OnePlus is working on ways to bring back the notification slider on future phones, Xiaolu Hou, head of product strategy and portfolio, OnePlus Global, said on the sidelines of the OnePlus 10T launch. The OnePlus 10T also lacks a notification slider, which many believe is a unique and iconic feature on a OnePlus phone.
OnePlus unveiled its next global flagship, the OnePlus 10T 5G, at an event in New York on Wednesday. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and also boasts a 150W Supervooc charger that can fully charge the 4800mAh battery in just 19 minutes. OnePlus also announced a new version of OxygenOS 13 at the event.
Xiaolu Hou said that the large 360-degree antenna system, large battery capacity and fast charging, along with the best cooling effect, meant that they had to find a balance and let go of the warning slider. “Now our team is working hard to try to resolve these technical issues and ensure that we don’t have to make these kinds of sacrifices in future products,” he said during a video call from China.
On why the new flagship OnePlus 10T does not have Hasselblad branding for its camera, Xiaolu Hou claimed that the 50MP Sony IMX766 is the flagship sensor and is very capable in its own right. “Along with the IMX766 sensor, the 10T also comes with algorithms like the OnePlus Image Clarity Engine (ICE) 2.0. Now, after the integration, the group is able to bring these resources to our imaging performance and I would say that the 10T really delivers an imaging performance that is comparable to all other products in the same price segment,” he explained.
In a recorded message, OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau said that in line with OnePlus’ focus on offering a combination of “excellent hardware with robust software optimizations”, the OnePlus 10T will be powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 processor and the company’s fastest phone charging system to date”.