This year we’ve also seen a few OnePlus Nord phones: the Nord 2T, the Nord CE 2 and the Nord CE 2 Lite.
These are all relatively affordable phones, especially by the standards of the 10 Pro, designed for people who want one or two top-end features but without paying a high price.
In China, the OnePlus Ace launched, but that didn’t leave the country.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of our favorite phones of 2022 so far, so the 10T has big boots to follow – though it doesn’t sound like it’s trying to emulate its older sibling. Rather it sounds like it’s trying to provide an alternative version of it.
That’s why there’s no zoom camera, a seemingly flat-edge display and a smaller battery – it’s about speed on this new phone, in terms of charging and performance.
The battery and charging information has already been confirmed too, and we imagine that’s something that will be a big draw to the device.
The power pack is 4,800mAh, which is pretty big, but the eye-catching spec here is the 150W charging.
This isn’t the first phone with powering speeds this fast, but we certainly haven’t seen one that powers faster just yet, and we can expect to see the phone go from empty to full in less than 20 minutes.
OnePlus will certainly go into more detail on this at the launch.
Another thing that OnePlus has confirmed is the absence of an alert slider, a popular feature of the company’s phones – you can see it on the edge of the OnePlus 10 Pro in the above photo.
An alert slider is for easily flicking between silent, vibrate or full volume modes for notifications without having to open your phone. You can easily turn it onto silent when you walk into a meeting, or deactivate it when you walk out, without spending ages in menus.
As we said, it’s a popular OnePlus feature, and fans are already upset at its removal.
Another piece of camera information we know about the OnePlus 10T is that it won’t feature the Hasselblad branding that previous OnePlus phones have.
This branding boasted that legacy camera brand Hasselblad had contributed to some of the camera hardware and software for the phone, and in the 10 Pro, it manifested as a few new camera modes and AI tweakery on the normal photo mode.
It’s not clear if the lack of the branding means these modes won’t reappear, or if it’s simply the marketing aspect that’s changed, and OnePlus likely won’t discuss this on stage. We’ll have to test the phone ourselves to see.
The OnePlus 10T live stream has kicked off on YouTube, and you can see it here (opens in new tab).
This doesn’t mean there’s actually a video playing right now – it’s just a premiere, with the actual video scheduled to start 15 minutes before the event begins.
Another thing that OnePlus has confirmed is that the 10T will get the Sony IMX766 sensor for its main camera. That’s a 50MP snapper that we’ve seen used quite a bit in cheap phones over the last few months.
In fact, we’ve tested it extensively thanks to phones like the Realme 9 Pro Plus and Nothing Phone (1). We’ve found it very good for low-light imagery, at least compared to other sensors we see used in budget mobiles.
Here are some images that we took on the Realme phone, to give an example of how it performs at night.
While the sensor stands out from the crowd for low-light photography, its performance isn’t as impressive in well-lit conditions. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t stand out from the competition as much.
We’ll have to hear about the OnePlus 10T’s other cameras before we make judgements on its photography prowess though.
OnePlus hasn’t really been shy with information about the phone.
Here’s one big example – it’s the phone in green and black (an image that OnePlus shared well in advance of the one at the top of this article).
This is what let us know that the phone looked like the OnePlus 10 Pro, and had three cameras too.
Something that’s interesting is that OnePlus had two launches today.
One was obviously the OnePlus 10T launch – that’s what you’re here for, presumably – but the other was a Chinese-only one for the OnePlus Ace Pro.
However this second launch event has been cancelled at the last minute, and it’s not quite clear why. What’s doubly odd is that this cancellation happened the day after Motorola called off a similar China-only event.
So what’s going on? We don’t know – but the OnePlus 10T launch is still going on.
It’s OnePlus 10T launch live blog time at TechRadar, and we’re getting the engine running for another launch event – there are still hours to go before OnePlus’ live stream starts though, so there’s no need to warm up your popcorn just yet.