The OnePlus 10T doesn’t have a mute switch – here’s why

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The OnePlus 10T won’t be launched until August 3, but it wouldn’t be a OnePlus phone if the company didn’t reveal a few details sooner. Today we take a look at the exterior design of the device, which reveals some interesting (and, depending on your point of view, possibly disappointing) changes compared to its predecessor. While the overall design of the 10T is similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro, there’s no alert/mute slider this time around, nor is there any sign of the Hasselblad camera system found on recent OnePlus flagships.

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The alert slider has been a staple of OnePlus’ flagship phones for years, providing a quick and easy way to put its phones on silent and vibrate mode without having to tap through menus on the screen. In an email interview with The edge, OnePlus’ chief designer, Hope Liu, said it was necessary to remove the slider so that the 10T had enough internal space for other components needed for “high wattage charging, large battery capacity and better antenna signal”.

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No alert slider in sight.
Image: OnePlus

For example, to provide the kind of fast charging speeds OnePlus is targeting with the 10T (the spec has yet to be officially announced, but leaks suggest the 150W fast charging of the OnePlus 10R could make an appearance), Liu says OnePlus has two “charging pumps”. in the 10T, compared to just one for the 80W fast-charging OnePlus 10 Pro. The company also prioritized an antenna system with 15 separate antennas in the OnePlus 10T, which it says improves the signal when the phone is held horizontally – an advantage when playing games online.

“While the alert slider appears to be a very small part, in reality it has a relatively large impact on the device’s motherboard — it occupies 30mm²,” says Liu. “In order for the OnePlus 10T to perform in the areas that we know our users value the most…while maintaining the alert slider, we would have had to stack the device’s motherboard, which would have made the device thicker. ” Removing the slider was the compromise OnePlus decided to make.

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The phone is back in black.
Image: OnePlus

Another difference with the 10 Pro is the lack of a Hasselblad branded camera system. Given the minimal impact it’s had on OnePlus’ other phones, though, we’re not too worried about this one. OnePlus’ partnership with the camera company started with last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro and consisted mainly of matching the colors of the camera. This year, it added new features such as support for 12-bit RAW photos with this year’s phone. They are nice additions, but not mainstream essentials.

When I ask Liu why the Hasselblad branding was gone, he tells me it’s because OnePlus wanted to “offer a flagship smartphone with ultimate performance at the price chosen by the device,” making it sound like it was a necessary compromise to get the most out of it. phone to reach (as yet unannounced) price tag. But Liu confirms that the 10T’s main camera will use a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor (which is technically a higher resolution than the 10 Pro’s 48-megapixel main camera) and will support 10-bit color shooting, as well as ” enhanced HDR photography” and OnePlus’ night photography mode.

Other features that Liu is willing to confirm include a 6.7-inch display for the 10T. Resolution and refresh rate are yet to be announced, but from the images, this appears to be a flat screen rather than one that curves around the edges of the device. Liu also says that the phone will be available in a matte black color and a glossy green. OnePlus previously said that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor.

That’s all Liu wants to confirm for now. For a full announcement, we’ll have to wait for the official launch of the OnePlus 10T on August 3 at 10 a.m. ET.

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