[i2pc pros_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-up” cons_icon=”icon icon-thumbs-down” show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]First-class display
Great camera & great software
Strong front camera
Fast charging time: 80 & 50 watts[/i2pros][i2cons]Ultra wide-angle camera downgrade
Thermal throttling on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Pretty high price
No true stereo speakers
Night shots (currently?) bad[/i2cons][/i2pc]
The new OnePlus 10 Pro was presented in China at the beginning of the year and is now also available from us as a global version. You have to subordinate yourself to the Oppo Find X5 Pro: How did the test report turn out? We tested the OnePlus 10 Pro for two weeks!
The OnePlus 10 Pro now charges the larger 5000mAh battery with 80 watts, the front camera has a resolution of 32MP, and, of course, there is the current top processor, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Otherwise, the software has been worked on and some features are in the 2nd generation: the LTPO 2.0 AMOLED changes the refresh rate faster and the Hasselblad camera has been further optimized.
Only here does the OnePlus 10 Pro seem to have to accept a downgrade: the ultra-wide-angle camera captures a larger area, but is weaker overall on the datasheet.
The only new feature that stands out on the outside of the new OnePlus 10 Pro is the camera. I like the look. The module curves into the frame and is adorned with the “Hasselblad” and “P2D 50T” (P-Phone, 2D-2nd Generation Hasselblad, 50T-50MP Triple Cam) lettering. It is better to save yourself the letter that has to be explained in such detail.
The dimensions have changed marginally compared to the predecessor, and it is only 5 grams heavier with the larger battery. The OnePlus 10 Pro measures 163 x 73.9 x 8.55 millimeters and weighs 201 grams. The materials used to leave nothing to be desired.
The front is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and the back is made of matt Gorilla Glass 5. The ceramic camera unit is 30% less prone to scratches. The OnePlus 10 Pro is available in two color variants. A third glossy white version has already appeared in Bangladesh.
Emerald Forest: Only with 12/256GB: The OnePlus 10 Pro in green has a frosted glass back with eye-catching metallic particles. The metal frame is shiny.
Volcanic Black—8/128GB & 12/256GB: The black variant is also matte but has a rougher glass that is textured. Here the frame is semi-gloss.
The dual SIM slot, USB-C port (3.0), and main speaker are located at the bottom of the frame. Together with the ear speaker between the frame and the display, hybrid stereo sound can be heard. As usual, the volume rocker is on the left and the power button is on the right, together with the brand-typical alert slider (for the 3 volume profiles: ringing, vibrating, and silent) above it.
Even before its release, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s stability was good “for a few clicks.” In the endurance test of Jerry Rigs Everything, the frame and the back broke just below the camera. Of course, the test has little to do with practical use. According to OnePlus, the 10 Pro passed the usual stability tests.
The OnePlus 10 Pro deserves the title “hand flatterer”. The processing is perfect. The width of almost 74mm is still okay for me, but consider that at 6.7 inches, it is one of the larger smartphones. The weight distribution of the OnePlus 10 Pro has also been improved so that the center of gravity is lower in the hand.
The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with an applied protective film. The package contains the SuperVOOC 80W power supply, a red USB-A to USB-C cable, and the usual slips of paper, including OnePlus stickers.
A matte gray silicone case with the OnePlus logo and “Never Settle” lettering is also included. There were two more cases in our media kit. The well-known sandstone cases with a very rough and non-slip surface and the “Quantum Bumper” cases, this time with 3D graphics in a chic photography style. A carbon case for the OnePlus 10 Pro is also available in Bangladesh.
The OnePlus 10 Pro shares the AMOLED panel with the Oppo Find X5 Pro. The screen measures 6.7 inches diagonally in a 20:9 format. A curved AMOLED is used, whereby the curvature is still small enough not to cause any color distortions. The 10-bit color space is supported by up to 64 times more colors than the 8-bit.
With a Quad-HD+ resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels, the flagship achieves a razor-sharp pixel density of 525 pixels per inch. However, I used the OnePlus 10 Pro most of the time with Full HD+ / 2412 x 1080 pixels to save battery life. The pixel density of 394 pixels per inch is completely sufficient and there is no discernible difference to QHD. As always, the high resolution is purely a marketing feature that offers no advantage in everyday use.
