Check out these 6 things before buying the OnePlus 10R
As a result, the OnePlus 10R lives up to OnePlus’ “flagship killer” mantra simply because it comes packed with features and is also good value for money. Two variants are available: an “Endurance” edition with a smaller 4,500mAh battery and 150W fast charging functionality and a “base” model with a 5,000mAh battery and 80W fast charging. Due to the bundled but bulky 160W charger, the Endurance Edition would fully recharge in around 20 minutes.
The premium editions come with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max chipset and an OIS-capable main camera. There may be a perception that the phone is a great choice for users who want a fast charging smartphone with decent cameras without burning their pockets. At the same time, some buyers may be confused by the OnePlus 10R since the device is essentially a rebranded Realme GT Neo 3, which is cheaper than the OnePlus 10R.
Additionally, loyal OnePlus users may question OnePlus’ decision to remove the slider button and use a generic full-size lens for the rear camera. Reviewers will examine the promises made by the OnePlus 10R and whether the regular edition, the Endurance edition or the more affordable Realme GT Neo 3 is the better choice.
The OnePlus 10R features a plastic finish that may seem substandard, especially if you’re spending more than Rs 40,000 on a device. That doesn’t mean the phone looks ugly in every way, but the build quality raises a lot of questions about its durability. The case comes in matte gray and the finish is smooth, which I like.
Overall, the OnePlus 10R is pretty sleek to hold, but the camera bump is significant and may worry some users as the plastic covers it. The lens cover uses glass and is more scratch resistant. Finally, there’s no official IP rating for dust and water protection, even at this price.
The OnePlus 10R lives up to its reputation as an excellent smartphone with a premium display panel. In direct sunlight it may not be bright enough, but most users won’t complain much. This is a common problem with OLED panels. With its 6.7-inch Full-HD+ display (2,412 x 1,080 pixels) and 120 Hz dynamic refresh rate, this smartphone offers an excellent visual experience. Below the screen is a fingerprint scanner for biometric security, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Users can enable one-handed gesture mode in the Settings apps to easily use the OnePlus 10R’s large screen. If you love watching YouTube or Netflix videos, the OnePlus 10R won’t disappoint. The 120Hz refresh rate also makes gaming smooth.
Although OnePlus has rivals like Motorola and Asus beating it with higher refresh rates, we’re still waiting for the company to step up its game. Dual speakers with built-in Dolby Vision and Atmos would make gaming and entertainment more immersive and pleasant.
MediaTek is gradually entering the phone industry, and a MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC powers the OnePlus 10R. Among mid-budget smartphones, it’s not the most popular chipset, so it’s a bit difficult to compare. Benchmarks show that the phone performs well. The single-core and multi-core Geekbench tests yielded 870 and 3,465 points, respectively.
With an average frame rate of 34, the phone scored 5,238 points in the one-minute extended 3D Mark Wildlife test. It is quite good compared to its competitors. After 15 minutes of CPU throttling, the OnePlus 10R hit 86%. Although the OnePlus 10R has impressive numbers, there is some stutter when switching between heavy apps and games. The phone ran smoothly on the highest settings of the demanding action title Apex Legends.
As a result, the phone’s battery became overstretched in just 15 minutes, losing 10% of its charge. However, the temperature of the smartphone was generally warm, probably due to the weather in Delhi. OxygenOS 12 runs smoothly on the OnePlus 10R, running Android 12. Compared to the Realme GT Neo 3, the OnePlus 10R has superior software. OnePlus promises three years of Android updates and very little bloatware on its phones. Bloatware apps and spam notifications plague the GT Neo 3 device, which is expected to receive Android updates for two years.
In addition to the company’s main 50-megapixel camera, the OnePlus 10R also has optical image stabilization. Regardless of the lighting conditions, most images will appear crisp in bright light and the majority will notice warmer tones. Regular users will appreciate the boosted skin tones, but I prefer a more natural look. Although the main sensor mainly produces good images, the AI improves the contrast very well.
Low-light conditions will keep you from seeing details with the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The performance of a macro camera can vary from 4cm to 20cm, depending on its proximity to the human eye. Most images look flat on the phone’s 16-megapixel front camera. A warm or natural lighting environment also does not allow the OnePlus 10R selfie camera to detect natural skin tone.
4K video can be captured on the OnePlus 10R, but there’s no optical image stabilization. Creators can provide stable clips using a tripod or gimbal support. EIS is offered on the front camera, but AI processing is average and doesn’t offer adequate contrast to videos.
There are several selling points of the OnePlus 10R, including its battery technology, which allows it to fully recharge in about 20 minutes. The Endurance Edition is fast charging compatible; however, users need to enable it from settings to take full advantage of its potential. It took over 25 minutes for the phone to reach a full battery, presumably to avoid overheating. Heavy gaming, 120Hz on, and dark mode on easily lasted an entire day.
We should expect longer battery life from a 5,000mAh unit in the regular edition. Those who prefer good batteries to good cameras would find this more appealing. As long as the phone fits their budget, most Indian customers wouldn’t mind that the OnePlus 10R isn’t the typical OnePlus smartphone. Although the OnePlus 10R is a good phone, I recommend customers to get the standard version with the 5000mAh battery instead.
Compared to 150W charging, 80W charging may seem less powerful, but it’s still much faster than most of its competitors. The OnePlus 10R is a great choice if you want a vivid display and a sleek design. An additional factor to consider when choosing a smartphone is the nearly clean Android 12 experience. I would recommend the Galaxy A72 5G if cameras are your priority. Its 50 megapixel camera is superior to some competitors.