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The OnePlus 10 Pro is the latest effort from OnePlus, packing the brand’s latest and greatest tech to take on the competition. After releasing it in China earlier this year, OnePlus has finally made its 2023 flagship available to global markets. But how does it compare to the 2023 OnePlus 9 Pro? Is it worth upgrading to the newer phone?
Let’s jump into all the specs and details that separate the two devices in our OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 10 Pro deep-dive comparison.
Although the display specs may be very similar, there are bigger differences once we focus on the internals. The OnePlus 9 Pro featured a 2023 flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor inside, while the OnePlus 10 Pro upgrades to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The new chip boasts improvements to gaming performance, but the CPU doesn’t see the same uplift in our benchmarks. The 9 Pro and 10 Pro both come in 8GB and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM variants, though it’s worth pointing out that the former never materialized in the US in 2023. Similarly, both phones are offered with either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, but neither has microSD card support.
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Last, the software. The OnePlus 9 Pro shipped with Android 11 and Oxygen OS 11. It has since been updated to Android 12 and Oxygen OS 12, a collaborative software effort between OPPO and Oneplus. The 10 Pro ships with Android 12 and Oxygen OS 12 out of the box. OnePlus says the 10 Pro will receive three major OS updates and four years of security updates. That’s the same pledge as last year’s model.
Price and colors
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OnePlus 10 Pro Volcanic Black (8GB/128GB): $899 / £799 / €899
OnePlus 10 Pro Volcanic Black (12GB/256GB): €999 / $969
OnePlus 10 Pro Emerald Forest (12GB/256GB): £899 / €999
OnePlus 9 Pro (12GB/256GB): $799 / £629 / €799 / Rs. 49,999
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Pricing for the OnePlus 9 Pro has been reduced permanently from the original retail price of $969 to $799, which is also a very good deal. It is still available from chúng tôi as well as Amazon and Best Buy. It’s not clear how long OnePlus will keep the outgoing model around.
In addition to price changes, OnePlus has tweaked this year’s colorways. The 9 Pro’s appealing Morning Mist colorway is gone. OnePlus carried over the black and green options, but the fresh Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest are now different shades. The Emerald Forest model is only available in the pricier 12GB/256GB variant.
OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9 Pro reaches the market with a refreshed design, a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a new Hasselblad camera partnership for improved imaging.
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OnePlus 10 Pro
OnePlus 10 Pro
Great performance • Capable primary camera • Gorgeous display
Great performance and fast charging
The OnePlus 10 Pro has a brilliant display and offers long battery life along with fast charging that gets the battery from zero to full in about 35 minutes. The performance is solid and the main camera is quite good as well.
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The OnePlus 10 Pro may be the latest and greatest thing, but it’s not that much better than 2023’s OnePlus 9 Pro.
What’s a OnePlus 9 Pro owner to do? Well, it appears that OnePlus is not offering any trade-in deals on the new phone like Samsung or Apple. This means you’d have to pay full price for the OnePlus 10 Pro. Given the OnePlus 9 Pro’s permanent price cut, getting top dollar for your existing 9 Pro may be a challenge if you attempt to sell it.
Bottom line, the OnePlus 10 Pro may be the latest and greatest thing, but it’s not that much better than 2023’s OnePlus 9 Pro. Unless you’re a super-fan who absolutely needs the newest thing, you may be best served by sticking with what you already own.Do you plan to upgrade from the OnePlus 9 Pro to the OnePlus 10 Pro?
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Great overall sound
Outstanding bass response
Very good noise cancellation
Cheap plastic build
Hi-res limited to few phones
Iffy in-ear detection
Software bugs and gripesOur Verdict
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are very good true wireless earbuds with superb noise cancelling and above average bass. They’re a well-priced option if you have an Android phone.
Although they have only been popular for the last five years or so, wireless earbuds are now so ubiquitous it’s difficult to know where to begin when buying a pair (unless you just go and buy AirPods, of course).
The bottom line with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is they are some of the best wireless earbuds for under $200/£200/€200, with features you don’t normally find at this price range such as superb active noise cancelling (ANC) and Hi-Res Audio support.
The successor to the OnePlus Buds Pro feel a little cheaply made and I experienced some connection issues but judged on their sound quality and ANC the Buds Pro 2 are a success.Design & build
The Buds Pro 2’s slightly cheap looking and feeling plastic case flips up to reveal black buds that are made from matt plastic. The buds pick up surface scuffs easily, as does the case. But at 4.9g per bud they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear.
