The OnePlus 10T is official: a high-end smartphone that’s all about performance and speed

OnePlus has officially lifted the veil on its new high-end smartphone: the OnePlus 10T. A phone that’s all about performance and speed. Is it the ultimate high-end phone by the end of 2022? Our first elements of the reaction.

Despite the amount of information and rumors that have been distilled over the last few weeks, the OnePlus 10T tried to keep some of the mystery. The Chinese brand has just ended the excitement by presenting its new high-end smartphone that could be summed up in two words: power and speed.

Since the OnePlus 3T, the manufacturer has offered a second iteration of its high-end smartphone (almost) every year. However, OnePlus skipped over the OnePlus 9T last year. In 2022, the manufacturer is reviving this tradition with the OnePlus 10T, positioned alongside the OnePlus 10 Pro presented earlier in the year.

The new Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 at the controls

The OnePlus 10T takes these two qualities to the max thanks to a muscular technical sheet. This is how we find Qualcomm’s latest high-end SoC, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, clocked at up to 3.2 GHz. The chip is advertised as 30% more efficient for CPU and GPU than the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. It’s all coupled with an impressive amount of RAM, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in UFS 3.1. Enough to run 35 applications in the background and get back to it in no time, according to the brand.

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But OnePlus wanted to go even further and is equipping its OnePlus 10T with a new cooling system. In return, the smartphone relies on larger vapor chambers and graphs, which promise better heat dissipation than the OnePlus 10 Pro. What to limit throttling when the device is heavily loaded. Claims we can verify as the phone goes through 01Lab.

This debauchery of performance aims to flirt with mobile gamers. To achieve this, OnePlus has also optimized the software part, particularly with its “HyperBoost Gaming” game engine, which aims to offer the best possible experience by making games smoother and more responsive. The OnePlus 10T also benefits from a system of 14 360-degree antennas to ensure the best possible network performance, even when the phone is held horizontally for gaming.

Good surprise also for fans of the brand, they will find the OxygenOS 12.1 overlay and not Oppo’s ColorOS as some might have feared. Few details about the interface at the moment, other than that it offers many optimizations for the performance of the device and a good level of customization to adapt it to your tastes.

Very (very) fast charging

The battery of the OnePlus 10T is 4800 mAh, which is 200 mAh less than the OnePlus 10 Pro. But unlike its big brother, which is compatible with 80W fast charging, the OnePlus 10T offers 150W fast charging with a 160W SUPERVOOC charger included in the box. How fast can the phone be charged? Thanks for the question. The manufacturer announces a full charge from 1 to 100% in just 19 minutes.

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In order to avoid overheating and not to use up the battery capacity prematurely, the OnePlus 10T has implemented software and hardware optimizations that ensure that the battery retains at least 80% of its capacity after 1600 charging cycles, which is about four years if you charge it every day. To achieve this, OnePlus uses the same technology that Oppo uses for its Find X5 Pro. This allows the device to reduce its charging speed in the last 10 percentage points to avoid overheating and conserve battery power. Again, we’ll have the opportunity to test all of this during our full smartphone review.

Here are the other key elements of the OnePlus 10T spec sheet:

  • Screen: 6.7 inch AMOLED, 2412 x 1080 pixels (394 ppi), 120 Hz (adaptive 120 Hz, 90 Hz and 60 Hz), HDR10+, Gorilla Glass 5.
  • Processor: Snapdragon 8+Gen1
  • Memory: 8/12/16GB
  • Memory: 128/256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • Interface: Android 12 + OxygenOS
  • Battery: 4800mAh
  • Charging: 150W
  • Camera:
    • Wide angle: 50 megapixels, aperture f/1.8 (Sony IMX766), optical and digital stabilization.
    • Ultra wide angle: 8 megapixels, f/2.2 aperture, 119° angle.
    • Macro: 2 megapixels.
    • Front sensor: 16 megapixels, f/2.4 aperture, digital stabilization.
    • Video up to 4K at 60FPS.
  • Audio: Stereo speakers
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, 5G, NFC, dual NanoSIM.
  • Dimensions: 163 x 75.37 x 8.75mm
  • Weight: 203.5 grams
  • Colours: black, green

Inevitable concessions?

On paper, the OnePlus 10T looks like a very powerful smartphone that should appeal to users looking for speed and power. In these points, it could well surpass the OnePlus 10 Pro that was released earlier this year. However, the latter should retain an important advantage: the quality of its photo module. In fact, the OnePlus 10T seems to be less well positioned on this point.

OnePlus 10T camera
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If we can’t yet judge the quality of the shots that the OnePlus 10T can take, we note a first thing: the absence of the Hasselblad logo (and therefore expertise) on the photo part. OnePlus explained that this choice was made primarily to reduce costs. This is also reflected at the hardware level, in the absence of a telephoto sensor, replaced here by a modest two-megapixel macro sensor.

On the design side, the OnePlus 10T doesn’t revolutionize the formula by making a few minor changes. However, the most observant observer will have noticed that the famous “Alert Slider” button, which can be used to quickly switch from one sound mode to another, is missing. Again, OnePlus has pushed a lack of space to integrate other components deemed more important. The end of the famous button, which could be reserved for the “Pro” versions, is far from over.

The OnePlus 10T is available in two colors (black and green) and two configurations:

  • 8GB RAM + 128GB storage: €729
  • 16GB RAM + 256GB storage: €829

The OnePlus 10T is available for pre-order today, with sales starting August 25 on the official OnePlus website, but also on Amazon, Fnac and Darty.

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