OnePlus 10T removes the brand’s renowned Alert Slider, and its Hasselblad collaboration

The OnePlus 10T is just around the corner, but it already looks like the company is making a significant change with this device. The OnePlus 10T will be the first OnePlus flagship phone without the Alert Slider, the company said over the weekend.

There has nearly always been a slider on the side of the OnePlus One device to choose between several ringer modes since the company launched the OnePlus One. As with the iPhone’s mute option, the “Alert Slider” allowed users to choose between full volume (the default setting), vibration, and mute (the alternate setting).

With each subsequent OnePlus flagship, the feature has persisted, however on lesser cheap handsets, such as the OnePlus Nord N20, it has been deleted. OnePlus has confirmed to The Verge that the Alert Slider will be removed on the OnePlus 10T.

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The design of the OnePlus 10T was also shown off, which offers a light green color choice with a black option and appears roughly the same as the OnePlus 10 Pro that was released earlier this year. Why did OnePlus remove the OnePlus 10T’s Alert Slider? “Necessary” was the word used by OnePlus lead designer Hope Liu to describe the move, which included a larger battery and faster charging, as well as stronger antennas.

There is a “quite considerable influence” on the device’s construction because the Alert Slider occupies 30 mm2 of the motherboard. If the OnePlus 10T had kept the Alert Slider, it would have been necessary to stack the motherboard, making the phone thicker.

OnePlus 10T removes the brand’s renowned Alert Slider, and its Hasselblad collaboration
OnePlus 10T removes the brand’s renowned Alert Slider, and its Hasselblad collaboration

Rumor has claimed that the OnePlus 10T will have 150W fast charging, up from 80W on the OnePlus 10 Pro — North American models were limited to 65W. There are “two charging pumps” on the OnePlus 10T, Liu revealed. We’ll also guess that the removal may be related to the product’s durability.

An earlier stress test conducted on the OnePlus 10 Pro by our own Max Weinbach found that it would break in two when bent—a test that virtually all other smartphones have passed with flying colors. The 10 Pro snapped exactly where the Alert Slider was located, which may or may not be a coincidence.

The Hasselblad logo, which has been shown on previous OnePlus flagships, has vanished. This is a significant move. Because OnePlus “wanted to offer an ultimate performance flagship smartphone at the device’s chosen price point,” Hasselblad‘s partnership with the company appears to have been dropped, but the brand has confirmed that it will still use a 50MP Sony IMX766 as its primary sensor, a slight upgrade from the 10 Pro.

In addition, the OnePlus 10T features a novel antenna configuration that includes 15 individual antennas on the phone’s interior. The new design is said to be better for mobile gaming because it functions better when the phone is held horizontally. The 6.7-inch screen confirmed in this interview is not a surprise.

OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 10T will go on sale on August 3rd.

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