We’ve heard numerous claims about which flagship phones we might or might not see from OnePlus this year, with the talk mostly centering on a standard OnePlus 10 and a OnePlus 10 Ultra. But it now looks like we won’t see either, with a OnePlus 10T launching instead.
This phone so far seems positioned as a slightly lower-end handset than the OnePlus 10 Pro, so it could end up being the OnePlus 10 in all but name. However, leaks suggest that the Pro beats in at least one area – that’s loading speed, and there’s a chance it could have a better chipset too.
Below we’ve detailed everything we’ve heard about the OnePlus 10T so far, and we’ll update this article as soon as we hear more about it.
In a nutshell
- What is it? The next high-end OnePlus phone
- when is it out Probably later this year
- How much will it cost? Possibly a little less than the OnePlus 10 Pro
Release date and price of the OnePlus 10T
The only real release date rumor so far points to the OnePlus 10T landing in July, although for a Model T that seems early and fairly close to the launch of the OnePlus 10 Pro, so we think August or September is more likely.
There’s no news on what this phone might cost, but the same source claims it’s meant to sit between the OnePlus 10 Pro and the OnePlus 10R, which would mean a slightly lower price point than the Pro. For reference, this phone costs $899 / £799 (roughly AU$1,400).
While there’s some uncertainty as to where the 10T actually sits in the lineup, there’s evidence that it could have better specs than the OnePlus 10 Pro – and potentially be the OnePlus 10 Ultra in everything but the name. In this case, it could have an even higher price.
OnePlus 10T name
The OnePlus 10T is a bit of an odd choice of name, as the “T” versions tend to be upgraded versions of the standard numbered OnePlus phones. So there really shouldn’t be a OnePlus 10T without a OnePlus 10.
But by the same logic, there shouldn’t be a OnePlus 10 Pro without a OnePlus 10, and yet here we are.
Still, there’s a chance OnePlus might actually launch this as the OnePlus 10 – something a source has suggested and says they’re not sure if it’ll be called the 10T or 10.
But recent leaks only speak of a OnePlus 10T, with talk of the 10 becoming extinct and leaks Max Jambor (opens in new tab) has specifically said that the OnePlus 10T 5G is the “final name of the next and only flagship phone to come from OnePlus this year”.
There’s some vague logic in calling this the 10T as well, as it’s likely to land after the OnePlus 10 Pro for quite a while, so it might make sense to tag it as not directly part of that line – and if it does during normal lands T timing (late in the year) and then adding a T to the name makes sense on that front.
Design and display of the OnePlus 10T
A major OnePlus 10T leak has revealed a lot of technical details and also included images that give us a glimpse of the phone’s potential design.
You can see one of those images below, complete with a huge camera block that stretches the full width of the rear – albeit only the left two-thirds house lenses, while the front has a flat screen with fairly narrow bezels and a punch-hole camera .
You can also see the power and volume buttons on the right edge, but there’s no alarm slider. However, it’s worth noting that these images appear to be based on early prototypes of the phone, so they may not be spot on.
The same source also revealed that the OnePlus 10T appears to have a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. These exact screen specs were also listed by another leaker. This second leaker thought this phone would launch as the OnePlus 10, but they’re clearly talking about the same handset.
Based on all of this, the design and display seems like a slight step down from the OnePlus 10 Pro, which has a curved QHD+ screen and possibly slightly smaller bezels.
OnePlus 10T camera and battery
According to a leak, the OnePlus 10T features a triple-lens rear camera consisting of a 50MP primary camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 16MP ultrawide snapper, and a 2MP macro camera. It can also apparently record videos in up to 4K quality at up to 60fps. There is said to be a 32-megapixel camera on the front, capable of 1080p recording at 30 fps.
The same camera specs list was previously published by another source, so there’s a good chance it’s correct.
However, a third source has pointed to slightly different camera specs, saying that there’s a 50MP f/1.8 primary sensor, along with 8MP and 2MP secondary sensors, and a 16MP camera on the front to be expected.
As for the battery, the same three sources have stated that it has a 4,800mAh battery with 150W charging. That’s an incredible amount of charging power and would have beaten the OnePlus 10 Pro – although the battery size is smaller here and the 10T also appears to lack wireless charging.
Specifications and features of the OnePlus 10T
There is slight uncertainty as to which chipset the OnePlus 10 Pro will use, with sources suggesting it could use either the Dimensity 9000 or the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus.
These are both high-end chipsets, with the latter being even better than the one in the OnePlus 10 Pro (or just about any other Android phone).
It’s that latter chipset that also looks more likely at the moment, with a source saying OnePlus has decided to switch from the Dimensity to the Snapdragon, and specifically the leaker @yabhishekhd tweet (opens in new tab) that it will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus. A third source has also pointed to this chipset.
Additionally, we’ve heard that the OnePlus 10T could come with a choice of 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage, as well as Android 12 overlaid with OxygenOS 12.
There’s also talk of an under-display fingerprint scanner and stereo speakers – neither of which would come as a surprise.
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