OnePlus 10 Professional Evaluation – PhoneArena


Intro

OnePlus has historically had two large releases yearly, one within the spring and one other one within the fall, however final 12 months, it skipped the autumn launch, so we did not get the customary “T” mannequin with upgraded specs. The rationale for that’s that OnePlus itself is altering: it’s integrating tighter with mum or dad cellphone maker Oppo, and now, after an extended wait, the primary flagship cellphone beneath that new nearer partnership is right here and… it appears putting!
That is the OnePlus 10 Professional: an enormous, 6.7″ flagship cellphone with a model new look that undoubtedly took some digital camera inspiration from the Galaxy S21 collection, nevertheless it’s about greater than what’s on the floor. This cellphone sticks to OnePlus necessities that made the model nice with a clear software program that feels extremely zippy, most likely the quickest fingerprint scanner within the trade, top-shelf processor, and charging so quick that it leaves Samsung and Apple within the mud. Pair that with the aggressive pricing of $899, and also you’re seemingly in for a deal with.
However the one query that OnePlus has to reply stays the identical this 12 months as in earlier occasions: is that this digital camera lastly adequate? And may it rival the easiest telephones on the market? Let’s discover out!

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Design and Show High quality

Heavy inspiration from Samsung

Not a lot has modified as compared with the OnePlus 9 Professional. The OnePlus 10 Professional continues to be a slim and tall slab that is nonetheless completely manageable even when you do not have palms the scale of an NBA participant. It is also not too heavy, particularly in comparison with your Professional Max iPhones and Extremely Galaxies. Put merely, it is a tall and slim slab that’s nonetheless large, however inside cause.

You may have two colorways to select from, each with a refined matte end and a quite imposing digital camera slab housing the triple cameras on the again. When it comes to colours, the gadget is available in black and inexperienced, which OnePlus calls Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest, respectively. We had the pleasure of reviewing the inexperienced mannequin, which undoubtedly appears and feels nice.

The remainder is your typical 2022 flagship scenario: no headphone jack, no microSD card slot, Gorilla Glass Victus on each the back and front, aluminum body, a single USB-C port on the backside, after which what’s not so typical is the 3-way OnePlus alert slider so you may shortly swap between silent, vibrate and ring modes. IP68 water and mud safety is accessible as effectively.

The beauty of OnePlus is that it nonetheless features a ton of equipment within the field. You get the zippy 65W quick charger within the US (however the 80W one in the remainder of the world) and the signature pink cable, you get a free silicone case, a really helpful pre-applied display screen protector on the cellphone, a SIM instrument, a choice of OnePlus stickers and the standard person manuals.

A cellphone is one thing you utilize for hours each single day, so having nice show high quality is totally important. Fortunately, OnePlus checks all bins with a stunning 6.7-inch OLED display screen with refresh fee that robotically modulates from 1Hz all the way in which to 120Hz for easy scrolling due to the LPTO 2.0 expertise. Max brightness is a wonderful 1,300 nits (however the Galaxy S22 Extremely can hit an marketed 1,750 nits of brightness, when you have been questioning), although in common situations you need to count on round 750 nits of max brightness.

HDR assist is included and most significantly the colours are correctly calibrated out of the field. OnePlus says that the display screen has been correctly calibrated at each a decrease and the next brightness stage (100 and 500 nits) so that you simply get a seamless coloration copy irrespective of the show brightness. In a typical OnePlus vogue, there’s additionally a bevy of obtainable display screen modes that allow you to additional customise the colour depth and temperature, which is all the time a neat choice to have.

It’s kind of unusual that whereas the max decision is 1440 x 3216 pixels, the cellphone defaults to 1080p, clearly for battery saving causes, nevertheless it solely takes a faucet on a button within the settings to repair that. As a matter of truth, the Galaxy S22 Extremely is analogous on this regard.

Subsequent up, by way of biometrics, the ten Professional options an optical kind fingerprint scanner beneath the display screen, which is as quick as these in-screen fingerprint readers get! It is correct and almost instantaneous, which is really spectacular. If we needed to decide a direct comparability, it’s got to be with the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner used on Samsung’s Galaxy S collection, however OnePlus is considerably sooner, whereas Samsung’s resolution feels sluggish as compared.

