OnePlus 10T is officially outed as the brand's first ever 150W charging, Alert Slider-less flagship Android smartphone
OnePlus has announced that its 10T will launch during the company's first in-person, live-event launch for several years now: it will take place in a New York venue fans can actually buy tickets for and travel to in August 2022. As fun as that might be for some, it seems the upcoming flagship-tier device will fail to keep a different tradition associated with its brand going.
Given that 10T renders are now officially out there, OnePlus can no longer do anything to conceal the fact that it lacks an Alert Slider (as well as Hasselblad branding) one might expect to find integrated into its otherwise 10 Pro-like camera hump.
It has fallen to the staff member Hope L. to explain that, while "we understand its value and heritage", the signature physical switch has been dropped in the 10T to make room for new battery tech - which, admittedly, may give it the edge on the 10 Pro for some consumers.
OnePlus has announced that the 10T will be available as SUPERVOOC Endurance Edition SKUs, capable of charging at up to 150W, or from 0-100% in as little as 19 minutes. Admittedly, this rate has had to be restricted in the North American market - again - albeit to 125W (or ~20 minutes per full charge) this time.
Nevertheless, should a US or Canadian user take their 10T SUPERVOOC Endurance Edition abroad, it might be able to shoot back up to 150W depending on the grid conditions in question. It will do so thanks to the power brick that will come in the box, which actually goes up to 160W but is likely to charge most other devices at their normal speeds thanks to support for the USB-PD standard.
OnePlus touts the complementary high-wattage accessory and corresponding 4,800mAh 10T battery as capable of exemplary stability, reliability and thermal control, thanks to a full gamut of new OPPO charging technology.
These bells and whistles are to introduce dual 75W charge pumps; a new "VFC trickle charging optimization algorithm" to make charging from 90 to 100% (if absolutely necessary) easier; a 13-sensor temperature-monitoring array and a "Customized Smart Charging Chip". OnePlus asserts that they should keep the 10T's battery at 80% capacity even after 4 years' worth of typical use (or 1,600 charging cycles).
Accordingly, the OnePlus 10T is shaping up to be one of the fastest-charging premium Android devices on its launch. Hopefully, this breakthrough will make up for the lack of the classic Alert Slider in the upcoming 8T successor.