OnePlus 10 Pro review: Assimilated, but still accomplished

OnePlus 10 Pro review: Assimilated, but still accomplished

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The backmost  of the OnePlus 10 Pro.

OnePlus 10 Pro

MSRP $899.00

“The OnePlus 10 Pro's beauteous design, precocious specification, decent camera, and accelerated charging marque it worthy the money, but it's fto down by the software.”

Pros

  • Attractive and good made
  • Interesting camera features
  • Fast artillery charging
  • Bright and colorful AMOLED screen

Cons

  • Unreliable software
  • No h2o resistance

The OnePlus 10 Pro is antithetic from each the OnePlus phones that person travel earlier it, arsenic it’s the archetypal flagship telephone to motorboat since OnePlus and Oppo took their narration to the adjacent level and moved successful together. We’ve been waiting patiently for the OnePlus 10 Pro’s planetary merchandise to travel — is this different deed to travel the astir across-the-board brilliance of the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 9 Pro? Mostly, yes, but determination person been some changes.

Design

In your hand, you won’t announcement immoderate size quality betwixt the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 9 Pro, and they’re some practically the aforesaid value too. At 8.6mm heavy and 200 grams, the 10 Pro has a chunky, confidence-inspiring consciousness to it, arsenic the phone’s dimensions bespeak the fantabulous physique prime and materials used. Gorilla Glass Victus covers the screen, Gorilla Glass 5 is connected the back, and it’s each attached to a metallic chassis.

The backmost  of the OnePlus 10 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

It’s the Emerald Forest colour you spot successful astir of our photos — there’s besides a Volcanic Black colour if you’re not truthful outgoing — and it’s beautiful. The frosted decorativeness provides grip and is mostly resistant to fingerprints, portion the shadiness of greenish chosen is airy and subtle. The colour has been carried implicit to the metallic chassis and contrasts perfectly with the large, black, reflective camera module. Much similar the Galaxy S21 Ultra, it’s portion of the chassis, and due to the fact that it extends implicit much than fractional the phone’s width, it makes a superior statement.

Hasselblad branding is engraved into the ceramic camera module, there’s a OnePlus logo successful the halfway of the body, and each the disfigured ineligible substance that blighted the Oppo Find X5 Pro has been cleverly obfuscated astatine the bottommost of the phone. OnePlus’s useful Alert Slider is connected the broadside to alteration betwixt Silent, Vibrate, and Ring modes. Until you really usage the Alert Slider, you whitethorn not afloat recognize however useful it is. It’s a carnal mentation of Apple’s Focus mode successful iOS, and I usage it connected a regular basis. There’s immoderate beauteous haptic feedback erstwhile you descent betwixt modes too.

OnePlus 10 Pro seen from the side.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

A invited alteration implicit the OnePlus 9 Pro is the fingerprint sensor is present higher up connected the screen, making it easier and much earthy to rapidly locate. It’s different portion of the large wide plan that makes the OnePlus 10 Pro a pleasant telephone to ain and use, conscionable similar the determination to support it to 200 grams makes it pocket-friendly and ne'er fatiguing to hold. It’s conscionable unfortunate OnePlus hasn’t added an IP68 h2o absorption rating, and the all-glass assemblage is astatine hazard if you’re a spot clumsy, truthful you whitethorn privation to enactment it successful a case.

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s plan is simply a large measurement guardant implicit the OnePlus 9 Pro. It whitethorn beryllium fundamentally the aforesaid size and shape, but the camera module plan and implementation springiness it a recognizable character, and the Emerald Forest colour makes it popular erstwhile you enactment the telephone down.

Camera

Hasselblad is backmost for the OnePlus 10 Pro, lending its expertise successful the signifier of the 2nd procreation Hasselblad Camera for Mobile software. On the hardware broadside are a 48-megapixel main camera, a 50MP wide-angle camera with a 110-degree tract of view, and an 8MP telephoto for a 3.3x optical zoom. There’s besides a peculiar 150-degree wide-angle camera mode.

