OnePlus 10R 5G: OnePlus recently launched the 10R 5G smartphone in India. It is the successor of the OnePlus 9R (Review) and its price is less than the OnePlus 9RT (Review) which came this year. However, it looks different from all the phones that the company has made so far. It comes with a very unique look and newbies who are shifting to OnePlus will love it. However, this may disappoint the current OnePlus fans. In the 10R 5G, the company has used some interesting hardware and it fits perfectly in the 150W Endurance Edition. So does OnePlus’ new design and hardware match up with its Rs 43,999 price tag in India?
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) PRICE IN INDIA
The OnePlus 10R 5G is available in two models – 80W or 150W charging. There are two variants of the 80W model which one comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, it is priced at Rs 38,999. The second one comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage which is priced at Rs 42,999. Its 150W Endurance Edition is priced at Rs 43,999 and comes in 256GB storage with 12GB of RAM. The 150W charging model packs a 4,500mAh battery, while the 80W model packs a 5,000mAh battery.
In my opinion, it would be better to get its Endurance Edition than to go for the regular 12GB model. The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) only comes in Seira Black finish, without the Forest Green option that is available on the regular model.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) Design
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) looks similar to its regular model. Their weight is also 186 grams. It is quite a lightweight mid-premium range smartphone, as it has a polycarbonate frame and back panel. Wireless charging is not provided in this series of the company as seen in other smartphones of this segment. One reason for the phone’s slim 8.2mm size is also the lack of wireless charging. No official IP rating has been given to the phone. This feature is available in some smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) and Apple iPhone SE (2022) (Review).
The design of the phone has been made keeping in mind the smartphones of today. Its sides are flat, straight in line and the edges are sharp. It is quite unique and looks different from other handsets of the company. Before this, OnePlus X, which came in 2015, was the only smartphone, which similarly looked completely different from the company’s lineup.
Like the frame in the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W), the back panel has a matte finish, but the left half has a pinstripe pattern that can be seen from the glass portion of the rear camera module. The back panel and frame do not leave fingerprints at all, but the camera module picks up dust and smudges very quickly and gets dirty within minutes of use. It’s not easy to clean either.
Not only is the phone unique in appearance, but it is also very comfortable to hold in the hand due to the edges of the frame. Due to the use of polycarbonate, it is quite lightweight but misses out on a premium feel. The metal frame was given in both the OnePlus 9R and 9RT and they came with a glass back. The display of the 10R 5G has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and fingerprints fall very quickly on it. Apart from this, the alert slider is also not available on the phone, from which the sound profiles can be changed. This is the signature feature of every premium OnePlus smartphone.
The OnePlus logo is given in the bottom right corner of the back panel of the phone. It’s the only design element a OnePlus fan can relate to. Apart from this, the rest of the design of the phone has been separated from the previous smartphones.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) Specifications and Software
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) has the same specifications as the regular model. The only difference is battery capacity and charging speed. MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max chipset has been given in both models. Like the Dimensity 1200-AI SoC given in the OnePlus Nord 2, this time the company has customized some algorithms in the OnePlus 10R 5G, for which it has been called ‘Max’. According to the company, the Dimension 8100-Max SoC can deliver better AI performance, stable gaming, and better Nightscape video performance. For connectivity, it has been given Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and a general satellite navigation system.
This OnePlus smartphone runs on OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12. It has all the OnePlus elements like Shelf, Canvas lock screen, OnePlus Sans font, etc., yet it looks like the RealmeUI given in the Realme GT Neo 3. This is due to OnePlus’ new management structure and its decision to merge OxygenOS with ColorOS. RealmeUI is also a derivative of ColorOS, due to which shows this similarity.
The theming engine of OxygenOS 12.1 works as expected and merges the accent colors of the system, widgets, and keyboard with the selected wallpaper. New and useful Android 12 widgets like Conversations, Screen Time, etc can be pinned to the home screen. The OnePlus Shelf feature was getting activated several times while pulling down the notification tray, which I found distracting, so I disabled it.
The best thing about the phone is that it comes with only two preinstalled apps out of the box. Both Netflix and Spotify are useful, but they can also be removed if not needed. However, it also comes with several OnePlus branded apps like Clone Phone, Community, Recorder, and Zen Mode which cannot be removed. Overall, it can be said that OxygenOS is quite clean and easy to use.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) Performance and Battery Life
The software performance of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) was smooth in regular use. I did not find any lag while opening apps and multitasking. Its 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel has a 120Hz refresh rate. The colors look punchy and the display is easily readable even in direct sunlight. Streaming movies on the OnePlus 10R 5G was a great experience, but when I tested it, I couldn’t do HDR streaming on Netflix on the phone. Regular content looks good and the stereo speakers sound loud and balanced.
