The OnePlus 10 Pro is the biggest indication that OnePlus has moved so far away from the fake plucky upstart enthusiast brand in recent years. This is our comprehensive evaluation of the most recent OnePlus flagship.
If you’re considering upgrading from your OnePlus 9 Pro to the OnePlus 10 Pro and wondering if it’s a good idea, check out our full comparison. The quick response is no. But how impressive is the most recent OnePlus flagship? Since its debut, we have used it daily to better understand what functions and what doesn’t.
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– Design and Hardware
OnePlus has experimented with camera placement on its flagship lines in prior versions, but there has been a lot of focus on the whole experience, in part because of the improved Color, Material, Finish design approach. In different lighting circumstances, the Volcanic Black variant shimmers like a crystal, but it still feels pleasant and rough under your hand for added grip. Choose the Emerald Forest model if you like bolder hues.
I’ll say it up front: The OnePlus 10 Pro feels fantastic and ranks among the nicest I’ve used in recent years. You won’t really realize how sleek the phone looks until you take it up and give it a little touch.
Although the back panel feels waif-like without a case and I lack the guts to test its overall strength like the Zack Nelson aka JerryRigEverything , it still feels strong. For what it’s worth, neither am I concerned that the OnePlus 10 Pro will break easily nor have I observed any specific chassis-related problems. Just keep your phone in a case and avoid folding it. I believe you will be alright if you do it.
I nearly exclusively use the Pixel 6, yet the OnePlus 10 Pro manages to feel more portable despite having a larger workable space. More on that in a moment. Personally, I believe that the curved chassis is to blame, but it also comes in a slimmer package than Google’s $599 smartphone.
Like the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S22, the exterior frame seamlessly melds into the camera bump. It has a larger layout, but it has been slightly marred by the terrible P2D 50T writing that is imprinted on the LED flash. This abbreviation stands for a triple-lens, second-generation Hasselblad camera system. What’s more perplexing is that, technically speaking, that isn’t accurate because not all lenses are rated at 50 megapixels. However, I can understand why the Hasselblad logo was carved around the camera bump edge and believe that this was sufficient.
The removal of an IP rating this year is one of the biggest irritants for international buyers. The T-Mobile OnePlus 10 Pro has an IP68 grade for water and dust protection if you live in the United States. It’s a pointless differentiation that doesn’t really add anything and lowers the device’s value in other markets.
The LTPO 2.0 display of the OnePlus 10 Pro is superb, though not quite as beautiful as devices like the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Given that OnePlus has been making some of the greatest smartphone screens since the release of the OnePlus 7 Pro in mid-2019, this should not come as much of a surprise.
On all of its flagship models, OnePlus still offers a straightforward pre-applied screen protector. Although the screen is covered in Gorilla Glass Victus, I’m pleased that it has this feature because it prevents superficial scars from appearing. However, over time, any screen without protection will experience micro-abrasions.
The screen is a triumph in and of itself. Because of various changes in OxygenOS 12, the 120Hz refresh rate feels more pronounced. Can you distinguish the OnePlus 9 Pro from from other models? No, but those who own the previous generation’s flagship won’t gain much from an upgrade here.
I can’t attest to the assertion that the OnePlus 10 Pro display can achieve lower refresh rates more frequently because I haven’t noticed a 1Hz rate while using it as my primary device for the past month or so. You might be more visually adept than I am and notice this more frequently when using the phone.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s fingerprint scanner is so quick and precise that I don’t want to switch back to the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro in-display reader. This is nothing new for OnePlus smartphones, nor is it significantly speedier than the one before it. It’s only quick and dependable.
PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE
Now that Android 12 is out, there is a large, bold asterisk next to the software section of just about any OnePlus phone. There is nothing special about the OnePlus 10 Pro. This phone is not for you if you don’t like the most recent OxygenOS 12 update. To find out why the switch to the Oppos software skin spells the end for the OnePlus that many people have supported for so long, read our in-depth analysis of Android 12 for OnePlus phones.
Performance on the OnePlus 10 Pro is superb when the significant impact of ColorOS is set aside for a second. There are several signs of slight throttling, perhaps done to lower processor heat. You probably won’t notice a change unless you aim for consistently high performance.
I’ve never felt underwhelmed by the OnePlus 10 Pro’s capabilities. The internals compete well with the best in the industry in all areas, including gaming and multitasking. Things are smooth and sleek, as OnePlus is delighted to remind us in marketing materials, when combined with the UFS 3.1 storage and 120Hz frame rate.
