OnePlus recently launched its 10R 5G in India. The new phone is the successor to the OnePlus 9R (Review) and is priced just below this year’s OnePlus 9RT (Review). However, it looks very different from anything the Chinese smartphone maker has designed. On the one hand, it does look unique, and newcomers to the OnePlus brand might find it attractive, but on the other hand, existing OnePlus customers might be a little disappointed. The 10R 5G has some interesting hardware that OnePlus has put together, especially for the 150W Endurance Edition of the phone I received. So are OnePlus’ new design approach and hardware choices good enough to warrant that Rs. 43,999 sticker price in India?
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) price in India
The OnePlus 10R 5G is available in two models with either 80W or 150W charging. The 80W model has two variants, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 38,999, and the other with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 42,999. The 150W Endurance Edition model is priced at Rs. 43,999 and offers 12GB of RAM plus 256GB of storage. The 150W charging model also has a smaller 4,500mAh battery compared to the 5,000mAh battery in the 80W model.
I think getting the Endurance Edition rather than the 12GB variant of the regular model makes more sense unless you favor a higher-capacity battery over faster charging. The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is available only in a Sierra Black finish, and you don’t get the Forest Green option that you do with either variant of the regular model.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) design
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) looks identical to the regular model and even weighs the same 186g, despite having a slightly smaller battery. This is quite light for a mid-range premium smartphone, mainly due to its polycarbonate frame and back panel. The 10R 5G series does not feature wireless charging, like other smartphones in this segment, contributing to these phones’ 8.2mm slim bodies. There’s also no official IP rating, which could be a dealbreaker for some people, as smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) and the Apple iPhone SE (2022) (Review) do have this.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) design looks contemporary, with flat sides, straight lines, and sharp edges. It looks unique and stands out from the company’s other offerings. I think the only OnePlus smartphone that has stood out from the rest of the lineup as much as this one was the OnePlus X (Review) from 2015.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) rear panel has a matte finish, just like the frame, but there’s also a pinstripe pattern on the left half, which can be seen through the glass portion the rear camera module. While the back panel and the frame are excellent at resisting fingerprints, the camera module is a smudge and dust magnet and gets very messy after a few minutes of use. It isn’t easy to clean up, either.
While the OnePlus 10R 5G looks unique and is built well, it’s not the most comfortable to hold because of the frame’s edges. This is especially unfortunate, given that the OnePlus 9R and the 9RT both have metal frames and glass backs. The use of polycarbonate makes it light, but it lacks a certain premium feel. The 10R 5 G’s display is made using Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and is also prone to fingerprints. Lastly, this phone is missing the all-important Alert slider, which is used to change sound profiles and has been a signature feature on every premium OnePlus smartphone.
The OnePlus logo is in the back panel’s bottom right corner. This is the only design element that a OnePlus fan might associate with, as the rest of the design is a big departure from nearly every design aspect of previous smartphones from this brand.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) specifications and software
The OnePlus 10 5G (150W) has the same specifications as the regular model, except for the battery capacity and charging speed. Both models share the same SoC, which is the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max. Just like the Dimensity 1200-AI SoC in the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review), the company has customized a few algorithms for the 10R, which is what the ‘Max’ suffix denotes. According to OnePlus, the customized Dimensity 8100-Max SoC will help with better AI performance, more stable gaming performance, and improved Nightscape video. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and satellite navigation systems.
As for software, there’s OxygenOS 12.1, which is based on Android 12. While it has all the OnePlus elements (Shelf, Canvas lock screen, OnePlus Sans font, etc.), it looks very similar to RealmeUI as we’ve seen on the Realme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), especially the Settings app. This is primarily due to OnePlus’ new management structure and its decision to merge OxygenOS with ColorOS. RealmeUI is a derivative of ColorOS too, which explains the similarities.
The theming engine in OxygenOS 12.1 works as expected, matching the accent colors of the system, widgets, and keyboard to the selected wallpaper. With the new and useful Android 12 widgets, such as conversations, screen time, etc., that can be pinned to the home screen, I found the OnePlus Shelf feature distracting at best, so I disabled it after accidentally activating it a few times when attempting to pull down the notifications tray.
I liked that this phone had only two preinstalled third-party apps out of the box. Both Netflix and Spotify were useful, but they can be uninstalled if not needed. However, several OnePlus-branded defaults, such as Clone Phone, Community, Recorder, and Zen Mode, cannot be uninstalled. All said and done, OxygenOS still looks clean and is easy to use despite having multiple OnePlus customizations.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) performance and battery life
The On software performance of the ePlus 10R 5G (150W) ‘is smooth and fluid with regular use. I experienced no lag when opening apps and while multitasking. Its 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel has a 120Hz refresh rate. It showcased punchy colors and was legible even under sunlight. Streaming movies on the OnePlus 10R 5G was a good experience, but the phone did not allow HDR streaming on Netflix when I tested it. The regular content looked fine, and the stereo speakers sounded loud and balanced.
As for benchmarks, OnePlus’s customized MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC performed on par with the competition. In AnTuTu, the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) scored 6,95,094 points. It also achieved 881 and 3,567 in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core tests. The 10R 5G Endurance Edition scored well in GFXBench’s graphics benchmarks, managing 60fps and 44fps in the T-Rex and Car Chase scenes, respectively. However, these scores fall short compared to the Xiaomi 11T Pro (Review) or the iQoo 9 SE (Review), both of which feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC and are priced similarly.
