OnePlus 10 Pro 5G Review: A Perfect Ten?

The launch of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G was a bit completely different this yr for a few causes. It was launched in China initially of 2022 and is just now coming to different nations, together with India. Secondly, now we have solely a single mannequin within the new 10 sequence up to now, in comparison with the three fashions that debuted with the 9 sequence in India final yr. I am fairly certain a lower-priced OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10R are within the works for someday later this yr, however for now our focus is just on the flagship mannequin.

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G picks up the place the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) left off and incorporates many adjustments which, on paper, ought to make it a greater flagship. Essentially the most notable ones to me are the brand new design, improved selfie digicam, and bigger battery with faster charging. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G competes with the Samsung Galaxy S22 (Review) and iQoo 9 Pro (Review) from this yr, and even the iPhone 13 (Review) and Vivo X70 Pro+ (Review) from final yr. It is time to discover out if the brand new OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is definitely nearly as good because it appears.

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G worth in India

First, the costs in India. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is offered beginning with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, priced at Rs. 66,999. There’s additionally a top-end variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage that is priced at Rs. 71,999. The 10 Pro 5G prices about Rs. 2,000 greater than the OnePlus 9 Pro did when it launched. It will likely be out there in two colors in India: Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G appears just like the 9 Pro from the entrance


OnePlus 10 Pro 5G design

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G’s design did entice some criticism initially for the reason that form and structure of the digicam module make it appear like a kitchen hob. I feel it appears very distinctive and significantly better than the 9 Pro’s digicam module. A little bit of inspiration appears to have been taken from Samsung’s latest flagships, on which the digicam module merges with the aspect body. I just like the inexperienced shade that OnePlus has used, and the truth that each the color choices have a matte glass texture is an effective design selection in my guide. This inexperienced color and end jogged my memory numerous the OnePlus 8 Pro (Review), which I feel continues to be among the best designed OnePlus smartphones.

The aluminium body has an analogous shade of inexperienced because the again of the telephone, however with a shiny end. The alert slider on the appropriate aspect is now a bit increased up than it must be, probably making it arduous to achieve in case you have smaller arms. OnePlus has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the again, Gorilla Glass Victus for the show, and a ceramic coating over the digicam module, which ought to hold this telephone comparatively scratch-free even when you do not use a case.

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The rear of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G (left) appears significantly better than that of the OnePlus 9 Pro (proper) in my view


The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is slimmer than its predecessor (8.55mm) but it surely’s heavier at 201g. There is not any storage enlargement or headphone jack, however this telephone can help two nano-SIMs. The show on the 10 Pro 5G is the very same measurement as on the 9 Pro and has the identical QHD+ decision, 120Hz refresh charge, 10-bit color depth, and all of the certifications for HDR, color accuracy and low blue-light emissions.

Two notable enhancements to the show are using a second-gen LTPO AMOLED panel which may decrease its refresh charge to 1Hz (down from 10Hz beforehand), and a greater positioned in-display fingerprint sensor which is simpler to achieve and use. The show continues to be curved on the sides, giving this telephone a placing look, but it surely’s not probably the most sensible of designs for one-handed use.

I am glad OnePlus has stayed away from the pattern of lean smartphone packaging. The 10 Pro 5G comes with every part you may want, together with a colour-matched case, an 80W quick charger, a USB Kind-C cable, and different issues equivalent to a SIM eject software, stickers, and many others.

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The retail field of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G features a charger and a case, which isn’t one thing we see usually with flagships today


OnePlus 10 Pro 5G specs and software program

There are not any factors for guessing the SoC within the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G: like each different Android flagship in 2022, it makes use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. That is accompanied by LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. OnePlus claims that the cooling system within the 10 Pro 5G is its most superior but and it ought to be capable of hold the chip cool below stress. There’s a brand new ‘SLA X-axis’ linear haptic motor which is claimed to be extra responsive, stronger and quieter than the one within the OnePlus 9 (Review) and 9 Pro. The 10 Pro 5G additionally helps many extra 5G bands in India; 9 in whole in comparison with simply the 2 within the 9 Pro.

