The OnePlus 10 Pro records some impressive wins with its brilliant screen, fast charging, and reliable performance. However, the design may not be to everyone’s taste, and the camera system is not the best available at this price, especially when compared to current flagships from Google, Apple, and Samsung.
OnePlus 10 Pro Design
OnePlus has steadily improved its design capabilities in recent years, but the OnePlus 10 Pro is a step above the OnePlus 9 Pro. I received the Volcanic Black model, which has a soft-touch material on the back. One of the things I like about it is that it is less prone to fingerprints, something the previous model could not claim. I won’t debate which position is better. What is important is that it helps us identify this as a OnePlus, and the curved screen confirms that it is definitely not a mid-ranger.
You may have noticed a new camera module design that takes obvious cues from Samsung: the entire array blends seamlessly into the frame, like the contour cut of the Galaxy S22. Made of ceramic, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera module is durable and eye-catching.
The alert slider, a staple of OnePlus phones since the OnePlus 2, is still here and as useful as ever; the iPhone has something similar to this hardware switch, but I have yet to see a slider employed on an Android phone. It’s very handy for setting the OnePlus 10 Pro to vibrate or to mute. I love this slider and I like that OnePlus is keeping it.
OnePlus 10 Pro Display
I really liked the display on the OnePlus 9 Pro, but the OnePlus 10 Pro takes it a step further: a 6.7-inch, large, immersive A MOLED panel with QHD resolution.
The OnePlus 10 Pro also features second-generation LTPO technology, which intelligently adjusts the display refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz depending on the content on screen. You can also choose between FHD+ and QHD+ resolutions, with the former saving battery life.
I love watching videos and playing games on the OnePlus 10 Pro’s display. Blade Runner 2049, for example, looks gloomy and grim even in neon, drawing me into the grim world of the film. But when I watched the trailer for Disney +’s Obi-Wan Show, the OnePlus 10 Pro immediately drew me into the drama surrounding one of the great Jedi masters.
Below is a comparison of the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Galaxy S22 Ultra in our display test. We have also included the OnePlus 9 Pro so you can see how the past two generations of OnePlus phones compare.
|Row 0 – Cell 0||OnePlus 10 Pro (Vivid / Natural)||Galaxy S22 Ultra (Natural)||OnePlus 9 Pro (Vivid / Natural)|
|Display size||6.7 inches||6.8 inches||6.7 inches|
|sRGB (%)||173.6 / 119||137.5||208.1 / 119.9|
|DCI-P3 (%)||123 / 84.3||97.4||147.4 / 84.9|
|Delta-E||0.32 / 0.23||0.25||0.32/ 0.2|
|Peak brightness (nits)||734 (SDR), 715 (HDR)||644 (SDR), 1,359 (HDR)||722 (SDR)|
In actual use, we liked the effect of the OnePlus 10 Pro’s color calibration. Even when playing the game in a pitch-black room, the saturated color palette of” Phantom of the Opera “was mostly maintained. I also watched a clip of “The Return of the King “outdoors in broad daylight, and the OnePlus’ performance exceeded my expectations given its rated peak brightness of 1,300 nits I’m not saying the OnePlus is comparable to Samsung’s Vision Booster, but while taking pictures and watching videos I had no problem viewing the OnePlus 10 Pro’s display in daylight while taking pictures and watching videos.
OnePlus 10 Pro Camera
Cameras are the biggest concern this year, and OnePlus has certainly delivered. In short, the OnePlus 10 Pro is the best camera phone the company has ever produced.48MP main camera takes photos that are nearly on par with the Galaxy S22 Ultra, Pixel 6 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, etc. The 50MP ultra-wide camera provides a 150-degree field of view, or 100-degree viewing angle, with minimal edge distortion.
If I had one complaint about the OnePlus 10 Pro, it would be that its telephoto sensor is 8MPcompared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s dual 10MP shooters. iPhone 13 Pro Max’s telephoto lens is 12MPand Pixel 6 Pro’ sis48MP. While mega pixel count is not everything, OnePlus is working at a disadvantage. On the front, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a 32MP selfie camera.
OnePlus also has a few software tricks up its sleeve. The main camera can shoot in 10-bit color (saved in HDIF format). The revamped Pro mode can shoot in 12-bit RAW, and the new RAW+ mode offers the flexibility of RAW photography through OnePlus’ software enhancements, such as increased dynamic range. But what’s really new this year is the “Master Style, “OnePlus’ take on Apple’s photographic style. This is essentially a filter setting and color style that can be applied on the fly.
