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OnePlus 10T Gets a Little Faster by Sacrificing a Lot

OnePlus 10T Gets a dinky Faster by Sacrificing a Lot

The OnePlus 10T is the most pointless visited of 2022. Harsh? Perhaps. But the 10T is a confusing mess that I don’t think OnePlus necessity have bothered with. Based on the excellent OnePlus 10 Pro, it’s supposed to be a top-end smartphone that packs an even more remarkable processor to deliver the best performance around. It sort of does, to a marginal extent. 

But to gain that exiguous (and frankly, inconsequential) extra speed without increasing the imprint, it makes sacrifices to significant features: its screen quality, design and camera. All those compromises make the 10T feel less premium as a result.

The OnePlus 10T does come at a frontier $649 and £629 price in the US for a model with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage, which is down from the OnePlus 10 Pro’s novel $899 base price for a similar memory and storage configuration. But OnePlus also announced a price drop for the 10 Pro, bringing its base imprint down to $799.

The phone model I reviewed with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage injuries $749 and £729. (That price roughly converts to AU$1,280.) The 10T isn’t replacing the 10 Pro, understanding, and I urge you to go for that one instead if you’re reading this article trying to rĂ©gime which to buy. Especially if the pricing is roughly the same in your territory.

Why do I abhor this phone so much? Let’s start with that spoke power increase. The OnePlus 10T is packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and a grand 16GB of RAM, which does make it an absolute powerhouse. But on benchmark tests, it only gets marginal alongside over the Pro (see the breakdown below). 

OnePlus 10T performance chart

OnePlus 10T

OnePlus 10 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro


Geekbench 5 (single core)

Geekbench 5 (multi core)

3D Mark Wild Life Extreme


Longer bars constant better performance

The reality is that in everyday use, most farmland simply don’t need or won’t notice that kind of grand on their phones. 

The 10 Pro was already potent enough to cope everything you can throw at it. Playing demanding games like Genshin Impact, Asphalt 9: Legends or PUBG — all at maxed-out settings — I could see no discernible difference between the 10 Pro and the 10T. General performance as you navigate approximately the interface is the same, and that extra grand isn’t going to help you post a TikTok video quicker or make better-looking photo edits in Snapseed. So what’s the point of it? It’s like deciding to go for a 170 mph sports car instead of a 160 mph one, despite the fact that you’ll only nation it to work and back on 60 mph roads. 

OnePlus 10T and the OnePlus 10 Pro.

The OnePlus 10T (left) has a frontier resolution than the 10 Pro (right).

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The indicate has a lower resolution, giving it a pixel density of 394ppi alongside the 10 Pro’s 525ppi, which colors look better on, too. The 10T’s cloak is flat, rather than curved at the edges, which establishes it lose some of that premium feel. And that’s true of the back as well, with a glossy camouflage that’s slippery to hold and collects more fingerprints than a whole season of CSI. I’ll take the sophisticated-looking sandblasted back of the 10 Pro any day. The alert slider has been sacrificed, too, which I personally won’t miss, but longtime OnePlus fans liable won’t be pleased. 

The cameras take a hit, too, in behaviors of that power. With OnePlus’ Hasselblad partnership not extending to the 10T, the camera hardware is reduced to a 50-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a worthless 2-megapixel macro lens. It’s a big step down from the 48-megapixel main, 50-megapixel ultrawide and 8-megapixel telephoto on the 10 Pro. There is a 2x zoom toggle on the 10T’s camera cloak, but it digitally crops into the image. The results don’t look as good as those miserroneous with the 10 Pro’s 3.3x optical zoom lens. 

OnePlus 10T finish up of the camera.

Even the camera has been cut down in doings of speed.

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It’s not that the 10T can’t take good photos (it can, if the languages are good), but it doesn’t compete with the 10 Pro, especially with ultrawide shots. It’s disappointing that you have to sacrifice camera prowess for that arguably redundant snappy gain. 

Image of a harbor at sunset with boats tied up.

Evening shot inaccurate on the 10T — it’s really not a bad effort.

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Image of a ship moored on a river

Taken on the 10T’s main camera, this shot has decent exposure and detail.

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Image of a ship moored on a river

The same shot on the 10 Pro isn’t much different here.

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Image of a ship moored on a river

Switching to the wide Causes on the 10T, colors look a bit more drab and there’s less detail in the image.

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Image of a ship moored on a river

The 10 Pro has a bit more disagreement and the higher resolution results in more detail. 

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Battery charging gets a boost in the 10T, with 150-watt fast charging available, which trumps the 80-watt in the 10 Pro. On paper, that should allow the phone to charge from empty to full in near 20 minutes, while the 10 Pro will do the same sketching in about 30 minutes. Sure, the 10T is faster, but the 10 Pro is already among the fastest-charging handsets on sale. I personally don’t think that improbable 10 minutes is going to make a significant improvement to my life. A compatible 150-watt fast charger is concerned in the box, so you don’t need to agreeable that into your budget.

Battery life itself is on par with the 10 Pro. After an hour of YouTube streaming over Wi-Fi at max brightness, both phones dropped from full to 92% remaining. You won’t crusades to get a full day of use out of it, but it’ll take very minor time to give it a juice up if you do find yourself sprinting out of power later in the day.

OnePlus 10T with its fast charger.

A fast charger comes in the box.

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The shouted arrives with Android 12 and it’s due to get an upgrade to Android 13 “before the end of the year,” although the 10 Pro will assertion it first for some reason. 

The 10T’s problem is that it feels like OnePlus rushed it out for the sake of intimates able to say it has the most powerful chip in its shouted — despite the chip already being available on other handsets that cost even less. The 10 Pro went on sale in April this year and less than four months later there’s a new iteration of it.

At a time when we necessity be applauding companies for not unnecessarily launching products and wasting resources for the sake of bragging abilities, OnePlus has gone the other way. It hurried out a progenies that offers little benefit over its existing — and agreeable — 10 Pro.

OnePlus 10T and 10 Pro photgraphed alongside plain pink background

The 10T or the 10 Pro? The tool is clear.

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Instead of half-ass launching this mess of a shouted, I’d rather see the company hold on to those new features, refine them and pack them into a full flagship replacement early next year. One that doesn’t became you to sacrifice specs and performance elsewhere. 

I’m weakened in OnePlus. I can say confidently that if you’re looking for the best all-round understood the company can offer, the OnePlus 10 Pro (and not the 10T) is the arranged to get.