OnePlus 10 Pro 5G smartphone review

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REVIEW – I’ve been a happy member of team iPhone since the summer of 2020. But lately, I’ve been craving a change of pace, so I jumped at the chance to review the OnePlus 10 Pro 5g smartphone. I was very interested in testing out its Hasselblad camera module because I use my phone for a camera more than I use it to make calls! Let’s check out this new Android phone from OnePlus to see if it has caused me to jump back into Andriod after almost 2 years of iOS.

What is it?

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is a smartphone that is powered by OxygenOS which is based on the Android 12 operating system.

What’s in the box?

  • OnePlus 10 Pro 5G
  • 65W SUPERVOOC Power Adapter
  • Type-C Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Welcome Letter
  • Safety Information and Warranty Card
  • Screen Protector (pre-applied)
  • SIM Tray Ejector
  • USB Dongle (Type-A to Type-C )

Hardware Specifications

Dimensions: Height: 163.0 mm, Width: 73.9 mm, Thickness: 8.55 mm
Weight: 200.5g
Display Size: 6.7 inches (Measured diagonally from corner to corner.)
Display Resolution: 3216 X 1440 pixels 525 ppi
Display Aspect Ratio: 20.1:9
Display Type: 120 Hz Fluid AMOLED with LTPO, Support sRGB, Display P3, 10-bit Color Depth
Display Cover Glass: Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android™ 12
CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform
5G Chipset: X65
GPU: Adreno 730
RAM: 8GB LPDDR5
Storage: 128GB UFS 3.1 2-LANE
Battery: 5000 mAh
Warp Charge: 65T (10V/6.5A) 50W Wireless Charging
Main Camera Sensor: Sony IMX789
  Sensor Size: 1/1.43″
  Megapixels: 48
  Pixel Size: 1.12µm
  OIS: Yes
  Lens Quantity: 7P
  Focal Length: 23mm equivalent
  Aperture: ƒ/1.8

Ultra-Wide Camera Sensor: JN1
  Sensor Size: 1/2.76″
  Megapixels: 50
  Lens Quantity: 6P
Telephoto Camera
  Megapixels: 8
  Pixel Size: 1.0µm
  OIS: Yes
  Aperture: ƒ/2.4

Flash: Dual LED Flash

Autofocus: Multi Autofocus (All pixel omni-directional PDAF+LAF+CAF)
Video: 8K video at 24 fps; 4K video at 30/60/120 fps; 1080p video at 30/60 fps; Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps; Time-Lapse: 1080p at 30 fps, 4K at 30 fps, Time-lapse: 1080p at 30fps, 4K at 30fps

Front Camera Sensor: Sony IMX615

Megapixels: 32
EIS: Yes
Autofocus: Fixed Focus

Video: 1080p video at 30 fps Time-Lapse

Video Supported Formats:
Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265 (HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM, Recording: MP4

Image Supported Formats: Playback: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, WEB, HEIF, HEIC, DNG; Output: JPEG, DNG

Connectivity

LTE/LTE-A:
4×4 MIMO, 4CA, Support up to DL Cat 18 (1.17Gbps) / UL Cat 18 (200Mbps)

Band
GSM:B2, 3, 5, 8
WCDMA:B1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 19
LTE-FDD:B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 66, 71
LTE-TDD:B38, 39, 41, 46, 48
5G NSA:n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n25, n28, n30, n38, n41, n66, n71, n77
5G SA:n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n25, n28, n30, n38, n41, n66, n71, n77
MIMO:B1,2,3,4,7,25,38,40,41,48,66, n1, n2, n3, n7, n25, n38, n41, n66, n77

Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, Support 2.4G / 5G,Support WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2, support aptX & aptX HD & LDAC & AAC
NFC: NFC enabled
GPS Positioning: GPS (L1+L5 Dual Band), GLONASS, Galileo (E1+E5a Dual Band), Beidou, A-GPS

