Hands-on OnePlus 10T – OnePlus’ newest and fastest flagship

OnePlus today launched its new flagship, the OnePlus 10T, at a global event in New York. Powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, the OnePlus 10T is the brand’s most powerful smartphone to date.
The nice folks at OnePlus India sent us a brand new jade green OnePlus 10T for review, and this is our first look at the new OnePlus 10T.

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Unlike some smartphone brands that don’t provide the charger inside the box in the name of durability, inside OnePlus’ classic red packaging, the company provides the complete kit.
OnePlus 10T - What's in the box
OnePlus 10T – What’s in the box

What you get inside the box

  1. OnePlus 10T
  2. 160W SuperVOOC Charging Brick
  3. USB Type-C to Type-C charging cable
  4. Protective case
  5. Sim eject tool
  6. Work on OnePlus paper and stickers
OnePlus 10T - Jade Green Back Design
OnePlus 10T – Jade Green Back Design

Design

After unboxing the OnePlus 10T, the first impressions are very positive. The device looks premium, dense and well-made. The back in the ‘Jade Green’ shade looks nice in the shiny glass back, but it’s been 5 minutes and it’s already a fingerprint magnet. The front display panel and rear glass back are both protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

OnePlus 10T - Speaker Grille with USB-C and Dual-Sim Tray
OnePlus 10T – Speaker Grille with USB-C and Dual-Sim Tray

Next, the device has a metal-looking frame, and the first thing you’ll notice is the absence of the classic “alert slider” that OnePlus devices are known for. The volume rocker looks lonely on the left side of the OnePlus 10T. On the right side there is a power button and that’s it. At the bottom, the USB Type-C port and the speaker grille take up space.

OnePlus 10T - Camera Bump dominates the rear
OnePlus 10T – Camera Bump dominates the rear

Flipping the device over shows the design elements which are somewhat similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro. But the OnePlus 10T comes with a uni-body design and it’s very premium to hold. The camera module merges with the metal frame with a considerable bump. The camera bump causes the phone to wobble when held on a flat surface. I’m just nitpicking. The camera module is designed in such a way that it looks like a quad-camera setup. However, there are three camera sensors and the fourth is the LED flash.

OnePlus 10T - Triple camera setup
OnePlus 10T – Triple camera setup

Camera system

The OnePlus 10T comes with a triple-camera setup without Hasselblad branding. The three camera sensors are as follows

  • Main Camera – 50MP 1/1.56″ Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS
  • Ultra Wide Camera – 8-megapixel 120-degree field of view
  • Macro camera – 2 megapixels with a focusing distance of 2-4 cm
  • The front selfie camera – 16 megapixel, f/2.4, 26mm
OnePlus 10T - Sample macro
OnePlus 10T – Sample macro
OnePlus 10T - Example of main camera
OnePlus 10T – Example of main camera
OnePlus 10T - Wide-angle camera example
OnePlus 10T – Wide-angle camera example

OnePlus has implemented many software tweaks to improve photography, such as Image Clarity Engine 2.0 for super-fast image capture and Nightscape 2.0 for low-light photography.

OnePlus 10T camera module
OnePlus 10T camera module

In our initial use, the camera seems to do an excellent job. Images appear crisp with natural colors. When taking a few sample images, the camera speed is nothing short of impressive. The video capabilities of the rear camera setup are up to 4K/60 and the front camera is limited to 1080/30. Electronic stabilization in video is available for the front selfie camera as well as OIS for the rear camera setup.

OnePlus 10T - Games
OnePlus 10T – Games

Performance

With the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 powering the OnePlus 10T, the device is very fast, the speed difference is immediately noticeable. The live wallpaper shines through the 120Hz screen. The review unit is the 12GB/256GB variant and our opinions are based on that variant.

We tried gaming for a little while and the performance was excellent, with the 120Hz screen doing a great job.

The 4800mAh battery is supported by the 160W SuperVOOC charger that comes in the box, the charger can charge the device with up to 150W of power.

OnePlus 10T - Dual SIM card tray
OnePlus 10T – Dual SIM card tray

Other stuff

In terms of connectivity, the OnePlus 10T quickly connected to our Wi-Fi 6 router, and downloading apps and games was quick. The device also supports Bluetooth 5.3 and Dual-sim.

The optical fingerprint scanner sits a bit lower on the screen and feels a little slower than the ultrasonic scanners, but we’ll have to test this further.

The stereo speakers are loud and have excellent stereo separation, even call quality was excellent.

OnePlus 10T comes in two colors Moonstone Black and Jade Green starting at a starting price of INR 49,999 for the 8GB/128GB variant, the review unit – the 12GB/256GB variant is available for INR 54,999 and the premium variant with 16GB/256GB is priced at INR 55,999.

Check back for a full, in-depth OnePlus 10T review

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