OnePlus has recently launched its 10R 5G in India. The new phone is the successor to the OnePlus 9R (Review) and is priced below this years OnePlus 9RT (Review). However, it looks quite unique, and newcomers to the OnePlus brand might find it attractive on the one hand, although future OnePlus customers may be a little disappointed. So are OnePlus'' new design and hardware choices sufficient to justify that Rs. 43,999 sticker price in India?
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) price in India
The OnePlus 10R 5G is available in two models with either 80W or 150W charging, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 42,999. The 150W Endurance Edition model is priced at Rs. 43,999 and includes a 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The 150W charging model also has a smaller 4,500mAh battery than the 5,000mAh battery in the 80W model.
If you prefer a higher capacity battery over faster charging, the Endurance Edition is better than the 12GB version of the regular model. The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is only available in a Sierra Black finish, and you dont need theForest Green option that you do with either variant of the regular model.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) design
Despite its slim frame and back panel, the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) looks identical to the regular model and weighs the same 186g. This is quite light for a mid-range premium smartphone, mainly because of its polycarbonate frame and back panel. This is also possible for some users, as these phones8.2mm slim bodies are not covered by an official IP rating. Note that certain smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) and the Apple iPhone SE (2022
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) appears to be identical to the regular OnePlus 10R 5G model.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) model is very modern, with flat sides, straight lines, and sharp edges. It is quite impressive and certainly stands out from the rest of the lineup as much as it is expected. The only other OnePlus smartphone that has ever come out as much as this one was the OnePlus X (Review) from 2015.
The back panel of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) has a matte finish, just like the frame, but there''s also a pinstripe pattern on the left half, which can be seen through the glass portion of the rear camera module. While the back panel and the frame are excellent at resisting fingerprints, the camera module is a smudge and dust magnet, which gets quite messy after a few minutes of use. It isnt easy to clean up either.
Three rear-facing cameras are included in the OnePlus 10R 5G 150W Endurance Edition.
The OnePlus 10R 5G is very unique and is not the most comfortable to hold due to the frames. This is particularly unfortunate given that the OnePlus 9R and the 9RT both have metal frames andglass backs. This phone is also missing the all-important Alert slider, which is used to alter sound profiles and is a top feature on most other premium OnePlus smartphones.
The bottom right corner of the back panel features a OnePlus logo, which is the only design element that a OnePlus fan may associate with, as the rest of the design represents a significant departure from nearly every design aspect of previous smartphones.
Specifications and software for the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)
Both models have the same SoC, according to OnePlus''s MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC, which is similar to the Dimensity 1200-AI SoC in the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review). This means that the customised Dimensity 8100-Max SoC is intended to help with improved AI performance, improved gaming performance, and improved Nightscape video. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and the usual satellite navigation systems.
The software for OxygenOS 12.1, which is based on Android 12, is similar to RealmeUI, particularly on theRealme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), thanks to a new management structure and its decision to combine OxygenOS with ColorOS. RealmeUI is also a derivative of ColorOS, which confirms the similarities.
OxygenOS 12.1, based on Android 12, is powered by the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition).
The OxygenOS 12.1 youtube game is compatible with the system''s accent colors, including widgets, and keyboard, and the OnePlus Shelf feature, which can be pinned to the homescreen, but the reason for the default feature was because I accidentally activated it a few times when trying to remove the notifications tray.
Both Netflix and Spotify were fantastic, but both apps on the phone may be uninstalled if not needed. OxygenOS still looks good, although it is intuitive to operate despite having multiple OnePlus customizations.
Performance and battery life for the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)
With regular use, the OnePlus 10R 5G software performance was smooth and smooth. Even under daylight I experienced no lag. Its 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel provides excellent visual effects. Even the most powerful ones were visible. When I tested it, the regular content showed the sound quality and the stereo speakers sounded loud and balanced.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) has a 6.7-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) scored 6,95,094 points, and it managed 881 and 3,567 respectively in graphics tests conducted by AnTuTu, both of which feature Qualcomm''s Snapdragon 888 SoC and are priced similarly.
