OnePlus 10 Pro Review: Almost There

OnePlus 10 Pro Review: Almost There Leave a comment

If you made me select from the present crop of flagship Android smartphones, the brand new OnePlus 10 Pro would not be my first or second selection. It’s not my last either. At $899, it sits in a clumsy spot of being fairly good for the cash, however not fairly as nice as a few of its friends. 

Before diving into the main points, it is price noting that the OnePlus 10 Pro is the one flagship providing from OnePlus this 12 months. Usually, the corporate places out a “non-Pro” variant that is a bit of cheaper, however the 10 Pro is flying solo (not less than for now). That makes my job simpler. But whereas the usual possibility has had bother maintaining with the midrange competitors, it does stink that you’ve one much less telephone to select from at a time when the variety of telephone makers is dwindling. If you are actually craving choices, you possibly can not less than purchase final 12 months’s OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro at a reduced worth.

Excelling at Basics

The Emerald Forest coloration.

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It’s arduous to seek out a lot fault with the {hardware} on the OnePlus 10 Pro. I’ve the Volcanic Black coloration, an apt title because it does considerably resemble the glittery shine of lava rocks (it additionally is available in a reasonably Emerald Forest). You sort of need it to have that rougher, sandstone-esque really feel if you contact it, however as a substitute, this glass again is slippery. Thankfully, it is no fingerprint magnet.

Most telephone makers appear to have settled on 6.7 inches as the popular dimension for a flagship smartphone, and that is the case with the brand new OnePlus. It’s … massive! Sure, it is no Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, however use it one-handed and you will be shimmying this telephone up and down your palm as you attempt to attain the highest of the display. It is a tiny bit narrower and shorter than rivals just like the Motorola Edge+ 2022 and the Google Pixel 6 Pro, which makes the dimensions really feel extra manageable.

The AMOLED display is likely one of the highlights right here. It’s sharp, colourful, and will get very vivid in sunny circumstances (although it has been pretty cloudy of late in New York). There’s a 120-Hz screen refresh rate, which makes transferring all through the working system and apps really feel very fluid. OnePlus says the display can rapidly alter from 120 Hz to 1 Hz based mostly on the kind of content material on the display, which helps preserve battery life. 

Speaking of which, I have never needed to assume a lot concerning the battery. That’s all the time a very good factor. I by no means felt just like the 10 Pro’s 5,000-mAh cell was going to die on me, although you should not count on it to final rather more than a full day. If you are spending hours filming TikToks or gaming on it, you will doubtless have to prime up earlier than mattress. The excellent news is that charging is among the many quickest you will discover on a smartphone within the US. If you employ OnePlus’ included 65-watt charger and cable—in contrast to with different telephones, you don’t need to spend extra on a charging adapter—you possibly can juice this telephone again as much as 100% in roughly half-hour. Yowza. With the (not included) 50-watt wireless charger, you are able to do the identical in round 50 minutes. Speed like that’s helpful if you’re about to move out however understand the telephone’s low on energy.

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