OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) Review: Identity Crisis

OnePlus lately launched its 10R 5G in India. The brand new telephone is the successor to the the OnePlus 9R (Review) and is priced slightly below this yr’s OnePlus 9RT (Review). Nevertheless, it seems to be very totally different from something the Chinese language smartphone maker has designed up to now. On one hand, it does look distinctive, and newcomers to the OnePlus model would possibly discover it engaging, however however present OnePlus clients is perhaps slightly disenchanted. The 10R 5G has some fascinating {hardware} that OnePlus has put collectively, and that is very true for the 150W Endurance Edition of the telephone that I acquired. So are OnePlus’ new design method and {hardware} selections adequate to warrant that Rs. 43,999 sticker value in India?

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) value in India

The OnePlus 10R 5G is on the market in two fashions with both 80W or 150W charging. The 80W mannequin has two variants, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 38,999, and the opposite with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 42,999. The 150W Endurance Version mannequin is priced at Rs. 43,999 and provides 12GB of RAM plus 256GB of storage. The 150W charging mannequin additionally has a smaller 4,500mAh battery in comparison with the 5,000mAh battery within the 80W mannequin.

For my part, it makes extra sense to get the Endurance Version quite than the 12GB variant of the common mannequin, except you favour a better capability battery over sooner charging. The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) is on the market solely in a Sierra Black end and you do not get the Forest Inexperienced possibility that you just do with both variant of the common mannequin.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) design

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) seems to be an identical to the common mannequin and even weighs the identical 186g, regardless of having a barely smaller battery. This is sort of gentle for a mid-range premium smartphone, primarily as a result of its polycarbonate body and again panel. The 10R 5G collection doesn’t characteristic wi-fi charging, like another smartphones on this section, which additionally contributes to those telephones’ 8.2mm slim our bodies. There’s additionally no official IP ranking, which may very well be a dealbreaker for some individuals, as smartphones such because the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) and the Apple iPhone SE (2022) (Review) do have this.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version) seems to be an identical to the common OnePlus 10R 5G mannequin

The design of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) seems to be very modern, with flat sides, straight traces, and sharp edges. It seems to be distinctive and undoubtedly stands out from the corporate’s different choices. I believe the one different OnePlus smartphone that has stood out from the remainder of the lineup as a lot as this one was the OnePlus X (Review) from 2015.

The rear panel of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) has a matte end, identical to the body, however there’s additionally a pinstripe sample on the left half, which may be seen via the glass portion of the rear digicam module. Whereas the again panel and the body are glorious at resisting fingerprints, the digicam module is a smudge and mud magnet and will get very messy after a couple of minutes of use. It is not simple to wash up both.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G 150W Endurance Version has three rear-facing cameras

Whereas the OnePlus 10R 5G seems to be distinctive and is constructed properly, it is not essentially the most snug to carry due to the body’s edges. The usage of polycarbonate undoubtedly makes it gentle, nevertheless it lacks a sure premium really feel. That is particularly unlucky provided that the OnePlus 9R and the 9RT each have metallic frames and glass backs. The 10R 5G’s show is made utilizing Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and can be vulnerable to fingerprints. Lastly, this telephone is lacking the all-important Alert slider, which is used to alter sound profiles and has been a signature characteristic on each different premium OnePlus smartphone.

There is a OnePlus emblem within the backside proper nook of the again panel, and that is the one design component {that a} OnePlus fan would possibly affiliate with, as the remainder of the design is an enormous departure from almost each design facet of earlier smartphones from this model.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) specs and software program

The OnePlus 10 5G (150W) has the identical specs because the common mannequin, aside from the battery capability and charging velocity. Each fashions share the identical SoC, which is the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max. Similar to the Dimensity 1200-AI SoC within the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review), the corporate has customised a couple of algorithms for the 10R, which is what the ‘Max’ suffix denotes. In response to OnePlus, the personalized Dimensity 8100-Max SoC is meant to assist with higher AI efficiency, extra secure gaming efficiency and improved Nightscape video. Connectivity choices embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and the same old satellite tv for pc navigation techniques.

