New OnePlus 10T Phone Compared With 10 Pro

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The differences between the OnePlus 10T (left) and the 10 Pro 5G are hard to notice with a quick glance. TYLER HAYES

It's not unusual to have one or more variants of a mobile phone. Sometimes it's because retailers or network carriers want a unique product to offer. But that doesn't appear to be the case with the newly announced OnePlus 10T and the still seminew 10 Pro—but it's not. There's about a $150 price gap between the two phones, but it's a little hard to even see them as low-end and high-end versions of each other. The new 10T phone is simply a bit different, for better or worse.

While the two phones are similar at a glance, they do have their own personalities the closer you look. For example, the front hole-punch camera on the OnePlus 10 Pro is in the top left. The OnePlus 10T's is centered. The flash on the back of the phones is also in slightly different places.

With a focus on the new OnePlus 10T, let's compare the two phones. If you are eyeing a new Android phone, both of these options are reasonable choices. But which one is better suited to your preferences?

TL;DR

OnePlus 10T:

  • Retails from $649 (8GB RAM; 128GB storage)
  • Available for preorder September 1, on sale September 29
  • Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 system on a chip
  • Faster wired charging; no wireless charging
  • Macro camera

OnePlus 10 Pro:

  • Retails for $799 (8GB RAM; 128GB storage)
  • Available for purchase now
  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system on a chip
  • Higher resolution display
  • Telephoto camera

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Differences

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The OnePlus 10T (left) and the 10 Pro have different screen resolutions, as well as a different processor and different charging capabilities. TYLER HAYES

I went through the two phones' spec sheets to highlight some of the notable differences. These aren't every single item, but they are likely the ones that could sway a buying decision. While plenty of the discrepancies are minor, some, such as the macro and telephoto cameras, could be much more meaningful.

Battery

10T: 4,800 mAh
10 Pro: 5,000 mAh

Charging

10T: 125 watt Supervooc Endurance; no wireless
10 Pro: 65 watt Supervooc; wireless 50 watt Airvooc

Buttons

10T: No slider
10 Pro: Physical slider (mute to ringer) on right side

Bluetooth

10T: Bluetooth 5.3
10 Pro: Bluetooth 5.2

Display

10T: 2412 x 1080 resolution (394 pixels per inch)
10 Pro: 3216 x 1440 resolution (525 pixels per inch)

Main Camera

10T: sensor: Sony IMX766; sensor size: 1/1.56-inch; megapixels: 50; pixel size: 1.0 microns
10 Pro: sensor: Sony IMX789; sensor size: 1/1.43-inch; megapixels: 48;
pixel size: 1.12 microns

Ultrawide Camera

10T: megapixels: 8; field of view: 119.9 degrees
10 Pro: megapixels: 50; field of view: 150 degrees

Macro Camera

10T only

Telephoto Camera

10 Pro only

Front Camera

10T: megapixels: 16
10 Pro: megapixels: 32

Video

10 Pro can record 8K video at 24 frames per second and 4K at 120 fps, while the 10T does not have those two options.

Accessories in the Box

10T: 160 watt Supervooc power adapter
10 Pro: 65 watt Supervooc power adapter

Impressions

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The slider switch on the 10 Pro 5G can toggle the ringer to mute. TYLER HAYES

Initially I found the OnePlus 10T to be so similar to the 10 Pro 5G that I would first need to check to see which one had the slider switch on the right side to identify them confidently. While I rarely found myself noticing a difference in speed or overall performance for everyday tasks, it was other details that I missed from one to the other.

As inconsequential as it might seem, I did wholeheartedly miss that physical slider switch on the 10 Pro 5G. But I also did really enjoy the extreme 125 watt wired charging speed on the 10T. That phone has a slightly better camera sensor but also fewer technical capabilities, such as the ability to record 8K video. If the phones weren't similar enough in design, the pros and cons list of the hardware and software for each of these makes the buying decision dizzying.

Even the materials on the back of the phones are different enough to evoke a preference, but one that may change from day to day. Most of the time, I found myself gravitating to the 10 Pro 5G's smooth, but not slippery, plastic texture. The 10T's ever-so-slightly more ridged surface probably provides more grip, however, and is also pleasant.

Should You Buy the OnePlus 10T?

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The OnePlus 10T (left) is very similar to the company's 10 Pro 5G, but not necessarily better or worse. TYLER HAYES

At the end of the day, the choice between these two phones hinges on the more technical specs. Do you want (or need) to record 8K video? Do want a higher resolution screen? I've liked my time with both phones and feel as if either one would be a solid choice for someone looking to upgrade a 2- or 3-year-old Android phone.

If a feature like charging speed is incredibly important to you for a specific reason, then I would go with the 10T. Though price might be the determining, and most differentiating, factor: The OnePlus 10T will start at $649 when it becomes generally available at the end of September. The 10 Pro starts at $799 with the same RAM and storage configurations.

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