The OnePlus 10T is quickly approaching, but it already seems like the firm will make some significant changes with the device. After almost a decade, OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 10T will be the company’s first flagship device sans the Alert Slider.
Since the OnePlus 2, the company’s smartphones have nearly always had a slider on the side that can be used to change the ringer modes. Similar to the mute switch on the iPhone, this switch, dubbed the Alert Slider, could switch between vibration, mute, and full volume settings.
Since then, the functionality has continued on each OnePlus flagship, however it has been deleted from several less expensive models, including the OnePlus Nord N20.
As OnePlus revealed to The Verge , the Alert Slider is now being retired on the OnePlus 10T.
The OnePlus 10T’s design, which comes in black and a bright green color option and essentially resembles the OnePlus 10 Pro unveiled earlier this year, was also revealed simultaneously with the revelation.
The Alert Slider was removed from the OnePlus 10T for what reason? Hope Liu, the lead designer at OnePlus, adds that the change was required to make room for the device’s other essential components, such as a larger battery, even faster charging, and a better antenna. The Alert Slider occupies about 30 mm of the motherboard, which has a considerable impact on how the device is constructed. The OnePlus 10T’s motherboard might have been stacked instead of being removed, increasing the thickness of the phone.
According to rumors, the OnePlus 10T will boast 150W fast charging, an increase from the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 80W and the North American models’ 65W. Additionally, Liu attested to the OnePlus 10T’s dual charging pumps.
Durability is a different factor that could play a role in the removal, according to our speculation. A stress test of the OnePlus 10 Pro earlier this year revealed, as our Max Weinbach was keen to point out, that the phone would snap in half when bent, a test that the great majority of other devices typically pass. The 10 Pro snapped precisely where the Alert Slider was located, however this could simply be a coincidence.
Another significant change is the absence of the Hasselblad branding that was prominent on the previous two OnePlus flagship models.
However, the company also confirmed that it will continue to use a 50MP Sony IMX766 as its primary sensor, technically a slight upgrade from the 10 Pro. OnePlus claims that the Hasselblad partnership fell by the wayside because the company wanted to offer an ultimate performance flagship smartphone at the device’s chosen price point.
The OnePlus 10T also features a novel internal antenna configuration with 15 distinct antennas. According to reports, the new design functions better when the phone is held horizontally, which is being touted as a benefit for mobile gaming. On that note, it is not surprising that this interview also verified the existence of a 6.7-inch display.
The OnePlus 10T will officially launch on August 3, according to OnePlus.
MORE ABOUT ONEPLUS: *The Alert Slider was first introduced by the OnePlus 2, not the OnePlus One.
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