OnePlus 10T review: this phone fully charges in 19 minutes | smartphones

OnePlus is back with another mid-cycle upgrade to its best Android phone – this time with the super-fast charging 10T handset, which can fully charge in less than 20 minutes without destroying the life of its phone. battery.

After a two-year hiatus, the ‘T’ series of phones are back to debut new tech mid-year, this time with 150W charging, more than five times the power of Apple’s best iPhone. Apple.

The OnePlus 10T costs £629 ($649), undercutting fast-charging rivals from Xiaomi and other Chinese smartphone makers that typically cost around £1,000.

The molded glass back is smooth – it slips on uneven surfaces if you’re not careful. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

On the outside, the 10T follows a familiar formula. Shiny metallic sides meet front and back glass. The backplate now completely wraps the mass of the camera in a smooth piece of glass, similar to parent company Oppo’s Find X5 Pro.

The 6.5-inch screen looks great and has a high 120Hz refresh rate, which keeps things running smoothly. It’s a little less bright than the older 10 Pro and some bigger rivals, but it’s otherwise excellent.

OnePlus’ unique alert slider, which quickly switches the phone between silent, vibrate and ringtone, and has been a fan favorite for years, is nowhere to be found, which is a shame.

Features

  • Filter: 6.5-inch 120Hz FHD+ OLED (393ppi)

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

  • RAM: 8 or 16 GB of RAM

  • Storage: 128 or 256 GB

  • Operating system: OxygenOS 12.1 (Android 12)

  • Camera: 50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro; 16MP Self-Portrait

  • Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and GNSS

  • Water resistance: None

  • Dimensions: 163×75.4×8.8mm

  • Lester: 203.5g

A full charge in just over 19 minutes

SuperVooc 150W charging is certainly fast.
SuperVooc 150W charging might have a silly name, but it sure is fast. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The 10T features Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, which on paper is 10% faster than the standard 8 Gen 1 processor used in top Android phones earlier this year.

It’s certainly fast and responsive, but the biggest improvement is that the chip is 30% more power efficient, which helps preserve battery life and keeps the phone noticeably cooler in operation.

Battery life is good but not great, lasting around 36 hours between charges, with the screen on for around six hours using a mix of messaging apps and media consumption. That’s seven hours less than the 10 Pro, but on par with a Google Pixel 6 Pro.

What the 10T may lack in endurance, it makes up for in both charging speed and battery longevity. Using the included USB-C power adapter, the phone will fully charge in just over 19 minutes from 1% and do so consistently without getting too hot, unlike Xiaomi’s nearest rival. .

Its incredible charging speed does not harm the battery either. OnePlus rates it for 1,600 full charge cycles while retaining at least 80% of the original capacity, which is double most rivals. That means the battery should last over 6.5 years if charged every day and a half, so you probably won’t have to replace the battery over the life of the phone, which can’t be said for most phones.

Sustainability

The phone does not contain recycled materials but is generally repairable by OnePlus, with a replacement battery costing around £20 plus labor. The company operates a recovery program and is included in parent company Oppo’s annual sustainability reports.

Oxygen OS 12.1

OnePlus in-display fingerprint scanner
OnePlus’ in-display fingerprint scanner is extremely fast and accurate at unlocking the phone, but it sits a bit too low on the screen. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The 10T runs the same Android 12-based OxygenOS 12.1 software as the April 10 Pro, not the recently announced Android 13-based OxygenOS 13. OnePlus will provide bi-weekly security patches for four years from release and three major Android version upgrades, including OxygenOS 13 later this year.

For now, it has the same sleek looks and details as before, so for more check out the 10 Pro review.

Camera

A photo taken on the OnePlus 10T of a potted plant.
The OnePlus camera app is quite simple to use with some useful tools to get the best shot. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The 10T’s camera system is a downgrade from the 10 Pro, eschewing the Hasselblad technology of previous OnePlus smartphones and ditching the telephoto lens. It still has a 50MP main camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera, along with a 2MP macro camera which can be safely avoided.

The 50MP main camera is quite good, capturing photos with a good level of detail, good color balance and reasonable dynamic range. With a little effort, you can get some very nice pictures. It gets a little grainier than the best low-light cameras, but portrait mode, night mode and other fancy features work well. Video captured up to 4K at 60fps is also decent.

The ultra-wide camera is weaker though, struggling with detail and dynamic range, often making scenes much darker than the main camera. The digital zoom isn’t great either, producing obviously bloated images beyond 2x. The 16MP selfie camera produces detailed images but lacks dynamic range, becoming a bit bleached out in bright light.

Overall, the main camera is okay for the price, but not a patch on the best in the business, and it can’t compete with the 10 Pro or cheaper rivals such as Google’s Pixel 6a.

Price

The OnePlus 10T costs £629 ($649) with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, or £729 with 16 and 256GB shipping 25th August.

For comparison, the OnePlus 10 Pro costs £799the Google Pixel 6 costs £599the Pixel 6a costs £399the Samsung Galaxy S21+ costs £949and the Xiaomi 12 Pro costs £999.

Verdict

The OnePlus 10T is a good phone at a cheaper price – one that undercuts most of its close rivals. But corners have been cut to hit that price, so its quality will depend on your priorities.

It really charges so fast, it changed the way I thought I would use it. I no longer needed to recharge it overnight because it was full again by the time I brushed my teeth.

It also has a better chip, smooth performance, and a large, fast screen.

But that screen is less bright than the top-end models, and the camera is a marked downgrade from the brand’s previous tops. The removal of OnePlus’ unique alert slider makes the phone more generic and looks like a brand erosion by parent company Oppo, which is a shame. Four years of software support is also a bit short for 2022, when the main rivals offer at least five.

Buy it for the performance and charging, not the camera, and the OnePlus 10T is a good premium phone at a very competitive price. But with extremely good mid-range phones such as the Pixel 6a costing £400, is that enough?

Advantages: Smooth performance, good software, reasonable battery life, full charge less than 20 minutes, long battery life, decent screen, reasonable price.

The inconvenients: no optical zoom, weak ultra-wide camera, useless macro camera, no water resistance rating, no alert slider makes it more generic, only four years of updates.

The OnePlus 10T laying flat on a table showing its light blue-green molded glass back.
The phone is available in that Hospital Green color, which is a fingerprint magnet, or the more interesting Textured Black. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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