TEST: OnePlus 10 Pro is my new favorite

Actually, the plan was only to test the OnePlus Nord 2T.

OnePlus 10 Pro is OnePlus at its best

OnePlus 10 Pro is not a novelty anymore, so to speak, but because I got a newer launch, OnePlus Nord 2T, Eivind and I also wanted to take a look at the flagship to be able to assess whether OnePlus can compete in the middle and top layer. Again we were pleasantly surprised.

We unpack and give you an overview:

Specifications:

  • Android 12 med OxygenOS 12.1
  • 6,7″ – 1440 x 3216 – AMOLED – HDR
  • 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
  • 5000 mAh
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • IP68
  • Fast charging with 80 w: 1 to 100 percent in 32 minutes
  • 201 g
  • 48 MP, f / 1.8, 23mm (wide angle), 1 / 1.43 ″, 1.12µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
  • 8 MP, f / 2.4, 77mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.3x optical zoom
  • 50 MP, f / 2.2, 14mm, 150˚ (ultra-wide angle) 1 / 2.76 ″, 0.64µm, AF

Design

What can I say, this is a OnePlus design in every way where it matters: the front. As usual, we find a section of the selfie camera at the top left and a large 6.7 ″ screen almost without a frame. As usual, the handy three-point switch can be found on the right side for sound, vibration or both off, located above the on button on the same side, while the volume button has OnePlus alone on the left side.

Here, there is no 3.5 like the Sony Xperia 1 IV, but a ditto larger camera system on the back. As is known, OnePlus collaborates with Hasselblad, something the owner gets a clear message about as the company’s logo with a fairly large font is placed horizontally to the left of the four cameras and sensors, which horizontally take up around 70 percent of the back’s shortest width.

The logo of the OnePlus can also be found on the back, which also with the Nord 2T has a slightly mainly smooth but with a bit soft roughness to it like the Nord 2T.

The manufacturer still has the metal that surrounds the camera system to around the strips on which, with a rounding from the cameras, follows the steel frame around the entire mobile. It looks really good, and helps the company to make the design its own, and at the same time clearly marks that this is not the cheaper Nord 2T.

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10 Pro costs 10,000 kroner, and then it must look like that too. As a minor point, it weighs a good deal more than the Xperia 1 IV, which must be said to be a surprisingly light mobile with its 185 g. Against the 10 Pro’s 201 g.

It took many manufacturers some time to find the perfect screen size, but when they all managed to find that 6.5 and 6.7 ″ were the best sizes, combined with cutting the frames when technology allowed this, it is difficult to OnePlus to mess it up, and neither have they. The mobile is well in hand and Android 12 makes it easy to change the settings from the context menu.

Minus I give back to OnePlus, and everyone else with finger sensor: you have to wait until the screen is activated before it works. Then it is better to integrate the sensor in the on button, like Sony’s Xperia 1 IV, or even better: on the back. Unfortunately, more and more people are going for the in-panel sensor.

Performance

The combination of optimized design and excellent performance has the potential to create a product that is not only satisfactory in use, but at the same time addictive. This is one such product. Not only is it nice with always-on-screen, but the phone’s quick unlocking with the face as soon as you pick it up without the need to touch anything, makes me use it for a lot during periods.

Another thing that helps OnePlus create an experience you want to return to is an Apple approach to the interface. The app icons are large so that it is easy to find and remember where the apps are, which eliminates search, and the settings provide quick access to what you need. It’s also easy to move many apps at once on the home screen. Sony must also put this in place.

The combination of interface and raw performance can be hard to beat, and because this has Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon, 8 Gen 1 (Plus is on the way), the performance is phenomenally good.

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That we already know that OnePlus’ great strength is the optimization of the Android core (there was a time when they sold mid-range mobiles marketed as top-class mobiles with success), and that they have access to all this power, meant that they would be able to deliver incredible performance. They have that too.

The model I tested has 12GB of RAM, and because the performance is so good, so if an app should close, it takes almost no longer to open it than to open an already active app.

The touch system also works very well with zero signs of weakness in opening, closing and swiping between open apps, an approach that is standard for everyone after Apple’s introduction of iOS 11 and iPhone X in 2017.

Camera

GeekBench 5:

  • OnePlus 10 Pro: 970 – 3431 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1)
  • OnePlus Nord 2T: 678 – 2844 (MediaTek Dimensity 1300 Octa-core)
  • Sony Xperia 1 IV: 1176 – 3252 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 1726 – 4680 (Apple Apple A14)

Battery life

Battery life is incredibly good, and one of the reasons for the title of the test. Without good battery life, large screen and good performance combined with an optimized and a smooth OS experience, everything falls apart.

Fortunately, OnePlus has equipped the 10 Pro with a large 5000 mAh battery and as mentioned a statement times now and over the years, OnePlus can optimize Android, which in turn ensures that system resources do not misuse the battery. This is another mobile that lasts for two days if the use is at the middle level.

Conclusion

It is not easy for a product to get in and detach routines between user and product, in this case two products: iPhone and Apple Watch. But even though the Watch does not make as much sense without an iPhone (although it always connects to OnePlus’ hotspot automatically if I leave Apple’s mobile at home), OnePlus actually convinced me during the test period to leave the iPhone alone . Much of this is helped by the fact that the camera is as good as it is.

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If I have four choices (iPhone 13 Pro Max, OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus Nord 2T and Sony Xperia 1 IV) before I go out, I will drop the phone with the worst camera quality of the four, and that is Nord 2T and the most times I chose 10 Pro. Not necessarily because it wins all camera tests, but because the overall experience is so good.

So it is also in the mobile landscape still: it is not performance or in most cases panel quality that determines, but how good the camera is. When the other is also at the very top, the product deserves a top-notch score.

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TEST: OnePlus 10 Pro is my new favorite

We conclude

With a lightning-fast OS combined with an optimized interface and a nice screen, gestures that work and a camera that is good, the OnePlus 10 Pro is at the very top with raw performance on top of it all.

Reader rating101 Ratings

6.2

+

Very fast

Perfect size and good screen

Smart interface works as most people want

Good camera

Fast charging

Finger sensor is still the weakest solution

No new smart features, more of the same

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