The OnePlus 10 Pro is the first smartphone OnePlus has released since its merger with Oppo, and it finds the Chinese tech firm combining the long-running strengths of the OnePlus series with some Oppo-centric software features. This means it treats users to a lovingly designed phone with a crystalline display, powerful internals, a versatile camera, and fast charging, while also including some operating system quirks taken from Oppo’s ColorOS software. Taken together, they make for a distinctive experience, and one of the best you’re likely to find on an Android device this year.
Of course, the OnePlus 10 Pro is saturated with potential rivals, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max probably being the most fearsome on the iOS side of the equation. The latter is arguably as close to a perfect phone as you’re going to find in 2022, offering sharp looks, an inviting display, lightning-fast performance, a great camera, a strong battery, and effortless software. The OnePlus, therefore, has its work cut out if it wants to beat the iPhone in a head-t0-head comparison test, which we detail below.
|OnePlus 10 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|Size||163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm (6.42 x 2.91 x 0.34 inches)||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7mm (6.33 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches)|
|Weight||201 grams (7.09 ounces)||240 grams (8.47 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED (120Hz)||6.7-inch Super Retina OLED (120Hz)|
|Screen resolution||3216 x 1440 pixels (525 pixels per inch)||2778 x 1284 pixels (458 ppi)|
|Operating system||Android 12, OxygenOS 12.1||iOS 15|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||No|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay||Apple Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Apple A15 Bionic|
|Camera||Triple-lens 48-megapixel wide, 50MP ultrawide, 8MP telephoto rear, 32MP front||Triple-lens 12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide and 12MP telephoto rear, 12MP TrueDepth front|
|Video||8K at 24 frames per second, 4K at 120 fps, 1080p at 240 fps||4K at up to 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.1||Lightning connector|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, in-display||No, FaceID instead|
Fast charging (65W U.S.A., 80W international)
Fast wireless charging (50W)
Fast charging (20W charger sold separately)
MagSafe wireless charging (15W)
Qi wireless charging (7.5W)
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Apple App Store|
|Network Support||T-Mobile||All major carriers|
|Colors||Volcanic Black, Emerald Forest, Panda White (Extreme Edition)||Graphite, gold, silver, Sierra Blue, Alpine Green|
|Review score||4 starts out of 5||4.5 stars out of 5|
Design, display, and durability
The OnePlus 10 Pro looks a little different from previous models in its series without being a massive departure. The camera module now has a neat two-by-two squarish format, comprising three lenses (and a flashlight) and an underlying panel that slots smoothly into the rest of the phone’s rear. It looks artfully subtle and stylish, and arguably makes the 10 Pro one of the prettiest Androids out right now.
Both devices sport a 6.7-inch display. There are several important distinctions, however. First, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s display comes with 3216 x 1440 pixels (giving you 525 ppi), while the
Unfortunately for OnePlus fans, the 10 Pro doesn’t have an official IP rating. The
Performance, battery life, and charging
The OnePlus 10 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This is manufactured using 4nm transistors, allowing Qualcomm to fit more of them into the same amount of space, which translates into faster performance than chips using 5nm, 7nm, or 8nm transistors. In theory, this should mean that the 10 Pro is faster than the
Both phones come with 128GB of internal memory as standard and can be bumped up to 256GB and 512GB for more money. With the
Turning to battery power, the OnePlus 10 Pro houses a 5,000mAh battery, while the
On the other hand, the OnePlus 10 Pro offers fast charging at either 65W (if you’re in the United States) or 80W (if you live anywhere else). This enables you to charge from 40% to 100% in around 15 minutes, something which the iPhone can’t match with its 20W charger (which you’ll also have to purchase separately). Still, with Apple’s device lasting just a touch longer, we’re calling another tie.
The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with three rear lenses, a 48MP main camera, an 8MP camera for telephoto scenarios, and a 50MP ultrawide lens. This is the same basic setup as found on the
You might think that more megapixels equal more photo quality, but Apple proves this isn’t the case. Thanks to a mix of sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization) and dual pixel PDAF (phase-detection autofocus), as well as a range of software tricks, the
This isn’t always the case with the OnePlus 10 Pro. While its main 48MP lens does generally take some perfectly attractive pics, its ultrawide and telephoto lenses aren’t quite as useful as the iPhone’s. They both often fail to balance shots in terms of colors and exposure and can introduce a little noise, especially when using the special 150-degree ultrawide mode.
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Software and updates
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s operating system is Android 12, with OxygenOS 12 running over the top. The latter is usually one of the better
Looking at the
Updates also work in the
Winner: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Both phones support
Still, the OnePlus does include a few other special features to partly compensate for this lack. OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad results in the camera including a few interesting novelties, such as the aforementioned 150-degree ultrawide mode, as well as a RAW mode that lets you capture a natural shot and then edit it later. There’s also OnePlus’ Zen Mode, which removes distractions, and HyperBoost Gaming, which heightens the phone’s performance so that you can get the most out of games.
Price and availability
The OnePlus 10 Pro begins from $899 and can be ordered from OnePlus. It’s supported by T-Mobile in the U.S. and will be widely available through third-party electronics retailers.
Overall winner: iPhone 13 Pro Max
The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the best Androids you’re likely to see this year, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a superior phone overall. It has better durability, a truly fantastic camera, a slightly longer-lasting battery, more reliable software, and support for the fastest
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