OnePlus 10 Pro 5G Review: Better Than the OnePlus 9 Pro?
. The most notable ones to me are its new design, improved selfie camera and larger battery with quicker charging.. Thankfully, the price hasnt gone up by a whole lot compared to the 9 Pros launch price., The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G starts at Rs. 66999 in India and goes up to 71999 for the 12GB variant, which is what well be testing today.. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is available in Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest colours.. I have the latter and I think this colour looks really good.. I also like the new design of the camera module, which I think is distinctive.. Oneplus has used Corning Gorilla Glass, 5 on the back Gorilla Glass Victus for the display and a ceramic coating over the camera module, which should keep this phone scratch free. Even if you dont use a case., The rest of the design of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is similar to what weve already seen with the 9 Pro.. You get a large curved edge display on the front and a slim, aluminium frame.. All the ports are on the bottom.. The 10 Pro is slightly slimmer than its predecessor, but has gained some weight.. The 6.7 inch AMOLED display has flagship specs, just like on the 9 Pro, but with two notable upgrades. OnePlus has used a newer, LTPO type AMOLED panel, which has the ability to vary the refresh rate, all the way down to 1Hz. In order to conserve more battery power., Secondly, the in display fingerprint sensor is now closer to the centre of the display, so its a lot more comfortable to reach.
, Just like every other Android flagship in 2022, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. The 10 Pro 5G supports a total of nine 5G bands in India, which is a big improvement over two bands with the 9 Pro., The battery capacity of the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G has increased to 5000mAh. Its a similar dual cell battery. As what the 9 series has, but it supports up to 80W SuperVOOC wired charging, and this charger is bundled with the phone.. The 10 Pro also supports. Wireless charging up to 50W, similar to the 9 Pro. In terms of weather proofing, were told that the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G doesnt have an IP68 rating, except for the variants sold via US telecom carrier Verizon.. Despite the lack of official certification, though, the version sold in India is said to have all the necessary seals for protection from dust and water. I did test this a bit by dunking my 10 Pro unit in water for a few minutes, and it continued to work. Just fine. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G runs OxygenOS 12.1, based on Android 12. Youll find traces of Oppos ColorOS in the camera app and Settings menu, but OnePlus has kept the look and feel of its OS consistent with what OnePlus fans know and appreciate.. Some of the new features in this version of OxygenOS include a redesigned Shelf screen and a new universal search box called OnePlus Scout, which is similar to Apples, Spotlight search.
. You also get to choose from multiple dark mode levels, which is nice. OnePlus promises, three years of Android OS updates and four years of security updates for the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G., The OnePlus 10. Pro 5G is a large and slightly heavy phone which can take some getting used. To.. The finish of the phones body can be slippery, which is where the bundled case comes in handy.. The in display fingerprint sensor is responsive and never failed to unlock the phone.. The display on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G delivered excellent colours and content looked sharp., HDR videos looked very good and the stereo speakers helped complete the viewing experience. Nicely., The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G performed well in benchmarks, as youd expect. Performance, never really skipped a beat on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G when doing menial tasks and using basic apps, but playing high end games pushes this SoC to its limits.. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G ran fairly hot, with taxing titles such as Fortnite, but it cooled down just as quickly once I exited the game or switched to a less demanding task.. Despite this in game, performance was steady and gameplay didnt really suffer.. However, one instance when the heat from the phone did hamper usability was when shooting videos in very warm to hot conditions.. I encountered multiple overheating warnings when recording 4K video clips outdoors during the day, but didnt have the same issues in cooler environments indoors or at night.
. Thanks to the large battery the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G was able to deliver at least one full days worth of use, even with heavy usage.. With the screen resolution set to Auto, I managed to get nearly 19 hours of runtime in our HD video loop test, which is very good. Charging. The phone is very quick too, and you can get to nearly 100 percent from empty in just half an hour.. The phone also supports other fast charging standards. In case you forget your 80W charger at home. 50W wireless charging worked well too, but youll have to buy this charger. Separately.. The OnePlus and Hasselblad partnership continues and all three rear cameras use Hasselblad Camera for Mobile colour, science. For processing captured images. In terms of hardware, the primary and telephoto cameras havent changed much compared to what the 9 Pro had, but we do have different ultra wide and selfie cameras. So lets take a look at those first.. The ultra wide camera still has a 50 megapixel resolution, but its now, based on the Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor. Its a smaller sensor with smaller pixels than the excellent Sony IMX766 sensor we had in the 9 Pro and on paper. This is a downgrade. To add insult to injury. Oneplus has taken away the cameras autofocus capability too, which means the 10 Pro 5G doesnt have a macro mode like the 9 Pro.. The one good thing to come out of this change is that it supports a much wider 150 degree field of view, which leads to some very interesting.
Looking shots. Here are some samples taken with the 150 degree shooting mode. In terms of quality from the 10 Pros. Ultra wide camera images shot in daylight, looked very good. Hdr was handled well and low light shots were relatively noise free., However, when compared to the same scenes shot with the 9 Pros ultra wide camera. The lack of detail and sharpness is very evident. If you look, closely. OnePlus has finally upgraded the selfie camera on its flagship to a Sony IMX615 sensor, giving it a higher 32 megapixel resolution. Selfies shot in daylight were sharp and skin tones looked natural. Once all the beauty filters were turned off. Low light. Selfies were also decent and Night mode is available. Too., The specs of the main and telephoto cameras havent changed much from what the 9 Pro had and you can see their details on the screen. Now., The main camera captured excellent details and accurate colours in daylight. Shots. HDR worked very well, autofocus was quick and responsive and nearly every photo I took during this review period. Looked superb. Low light photos, packed very good details too, and colours were faithfully represented. Photos taken with the telephoto camera were sharp and highly detailed at the native 3.3X optical zoom. Level. Photos still looked good till about 10X zoom, but beyond that details began to deteriorate, pretty quickly. Photos were still usable, but smaller objects were hard to identify. Properly. 8K videos recorded with the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, looked sharp with good colours and were even stabilised.
. Videos shot in low light at 8K also looked good, but the electronic stabilisation caused some mild jitter. 4K videos shot during the day. Looked impressive with very good colours and stabilisation. 4K performance in low light was very good too.. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G brings some much needed upgrades over the 9 Pro and with just a moderate bump in pricing, its not a bad deal., Even the top end variant of the 10 Pro 5G is less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone 13 making It good value., However, its biggest competition at the moment is the iQoo 9 Pro, which offers similar features at around the same price. Compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro the 10 Pro 5G has a bigger battery quicker charging a slightly more power. Efficient AMOLED display a more powerful SoC with plenty more 5G bands, a better selfie camera and a nicer design. Now keep in mind that 10 Pro 5G does have a tendency to overheat when youre recording videos, which is an issue. I also faced with the OnePlus 9 Pro at launch.. This was seemingly resolved with software updates, so there is hope for the 10 Pro.. I am a little bummed out about the ultra wide camera, though, as it cant be used to take macros and the images it captures arent, as detailed as what the 9 Pro managed. Other than these little things.