We’re now just hours ahead of the official launch of the OnePlus 10T. While the phone isn’t out yet, OnePlus has taken a deep dive into some key aspects of this phone before its release (including the colors, the camera and the fast charging). Another thing the company has addressed (in a post in OnePlus Community) is perhaps the most frequently asked question about the OnePlus 10T.
This year, the OnePlus 10T comes without a signature (and fan-favorite) part of OnePlus phone design — the mute switch or the so-called Alert Slider (on the right side of the phone), which lets you mute notifications and mute them. easily back on. And this is why the OnePlus 10T will be the first global flagship from OnePlus to ship without an Alert Slider.
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OnePlus explains why the OnePlus 10T does not have an Alert Slider
The point is – the Alert Slider isn’t being removed to keep costs down or anything like that. The reason is space: Several new upgrades that come with the OnePlus 10T require extra space in the phone’s thin and light body. To provide more than just speed improvements, OnePlus has decided to sacrifice the Alert Slider. High wattage charging, large battery capacity and better antenna signal are the top three reasons for removing the Alert Slider. All of these technologies need space in the OnePlus 10T’s body. Let’s look at each one individually.
Super fast charging and large battery
The super-fast charging that the OnePlus 10T supports requires the phone to have two charging pumps (phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro has a single charging pump just so you know). Basically, this means that the company needs twice as much space for the phone’s charging pumps with the OnePlus 10T. This, of course, limits the space in the device housing.
OnePlus also notes that the company wanted the “largest possible battery” in the OnePlus 10T. However, keeping the Alert Slider would have meant that the maximum battery capacity of the phone should be 4,500 mAh. But with the removal of the Alert Slider, the company has been working to equip its upcoming flagship with a bigger battery – specifically a 4,800mAh battery cell.
A better antenna for gaming
The other key technology that resulted in the trade-off made with the Alert Slider is aimed at improving the mobile gaming experience in the OnePlus 10T. OnePlus says there will be an improved antenna for gaming that will provide better signal performance when you hold the phone in landscape orientation.
When you say ‘better antenna’, you might think we’re talking about one antenna. But the reality is not so simple: According to OnePlus, 15 separate antennas make up the new antenna system inside the phone’s body. Removing the Alert Slider along with other optimizations made this possible.
The Alert Slider may seem like a very small part, but according to OnePlus takes up no less than 30 mm2. And if the company had wanted to include it, while keeping the aforementioned upgrades to the OnePlus 10T, it should have made the phone thicker. A thicker phone seems to have been a sacrifice that OnePlus was not willing to make, as it would have affected the device’s “premium hand-feel”, the post also states.
The OnePlus 10T will be unveiled today, August 3, at an offline event in New York. Plus, the reveal will be available to those of you who want it watch it online via a livestream from 10 a.m. EDT (that’s 10 a.m. in New York, 7 a.m. Los Angeles, and 3 p.m. London). The live stream will be on YouTube.