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 through any onscreen menus. In an email interview with The Verge, OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu said that ditching the slider was necessary for the 10T to have enough internal space for other components needed for “high wattage charging, a large battery capacity, and better antenna signal.
An early peek at the forthcoming flagship from OnePlus. Author: Jon Porter, @JonPorty Jul. 24, 5:00 p.m. EDT 18 remarks Vox Media might get paid a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a Verge link. See our code of ethics. Even though the OnePlus 10T isn’t scheduled to go on sale until August 3rd, it wouldn’t be a OnePlus phone if the firm didn’t divulge some information beforehand. Today, we’re going to take a look at the exterior of the device, which displays a few interesting (and, depending on your perspective, somewhat disappointing) alterations from its forerunner. Although the 10T’s overall design is similar to that of the OnePlus 10 Pro, neither the alert/mute slider nor the Hasselblad-branded camera system are present on this model.
For example, to offer the kinds of fast charging speeds that OnePlus is targeting with the 10T (it’s yet to announce the spec officially, but leaks suggest that the OnePlus 10R’s 150W fast charging could make an appearance), Liu says OnePlus had to include two “charging pumps” inside the 10T, compared to just one for the 80W fast charging-compatible OnePlus 10 Pro. The company also prioritized an antenna system that includes 15 separate antennas inside the OnePlus 10T, which it says improves signal when holding the phone horizontally — a benefit when playing games online
Another difference compared to the 10 Pro is the lack of a Hasselblad-branded camera system — though, given the minimal impact it’s had on OnePlus’ other phones, we’re not too concerned about the omission here. OnePlus’ partnership with the camera company kicked off with last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro and mainly involved tuning the colors from the camera. This year, it added new features like support for 12-bit RAW photographs with this year’s phone. They’re neat additions but not mainstream essentials.
“While the alert slider appears to be a very small component, it actually has a relatively large impact on the device’s motherboard area — taking up 30 mm²,” Liu says. “To ensure the OnePlus 10T delivers in the areas we know our users value most… while retaining the alert slider, we would have had to stack the device’s motherboard, which would have made the device thicker.” Removing the slider was the compromise OnePlus decided to make.