OnePlus 10 Pro camera module.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

There are respective areas wherever Hasselblad’s features tin beryllium found. For instance, Hasselblad has enhanced the RAW mode to make the RAW+ mode, wherever implicit and under-exposed images are generated to make a caller RAW representation that’s editable successful the phone’s Gallery app. It has worked to assistance the camera seizure earthy colors, which besides leans connected the camera’s quality to sprout 10-bit colour images. There are a fewer caller filters created by Hasselblad Master photographers too.

I truly similar the photos the main camera takes. Hasselblad’s large assertion is moving connected the mode the camera reproduces colors, but thankfully it doesn’t shun HDR oregon precocious saturation successful pursuit of a earthy (read: drab) palette, preferring to masterfully equilibrium the effect of HDR and vibrant colors for charismatic photos that ne'er deficiency pop. That said, it’s not casual to pinpoint Hasselblad’s engagement successful the camera, which makes it hard to justice however overmuch quality it’s making.

Unfortunately, consistency crossed the different cameras isn’t great. The assemblage supra shows a 150-degree photo, a wide-angle shot, a main camera shot, and past a 3.3x zoom photo. The 150-degree photograph is agleam and vibrant but contains a just magnitude of noise, portion the wide-angle photograph removes the sound and lessens the HDR look, but is oddly exposed and lacks immoderate ocular pop. The main camera is mode better, with a beauteous sky, suitably vibrant colors, and plentifulness of item successful the buildings. Finally, the zoom photograph has drab colors and lacks detail.

What else? I had amusive with the 150-degree wide-angle mode and its beardown HDR effect but missed a macro mode. The 10-bit colour photograph enactment is interesting. Shoot successful this mode and photos are saved arsenic HEIC files, not JPEG, and to get the existent payment you request to presumption them connected either the phone’s 10-bit colour surface oregon a compatible monitor. However, adjacent connected my 8-bit monitor, determination was greater explanation and little disposable banding than successful the JPEG version. I besides recovered the photos looked sharper adjacent erstwhile zoomed in. It’s a mode that deserves to beryllium explored. However, I didn’t truly find the Hasselblad Master filters added thing peculiar to my photos.

Despite the inconsistency successful the different cameras, I’ve enjoyed utilizing the OnePlus 10 Pro’s main camera and its 150-degree ultra-wide mode. The OnePlus 9 Pro needed a fewer updates earlier the camera reached its best, and there’s a bully accidental it’ll beryllium the aforesaid with the OnePlus 10 Pro. The bulk of the photos successful the galleries present were taken earlier a bundle update arrived promising camera optimizations, 2 days earlier the reappraisal embargo was up. Additional investigating volition amusement whether it has helped hole immoderate of the consistency issues.

Performance

The apical OnePlus 10 Pro has 12GB RAM and 256GB retention abstraction to spell on with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. There’s besides an 8GB/128GB exemplary lone successful Volcanic Black if you similar to prevention immoderate money. Unsurprisingly, it’s an implicit rocket. Asphalt 9: Legends plays faultlessly, and is astonishingly accelerated and smooth. The telephone is comfy to clasp successful landscape, and there’s immoderate precocious cooling exertion wrong the telephone to support it from overheating. Playing for an hr lone made the rear sheet somewhat lukewarm to the interaction and that’s all.

 Legends connected  the OnePlus 10 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

I person experienced immoderate Wi-Fi transportation problems. Despite registering a afloat Wi-Fi awesome it intermittently struggles to support a accelerated connection, with YouTube stuttering erstwhile trying to watercourse 2160p video, and adjacent Chrome failing to execute a hunt connected immoderate occasions. It has returned a “No connection” surface successful Chrome and successful the bundle update screen, contempt being adjacent to my router and different devices connecting without a problem. I person not had immoderate issues with the 4G and 5G signals.

I americium investigating the telephone up of release, and the caller bundle update (or a aboriginal one) whitethorn cure the transportation issues.

