While the OnePlus company presented a high-end smartphone last March, the OnePlus 10 Pro, it is taking advantage of the summer to announce the availability of a new mobile phone, the OnePlus 10T with a more powerful processor and ability to recharge its battery faster. Few compromises seem to have been made on this model which is offered cheaper than the Pro version. We were able to try it quickly and here are our first impressions.
More power on board, that’s for sure
In China, the T series are always more efficient than the classic series, but they are also the subject of compromises in other areas such as, for example, the photo sensors of lower quality than those installed on the “standard” or “pro” models. “. Thus, while the OnePlus 9 series was not entitled to its T version, the manufacturer is returning to its traditional T series for the OnePlus 10T in 2022. The idea is therefore to deliver more power with a design that draws inspiration from previous 10 Series models. To have more performance than the OnePlus 10 Pro, the OnePlus 10T ships the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor which is a boosted version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 installed in the Pro version. This new chipset has a higher clock frequency, which allows it to calculate certain elements faster. In addition, it is also known to be more efficient in terms of power consumption, which means that at equal performance, it consumes less power than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Indeed, looking in the settings of the device, you can see the mention of Soc. Note in passing that the device has 8 or 16 GB of RAM in LPDDR5 formatthat is the fastest standard currently.
The model we were able to try was equipped with 16 GB, which is more than all of the high-end smartphones apart from the Asus Zenfone 9, which is on a par with ROG Phone or Red Magic gaming mobiles, for example. With such a configuration, Asus promises the possibility of opening up to 35 applications simultaneously without this causing a problem of fluidity. If this is not enough, which we can seriously doubt at this level of capacity, the smartphone has the RAM Boost function. It is thus possible to tap into the internal storage memory for an additional 3, 5 or 7 GB. This allows for a total of 23 GB of RAM, which is simply colossal for such a device. We can count on the HyperBoost game engine function seen on the OnePlus 10 Pro which should make games smoother and more responsive by playing on 3 features: reducing frame rate fluctuations, optimizing the efficiency of graphics rendering and reduce power consumption and also to offer an instantaneous touch sampling rate of up to 1000 Hz.
Calculating quickly is good, but if the mobile heats up too much, it can reduce its performance and ultimately cause component failures more prematurely. Also, the manufacturer has taken care to integrate a cooling system based on a liquid, a vapor chamber, the largest ever integrated on a mobile of the brand and 3D graphite which must offer, according to the brand, heat dissipation 50% compared to ordinary graphite. Not being able to disassemble the mobile, we could see that it remained rather temperate when we subjected it, very quickly, to some processor stress tools. We will have to see over time if the system actually proves to be up to the task of cooling the internal components sufficiently to not only offer high performance over the length and allow a good experience, the mobile in hand.
Really faster charging
The other big difference with the OnePlus 10 Pro is that the OnePlus 10T benefits from faster charging capacity. Indeed, the latter can support the load at 150 watts while the Pro version is “limited” to 80 watts. It therefore does as well as the realme GT Neo 3 and should soon be joined by others. This makes its manufacturer say that it can fully recharge in 19 minutes with its 4800 mAh battery divided into two units, losing, in passing, 200 mAh compared to the total battery capacity of the OnePlus 10 Pro. To reach such a speed, you must use the power supply supplied with the device (displays 160 watts) as well as the USB cable also supplied. Both of these accessories feature recognition technology to deliver the full charging potential. Also note that several algorithms have been developed and integrated to optimize charging and limit overheating. We could not assess the charging times, but count on us to monitor this point during the complete test of the device. In any case, the other side of the coin is the fact that it does not offer wireless or reverse charging.
A more accomplished design?
Let’s go back a bit to the design of the OnePlus 10T. From a distance, it looks a lot like the OnePlus 10 Pro, in particular because of its optical block installed in the upper left corner. It offers four fairly wide circles, one of which is dedicated to flash, this time in the upper right corner while it is on the lower row on the Pro version. The back of the OnePlus 10T is made of glass and it returns slightly to the sides of the sensor island for a very nice effect. On the other hand, the plate that contains the sensors is black, which goes well with the version of the same color of the smartphone, but contrasts quite sharply with green, the other color of the OnePlus 10T. The back is shiny and leaves fingerprints, at least on the green version that we were able to have in hand. If we take a quick tour of the device, we notice the absence (once again) of the Slider-alert button which allows you to mute with a single gesture, which OnePlus no longer seems to want unlike users, it seems because so convenient.
The standby button is on the right profile whereas the double button to manage the volume is on the left. There is a fingerprint reader under the screenbut this one is positioned just 1.5cm from the bottom edge or so which is way too low in our opinion. The screen is completely flat while it is curved on the OnePlus 10 Pro. It has edges that are not very thick, pretty much all the same size, both on the sides and on the top and bottom, a nice achievement. It occupies a large space on the front, making us think of the Honor Magic4 Lite 5G, a reference on this point. Let us quickly recall that this is a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel HDR10+ compatible and with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display is not LTPO compatible which means it cannot go down to 1Hz like the Pro version.
With a pleasant grip, the OnePlus 10T may seem a bit heavy since it weighs 203 grams (200 grams for the OnePlus 10 Pro). Its height dimensions are identical to that of the Pro version but it is a little wider and a little thicker.
During its complete test, we will be able to evaluate the performance offered by this smartphone as well as test its fast charging capabilities without forgetting the photo part, very important for manufacturers and users, an area where the OnePlus 10T had to make compromises in particular on the secondary sensor with a configuration of 50 + 8 + 2 megapixels against 48 + 50 + 8 megapixels with Hasselbald image processing, which the new model does not have.