the history of @oneplus phones exposed, with a look at what’s next 👀#OnePlus10T pic.twitter.com/Xwtj612iR7August 3, 2022
A history lesson from OnePlus pre-launch events, courtesy of Kate Kozuch in New York.
With the OnePlus 10T launching in less than 10 minutes, we’re going to be spending a lot of time talking about the features included with the phone. But let’s spend a moment thinking about a long-standing OnePlus feature you won’t find on the 10T – the phone alert slider.
The alert slider has been MIA from cheaper OnePlus phones, but the OnePlus 10T is the company’s first flagship to ship without it. The slider is quite a popular feature among users, which sets OnePlus phones apart from their Android counterpart.
The reason for forgetting? The large battery, a new antenna and the fast charging technology included in the phone took up a lot of space and sacrifices had to be made. So byealert slider, we’ll be thinking of you every time we go to silence our phone at the movies.
My colleague Kate Kozuch is on the one hand at Gotham Hall where OnePlus is holding its 10T launch event and sending some photos of the atmosphere inside the event. This is OnePlus’ first in-person launch event in two years.
Ladies and gentlemen and non-binary characters of all ages, I give you… the @oneplus 10T pic.twitter.com/LnCYRpDNVuAugust 3, 2022
This OnePlus 10T packaging looks a bit bulky.
We joke, we joke…
The OnePlus 10T event live stream is now live on YouTube (opens in a new tab)… kind of. It’s in countdown mode at the moment as we get closer to the 10 a.m. ET kickoff time. But you have a page to bookmark now. We’ve also updated this live blog with an embedded feed.
Given that OnePlus is anything but reticent when it comes to discussing new phones – including phones whose launch event is still less than an hour away – you can find plenty of details about the OnePlus 10T, before launch. In fact, the launch event page on the OnePlus website (opens in a new tab) boasts a handful of features, many of which we’ve talked about.
But there’s one we haven’t talked about: the phone’s cooling system. On its website, OnePlus touts the 10T’s “3D Cooling System 2.0” and what a bonus it will be for mobile gamers. Preventing phones from overheating would certainly appeal to gamers, as a hotter phone can see a performance degradation. The fact that OnePlus is reportedly including the cooling system in its promotional efforts suggests that the 10T can be positioned as a gaming phone – or at least a phone designed for gamers.
We have some breaking news on the OnePlus 10T and, as you’d expect, it comes straight from OnePlus. The company released another deep dive into the OnePlus 10T specs (opens in a new tab)and this time the focus is on charging speeds.
Specifically, OnePlus says its new phone will support 150W Supervooc Endurance Edition, the company’s fastest charging technology. According to OnePlus, the OnePlus 10T’s 4,800mAh battery can be fully charged in 19 minutes thanks to 150W charging. (Oh, looks like OnePlus also revealed the size of the 10T’s battery – and it’s slightly larger smaller than the OnePlus 10 Pro offers.)
Of course, in North America our 110 and 120 volt outlets are no match for a 150W Supervooc charge, so the OnePlus 10T will charge at “only” 125W. That means it will take 20 minutes to fully charge the phone, which is 1 minute longer than our European cousins will enjoy.
You’ll receive a 150W Supervooc charger and USB cable with your OnePlus 10T purchase, OnePlus says.
Hasselblad has played a big role in OnePlus’ last two flagship launches, with the Swedish lens specialist refining the lenses of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 10 and improving some of the phones’ photo processing. These specific devices didn’t knock Apple or Google off the top of the rankings best camera phones list, but they certainly held their own against the top photographers.
It is therefore curious that Hasselblad is apparently not involved in the OnePlus 10T, based on OnePlus reviews of The Verge. “[OnePlus] wanted to deliver an ultimate performance flagship smartphone at the price chosen for the device,” chief designer Hope Liu told The Verge.
It could mean anything, but it looks like OnePlus is putting a lot of emphasis on improving phone performance and caring less about the camera. If so, it’s an odd choice, given how important digital photography is to smartphone buyers.
If today’s OnePlus 10T launch seems like the latest in a string of OnePlus phone launches, you’re not expecting a thing. There was one plot OnePlus handsets rolling out in 2022, as OnePlus has expanded its product portfolio to include budget models as well as flagship challengers.
In my opinion, we have already seen the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Litethe OnePlus Nord 2Tthe OnePlus Nord N20 and if you want to expand the search to other markets than the US and UK, the OnePlus 10R.
Compared to when OnePlus rolled out one, maybe two phones at most, that’s quite a change. And it reminds me of an op-ed that my colleague Jordan Palmer wrote some time ago asking me if OnePlus loses its magic with all these phone versions.
The big question ahead of today’s OnePlus 10T launch is what OnePlus will charge for the phone – particularly relevant information in these times of rising costs. For the record, the OnePlus 10 Pro debuted with a price tag of $899 – less than comparable flagships, but still quite pricey as far as OnePlus devices go.
The 10T is supposed to have a better chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, but without the Hasselblad branding for its cameras, it’s possible the 10T could be cheaper than the OnePlus 10 Pro. We’re certainly hoping for a phone that’s no more than the one OnePlus introduced earlier in the year.
Let’s talk about the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 which OnePlus has confirmed will power the OnePlus 10T. That’s a performance boost over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 you’ll find in the OnePlus 10 Pro, as well as the entire Galaxy S22 lineup. But more importantly, it’s also better at power management than previous Qualcomm silicon, not that the long-lasting OnePlus 10 Pro really had a problem with battery life in our tests.
We’ve already tested a few Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 powered phones – the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro and the Zenfone 9. Both got excellent marks for performance, if you want to get an idea of what we’re expecting from the OnePlus 10T.
One area worth paying attention to when launching the OnePlus 10T today is all of the battery and charging details announced by the phone maker for the new device – and not just because it’s information that OnePlus doesn’t. was not revealed before the event. OnePlus’ power management features are always great.
We expect the OnePlus 10T to retain the 5,000mAh battery found in the OnePlus 10 Pro – why fix what isn’t broken, after all. In our demanding battery test, the 10 Pro clocked in at 11 hours and 52 minutes with its adaptive display feature enabled. Adaptive displays can affect battery life, but the OnePlus 10 still earned a spot on the list of better phone battery life that we follow.
As for charging speed, remember that the OnePlus 10 Pro used 80W charging, but since this feature did not meet US charging standards, users in the US had to make do with a charger of 65W. We’re curious to see if that persists with the new phone.
Hello and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s OnePlus 10T launch live blog. We’ll bring you all the late-breaking rumors as the event nears, then give you all the details on the phone itself as it’s revealed. So bookmark this page and come back regularly for the latest news.