Each bud has a shiny metal accent on the stem to spice up the look a bit, with a couple of grilles on the head of the buds, mics on the bottom of each stem, and two silver contacts for charging in the case.
This is standard fare for earbuds and the case is quite compact, hardly noticeable even in a front trouser pocket. My review unit was black but you can also get green, the colours matching the two hues of OnePlus 11 phone.
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I found the best fit with the small size silicone ear tips, which are included with medium and large sizes too. OnePlus has sensibly opted for slightly flatter oval shaped tips that stay in my ears better than circular ones.
The buds snap magnetically flat into the case to charge, with a single USB-C port on the case to charge the whole package. The buds are IP55 water and dust resistant, so can withstand light rain but not much else beyond that if you want to be safe.
… at 4.9g per bud they are very lightweight and comfortable to wearSound quality
Very good bass response
The Buds Pro 2 sound phenomenally good out of the box, and I became more impressed the more I used them. They have dual 11mm and 6mm drivers co-designed by audio company Dynaudio, a partnership that appears to have paid off.
They have a very good, punchy bass response that doesn’t overpower the mix, giving many songs the drive that the original recording had but is lost on lesser earphones.
Days by Television shines with good separation of the guitar arpeggios and the bass guitar well represented. It’s a busy song, but the buds offer a distinct soundstage.
The bass guitar, drums and horns on Jazz on the Autobahn by The Felice Brothers are well produced with the right emphasis on all the right frequencies and with good stereo field.
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Kim Deal’s Wish I Was pulses with its intended menace while the guitars on Chaise Longue by Wet Leg punch through the mix where intended. Not all wireless earbuds are this clear and well-calibrated for the compressed Spotify streams I tested them with and via which most people will be listening to them.
The buds can also get incredibly loud – almost too loud. The high end of One More Time by Daft Punk got on the verge of grating, but the buds gave a good thud to the track despite being at the edge of their capabilities with such a full mix.
The Buds Pro 2 sound phenomenally good
Dipping into some Beethoven was also not out of the question with the Buds Pro 2 showing considered balance and warmth with a recording of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor. I was impressed with how many genres the Buds Pro 2 handle well, perhaps electronic music aside as mentioned.
The buds’ secret weapon is their Hi-Res audio playback compatibility thanks to the LHDC 4.0 lossless codec (OnePlus says an update to 5.0 will come soon). At their time of release in February 2023 this is still relatively rare for wireless earbuds, and partly because you need to pair them with a compatible playback device and file formats.
I tested them with the compatible OnePlus 11 and some of my favourite tracks in locally stored FLAC format. REM songs Harborcoat and So. Central Rain sounded incredible, with almost as much roundness and clarity as I found them when played on a dedicated Sony Walkman player with good quality wired in-ear monitors.
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The downside is LHDC is a less common codec for phones to be compatible with than LDAC. You’ll need to check if your phone supports LHDC, or the Buds Pro 2 won’t play back in hi-res. Aside from the OnePlus 11, the Oppo Find X5 Pro supports it, but not many other popular phones. Check the specs of your phone before you buy the buds or you’ll be disappointed.
The same hardware match up limitations apply to the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, which are limited to hi-res only on Samsung phones.
Overall, the Buds Pro 2 are powerful, punchy earbuds with the bonus of Hi-Res support, futureproofing them for when such a feature, hopefully, becomes more widely available on popular streaming platforms.
Despite this, I came across some connection issues. The buds would sporadically pause audio in both Spotify and Pocket Casts, particularly when I used them with a Samsung Galaxy phone, but it also happened with the OnePlus 11 regardless.
I had to take my phone out to press play again, as the bug meant the squeezable stems became momentarily unresponsive to pressing, which usually plays or pauses.
It happened often enough in my testing that I’m confident this is a bug. Hopefully, it can be fixed with a software update but for now, it’s putting me off fully recommending them.
… I came across some connection issues. The buds would sporadically pause audioNoise cancelling & smart features
Bad in-ear detection
Spatial audio support
The noise cancelling on the buds is very good. The only pairs I’ve personally used that I think best the OnePlus are Apple’s second-gen AirPods Pro and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2. Sony’s WF-100XM4 are also great, but I struggled with the fit.
Those competitors truly shut the world out as well as the best over-ear ANC headphones can. OnePlus is nearly there though, which is mightily impressive considering their price.
