OnePlus 10T Review: this charger comes with a phone!

OnePlus 10T Intro

The T series for OnePlus is a weird phenomenon in the tech world. It’s the second big release for OnePlus for the year, and in 2022 this means it follows the flagship OnePlus 10 Pro model, which launched in April. And while it has a very similar look and a top-tier processor, one look at the price tells you that the new OnePlus 10T is clearly not a flagship phone, so some compromises must have been made.

And after living with the phone for a short while, we found one such compromise to be the camera. The 3X zoom camera on the flagship OnePlus 10 Pro is replaced with a mostly useless 2MP macro shooter here on the 10T, and then a few other features like wireless charging have also been removed.

We mentioned the T series is a bit weird and that is because while being cheaper than the flagship model, the 10T also has a couple of features that are actually better than the flagship model: 150W charging speeds, for once, which is just as insane as it sounds, and then the newer version of the top-tier Snapdragon processor, which heats up less and is perfect for gamers. So can this phone be a good fit for you, and should you buy one when it launches in September? Let’s take a closer look and find out!

Before we dive in, though, let’s quickly go over the OnePlus 10T prices:

  • 8/128GB — $650

  • 16/256GB — $750

This is very competitive and we believe the 10T will be the cheapest phone with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor in the United States when it launches in September. And having a version with 16GB of RAM (!) and double the storage for merely $100 more also sounds like a great deal.

What’s new about the OnePlus 10T

  • 150W SuperVOOC fast charging

  • Alert Slider is removed

  • Design is very similar to OnePlus 10 Pro

  • New Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip for faster performance

  • An impressive 16GB RAM version in some markets

  • New cooling system for gamers

OnePlus 10T Unboxing

You get the OnePlus 10T in a bright red box that is much bigger than what most other phones come in these days. The reason for its larger size is that you actually get a charger included, unlike those other phones, so for this reason we are more than happy to have a slightly larger box in our drawer.

The charger is a special one, a bit larger than your typical charging brick, and packed with technology that allows it to deliver 150 watts of power (125W if you are in the US, but more on that later). It has a single USB-C port, and you need to pair it with the Type C to Type C cable that also comes in the box. It's a thicker cable than your average USB-C cable, so that it can handle the higher load and it comes in the signature for OnePlus red color.

The charger is the big star of the unboxing, and this time around, OnePlus does not include a case for the phone inside the box, which is a bit of a disappointment. The phone does come with a pre-applied plastic screen protector though. Inside the box, you will also find the usual user manuals, a couple of OnePlus stickers, a SIM tool and other technical literature.

OnePlus 10T Design

The OnePlus 10T is first and foremost a big phone with a 6.7-inch screen and a weight of more than 200 grams (7+ ounces).

It’s actually even wider, thicker and heavier than the OnePlus 10 Pro, but so slightly that you might not even notice unless you actually look at the dimensions:

  • OnePlus 10T — 163 x 75.4 x 8.75mm, 203g

  • OnePlus 10 Pro — 163 x 73.9 x 8.55 mm, 200g

There’s been a lot of uproar about one particular, signature OnePlus design feature that is missing on the 10T: the alert slider, aka the mute switch. It’s been a staple of OnePlus phones for years, but it seems that this time around OnePlus has decided to remove it citing the need to include more antennas for better reception, but we would have loved to have the Alert Slider to easily mute the device or put it into silent or vibrate mode, so it will be missed.

For all else, this is your typical modern day smartphone: aluminum frame, glass on the back and the front, USB-C and loudspeaker on the bottom. Oh, and no 3.5mm headphone jack too, unfortunately.

OnePlus tells us the 10T has IP54 water and dust resistance rating, which is also not quite on par with flagships toting IP68 ratings these days. The difference is that an IP54 rating signifies only dust limited ingress vs total dust protection, and protection from water sprays vs long term immersion on flagships. In other words, you would be just fine leaving the phone in the rain for a while, but you’d better not drop it in water.

OnePlus 10T Display

The OnePlus 10T comes with a 6.7-inch screen, the same size as the flagship 10 Pro model, and this is a big reason why both these phones feel extra large.

The only major difference is the slightly lower resolution: you have 1440p on the flagship 10 Pro model, while here on the 10T you get 1080p resolution. We wouldn't really sweat over this difference, unless you really have the habit of examining every individual pixel from up close.

For all else, color calibration is great and the screen gets plenty bright so you can see it outdoors under direct sunlight, no complaints here.

The 10T also supports adaptive refresh rate, meaning that the phone can automatically decide to run from 120Hz that looks buttery smooth while scrolling, and down to 90Hz or 60Hz when the higher refresh rate is not needed.

OnePlus 10T Camera