The gaming performance was quite good overall. The phone did not get too hot even when playing games such as Call of Duty: Mobile or Asphalt 9 Legends at the highest graphics settings. Indeed, performance wasn’t as fluid as I’ve experienced on competing devices, but this phone was capable enough. The 120Hz display’s touch sampling rate (up to 720Hz) was adequate after tweaking some settings in the Games app. Asphalt 9 Legends’ 60fps mode was missing for a premium smartphone, a feature available on devices with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) ships with a 160W charger, which managed to charge the device from zero to 100 percent in 19 minutes. This is very close to OnePlus’ claimed charge time of 17 minutes. The rapid charging mode has to be enabled in the phone’s battery settings since it is switched off by default. Enabling this will show a warning on the screen, stating, “Y, our device will charge faster but may get a little warmer during charging.” In my experience, the phone did warm up but did not get too hot to the touch.
To ensure that the phone and its battery remain in good condition when charging, OnePlus has included a Battery Health Engine feature exclusive to the 150W model. According to OnePlus, this is designed to extend the battery’s lifespan so that it can hold the same charge level in the long run.
The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) lasted about a day and a half, even with gaming-heavy usage. The phone managed 18 hours and 9 minutes in our HD video loop test, which was quite good for a premium smartphone.
OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) cameras
The main camera of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) features Sony’s tried and tested 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor, which has optical image stabilization (OIS). The sensor is identical to the one in the OnePlus 9RT (Review) and was also used in the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) and OnePlus 9 (Review) for their ultra-wide-angle cameras. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera in the OnePlus 10R 5G seems like a downgrade from the 16-megapixel camera in the 9RT in terms of resolution. The 2-megapixel macro camera is also the same as on the previous model. A 16-megapixel camera handles selfies.
As for the camera interface, it typically looks OnePlus, with all important controls on the left side, along with the three-dot button, which slides out to reveal more options.
The OnePlus 10R 5 G’s primary camera captured crisp and clear photos in daylight. Dynamic range and detail were good too. The closest-wide-angle camera managed decent pictures, but the dynamic range in the sun and color tones seemed quite different from those of the primary camera. There was a noticeable loss of detail towards the edges of the frame, along with some barrel distortion.
The results were average at best. Subj Close-ups of plants looked sharp, and a bit saturated .ects in selfies looked overexposed, and I noticed a ‘dream-like’ effect when shooting during the day. They also weren’t as sharp or detailed as I expected. Switching to Portrait mode on the selfie camera resulted in a similar level of detail but with good edge detection. Using the macro camera was tricky, and getting a good shot was mostly a hit or a miss.
Photos taken with the primary camera looked quite good. The noise was under control, but some minor highlights near strong light sources weren’t exposed properly. When using Auto mode in low light, the camera automatically took slightly longer exposure shots when needed. Nightscape mode took longer exposures and captured brighter images with even more detail and dynamic range, which brought the direction of more promising areas under control. The ultra-wide-angle camera captured blurry and fairly unusable photos with odd color tones in low light. Selfies in low light had average quality, and Portrait mode captured noisy images.
Videos captured with the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) ‘s main camera at 1080p looked decent in daylight, with good dynamic range f, but retail was on the lower side. I tried using the AI Highlight feature (which works only at 1080p 30fps) in brighter scenes, but I noticed a lot of flickering, so the footage was not usable. Videos captured at 60fps (1080p or 4K) appeared slightly smoother but lacked stabilization. Selfie videos looked sharp at 1080p 30fps (maximum resolution) but had blown-out backgrounds when shooting against the light.
In low light, video quality was impressive with low noise, but it had the same stabilization issues I noticed when shooting in daylight. The AI Highlight feature brightened night video but added plenty of noise. I preferred the output of the regular mode.
There’s plenty to like about the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition), provided you aren’t a big OnePlus fan. The 10R 5G has a crisp 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display, enough processing power to run demanding games, a main camera capable of low light, good battery life, and a 150W charging system that works as advertised. Those new to the brand or who want to upgrade to a OnePlus phone for the first time will probably not miss the iconic Alert slider.
Whether the phone’s design looks good or bad is highly subjective, but I wouldn’t say I liked its sharp edges, as it wasn’t very comfortable to hold. To a OnePlus fan, the missing Alert slider and the familiar OnePlus hand-feel will feel strange. It also does not feel premium for a smartphone priced at Rs. 43,999. Indeed, it appears that OnePlus has cut quite a few corners.
There’s plenty of competition to choose from, many of which offer better value. iQoo’s 9 SE (Review) offers better performance (with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC) and equally good cameras starting at Rs. 33,990. Xiaomi’s 11T Pro (Review) (from Rs. 38,999) also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, capable cameras (108-megapixel sensor), a larger 5,000mAh battery with 120W charging, and also Dolby Vision playback for streaming video. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) (at Rs. 39,999) seems to offer great value for a premium smartphone, with wireless charging and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. And then there’s the Realme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), which has pretty much identical hardware to the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) but costs Rs. 1,000 less.