On a packed London Underground train, I could hear all the details of my favourite Interpol album with only the uncancellable rattle of the loudest rail noises on the capital’s Tube system hovering in the background – very dampened though.
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You can select from mild, moderate, and max levels of cancellation or set the buds to smart mode to sense which is best. I tended to leave them on smart mode, so impressive is the effect. There’s also a transparency mode for listening to the world around you when you’re wearing the buds.
Finding the controls for the buds is a pain. Even on the same-brand OnePlus 11 it’s not obvious you must tap through to the controls via the Bluetooth settings menu. On other Android phones, you must download the HeyMelody app, which isn’t even OnePlus branded and is not pushed to the user by the software.
You can also select from EQ presets or create your own to tailor the sound profile. The buds are also capable of spatial audio but without many compatible Android apps using the technology yet it was a little difficult to test. OnePlus says it works with any dual-channel audio.
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To test I had to play songs then go into the buds’ settings and turn on the function. It made songs sound very tinny and they would frequently distort. This is likely because the buds and phone (running Android 13) is trying to create a spatial reproduction of a song that is a compressed stereo stream. Apple is having more success with its own Spatial Audio for Apple Music because the tracks are only compatible when they have been actually mastered for the 3D effect.
I appreciate the tracks I tried weren’t necessarily compatible but when you give users the option to use a function on audio it’s not designed for then you’ll get people (like me) using it incorrectly and have a bad experience.
To control playback audio playback, OnePlus has nabbed the AirPods Pro’s squeezable stem. It works well, but like Apple’s buds, you can’t control volume without whipping your phone or smartwatch out. You can also skip tracks and switch between ANC and transparency modes, or invoke a voice assistant.
Also the in-ear detection is so unreliable that I was convinced the buds didn’t have the feature. It’s meant to pause audio when you take one bud out of your ear and resumes it when you pop it back. It worked very infrequently compared to competing products such as the Google Pixel Buds Pro where it works flawlessly.
I never ran out of battery in one sitting with the budsBattery & charging
Solid all-day battery
Several charges with case
OnePlus promises 25 hours of battery life with ANC and 39 with it off, which includes the charges from a fully charged case. There’s a small USB-C cable in the box, but no wall plug as per usual.
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I never ran out of battery in one sitting with the buds but I used them how I normally use buds – for an hour or so at a time and never for eight hours straight without a break.
The case (and buds) can be charged for 10 minutes to get three hours of playback, which is a neat feature, and the case can recharge on a Qi wireless charging pad too.Price & availability
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 cost $179/£179/€179 which is a very good price considering their sound quality and noise cancelling chops alone.
You can buy them direct from OnePlus in the US, UK and Europe.
The buds are less than the $249/£249/€299 second-gen Apple AirPods Pro by some distance, and a much better pick if you use an Android phone. They also undercut the £250/$280 Sony WF-1000XM4 and $299/£279.95/€299.95 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2, suggesting the OnePlus aren’t truly premium earbuds – but I think they hold their own, particularly with their excellent ANC and hi-res audio support.
Samsung’s Buds 2 Pro also support hi-res (with the right set up) at $229/£219/€229.
You can find the Sony for about the price of the OnePlus these days though, which I would recommend for their superior sound, ANC and smart features. But if you prefer the AirPod-esque OnePlus design then you should go for the Buds Pro 2 – I have small ears and they fit me much better than the Sony.
Henry Burrell / FoundryVerdict
OnePlus has a great product in the Buds Pro 2. They have good universal fit, superb ANC, excellently tuned audio with impressive bass response and good battery life to boot.
Hi-Res support also ensures they are future-proofed for the still-emerging technology (in terms of Hi-Res wireless audio at least) but you must make sure your phone supports the LHDC standard, and I’d ignore using the spatial audio feature at all until that standard has also matured.
The wireless earbuds market is a crowded place but if you use an Android phone then the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are an excellent option. They have surprised me by being better than their price tag suggests and can hold a candle to products by audio titans Sony and Bose for around $100/£100/€100 RRP less.Specs
Active Noise Cancelling
Wireless: Bluetooth 5.3 LE, LHDC 4.0
Voice control: Yes (not automatic)
Touch controls: Yes
Battery life: 25 hours total with ANC, 39 without (both with case)
Ear tips and wing tips: Three sizes
IP55 sweat and weather resistant (buds)
Weight: 4.9g per earbud, 47.3g case
The OnePlus 6 is a solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T. Its Snapdragon 845 processor, improved cameras, and increased storage capacity option all make it a tempting device even for those who already have the OnePlus 5T. Yes, the price has crept up, but when you compare what you’re getting in the OnePlus 6 to some of the premium handsets that cost £300 or £400 more, it remains a fantastic bargain. If you see a OnePlus 5T going cheap, then its certainly worth consideration, but we’d say stretching to the new model is the way to go.Best Prices Today: OnePlus 6
OnePlus has returned with its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 6. But, how does it compare to its predecessor the OnePlus 5T? We put them head to head.
