Smartphones like Apple’s iPhone still rely on a physical switch for toggling between silent and ringing. This is a pretty useful feature that has been present on pretty much all of OnePlus’ phones, but that will no longer be the case for the upcoming OnePlus 10T.
Speaking to The Verge in an email interview, OnePlus chief designer Hope Liu confirmed that the Alert Slider will not be making an appearance in the upcoming phone. Liu states that this was done to help free up space internally, otherwise they would have to compromise on the design like making the phone thicker.
“While the alert slider appears to be a very small component, it actually has a relatively large impact on the device’s motherboard area — taking up 30 mm². To ensure the OnePlus 10T delivers in the areas we know our users value most… while retaining the alert slider, we would have had to stack the device’s motherboard, which would have made the device thicker.”
To be fair, it’s not that hard to switch between silent and ring using the volume rockers, but we suppose there is some degree of convenience of having a dedicated switch for that. We’re not sure if this is something the company plans to bring forward for future handsets or if it will only affect the OnePlus 10T, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: The Verge