The MediaTek Dimensity 8100 platform powers the OnePlus 10R. On the back, it has a triple camera system and a huge 120Hz display. The phone will be available in two models: one with a 5000mAh battery and an 80W charger, and another with a 4500mAh battery and a 150W charger.
Currently, the OnePlus 10R is only available in India. With a starting price of around $509, the OnePlus 10R is slightly less expensive than its predecessor, the OnePlus 9RT. However, because the market in this price bracket is fairly competitive, we’ll just have to see how the OnePlus 10R fares.
The OnePlus 10R is packaged in typical OnePlus fashion. A silicone case and a USB-C charging cord are included with the phone. You’ll get an 80W or 160W SuperVOOC fast charger depending on the variation you choose.
Oneplus 10R: Design
The design of the OnePlus 10R is boxy and squared-off. The front and back meet at right angles on all sides, creating a slab-like profile.
A huge camera bump with three lenses can be found on the phone’s back. The striped design on the camera bump runs down the back of the phone.
The power button is on the right side of the phone, while the volume buttons are on the left. The buttons are also flush with the surface, making them less convenient and satisfying to use.
The OnePlus 10R is the first mainstream OnePlus phone since the OnePlus 2 to lack the company’s signature three-position alert slider, making it even clearer that this phone wasn’t designed by OnePlus.
The phone’s back and sides are composed of plastic, yet the fit and finish are excellent. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used on the front, with flat borders and a camera cutout in the upper centre.
Forest Green and Sierra Black are the two colours available for the OnePlus 10R. The basic model with the 80W charger is available in both colours, however the Endurance edition with the
160W charger is only available in black.
The phone’s build quality is adequate for a phone in its class, and despite being primarily composed of plastic, it feels rather decent. However, there is no ingress protection rating, despite the inclusion of basic features such as a rubber gasket around the SIM tray, implying some kind of protection.
OnePlus 10R: Display
The OnePlus 10R boasts a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2412×1080 pixels. The display has a dynamic refresh rate of 120Hz and a 10-bit colour depth. The touchscreen polls at 360Hz by default, although this can be increased to 720Hz in software during gaming.
The monitor’s display options allow you to change the colours. Vivid, Natural, or Pro modes are available. We know Vivid is DCI-P3, Natural is sRGB, and Pro mode allows you to manually choose between Cinematic, which is Panel P3, and Brilliant, which sets the display to its fullest natural gamut. Any of the presets can have their white balance adjusted manually.
Up to 120Hz dynamic refresh rates are supported by the panel. When the High refresh rate option is selected, the display can cycle between 120Hz, 90Hz, and 60Hz. The changes are depending on user activity, display content, and whitelisted apps.
When a user is actively interacting with the display, for example, the refresh rate is set to its maximum for the majority of the time, but it eventually declines when the user stops interacting. Video and map content can also cause the display to slow down to 60Hz. Finally, 60Hz is locked in some apps like YouTube, Google Maps, and most games.
On the plus side, the OnePlus 10R 5G’s top-end model boasts a really cool party trick in the form of its ability to charge at up to 150W. This model comes with a 160W SuperVOOC Endurance Edition charger, which I have with me. It’s about half the phone’s length and extremely weighty. According to OnePlus, the 4,500mAh battery on this version of the 10R 5G should charge from empty to full in just 17 minutes, which is incredibly fast.
This model comes with an unusual Battery Health Engine function that is touted to assure safety when charging quickly and that the battery may retain 80 percent of its original capacity even after 1,600 charge cycles, ensuring long-term battery health. This model is available with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for Rs. 43,999.
Like the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, the basic OnePlus 10R 5G can be charged at 80W and comes with an 80W SuperVOOC fast charger in the package (Review). This model does not include the Battery Health Engine, but it does contain all of the necessary safety features for fast charging.The battery capacity in the standard model is 5,000mAh, and it is rated to deliver longer usage time than the 4,500mAh battery in the 150W model. Prices for the 80W model start at Rs. 38,999 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and Rs. 42,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
OxygenOS 12.1 runs on top of Android 12 on the OnePlus 10R. OxygenOS 12 has a dedicated review , and the 12.1 upgrade hasn’t altered anything.
ColorOS 12 is essentially OxygenOS 12.1 with a few modifications. Beyond the superficial cosmetic differences, the OS is similar to that found on OnePlus and Realme phones .
Unfortunately, the two systems’ user interfaces have been mashed together with all the finesse of a traffic accident. Some OxygenOS 11 design elements have been maintained, while others have been replaced with ColorOS design components for no apparent reason.
Little things like this irritate and alienate long-term users, prompting them to question their purchasing decision. OnePlus could have kept its original promise of making OxygenOS more stable while preserving the features that people valued, but it failed on both counts.
For what it’s worth, OnePlus has stated that OxygenOS 13 would be designed to look more like the stock Android design that users expect. But when we see it, we’ll believe it.
Performance of the phone
The MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX processor powers the OnePlus 10R, which is a OnePlus-only variation of the Dimensity 8100. Despite our persistent requests, the firm has been unable to provide a clear explanation of what distinguishes the MAX version from the normal Dimensity 8100. Except for the name, the two appear to be identical.
You may choose between 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM when it comes to memory. The configuration we tested was the most powerful.
The Dimensity 8100-MAX performed admirably, finishing second to the Snapdragon 888. The phone felt fluid and quick in normal use (at least when the display wasn’t acting up), and gaming performance was excellent.
The OnePlus 10R, like other recent OnePlus phones, offers a performance mode setting that keeps the CPU clock speeds high instead than ramping down while not in use. We didn’t anticipate to observe much of a difference in benchmarks with this option enabled, as the device will naturally surge to high clocks during testing regardless.
Surprisingly, with this option enabled, scores improved significantly, especially for those who were limited by CPU performance. This indicates that by turning off performance mode, the user is sacrificing actual quantifiable performance and not getting the most out of their device.
The OnePlus 10R features the company’s largest vapour chamber yet, as well as graphite and graphene thermal pads. The end result is amazing, since the phone keeps your skin at a pleasant temperature even when you’re gaming. The plastic body doesn’t get as warm to the touch as aluminium. For long periods of time, the phone could retain its performance without throttling.
For the most part, the OnePlus 10R is a capable smartphone. It has a nice look, a wonderful display, strong performance, and a superb rapid charging option.
The cameras, on the other hand, are unimpressive and a step down even from the previous generation model. Both cosmetically and operationally, the OnePlus software remains a jumble. The majority of the phone’s flaws are software-related, which means they may be resolved in the future but are not anything you should base your purchasing decision on.
If OnePlus eventually gets its software act together, the OnePlus 10R could be a good buy. Until then, we propose the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G or the OnePlus 9RT if you want to stay with OnePlus.
Design is appealing.
Excellent picture quality
With proper cooling, the Dimensity 8100-MAX chipset delivers good performance.
Fast charging option of 150W is incredible.
Some apps have major stuttering issues due to the changing refresh rate.
Camera performance is poor.
OxygenOS 12.1 is an unstable and poorly built operating system that only allows for 150W charging on the most expensive model, which also has a smaller battery.