Over the years, OnePlus has managed to transform itself from an emerging player into a well-established premium brand. Some are not happy with the transformation of the company, especially for the introduction of too many phones in the market and have lost track of the timely delivery of software updates. An example of this is the OnePlus 9RT, which only received Android 12 (launched August 2021) last week.
However, OnePlus has lived up to the hype is that the company has steadily improved the build quality and remains above the two big rival brands Samsung and Apple in terms of offering a charging experience of faster battery.
OnePlus also tried to improve the photography experience on its phones by collaborating with Hasselblad in the OnePlus 9 (2021) series. It didn’t start well, but with follow-up software updates, the company managed to keep its reputation intact.
The company’s first premium phone of 2022 – OnePlus 10 Pro comes with a good upgrade over the predecessor. It has a better camera (with Hasselblad system), faster loading speed and a fast and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor.
It comes in two options – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – for Rs 66,999 and Rs 71,999, respectively.
I’ve been using the OnePlus 10 Pro for almost two months and here are my thoughts on the premium Android phone.
Design, build quality and display
OnePlus 10 Pro has a new design compared to the predecessor and also, and the large triple camera module along with the Hasselband branding make the phone really stand out among rival brands.
The camera module, which includes 3D ceramic based on nano-microcrystalline, blends beautifully with the shell. It’s not only visually good, but it helps the phone slide in and out of the phone smoothly. Also, the frosted matte finish of the phone (Volcanic Black model) has its advantages. It resists fingerprints perfectly and stays smudge-free all day.
You’ll find the brand alert slider at the top right of the edge, and below that, the power button. And on the opposite side there is a volume rocker. At the top there’s a solitary mic and at the bottom there’s a powerful single grille speaker with a Type-C port and mic.
The company offers a silicone case with the retail box, while its two competitors don’t even offer charger adapters with their phones. This initiative ensures that the OnePlus 10 Pro lasts longer with the owner and somehow helps to reduce the negative impact on the environment.
On the front, OnePlus 10 Pro sports a gorgeous 6.7-inch (3216 x 1440 pixels) quad HD+ 3D (LTPO 2.0) curved flexible AMOLED display panel. It supports a maximum brightness of 1300 nits and an adaptive refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz.
I had an enjoyable time watching YouTube movies and vlogs on the OnePlus 10 Pro. The screen manages to reproduce nearly accurate colors and also darker shades of black and gray that stand out naturally. Additionally, 120Hz refresh rates improve browsing and gaming on the phone.
In addition, eye comfort guarantees a reduction in the emission of blue light on the screen and does not tire the eyes at night.
The display also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is ergonomically placed above the base, so that the thumb or even the fingers can easily reach and unlock the screen. Compared to others in this segment, the false rejection rate is low on the OnePlus 10 Pro.
OnePlus 10 Pro houses a triple camera module powered by a second-generation Hasselblad photography system – 48MP main (Sony IMX789 1/1.43-inch sensor, f/1.8, OIS: optical image stabilization) + 50MP ultra- 150-degree wide (1/2.76-inch Samsung JN1 sensor) + 8MP telephoto sensor (f/2.4 aperture, OIS 3.3x optical zoom) with LED flash.
It takes brilliant photos in natural sunlight. The subjects especially the flowers, the colors are vibrant and detailed in the photos. The dynamic range in the sample images is correct.
Ultra wide-angle mode accommodates more area in the frame. The camera does not over-process bending structures to squeeze more area into the photo.
The sample shot of the Nandi Hills was taken in the late afternoon with the sun in the background. The colors of the hill range remain neutral, close to what we perceive through the eyes.
Even the optical zoom manages to get quality images without any drastic loss in quality. The digital zoom samples start accumulating noise once we get past 10X zoom. But, even with a 30X zoom (maximum), we can identify some structures at the top of the hill.
Portrait mode does a decent job not only with the human face, but also with flowers. Edge detection is excellent and the camera is able to bring a natural bokeh effect in the background.
In Night Sight mode, the images are good. As you can see from the sample images, the streetlights are captured well and they also don’t turn off like I’ve seen on other phones. The brightness is controlled, and the colors of the sodium vapor lamps in the background and the LED street lamp have a noticeable distinction and a natural look.
The 4K video quality is also quite good and in terms of stability it’s on par with most rival brands, but not the Apple iPhone 13 series.
At the front, it houses a 32MP snapper (Sony IMX615 sensor, f/2.4) for selfies. Image quality is decent and users can play around with photo enhancement tools and filters. Yes, like its Chinese counterparts, OnePlus also offers superficial tools to adjust skin texture, cheeks, eye size, nose, chin and head size and even performs touch-ups to improve skin color. the skin. They did a decent job removing the acne scars on my face.
It should be noted that OnePlus has released several updates with camera improvements and they have really improved the photography experience, which is appreciated.
Under the hood, it houses a 4nm-class Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB storage (UFS 3.1) and Android 12-based OxygeOS 12, and a 5,000mAh battery. with 80W fast charging.
OnePlus 10 Pro is a smooth performer. He showed no signs of lag during the entire examination period. Whether recording in 4K or playing power-hungry high-end games such as Asphalt 9: Legends, the phone was able to run smoothly and, although it did get a bit warm, it didn’t. never exceeded my comfort level.
Additionally, the OxygenOS 12 is clean and there are no duplicate utility apps such as third-party browsers, photo-editing apps, and other storage-consuming junk, ensuring owners more space to install more apps they like and also be create more memories of loved ones with photos and videos.
OnePlus 10 Pro houses a 5,000mAh battery and consistently lasts more than a day under normal usage. I’m not an extreme user in terms of gaming and binge-watching, but for the sake of testing I go overboard on weekends. I explored farm fields at my in-laws house to take photos, test video stability, 4K recording and also watch media content on OTT apps for at least two hours and one hour of gaming. The phone has could easily last a full day with a battery level of around 25%. On weekdays, I usually watch food vlogs for two and a half years of my commute (home to office and vice versa) and the rest of the day, browsing social media platforms, keeping up to date with the latest trends on the web and responding to emails. In this scenario, the phone typically lasted a day and a half.
And with an 80W charger, it takes just over 45 minutes to fully charge from zero to 100%. And within 25 minutes of charging, it can very quickly recharge to 60% capacity.
Having used the OnePlus 10 Pro as a secondary device for over two months, it lives up to the true “tag” of the premium flagship phone. It checks out all the basic features – the display, build quality, excellent battery life and SuperVooC fast charging are such a value edit.
And Hasselblad’s collaboration with the camera system definitely made the new OnePlus 10 Pro better than its predecessor. Plus, photo quality is on par with any high-end phone in most aspects, including low-light conditions.
There is one major reason you should consider buying the OnePlus 10 Pro is that it might be the last premium OnePlus to feature the alert slider as the company has decided to remove the feature brand in the upcoming OnePlus 10T.
OnePlus says it wants to bring new features to the 10T and also keep the structural profile slim.
Although the alert slider is considered a minor feature for some, it is a very useful button and also a unique attribute that sets the OnePlus brand apart from Android phones. Users can change the ringtone to vibrate or silent mode with a simple swipe gesture and many love this attribute of OnePlus phones.
Overall, the OnePlus 10 Pro is a reliable premium phone and also a good collector’s phone, as it’s the latest of the company’s phones to feature a signature alert slider. Unless OnePlus brings it back in the future with a special edition phone, like Apple is doing with the iPhone SE series with TouchID sensor.
Superior build quality
worthy camera hardware
Excellent battery and remarkable fast charging capability
No IP rating for water and dust resistance
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