I used to have a rule of mind that I would never spend more than $1,000 on the phone.
It’s funny how our perceptions change. Phone prices kept going up, and now it doesn’t blink when the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999.
The iPhone 13 Pro I carry starts at $1,099.
I say all this because I miss mid-priced phones. By average price, I mean phones that are priced between $400 and $800.
When you hear the term mid-priced phone, you probably think of a model with older or slower components to put together a perfectly adequate product.
Not so with the 10t – for the most part.
It is equipped with the latest and fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 processor with a new cooling system designed to keep the phone running at top speed.
The graphics chipset is Adreno 730.
The 10T comes in two configurations, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage ($649) or 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage ($799).
There are a few other important features, such as the 6.7-inch Amoled display with a dynamic refresh rate of 120Hz, which means the screen can refresh itself up to 120 times per second to make motion look very smooth and clear.
The screen resolution is 2,412 x 1,080 pixels with a pixel density of 394 pixels per inch.
The phone measures 6.4 inches x 2.96 inches x 0.34 inches and weighs only 7.17 ounces.
The 10T has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 5G.
OnePlus has redesigned the phone’s antenna system with a total of 15 antennas around the edges of the device.
It runs Android 12 plus OnePlus’ Oxygen 12.1 overlay. Oxygen is OnePlus software that tweaks the stock Android interface. Android 13 and Oxygen 13 will be updated later this year.
Unlock options include an on-screen fingerprint reader and face recognition.
The 10T has a 4,800mAh dual-cell battery that supports 150W fast charging, although 120V outlets in the US mean charging is a bit slower.
The benefit of the two batteries is that they can split the charge between them, charging smaller batteries faster.
OnePlus says the 10T’s battery will charge from 1% to 67% in just 10 minutes, and a full charge takes less than 20 minutes.
This is the fastest charging I’ve seen, and it almost makes me forget that the 10T has no wireless charging option.
The phone comes with a fast charging power adapter, which is a rarity these days. Apple and Samsung stopped including power adapters.
The 10T has a triple-camera system on the back with a 50MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera. Note that there is no zoom lens.
Photo modes include Nightscape, which delivers truly amazing low-light performance, and pro mode, which gives the user the ability to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and white balance.
It can shoot 4K video at 30 or 60 frames per second and features image stabilization for both photos and videos. There is a dual-display video mode that shoots video from the front and rear cameras at the same time in an interesting split screen.
The selfie camera has a 16MP sensor that is used to unlock the face as well as 1080p photos and videos.
This is the first OnePlus phone in a few years without the Hasselblad co-branding, if you’re concerned about it. I’ve never thought of the word Hasselblad on the camera bump as well as any software that added such value to the phone.
Hyperboost game engine
If you’re a mobile gamer, the 10T has a Cryo-speed vapor cooling system to keep the internals cool for better graphics performance.
OnePlus says the 10T uses something called a GPA Frame Stabilizer and GPU Load Control for the smoothest action on any OnePlus device.
The games I tried played smoothly and without any lag.
Many reviewers are on the fence about the 10t.
If you watch YouTube reviews of this phone, it is usually called boring or pointless.
I’m not sure I agree.
There are some great features, such as the processor and screen refresh, wired charging system and top-notch battery.
The Moonstone Black color I reviewed has a textured back that doesn’t show fingerprints at all.
Unlike Apple and Samsung, which make you find your own USB wall charger, OnePlus includes the quick charger in the box, which is great, especially since there’s no wireless charging.
On the downside, OnePlus has removed the alert slider from the 10T. If you’re not familiar with OnePlus phones, the sleep/wake button on the side has always been a slider to mute the phone. Now you have to wake the phone to mute using the volume buttons.
OnePlus released a press release explaining that the slider has been phased out because it took up space inside the phone that was needed for other technologies like faster charging.
The 10T is very similar in appearance and features to the 10 Pro released earlier this year.
Since the 10T is cheaper, people may look forward to it being a less expensive phone. I’m not sure I’d call it less, but it’s pretty close. The 10T has a faster and newer processor but lacks wireless charging.
The lack of a telephoto lens is another trade-off.
Choosing between 10T and 10 Pro is not easy.
I think OnePlus should do a better job of differentiating its phone models next year.
Positives: Fastest processor, fastest charging, smooth gaming, improved cooling, fast USB charger.
Negatives: Less camera system, no wireless charging.
minimum: For me, the 10T has great specs for a mid-range phone.
Jim Rosman is a technical columnist for the News Tribune Service. It can be accessed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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