One of the selling points for the OnePlus 10 Pro is the LTPO 2.0 technology. The predecessor already offered a freely variable refresh rate with LTPO, which benefits the battery life. With the next generation, the OnePlus 10 Pro should be able to do this even better: the LTPO 2.0 technology should contribute up to 1.5 hours longer runtime.
For example, the always-on display only runs between 1 – 10 Hertz and when the picture is still, it throttles to 10 Hertz within a second. The transition works smoothly in practice and as a user, you always have the impression of a wonderfully smooth picture. The variable refresh rate is always active and in the settings, you can choose between the full 120 Hertz or a maximum limit of 60 Hertz. I mostly used the OnePlus 10 Pro with Full HD at 120 Hertz.
The maximum brightness of the OnePlus 10 Pro is 1300 lux and there are no problems even in the blazing sun. The image brightness is determined by the light and RGBW sensor. However, the RGBW sensor also adjusts the display, color temperature, and contrast. I noticed it most clearly, for example, in rooms with warm white light compared to cold white lighting.
Software: The OnePlus 10 Pro has all sorts of features available in the settings. As usual, there is an adjustable and terminable blue light filter, reading mode, and dark mode. The latter can be adjusted in three intensity levels. There are two color profiles for the color display – lively and natural – with a free choice between warm and cold.
The image refresh rate can also be increased by calculating intermediate images. The always-on display can also be terminated and offers numerous ready-made designs, but you can also be artistically active here. Widevine L1 is available for streaming and HDR10+ is supported.
With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the OnePlus 10 Pro is extremely powerful. Qualcomm’s new flagship chip has been completely renewed with the ARM v9 architecture and is manufactured using the 4nm process.
The octa-core consists of a fast Cortex X2 Prime Core with 3.0 GHz, three Cortex-A710, and four Cortex-A510 cores. The Adreno 730 GPU has increased the most in comparison but does not keep the graphics performance at full load permanently.
The OnePlus 10 Pro relies on LPDDR5 memory with a clock speed of 59 GB/s. The UFS 3.1 system memory reads data at 1850 MB/s and writes at 1290 MB/s. The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with 8/128GB for 84,990 Tk or 12/256GB for 94,990 Tk RRP. The main memory can be expanded by 3, 5, or 7GB via the virtual RAM using the system memory.
In benchmarks, the OnePlus 10 Pro is not exempt from the “thermal throttling” problem: The hardware gets so hot that the performance is throttled for self-protection. The cooling surface of the OnePlus 10 Pro is enlarged to (figuratively) the surface of a DIN A5 sheet and consists of a vapor chamber and layers of four different materials. This helps, but the OnePlus 10 Pro also throttles the performance in benchmarks and the stress test.
If the CPU is fully loaded, it throttles to 70% after 14 minutes. This is the case with the GPU in the 3DMark test after 5 minutes.
Three major Android updates and four years of security patches are to follow in the future. The OnePlus 10 Pro is delivered with Android 12 and Oxygen OS 12.1 (NE2213_11_A.12 in the test) – and nothing should change about that for the time being! Although development teams have been merged for Oppo / Color OS and OnePlus / Oxygen OS and the devices now share a code base, the combined system is not coming for the time being.
For this, we have to live with some changes in Oxygen OS and the influences of Oppo and Realme continue to emerge. For example, the settings menu for the “Battery” or the customization options for the home screen icon design (e.g. the ART+ symbols) are familiar with the Realme UI. The users only benefit from more features, a shorter development time, and faster updates due to the lower effort.
Oxygen OS 12.1 brings a few new features and I liked a few of them. Many functions concern, for example, the privacy settings: Apps are restricted from collecting information, a password manager is included, as well as a safe for important files.
The “Work-Life Balance 2.0” is now surprisingly comprehensive and you can set up the OnePlus 10 Pro perfectly as a private and work smartphone. This includes different profiles, dual apps, or a new time- or location-based “Work Mode” and “Life Mode”. This way you will no longer receive notifications or calls from the work area after work.
The OnePlus Gallery App has also received some functions that are known from Google Photos. This now offers a prepared review (“3 years ago”), sorted according to places, topics, and people, and offers a “private safe”.
Very important: The OnePlus Shelf is back or better accessible again. The useful collection of tools and information had to share space with the quick settings last year. Now you pull down from the top right and get faster access again. “OnePlus Scout” has also proven to be useful, which is a global smartphone search and also includes information in apps.
