First impressions of the OnePlus 10T 5G: Things Have Changed

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 OnePlus is a personality brand as well as a phone manufacturer. The company, with its "never settle" ethos and adaptable yet stylish software, carved out a niche for itself among Android aficionados and power users. It remained distinctive enough to satisfy its followers despite the fact that its increased popularity forced it into the mainstream and costs kept going up. All of that, however, is suddenly altering. The separation between OnePlus and sister business Oppo is fading as a result of the merging of their software development teams.

The brand-new OnePlus 10T 5G is a little curious because there was no OnePlus 10 and the 'T' suffix is often reserved for mid-year updates. It is being introduced as a replacement even though it is newer than the OnePlus 10 Pro (Review) and has a few features that may be viewed as more advanced. The base model of the 10T 5G, which comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, is priced at Rs. 49,999. For Rs. 54,999, you can get a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For Rs. 55,999, you can get a model with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

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So, what do you actually get? Has OnePlus discovered a new way to stand out, or is this just another ordinary phone? These are our initial thoughts about the OnePlus 10T 5G.

We now have a rather conventional design in place of the typical tall OnePlus box. In addition to the phone itself, a sizable 160W charger, and a red USB Type-C cable, it also comes with a protective case, a Red Cable Club membership card, some stickers, and a letter from OnePlus.

The placement of the cameras bears some resemblance to the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, although the 10T 5G's rear plate only bulges slightly rather than having a separate band. You'll also observe how highly reflective this phone's back is. There is no alert slider, and the power and volume buttons are on the left and right, respectively. Small speaker and microphone holes are on the top, while the dual SIM tray, USB Type-C connector, and main speaker are on the bottom.

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The two colors of the OnePlus 10T 5G are Moonstone Black (on top) and Jade Green (bottom)

Despite the fact that the back of the 10T 5G is made of glass, I didn't feel like it was very premium. At 8.75mm thick and 203.5g, it is very hefty. Although the Moonstone Black finish of this phone is also an option, the Jade Green finish is more lustrous.

All 10T 5G models enable 150W charging, and OnePlus has taken a long list of safety precautions, which we'll discuss in the entire review if you're concerned about security. Since the accompanying brick is USB-PD compliant up to 45W, you can use it to charge other electronics, even certain laptops.

Options for privacy and customization are available during setup. You may configure security, select a system font, and even practice using navigational gestures. A few preloaded applications are visible, including a gaming manager, Netflix, and the OnePlus Community. This device shipped with OxygenOS 12.1, an Android 12-based operating system, including the July security patch. Quite a few personalization possibilities can be found if you look around in the settings. It's bad that the 10T 5G doesn't come with OxygenOS 13, especially since OnePlus just unveiled it.

The 10T 5G's design is described by OnePlus as "burdenless," which is meant to communicate a sense of purpose and accuracy. That's an euphemism way to downplay OnePlus' decision to remove the recognizable alert slider, one of its most obvious efforts to set itself apart from other Android companies. According to OnePlus, it decided to prioritize the battery, better cooling, and better antennas with those few square millimeters that this straightforward switch required in the body. Although there may have been some cost savings for the business, I don't really see how this benefits the user in the same way that the 3.5mm headphone jack was "courageously" removed years ago.

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Some OnePlus aficionados who have been using the device for a long time may find the absence of an alert slider annoying.

Even at this pricing point, OnePlus appears to believe that its customers can live without features like wireless charging, an official IP rating, and eSIM support. Even the Hasselblad logo on the cameras has been removed. This is a big surprise given that this gained support by using the phrase "never settle" as its rallying cry. According to OnePlus, the 10 Pro 5G is still the top model for people who want the greatest camera features, whilst the 10T 5G will be more popular with gamers and people who want rapid charging.

The top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, up to an astounding 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage are all positive features. With the top-end model, OnePlus claims you may keep over 30 apps running in the background so you can always pick up where you left off.

Full-HD+ resolution, a 120Hz peak refresh rate, and an embedded fingerprint sensor are all features of the 6.7-inch fluid AMOLED panel. There is no prominent chin, and the borders are all thin. It is built of Gorilla Glass 5, and it supports HDR 10+. Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, GPS, and a 4800mAh battery are other features of the OnePlus 10T 5G.

The primary rear camera sports an f/1.8 aperture and a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with optical stabilization. Additionally, there is a 2-megapixel macro camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The 16-megapixel front camera has a resolution. With support for 10-bit color capture and enhanced processing algorithms, OnePlus claims great detail even in low light, despite these uninspiring specifications. Up to 4K 60fps video recording is possible.

Prior to this, OnePlus released the 10R (Review), which is practically identical to the Realme GT Neo 3 (Review) and does not at all match the OnePlus mold. A lot of questions are now raised by the debut of the 10T 5G, which continues on that track. It is for whom? Where does it fit together with the significantly reduced OnePlus 10 Pro 5G? Are the sacrifices worthwhile? The most crucial question is: Is OnePlus still OnePlus?

Putting that aside, we're evaluating the 10T 5G to see how it balances the power of its SoC with other factors like camera quality, battery life, charging speed, design, and, of course, the OxygenOS experience. Keep checking Gadgets 360 for a thorough review, which will be published soon.

The travel and accommodations for this reporter to attend the launch event in New York City were paid for by OnePlus.

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