The corporate has moved the fingerprint a bit larger on the ten Professional in comparison with earlier OnePlus telephones, and we discovered {that a} good transfer, making it simpler to succeed in. The one factor with optical fingerprint readers is that they must mild up to be able to work, to allow them to blind you a bit when you use them in mattress at evening, however I normally barely tilt the cellphone away from my face at evening and this drawback is definitely avoidable.

The entrance digital camera serves double responsibility for face recognition as effectively, and that additionally works sooner than you’d count on, it is almost instantaneous. Remember that we’ve got image-based face recognition right here, so it is not fairly as safe as Face ID on an iPhone, however it may be useful and you’ll set it to work with a masks.

Efficiency and Software program

Large leap for players, not a lot for CPU efficiency

With the most recent Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor beneath the hood, the OnePlus is as highly effective as Android telephones get in 2022. In contrast to rival Samsung which makes use of completely different processors relying available on the market, you get Snapdragon in every single place on the OnePlus and that is nice. OnePlus has additionally developed a beefy thermal cooling resolution that goals to rein within the sizzling new Snapdragon, which is infamous for the upper operation temperatures it might hit beneath heavy load.

We should say that benchmarks do not actually do the OnePlus justice: it is extremely quick and animations on it are extremely easy. In our opinion, that is as quick as Android will get in the intervening time and never least due to an excellent gesture navigation implementation. Good job, OnePlus!

In GPU benchmarks, we have been anxious we might see the cellphone overheat, and it did certainly get fairly heat, however up to now we have not seen actually dangerous overheating points. Within the 20 minute Widlife Excessive Stress take a look at, the cellphone throttled extra noticeably after 10 minutes. Enjoying partaking video games like Minecraft is a pleasure and the cellphone hardly ever will get heat even after longer gaming classes.

In contrast to the Chinese language model of the cellphone, which comes with Shade OS, this right here OnePlus 10 Professional is provided with the great outdated Oxygen OS 12.1 interface primarily based on Android 12, which is streamlined and customizable. There aren’t many variations with older model of Oxygen OS, however the brand new shelf housing your widgets is a noteworthy addition. It is also value mentioning that OnePlus guarantees three main Android updates and 4 years of safety updates.

Digital camera

It is not a range high, it is a digital camera system, I swear! (nevertheless it positive appears like you may cook dinner on it)

Sure, the iPhone may need been the cellphone that began this design development, however with a squarish kind and 4 circles, the digital camera system on the OnePlus positive appears a bit like a kitchen merchandise. Not solely that, nevertheless it form blends with the body of the cellphone, very similar to the Galaxy S21 Extremely. However we do not thoughts, OnePlus may not have an excellent unique design, nevertheless it has its spin on widespread traits, what actually issues is whether or not this digital camera is lastly the one to convey OnePlus on bar with the massive guys. 

Let’s get the technicalities out of the way in which first, the digital camera specs: 

When it comes to {hardware}, the OnePlus 10 Professional is a logical evolutionary step as compared with the OnePlus 9 Professional, and whereas there’s nothing revolutionary and really exceptional, the cellphone is sort of well-equipped as per 2022’s requirements. The extremely extensive digital camera now really incorporates a a lot smaller sensor, however one with a wider, 14mm subject of view and a cool new 150-degree, fish eye taking pictures mode. The three.3X zoom telephoto lens is similar we had final 12 months, and would not appear that a lot improved, however that is okay because it takes nice images. The Hasselblad branding, nonetheless, nonetheless stays and suggests greatness, however let’s have a look at if that is actually what you get.

There’s now a devoted 10-bit coloration mode and a so-called RAW+ mode that captures even wider, 12-bit coloration. Each options seize further info and must be a boon for these prepared to meticulously edit their images in Adobe Lightroom or one other post-processing app.

Picture high quality

General, the OnePlus definitely stands out with its intuitive digital camera app and the general versatility it brings. The primary digital camera takes pretty footage, with plenty of element, nice dynamic vary, and moody colours with a slight trace of deep distinction that evokes callbacks to the Pixel 6 Professional. The ultra-wide digital camera is nice as effectively, although the devoted fisheye mode is generally a gimmicky celebration trick. The three.3X telephoto is a bit mushy by way of sharpness, and eventually, the selfie digital camera takes some pretty and detailed images.