Sensors: In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Accelerometer; Electronic Compass; Gyroscope; Ambient Light Sensor; Proximity Sensor; Sensor Core; Flick-detect Sensor; Front RGB sensor; Barometer
Ports: USB 3.1 GEN1; Type-C; Support standard Type-C earphones; Single nano-SIM slot
Buttons: Gestures and on-screen navigation support; Alert Slider
Audio: Dual Stereo Speakers: Noise cancellation support: Dolby Atmos®

Audio Supported Formats:Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY, AC3, EAC3, EAC3-JOC, AC4, Recording: WAV, AAC, AMR

Design and features

At first glance, you might mistake the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G for a Samsung Galaxy phone. Honestly, most smartphones that are currently on the market have a very similar outward appearance. At least when you look at them with the display turned off. 🙂

When you flip the OnePlus over to view the back of the phone, you are greeted with a large camera bump that features 3 lenses and a ring light style flash.

The phone is available in black or green and as you can see, I was sent the black version. The back of the phone’s Gorilla Glass 5 has a cool matte finish that has a bit of sparkle to it. I love that it isn’t a fingerprint magnet, but it’s pretty slippery.

There is also the OnePlus logo in the center.

The right edge of the phone has the power switch and a 3-position alert slider switch that allows you to easily toggle between vibrate, silent, and ring modes for alarms and calls.

The alert slider has knurling so it’s easy to find the button with your finger when you want to activate it in the dark.

On the other edge of the OnePlus 10 Pro G5 smartphone is a one-button volume rocker switch.

On the top edge of the phone, you’ll find a microphone/speaker.

On the bottom of the phone, there’s the SIM card slot, another microphone, speakers, and a USB-C charging/data port.

You can charge the OnePlus with a Qi charger or you can charge it crazy fast with the 65W SUPERVOOC power adapter which is included with the phone.

Like the previous OnePlus 9 Pro, the 10 Pro smartphone also has a Reverse Charge feature which when enabled, turns the OnePlus into a Qi charger so that you can place another Qi-enabled phone on its back to charge it. I tested this with my iPhone 13 Pro Max and it worked fine even when both phones were in thin cases.

Display

Like previous OnePlus phones, the 10 Pro 5G’s 6.7 inch display has slightly curved sides. When it comes to colors and blacks, this display is bright and vibrant. Even set to a low brightness level, this phone’s display shines (metaphorically). When you go outside on a sunny day, you’ll be able to see everything on the screen too.

In the image above, you can see the hole-punch camera in the upper left corner. You can also see the always-on display which can be enabled if you like using your phone as a clock. This is a feature that the iPhone could really use!

The always-on display options include the large clock shown above, as well as an interesting visual timeline of your phone activities, and other clocks.

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s display has an in-display fingerprint sensor and like 99.9% of the fingerprint sensors that I’ve tested, this one won’t work with my alien physiology. So I unlock this phone with my face. The facial recognition sensor works fine during the day in a well-lit area, but in the dark, it doesn’t work at all. This sucks for me personally, because I’m an early morning under the covers phone user.

Camera

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G makes a big deal about its partnership with Hasselblad, so I was expecting to like the camera better than the camera on my iPhone 13 Pro Max. The OnePlus 1o Pro 5G features 3 lenses. On the top left corner is the 48MP main lens, the top right is the 50MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and the bottom left lens is the 8MP telephoto lens.

The stock camera app is as easy to use as most other stock camera apps. It does offer a lot of settings though.

I don’t have any complaints about using the camera to take pictures but it’s the pictures themselves that don’t always spark joy so to speak. Let’s check out some examples.

Selfie camera samples (click for larger view)

Other image samples (click for larger view)

The images from the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G remind me of images from Samsung and Huawei phones. The colors are way too vibrant and not true to life. The sky in the images above was blue that day but not that blue. The images look cool, but just not realistic.

1080P video sample

I read somewhere some people were complaining about image stabilization in the video but it seems ok to me. I am not really able to dell that much of a difference with the Ultra Steady feature enabled vs. disabled. Note that when you enable it, the video resolution is downgraded to 1080P.