The Hasselblad expertise of professional cameras for everyone in the smartphone – in the 2nd generation. With the OnePlus 9 Pro, the big step into the high-end sector came last year. Not much has changed in the concept of the camera of the OnePlus 10 Pro.
The front camera is getting better, the ultra wide-angle camera worse, but with a wider angle, and the software has been further optimized. The Sony IMX789 was specially designed for the OnePlus 9 Pro last year and is also used exclusively in the OnePlus 10 Pro. The camera sensors of the OnePlus 10 Pro in detail:
The 2MP monochrome sensor is deleted and relies purely on software. But there are also three “master” filters available for image processing, which have been developed together with photographers.
The OnePlus Billion Color Solution records with a 10-bit color range if desired: However, there can be problems when viewing the HEIF format (e.g. it works with Apple Macs). This is possible with all three sensors. Alternatively, 12-bit RAW is available for further processing on the PC. The extensive Hasselblad Pro Mode now also supports all three cameras. You can discover a lot more in the camera app and let off steam artistically in the various modes. But let’s look at the camera in practice.
The main camera has a resolution of 48MP or 12MP with pixel binning, is stored in an OIS, and has very strong images thanks to the sensor size of 1/1.43 inch. Work has visibly been done on reducing image and color noise, the contrasts merge more smoothly and the dynamic range is higher. Otherwise, I have to admit that the quality of the photos is only slightly better than the OnePlus 9 Pro. Image processing is not a big step forward.
The OnePlus 10 Pro continues to take excellent pictures in daylight with high dynamics, a large focus range, outstanding sharpness – especially with a full 48MP resolution – and impressive natural colors.
With the new UWW sensor, the macro camera is eliminated: With the OnePlus 9 Pro, the Sony IMX766 was still used for this. The OnePlus 10 Pro and the large main sensor cannot focus so closely and are generally not suitable for close-ups.
The OnePlus 10 Pro currently has major problems with night shots. Most of the time, the recordings are very blurry. In addition, the night mode brings almost no improvement. The contrasts are neither improved, nor are more details brought to bear. In the meantime, however, we have received an update with improvements for the camera and will update the test at this point in the next few days.
UWW sensor at night: This time we do not have to devote a separate section to the night shots of the ultra-wide angle sensor, as they are not an alternative to the main camera. The night mode does an optimal job in well-lit environments, but especially in low light, it is better to forego the wide section in favor of the image quality.
The bright Sony IMX766 with 50MP gives way to a more compact Samsung JN1 with also 50MP, but a much smaller sensor size: 1/1.56″ vs. 1/2.76″ inch. The new ultra-wide-angle sensor now covers a range of 150°.
110° vs. 150°: If you use the normal sensor selection (3 first), you end up with 110° in the ultra-wide-angle shots. These are freed from the distortion and zoomed in a bit. And there lies the problem: In the separate 150° mode, the curvature is visible, but the UWW photos are much sharper towards the edge!
Since you also benefit from the visibly larger recording area, the mode is also my choice for the Samsung JN1. Another mode is available with the fish-eye effect, which is generated using the software and looks chic.
The OnePlus 10 Pro takes over the telephoto sensor from its predecessor. With the 3.3x optical zoom, you can get close to the object and the sharpness is okay with 8MP. The OIS efficiently prevents camera shake when recording. The zoom camera can be used well for some scenarios, even if some flagships with a periscope offer an even higher zoom. In principle, I like the way the colors are displayed on the OnePlus 10 Pro. However, the colors sometimes appear a bit pale. Thanks to OIS, the telephoto sensor can also be used at night with Night Mode.
OnePlus, together with Hasselblad, made great gains in portraits last year. The result is wonderfully sharp bokeh shots. In addition to various filters, the camera app also has background blur settings. In addition, you have the choice between zoom and normal: you stand either 0.5m or 1.5m away from the person for the right picture section.
Depending on the exposure, however, completely unsuccessful photos creep in with the portrait shots, which are simply blurred. Unfortunately, these are not just individual shots, but if “something” is not right, then it is 90% of a bokeh series. In the test, this was more the case with me in bad weather. When it works, however, the OnePlus 10 Pro shoots first-class portraits that put the person in the limelight wonderfully.
The OnePlus Nord / Nord 2 has already switched from the 16MP Sony IMX417 to the 32MP Sony IMX615. The OnePlus 10 Pro now also benefits from the high-resolution sensor and delivers selfies with 6560 x 4928 pixels. The 27% larger recording area is also great.
