The OnePlus 10T gets rid of the brand's famous Alert Slider and its Hasselblad partnership

The OnePlus 10T gets rid of the brand’s famous Alert Slider and its Hasselblad partnership

The OnePlus 10T is just around the corner, but it looks like the phone will be quite the shift for the company. OnePlus confirmed this weekend that in nearly a decade, the OnePlus 10T will be the brand’s first flagship phone without an Alert Slider.

Since the original OnePlus One, the brand’s smartphones have almost always featured a slider on the side of the device to switch between ringtone modes. Called the “Alert Slider,” this switch could move between vibrate, mute, and full volume modes, similar to the iPhone’s mute switch.

The feature has lived through every OnePlus flagship since then, but has been removed on some more affordable devices like the OnePlus Nord N20.

Now, the OnePlus 10T is also saying goodbye to the Alert Slider, as confirmed by OnePlus The Verge.

The reveal came along with the first look at the design of the OnePlus 10T, which comes in a light green color along with a black variant and looks largely the same as the OnePlus 10 Pro released earlier this year.

Why did OnePlus drop the Notification Slider on the OnePlus 10T? OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu explains that the move was “necessary” for other key components of the device, including a larger battery, even faster charging and a better antenna. The Alert Slider takes up around 30mm² on the motherboard, which has a “fairly large impact” on the build of the device. An alternative to removing the notification slider on the OnePlus 10T would be to stack the motherboard, making the phone thicker.

The OnePlus 10T is rumored to have 150W fast charging, up from 80W on the OnePlus 10 Pro – North American models were limited to just 65W. Liu also confirmed that the OnePlus 10T has “two charging pumps”.

Another reason we will speculate about could having something to do with removal would be durability. As our Max Weinbach was quick to point out, a stress test of the OnePlus 10 Pro earlier this year revealed that the phone would break in half when bent, a test that the vast majority of other devices generally pass. It could just be a coincidence, but the 10 Pro cracked right where the Alert Slider resided.

Another visible key change is that the Hasselblad branding that has been prominent on the last few OnePlus flagships is nowhere to be seen.

The Hasselblad partnership appears to have fallen by the wayside as OnePlus “wanted to offer top-of-the-line flagship smartphone performance at the chosen device price,” but the brand also confirmed that it will still use the 50MP Sony IMX766 as its primary sensor, which is technically tiny. upgrade from 10 Pro.

Furthermore, the OnePlus 10T has a new antenna arrangement with 15 separate antennas inside the phone. The new layout seems to work better when the phone is held horizontally, which is suggested as an improvement for mobile gaming. In this interview, he also confirmed a 6.7-inch display, which is no surprise.

OnePlus has confirmed the launch of the OnePlus 10T on August 3.

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