OnePlus has one new phone, but I can’t list a huge number of reasons why you should buy it. While it’s called the OnePlus 10T, it’s not exactly a successor to the OnePlus 10 Pro that debuted a few months ago, which the company says will see a permanent price drop from $899 to $799. Instead, the 10T is even cheaper at $649, omits some features, and focuses mostly on speed and… speed. Not really. It aims to give you the fastest performance, internet connectivity and charging available on an Android phone.
If these three aspects are the holy trinity of smartphone features for you, then you’ll love the OnePlus 10T. But after using it for almost two weeks, it is what this phone is disappeared this sticks with me, making me feel rather a Blaugrana because of it.
Need for speed
The three main hallmarks of this phone are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor (with 8 gigabytes of RAM), 125-watt wired charging and a 360-degree antenna. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? Well, here’s what it all means:
This Android phone is one of the first in the US to use Qualcomm’s slightly newer version of its 2022 flagship chipset. How is it different from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1? On the OnePlus 10T, this appears to translate to 30% more CPU efficiency, 10% faster GPU clock speeds, and 30% more GPU power efficiency. My benchmark tests have it barely higher than the OnePlus 10 Pro and below the Samsung Galaxy S22 series (both use the older chip). Actually, this follows. You won’t see much difference in performance with this processor. Apps launch quickly and switching between them feels snappy, but it’s pretty much the same experience I’ve had with other flagship phones like the Google Pixel 6 or Galaxy S22.
After a 30 minute match Apex Legends Mobile (which I’d like to point out I won), the OnePlus 10T barely felt warm. This is likely due to the different cooling methods the phone uses to keep temperatures down while the processor does its heavy lifting. For starters, it has the biggest vapor chamber of a OnePlus phone to date. This process evaporates the liquid in the chamber into vapor, which then condenses and dissipates the heat, thereby reducing the processor temperature. OnePlus also says it uses 3D graphite and a copper foil to help this process. The phone is still pretty cool, which means you can play graphically intensive games for a longer period of time without having to deal with stuttering (which happens when the processor is hot and needs to be throttled).
OnePlus says its HyperBoost Gaming Engine has a few other tricks to make mobile gaming more stable, responsive and efficient, but honestly, I’d rather have a phone that actually interacts with games. easier. The upcoming Asus ROG Phone 6, for example, has software that lets you map touch controls to physical buttons on a controller, making it much easier to play games when your fingers don’t have to slide over hot glass to find virtual buttons. the screen The 10T is a good gaming phone, but if you’re serious about gaming, I’d save up for the more expensive Asus.
Then there’s 125-watt wired charging. OnePlus has been speeding up phone charging times every year: the OnePlus 10 Pro fully charges in just 30 minutes, and the 10T takes that down to 20 (or 19 for the international version that comes with a 150-watt charger). The caveat is that you can only access these speeds if you use the (thankfully) included cable and chunky charging brick. In fact, in my test from 2 percent, the OnePlus 10T reached 62 percent in just 11 minutes of charging and 99 percent after 21 minutes.