The image sharpness is extremely high here, the contrast is excellent for the OnePlus 10 Pro and the focus allows for some play at a distance. The new, more natural look of the colors that OnePlus is pursuing is also pleasing. The background remains pleasantly sharp. Alternatively, you can also take selfie bokeh, with an exact separation between the face and the environment.
The front camera also delivers great selfies at night. A night mode with several shots with longer exposure times is also available here but does not bring any significant added value.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is also prepared for videos and is a good choice for amateur filmmakers. The new flagship can now also film in 4K at 120 FPS. The stabilization works excellently with the OIS + EIS and you hardly ever see image errors. This is only possible with the EIS up to 4K / 60fps.
Ultra stable mode delivers gimbal-like stabilization with a smooth picture at 1080p/60fps. A maximum of 8K / 24fps is possible with the main camera, which very few can use sensibly. If you use the AI enhancement or Night Mode when filming, you will be limited to 1080p / 30fps.
The Movie Mode is new and is based on the Hasselblad Pro Mode. Here you can adjust parameters such as ISO, white balance, or shutter speed yourself and also have the option of recording in LOG format.
With the ultra wide-angle camera, you can film up to 4K / 30fps. The front and zoom camera is only allowed 1080p/30fps. The superfluous directional microphone from the predecessor is no longer on board in the 10 Pro.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is up there with the camera, but it won’t be enough for a place on the podium. The new flagship generation in general benefits from the immense computing power of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, especially with the camera and the new technical possibilities.
It should be clear that the use under constant load (benchmarks, for example) does not quite correspond to practice. But the performance comes into its own when rendering 8K videos or recording 4K at 120fps, live preview for photo effects, the powerful Hasselblad Pro Mode, or night mode for videos.
Otherwise, the image processing of the OnePlus 10 Pro has been further refined for slightly better photos. The new Sony IMX615 selfie sensor is a nice upgrade, unlike the ultra-wide-angle camera. The high-quality Sony IMX766 is reserved for Oppo, the OnePlus 10 Pro has to make do with the Samsung JN1.
The recording range of 150° is cool, but the sensor cannot match the night shots of the predecessor, the image sharpness is poorer and the colors are paler. In addition, there are currently some problems with the night shots, which will hopefully be improved with an update.
The OnePlus is by no means lacking in equipment or current standards and some (known) functions have been implemented in a great way. The SIM slot accepts two Nano SIM cards at the same time for dual SIM operation. Both SIM slots support 5G and 5G DSS is of course not a problem either (LTE 4×4 MIMO, up to DL / UL Cat 18).
The Chinese version of the OnePlus 10 Pro also supports all network bands relevant to Bangladesh, so nothing stands in the way of an import. At the end of the test, you will find a short paragraph on the subject of import. The SAR values & supported network frequencies of the Global & China versions both cover use in Europe.
LTE FDD: B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28A
LTE TDD: B34, 38, 39, 40, 41
5G NSA: n1, n3, n5, n8, n40, n41, n78, n79
5G SA: n1, n3, n5, n8, n28A, n40, n41, n78, n79
In practice, the reception was first class at all times and “real” 5G could be fully utilized accordingly. VoLTE and VoWiFi are available for telephoning. Two microphones are available and reliably filter out background noise. One disappointment, however, is that OnePlus does without real stereo speakers and only uses the earcup as a second speaker. That’s just not enough in this price range.
The sound is balanced, differentiated, and loud enough. About 40% is required for normal videos or streaming. Dolby Atmos with four profiles (automatic, game, film, music) is available to improve the sound.
The OnePlus 10 Pro connects to local networks via WiFi 6 (a dual-band with 2×2 MIMO). I was able to use my 100K DSL line to the full and a good 30m away on the street I still got 40 Mbit/s. The flagship is paired with other end devices via Bluetooth 5.2. Corresponding headphones can also use aptX HD and LDAC. NFC is on board for mobile payments.
The navigation worked flawlessly as usual and there were no crashes when driving in the motorway tunnels. The OnePlus 10 Pro uses the satellites GPS (L1 + L5 Dual Band), Galileo (E1 + E5a Dual Band), GLONASS, BeiDou, and A-GPS. An e-compass determines the direction. The location is also determined in buildings in about 10 seconds with an accuracy of 3m.