The battery capability of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G has elevated to five,000mAh. That is a dual-cell battery, just like what the 9 sequence used, however this new telephone helps as much as 80W SuperVOOC wired charging. Wi-fi charging is similar 50W AirVOOC customary supported by the 9 Pro. Reverse wi-fi charging can be supported. The 10 Pro 5G options stereo audio system with Dolby Atmos, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and Wi-Fi 6.

When it comes to weatherproofing, we’re informed that solely the Verizon-specific OnePlus 10 Pro 5G mannequin bought within the US may have an official IP68 ranking, though items bought in India and different components of the world nonetheless have the very same seals and water ingress protections in place. iQoo has completed the identical factor with the 9 Pro, claiming it technically qualifies for an IP52 ranking, however does not have the precise stamp of approval.

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OxygenOS 12.1 features a redesigned OnePlus Shelf menu (left) and granular darkish mode settings (proper)


The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G runs OxygenOS 12.1 primarily based on Android 12. The most recent model of OnePlus’ in style Android pores and skin continues to be largely freed from bloat, with solely the important Google apps and some OnePlus apps preinstalled. You will discover traces of Oppo’s ColorOS equivalent to a couple of acquainted options within the digicam app and Oppo’s ORoaming function, which has been relegated to a sub-menu within the Settings app. OnePlus has saved the appear and feel of its OS in line with what OnePlus followers know and respect.

OnePlus Shelf will get a brand new look within the newest model of OxygenOS. It might probably now be accessed by a swipe-down gesture from the higher proper of the show, whereas the usual notifications pull-down can nonetheless be accessed from the higher left. The redesigned widgets in Shelf look good and the structure could be customised. The search field in Shelf additionally has a function known as OnePlus Scout. Much like Apple’s Highlight Search, you need to use it to seek out apps, telephone settings, and knowledge from the Net, all from one place.

OxygenOS 12.1 additionally gives a extra granular darkish mode menu, permitting you to decide on between Light (darkish gray), Medium (hazy black) and Enhanced (jet black), primarily based in your liking. Other than this, you additionally get all the advantages and options of Android 12. OnePlus guarantees three years of Android OS updates and 4 years of safety updates for the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G.

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G efficiency and battery life

The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is a big and barely heavy telephone, which may take some getting used to. In the event you already use a big telephone, switching to the 10 Pro 5G must be simple sufficient. The end of the telephone’s physique could be slippery, which is the place the bundled case turns out to be useful. It does not diminish the look an excessive amount of and gives excellent grip and safety. The in-display fingerprint sensor is responsive and by no means did not unlock the telephone when wanted. Face recognition labored nicely if there was adequate ambient gentle, however struggled generally in very dim circumstances.

The show of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G delivered glorious colors and sharpness for viewing content material. I had the decision set to ‘Auto-select’ so it might change between full-HD+ and QHD+ primarily based on content material. HDR movies appeared excellent and the stereo audio system helped full the viewing expertise. The underside speaker did sound a bit fuller in comparison with the earpiece, so I wanted the stereo impact was higher balanced. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G carried out nicely in benchmarks, as you’d anticipate. It scored 8,31,613 factors in AnTuTu and maxed out the 3DMark Slingshot take a look at suites.

Efficiency by no means actually skipped a beat on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G when working menial duties and utilizing primary apps. The telephone additionally ran cool for probably the most half. Nevertheless, video games tended to emphasize it fairly a bit particularly if I used to be enjoying high-end, multiplayer titles. Fortnite, as an example, ran nicely on the ‘Epic’ graphics preset however this recreation additionally triggered the 10 Pro 5G to get actually sizzling. I felt the warmth on my fingers after a couple of minutes of gaming, particularly after I was holding the telephone with no case. Regardless of this, in-game efficiency was regular and gameplay did not endure. I did like how shortly the physique of the telephone cooled down after switching to a much less demanding app or recreation. In the event you use a case on this telephone, you most likely will not discover the warmth.

