With the OnePlus 10 Pro, OnePlus introduced the new flagship of 2022 and at the same time released the successor of OnePlus 9 Pro. We tested the new smartphone and took a closer look at it.
OnePlus 10 Pro: Design and Finish
who – which OnePlus 10 Pro Its color is “volcanic black”. It is well protected against fingerprints. The camera module protrudes from the frame and is somewhat reminiscent of the design of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The unit itself is made of ceramic and feels high quality. This has three cameras and a flash.
What makes us so happy: OnePlus still keeps the notification slider on the right side of the device, allowing you to seamlessly switch between “ringtone, vibration, and no notification.” The on/off switch is also on the right side. The volume rocker is on the other side.
Both buttons are of high quality and are easy to click. The device is relatively large (163 mm) but not wide (73 mm). It feels better in hand than the Galaxy S22 Ultra (78mm) or iPhone 13 Pro Max (78mm). Leading level design and workmanship.
OnePlus 10 Pro: DAS Screen
OnePlus 10 Pro has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with QHD + resolution (1440 x 3216) with a fluid refresh rate of 120 Hz. The display supports for the first time a 10-bit color space, which is more color than ever before in a OnePlus smartphone.
The refresh rate is adjusted adaptively again, this year in the second generation. This is primarily intended to save battery life, but more on that later. The screen works very well in daily use. The content looks sharp, the device looks like a ‘glass in your hand’ due to the thin screen edges. The edges are slightly rounded, but not as much as on previous Samsung Edge devices.
light and brightness
Screen brightness is also very good. In my daily use, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra was still a bit ahead of the OnePlus 10 Pro. Especially in strong sunlight, you will notice such small differences, which only very few should notice. QHD+ resolution can be reduced to save battery. With Full HD+, the resolution is still enough.
OnePlus 10 Pro: Performance
The OnePlus 10 Pro is available again in two variants this year, a memory configuration with 128 GB of internal memory and 8 GB of RAM, and the second with a capacity of 256 and 12 GB. This costs more, OnePlus would like to get 100 euros as an additional fee.
The flagship SoC used “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1” as the processor, which was found in all major flagships in the first half of 2022. This seems to adapt well to the operating system, which is not always the case with first-generation 8 devices – At least the device on the Honor Magic 4 Pro is not done yet.
In everyday life, everything goes smoothly, as expected with such an expensive smartphone. Games like PUBG or Diablo Immortal also run in high quality with a speed of 60 frames per second. So players will be very satisfied with the device.
Whether it is necessary to upgrade the RAM remains open. We were at least happy with the 8GB version. If you want more memory, you should use the larger version, as the memory cannot be expanded with SD card.
OnePlus 10 Pro: Audio
10 Pro does not offer full stereo sound. At least a second speaker is built right next to the earpiece, ensuring good sound. Videos, movies and music can be heard well, but the sound of the smartphone is not at the level of the Xiaomi 12 Pro or the Magic 4 Pro.
However, the sound can still be improved, especially in the treble range, and strong bass is not produced either. But this is complaining on a high level, because many will also consume their content via Bluetooth headphones, but of course it does not go unmentioned.
OnePlus 10 Pro has three camera sensors on the back. 48MP camera for wide angle photos, 50MP wide angle camera and 8MP lens for telephoto photos.
OnePlus once again announces the “Hasselblad collaboration”, but apart from some filters and software functions, not much has happened compared to the 9 Pro. The hardware change was not performed. Let’s see what the future of cooperation will bring.
The main camera takes good pictures with a lot of details, good dynamics and warm colors. Unfortunately, the wide-angle camera is a small step back compared to its predecessor. Although more can be captured in the photo, the quality of the photos is affected as a result. Many details are still being captured, but the predecessor was better in this area. There was no noticeable difference between the characteristics of the two sensors.
The 3.3x optical zoom is good, but other flagships like the S22 Ultra or Magic 4 Pro can also easily zoom to 10x optically. But it also costs no less than 1,100 euros. The OnePlus 10 Pro is no different in this respect from its brother, the Oppo Find X5 Pro (which costs 1,300 euros). Photos lose a bit of sharpness when zoomed in, but details are still captured well.
The performance of the camera app is satisfactory, but as with all Android phones, switching between sensors does not work smoothly. Only Apple can convince in this area. In general, I liked the camera, but other manufacturers such as Samsung or OPPO are still ahead.
OnePlus 10 Pro: Software
The latest version of Android 12 with “OxygenOS 12.1” interface runs on OnePlus 10 Pro. The manufacturer promises three major OS updates and four years of security patches. This is fine for an Android smartphone, but still less than Samsung (those four promises).
OxygenOS runs very fast and energy efficient compared to other interfaces like OneUI, which is also notable in the battery life. Third-party apps are also not pre-installed.
OxygenOS 12 has some new features like a private safe, dashboard (OnePlus Shelf) and Work-Life Balance Control. We’ve already detailed the software in our Nord 2T test report.
OnePlus 10 Pro: Battery
OnePlus has done a great job with the battery life of this flagship. Due to the energy-saving and unfilled software, the battery lasted for a day in daily use without any problems, and even all night if used little. However, on the second day, it had to be charged in the morning. This is not unusual for a flagship, as the higher performance drains the battery more than mid-range smartphones.
Fast charging has also been improved. Instead of the 65W of the OnePlus 9 Pro, it charges the back at 80W. The battery can still be charged wirelessly at a maximum of 50W. In practice, this ends within 30 minutes of a full charge using the included fast charging adapter. That’s pretty fast, but with Realme a brand will soon appear in the lineup that will already sell a 150W smartphone. I definitely wish this speed for a successor.
OnePlus 10 Pro: Fazit
The OnePlus 10 Pro is a very good phone, especially for the RRP of €899. It offers an elegant design, a very cool screen, and a fast performance. The cameras and battery are good, but not the best in this area. In turn, the smartphone recharges very quickly. At €899, it’s the best you can get.