As for software program, there’s OxygenOS 12.1 which is predicated on Android 12. Whereas it has all of the OnePlus parts (Shelf, Canvas lockscreen, OnePlus Sans font, and so on), it seems to be similar to RealmeUI as we have seen on the Realme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), particularly the Settings app. That is primarily as a result of OnePlus’ new management structure and its resolution to merge OxygenOS with ColorOS. RealmeUI is a by-product of ColorOS too, which explains the similarities.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version) runs OxygenOS 12.1 which is predicated on Android 12

The theming engine in OxygenOS 12.1 works as anticipated, matching the accent colors of the system, widgets and keyboard to the chosen wallpaper. With the brand new and helpful Android 12 widgets, resembling conversations, display time, and so on. that may be pinned to the homescreen, I discovered the OnePlus Shelf characteristic distracting at greatest so I disabled it after unintentionally activating it a couple of occasions when trying to tug down the notifications tray.

I favored the truth that this telephone had solely two preinstalled third-party apps out of the field. Each Netflix and Spotify turned out to be helpful, however may be uninstalled if not wanted. There are, nonetheless, a number of OnePlus-branded defaults resembling Clone Cellphone, Group, Recorder, and Zen Mode which can not be uninstalled. All mentioned and carried out, OxygenOS nonetheless manages to look clear and is straightforward to make use of regardless of having a number of OnePlus customisations.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) efficiency and battery life

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)’s software program efficiency was easy and fluid with common use. I skilled no lag when opening apps and whereas multitasking. Its 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED panel has a 120Hz refresh charge. It showcased punchy colors and was legible clearly even beneath daylight. Streaming motion pictures on the OnePlus 10R 5G was an excellent expertise however the telephone didn’t enable HDR streaming on Netflix once I examined it. Common content material regarded simply high-quality and the stereo audio system sounded loud and balanced.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version) has a 6.7-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED show

As for benchmarks, OnePlus’s customised MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max SoC carried out on par with the competitors. In AnTuTu, the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) managed to attain 6,95,094 factors. It additionally achieved 881 and three,567 in Geekbench’s single- and multi-core exams respectively. The 10R 5G Endurance Version scored properly in GFXBench’s graphics benchmarks, managing 60fps and 44fps within the T-Rex and Automobile Chase scenes respectively. Nevertheless, these scores do fall quick when in comparison with the Xiaomi 11T Pro (Review) or the iQoo 9 SE (Review), each of which characteristic Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC and are priced equally.

Gaming efficiency was fairly good general. The telephone didn’t get too sizzling even when enjoying video games resembling Name of Responsibility: Cellular or Asphalt 9 Legends on the highest graphics settings. Certainly, efficiency wasn’t as fluid as what I’ve skilled on competing gadgets, however this telephone was succesful sufficient. For a premium smartphone, Asphalt 9 Legends’ 60fps mode was lacking, a characteristic that’s out there on gadgets with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC. The 120Hz show’s contact sampling charge (as much as 720Hz) was sufficient after tweaking some settings within the Video games app.

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The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version) comes with a big 160W charger within the field

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) ships with a 160W charger, which managed to cost the system from a zero to one hundred pc in 19 minutes. That is very near OnePlus’ claimed cost time of 17 minutes. The speedy charging mode needs to be enabled within the telephone’s battery settings, since it’s switched off by default. Enabling it will present a warning on the display, stating “Your system will cost sooner, however could get slightly hotter throughout charging.” In my expertise the telephone did heat up however didn’t get too sizzling to the contact.

To guarantee that the telephone and its battery stay in good situation when charging, OnePlus has included a Battery Well being Engine characteristic which is unique to the 150W mannequin. In response to OnePlus, that is designed to increase the battery’s lifespan so it is capable of maintain the identical degree of cost in the long term.

The OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) lasted a couple of day and a half even with gaming-heavy utilization. The telephone managed 18 hours and 9 minutes in our HD video loop take a look at, which was fairly good for a premium smartphone.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) cameras

The primary digicam of the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W) options Sony’s tried and examined 50-megapixel IMX766 sensor which has optical picture stabilisation (OIS). The sensor is an identical to the one within the OnePlus 9RT (Review) and was additionally used within the OnePlus 9 Pro (Review) and OnePlus 9 (Review) for his or her ultra-wide-angle cameras. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam within the OnePlus 10R 5G looks as if a downgrade from the 16-megapixel digicam within the 9RT by way of decision. The two-megapixel macro digicam can be the identical as on the earlier mannequin. Selfies are dealt with by a 16-megapixel digicam.