A criticism that must be addressed just isn’t technically particular to OnePlus however plagues most different Android flagships as effectively: colours usually have a tendency to alter once you swap between the completely different cameras, typically in an nearly negligible method, however usually drastically. An iPhone is extra constant on this regard.

One other “challenge” that’s type of bizarre is the truth that the OnePlus 10 Professional would not robotically swap on its Evening Mode. it is not a lot of a problem to try this manually, however the truth that it is not automated is sufficient to carry an eye fixed forehead or two. Come on, it is 2022, even iPhones try this nowadays.

Video high quality

On the subject of video recording, the OnePlus 10 Professional comes with a bunch of resolutions and choices: 8K video! 4K at 120fps! AI video recording! 

All of that’s nice, however first the main points. Sure, you do have 8K video, you may solely file it at 24fps, however as you’d count on it’s a bit cropped in and you’ll solely use the principle digital camera, plus the recordsdata are fairly giant. For 4K, you’ve got the identical subject of view as in 1080p, so no cropping. You need to use all three cameras whereas recording 4K30, then you definately lose the ultra-wide digital camera at 4K60, and eventually at 4K120 you may solely use the principle shooter.

This new 4K 120fps possibility is totally nice for individuals who edit movies in publish and need to seize extremely detailed gradual movement. Sadly, the cellphone gallery app won’t decelerate 4K120 recordings for you, you need to do it in publish. It will have been good to have the ability to get 4K gradual movement proper within the digital camera / gallery apps, however no such luck.

OnePlus has additionally carried out a brand new zoom slider that permits very easy zooming movement, and we love the concept (we’ve got seen such an interface in some devoted third-party digital camera apps). The one factor lacking is fast shortcuts to switching between the three cameras, however not an enormous deal. Lastly, you even have an Extremely Regular video stabilization however that solely works in 1080p 60fps decision, and also you even have an AI mode that enhances the colours, however that one additionally solely features in 1080p mode.

One factor we seen is recording movies with the selfie digital camera solely works at 1080p decision (whereas others supply 4K), and you probably have brilliant highlights, they’re utterly blown out into white. We now have seen different cheaper telephones do a significantly better job at this.

Audio High quality and Haptics

We already talked about there isn’t any 3.5mm headphone jack right here, however you may nonetheless use USB-C headphones or wi-fi headphones.

You even have twin loudspeakers that get very loud, however distort a bit and on the highest volumes lack a bit in readability and depth. Nonetheless, they’re among the many higher ones we’ve got heard and so they undoubtedly amplify the expertise of watching movies or enjoying video games. 

OnePlus takes pleasure within the new haptic suggestions motor within the OnePlus 10 Professional. The haptic suggestions is great, robust and exact, and undoubtedly the very best one OnePlus has ever placed on its gadgets.

Battery Life

Large battery, large numbers

Probably the most exceptional factor concerning the OnePlus 10 Professional may simply be how the corporate managed to cram in a ten% bigger battery within the physique about the identical measurement as final 12 months’s mannequin. The ten Professional comes with an enormous 5,000mAh battery, a bounce from the 4,500mAh battery on the 9 Professional, that elevates the OnePlus flagship to the identical battery heights because the S21 Extremely / S22 Extremely fashions.

That is nice information, and in our testing we are able to affirm that this bigger battery delivers the products. Beneath, you’d discover outcomes from our impartial battery assessments, the place we set every cellphone on the identical stage of brightness, placing all of them on an equal enjoying subject.

*OnePlus 10 Professional outcomes: YouTube take a look at was carried out beneath default settings. Looking and 3D Gaming assessments have been carried out beneath “excessive efficiency” mode.

The outcomes, nonetheless, got here out stable. The OnePlus 10 Professional holds its floor effectively on all three assessments, however actually stands out within the YouTube video streaming take a look at the place it outlasted the competitors simply with a formidable scores of 10 hours and 47 minutes, higher than even the iPhone 13 Professional Max which was about 20 minutes in need of that. The OnePlus additionally stood its floor effectively in 3D gaming, however wasn’t fairly as spectacular in simply the net searching take a look at.