Price and Availability
The OnePlus 6 went on general release on 22 May 2023, with a selection of models that combine different configurations of RAM and storage.
Here is the full list of available choices;
You can order an unlocked OnePlus 6 directly from OnePlus or on a contract from O2, which has an exclusive UK deal for the phone.
You can also read our where to buy the OnePlus 6 guide to keep abreast of the best current deals.
As is usually the case with OnePlus models, the superseded OnePlus 5T has now been discontinued and is out of stock at the manufacturer.
At the time of writing O2 in the UK was still offering the device on a tariff, and there are various sellers on Amazon still carrying the OnePlus 5T if you look around.
When the 5T was released back in November 2023 it retailed for £449/$499 if you bought the 6GB/64GB model or £499/$559 if you moved up to the 8GB/128GB variant, so use that as a gauge against the deals you find.
Design and Build
With the arrival of the OnePlus 6 the company has adopted the current trend in 2023 for glass backs. This makes the new model slightly heavier than the OnePlus 5T which featured an all-metal chassis, but in most other respects the shape and feel of the devices remain similar.
This means that both are tall and reasonably slim, but the OnePlus 6 squeezes a 6.28in panel into its frame, which is a step up from the 6.01in display found in the OnePlus 5T.
Achieving this leaves very little room for bezels and does introduce the ‘notch’ design that made it’s debut on the iPhone X. Love it or hate it, the idea seems here to stay for the time being.
OnePlus 5T: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm; 162g
OnePlus 6: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm; 177g
Aside from that there are only a few external tweaks. The dual-camera unit has moved from the upper corner to the centre, and the fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6 is more of an oval than the circular surface found on the 5T.
Both retain headphone jacks (hurrah!) and the paltry single speakers (bah!). An IP waterproof rating eludes either handset, although OnePlus states that the newer model should survive day-to-day exposure to water (such as being out in the rain).
Dash charging remains, with still one of the fastest recharging times we’ve seen, but strangely OnePlus left out wireless charging even though the OnePlus 6 has a glass back.
OnePlus has taken the decision that a 1080p AMOLED display is the optimum balance between affordability and performance. We have to say that it could well be right, as the OnePlus 6 zips around in an impressive fashion while still rendering crisp and colourful images.
It’s very similar to the panel on the 5T, with only the increased size and notch giving away which is which.
True, if you compare them directly to an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 then you’ll notice a superior level of clarity, but the OnePlus displays are perfectly good for the majority of us, and those other phones cost considerably more.
See also: OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9
So, that notch. It’s a housing for the facial recognition camera, as on the iPhone X, and is actually a bit smaller than on the Apple device. Android developers have now had a bit of time to optimise their apps around the notch designs that have appeared on everything from the Huawei P20 to the LG G7 ThinQ.
This means information on the screen places itself on either side of the notch without issue. Should you find the intrusion too much though there is a setting in the software that places black bands on either flank, thus returning you to the classic, clean line at the top of the display.
Processor, Memory, and Storage
OnePlus has made its name on offering high-end specs for mid-range prices, and the new model continues this proud, and welcome, tradition.
The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is the major difference between the devices, as the 5T comes with the previous generation 835.
Other than that things are mainly the same, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM available paired with, respectively, 64GB or 128GB of storage. The top model of the OnePlus 6 does extend this to 256GB, and this might be important for those who like to keep everything on their handset, as neither device comes with support for microSD cards.
