model in each smartphone generation. Only OnePlus 10 Pro appeared on the global market this year.
My colleague was very impressed in his test of OnePlus 10 Pro. Now the OnePlus 10T is supposed to close the gap of the “non-Pro” model as a younger brother.
Basically, this is the OnePlus 10 Pro with a few changes. A few things have been improved and the red pencil has been made in some places: The newer and more efficient Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is used as the processor, the cooling system has also been improved and there is now 150W fast charging.
In return, OnePlus forgoes the Hasselblad collaboration on the camera and the popular slider on the left side also had to give way.
OnePlus does not position the 10T directly below the 10 Pro, but rather thinks in terms of target groups: If an excellent camera is important, you can still use the 10 Pro. If you need a little more power, take the 10T.
I see it more as the smaller – but younger – brother of the OnePlus 10 Pro. But isn’t the younger brother perhaps the better smartphone?
|Software||OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1|
|RAM||8GB / 12GB / 16GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128 GB/ 256 GB UFS 3.1
|Display||6.7″, FHD+ (2.412*1.080), 20,1:9, AMOLED, 120Hz, Up to 1,000Hz Touch Response Rate, 10 Bit Color depth, Max. 950 Nits, HDR10+, Adaptive Refresh rate (60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz), Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
50MP (Sony IMX766), f/1.8, OIS, EIS
Max. Video Main Camera
[email protected]/60 fps
[email protected]/60 fps
[email protected]/60 fps
Slow Motion: [email protected] fps, [email protected] fps
Time Lapse: [email protected] fps, [email protected] fps
8MP, f/2.2, 119,9°
2MP, 2 – 4 cm
16MP, f/2.4, EIS
|Connectivity||GSM, WCDMA, LTE, 5G
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2*2 mimo
Bluetooth 5.3 (aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC)
GPS (L1 + L5 Dual Band)
Galileo (E1 + E5a Dual Band)
|SIM||Card Slot: Dual
Card Size: Nano
Fingerprint reader in the display
|Battery||4800 mAh (Dual-Cell 2.400 mAh), 150W-Fast charging (SUPERVOOC Endurance Edition)|
|Particularities||Stereo speakers (Dolby Atmos)
|Design||Height: 16.3 cm – Width: 7.53 cm – Thickness: 0.87 cm
Weight: 203.5 grams
Colors: Moonstone Black, Jade Green
|Price||8GB RAM + 128GB – 699 Euro*
16gb ram + 256GB – 799 Euro*
Scope of delivery
Everything you need is included in the stylish box: the smartphone, a transparent case, a red USB-C charging cable, a 160 watt charger, a SIM tool kit and various pieces of paper. A thin plastic protective film is already attached to the display.
In terms of design, little has changed compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro: the back is still made of glass and is available in Moonstone Black or Jade Green. The green variant has a smooth surface and changes color depending on the incidence of light. The black variant offers a slightly roughened texture and is therefore more secure in the hand.
However, there are again a large number of official cases for the smartphone, including the popular Sandstone case. This gives the OnePlus 10T significantly more grip and is well protected from scratches.
The front offers a 6.7-inch FullHD+ display with thin black borders and a classic 16-megapixel selfie camera at the top center. The optical fingerprint sensor under the display always worked well during my test period. It’s a little too low for my taste though.
The sides of the device are made of plastic with a silver finish and allow the smartphone to be held comfortably. The volume buttons are on the right and the power button is on the left. Unfortunately, fans of the OnePlus 10T have to do without the popular slider switch for the notification mode (loud, vibrate, quiet). Officially for reasons of space, it was saved this time. However, it should be part of the game again for future devices.
The top and bottom are flat and you can – with a little sensitivity – even place the smartphone vertically. There are two microphones on the top, a speaker on the bottom, another microphone, the USB-C port and a slot for the SIM cards.
So far so good and identical to the OnePlus 10 Pro. OnePlus has now better incorporated the large camera module made of polished ceramic into the back of the 10T model. This makes it stand out less and just makes it look a little prettier.
The workmanship of the OnePlus 10T is flawless and on par with other high-end smartphones. Nevertheless, you should be careful with the back, as glass can easily shatter in a fall. The OnePlus 10T does not have an IP certification, but should still be dust and splash-proof. It is built with the same components as certified devices, but does not have the official seal for cost reasons.
With a height of 16.3 cm and a width of 7.53 cm, it’s not exactly a small smartphone. Due to the construction and the narrow display edges, it looks more compact. The weight of 203.5 grams feels comfortable in the hand and is therefore not too heavy.
The OnePlus 10T uses a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution. The Pro, on the other hand, has a QHD resolution. In everyday use, however, it shouldn’t really make a difference. Photos and text are sharp and the lower resolution also saves some battery.
While the OnePlus 10 Pro comes with curved sides, OnePlus has opted for a flat display for the 10T model. I’m sure some people will like that, and I actually prefer it. But in the end it all comes down to taste.
The display offers a maximum refresh rate of a smooth 120Hz, which can also work adaptively. However, this is not the fine-grained LTPO 2.0 technique, but a three-tier system. Depending on the app, it switches back and forth between 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz. This worked fine during my testing period, but I later simply set it to 90Hz.
