July 6, 2022

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OnePlus 10 Professional offers the Pixel 6 Professional a run for its cash

The OnePlus 10 Professional is smooth, highly effective, and…really pretty priced. How about that!

That’s the most important takeaway from my time with the latest flagship from OnePlus, which launches within the U.S. on April 14 for $900. To be clear, I do know $900 is some huge cash in a vacuum, nonetheless, that worth is lots much less dire if you see its ultra-sharp 6.7-inch show, really feel its high-end Snapdragon chip in motion, and expertise its excellent battery life.

In a crowded Android flagship market, the newest effort from OnePlus manages to set itself other than the Samsungs of the world due to a mix of specs and (relative) worth.

The most recent and biggest, for much less

Volcanic black.

I do know the mere suggestion of nice specs may be titillating (jk), however let’s be extra particular. That is what you get within the sole $900 mannequin on sale within the U.S., which is available in both volcanic black or emerald forest colorways:

  • 6.7-inch AMOLED show (3216×1440 decision)
  • Dynamic refresh price as much as 120Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Sub-6Ghz 5G assist
  • Three rear cameras: 48MP fundamental lens, 50MP ultra-wide lens, 8MP telephoto lens
  • 32MP selfie cam
  • 5,000mAh battery

The OnePlus 10 Professional doesn’t innovate within the seems to be division, however that’s fantastic. The show comes with minimal bezels to supply an edge-to-edge look whereas the Gorilla Glass 5 rear glass cowl has this appealingly easy texture as you maintain the telephone. It’s all held collectively by an aluminum body that feels prefer it might deal with a drop or two, although fortunately that by no means occurred in my testing.

There isn’t a lot to say in regards to the show apart from it’s wonderful. It’s big, the decision is excessive sufficient to verify nothing seems to be too jagged on a display that measurement, and the refresh price retains all of your apps, video games, and movies wanting easy as hell. Talking of which, the refresh price will dynamically scale beneath 120Hz when the on-screen motion doesn’t demand easy movement, just like what the iPhone 13 Professional does to preserve battery life. As an example, if you happen to’re simply studying static textual content on an online web page, you in all probability do not want the display to refresh 120 occasions in a second. I’ve an excellent eye for these items and by no means as soon as observed a dip.

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The amount rocker all by its lonesome on the left facet of the telephone.

The oblong rear digital camera bump is substantive, ensuring the telephone won’t ever sit flush with any flat floor. It stands out like some form of unhealthy development on the left facet of the telephone’s again, in distinction to the sleeker horizontal digital camera bump on the Pixel 6. Moreover, I don’t love that the amount rocker is on the left facet whereas the facility button is on the fitting. A 6.7-inch telephone is already cumbersome sufficient to make use of with one hand, however that specific {hardware} resolution makes this one even harder to make use of with out sometimes mentioning your different hand. That stated, at 201g (or rather less than half a pound), the OnePlus 10 Professional is extraordinarily mild for its measurement.

There’s additionally a USB-C port for charging on the underside and no headphone jack. The overview unit OnePlus offered got here with a USB-C headphone dongle, however the lack of a devoted port will at all times be disappointing to me, even when it’s been greater than 5 years since Apple ripped off that band-aid. (I simply really feel just like the telephone gods have deserted us, that’s all.)

Lastly, I’ll word that 128GB is fairly mediocre as the one storage choice for U.S. clients. There’s apparently a 256GB mannequin coming to the states at an unspecified date however, for now, 128 gigs is all we get. It is actually manageable, however if you happen to’re an enormous cell gamer, that would refill shortly.

The Shelf must be shelved

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip that bequeaths valuable life unto the OnePlus 10 Professional simply launched final yr and is identical processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Moto Edge+. A brand new processor plus a hardy 8GB of RAM means it’s actually laborious to search out any efficiency complaints with this telephone.

This can be a highly effective handset with only one software program function that must be retooled or let go fully: The OnePlus Shelf. It’s the identical because the “At this time” display in iOS (the factor to the left of the house display with issues like climate widgets), besides it’s maddeningly activated by swiping down from the higher proper facet of the display. If you happen to’re right-handed like me, you’ll continuously deliver down the Shelf by chance and see some ineffective tidbits in regards to the climate or what number of steps you’ve taken in a day as a substitute of the notifications panel you in all probability meant to take a look at.

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These aren’t notifications!

I’m not against the Shelf current, however there must be a method to remap the place it is situated within the telephone UI so it doesn’t get in the way in which of checking notifications. On the time of writing, the one choice is to show it off fully… which I did.

I don’t miss it, to be sincere.