Software

What bundle is installed? It’s seemingly OxygenOS 12.1, but to my eyes, it looks similar Oppo’s ColorOS isolated from OnePlus’s acquainted font and immoderate unsocial styling choices, specified arsenic the reddish and achromatic colour operation for immoderate menus. The 2 travel from the aforesaid codebase and, initially, it seemed they would merge to go one, but OnePlus backtracked saying they would remain chiseled from each other. Sadly there’s nary existent grounds of that here, and it’s not bully quality astatine all.

Calling features by a antithetic sanction and vaguely changing immoderate icons don’t number arsenic “distinct” differences. Just due to the fact that OxygenOS has its Canvas always-on surface benignant but it’s called Portrait Silhouette successful ColorOS doesn’t marque them different. Slightly altering the layout of Quick Settings fools nary one, and neither does giving the enactment of OnePlusSans font successful OxygenOS oregon OppoSans font successful ColorOS. Even the strategy sounds and haptic alerts are the same.

All the annoyances of ColorOS 12 connected the Find X5 Pro are besides present portion of OxygenOS. The wide “agree to this, hold to that” interruptions, the barrage of customizations whenever you effort to marque a diagnostic much usable, spreading app icons crossed the location surface adjacent erstwhile you take the Drawer layout astatine setup, and the unfortunate unreliability is each there. WhatsApp and Line perpetually disregard incoming messages, for example, and an aged connection shows arsenic the always-on surface notification connected the accomplishment of a caller email.

Is it each bad? I similar the larger icons showing wrong folders, and that it’s constricted to showing 4 alternatively than the 9 icons successful ColorOS’s folders. The artillery percent showing extracurricular the artillery icon is clearer and easier to spot astatine a glance. It’s besides accelerated and smooth, and apps load quickly. ColorOS isn’t inherently bad, but it is messy, not ever logical, often frustrating, and sometimes unreliable. We present person to enactment up with it connected Oppo phones, OnePlus phones, and Realme phones.

Returning to the OnePlus 9 Pro with OxygenOS 11 installed reminded maine of what I was missing. It’s lighter and cleaner, uses abstraction much effectively, and is snappier too. No, it’s not vastly antithetic successful design, but it seems to enactment amended and much cohesively arsenic a whole. I privation OxygenOS 12 was the aforesaid but sadly, successful a ColorOS world, OxygenOS has go small much than a postulation of widgets.

Screen and audio

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s 6.7-inch AMOLED surface is precise akin to the 1 connected the OnePlus 9 Pro. The 3216 x 1440 pixel solution gives a large 525 pixel-per-inch (ppi) pixel density for implicit sharpness, it shows a cardinal colors, and has HDR10+ certification. The alteration comes with the dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. The sheet is an LTPO 2.0 AMOLED which enables a faster accommodation of the refresh rate, past applies it to much areas successful the operating strategy for accrued efficiency.

OnePlus 10 Pro's screen.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

I haven’t been capable to spot immoderate ocular quality erstwhile utilizing the OnePlus 10 Pro implicit immoderate different phone, and proceed to bask the silkiness of a 120Hz refresh complaint screen. If the LPTO 2.0 sheet squeezes an other spot of beingness from the artillery successful the process, each the better. It’s worthy noting the OnePlus 10 Pro’s surface seems to beryllium the aforesaid arsenic the 1 Oppo uses for the Find X5 Pro.

OnePlus has besides introduced an Adaptive Brightness mode, wherever the telephone uses artificial quality to acceptable the brightness of the surface based connected your preferences arsenic good arsenic lighting conditions. It’s expected to halt you from adjusting the brightness manually. I’ve been utilizing the telephone for much than a week and it hasn’t learned overmuch yet, arsenic I’m inactive turning the brightness down truthful it doesn’t singe my eyeballs connected a regular basis. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, conscionable that it’s taking its clip learning I don’t request it astatine max brightness archetypal happening successful the morning.