The three standard sensors are a gyroscope, the “sensor core” (AR applications), flick-detect sensor (for DC dimming), and front-RGB sensor (determining the color temperature for the AMOLED) on board. The SLA X-Axis vibration motor can also be highlighted. It is 40% stronger, more precise, and quieter. It feels great, especially when typing on the virtual keyboard.
Biometric unlocking: The fingerprint sensor could be built a little thinner and, at the request of the community, has also been moved up again. As is typical for the brand, the unlocking speed is top-notch and works flawlessly in practice. Alternatively, the front camera can also be set up for Face Unlock. The display has to be activated beforehand (e.g. power button, double-tap, or lifting it), but then unlocking the home screen is hardly any slower.
What’s the use of the fastest, smartest, and best mobile phone if it’s empty? The OnePlus 9 Pro didn’t last very long when it was launched, and some improvements only came with updates. The larger 5000mAh battery in combination with the new ARM v9 architecture of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the efficient LTPO 2.0 panel ensure longer battery life in the OnePlus 10 Pro. And as a user, you particularly benefit from this. It should be noted that most mid-range smartphones last much longer.
In the PCMark battery test, the OnePlus 10 Pro achieved an excellent runtime of 14 hours and 30 minutes under Full HD. With Quad-HD resolution, it is a bit shorter at 12 hours. It should be noted, however, that the test can only be carried out at 60Hz. Compared to the Xiaomi 12 Pro (also QHD+ 120Hz), the OnePlus 10 Pro lasts quite a bit longer.
In practice, a good 8 hours of display-on-time / active usage time with an active display is possible. For two days, the OnePlus 10 Pro lasted me a good 3 hours a day. Overnight, the OnePlus 10 Pro uses a 5% battery in 9 hours. The always-on display also needs 5% in 16 hours. In the streaming test via YouTube (WiFi, 200cd/m², speakers 30%), the OnePlus 10 Pro consumes a 9% battery per hour.
Charging speed of the OnePlus 10 Pro: From 65 watts “Warp Charge 65T” it goes up to 80 watts “SuperVOOC”. At 40 minutes, a full charge takes too long for the 80-watt charging speed. We already had the same phenomenon with the Oppo Find X5. Recharging in between, on the other hand, is faster: from 0 to 40% in 10 minutes and 2/3 of the battery is refilled after 18 minutes.
The included power supply has a USB-A port but can still charge other devices via Power Delivery. The OnePlus 10 Pro draws a maximum of 18 watts from other Power Delivery chargers.
The wireless charger costs 5,000 Tk. The OnePlus Warp Charge 50 Wireless Charger offers 50 watts of charging power, but was unfortunately not available to us. The OnePlus 10 Pro should charge from 0 to 100% in 47 minutes.
The smartphone supplies power via reverse wireless charging to other devices that support wireless charging via QI (e.g. wireless headphones).
OnePlus is known for the fact that the Chinese smartphones are sold significantly cheaper and do not differ much from the Global version. This also applies to the OnePlus 10 Pro, which costs around 25% less in the China version and supports all relevant network frequencies. The only difference is the system (ColorOS instead of OxygenOS).
However, we have instructions written, with which you can switch the system to the global OxygenOS.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is once again a high-end smartphone! It’s not cheap, but the price remains the same at 84,990 Tk to start with. As every year, the new generation offers more performance, the display is first-class and the camera has also been further improved together with Hasselblad. But that is also expected in terms of technical progress. I would note the battery life and efficiency as the biggest plus points: While the OnePlus 9 Pro emptied even faster than you would like, the OnePlus 10 Pro scores with the larger battery and increased efficiency.
With the obvious downgrade, you should decide for yourself, because the OnePlus 9 Pro is still a cheaper alternative. Do I also want to use the ultra-wide-angle sensor at night? Then the 9 Pro’s Sony IMX766 is better. Or is the main camera enough for me at night and the Samsung JN1 with the FoV of 150° is used for special scenes?
But the competition from within the company has become even stronger. Not only does the Oppo Find X5 Pro offer even more high-end, the normal Find X5 has the (perhaps) better camera, but Realme is now at the forefront too!
The Realme GT 2 Pro offers just as much performance, display, and battery, but has also caught up significantly with the camera. And it costs even less. With the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, the agony of choice doesn’t get any easier. Overall, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s improvements are simply too small to hold its own against the now significantly cheaper OnePlus 9 Pro.