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OnePlus 10 Pro 5G review: A proper flagship experience

Aabhas Sharma / Gadgets Now / Updated: Apr 6, 2022, 04:40PM IST
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Impressive display

Reliable performance

Fast charging and battery performance

If you have seen the TV series “Mad Men” — and if you haven’t seen it, then you are missing out on some excellent TV content — then you would know that it’s based on Don Draper (played brilliantly by Jon Hamm) and life in the advertising industry in the 1960s New York. Draper has many brilliant lines on the show and one of the lesser-known perhaps is when he asks a colleague, “Is this what you want, is this what people expect of you”? The line reminds us of how OnePlus has evolved in the smartphone industry.

The Chinese brand came up as an upstart that pitched itself as a “flagship killer”. What it did was that it offered premium-level specs at not-so-premium prices. Sounds good, no? It did not just sound good but it actually worked out quite well for OnePlus. In a short span of time, it went on to become quite popular among smartphone buyers. Want an alternative to Samsung or Apple? There it was in the form of OnePlus. Things look quite settled but OnePlus’ motto is “Never Settle” and it was obvious that the next step was to take the big leap and start making expensive phones. Not just flagship killers but actual flagships — and that’s a different kettle of fish.

When OnePlus was making phones that didn’t cost more than Rs 40,000, it received a lot of appreciation and adulation. However, when it crossed the divide and started phones that cost north of Rs 50,000, the scrutiny obviously increased. And so did the competition. So there’s far more to do to convince buyers to buy a OnePlus phone for the brand than it was say, a few years ago. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is the latest smartphone from OnePlus that attempts to establish itself as a bonafide contender and not just another pretender in the premium smartphone space. We used the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G for a while to find out how good a phone OnePlus has made this time around.

Design and display


The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G’s camera module does look rather overwhelming as it is slightly big. But it does have a distinctive look compared to the tried and tested rear camera design we have become accustomed to. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G comes in two cool variants — Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest — and it's the latter that looks strikingly good. The black variant — our review unit colour — has a matte glass texture which means that mercifully it doesn’t attract any smudges or fingerprints.





OnePlus has changed the position of the alert slider and made it slightly higher than on previous OnePlus phones. On the front, you will find Gorilla Victus and on the back Gorilla Glass 5 — which makes it rather sturdy.OnePlus 10 Pro 5G gets no headphone jack nor you can expand the storage. Compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G, the smartphone is slightly heavier (201 grams) but a tad slimmer as well.

OnePlus remains one of the few brands that give the whole package with its premium phones. In other words, you get a case, charger, cable — something that the likes of Apple and Samsung skip with their premium phones. OnePlus still gives stickers inside the box for the ‘fans’.

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G has got a gorgeous 6.7-inch QHD+ display and quite a few similar features to that of the OnePlus 9 Pro, including HDR certifications, 120 Hz refresh rate among others. What’s new is how the LTPO AMOLED panel has been used. The display can lower its refresh rate to 1Hz — it was 10 Hz in the OnePlus 9 Pro. OnePlus has also changed the piston of the in-display fingerprint sensor and it is now much easier to access. Apart from that, it’s a really good display to watch content or videos on. The colour reproduction is spot on and brightness levels are optimum.

Performance


Like most Android flagship smartphones launched — or will be launched — the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 1 processor. It also brings aboard LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Needless to say, for day-to-day tasks, this is an extremely powerful processor, which means that no lags or stutters. Most tasks are performed with utmost perfection and at a really fast speed. OnePlus has put in a few gaming features as well in the smartphone.




OnePlus has taken extra measures to keep the smartphone cool. The smartphone gets a 5-layer 3D Passive Cooling System. It also has a large, customised vapour chamber, copper foil, and copper carbon on both sides of the device’s motherboard, along with a new cooling film made of graphene. All this mechanism is designed to get the maximum performance and even performing arduous tasks the smartphone never really heats up.

We did compare gaming on the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. After 20 minutes of playing Call of Duty: Mobile, the OnePlus phone heated up comparatively less than the Samsung flagship. There’s a HyperBoost Gaming Engine that brings several gaming features like GPA Frame Stabiliser and O-Sync to give gamers something to look forward to in the smartphone.

The OnePlus 10 Pro comes pre-installed with OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12. It is a rather neat and clean UI as we have come to expect with OnePlus phones. What it also gets is new features like an upgraded OnePlus Shelf, Work Life Balance 2.0, and an improved Dark Mode with greater levels of customisation.

