I have witnessed the transformation of OnePlus from a startup into one of the biggest players in the high-end smartphone segment in all markets, especially in India. Now, with the OnePlus 10 Pro, the company offers a new flagship offering at the top of a much longer product line than it has ever been. OnePlus has gone from being a one-phone-at-a-time player to a brand that has multiple devices at different price points aimed at different users. But the OnePlus 10 Pro is clearly aimed at high-end customers, those who expect nothing less than the best from OnePlus.
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G review: what’s good?
The OnePlus 10 Pro is clearly one of the sleekest Android phones on the market. The Volcanic Black has a metallic matte finish with the camera module standing out on the left edge due to its contrasting smooth metallic finish and hard-to-miss Hasselblad branding on the side of the four-ring design. It will take a second for people to recognize this phone a few weeks after its launch. OnePlus knows this and is pushing a lot of marketing focused on the camera module.
Although the rest of the design hasn’t changed, I couldn’t help but notice that the alert slider is much more compact than before and blends into the edge of the camera module.
The screen has been one of the strengths of OnePlus flagships over the years. The OnePlus 10 Pro sports a 6.7-inch display with a high-end 3216×1440 resolution at 525 pixels per inch. When this is also offered at a 120Hz refresh rate, the display simply stuns you, whether you’re just unlocking the phone or playing a game of Traffic Rider or doing Vikings during a flight. The audio quality also backs up that gorgeous display and is loud enough that you won’t crank the volume all the way up wherever you are.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is part of the new generation of phones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which is the best an Android phone can get yet. And the OnePlus 10 Pro benefits from the power of this processor which allows users to multitask with ease, record 4K video and process it faster than before while pushing their gaming ambitions to the next level. . On the OnePlus 10 Pro, the processor also plays an important role in capturing low-light images, which I found to be a bit faster than previous phones.
The phone also packs a host of features that make it a good choice for gamers. I’m not much of a gamer so I can’t really tell you how good they are.
This is the second phone from OnePlus to sport Hasselblad branding on the camera, meaning this device carries a lot of expectations on its head for what the camera should do. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s three-camera combo is different in some ways given that the primary camera is 48MP while the ultra-wide has 50MP. In fact, the latter also has a larger sensor, and that indicates where OnePlus has added its muscle this time.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s ultra-wide camera now has a 150-degree mode that’s akin to a fish-eye lens. I loved using this camera, especially since the fisheye was the only lens I could ever own when I was a DSLR. The old Calicut lighthouse can be easily inserted into a frame with this mode, and that without losing any detail.
Even my three-story house, which is usually hard to click on since there’s not a lot of space in front of it, entered the frame at an angle.
There’s also the ability to shoot with this mode in a circular format, which is a fun feature at best. At Calicut Beach’s Freedom Square, I used this mode to photograph a stray dog lazing in the morning between the towering columns that highlight the long history of this port city.
With the main camera, the focus is clearly on what is expected of the best. The sensor here uses larger pixels of 1.12 μm with a 7P lens to allow, for example, very good images in low light. I was particularly impressed with how it could take a shot of a building in front of the house even as it captured detail of a plant in the foreground.
A lightless photo from my mom’s Ganesha collection came out bright and with good detail, but maybe a bit too bright for my taste.
The XPan mode, which is unique to OnePlus flagships, yielded some very poignant photos of the old sea bridge along the beach, although in hindsight the photo would have been better if I had managed to pull it off. to frame with certain people.
The telephoto lens is great when you need to use it with 3x optical zoom. When it switches to 30x digital zoom, a lot of noise seeps in. I also loved the Pro mode which gives fine control that isn’t gimmicky and is actually reflected in the changes when you see the end results, like the shot of an ant on the Penta flowers I shot with low exposure under the bright sun.
The Hasselblad collaboration brings three main preset styles in the filters that provide different moods for your photos. There is also a long exposure mode that I could not test well. Frankly, it’s the kind of camera that needs an overhaul.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s 5,000mAh battery lasts well over a day. It can be charged to around 70% in less than 15 minutes using the 80W Supervooc charger that comes in the box.
The Oxygen OS 12 differentiates OnePlus flagships from the series of Android flagships with similar features. This time around I loved some cool features, like the OnePlus shelf that can be pulled out of any screen to give you quick access to the most important widgets. There’s also OnePlus Scout, which is like a universal search for everything on the phone. Work-life balance mode lets you preset how many notifications and which apps can appear from when you’re in the different modes. This is also a tweak that users could actually use.
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G review: what’s wrong?
One little thing that kept irritating me was that swipes on the right side of the screen took me back to whatever was on the screen before. This was a problem trying to browse some sites where you have horizontal navigation.
The other issue I’ve noticed is that the battery seems to drain at times when the phone doesn’t seem to be doing much. I couldn’t figure out exactly what was triggering this.
OnePlus 10 Pro 5G review: should you buy?
Yes, if you are a OnePlus fan with an older version of the phone like a OnePlus 6 with you. Plus, if you love photography, this is one of the best phones you can own right now. Once again, OnePlus is clearly focused on improving functionality across the board instead of adding gimmicky features that don’t translate to everyday use. This is a phone that ticks all the boxes and can tick the competition on the camera front.