It was in 2016 when OnePlus released the OnePlus 3, one of the company’s biggest hits. Since then, the company has advanced significantly. With the OnePlus 10 Pro, the company’s most recent flagship smartphone, they are back in form and doing well. Its performance and market share have fluctuated, with some dubious choices in the midst. It is a 5G phone, but I’ll be simply referring to it as the OnePlus 10 Pro throughout this review.
With a stunning display, a potent processor, a sleek design, and a dependable camera, the OnePlus 10 Pro is a great smartphone. Beginning at only 66,999, the OnePlus 10 Pro is less expensive than several of its rivals, like the Samsung Galaxy S22+ and the iPhone 13 Pro.
The OnePlus 10 Pro boasts good performance, 5G support, a familiar interface and more. Yet, as I’ll explain in this review, it’s not flawless. The low-light camera performance has a much to be desired and there is a surprising lack of an IP rating in India. Add to that, the fact that the display scratches quite quickly as opposed to Samsung’s S22 series even though they are similarly covered by Gorilla Glass Victus.
After using the smartphone for roughly two weeks, I can fairly state that the OnePlus 10 Pro is a highly trustworthy investment in 2022. It might not blow your mind, but it will pay for itself on a daily basis.
The OnePlus 10 Pro has several positive aspects
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s 6.7-inch OLED display (3,216×1,440 resolution) is bright, clear, and offers vibrant colors. To make scrolling more comfortable, it has a 120Hz refresh rate. In order to save battery life, the display instantly switches to a lower refresh rate. The smartphone’s peak brightness of 1,300 nits makes it more than merely usable in bright sunshine.
The display is protected with Gorilla Glass Victus while the back is built from Gorilla Glass 5. There’s also a speedy and reliable under-display fingerprint scanner that is very much welcomed. It also rests slightly higher where it sat in the OnePlus 9 Pro and this makes it considerably easier to reach.
The back is made of frosted glass, which not only makes it look elegant but also keeps fingerprints off of it. The camera array in the top-left corner merges perfectly into the metal edges and the Emerald Forst (green) colour option looks really attractive. It stands out from Apple’s and Samsung’s flagships in terms of appearance and feel, which offers it an advantage.
The OnePlus 10 Pro, which weighs only 200g and has slender, curved sides, is comfortable to handle for extended periods of time.
The alert slider has been one of the distinguishing characteristics of OnePlus smartphones. The OnePlus 10 Pro luckily continues the tradition, but the Nord CE 2 may have missed it. The alert slider enables you adjust between sound, vibrate or silent in a matter of seconds. Every OnePlus fan appreciates it, and for many years it has served as the standard for the brand’s devices.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s performance is boosted by Qualcomm’s top-tier Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and 12GB of RAM. The OnePlus 10 Pro had no issues with streaming videos, playing games (such as Asphalt 9, PUBG, Call of Duty: Mobile, and others), or editing photos throughout the day. In fact, OnePlus has optimized the gaming performance for smoother frame rates and lower latency in order to cater to mobile gamers.
Battery and charging
The 5,000mAh battery life exceeded my expectations. I started playing a 4K video from YouTube, and after two hours, the battery was still at a comfortable 93%. That’s better than Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra. In fact, the OnePlus 10 Pro comfortably lasted a day and then some. I had a mixed-to-heavy usage pattern and always had at least 20% when I went to bed.
OnePlus has historically supported rapid charging, and this time is no exception. In comparison to the OnePlus 9 Pro, the OnePlus 10 Pro can charge at 80W. The OnePlus 10 Pro can be charged from zero to one hundred percent in about 40 minutes with an 80W charger. Reverse wireless charging and 50W wireless charging are also supported.
Last but not least, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s microphone worked reasonably well. I could clearly be heard on the other end of the phone. With energetic and open tunes, the dual speaker configuration is also rather good. A good deal of bass enhances the listening experience.
The OnePlus 10 Pro has a lot going for it. There’s a big and vibrant display in an attractive design, rapid charging and all-day battery life, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor for a fluid performance, and four years of software updates from release. The cameras, though far from the best, are reliable performance in daily use.
Still, the few downsides can’t take the sheen off what is a very good smartphone. It’s a comeback of sorts for the OnePlus brand and we hope the company stays on this path with the upcoming slate of premium Android smartphones.