Why the OnePlus 10T is the company's most important phone on sale in the US

OnePlus 10T
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The crazy-powerful OnePlus 10T will get to use AT&T’s fastest 5G networks; a first for OnePlus phones. In our OnePlus 10T review, we found the phone to be quite a powerful and capable device, so having that performance carry across to networking speeds on more networks is a real plus.

The new OnePlus 10T will work on all three major 5G networks in the US, as well as Bell and Telus in Canada. OnePlus lists support for lower and mid-frequency 5G networks, but not the more limited (although superfast) mmWave 5G range. 

The OnePlus 10T is available now for pre-order from OnePlus, Amazon, and BestBuy online for USD $649 / CAD $849. In a strange pre-order scheme, you can get the upgraded device with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for the same price as the 8GB/128GB version, if you pre-order before September 28, but only if you pre-order from Amazon or BestBuy. 

Until September 8, OnePlus is offering that same deal on its own site, but after September 8 you’ll have to pay the full price of USD $749 / CAD $999 for the upgraded device. OnePlus will still throw in either a protective case or an 80W car charger, though.

OnePlus will begin shipping the OnePlus 10T on September 29 and will open normal sales on the same date. The OnePlus 10T is a mid-range update to the OnePlus 10 Pro, that drops some camera prowess but also shaves the price to a more friendly mid-range level. You can read our full breakdown of the differences between the OnePlus 10T vs. the OnePlus 10 Pro for more info.

Analysis: signs of a maturing OnePlus

If you want to sell phones in the U.S. market, the key, the door, and the entire house are the cellular network carriers. The more support a company offers for different networks, the more buyers can trust that they have been tested and vetted for reliability. OnePlus would not be allowed to sell a phone advertised for AT&T’s network without testing and approval. For a company that was an upstart only a few years ago, this is a great sign and step.

This matters because we don’t want to recommend a phone to buyers if we don’t trust the company that makes the phones. OnePlus has a good enough track record, but it is still a new brand in the company of giants. It may have huge parental backing, but its presence in the US market is still limited.

The more work we see from OnePlus to gain the trust of the US carriers, the more we can believe OnePlus is maturing as a company, and that makes the brand easier to recommend. It might also mean we see more of the best OnePlus phones, most of which only see release in markets outside of the U.S.

Philip Berne
US Mobiles Editor

Phil Berne is a preeminent voice in consumer electronics reviews, having reviewed his first device (the Sony D-EJ01 Discman) more than 20 years ago for eTown.com. He has been writing about phones and mobile technology, since before the iPhone, for a variety of sites including PCMag, infoSync, PhoneScoop, and Slashgear. He holds an M.A. in Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Phil was the internal reviewer for Samsung Mobile, writing opinions and review predictions about top secret new devices months before launch. He left in 2017. He worked at an Apple Store near Boston, MA, at the height of iPod popularity. He has been a High School English teacher at Title I schools, and is a certified Lifeguard. His passion is smartphones and wearables, and he is sure that the next big thing will be phones we wear on our faces.