Movie fans will be happy because the panel supports HDR10+, has a color depth of 10 bits and offers bright colors and deep black image areas thanks to AMOLED. I really enjoyed films and series on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video with it.
OnePlus specifies a maximum brightness of 950 nits, which probably applies to HDR mode. Since I don’t have a measuring device for smartphone displays, I can’t confirm the official information. In everyday life, the display is still sufficiently bright and I had no problem with it even in the blazing summer sun.
Various color modes for the display can be found in the settings: lively, natural, pro mode (cinematic with P3 color space, brilliant with the largest color representation). The color temperature can also be adjusted. In the end I ended up with the Pro mode (Brilliant), which produces the most pleasing image for me.
Gamers enjoy a touch response rate of up to 1,000Hz. The OnePlus 10T is therefore on a good level and reacts quickly to your inputs.
Overall, there is nothing to complain about on the display: the screen is sharp, sufficiently bright (even for the summer), offers a smooth 120Hz and looks amazing thanks to HDR10+ and a high color depth.
OnePlus has given the 10T model the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The chip also has the Adreno 730 as a graphics unit. The Plus variant of the processor should bring 10 percent more CPU and GPU performance, but consume 30 percent less power. This means that the OnePlus 10T has a slightly better processor than the OnePlus 10 Pro.
In addition to a more efficient processor, OnePlus has also improved the cooling system and now uses a “Cryo Velocity Vapor Chamber”. It is said to be twice as good as classic vapor chamber systems and cool 50 percent better than graphite systems. My colleague Clemens didn’t have any problems with heat development with the OnePlus 10 Pro. I didn’t have any problems during my test period either, and the back only got slightly warm even during long gaming sessions.
The processor is accompanied by up to 16 GB of RAM (LPDDR5) and up to 256 GB of storage (UFS 3.1). OxygenOS also has the “RAMBoost” function, which you can use to tap a few additional GB of RAM from the fast UFS 3.1 storage. If you store a lot of media on your smartphone or use countless apps, I recommend the model with 256 GB of storage.
In everyday use, the currently fastest Android processor and a large amount of RAM naturally prove to be an advantage: everything runs smoothly, switching between many apps works quickly and there are no “pauses for thought”. Intensive image processing and a short video export also ran flawlessly.
The OnePlus 10T is also convincing when it comes to gaming. I played a few rounds of PUBG Mobile and Raid: Shadow Legends with it. Everything ran great on the highest settings and there were no stutters. The back only got a little warm, but not more.
Incidentally, since most games have a frame limit of 60 FPS and thus also 60Hz, it is worth reducing the refresh rate during long gaming sessions. This saves power and battery. In normal operation you can then switch back to 90 or 120Hz to make the system appear smooth.
With the 10T, OnePlus highlights their “HyperBoost Gaming Engine”. This software, which works in the background, is intended to ensure a smoother gaming experience. This includes several modules (General Performance Adapter Frame Stabilizer, GPU Load Control and LSTouch).
I can’t say to what extent the software really improves the gaming experience or whether the raw performance of the Snapdragon processor simply overwhelms everything. However, the titles I tested ran smoothly and stably at all times.
The OnePlus 10T has a 4,800 mAh battery divided into two smaller 2,400 mAh batteries. This means that the battery is slightly smaller than in the Pro model. But there is a fast charging technology with 150 watts, which OnePlus calls “SUPERVOOC Endurance”.
Each of the two battery cells is charged with 75W. This makes the OnePlus 10T one of the fastest charging smartphones on the market. However, devices with 200 watts and more have already been announced.
Nevertheless: The OnePlus 10T should be charged from 1 to 100 percent in just 19 minutes. That’s damn fast and also (almost) corresponds to reality: For me it was fully charged in 20 minutes. Unfortunately, there is still no wireless charging – this is reserved for the Pro model.
Since such fast charging is not necessarily the best for lithium-ion batteries, OnePlus has also worked on its battery management and installed 13 temperature sensors.
The system is called “Battery Health Engine” and is supposed to increase the life of the battery thanks to algorithms and smart charging techniques. After 1,600 charging cycles (almost 4.8 years with one charge per day), the battery should still have around 80 percent of its capacity.
Despite the battery being 200mAh smaller than the Pro model, the battery life is still impressive. With normal use (surfing, texting and some YouTube), the battery lasts almost two days for me.
Of course, you can also use up the battery within a day if you use the smartphone as a hot spot or play with it a lot. In everyday life, however, you don’t have to worry about the battery status of the OnePlus 10T.
The OnePlus 10T uses OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12, so you are up to date. OnePlus promises three major Android versions and up to four years of security updates. There was also a sneak peek at OxygenOS 13, which is going into beta pretty soon. This will get you Android 13 on your smartphone this year.
OxygenOS 12 is still a major bone of contention among fans, as it deviates in many ways from the sleek and minimalist operating system of old. In short, OnePlus and Oppo have merged their software base to improve the speed and quality of development. With OxygenOS you will then get an interface adapted for OnePlus devices.