Charging speeds

Outfitted with a charger within the field, the OnePlus 10 Professional is a rarity on our present flagship market, and we love that. Nonetheless, whereas the remainder of the world will get the 80W quick charger, the US market must make do with the “measly” 65W one. Thankfully, the distinction in charging speeds is not that large – 34min for the 80W charger and respectable 32min for the much less highly effective 65W charger.

And charging speeds are, as you’d count on, extremely quick! We bought from 0 to 50% in about 11 minutes, and a full cost takes lower than half an hour. You now not have to cost your cellphone at evening, merely high it up for some 20 minutes, and also you’d have sufficient juice for a full day. We now have measured charging speeds in 5 minute intervals beneath, have a look.

OnePlus 10 Professional charging speeds:

  • in 5 minutes — 26%
  • in 10 minutes — 45%
  • in 15 minutes — 62%
  • in 20 minutes — 76%
  • in 25 minutes — 88%
  • in 34 minutes — 100%

The ten Professional additionally helps tremendous quick wi-fi charging at speeds of as much as 50W. You do want a OnePlus charger for that, however we expect the speeds are effectively value it.

Rivals

Lastly, in relation to rivals, you recognize the standard suspects within the premium section: the iPhone 13 Professional Max, the Google Pixel 6 Professional, and the Galaxy S22 Extremely. The OnePlus stands its floor by way of battery life and in our opinion, it has the quickest and most refined Android interface. Whereas it lacks a few of the superior options you get in Samsung’s One UI, OnePlus makes up with gesture navigation that’s zippy and easy, and it has a status for staying quick for years whereas others just like the Pixel have witnessed efficiency drops a number of quick months after their launch.

And judging by the $899 beginning value, the OnePlus 10 Professional is aggressively priced to shake up the high-end cellphone market, the place costs above $1,000 are the norm and never the exception.

The iPhone 13 Professional Max may work higher for individuals who worth iOS, Face ID and all the entire ecosystem with iMessage, the Apple Watch, AirPods and so forth. To not point out that it is resulting from get 5 or 6 years of software program updates, whereas Android telephones solely get 3 years. If you happen to file a whole lot of video, the iPhone additionally stays the very best video digital camera on a cellphone, and a bonus function is that it has unbelievable loudspeakers, when you care about that. Nevertheless it’s additionally an infinite cellphone that may be very heavy and may simply not be comfy to hold round and use for many individuals. The OnePlus has a extra affordable measurement and the open Android ecosystem in its nook. 
As for the Pixel 6 Professional, you would be saving some cash with the $900 Google flagship and it has confirmed to have a clear software program, quick Android updates and the digital camera chops (particularly with evening pictures), nevertheless it has a slowish fingerprint scanner and a few customers report issues with battery life and the cellphone slowing down with time. We can not inform if this can occur to you and it may not, however experiences are on the market.
Lastly, the Galaxy S22 Extremely has grown wider and is definitely an additional giant gadget, which you need to take into account, however when you’re effective with that, it appears to have all of it: the brand new S Pen, the massive battery, the extra versatile digital camera, with our doubts being principally across the rough-around-the-edges gesture navigation in One UI. 

Abstract and Closing Verdict

On the finish of the day, the OnePlus 10 Professional is a step ahead, however not an enormous leap. We definitely hoped for extra within the digital camera division and when you do get some neat choices like 4K120 and 8K video recording, stabilization continues to be not on par with the very best and the colour science has room for enchancment. On a private observe, with all of the hype and expectations round it, I can say that this cellphone undoubtedly lacks the wow issue. However possibly, it is simply us reviewers getting further choosy.

There’s additionally loads to like concerning the 10 Professional. Its velocity is — we really feel — unmatched within the Android camp and the interface and notably the animations and gestures have a refinement we normally affiliate with one fruit firm. We additionally admire the brand new design and our hats go off to OnePlus for maintaining the cool little touches just like the Alert Slider. The ten Professional additionally provides the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is a pleasant step up, most likely most so for players.

Do you have to purchase it? Properly, for what it is value, the OnePlus 10 Professional is shaping as much as be extra of what you already love about OnePlus, however not fairly the breakthrough one may need hoped for. In case your cellphone is growing older and you aren’t after the last word digital camera, although, it must be effectively thought of. 



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