August 15, 2022
OnePlus plans to bring back its iconic alert slider on future smartphones: Report

Now with the OnePlus 10T 5G, it is clear that the smartphone does not have the iconic alert slider. The OnePlus 10T also becomes the second premium device from the brand after the OnePlus 10R 5G, skipping this hardware feature that is unique to OnePlus. The alert slider is present on the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, which was launched in March this year. So, what’s done with OnePlus’ alert slider? It turns out that this cannot happen.

a report by 9to5google, claims that OnePlus is not yet complete with its alert slider. OnePlus claims that maintaining the alert slider is a challenge, but the company plans to address the design and technical challenge in future devices, to retain it along with other improved technologies. However, it is unclear whether the next premium smartphone from OnePlus will retain the hardware features present on its high-end devices since the OnePlus 2.

A previous report had said that OnePlus’ alert slider takes up around 30mm² of space. And the removal of the Alert slider from the OnePlus 10T 5G allowed the manufacturer to add more performance-focused components like the 150W fast charging system and the two charge pumps required for the larger 4,800mAh battery. The report also suggests that adding the alert slider would have made the phone even thicker as OnePlus engineers would have had to go with stacked motherboards to make more room.

OnePlus Alert Slider has changed its function over time. Introduced with the OnePlus Two, it will initially let users disable all notifications (top), allow only priority notifications (middle), or allow all sounds (bottom). Over time, the role of the Alerts slider has changed and currently works like the ring/silent switch on the iPhone. The Alert slider on the OnePlus 10 Pro lets users change the sound profile of the device by switching between Ringer On (top), Vibrate (middle) and Silent (bottom).

OnePlus 10T 5G is the latest premium smartphone from the company with a starting price of Rs. 49,999 in India. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which as of now is only available on a handful of Asus and iQoo smartphones. There is a maximum of 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone has three rear cameras including a 50-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. Selfies are handled by a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. Powering the phone is a 4,800mAh battery which can be charged using the bundled 160W charger.

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