Both are fast and fluid to use, with those specs ensuring that this should remain the case for at least a year or two.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the technical specifications;
SpecificationOnePlus 6OnePlus 5TOperating SystemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoDisplay6.28in Full HD+ (2280×1080) AMOLED display, 19:9, 402ppi5.5in Full HD (2160×1080) AMOLED display, 18:9, 401ppiProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processorMemory6/8GB6/8GBStorage64/128/256GB64/128GBPrimary Camera16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.716Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.7Front Camera16Mp f/2.016Mp f/2.0Video Recording4K @ 60fps, Slo-mo 720p @480fps 4K @ 30fps, Slo-mo 720p @ 120fpsWiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-bandGPSYesYesBluetooth5.0 with aptX5NFCYesYesFingerprint scannerYesYesWireless chargingNoNoColoursSilk White, Mirror Black, Midnight BlackSandstone White, Midnight Black, Lava RedPortsUSB-C, 3.5mm Headphone jackUSB-C, 3.5mm Headphone JackWaterproofUsable in light rain showersNoDimensions155.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.75mm156.1mm x 75 mm x 7.3mm Weight177g162gBattery3300mAh3300mAh
Optics have been something of an Achille’s heel for OnePlus in the past. None of the previous models, the 5T included, have really set the world on fire with their photographic results. They’ve been OK, just not brilliant.
The 5T combined a 16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, both with f/1.7 apertures. The latter was employed for portrait shots where a bokeh (blurred background) effect was created. The dual-lens could capture some decent images, but did struggle working out where the edges of subjects were.
With the OnePlus 6 things are a bit different. There’s still the 16Mp and 20Mp configuration, both with f/1.7 apertures, but an important addition is Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on the main 16Mp shooter.
This makes video very smooth, which is a good things as the OnePlus 6 captures 4K@60fps and the results can be excellent, especially if you use the Slo-Mo mode.
Stills are also improved, aided by the increased light capacity of the 16Mp sensor, and while it won’t trouble the likes of the Pixel 2 XL or Samsung S9, OnePlus has definitely upped its game this time around.
One of the strongest draw for many to the OnePlus brand is the near-stock Android experience. The company does use its own OxygenOS skin, but it is minimal in style and impact on performance.
If you’re looking for a clean, simple interface that’s pretty much as Google intended, then either of these phones will fit that bill.
Android 8.1 Oreo is the version running on both devices, but the soon to arrive Android 9 should make an appearance on the OnePlus 5T and 6 shortly after its release. Oreo actually arrived for the OnePlus 3 and 3T before the 5, so the 5T could luck out in this regard.
One new feature included in the OnePlus 6 is gesture controls akin to that on the iPhone X. They are entirely optional and can be disabled in the settings, which is what we think most people will do. But you can also turn them on on the 5T.
Related: Best OnePlus phonesSpecs OnePlus 6: Specs
Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS
6.28in Full HD+ (1080×2280) AMOLED display, 19:9, 402ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
Adreno 630 graphics
16Mp and 20Mp rear cameras, f/1.7, support for 4K video at 60fps
16Mp front camera, f/2.0
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
4G LTE (Cat 16)
Fingerprint sensor (rear)
3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge
About this OnePlus 7T Pro review: I tested out the OnePlus 7T Pro as my primary phone for a week before writing this OnePlus 7T Pro review. The phone was tested on the Android 10 based Oxygen OS 10.0.HD01AA software build.OnePlus 7T Pro review: The big picture
Warp Charge 30T (30W) charging brick
Red OnePlus USB-A to USB-C cable
Clear protective case
162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm
Pop-up selfie camera
Gorilla Glass 5 back
In-display fingerprint scanner
6.67-inches Quad HD+ AMOLED
3,120 x 1,440 resolution
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
1 x 2.96GHz, 3 x 2.42GHz, 4 x 1.78GHz
8GB of RAM
128 or 256GB UFS 3.0 storage
OnePlus takes its Never Settle motto seriously. Since the beginning, OnePlus has followed its ethos of delivering top-tier performance. Take the best possible components available, pair them with a fast and fluid software layer, and squeeze out the maximum. OnePlus hardware is some of the fastest available.
The OnePlus 7T Pro upgrades the processor to the bleeding edge Snapdragon 855 Plus. Truthfully, the spec upgrade isn’t exactly substantial. The primary Kryo 485 cores are now clocked at 2.96GHz vs 2.84GHz on the regular Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm claims a 15% upgrade in GPU performance, but the scarcity of hardcore, polygon-pushing content means these gains may go unused. You are essentially future proofing your hardware.