Video playing connected  the OnePlus 10 Pro.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Watching Taeyeon’s INVU euphony video shows however competently the OnePlus 10 Pro deals with opposition and shaded areas, yet ne'er fails to startle with bright, heavy colors. It’s a beauteous screen, and I’ve been impressed with the speakers too. Whether it’s Taeyeon’s almighty dependable oregon spoken connection the OnePlus 10 Pro delivers a truly well-rounded dependable that gets precise loud, yet doesn’t go shrill oregon distorted. I connected a brace of Bang & Olufsen EQ existent wireless headphones and it links utilizing Qualcomm AptX Adaptive, making wireless audio an fantabulous acquisition too. It’s a large multimedia smartphone.

Battery and charging

Stick with maine connected this due to the fact that it’s a spot confusing. The OnePlus 10 Pro has a 5,000mAh dual-cell artillery inside, up from the 4,500mAh compartment successful the OnePlus 9 Pro. If you bargain the telephone successful the U.S. it comes with a 65W SuperVOOC charger, but successful the U.K. it has an 80W SuperVOOC charger. OnePlus says the 80W ceramic doesn’t enactment the U.S.’s 110-volt electrical strategy and has truthful stuck with the aforesaid 65W charger arsenic the OnePlus 9 Pro.

OnePlus 10 Pro charging port.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

What does this mean? In the U.S. with the 65W charger, the 5,000mAh artillery volition complaint to afloat successful 34 minutes. With the 80W charger, it takes 32 minutes. Overall it’s a akin clip to the OnePlus 9 Pro’s complaint time, it’s conscionable present there’s an further 500mAh capableness for it to fill. So portion it’s not technically overmuch faster, it’s charging much artillery successful astir the aforesaid time.

That’s a decent trade-off connected paper, but however astir the existent world? The OnePlus 10 Pro’s artillery has truthful acold lasted astir a time and a fractional with a afloat complaint and mean use. This is everything including taking photos, but not playing games. A time with 3 hours of surface clip and 30 minutes of playing games saw the artillery scope 40% astatine midnight. I deliberation determination is much to travel from the phone’s battery, but it seems to person taken a portion to settee into my use.

The large happening astir the OnePlus 10 Pro is aft conscionable 15 minutes connected the accelerated charger starting astatine 40%, the artillery volition beryllium backmost to astir 100%. It’s convenient and helps debar the wastefulness of keeping the telephone plugged successful and charging overnight. Wireless charging is besides connected committee and similar the OnePlus 9 Pro it’s a 50W strategy and supports the aforesaid OnePlus 9 Pro wireless charging stand, oregon an Oppo branded one.

Accessories

I was sent 2 cases with the OnePlus 10 Pro. The archetypal is an antithetic camera-inspired case, and the different is the accepted Sandstone mentation beloved by galore semipermanent OnePlus devotees. The camera-style lawsuit does adhd immoderate bulk but it decidedly ups protection, with important sum implicit the corners and ends of the phone. There’s plentifulness of grip adjacent though the aboveground is rather smooth.

The Sandstone lawsuit has, arsenic you’d expect, a acold grippier texture. It stops the telephone from moving astir connected immoderate aboveground but is rather unpleasant to clasp unless you similar your exertion to consciousness arsenic if it’s besides acceptable to buff your nails. It comes successful black, and the Emerald Forest OnePlus 10 Pro does not merit to beryllium covered up by it.

OnePlus’s Warp Charge 50 wireless charger was introduced with the OnePlus 9 series. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s wireless charging velocity is unchanged truthful if you already ain 1 and are considering upgrading your phone, it’ll inactive present maximum charging speed.

Price and availability

In the U.S., the OnePlus 10 Pro volition beryllium disposable to pre-order from March 31, and costs $899 for the 8GB/128GB model, portion the 12GB/256GB mentation volition travel its merchandise astatine a aboriginal date. As for U.S. carriers, the OnePlus 10 Pro volition motorboat exclusively connected T-Mobile.

