Initial Verdict: With each new release, OnePlus phones shed the magic that they created when the company first came into being. While we love the fact that the OnePlus as a brand is now officially in the Philippines and their OnePlus 10T hits all the right notes in terms of hardware if you take away that OnePlus badge on the back it does feel like a rather generic smartphone.
A few days ago, OnePlus finally announced the company’s official presence in the Philippines, and, with that, they bring one of the newest devices in their lineup — the OnePlus 10T to the Philippines. Their T series devices have always given us incremental spec bumps and tiny tweaks to improve on phones that they’ve launched earlier but what exactly does this device have to offer? Let’s check it out.
OnePlus 10T Specs
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor
- 8GB/12GB/16GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
- 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 120hz refresh rate
- 50-megapixel f/1.8 IMX 766 main camera with PDAF and OIS; 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel macro camera
- 16-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
- Dual SIM
- 4G, LTE, 5G
- WiFi 6, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- In-display fingerprint scanner, Stereo speakers, 3D cooling system, IP54 rating
- 4800mAh battery
- 150w wired charging
- Android 12, OxygenOS 12.1
Packaging and Contents
OnePlus devices are always easy to stop on the shelf with their signature red boxes that merely have the model name. It’s a minimalistic approach that we’re glad to see continue throughout the years. It is a little hard to ignore that the unboxing experience has diminished but you do get everything you need.
In the box you get the OnePlus 10T that came in Jade green for our review of it in the Philippines). Aside from the unit, you have the usual accessories: the documentation, SIM ejector pin, the USB-C cable in the signature OnePlus Red, and a rather hefty 160W SuperVOOC charger.
We’re just going to say this right out of the gate. The design of the OnePlus 10T looks like a marriage between the OPPO Find X5 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing, that’s just an observation on our end. We’ll leave it to you to decide if you dig the overall look of this device.
The device does have a bit of weight to it but it’s just the right amount at 203.5 grams and some gentle curves to make it sit in the hand comfortably. For you long-time readers out there, you pretty much know that the team has an aversion toward glossy finishes on phones and the OnePlus 10T really helps cement that preferences further.
Not only does it make this device a smudge but it also makes the phone a little slippery. We would recommend that you guys get a case on the same day if you decide to get the OnePlus 10T since you’re definitely going to need it.
A bit of bad news for your OnePlus diehards about there is that they’ve done away with the notification slider on the 10T. This was a hard pill to swallow for the team since that was one of the trademarks of their devices and we were sad to see it go.
They did equip the phone with Gorilla Glass 5 for both the front and the back though they did go with a plastic frame.
For its display, the OnePlus 10T has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and HDR10+ support as well.
Colors pop really well on this display as well, which makes watching YouTube videos all the more enjoyable. Unfortunately, as of writing this article, Netflix isn’t compatible with the OnePlus 10T but we should be getting an update to rectify the situation and don’t see any reason why HD playback on the phone wouldn’t be possible.
In terms of audio, we are getting a stereo speaker set up that produces an adequate amount of volume that sounds pretty decent when you want to share what you’re listening to with friends.
For its shooters, the OnePlus 10T is equipped with a triple camera setup on the back. That’s made up of a 50-megapixel main camera with OIS, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro. For the front camera, you’ll be taking selfies with a 16-megapixel camera.
It’s been a lot recently so we haven’t been able to take a lot of photos with the OnePlus 10T just yet but we are interested to hear what you guys think of the snaps we’ve been able to take so far.
For video though, the cameras on the back top out at 4K 60p, while you’ll be stuck at 1080p for videos using the front camera.
Under the hood of the OnePlus 10T is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and our unit have this paired with a generous amount of RAM at 16GB and 256GB of storage as well.
We haven’t really stretched out the legs of this device yet but our previous experience with this chipset pretty much has it handle any and all tasks we throw at it with relative ease. We’ll be testing the OnePlus 10T more in the coming days to see how it holds up.
One of the biggest concerns with OnePlus right now is its OS and, thankfully, the 10T still ships with OxygenOS 12 on top of Android 12 out of the box. Not gonna lie though, it does feel slightly more like ColorOS nowadays without the bloatware so that’s still a bonus in our book.
As for battery capacity, this is outfitted with 4800mAh that should last you the whole but the big story here is the charging at 150W so you’ll be able to top this up in no time. You’ll have to bring the rather large charging brick with you but if you’re really worried about running out of juice in the middle of the day, we say make room for it.
We’ll see in our full review how long it actually takes for this phone to top up.
Wrap-up and early verdict
The OnePlus 10T looks to be a competent flagship from the brand for their official foray into the Philippines, but that really isn’t enough nowadays to sway consumers. The phone’s price needs to be spot on for people to care, and even then that’s no guarantee that the OnePlus faithful will heed the call.