As for the digicam interface, it seems to be sometimes OnePlus with all vital controls on the left aspect, together with the three-dot button, which slides out to disclose extra choices.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version) daylight digicam samples. High to backside: Shut-up major digicam, major digicam, ultra-wide-angle digicam (Faucet to see full dimension)

The OnePlus 10R 5G’s major digicam captured crisp and clear images in daylight. Dynamic vary and element have been good too. Shut-ups of vegetation regarded sharp and a bit saturated. The ultra-wide-angle digicam managed first rate photos however dynamic vary in daylight together with color tones regarded fairly totally different from these of the first digicam. There was a noticeable lack of element in the direction of the perimeters of the body, together with some barrel distortion.

Topics in selfies regarded a bit overexposed and I seen a ‘dream-like’ impact when taking pictures in the course of the day. In addition they weren’t as sharp or detailed as I anticipated. Switching to Portrait mode on the selfie digicam resulted in an identical degree of element however with good edge detection. Utilizing the macro digicam was difficult and getting an excellent shot was largely a success or a miss. The outcomes have been common at greatest.

When utilizing Auto mode in low gentle, the digicam routinely took barely longer publicity pictures when wanted. Images taken with the first digicam regarded fairly good. Noise was beneath management however some minor highlights close to robust sources of sunshine weren’t uncovered correctly. Nightscape mode took longer exposures and captured brighter photographs with much more element and dynamic vary, which introduced the publicity of brighter areas beneath management. The ultra-wide-angle digicam captured blurry and pretty unusable images with odd color tones in low gentle. Selfies in low gentle had common high quality and Portrait mode captured actually noisy images.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version) low gentle digicam samples. High to backside: Selfie digicam (Portrait mode), Major digicam (Auto), Major digicam (Nightscape) (Faucet to see full dimension)

Movies captured with the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W)’s foremost digicam at 1080p regarded first rate in daylight, with good dynamic vary for essentially the most half however element was on the decrease aspect. I attempted utilizing the AI Spotlight characteristic (works solely at 1080p 30fps) in brighter scenes, however I seen lots of flickering, so the footage was not likely usable. Movies captured at 60fps (1080p or 4K) appeared barely smoother however appeared to lack stabilisation. Selfie movies got here out wanting sharp at 1080p 30fps (most decision) however had blown-out backgrounds when taking pictures towards the sunshine.

In low gentle, video high quality was spectacular with low noise, however had the identical stabilisation points I seen when taking pictures in daylight. The AI Spotlight characteristic did brighten up night time video however added loads of noise within the course of. I most well-liked the output of the common mode.


There’s a lot to love concerning the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Version), offered you are not an enormous OnePlus fan. These new to the model or eager to improve to a OnePlus telephone for the primary time will most likely not miss the enduring Alert slider. The 10R 5G has a crisp 120Hz Fluid AMOLED show, sufficient processing energy to run demanding video games, a foremost digicam that is succesful in low gentle, good battery life, and a 150W charging system that works as marketed.

To a OnePlus fan, the lacking Alert slider and the acquainted OnePlus hand-feel will really feel unusual. Whether or not the telephone’s design seems to be good or dangerous is very subjective however I didn’t like its sharp edges, because it wasn’t very snug to carry. It additionally doesn’t really feel premium for a smartphone priced at Rs. 43,999. Certainly, it seems that OnePlus has reduce fairly a couple of corners.

There’s loads of competitors to select from, lots of which provide higher worth. iQoo’s 9 SE (Review) provides higher efficiency (with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC) and equally good cameras beginning at Rs. 33,990. Xiaomi’s 11T Pro (Review) (from Rs. 38,999) additionally packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, succesful cameras (108-megapixel sensor), a bigger 5,000mAh battery with 120W charging, and in addition Dolby Imaginative and prescient playback for streaming video. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G (Review) (at Rs. 39,999) appears to supply nice worth for a premium smartphone, with wi-fi charging and an IP68 ranking for mud and water resistance. After which there’s the Realme GT Neo 3 (First impressions), which has just about an identical {hardware} to the OnePlus 10R 5G (150W), however prices Rs. 1,000 much less.

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