Talking about the benchmarks, the phone meets the competition in the market. The phone scored 6,95,094 points on AnTuTu. It scored 881 and 3,567 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests. In T-Rex and Car Chase on GFXBench, the phone maintained 60fps and 44fps respectively. However, these scores fall short of the Xiaomi 11T Pro (Review) or iQoo 9 SE (Review) which have Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and both are available for the same price.
The gaming performance of the phone was good. The phone did not get too hot even when playing games like Call of Duty: Mobile or Asphalt 9 Legends on high graphics settings. Being a premium smartphone, Asphalt 9 Legend could not be played at 60fps. These features are also available on devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The display’s 120Hz touch sampling rate is adequate. The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) comes with a 160W charger that charges the device from zero to 100% in 19 minutes.
OnePlus claimed 17 minutes for this, which is pretty close to it. Rapid charging mode has to be enabled by going to the phone’s battery settings, by default it is turned off. After enabling, you will see a warning on the screen which says – Your device will fast charge, but it may get a bit hot during charging. In my experience, the phone got a little hot but not so much that it could not be touched.
The company has also given a special feature for battery health in this so that both the phone and the battery remain fine. Named the Battery Health Engine, it only comes with the 150W model. According to OnePlus, this has been given to maintaining the battery life for a long time.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) went on for a day and a half even after gaming and heavy usage. The phone clocked 18 hours and 9 minutes in the HD video loop test, which is a good thing for a premium smartphone.
Cameras of OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)
The main camera on the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is Sony’s tried-and-tested 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor with optical image stabilization. Apart from the OnePlus 9RT and the OnePlus 9 Pro, this camera has also been seen as an ultrawide sensor for the OnePlus. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera of the phone has been downgraded because the 16-megapixel camera was given in the 9RT. The 2-megapixel macro camera is given in the same way as the previous model. The phone supports 16-megapixel front camera for selfies.
Talking about the camera interface, it feels special to OnePlus with all the necessary controls on the left side and a three-dot button, which when sliding opens more options.
The primary camera of the phone captures crisp and clear photos in daylight. Dynamic range and detail are good in the photo. The close-up shots of the photo were sharp and looked slightly saturated. The ultrawide camera takes decent photos but in daylight, the dynamic range and color tone were slightly different from the primary camera. The details were less towards the edge and there was a slight barrel distortion.
The subject was overexposed while taking a selfie during the daytime and the dream-like effect was visible in the photo. The photos weren’t too sharp or detailed. Switching to portrait mode in the selfie camera, the details remained the same but edge detection was good. Shots from the macro camera were average. Sometimes they were coming good and sometimes they were being missed.
When using auto mode in low light, the camera automatically took long exposure shots when needed. Here the shots taken with the primary camera were quite good. The noise was under control but some small highlights were not exposed well near a large light source. Nightscape mode took longer exposures and photos came out brighter with decent detail and dynamic range. Photos from the ultra-wide camera were a bit blurry but were usable. Selfies taken in low-light were average in quality and there was a lot of noise in photos taken with portrait mode.
Video captured in 1080p with the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) was decent in daylight. It had a good dynamic range but comparatively fewer details. I used the AI Highlight feature in bright scenes (which only works in 1080p up to 30fps) but the footage was shaking. Videos captured at 60fps (1080p or 4K) were slightly smoother but lacked stabilization. Selfie videos were sharp at 1080p and 30fps but the background is blown out when captured in front of a light.
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The quality of the video in low light was quite impressive, in which the noise was also low. There was a slight lack of stabilization in it. The AI Highlight feature brightened up the night video a bit but there was a lot of noise in it too. Then I found it better to capture in regular mode only.
There are many things you will love in the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) unless you are a big OnePlus fan. Those looking to make a brand new shift and upgrade to OnePlus for the first time can’t miss out on its iconic alert slider. The phone flaunts a crisp 120Hz fluid AMOLED display, plenty of processing power for heavy games, a main camera that works well in low light, good battery life, and a 150W charging system that works as claimed.
A OnePlus fan will find its absence slider and the company’s hand feel a little different. Whether the design of the phone looks good or bad may depend on it, but I did not like its sharp edges as it did not feel so comfortable to hold. At Rs 43,999, it didn’t even feel that premium.
When it comes to competition in the market, you have a lot to choose from. iQoo’s 9 SE is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and has a pretty decent camera system, which comes for Rs 33,990. There is the Xiaomi 11T Pro which comes for Rs 38,999 and has Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, apart from a 108MP camera and a 5,000mAh battery with 120W charging feature. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is also an option which is a premium smartphone with wireless charging and an IP68 rating as well. Then there is the Realme GT Neo 3 which is similar to the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) in terms of hardware but is Rs 1000 cheaper than it.