8K video sample

YouTube converted the 8K sample to 4K.

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G doesn’t have a macro mode either which is a deal-breaker for me since I use my phone for my product photography for reviews. I can get around it by using the telephoto lens, but the experience isn’t very good compared to my iPhone 13 Pro Max’s macro mode.

User interface and apps

OxygenOS is kind of like Samsung’s One UI. It’s an extra layer of features that have been layered over the top of stock Android.

I’ve been away from Android for a couple of years so I’m not well versed in stock Android right now which might be a good thing for this review because I went into it with pretty much a clean slate.

For the most part, it looks like Android and quacks like Android, but there are some things that annoy me about the interface. The biggest one is what OnePlus calls its Launch Shelf. This is a pull-down menu that is activated when you swipe down from the top right corner. It’s sort of like the swipe right from the home screen widget page on the iPhone.

The Launch Shelf can be customized with widgets and that’s all well and good but I kept activating it inadvertently which annoyed me, so I just turned it off.

Luckily OnePlus doesn’t fill the phone with a bunch of unnecessary apps like some other phone makers do, so I can’t complain much about bloatware.

Overall performance and battery life

With only 8GB of RAM and 128GBs of storage, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is a downgrade from the OnePlus 9 Pro that we’ve reviewed previously and that had 12GB of RAM and 256GBs of storage.

I noticed that the phone would automatically close some apps in the background which was annoying.

When it comes to battery life, I had no problems getting through a full day using this phone for a wide variety of tasks. If you don’t mind recharging it using a cable and the included 65W SUPERVOOC charger, the phone charges from 1 to 100% in about 34 minutes.

Making and receiving calls with the OnePlus 10 Pro

It seems like making and receiving calls is the least used function on smartphones (for me) these days, but I tested this feature and had no issues with either side of the calls that I placed or answered.

If you’re an AT&T customer you might not want this phone

The OnePlus 10 Pro doesn’t have 5G support on the AT&T network because the phone does not have millimeter-wave antennas. However, you can use the OnePlus 10 Pro on AT&T but only with 4G LTE, 3G, or 2G. Check out this article from CNET for more info. Note that this phone works great with T-Mobile (the carrier that I use) and OnePlus just let me know that the phone has been certified with Verizon for their 5G network too.

OS and security updates

OnePlus has a bad track record of sticking to its promised rollout of security updates every 2 months. Where Samsung and Google roll out monthly updates, OnePlus sometimes lags behind by months.

Then there are OS updates. OnePlus is only offering 3 major Android OS updates and 4 years of security updates compared to Samsung’s 4 OS updates + 5 years of security updates, and Google’s 3 OS updates + 5 years of security updates.

What I like

  • Great battery life
  • Very fast charging with the included 65W AC adapter

What I’d change

  • The camera needs a better macro mode
  • Face ID needs to work in the dark
  • Support for 5G on AT&T (I’m not sure this can happen)
  • Include dual SIM feature like previous OnePlus phones

Final thoughts

If you want a flagship quality Android smartphone that isn’t from Samsung or Google, I’m afraid that I wouldn’t choose the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G. Why? For me, the main reasons are that the camera doesn’t have a good macro mode and that’s a feature I need. It also drives me crazy that I can’t unlock the phone with my face in the dark. Then there’s Android and how it doesn’t work as seamlessly with my MacBook as my iPhone does. By that, I mean that when I use my iPhone to take pictures for reviews, I can select them and press the AirDrop button and they upload to my MacBook within seconds. With Android, I have to install the Android File Transfer app and use a USB-C cable <ack!>

Other reasons that I can’t recommend the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G include the fact that if you’re an AT&T customer, you won’t be able to use this phone with 5G, and then there’s the issue with slow security updates and OnePlus is only promising 3 major OS updates for this phone. For these reasons, I find it tough to recommend this phone and I’ll be sticking with my iPhone for now.

Price: $899.00
Where to buy: OnePlus, Best Buy (includes a $100 gift card), and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by OnePlus.

