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OnePlus wants to bring back the alert slider on future devices

It's not the end of the road for alert sliders on OnePlus phones.

Published onAugust 4, 2022

OnePlus 7 Pro Alert Slider Close Up
  • OnePlus wants to bring the alert slider back on future phones after skipping the feature on the OnePlus 10T.
  • Company executives also appreciated the idea of having a software key to replace the hardware element.

The OnePlus 10T is fresh out of the oven and has many ingredients that make it a decent value flagship. However, it’s missing the alert slider, a trademark OnePlus feature all of the company’s flagships and even some mid-rangers have had till now. Does this mean it’s the end of the hardware button on all OnePlus flagships? Apparently not.

For those of you who don’t know, the alert slider on OnePlus phones helps users quickly toggle between silent, vibrate, and ringing modes without having to navigate to the phone’s setting.s

In a global OnePlus 10T media briefing attended by Android Authority, company executives said they hope to bring back the alert slider on future devices.

Also read: OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus execs were also questioned about adding an alternative software key to make up for the missing alert slider on the OnePlus 10T. They said they appreciate the idea, but nothing of that sort is in the works right now.

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OnePlus explained that while the alert slider looks small from the outside, it occupies ample space inside the phone. For this reason, the company decided to let go of the hardware element in favor of a larger vapor chamber and more antennas.

A tipster previously suggested that OnePlus plans to limit the alert slider to its Pro models. The company’s mothership OPPO and sister-brand realme are also reportedly planning to include it on their phones.

OnePlus didn’t acknowledge the rumors at the media briefing. But for all we know, they might be true. All this talk of bringing back the alert slider could just be the company’s way of confirming that we’ll see the button on future OnePlus Pro phones.