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Review of the OnePlus 10T: Everything is done better than before

OnePlus is a brand that has worked hard to create its niche in the premium smartphone market. So much so that what was once a one-phone-at-a-time brand has now found the belief to launch multiple flagships a year, catering to different markets and user segments. The OnePlus 10T will become the latest global flagship from the company, eyeing those planning to upgrade from earlier OnePlus phones or wooing away those who have been eyeing phones from companies like Samsung and Apple.

OnePlus 10T review: What’s new?

At first sight, the OnePlus 10T does look like a predecessor of the OnePlus 10R which came out a few months back. But without the iconic alert slider, the phone goes a bit out of the skin when it comes to the OnePlus legacy. But then we are getting used to this more now.

What you need to know about the OnePlus 10T

  • OnePlus 10T (8GB/128GB): $649 / CA$849 / £629 / Rs. 49,999
  • OnePlus 10T (12GB/256GB): Rs. 54,999
  • OnePlus 10T (16GB/256GB): $749 / CA$999 / £729 / Rs. 55,999

OnePlus is being upfront about the T moniker in its mid-cycle refresh. Call it turbocharged or just the tock in OnePlus’ tick-tock release cadence, the OnePlus 10T is exactly that and more. The phone builds on the formula of the OnePlus 10 Pro and amps it up with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, while also making some cutbacks to lower the price like the last T-affixed OnePlus phone, 2020’s OnePlus 8T.

OnePlus claims that the target audience for the 10T is gamers and enthusiasts looking for value. To that end, the flagship processor has been paired up with ludicrously fast 150W charging globally. That wattage is restricted to 125W when charged in the US, though OnePlus says even variants sold in North America are capable of 150W charging with the same charger (included in the box) if you travel abroad. You’ll also find modern essentials like a 120Hz capable display, large battery capacity, and a trifecta of cameras. The phone runs Oxygen OS 12.1 out of the box, and OnePlus promises three years of Android updates and four years of security patches.

Is the OnePlus 10T well designed?

The OnePlus 10T is an odd mix of new but mostly old in its design choices. The OnePlus 10T wholeheartedly cribs the design of the OnePlus 10 Pro, only with subtle downgrades to hit a more affordable price point. For one, the stunning matte finish is gone; instead, the Jade Green variant we have on hand gets a shiny gloss finish that doesn’t feel quite as a premium to the touch. My colleague Ryan got his hands on the Moonstone Black variant and had the same to report. The black version of the OnePlus 10T has a textured finish that keeps fingerprints at bay but tends to feel a bit cheap despite being made of glass.

The OnePlus 10T sports the same Gorilla Glass 5 material on the front and back, but the reworked finish on the rear is something of a fingerprint magnet. You’ll want a case if you’re looking to avoid smudges. It’s rather disappointing to see that OnePlus hasn’t opted for Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus for the front of the phone, considering most phones in this price tier opt for newer grades of Corning glass with improved drop protection.

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