30W Warp Charge 30T charging
The battery on the OnePlus 7T gets a minor spec bump to 4,085mAh. It’s a moderate improvement that makes a discernible difference to battery life, but also compensates for the faster chipset. The real upgrade here is in the charging solution. The phone uses the Warp Charge 30T tech that debuted on the OnePlus 7T. It promises up to 23% faster charging speeds, though real-world gains are a bit more conservative. Charging times from scratch clocked in at about 71 minutes, which is in line with our measured time for the OnePlus 7 Pro as well. However, the phone was noticeably cooler this time around.
Oxygen OS 10
The OnePlus 7T Pro ships with Oxygen OS 10, based on Google’s new Android 10, and it’s brilliant. OnePlus is known for its excellent approach to smartphone software — taking vanilla Android and sprinkling in useful and helpful features that benefit the user. Fnatic gaming mode and Zen mode return, making for great gaming and well-being experiences, respectively.
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Oxygen OS 10 is a great refinement of 9.5, and many of the improvements were focused on the camera. For example, macro mode and dual-FoV portrait mode have been added to the app, allowing for even more versatility with the 7T Pro’s triple camera setup. On top of these, OnePlus made some notable changes to how the 7T Pro processes images. The company’s UltraShot technology will analyze what you’re shooting and then apply different presets of color, contrast, exposure compensation, and HDR effect. (This is similar to the AI camera features touted by OnePlus’ competitors.)
Standard: 48MP, f/1.6, OIS
Wide-angle: 16MP, f/2.2, 117 deg
Telephoto: 8MP, f/2.2, OIS
4K 60fps video recording
In most scenarios, colors are represented accurately across both the main and wide-angle cameras. However, the telephoto lens does cast a strange tone across images that changes based on the scenery. This makes for a less accurate overall image.
This image of a washing line has a bit of a warm tone to it when to the naked eye it held more of a blue tone with an overcast sky.
OnePlus’ HDR processing performed admirably across all of its lenses. I found that it was able to capture great detail across the entire range of shadows and highlights, even in pretty extreme situations like this shot of a bright day, through trees and bushes.
The new macro mode — the icon for it is found at the top right when holding the phone in portrait — is really cool. It moves a motor in the camera assembly to bring the lens further from the sensor to allow for a much closer focusing distance. This shot of my computer monitor shows even the sub-pixels with the red, green, and blue elements making up each pixel. I couldn’t have been able to capture these details without mode.
OnePlus 7 Pro camera review: Average at best
The 7T Pro’s selfie camera is pretty much just the 7 Pro’s with some software tweaks. The images are sharp and detailed with great color across the board. Portrait selfies could use a bit of work, since the edge detection isn’t quite up to par with phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Google Pixel 3, which have an extra front sensor to help with depth and background separation.
The 7T Pro’s main video shooting features haven’t expanded or improved compared to the 7 Pro. You can still shoot up to 960fps slow motion, and up to Ultra HD/4K video at 60fps. I’ve found the front-facing video to be much smoother than the 7 Pro’s, however, thanks to OnePlus’ improved software stabilization. It does crop in a bit to make that happen, but the result is super-smooth motion, almost as though the phone were on a gimbal.
You can check out full-res OnePlus 7T Pro camera samples at this link.Audio
No headphone jack
No dongle / earphones in box
OnePlus 7T Pro 8GB RAM, 256GB storage — £699, Rs. 53,999 (~$762)
OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition 12GB RAM, 256GB storage — £799, Rs. 58,999 (~$832)
OnePlus 7T Pro review: The verdict
The OnePlus 7T is the very definition of an incremental update. Part of the standard half-yearly refresh cycle for OnePlus, it brings a few quality-of-life improvements aimed squarely at those who are upgrading from older phones, and perhaps those who want to be on the absolute bleeding edge of hardware. As such, there is absolutely no reason for anyone on the OnePlus 7 Pro to consider the update.
For everyone else, though, OnePlus is finally inching close to the level of perfection it needs to compete with top-tier flagships. That it manages to do so while undercutting the competition by hundreds of dollars is what really seals the deal.
The OnePlus 7T is a fantastic device that goes overboard on hardware, all while providing one of the best software builds on Android. Dare I say that Oxygen OS does Android even better than vanilla Android? The cameras, too, have improved to a point where they are good enough for the majority of users. Let’s not forget other genuinely useful additions such as 30W charging.
The OnePlus 7T Pro isn’t a drastic upgrade over the OnePlus 7 Pro because it just doesn’t need to be. This is the flagship for everyone who doesn’t want to fork out top-dollar, and OnePlus has absolutely nailed it once again.
