OnePlus 10T Review: Crazy-Fast Phone, Charges Even Faster
OnePlus 10T: Voice, Data And Benchmark Performance
The OnePlus 10T is limited to sub-6GHz 5G, which seems a little odd for a phone so obsessed with speed. While millimeter wave 5G is fussy and not always readily available in most areas, it can be blazing fast under the right circumstances. Having access to these networks on the 10T would have been another speedy feather in its cap. That said, sub-6 heavy networks like T-Mobile are getting faster every day, capable of putting up multiple-100mb speeds...
OnePlus10T: Voice And Data
Anecdotally, the 10T has maintained a very robust connection for us while testing on T-Mobile. We conducted voice calls over cellular and Wi-Fi, and the audio quality was clear on both ends. There are some places where I see some phones fail to hold onto a 5G signal, but the 10T was able to stay connected. OnePlus says it engineered a new 360-degree antenna array that completely encircles the device. So, no matter how you hold it, the 10T should have solid connectivity.
The 10T has a stereo speaker setup—one on the bottom edge in concert with the earpiece. Audio quality is fine for games and YouTube videos, but it's too flat to truly enjoy music. As is the case on most phones with this speaker arrangement, sound is somewhat imbalanced, with the bottom-firing speaker noticeably louder than the earpiece.
OnePlus 10T PerformanceOnePlus is making a big deal of the performance tuning of this device, what with the new cooling solution and gaming engine. Anecdotally, it does feel like a very fast device, and it doesn't throttle or get as toasty as phones with similar hardware like the Galaxy S22. However, the 10T has the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is a skosh faster than the previous gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The benchmarks mostly support that.
OnePlus 10T Geekbench ResultsGeekbench is a cross-platform benchmark that simulates real world processing workloads in image processing and particle physics calculation scenarios. We tested all of the smartphones featured here with Geekbench's single and multi-core workloads.
Geekbench is not always the most informative benchmark as it's completely synthetic and OEMs are known to optimize for it. That said, it can be a useful data point. Here, the 10T is not leading the pack in any one area, falling behind phones like the Galaxy S22, but it beats Google's latest Pixels.
OnePlus 10T PCMark For Android Benchmark Results
Futuremark's PCMark for Android is an excellent suite of tests if you want to benchmark a wide range of tasks on any handset -- things like image and video editing, as well as lighter-duty, everyday workloads such as email and web browsing. When you see the test running live, it's clear the scripted application tests are carefully selected and tuned to make use of the each mobile platform in a very controlled way.
The OnePlus 10T scores roughly the same as the Galaxy S22+, but it beats the 10 Pro by a comfortable margin here, and ranking far into our upper quadrant of results.
OnePlus 10T AnTuTu 8 Benchmark Results
AnTuTu’s latest benchmark returns a number of metrics ranked with somewhat nebulous scores, rather than frame rates or time to complete. Here we're running the latest version of AnTuTu across multiple Android devices. AnTuTu returns four top level performance results which are all included here: CPU, RAM, 3D, UX (or User Experience), along with a total score.
The OnePlus 10T fares better in AnTuTu than most phones we've tested. It edges out Samsung's latest flagships, and the numbers are a substantial improvement over the OnePlus 10 Pro. However, the 10T's scores are weaker than the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 refence, which still leads the pack.
We've seen Qualcomm's latest chips put up impressive scores in general machine learning tests like AiTuTu, even compared to Google's AI-optimized Tensor. It's the same story with the 8+ Gen 1. The 10T put up the best scores we've seen yet in this test.
OnePlus 10T 3D Graphics And Gaming Benchmarks ResultsNext we're checking how the OnePlus 10T compares in GFXBench, which has been one of the standard mobile graphics/gaming performance benchmarks for years. To ensure that display refresh (v-sync) and resolution aren't limiting factors, we're comparing off-screen test results here. GFXBench tests OpenGL ES graphics workloads and we're specifically testing OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0.
The OnePlus 10T was among the best performers in the T-Rex benchmark, falling just short of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 reference device, and it's the same story in the Manhattan test. The Aztec Ruins test is newer and we have fewer points of comparison, but the 10T did put up one of the best scores we've seen so far from a retail phone—clearly, OP's gaming optimizations are the real deal.
Futuremark's 3DMark Sling Shot is a newer benchmark module that's been added to the 3DMark mobile suite. Unlike previous gen 3DMark mobile tests, Sling Shot is a much more advanced OpenGL ES 3.1 and Metal API-based benchmark that employs more advanced rendering techniques, like volumetric lighting, particle illumination, multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. We're running this test in off-screen mode once again to remove display resolution differences from the equation. This lets us compare cross-platform results more reliably.
Here the OnePlus 10T chalks-up another near top of pack win, with the top 4 devices we've tested all tightly grouped in this gaming test.
OnePlus 10T 3DMark Wild Life Benchmark Tests3DMark Wild Life is the latest cross-platform test from UL. Its primary purpose is to measure GPU performance across platforms, and two distinct tests are available. The standard Wild Life test is designed to give feedback on how a game performs over a short period of time. With mobile games, people typically play in brief spurts when they find some free time; be it on the bus, on the subway, or a quick battle royale session over lunch break. The 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test, on the other hand, shows how a device performs over a longer stretch of time, and takes note of performance degradation that might crop up due to increased heat levels and throttling.
Again, the OnePlus 10T took the competition to the cleaners in this test. It managed one of the highest scores yet, just slightly lower than the maxed-out ROG Phone 6. More interesting, the stress test below shows the benefits of OP's new cooling system.
While most phones slow down significantly after a few loops in the Wild Life Stress Test above, the 10T only bleeds off a small amount. It should be great for long gaming sessions or extended heavier workloads.