The very last thing I’ll say about efficiency is that the OnePlus 10 Professional’s battery life is sort of sturdy. A full cost obtained me by means of 15 to 16 hours of considerable use (i.e., Twitter, Spotify, YouTube, internet shopping) earlier than I needed to plug in. That’s about so long as you’ll be awake when you have something resembling a wholesome sleep schedule. If you happen to don’t, then the 65 watt adapter that comes within the field will get you from desperation mode to a full battery in lower than an hour.

Gamer’s delight

Whereas I really like video video games (particularly with sure…assists), I’m not a cell gamer in any respect. That stated, OnePlus packed the ten Professional filled with Star Trek-sounding options just like the “HyperBoost Gaming Engine” with “GPA Body Stabilizer” and “O-Sync” designed to make it a greater gaming telephone. And I gotta say, I got here away impressed, even when I’m not completely certain what these issues imply.

I examined out two frequent cell gaming benchmarks, Fortnite and Asphalt 9. The previous wants no rationalization. On a OnePlus 10 Professional, you’ll be able to toggle the 60 frames per second mode within the choices and the efficiency largely holds to that easy body price throughout gameplay. There have been snags in excessive circumstances, like parachuting down with the entire map in view to start out a spherical, however when you’re on the bottom, it’s stable.

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‘Asphalt 9’ seems to be unbelievable on the OnePlus 10 Professional.

Asphalt 9, a really quick racing recreation that handles acceleration and turning for you by default, was a very nice showcase for the OnePlus 10 Professional. Even with the excessive graphics setting turned on (which prompted a warning that it’d trigger surprising issues or crashes), the sport ran at a very easy 60fps with sharp textures and vivid colours. It would barely be a online game, however man, it seems to be nice.

Would you probably get an excellent higher gaming expertise out of a devoted gaming telephone just like the ASUS ROG 5? In all probability. However you’d additionally pay $100 extra to get one and also you’d need to cope with an attachable fan to maintain the telephone cool. I’d persist with the OnePlus if cell gaming actually mattered to me.

Lengthy publicity is rad

To supply the ten Professional’s digital camera system, OnePlus partnered with Swedish digital camera firm Hasselblad. I’m not a photographer in any respect, in order that doesn’t imply something to me, however I can let you know the OnePlus 10 Professional takes some actually great-looking pictures, even when the artist behind them is a complete newbie.

My favourite function is the lengthy publicity lens. Select from a number of completely different modes (i.e., transferring autos, water & clouds, mild portray), manually set how lengthy the publicity takes, after which maintain the telephone nonetheless to supply trippy, stunning pictures. That’s how I obtained this shot of a standard Brooklyn road nook with an above-ground subway prepare that appears like an infinitely stretching grey obelisk and pedestrians who appear like forlorn spirits left behind.

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I am so into this.

Except for that, there’s additionally a 150-degree ultra-wide lens that, nicely, takes actually large pictures. Right here’s an intersection wanting actual distorted and goofy in a manner that I’m fairly into.

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All 150 levels of this intersection in a single picture.

There are additionally extra standard lens choices at your disposal. Portrait mode produces a reasonably blur behind the goal, which I used to get this good shot of a completely ineffective crosswalk signal.

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Somebody actually wants to repair this.

Night time mode right here is okay, however not spectacular. Many of the nighttime pictures I took truthfully regarded extra pure and enticing with the default lens, however within the uncommon elements of Brooklyn the place road lights don’t shine, I used to be capable of get a clearer view of issues obscured by shadow.

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It was almost pitch darkish on this little streetside planter.

And at last, right here’s only a common shot I took in daytime with the default lens. Nice colours, very sharp, no complaints.

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The sky by no means regarded so blue.

A stable Pixel different

My stance for some time now has been that Google’s Pixel line is the way in which to go for the iPhone-averse amongst us. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional are the present standard-bearers for Android handsets factoring in attractiveness, function units, and affordability. That you could spend simply $600 on an everyday Pixel 6 and get among the finest efficiency and digital camera options round is a godsend.

However…the OnePlus 10 Professional is the primary Android telephone I’ve seen in a while that I’d think about as a authentic different to the Pixel 6 Professional. Each have the identical beginning worth of $900 and each include super efficiency, the identical show measurement and determination, and the identical 120Hz refresh price. The Pixel 6 Professional seems to be cooler and has extra sturdy digital camera choices and a much bigger battery, however the OnePlus 10 Professional is a superb gaming telephone on prime of being fairly good in any respect that different stuff.

Whether or not you go for Google’s gadget or go together with OnePlus, it’s a must to give the latter some credit score for placing up an actual struggle within the Android house when Samsung and Motorola clearly haven’t.

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