On the other hand, a mostly glass build that is held together by a metal frame is what you get with the Galaxy S8 smartphones, which has typically been the case since this was introduced a couple of generations ago. Both the front and rear glass panels have been curved for both aesthetic reasons and for comfort in the hand. As good as these phones look, though, it doesn’t take long for your fingerprints to get all over it and somewhat diminish its appearance.
Both the OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8 look really sleek, but the build material of both smartphones make for quite slippery devices. It’s going to be a toss up between the two as far as handling is concerned.
The Galaxy S8’s display is infinitely better in every way
That’s not to say that the 1080p display of the OnePlus 5 is lacking in any way. However, when comparing them side by side, the Galaxy S8 is infinitely (no pun intended) better in every way. The display of the Galaxy S8 is practically edge-to-edge, and by getting rid of the Samsung logo and the physical home button up front, the company was able to shrink down the bezels and stretch the screen vertically to give you more display real estate in a smaller body.
While the displays of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are larger than that of the OnePlus 5, what is truly surprising is that in terms of the size, the OnePlus 5 is actually more similar to the Galaxy S8 Plus. The displays of the Samsung smartphones are incredible to look at, and there’s nothing that is quite comparable currently available in the market.
Both the Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 come with the fastest processor currently on the market – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. With the S8, you’re getting 4 GB of RAM, while the 5 sports either 6 or 8 GB of RAM.
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Both the Galaxy S8 and the OnePlus 5 come with Bluetooth 5.0 onboard, too.
The biggest change OnePlus has made this year is to the camera. The OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup with a 16 MP main sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a 20 MP secondary unit with a f/2.6 aperture. The latter is a telephoto lens that allows for 2x lossless zoom and the ability to emulate a blurry background or bokeh effect with its portrait mode.
Results are in: how good is the OnePlus 5 camera?
On the other hand, Samsung has stuck to a more traditional camera setup, with a single 12 MP shooter with a f/1.7 aperture and it also comes with optical image stabilization, which isn’t available with either sensor of the OnePlus 5. The lack of OIS on the OnePlus 5 makes a huge difference, particularly when shooting in low light conditions. The OnePlus 5’s photos are noticeably softer in detail, less sharp, noisier, and tend to have orange-y color tones that don’t look very natural.
OnePlus 5 camera samples
Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus camera samples
OnePlus is able to close the gap in well-lit situations, with images that aren’t that far off from what the Galaxy S8 is able to produce. However, the differences are much easier to spot once you look at lot closer. The OnePlus 5 tends to ever so slightly overexpose images, making the colors, shadows, and blacks look much more washed out. When you zoom in, you can see that the photos are just not quite as sharp or as detailed as what is seen with the Galaxy S8.
Software certainly plays a huge role in the overall experience here. While I like what both Samsung and OnePlus have to offer, I prefer the latter simply because it is a lot closer to stock Android or what you get with the Google Pixel, albeit with a lot of nice features on top to customize the OS. You can change the accent colors, switch to a great-looking dark theme, enable on-screen navigation keys, and use a variety of off-screen gestures to launch the camera, turn on the flashlight, or open an application of your choice.
The new version of the OxygenOS has introduced a few new features as well, including a reading mode that turns the screen to grayscale to make it easier on the eyes, and a “do not disturb” mode created specifically so that you aren’t interrupted in the middle of of playing a game.
Samsung has also done a great job with improving their software package by introducing cleaner icons and a toned down color scheme. Everything is really enjoyable for the most part. Samsung has a bunch of software tricks of their own, like the Game Launcher for managing all your games in one place, the theme engine that lets you customize virtually every part of the user interface, and the very useful Always On Display that is also highly customizable and can show important information like the time, date, and notifications.
The biggest problem with Samsung’s software continues to be all the extra bloatware and duplicate applications. The addition of Samsung’s AI assistant, Bixby, which isn’t even fully available yet, only further adds to the redundancy, especially when the phone already comes with Google Assistant. Samsung even went as far as to add an additional hardware button to encourage the use of Bixby, but that isn’t a move that has paid off so far. Of course, that might change when Bixby Voice gets out of beta and comes available to everyone. The OnePlus 5 also comes with an extra hardware button, but this one has a more practical use, by allowing you to easily switch between different notification profiles.
While these phones may be separated by up to a couple of hundred dollars, they are a lot closer than you might think. However, that doesn’t mean that the cheaper price tag of the OnePlus 5 hasn’t resulted in any compromises, and you can definitely tell where it falls short.