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  2. Since Oppo launched OnePlus (Well, BBK Electronics did, but anyway), I had the OnePlus One, the 5T & the 7T, but, I had to give them up for several reasons. They are typically good phones, but, sometimes their software updates are late, and (to me the more important thing) they aren’t the “bargain” they use to be. Instead of being a flagship killer (price), they are almost in the flagship arena, in price.
    If you are the type that trades in your phone, if/when you purchase a new one, you’ll find they don’t bring much of a resale price, where as apple, samsung, Pixels bring a higher trade in value. For the price of the OnePlus phones today, spend a bit more money, get a true flagship, better updates and better resale value. I wish OnePlus would go back to being a better bargain, but I think that was the design all along. When OnePlus came around in May of 2014, outside of the Asian/India market, no one really knew who Oppo was. With some creative marketing, now they are a globlal presence. Each new phone they released since around the 5 series, has going more “slim, sexy, colorful & stylish”, ie: more expensive.

    1. Rusty, I sadly agree with you. I have heard from lots of people that OnePlus doesn’t put out regular updates and that once a phone is a year or so old, they kind of forget about it and go on to the next thing.

  3. Interesting @Rusty, I’ve had two OnePlus phones.
    I adore (and still do) the OnePlus2, but needed something for work that was getting security updates! I made the “mistake” of getting a 1+7TPro5G….McLaren. It’s a beautiful phone, but was a T-Mobile exclusive.

    I use an MVNO, and after doing what I needed to do to get it unlocked for my preferred carrier, I was quite happy with it for a few months. Then shortly after an andoid update – I was no longer able to send/received texts or calls intermittantly. Rebooting the phone would get it back to being a phone, until I wasn’t using it for a a few minutes. And it would fail in carrier-based ways. forcing it to use LTE or 3G helped some, but it still would silently fail, and people would text me that calls were going immediately to VM. And I’d get those texts and the VM notification… after I rebooted the phone because I couldn’t send a text.

    My MVNO support team did find a whole reddit thread about the android update totally messing up the 1+7 family of phones, and how to roll back.
    So I moved the SIM into a bargain priced android phone that at least reliably made and received calls, that doesn’t support 5G. Forward to the 5G roll-out day: I hoped that maybe the 1+7TProMcL would work, assuming the issue was the 5G part. It still doesn’t work reliably as a phone. I have a really pretty, and lovely to use Wifi camera/phablet.
    But in using the cheap rando android, I realized the OnePlus launcher and OxygenOS (and that lil slider switch!) was why I really, really liked using the 1+2. I have a 3rd party ROM on the cheap phone, so I’m not using the manufacturer’s bloatware either.

    But I generally really like the OnePlus approach to user interface. The 1+7 was great until the upgrade made it a wifi-only device.

    1. I use my old OnePlus 7T, at work on wifi, connected to spotify. That way my music doesn’t get interrupted. 😉

  4. OnePlus 10 Pro is a beast of a phone with so many good specs and the phone is not too costly like Apple or Samsung! This is a Flagship smartphone that has awesome features like Hasselblad Color Calibration in the camera, 120Hz LTPO2 Fluid AMOLED display, 5000 mAh battery which charges 1-100% in 40 mins, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which is the best performance chip in the market! I love this phone’s performance in all aspects, the camera brings out great images even in low light is photos are good, the battery sustains for almost 1&half day with high usage and I’m very impressed because many phones with 5K mAh will drain faster in a day. The phone design looks odd the camera bump is the main cause for the odd look. So I applied skins from Gadgetshieldz to make it look good and it looks so great now, it also protects the phone from scratches and cracks because I’ve used these skins on my previous phones and it provides good protection! Also installed screen protector as the whole phone’s body is protected from unnecessary damages. Overall the phone performance is great in all aspects and the new design is good with the skin on, this is one of the flagship phones of 2022 and I love it!
    https://www.gadgetshieldz.com/oneplus-10-pro-screen-protector-screen-guard.html

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