The OnePlus Shelf is a nice feature of Oxygen OS as it can be customised with feature cards of different sizes. Users can segregate different features together within the Shelf and change its layout according to how they want it to look. Users can quite easily find any content on your device including contacts using the OnePlus Shelf feature, something which we found really useful.

There’s also Work Life Balance 2.0 which basically allows users to toggle between two app notification profiles — Work and Life. Users can manually toggle these modes or have the option to activate them based on location, Wi-Fi network, or at a specific time.

Another interesting feature of the OnePlus 10 Pro is the Private Safe. It is a virtual lockbox that can be used to store images, and documents safely as it remains accessible only to the user. Users can make it secure with a password or fingerprint recognition.

Camera performance


The Hasselblad camera tech is very much present in the OnePlus 10 Pro but gets quite a few upgrades. When compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro, this smartphone gets the same primary and telephoto sensors. However, the ultra-wide and front cameras have been upgraded.

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G’s primary camera is a 48MP Sony IMX789 sensor — which is custom made for OnePlus. The company also claims that the sensor has been tuned to enhance dynamic range as well as noise reduction. You also get a 50MP ultra-wide camera — Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor. You get 150-degree field of view that helps in taking some expansive shots. There’s also an 8MP telephoto lens in the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G camera setup. At the front, you will find a 32MP sensor which is a significant upgrade from the OnePlus 9 Pro. Having said that, the selfie camera still shoots videos at 1080p only.










The camera upgrades have also come to the camera app of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G. For instance, you get a 150-degree mode that gets you a fish-eye filter. There’s also a Film mode for those who want manual controls while shooting videos.

OnePlus 10 Pro cameras do a fine job of capturing some truly delightful images. The ultra-wide camera is set at default 110 degree field of view, which can be changed to 150-degree mode. It’s a feature we quite enjoyed using as it captures more into an image. The fish-eye mode is gimmicky more than anything else as we aren’t sure how many people will end up using it. A surprising miss on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G cameras is the macro mode — something which we have got accustomed to seeing in a lot of smartphones. For most users, the ultra-wide camera will click really fine images, in the sense, it’s great to post on social media or share with friends. Those who have the OnePlus 9 Pro, however, won't be too envious of what the OnePlus 10 Pro camera has to offer.

The primary camera is the real star of the show as it captures accurate colours and images with a lot of details. The autofocus time is really good and HDR works quite well. Even in low-light conditions, the images are really good to look at. The same is true for the telephoto lens as well as images are really detailed with accurate colour reproduction. Overall, the cameras of OnePlus 10 Pro 5G are really good.

There are a few other features like the X-Pan mode and certain filters that you get because of the Hasselblad tech. All these features are nice to have but we aren’t sure how many people will end up using them on a daily basis.

OnePlus has bumped up the specs of the selfie camera and is now a 32MP sensor. What it also gets is Night mode which is a handy addition. The front cameras do a fine job of capturing images. Video capabilities of the OnePlus 10 also impressed us as it can record 8K videos with good colour reproduction.


Battery


One of our favourite features of the OnePlus phones has been fast charging. And the OnePlus 10 Pro is no different in that regard. In fact, it gets better. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G can support up to 80W SuperVOOC wired charging. In just under 30 minutes you can get up to 95% of the battery charged, which is really good. The 5000mAh battery is good enough to last for a day — unless you are into heavy-duty gaming or editing on the phone. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G also supports 50W wireless charging but we couldn’t test that claim.


Verdict


This is undoubtedly a really impressive flagship smartphone. The fast charging, battery performance, really good display and excellent performance all combine to make the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G a rather compelling choice to have. Starting at Rs 66,999, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is a phone that will impress you on almost every count. What it could suffer from is rather stiff competition. For those who are in the market for phones at this price, the Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 13 can be bought at and around the same price (after deals and discounts). But the OnePlus 10 Pro is a cheaper option than the other two. For this price, you get everything you might seek in a flagship smartphone. The cameras — for some — might not be a great upgrade from the OnePlus 9 Pro. Some might crib about lack of macro mode but these are small misses. Overall, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G gives you a proper flagship experience that will leave you quite impressed.
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OnePlus 10 PRO
Camera48 MP + 50 MP + 8 MP
Display6.7 inches (17.02 cm)
PerformanceQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Ram8 GB
Storage128 GB
Battery5000 mAh
Price in india66999
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