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OnePlus 10T 5G first impressions: The return of the OnePlus T series

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While OnePlus 10 Pro is more about delivering the best flagship camera performance, the newly launched OnePlus 10T is mainly about performance. That’s exactly what a company executive said during a pre-launch press briefing when asked how he plans to position the OnePlus 10 Pro and 10T. But that doesn’t mean the OnePlus 10T is any worse off when it comes to camera performance. Note: this one is not the result of a partnership between OnePlus and Hasselblad like the 10 Pro.

I’ve been using the OnePlus 10T for two days and clicking lots of photos around New York. My first impressions: The OnePlus 10T does a very good job in almost all lighting conditions. The phone was also able to handle the delicate lighting of Times Square. The details, in most cases, are spot on and the colors also look Instagram worthy, in other words vibrant.

Of course, two days is not enough to fully understand the cameras. I would therefore have to use the cameras of the OnePlus 10T a little more to share the final verdict. So stay tuned.

The performance

Now, to get to what OnePlus 10T actually stands for performance (as the company claims). This is the first OnePlus phone with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The flagship chipset combined with a 120Hz screen refresh rate delivers an impressive multimedia experience. The touch response is also excellent. Scrolling and gestures are extremely smooth. Switching between apps is also a breeze.

The screen is another plus point of the OnePlus 10T. I watched the entire season of Never Have I Ever on Netflix during the 15 hour flight to New York and the visuals look quite vibrant and the colors pretty good. The OnePlus 10T also offers an excellent viewing angle, like any other phone at this price. But what’s even better is that the screen seems to be just as good even under the scorching sun. I had no problem reading the directions shared by Google Maps on my walk through Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Now, since I’ve been using the iPhone 13 Pro as my primary phone, I don’t really like the cluttered software that most Android phones come with these days. Fortunately, the OnePlus 10T is different. The phone currently runs on Android 12 with OxygenOS 12.1 on top. OnePlus, however, has confirmed that it will upgrade the 10T to its next-generation OxygenOS 13 operating system by the end of the year. The exact timeline has yet to be revealed. The company has officially announced the OxygenOS 13 software but hasn’t revealed too many details yet.

Besides the 16GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, the 10T made another first for itself. The newly launched OnePlus 10T supports 150W SUPERVOOC fast charging. The company claims that the 150W SUPERVOOC charger can charge the 10T’s 4800mAh battery from 1-100% in just 19 minutes. I’ll share more battery and overall performance details in the full review next week.

Design

The OnePlus 10T may look like the 10 Pro in the photos, but the new model is slightly more refined. Both the back and front panels include Gorilla Glass 5 protection, but that still doesn’t add much weight. The OnePlus 10T is a well-balanced phone and feels quite light in the hands. It’s easy to use the phone with one hand and seems pretty sturdy. The 10T also feels compact despite its large 6.7-inch screen.

The phone is available in two colors Jade Green and Moonstone Black. Both look pretty good overall, but I think if the back panel offered a matte finish instead of a glossy finish, I would have liked it even better. Personally, I don’t like shiny phones, but surely there are people who love these designs. So nothing to complain about.

The rear panel features a large square-shaped camera module with 3 large sensors sitting on it. In the middle of the rear panel is the OnePlus logo. On the front, the 10T includes a punch hole in the top middle and it is quite large.

Overall, the OnePlus 10T looks premium and sleek for the price.

First impressions of the OnePlus 10T

So far, the OnePlus 10T 5G looks like a good option not only on paper but also in reality.

In my two days of using the phone, I found the 10T to be a multitasking capable device and a good option for content creators. The phone captures very good photos in most lighting situations with a good amount of detail and near-accurate color. The screen also offers a smooth experience and looks vibrant in almost any lighting situation.

Well, it’s too early to say if the OnePlus 10T is the best phone in its price segment, but first impressions show that it is surely one of the best.

The full OnePlus 10T review on India Today Tech will be released next week. Stay tuned!

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