Unfortunately, there is currently no 12GB model, and it may not even be available in the US. However, 8GB of RAM is more than plenty for handling daily duties, and I never complained about this. But this is something to think about if you plan to keep your gadget for a while.
The haptics are equally great and, along with the Oppo Find X5 Pro, the best I’ve experienced on an Android smartphone. Another improvement over earlier versions of OxygenOS is the ability to adjust the vibration motor to your chosen feel.
This year’s significant adjustments to the camera configuration of the OnePlus 10 Pro feel very much like a step backward. The Samsung JN1, a somewhat less competent alternative to the outstanding Sony IMX766, and the removal of the 2-megapixel monochrome sensor give the 2021 flagship an advantage.
It’s impossible to ignore the fact that the camera system might need some work. Although it nearly sounds like we say that every year, the fact that it is real prevails. With a few changes and improvements, the OnePlus 9 Pro camera may have been a more direct rival to the most reliable smartphone cameras on Android. The camera was frequently great. I had very high expectations for the OnePlus 10 Pro because the color tuning on the OnePlus 9 Pro is unquestionably my favorite of any smartphone camera system.
You can still be a little perplexed even if your expectations are reasonable. Once the Hasselblad cooperation started to pay off, OnePlus was in a position to seriously compete. Even though it is comparably strong, it doesn’t, in my opinion, quite measure up to the greatest. It goes without saying that OnePlus can thank Hasselblad for the device’s vibrant hues, but it almost seems like the team behind this camera configuration doesn’t want to trample on Oppos’ toes.
The main sensor’s images are an improvement over those from the OnePlus 9 Pro, but the ultra-wide sensor is a significant decline. The JN1 is simply not up to par in this situation; the IMX766 was outstanding and a delight to use. The enlarged field of vision feels like it was added as an afterthought to help cover up the loss of such a great lens on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, and there is a noticeable soft look at times.
The lack of a separate telephoto lens that OnePlus appears to have chosen over the past few years is beginning to limit the flexibility of the camera system on this device. Digitally cropping a photograph won’t give it the same appearance, and it won’t assist if your OnePlus phone significantly overprocesses images. It feels like much of that additional experience is being wasted here with middling camera hardware relying too much on mediocre tuning, should the OnePlus 11 series be the last to maintain the Hasselblad label as per the initial deal.
Although all of the Hasselblad-related capabilities are wonderful bonuses, they do not make this phone superior to other smartphone camera systems that are more powerful. However, if you’re willing to use a program like Snapseed or Lightroom, 12-bit RAW image capture is something that allows you actual tuning control.
CHARGING AND BATTERY
I was pleasantly delighted by the 10 Pro’s battery life. Thanks to the improved 5,000mAh internal battery, it performs fairly well all day long in my experience and is comparable to most Android flagships.
However, based solely on the country from which you purchase the OnePlus 10 Pro, there are some more perplexing distinctions here. Fortunately, the packaging has a charger. However, it is limited to 65W in North America whereas an 80W charge brick is available elsewhere. Although I had assumed that 15W would be significant, it appears that in practice this only results in marginally quicker charge times.
Regardless of the choice, the OnePlus 10 Pro will still charge from zero to 100% in less than 40 minutes. That is incredibly impressive and it alters how you charge your phone. Slow charging may increase the lifespan of the gadget as a whole, but speedy charging is undoubtedly useful as the battery life drops into the low single digits.
The OnePlus 10 Pros is a fine, but not a great, smartphone when all of its elements are added up. The OnePlus 10 Pro frequently makes me angry when I compare it to competing devices since it lacks the same essential features that have plagued the Pro line since it debuted in 2019. I’m not sure why there is a gap, but it feels as though something is missing.
When compared to the biggest flagships of 2021, the OnePlus 9 Pro only fell short in a few minor categories, but the OnePlus 10 Pro has definitely let the team down this year. Given that I truly want to like the OnePlus 10 Pro more than I do, it becomes an even tougher pill to swallow.
With the motto “Never Settle,” it’s bound to be upsetting for any devoted followers and early adopters to watch OnePlus rise in price while continuing to make compromises in crucial areas. Another significant issue is that the OnePlus 10 Pro costs $899 in the United States, exactly the same as the Pixel 6 Pro. What you give up in processing power, you make up for in software update frequency, camera versatility, and quality.
The OnePlus 10 Pro accomplishes what it sets out to do if you want barebones specs, great hardware, and a mediocre camera. The major issue is that, similar to early models, the equation is unbalanced and favors regions where there are few complaints, giving the impression of going back to the first OnePlus phones. High-performance internals and perhaps a few important selling points need some compromises in other areas. OnePlus has come full circle but hasn’t yet settled.