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OnePlus 10 Pro Review Roundup: Brilliant smartphone with a massive battery

Let’s dive into the specs of the phone, combined with a round-up of the reviews!

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OnePlus 10 Pro Review Round-Up

Overview

OnePlus 10 Pro marks the beginning of a new era for OnePlus, both on a positive and a negative note. The company’s flagship for 2022 is also the first to be created under Oppo and One Plus’s growing partnership. OnePlus has honed its idea of a true flagship phone to compete with the major brands this year, and the result is a smart, stylish gadget.

OnePlus 10 Pro was released in China in January 2022 and then internationally in March 2022. The launch came only months after the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus was launched. The OnePlus 10 Pro, priced at $899 (£799), is quite reasonable compared to last year’s entry-level OnePlus 9 Pro.

Since the OnePlus 10 pro launched, various reviews have poured in for a while, with varied verdicts on the phone. Most reviewers put the phone’s fast charging capabilities, gorgeous display, excellent battery life, and competitive price in the good books.

Price and availability

After first launching the phone in China on January 11, the phone’s official global launch came on March 31, with key markets being the UK, North America, Europe, and India. The phone is made available to buy now beginning April 5th in all the above-cited markets except for the US. It hits stores on April 14th in the US, while the pre-orders are available since March 31. Those pre-ordering the device can get a pair of OnePlus Buds Z2 as a gift.

OnePlus 10 Pro comes in two colours, which are Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest.

Priced at $899, only one configuration is offered in the US with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. And it comes in both colour variants. The upgraded 12GB/256GB will later be made available in the region.  

For the UK the lower cost $899(£799) version comes just in the Volcanic Black colour variant. However, the 12GB RAM and 256GB version can be opted for in the UK at a price tag of £899 in the Emerald Forest colour variant.

Let’s dive into the specs of the phone, combined with a round-up of the reviews!

Design

OnePlus 10 Pro features an aluminum frame along with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back panel. On the front, you’ll find a 6.7in curved display with a punch-hole selfie camera in the top left corner. Made with Ceramic, the phone’s metallic camera bump with a HASSELBLAD branding is housed into the side rails of the phone on the back.

The phone incorporates a USB-C port on the bottom edge and a volume control button on the left side. The right edge of the phone incorporates a power button, with an alert slide just above that to effortlessly choose between silent, vibrate, and ringing notification modes.

There is no certified water and dust resistance unless you get the T-Mobile exclusive edition in the US, which has an IP68 rating. Android Authority in its review states, “OnePlus has made the bizarre decision to drop an ‘IP Rating’ altogether in all but the T-Mobile variant. The company claims that water resistance and durability testing was done on all variants of the phone, but you’re on your own if you decide to take the phone anywhere near water.”

TechRadar’s review notes, “The OnePlus 10 Pro might be too large for some people to comfortably hold. With dimensions of 163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm and a weight of 201g, it’s not a small phone, and we can see some buyers being put off by its big body.”

Display

The phone features a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with LTPO 2.0 technology that allows for a dynamic refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz. It comes with an aspect ratio of 20:9.

The first version of this technology was used in the OnePlus 9 Pro, but OnePlus claims that the improved display shifts refresh rates quicker, making it even more power-efficient.

The resolution is 3216 x 1440, or 2K, and the maximum brightness is 1,300 nits. The phone also sports features like billion colours and HDR10 +.

As per the Tom’s Guide review, “OnePlus dialed back the Vivid colour saturation this year versus the OnePlus 9 Pro, but kept the same Natural profile. Compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Natural setting, the OnePlus 10 Pro doesn’t reproduce as much of either the sRGB or DCI-P3 colour gamut. When it comes to the Delta-E colour accuracy score (where 0 is perfect), the OnePlus 10 Pro fell just a bit when compared to its predecessor, but scored a bit better than the Galaxy S22 Ultra.”

The Tom’s Guide reviewer states, “When I spoke with OnePlus, the company talked up the colour calibration on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Not only are the colours extremely pleasing, but the phone also features two separate calibrations — one at 100 nits and the other at 500 nits. The point of this is to ensure that colours stay accurate whether the display is lit up or dimmed so that you don’t lose out on the visual fidelity of your content, regardless of your environment.”

Android Authority’s reviewer says, “Put simply, the OnePlus 10 Pro display looks and performs fantastically and gets the job done no matter what you’re viewing.”

Performance

On the CPU front, the OnePlus 10 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s most recent flagship mobile technology, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 launched at the end of November 2021. This is combined with 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and storage options of 128GB or 256GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 3.1.

“There are also a few gaming improvements to make the most of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. The HyperBoost game engine, courtesy of Oppo, tries to stabilize frame rates during gaming sessions, while also increasing the responsiveness of the touchscreen through a new feature called O-Sync,” reviews Engadget.

Tom’s Guide states, “OnePlus 10 Pro performed better in the gaming benchmarks, likely due to the new cooling system that helps keep the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 cooler than what Samsung managed.”

Speaking of The Verge, its review’s remark notes, “These specs offer plenty of processing power for day-to-day tasks. I noticed some very occasional stutters with heavier tasks like playing Genshin Impact, but for all intents and purposes, this is a speedy device that delivers flagship-level performance.”

