Four months after the launch of OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus is back with a new device, the OnePlus 10T. After U.S beat up the OnePlus 10 earlier this year for having a hefty price tag, the OnePlus 10T looks like a decent fix: it’s $649, $250 cheaper than the $899 OnePlus 10 Pro.
Let’s find the missing $250 in the spec sheet: The OnePlus 10T is slightly faster than the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro, thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 SoC. This has a minor 10% faster MHz boost over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and gives benchmark scores just around that amount. This 10% speed boost finally brings the performance of Qualcomm’s 2022 processor up to the level of its 2021 chip – previously it was a bit slower.
The phone still has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (and a new tier of 16GB/256GB for $100 more). There’s still an in-screen fingerprint reader and a USB-C port. The battery is 4% smaller at 4800mAh instead of 5000mAh, and wireless charging is gone. The phone doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6E (only Wi-Fi 6), and it looks like the cameras are all of a lower tier, with the phone now sporting a 50MP Sony IMX776, then a just for the fun 8 MP ultra wide camera and 2 MP macro.
The 10T features a 6.7-inch, 120Hz, 2412×1080 OLED display with a dynamic refresh rate that switches between 120, 90, and 60Hz, depending on content. The more expensive 10 Pro has a higher resolution, 3216×1440, and a more dynamic refresh rate that can drop down to 1Hz for more power savings. For the price, I’ll take both of these compromises. We’ve been saying for a long time that phone screens have too many pixels, and the extra resolution is invisible in real life. The 10T screen is still 394 ppi, and that’s just fine.
In fact, I prefer the cheaper 10T screen to the OnePlus 10, simply because it’s flat. Most flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, and Google use a curved display along the long edges. Years ago it was technically impressive to be able to fold an OLED display, but in real life these displays only seem to have negatives. They distort any video or text along the edges of the phone, and they lead to more accidental screen touches. There is no benefit to bending the screen. OnePlus probably sees it as some kind of cost-cutting measure, but in reality the flat screen is a big improvement.
Another cost-cutting measure: OnePlus’ three-position alert switch is missing from the OnePlus 10T. Previous OnePlus phones had a physical switch on the side that changed between sound, vibrate only, or no sound/no vibration. OnePlus sent over a seven paragraphs PDF titled “Statement on Cursor Without Alert” as if the company thinks it will respond to a massive controversy. The last paragraph even promises: “Although the OnePlus 10T does not have an alert slider, this does not mean that it will be removed from all future OnePlus devices.” I really don’t care about its deletion and I wouldn’t have noticed if OnePlus hadn’t said anything. Most phones don’t have an alert switch because the volume keys work fine!