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Recording high-res video on a sizzling day could be problematic for the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G


Nevertheless, warmth from the telephone did hamper usability when capturing video in heat to sizzling climate circumstances. I encountered a number of overheating warnings when recording 4K video clips outside in the course of the day, however did not have the identical points when capturing indoors or at evening. If video recording was already in progress and the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G overheated, it might proceed recording however in a low energy state with decreased display screen brightness. I used to be in a position to seize pictures within the overheated state however needed to watch for the telephone to chill down to be able to begin recording a brand new video.

Battery life was excellent in the course of the assessment interval. As I discussed earlier, I principally examined this telephone with the show decision set to Auto and refresh charge left on the default 120Hz. With combined utilization, which concerned numerous video watching amounting to round six hours of screen-on time, and an energetic SIM within the telephone, the 10 Pro 5G’s battery stage solely went right down to 25 p.c on the finish of the day. In the event you drive the show decision to QHD+ and recreation closely, you would possibly get much less runtime, however most customers must be pleased with this battery life. The telephone ran for almost 19 hours in our HD video loop take a look at, which was a very good time.

Charging the telephone does not take too lengthy. With the bundled charger, I used to be in a position to cost the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G as much as 96 p.c in simply half an hour, which is extremely fast. The telephone additionally helps different quick charging requirements beneath 80W. For example, it charged at 65W after I linked it to a OnePlus Warp Cost 65T charger, and 33W when utilizing a lower-spec Kind-C cable with the 80W charger. 

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G cameras

OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad continues and all three rear cameras on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G use what OnePlus calls its second-generation ‘Hasselblad Digicam for Cell’ color science. Whereas the first and telephoto digicam sensors are the identical as what the 9 Pro had, the ultra-wide and selfie digicam sensors are new.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G has a brand new ultra-wide digicam with a 150-degree subject of view


The ultra-wide digicam nonetheless has a 50-megapixel decision but it surely’s primarily based on a Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor. This can be a smaller sensor than the wonderful Sony IMX766 sensor within the 9 Pro, with smaller pixels, and on paper this can be a downgrade. It additionally lacks autofocus, which implies there isn’t any macro mode for the 10 Pro 5G. The one good factor is its 150-degree subject of view, which helps you to take some interesting-looking photographs. OnePlus has additionally lastly upgraded the selfie digicam on its flagship with a Sony IMX615 sensor. It has a better 32-megapixel decision, which is sweet, but it surely nonetheless has a hard and fast focus and f/2.4 aperture, and is restricted to 1080p video recording.

The primary rear digicam within the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX789 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, optical stabilisation (OIS), and the flexibility to document movies at as much as 8K 24fps. The telephoto digicam has an 8-megapixel decision, f/2.4 aperture, and OIS. It’s able to 3.3X optical zoom and as much as 30X digital zoom. The digicam app is nicely designed, making it simple to seek out what you are searching for.

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G ultra-wide digicam pattern shot utilizing 150-degree mode (faucet to see full measurement)


In comparison with the OnePlus 9 Pro working the newest OxygenOS, the 10 Pro 5G has some extra capturing modes equivalent to Movie, which gives guide controls for video recording and the flexibility to shoot in LOG for a flat color profile. There is a 150-degree mode which helps you to use the complete capabilities of the ultra-wide digicam, plus a fish-eye filter. Lastly, the Lengthy Publicity mode routinely units up the digicam primarily based on the choice you choose, which incorporates transferring autos, water and clouds, or gentle portray.

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Let’s start with the ultra-wide digicam’s efficiency on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G. Daytime photographs had good element and pleasing colors, and HDR was all the time dealt with very nicely. Images usually had a cooler tone in comparison with the identical photographs taken with the principle digicam, and weren’t all the time correct to the precise scene. The default subject of view is 110 levels, however you may change to the 150-degree mode, which crams a lot extra of the scene into the body. I fairly loved utilizing this mode, however did not care a lot for the fish-eye filter. The ultra-wide digicam on the 10 Pro 5G cannot shoot macros just like the one on the 9 Pro can. Low-light efficiency was above common. Noise was suppressed nicely and there was an honest stage of element within the photograph.


