OnePlus has clarified why the OnePlus 10T doesn’t have an Alert Slider. Last week, OnePlus announced that its next flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 10T, will be unveiled on Aug. 3 at an in-person event in New York City. The device has been confirmed to launch in the U.S., the U.K. and India but will likely be available for purchase in most other traditional OnePlus markets as well. It will be a follow-up to the OnePlus 10 Pro that was launched earlier this year.
The OnePlus 10T will be the company’s first T-series phone in two years. The last ‘T’ phone that the company launched was the OnePlus 8T in 2020, as there was no OnePlus 9T in 2021. While several tidbits about the OnePlus 10T have been revealed through a slew of leaks over the past few weeks, OnePlus has also officially confirmed some of the critical tech specs, leaving very little to the imagination.
OnePlus has released multiple official renders of its upcoming OnePlus 10T, revealing many of its important design elements. However, one of the disappointing things about the device is its missing Alert Slider which has long been an indispensable asset in OnePlus flagships. Talking to The Verge about the controversial design choice, OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu said that it was necessary to leave out the Alert Slider to accommodate some of the other components without making the device thicker. According to Liu, some of the benefits of ditching the slider will include high wattage charging, a larger battery capacity and a better antenna signal.
While OnePlus has come out with an explanation for dropping the Alert slider from the OnePlus 10T, the decision is unlikely to go down well with the OnePlus faithful. The Alert Slider has long been a much-loved part of OnePlus smartphones, offering an easy way to put the devices into silent and vibrate modes without having to unlock them and sort through onscreen menus. However, the omission was somewhat expected, as leaked renders from last month showed the distinct lack of an Alert Slider on the OnePlus 10T. The feature was also missing from the India-exclusive OnePlus 10R, which suggested that the company has been prepping to deprecate the feature for some time now.
Apart from the missing alert slider, the OnePlus 10T promises to be a pretty decent phone. According to a combination of official announcements and leaked reports, the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and will feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It will also reportedly come with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The company has already confirmed that it will ship with a 50-megapixel primary camera, while the other two lenses as part of the triple-camera setup at the back will be a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The OnePlus 10T is also expected to ship with a 4,800mAh battery with support for 150W fast wired charging.