The OnePlus 10T isn’t expected to launch until August 3, but it wouldn’t be a OnePlus phone if the company didn’t reveal a few details sooner. Today we take a look at the exterior design of the device, which reveals some interesting (and, depending on your perspective, potentially disappointing) changes from its predecessor. While the 10T’s overall design is similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro, there’s no alert/mute slider this time around, and there’s no sign of the Hasselblad-branded camera system found on the recent OnePlus flagships.
The Alert Slider has been a staple of OnePlus flagship phones for years, providing a quick and easy way to put its phones on silent and vibrate without having to wade through on-screen menus. In an email interview with The edge, OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu said removing the slider was necessary to ensure the 10T had enough internal space for other components needed for “high-power charging, large battery capacity, and a better antenna signal”.
For example, to deliver the sorts of fast charging speeds that OnePlus is aiming for with the 10T (it hasn’t officially announced the specs yet, but leaks suggest the OnePlus 10R’s 150W fast charging could make an appearance), Liu says OnePlus needed to include two “charging pumps” inside the 10T, compared to just one for the 80W fast-charging-enabled OnePlus 10 Pro. The company also prioritized an antenna system including 15 separate antennas inside the OnePlus 10T, which it says improves signal when the phone is held horizontally, a benefit when playing online games.
“Although the alert slider appears to be a very small component, it actually has a relatively large impact on the motherboard area of the device – occupying 30mm²,” Liu explains. “To ensure the OnePlus 10T performs in the areas our users value most…while retaining the alert slider, we would have had to stack the motherboard of the device, which would have made the device thicker .” Removing the slider was the compromise OnePlus decided to make.
Another difference to the 10 Pro is the lack of a Hasselblad-branded camera system – however, given the minimal impact it’s had on OnePlus’ other phones, we’re not overly concerned by omission here. OnePlus’ partnership with the camera company started with last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro and was mainly about adjusting the colors of the camera. This year it has added new features such as 12-bit RAW photo support with this year’s phone. These are neat additions but not mainstream essentials.
When I ask Liu why the Hasselblad brand disappeared, he tells me it’s because OnePlus “wanted to deliver an ultimate performance flagship smartphone at the price the device chose”, which makes it sound like it was a necessary compromise to hit the phone’s (as yet unannounced) price tag. But Liu confirms that the 10T’s main camera will use a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor (which is technically a higher resolution than the 10 Pro’s 48-megapixel main camera) and support color shooting. 10-bit, as well as “HDR Photography” enhancement and OnePlus’ night photography mode.
Other specs Liu is ready to confirm include a 6.7-inch display for the 10T. The resolution and refresh rate have yet to be announced, but from the images it appears to be a flat screen rather than one that curves around the edges of the device. Liu also says the phone will come in a matte black color as well as a glossy green. OnePlus previously said the phone would be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor.
That’s all Liu is willing to confirm for now. For a full announcement, we’ll have to wait for the official launch of the OnePlus 10T on August 3 at 10 a.m. ET.
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