In the U.K. it costs 799 British pounds for the 8GB/128GB exemplary and 899 pounds for the 12GB/256GB version, and some volition beryllium disposable instantly from March 31.

You tin acquisition the telephone done Amazon and OnePlus globally, on with John Lewis retail stores and the Three web successful the U.K.

Our Take

The OnePlus 10 Pro is rather a batch similar the OnePlus 9 Pro. It’s besides rather a batch similar the Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Realme GT 2 Pro. By the way, it isn’t each that acold removed from the Oppo Find X3 Pro either. You could enactment them each adjacent to each other, configure the Home screens to look identical, and past find it rather hard to archer the quality betwixt them. As you tin astir apt tell, the OnePlus 10 Pro has mislaid immoderate of its identity.

There is simply a batch to bask astir the camera, and I expect it to amended further done bundle updates soon.

Arguably this doesn’t truly matter, but if you’re a OnePlus devotee, you whitethorn find the 10 Pro is simply a precise antithetic acquisition than an 8 Pro, for example. I’ve ever loved OnePlus’s dependability, but the bundle connected the 10 Pro isn’t dependable and it hurts the phone. On the little antagonistic side, determination is simply a batch to bask astir the camera, and I expect it to amended further done bundle updates soon. It’s a precise almighty telephone with a beauteous screen, but these aren’t features that marque it truly basal out.

Make nary mistake the OnePlus 10 Pro is an fantabulous smartphone, and the terms makes it tempting, but it has intelligibly been assimilated by the Oppo/Realme/Vivo collective. There’s grounds of OnePlus-ness there, but it has got mislaid successful amongst features, design, and power we’ve seen connected assorted different phones recently. If the OnePlus 9 Pro was Jean-Luc Picard, past the OnePlus 10 Pro is Locutus of Borg.

Is determination a amended alternative?

Before we speech astir alternatives from different manufacturers, we request to notation the OnePlus 10 Pro alternatives that travel from within. It’s precise akin to the Oppo Find X5 Pro and uses the aforesaid processor, screen, battery, charging, and Hasselblad bundle successful the camera. It’s besides beauteous akin to the Realme GT 2 Pro, which besides uses the aforesaid processor positive it has the 150-degree wide-angle camera too. All 3 person fundamentally the aforesaid software. Slightly little akin is the fantabulous Vivo X70 Pro+, but it’s inactive from the aforesaid stable.

I can’t spot a crushed to wage much for the Oppo Find X5 Pro implicit the OnePlus 10 Pro but tin spot a beardown statement for the cheaper-than-both Realme GT 2 Pro. It’s worthy investigating the Realme GT 2 Pro if the OnePlus 10 Pro is connected the borderline of being excessively pricey. Leaving the family, the OnePlus 10 Pro faces contention from the Samsung Galaxy S22+, the Apple iPhone 13, and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Apart from amended bundle connected each of them, each volition springiness the OnePlus’s camera a superior situation too.

If you ain a OnePlus 9 Pro I don’t deliberation it’s worthy upgrading arsenic the processor is the biggest specification change. There’s immoderate vantage if you person a OnePlus 8 Pro oregon earlier though, arsenic the camera is decidedly better, and there’s an evident show bump arsenic well. Just beryllium alert the bundle alteration whitethorn beryllium jarring.

How agelong volition it last?

The telephone is mostly covered successful solid truthful wrapping it successful a lawsuit is wise, and there’s nary h2o absorption either. OnePlus promises 3 years of Android operating strategy updates and 4 years of information updates, which is decent enactment for the future, though not arsenic broad arsenic Samsung oregon Google’s support. However, it’s a earnestly almighty telephone with 5G truthful it’s tenable to expect it to past for 3 years astatine slightest earlier you see an upgrade.

Should you bargain it?

Yes. It’s frustrating the OnePlus-ness has been watered down successful the OnePlus 10 Pro, but it’s inactive supremely capable, large to look at, and disposable astatine a tenable price.

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