There are things that I think the OnePlus 5 does better than the Galaxy S8, especially with regards to the general performance and the software experience. But for me, the latter is the more well-rounded device when you take everything into consideration even if that means having to deal with a higher price tag.
Last Updated on October 20, 2023
If you’re planning on buying a brand-new iPad, you’ll face the eternal dichotomy: iPad Air versus iPad Pro. Which one is better? Which one should I buy? Here you’ll learn the primary differences between the two and which one might be the best option for you.
To determine precisely which iPad will suit you the most, you will have to consider the bare necessities of the product first. Whether you’re a student using the iPad for reading, taking notes, and doing assignments, or you are a professional who’s going to need an iPad to replace a computer to do more high-demanding work on it, we’ll present to you a direct comparison of both devices so you can make the aptest decision for your needs.Design
Apple has made a standard design for all of its latest releases. Both the iPad Air and the iPad Pro come in an industrial build with squared-off edges made of an aluminum alloy. The main difference in regard to their design is the variety of colors. The iPad Air is available in Blue, Purple Space Gray, Starlight, and Pink. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, has only two colors, Silver and Space Gray. If colors are what matters the most to you, you might want to go with iPad Air.
Regarding dimensions, the iPad Pro has two different versions, 11 inches and 12.9 inches (although, for the most part, we’ll be talking primarily about the 12.9” model). The iPad Air has one single presentation of 10.9 inches. A bigger screen is usually better, and 12.9 inches is a size that is both manageable, comfortable, and amazing for drawing, gaming, and streaming.Display
Here comes one of the biggest differences between the two. The iPad Pro 12.9 has a 12.9-inch screen with Liquid Retina XDR display, Pro Motion technology, and True Tone, while the iPad Air sports a 10.9-inch display with only Liquid Retina and True Tone.
This difference means that the iPad Pro has a 120Hz Refresh rate, thanks to the Pro Motion technology, while the iPad Air will only provide 60Hz. The higher the refresh rate is, the smoother the screen will look while in action. Having a display with 120Hz means that the screen will refresh the image 120 times a second, so videos and overall images will look noticeably sleeker and more natural over an average 60Hz screen. If you are a gamer or want to enjoy the highest potential out of a device’s screen, the iPad Pro is the best option.Cameras
Apple has always taken great lengths with its devices’ cameras, so both products offer quality photo-taking tech. The iPad Pro has two rear cameras: a 12MP Wide and a 10MP Ultra Wide camera, accompanied by a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with a TrueDepth system.
The iPad Air has a 12MP Wide rear Camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera. It doesn’t leverage a TrueDepth system, so the iPad Pro will take better pictures in low-light environments. If this is important to you, the iPad Pro is the better option.Specs
Both slates run on the same cutting-edge M1 chip processor, which is the latest chip made by Apple. This will ensure users have the same speed and power on whichever device is chosen. When it comes to RAM and storage, the iPad Pro can have up to 2TB of flash storage and 16GB of RAM, while the iPad Air can reach 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
Both the iPad Pro and Air have almost the same battery capacity: 29 Watt-hours. That is why Apple lists both devices’ batteries as equal, with “up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi or watching videos and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network.”Performance
Performance overall will depend on how much the consumer is willing to invest in the iPad. Due to both devices having the same M1 chip, they both have the reliability of an 8-core CPU, 8-core Graphics, and a next-gen Neural engine, which is nearly equivalent to desktop Mac performance.
The main difference here comes in the device’s RAM capabilities. The larger the RAM capacity, the faster and smoother the experience. As mentioned previously, the iPad Pro can go up to 16GB of RAM while the iPad Air only offers 8GB. You’ll have to pay for either the 1TB or 2TB version of the Pro to gain that 16GB of RAM capacity at a $1,700 premium.
So, if you need to run demanding apps or want to do some gaming, and money isn’t too much of an issue, then the iPad Pro is the one to go with.Expert view
The iPad Pro is a device focused on professional use cases. If you are a graphic designer, an architect, an avid gamer, or have the need to run high-demanding applications, it would be smart to go with the iPad Pro.
On the other hand, the iPad Air offers the best bang for your buck. This is a device with high-end characteristics that will suit the mass majority of users’ necessities. Our expert recommendation is to go with the iPad Air unless you absolutely need something more powerful, like the iPad Pro. Otherwise, you can save that extra money and enjoy the second-best Apple iPad on the market with zero regrets.
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