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Should you at least think about getting the new OnePlus 10R?
OnePlus 10R 5G Review Oneplus 10R Good Performance, But Lacks Oneplus Superior: As far as Android flagships go, OnePlus has made a name for itself worldwide by giving users cutting-edge specs in a high-end-looking design at a reasonable price. OnePlus was a major threat to high-end smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple in India a few years ago.
However, things have begun to change since Carl Pei left the company and the merger between OnePlus and Oppo was announced. Even though they made the OnePlus 10 Pro a high-end device for consumers and added the Nord series to its budget line-up, OnePlus has changed its focus to be the best at giving consumers affordable flagships.
India just got a new OnePlus 10R that starts at 38,999. Some bank offers can bring that price down to 34,999, but there will still be many people who can’t get it. So, spending almost Rs.40,000 on a smartphone is a lot for them, especially since they can get an iPhone 12 or Galaxy S21 FE for Rs.50,000.
Features and Specifications of the OnePlus 10R
- Display: 120 Hz IRIS Display, 6.7 inches; Resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels, 394 PPI; aspect ratio: 20:9 Display features: Hyper Touch Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Eye Comfort Mode, and Auto brightness
- OS: OxygenOS, which is based on Android 12
- Processor: MediaTek Diminutive 8100 Max battery and charging: 5000 mAh with 80W SuperVOOC In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
- Special Features: Hyperboost gaming engine
- Main Camera: 50MP with Sony IMX766 and 2MP Macro Camera with Dual LED Flash; Front Camera: 16MP (Selfie) Features of the Sony IMX471 camera include Nightscape 2.0, Super Macro, UltraShot HDR, Smart Scene Recognition, Panorama, Tilt-shift mode, Focus Peaking, Filters, Portrait mode, and Pro mode. Nightscape, HDR, portrait timelapse, and hyper-lapse modes for video
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OnePlus 10R 5G Pros
- Good AMOLED screen
- The MediaTek Dimensity 8100 MAX gives you a powerful performance.
- Good sound and options for connecting to the internet
- A well-kept OxygenOS
- Powerful battery performance and quick charging
OnePlus 10R 5G Cons
- Lacks the unique design of OnePlus
- It has nothing high-end about its design or screen.
- The pictures taken at night could have been better.
OnePlus 10R 5G Quality Design & Construction
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about why OnePlus changed the core design of the 10R. Some people say OnePlus wants to make more money, others want a change, and others say it wants to lower prices. I say it wants to do all three. OnePlus has lost sight of its fundamental design ideas in a rush to provide a unique product at a lower cost.
OnePlus says that the flat edges make the phone easier to hold and more comfortable while also making it thinner, but I can see that it’s much heavier than other phones with plastic bodies. It’s only 9 grams lighter than the OnePlus 9RT, which has a much better design. This OnePlus 10R doesn’t have any high-end touch at all.
OnePlus 10R 5G Display
OnePlus always has the best displays on its phones, especially at this price point. This one has a 6.7-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate that doesn’t flicker. Also, the display can change between 120 Hz, 90 Hz, and 60 Hz depending on what is being watched to save battery life. This was a feature of the first generation of LTPO displays. The display is good overall, but I don’t think it’s as good as the iPhones or even the Samsungs.
Yes, having a touch reaction rate cap of 1,000 Hz helps with gaming, and yes, it is suitable for that, but in my opinion, the display is about what you would expect from a smartphone costing Rs. 40k in 2022.
To be truthful, I liked viewing movies or web series, but I adore the OnePlus 10 Pro much more. Being HDR10+ certified allows you to watch material with utmost clarity. Also, compared to the OnePlus 9RT, this flat-edged display seems like a step-down, and I’m not sure if OnePlus did this on purpose.
Finally, when it came to the screen, I noticed that OnePlus hadn’t given an official Gorilla Glass rating for the OnePlus 10R or the OnePlus 10 Pro. There is already tempered glass on it, which, to be fair, survived a drop, but not my 10 Pro, so if you care about the screen, please use it with screen protection.
OnePlus 10R 5G Gameplay and performance
Regarding performance, I don’t think OnePlus ever lets down its customers. It always tries to pack as much power as possible for the price. I’m glad that the OnePlus 10R, which has a custom-made MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX chipset and sells for less money, doesn’t have worse performance.
The performance of the OnePlus 10R is improved by its 3D Passive Cooling System, which has the largest vapor chamber of any OnePlus phone to date. During normal use, the chipset is also very efficient and doesn’t heat much, even less than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the OnePlus 10 Pro.
The OnePlus 10R starts with good scores on the Geekbench test, with 872 points in single-core and 3348 points in multicore. With multiple benchmarks, it goes down a little bit, but not a lot. This was seen in the OnePlus 10 Pro with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which suggests that this phone has one of the best thermal solutions.
You may not be aware that the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX octa-core chipset delivers CPU speeds up to 2.85 GHz and 11% better multi-core performance than the previous version. Also, the GPU has gotten a lot better, and when combined with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256 GB of high-speed UFS 3.1 flash storage, you get a flagship experience at this price point.
During the hard AnTuTu 3D benchmark, you can see that the temperature only goes up by 1.1 degrees Celsius, which is pretty good, and that the power draw is only 3%. If you look at the scores, you’ll see that they are much higher and in the “flagship” range, with a score of 7,20,6095 points for the GPU, which is about the same as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC of the OnePlus 10 Pro.
OnePlus 10R 5G Camera
OnePlus is known for having the best cameras on its top-of-the-line phones, even on cheaper top-of-the-line phones like this OnePlus 10R. But does it give you that edge when you use it in the real world? Let’s find out:
The main lens is the same 50 MP Sony IMX766 sensor used in the OnePlus 9RT. OnePlus is again bragging about its triple camera setup. But I’m disappointed that the company made the Ultra-wide camera worse. It used to be 16MP, but now it’s only 8MP and has a field of view of 119°. I still don’t understand why they include that useless 2MP macro lens, which is also on this OnePlus 10R.
Even though the colors don’t look as good as on the OnePlus 10 Pro when you’re outside, the rear camera works well enough. It has a slightly bluish tone and works well enough. The OnePlus 10R also takes great photos during the day, but Portrait and Nightscape photos can be hard for it at times.