The standard distinction between the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G and 9 Pro’s ultra-wide cameras is noticeable, when you look shut sufficient


In comparison with the OnePlus 9 Pro’s ultra-wide digicam, the 10 Pro 5G’s equal digicam captured poorer element, which was somewhat disappointing. You may not discover this instantly and I doubt many customers will wish to crop small particulars from ultra-wide photographs, however when you carefully study pictures taken with the 2 telephones, it is simple to identify the variations. The 10 Pro 5G ought to have a minimum of maintained the standard customary set by its predecessor, if not increase it, but it surely does not.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G’s telephoto digicam does compensate for the shortage of a Macro capturing mode

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OnePlus 10 Pro 5G selfie digicam samples (faucet to see full measurement)


The selfie digicam is a pleasant enchancment over the earlier era. Particulars are excellent and hues appeared pure. Portrait mode labored very nicely too and delivered good separation from the background. HDR was spectacular when it got here to exposing my face in opposition to a vibrant background. I’d have appreciated pictures to be pixel-binned, and never saved on the full 32-megapixel decision, as file sizes had been fairly giant. Selfies taken in low gentle had been additionally excellent, and Evening mode is offered too.

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The primary digicam captured glorious element and had probably the most correct colors in daylight photographs. HDR labored very nicely, autofocus was fast and responsive, and almost each photograph I took throughout this assessment interval appeared very good. The color tone of the pictures was additionally extra devoted to the precise scene, in comparison with the ultra-wide digicam. Low-light pictures had excellent element too, and hues had been faithfully represented. The digicam app routinely took an extended publicity shot when gentle was lower than beneficial, and this additionally utilized to the ultra-wide and telephoto cameras.

Talking of the telephoto digicam, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G captured sharp and extremely detailed photographs on the native 3.3X zoom stage. Images appeared good until about 10X zoom, however particulars deteriorated fairly shortly past that. Images had been nonetheless usable however smaller objects had been arduous to determine correctly.

OnePlus 10 Pro 5G telephoto digicam samples (faucet to see full measurement)


8K movies recorded with the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G appeared sharp, with good colors, and had been even stabilised. Movies shot in low gentle at 8K additionally appeared good, however digital stabilisation triggered some delicate jitter. 4K movies shot in the course of the day appeared spectacular, with excellent colors and stabilisation. In the event you’re capturing at 30fps, you may change to the ultra-wide digicam whereas recording, however any magnification past 1X will likely be digital. You will need to drop to 1080p if you wish to use the telephoto digicam for video, and the utmost magnification for video in both case is 10X. 4K movies shot in low gentle appeared significantly better than 8K ones.


The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G has some much-needed upgrades over the 9 Pro, and with only a average bump in pricing, it isn’t a nasty deal. Even the top-end variant of the 10 Pro 5G is cheaper than the bottom fashions of the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13, making it good worth. In comparison with the OnePlus 9 Pro, the 10 Pro 5G gives an even bigger battery with faster charging, a barely extra power-efficient AMOLED show, a extra highly effective SoC with a lot extra 5G bands, a greater selfie digicam, and a nicer design.

The iQoo 9 Pro might be the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G’s greatest competitor. Not solely is it related when it comes to pricing but it surely additionally almost matches the 10 Pro 5G when it comes to options. The Realme GT 2 Pro can be simply across the nook, and going by what we already find out about this telephone, it might show to be an actual disruptor if Realme is aggressive with pricing.

There are a few issues try to be conscious of earlier than you lock your resolution in regards to the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G. Identical to the 9 Pro, this new mannequin is susceptible to overheating when utilizing the digicam app in heat circumstances, a minimum of with the launch firmware. I’m a bit disenchanted by the ultra-wide digicam of the 10 Pro 5G too, as it will probably’t be used to take macros and the pictures it captures aren’t as detailed as what the 9 Pro managed.

Aside from these little issues, the 10 Pro 5G is one more stable flagship from OnePlus, and delivers excellent efficiency and options for the value. 

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