In its review, Android Authority found, “CPU-bound benchmarks like Geekbench reported lower scores than last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro. Switching performance to high-performance mode unleashed the full potential of the chipset, and the OnePlus 10 Pro pulled ahead of the similarly equipped Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.”

Camera

The huge and distinctive 10 Pro module includes three rear shooters. A 48Mp main sensor, a 50Mp ultra-wide lens, and an 8Mp telephoto lens. However, the fourth visible cutout is the flash residing on the camera bump.

For the ultrawide, OnePlus has used an older Samsung JN1 50MP sensor while expanding the field of view (FoV) to 150 degrees.

“As for the ultrawide lens, I’m not too convinced by the company’s decision to opt for a wider frame of view instead of a better sensor and autofocus capabilities. The 150-degree FoV suffers from significant distortion around the edges which makes it borderline useless for regular shots,” Android Authority points out in its review.

On the front, the 10 Pro boasts a 32Mp punch-hole camera, which is an increase over the 9 series’ selfie snapper, with double the quality.

Speaking of the 8 Mp telephoto lens, Engadget in its review says, “The telephoto camera remains the weakest part of the OnePlus camera setup. Given the 8MP resolution, shots seem blurry and low on detail. Sometimes my photos just lacked colour and vitality, which is a shame.”

CNET applauds the 32-mp selfie camera on the phone. In its review, it states, “Then there’s the 32-megapixel front-facing camera, which consistently produces vibrant and sharp images that are perfect for the selfie-obsessed among you.”

Software

On the software front, the phone includes OxygenOS 12.1 on top of Android 12. Following the merger with Oppo, the two companies merged their operating systems departments into a single team. This implies that OxygenOS (OnePlus) and ColorOS (Oppo) now share a unified codebase.

CNET reviews, “The Android 12-based software, running the latest version of Oxygen OS, is neat and free of general clutter making it a good option for both experienced Android users or those taking their first steps into the Android world.” 

Android Authority’s review says, “Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 10 Pro feels like a facsimile copy of the Android skin everyone came to love.”

Battery and Charging

Moving on, the phone battery is a gigantic 5000mAh, which is a significant boost over the 9 Pro’s 4500mAh battery.

When it comes to charging, the phone offers 80W wired charging, which is the quickest yet from OnePlus, as well as 50W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

However, this is not universal. Customers in the United States are confined to somewhat slower 65W charging, with the firm clarifying in a forum post that “80W SuperVOOC presently does not support 110 or 120-volt AC power, which is the common standard for power outlets in the region.”

Surprisingly, they’re called SuperVOOC (for wired charging) and AirVOOC (wireless charging), respectively. These are the brand designations for Oppo’s charging standards, as opposed to OnePlus’ proprietary Warp Charge. It is another minor change as Oppo seeks to integrate OnePlus more tightly into the parent brand.

TechRadar’s review notes say, “Sure, there’s a big 5,000mAh battery here, but it’s contending with that large, bright screen, the 120Hz refresh rate, an always-on display, the powerful processor and constant 5G connectivity. When you consider all that, a whole day of use is fine.”

“During my testing, I found that after an hour of YouTube streaming with the screen on max brightness it had dropped from full to only 99%, dropping to 94% after a second hour which is better than I’d found from both the Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro,” says CNET’s reviewer Andrew Lanxon.

The Verge’s reviewer Allinson Jhonson supporting the phone’s charging capabilities writes, “In the US, the phone supports 65W charging, while other regions can charge at up to 80W. OnePlus says that this only accounts for a two-minute difference in the total time it takes to charge the phone, and realistically, 65W is plenty fast — just over 30 minutes to bring the battery from 0 to 100 percent. At no point, while I was testing this phone did I wish that it would charge faster.”

Ratings and Conclusion

Reviewers have had their say on the specs, the good and the bad of the phone. Let’s take a quick look at the ratings, likes and dislikes of the phone by those reviewers.

OnePlus 10 Pro has scored a rating of 8 out of 10 on CNET’s scorecard with Classy design, Powerful Performance, Battery life and a vibrant screen on the liked list. While the camera with a slightly disappointing performance, the IP68 waterproof rating restricted to T-Mobile exclusive models is on the unliked list of the reviewer.

On The Verge’s scorecard, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a scoring of 7. What The Verge lists on the Good Stuff (as The Verge highlights), is the phone’s price, its fast charging capability with an in the box charger, and good battery life. Speaking of the Bad stuff list of The Verge, the lagging camera performance, lacked IP rating for the unlocked version (which is not T-Mobile exclusive) are again on the unliked side, and a missing 5G connectivity on AT&T is also on the not like list.

Tom’s Guide rates a 4.5 for the 10 Pro and is in support of the new beautiful design, the excellent battery life, and the nice to use Oxygen OS 12 etc. While the camera is again under the radar as the reviewer is against the telephoto camera with a mere 8MP on the bump. The reviewer is also against the unavailability of 5G on AT&T.

Pros

  • Fantastic Screen
  • Super-fast charging
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Beautiful New Design
  • Competitive Price
  • Powerful Performance

Cons

  • IP Rating restricted to T-Mobile exclusive models
  • Slightly disappointing camera performance (Downgraded ultrawide camera, just 8MP telephoto lens)
  • No 5G on AT&T

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