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The OnePlus 10T returns to the winning formula of high specs, low ($649!) price.

The OnePlus 10T returns to the winning formula of high specs, low ($649!) price.
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Four months after launch OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus is back with a new device, the OnePlus 10T. after us to beat The OnePlus 10T looks like a decent fix for the OnePlus 10’s hefty price tag earlier this year: $649, $250 cheaper than the $899 OnePlus 10 Pro.

Let’s look for the missing $250 in the spec sheet: the OnePlus 10T is slightly faster than the more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro thanks to its Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 SoC. That’s a slight 10 percent faster MHz boost than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which translates into benchmark scores around that amount. This 10 percent speed increase finally brings Qualcomm’s 2022 CPU performance back to the level of the 2021 chip – which was slightly slower before.

The phone still has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (and a new 16GB/256GB tier for $100). It still has an in-display fingerprint reader and a USB-C port. The battery is 4 percent smaller at 4,800 mAh instead of 5,000 mAh, and wireless charging is gone. The phone doesn’t support Wi-Fi 6E (just Wi-Fi 6) and it looks like the cameras are all downgraded, the phone now has a 50 MP Sony IMX776 and then an 8 just for fun. Ultra wide MP and 2 MP macro camera.

Check out this beautiful, flat screen.  No distortion here!
To enlarge / Check out this beautiful, flat screen. No distortion here!

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The 10T features a 6.7-inch, 120Hz, 2412×1080 OLED display with a dynamic refresh rate that varies between 120, 90 and 60Hz depending on the content. The more expensive 10 Pro has a higher resolution, 3216×1440, and a more dynamic refresh rate that can scale to 1Hz for greater power savings. For the price, I’ll take both of these trade-offs. We said phone displays have been around for a long time too many pixels, and the extra resolution is invisible in real life. The 10T’s display is still 394 ppi, which is perfectly fine.

OnePlus 10T charger label.  The US 120 V system runs at 20 V, 6.25 amps.  It doesn't have PPS functionality, so it won't charge the laptop very well.
To enlarge / OnePlus 10T charger label. The US 120 V system runs at 20 V, 6.25 amps. It doesn’t have PPS functionality, so it won’t charge the laptop very well.

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I actually prefer the cheaper 10T screen over the OnePlus 10 because it’s flat. Most flagships from Samsung, OnePlus and Google use curved displays along their long edges. Years ago, bending an OLED display was technically impressive, but in real life these displays only have downsides. They distort any video or text along the edges of the phone and cause more accidental screen touches. There is no benefit to tilting the screen. OnePlus probably sees this as some sort of cost-cutting measure, but in reality, the flat screen is a huge improvement.

Another cost-cutting measure: OnePlus’ three-position notification switch is missing from the OnePlus 10T. Previous OnePlus phones had a physical switch on the side that toggled between sound, vibrate only, or silent/no vibration. It sits on the OnePlus seven paragraphs The PDF, titled “No Smoking Slider Statement,” sounds like the company thought it would answer some massive controversy. The last paragraph even promises: “Even though the OnePlus 10T doesn’t have a notification slider, it doesn’t mean it will be removed from all future OnePlus devices.” I really couldn’t care less about it being removed, and I wouldn’t have noticed if OnePlus hadn’t said anything. Most phones don’t have an alarm switch, as the volume buttons work just fine!

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