OnePlus 10 Pro Performance
Powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system-on-chip, the OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the most powerful Android phones you can buy. Paired with 8GB of RAM, it’s hard to find one that runs slower. At $899, this device is a price vs. It’s one of the better Android handsets in terms of performance.
We put the OnePlus 10 Pro through the usual series of benchmarks.
|Row 0 – Cell 0||OnePlus 10 Pro||Galaxy S22 Ultra||iPhone 13 Pro|
|Geekbench 5 (single-core / multicore)||995 / 3482||1240 / 3392||1733 / 4718|
|Adobe Premiere Rush (Mins:Secs)||1:02||0:47||0:26|
|3DMark Wild Life Unlimited (Score / FPS)||10,221 / 61||9499 / 57||11,693 / 70|
|3DMark Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (Score / FPS)||2574 / 15||2346 / 14||2766 / 17|
As you can see, OnePlus reduced the saturation of Vivid against the OnePlus 9 Pro this year, but kept the same Natural profile; compared to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Natural setting, the OnePlus 10 Pro did not reproduce either the s RGB or DCI-P3 As for the Delta-E color accuracy score (0 is perfect), the OnePlus 10 Pro fell just a bit compared to its predecessor, but scored a bit better than the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
In reality, however, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s display is beautiful; in a world where the Galaxy S22 Ultra does not exist, this phone would have the best display on an Android phone. But the S22 Ultra set the bar high this year. It is stunningly gorgeous and very bright.
Battery life and charging
The OnePlus 10 Pro surprised me with its battery life, both in testing and in my use. It held up surprisingly well to long hours of gaming and watching YouTube and Plex. For more casual use, such as web browsing and social media, the OnePlus 10 Pro will last a very long time.
When testing the phone’s battery life, we set the display brightness to 150nits and subjected the device to endless reloads of web pages over a cellular connection. We run this test several times and obtain an average value; the OnePlus 10 Pro fared well, recording the best battery life along with the iPhone13Pro.
|Row 0 – Cell 0||OnePlus 10 Pro (Adaptive / 60Hz)||Galaxy S22 Ultra (Adaptive / 60Hz)||iPhone 13 Pro|
|Battery life (Hrs:Mins)||11:52 / 12:39||9:50 / 10:15||12:18|
|Recharge percentage (15 mins)||55||29||25|
|Recharge percentage (30 mins)||93||58||53|
Basically, the 65W charger allows a cellphone to be charged from empty to almost fully charged in just 30 minutes. Thus, even if the battery has been used up, the phone can finish charging in just a few minutes.
Software and special features
When OnePlus announced that it was merging with its sister company Oppo, one of the promises the two companies made was that Oppo and OnePlus devices would share a unified code base, and since OnePlus is a bit on the slow side, this would allow them to provide software updates faster OnePlus is a bit on the slow side, so this will allow them to provide software updates faster.
This, of course, led to concerns that OnePlus’ Oxy gen OS software would be too similar to Oppo’s Color OS. I even wrote about this a few months ago when I tried Color OS 12 and Oxy gen OS 12 side by side. (I was not impressed).
The old Oxy gen OS is indeed dead, but the OnePlus 10 Pro’s software is certainly a point in favor of this phone. Time to change my mind and I’m glad I did. The interface is very clean, although a bit reminiscent of Samsung’s One UI. Hints of Google’s vision for Android are scattered throughout the system, but the overall feel is very similar to Color OS. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
OnePlus has not kept pace with Samsung in one important area. Samsung currently promises four years of platform (Android) updates and five years of security patches for its flagships, while OnePlus is sticking to three years of platform updates and one year of security updates. Samsung is currently closing in on the iPhone in the support lifecycle of Android phones, but OnePlus is stepping up to the plate.
The OnePlus10 Pro impressed me right out of the box. From the benchmarks to the camera, this phone is unbelievably good. At only $799, it’s arguably the best high-end Android phone out there.
While I think the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Pixel 6 Pro are strong camera phones overall, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera is no afterthought; the OnePlus 9 Pro started to change OnePlus’ reputation for mediocre camera quality, and the 10 Pro continues that push The 10 Pro continues that push. The partnership with Hasselblad seems to be paying off.
I would easily recommend the OnePlus10Pro.Camera, battery life, display, this phone is better in almost every way; it may lack the S Pen, but I think it can seriously compete with the Galaxy S22 Ultra for $300 less; One Plus has done a great job this year, better than 2021; and I think it’s a great phone for the price. The OnePlus 10 Pro is my new favorite android phone.