OnePlus unveiled its most powerful phones yet with the OnePlus 10T. The OEM changed its release strategy for this year and will launch the non-Pro smartphone in the second half. Of course, it had to trim some specs to achieve lower prices, but the 10T beats the 10 Pro in certain respects.
Starting with the screen, it’s still OLED with a resolution of 1080 x 2412px and supports a refresh rate up to 120Hz and 10-bit color depth that conforms to the HDR10+ standard. It measures 6.7″ diagonally (just like the 10 Pro), but settles for a standard OLED panel instead of the more advanced LTPO2.
One of the two upgrades over the 10 Pro is the chipset. The OnePlus 10T runs on the newer Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset paired with 8GB or 16GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1 storage for the US market, while India gets a 12GB/256GB option.
OnePlus also highlights a new 3D cooling system with the largest vapor chamber on any OnePlus phone.
To keep costs low, OnePlus has significantly downgraded the camera hardware compared to the 10 Pro. The advanced ultra-wide-angle camera and 3x telephoto unit are being replaced by the widely used and largely uninteresting 8MP ultra-wide-angle and 2MP macro cameras. The good news is that the main Sony IMX766 sensor of the 10 Pro is unchanged. It’s paired with a wide f/1.8 aperture and an optically stabilized lens.
The selfie camera has a 16MP sensor with large pixels of 1.0 µm and an aperture of f/.2.4.
The hardware draws juice from the 4,800 mAh battery that supports up to 150 W SuperVOOC charging, although the handset comes with a 160 W power adapter. Perhaps it is the same one used for the Realme GT Neo3 150W edition. There’s a catch though, in countries with 110V outlets, the handset will charge a maximum of 125W.
For peace of mind, OnePlus introduces the so-called Battery Health Engine, which should significantly reduce the wear and tear of the cell over time. The battery promises to retain about 80% of its capacity after 1600 charge cycles.
The available colors are Moonstone Black and Jade Green. European pre-orders open today and shipments will follow on August 25. The 8/128 GB base model costs €699 / £629, while the 12/256 GB version costs €799 / £729.
In the US, the phone starts at $649 for the 8/128 GB model and the upgraded version is $749. Pre-order opens September 1 on OnePlus, Amazon and Best Buy’s own stores, while shipments begin on September 29. September.