OnePlus 10T Won’t Have Mute Switch – Here’s Why

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

The alert slider has been a staple of OnePlus’ flagship phones for years, offering a quick and easy way to put its phones into silent and vibrate modes without having to tap into any on-screen menus. In an email interview edge, OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu said pushing the slider was necessary to give the 10T enough internal space for other components needed for “higher wattage charging, larger battery capacity, and better antenna signal.”

No alert slider.
Image: OnePlus

For example, to offer faster charging speeds aimed at the OnePlus 10T (it hasn’t officially announced the spec yet, but Leaks are reported The OnePlus 10R’s 150W fast charging might make an appearance), Liu says, adding two “charging pumps” inside the OnePlus 10T, compared to one for the 80W fast charging-compatible OnePlus 10 Pro. The company prioritized an antenna system that includes 15 separate antennas inside the OnePlus 10T, which improves the signal when the phone is held horizontally – an advantage when playing games online.

“Although the warning slider seems like a very small component, it actually has a relatively large impact on the motherboard area of ​​the device – taking up 30mm²,” Liu says. “To ensure the OnePlus 10T delivers in the areas our users value most…while retaining the caution slider, we had to stack the device’s motherboard, which would have made the device thicker.” OnePlus decided to compromise by removing the slider.

The phone is black again.
Image: OnePlus

Another difference compared to the 10 Pro is the absence of a Hasselblad-branded camera system – although it’s less of an impact on OnePlus’ other phones, so we’re not too concerned about the omission here. OnePlus’ partnership with the camera company has begun Last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro And mainly involves tuning the colors from the camera. This year, it added new features Like support for 12-bit RAW photos This year with the phone. They are neat additions but not essential.

When I asked Liu why the Hasselblad branding was gone, he told me it was because OnePlus “wanted to deliver the ultimate performance flagship smartphone at the device’s select price,” which seems like a necessary compromise to achieve the phone. (yet to be announced) price tag. But Liu confirms that the 10T’s main camera will support a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor (technically higher resolution than the 48-megapixel main camera from the 10 Pro) and 10-bit color shooting, as well as “improved. HDR photography” and OnePlus’ night photography mode.

Other features Liu wants to confirm include a 6.7-inch display for the 10T. The resolution and refresh rate are yet to be announced, but from the images, it appears to be a flat display rather than curved around the edges of the device. Liu says the phone will be available in matte black and glossy green. OnePlus had previously said that the phone would be available Powered by Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor.

That’s all Liu is willing to confirm now. For a complete announcement, we’ll have to wait for the OnePlus 10T’s official launch on August 3 at 10 am ET.

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