All in all, I really like the “new” OxygenOS and the differences from back then should only bother hardcore OnePlus fans. At the end of the day, it’s a clean operating system with lots of customization options and a consistent interface. There are also some OxygenOS-exclusive functions, such as the shelf or the Zen mode.
Otherwise you can adapt the smartphone to your needs and style with many settings. There are many options for the always-on display, you can create your own wallpaper or change the fingerprint animation.
So from my side there is little criticism of the operating system: It looks good, offers many functions and runs very smoothly. The only thing I found annoying during my test was that Google Discover (messages from Google, are displayed on the left of the Start menu) cannot be deactivated in the launcher.
With the OnePlus 10 Pro, the camera system was created together with camera legend Hasselblad. The cooperation is particularly visible in the color processing of the cameras and in the functions of the camera app.
OnePlus did without the younger brother and relies on its own algorithms and software again. For example, the OnePlus 10T uses Image Clarity Engine 2.0, HDR 5.0, and TurboRAW. There is also an improved night mode “Nightscape 2.0” and an AI function that improves your picture depending on the subject.
On the back you will find a main camera with a 50 megapixel sensor from Sony, an ultra wide-angle camera with 8 megapixels, a macro camera with 2 megapixels and a dual-tone LED flash.
On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera in a camera cutout.
I have collected some examples of the cameras for you.
The main camera offers a 50MP mode and can thus bring significantly more details into an image. However, the file size also increases significantly. In everyday life, the mode makes the most sense for very delicate motifs, otherwise the normal mode is sufficient.
The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy when you want to get a lot of things in a single photo. However, the 8 megapixels do not offer enough resolution and the picture appears a bit blurry. In addition, the colors are slightly different to the main camera.
Quite frankly and honestly: the macro camera with 2 megapixels could have been left out. The resolution is too low, the whole picture is much too soft and the colors look very washed out.
The OnePlus camera app is still one of the best Android cameras in my opinion. It offers countless modes, but doesn’t look overloaded and is nice and tidy. There is also a lot to adjust in the settings.
The portrait mode is a small highlight for me. The bokeh in the background looks natural and the algorithm cuts me out well. Unfortunately, he gets a bit confused with my earrings/plugs, which is why they are often blurry.
The night mode is also very good and activates automatically in dark environments. It exposes for about half a second and thus already produces good night shots. But there is also a mode with a longer exposure time (intended for tripods and mounts), which creates significantly brighter images with more details.
The 16-megapixel selfie camera does a good job, producing sharp photos with sufficient detail and good colors.
In the camera settings you can activate a 10-bit color depth together with the heif format. Due to the higher color depth, your images show significantly more and more realistic colors and the heif file format saves images in an economical but detailed image. Unfortunately, not every system can display .heif files, so there is a conversion option in the OnePlus Gallery app.
In addition, the OnePlus 10T naturally offers various video functions and modes. The main camera is capable of up to 2,160p/60FPS and, thanks to OIS and EIS, can record stable and shake-free videos. Otherwise there is a slow motion and a time lapse function. Overall, the image quality and color processing are very good.
Like its big brother, the OnePlus 10T Pro offers stereo speakers. A speaker is located on the bottom and the earpiece serves as a second speaker. This not only makes them loud, but also offers a pleasant stereo experience. So when you watch movies and series, the left and right channels are clearly distinguishable from each other.
Of course, smartphone speakers are no substitute for decent headphones or hi-fi speakers. Nevertheless, the OnePlus 10T sounds really good for a smartphone. The sound can cope very well with various styles of music and does not become shrill or tinny even at high volumes. Mids and highs are separated and there is even some bass.
The built-in microphones also do a good job: In voice messages and on the phone, the person I was talking to could always understand me clearly. Background noise, like cars or wind, is also (a little) filtered out.
Last but not least: The built-in vibration motor enables good shaking. Games with a vibration function are fun, incoming calls are noticeable even in your pocket, and there is satisfactory feedback even when typing on the keyboard.
Conclusion: For most even better than the 10 Pro
The OnePlus 10T is actually the younger brother of the OnePlus 10 Pro and omits the Hasselblad branding and the famous slider. With all its changes and the newer technology in some areas, it is the better smartphone for most users.
The processor offers you more performance with less power consumption, charging is almost twice as fast with 150 watts, the display has flat edges and the housing has been refined compared to the Pro.
In addition, the RRP (699/799 euros*) is lower and the top version even offers more RAM than the Pro. Even if it has to be said that there is not a huge difference between 12 and 16 GB of RAM in everyday life.
The cameras take sharp and usable pictures, even if the small macro camera really wasn’t necessary. With the OnePlus 10T you get slightly weaker hardware and have to do without the Hasselblad branding, including the good color processing.
Overall, the OnePlus 10T is an excellent upper-class smartphone that can compete with the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Google Pixel 7 in terms of display and performance. It even clearly competes with its big brother. The price for both versions is also right and you get a lot of smartphone for your money.
Another alternative could be the Realme GT2 Pro . It also offers a flat display, but already has a higher resolution including LTPO 2.0 technology. The ultra-wide-angle camera is also a bit better here. The older Snapdragon 8 Gen.1 without Plus is used for this.