While playing games such as Call of Duty: Mobile or Asphalt 9 Legends at the highest graphics settings, performance was disappointing, but this phone was not capable of performing as well. For a premium smartphone, Qualcomm''s Snapdragon 888 SoC included a touch sampling rate (up to 720Hz) that was adequate after tweaking certain settings in the Games app.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) comes with a large 160W charger in the box.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) comes with a 160W charger, which managed to charge the device from a zero to a 100% in 19 minutes. This is very close to the claimed charge time for OnePlus. This is very close to the phone''s usual automatic charging mode, since it is a default mode. This will indicate that your phone will charge faster, but it may be a little warmer during charging. In my experience the phone did warm up but did not get too hot to the touch.
OnePlus has introduced a Battery Health Engine feature, which is exclusive to the 150W model, to prolong the battery''s life, so its capable to maintain the same level of charge in the long run.
Even with gaming-intensive usage, the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) lasted about a day and a half. The phone had 18 hours and nine minutes in our HD video loop test, which was quite effective.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) cameras
Sony''s main camera for the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is a 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor that is optical image stabilization (OIS). The sensor is identical to the one used in the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) and OnePlus 9 (Review) for their ultra-wide-angle cameras. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera in the OnePlus 10R 5G is also similar to the one used in the previous model. Selfies are handled by a 16-
It''s usually OnePlus with all of the major controls on the left side, along with the three-dot button, which slides out to reveal additional possibilities.
Samples of the OnePlus 10R 5G daylight camera. Top to bottom: Close-up primary camera, primary camera, ultra-wide-angle camera (Tap to see full size)
The OnePlus 10R 5G primary camera captured crisp and clear photos in daylight. Both dynamic range and detail were good. Close-ups of plants were sharp and a bit saturated. The ultra-wide-angle camera managed excellent photos, but colour levels were quite different from the primary camera. There was a noticeable loss of detail towards the frame edges, along with some barrel distortion.
When shooting during the day, subjects in selfies appeared to be overexposed and a desire arise. They also didn''t look as sharp or detailed as I expected. Despite a lot of detail, switching to Portrait mode on the selfie camera showed a great edge detection. Usually, the results were average at best.
When using Auto mode in low light, the camera took slightly longer exposure shots when needed. Photos taken with the primary camera looked quite good. Noise was under control, but some minor highlights near strong sources of light weren''t exposed properly. Nightscape mode increased exposure and captured brighter images with even more detail and dynamic range, allowing the exposure of darker areas to be avoided. Selfies in low light had average quality and Portrait mode captured really noisy photos.
Low light camera samples for the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) are taken from the inside. Top to bottom: Selfie camera (Portrait mode), Primary camera (Auto), Primary camera (Nightscape) (Tap to see full size)
Videos taken with the OnePlus 10R 5G main camera at 1080plooked decent in daylight, with good dynamic range for the most part, but detail was on the lower side. I tried using the AI Highlight feature (works only at 1080p 30fps) in brighter scenes, but the footage was not actually real appealing. Selfie videos came out looking sharp at 1080p 30fps (maximum resolution) but had blown-out backgrounds when shooting against the light.
With low noise, video quality was impressive, but it also had the same stabilisation issues I noticed when shooting in daylight. The AI Highlight feature did brighten up night video, but added plenty of noise in the process. I preferred the regular mode.
If you are a huge OnePlus fan, the OnePlus 10R 5G will offer a crisp 120Hz fluid AMOLED display, adequate processing capacity to handle demanding games, a main camera that is capable in low light, excellent battery life, and a 150W charging system.
The missing Alert slider and the familiar OnePlus hand-feel will appear strange to a OnePlus fan. I did not like the sharp edges, as it wasn''t particularly comfortable to hold. It does not sell for a smartphone priced at Rs. 43,999. Indeed, it appears that OnePlus has reduced a few corners.
There''s plenty of competition to choose from, with many of which are significantly higher. iQoos 9 SE (Review) features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, powerful cameras (108-megapixel sensor), a large 5,000mAh battery, and Dolby Vision playback for streaming video. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) (from Rs. 39,999) seems to offer a premium smartphone with wireless charging, and a patent protected technology for dust and water resistance. The Realme