After OnePlus didn’t announce a T-series device after almost five years, it became official. The OnePlus 10 Pro hits the market next month. As usual – as with most devices of this modern age – a number of leaks and rumors about the OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro have surfaced on the internet in the past few weeks. Whether you’re just interested in buying the next flagship Android smartphone from OnePlus or just curious about what OnePlus is bringing to the table, here’s a rumor recap of the OnePlus 10 Pro that brings together all of the leaks and rumors that did we’ve heard so far.
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When will OnePlus launch the OnePlus 10 series?
Pete Lau, Co-Founder of OnePlus and Chief Product Officer of OPPO, announced earlier this month that the OnePlus 10 Pro will be launched in January 2022. “10 Pro, see you in January,” he wrote on the Chinese microblogging website Weibo when announcing the month of release of the OnePlus 10 Pro. However, Lau has not announced a specific date on which the OnePlus 10 Pro will be launched.
Latest rumors suggest that we can see the device asap January 4, 2022, but it’s not yet confirmed. While Chinese shopping website JD.com has stated that the OnePlus 10 Pro will be available for pre-order on January 4th, some have suggested that OnePlus would rather announce the device’s announcement date on January 4th. Another report has suggested that the OnePlus 10 Pro, like the other Chinese smartphones, will launch in China first and then be available in overseas markets including the US, UK, India and others at a later date.
What about the standard OnePlus 10?
To everyone’s surprise, we haven’t heard much about the standard or “R” version of the OnePlus 10. OnePlus usually launches non-Pro versions of its flagship smartphones – like the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R – alongside the Pro models. However, we have not yet heard or seen anything about the standard OnePlus 10 or OnePlus 10R.
Display and design
Leaked renders of the OnePlus 10 Pro suggest that the smartphone should get a Samsung Galaxy S21-like design. The camera module of the OnePlus 10 Pro will not only be bigger, but will also merge with the metal railing on the side, as with the S21. But apart from the new camera module, the OnePlus 10 Pro is expected to keep a similar design to the 9 series. According to one source, the phone is 163.0 x 73.8 x 8.5mm (or 10.3mm, including the camera hump). A leaker also posted a handy video with the aluminum cut out of the OnePlus 10 Pro, which gives us an idea of how the smartphone might feel in hand.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is expected to be equipped with a large 6.7-inch display on the front. The company has already confirmed that the 10 Pro’s display will be updated to LTPO 2.0. LTPO displays are a special type of OLED displays that support variable refresh rates between 1 Hz and 120 Hz. OnePlus manager Pete Lau has confirmed that Samsung will provide the LTPO 2.0 display for the OnePlus 10 Pro series, but nothing is currently known about the actual display technology. The rest of the display specs, like the resolution of 1440p, support a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, and the aspect ratio of 20: 9 is expected to stay the same. It will also house the punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera as well as the fingerprint sensor in the display.
Although the OnePlus 10 Pro hits the market almost a year after the company’s OnePlus 9 series was launched, the OnePlus 10 Pro is expected to be a minimal upgrade from last year’s flagship smartphone in terms of specs. The smartphone should come with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chipset from Qualcomm and should support a fast charging speed of 80 W. These are the expected specs of the OnePlus 10 Pro:
|specification||OnePlus 10 Pro (rumored)|
|display||6.7 inch 1440p LTPO 2.0 with 120 Hz refresh rate|
|processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (confirmed)|
|Reversing cameras||48MP primary, 50MP ultra wide angle, 8MP 3.3x telephoto|
|Loading speed||80 W wired, 50 W wireless|
|Storage and storage||128 / 256GB, 8GB / 12GB RAM|
|operating system||Android 12|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G, 4G, USB-C 3.2|
Cameras and battery
OnePlus 10 Pro is expected to come with a triple camera setup like the OnePlus 9 Pro. This triple camera setup includes a 48 MP main sensor, a 50 MP ultra wide angle lens, and an 8 MP telesensor with 3.3x optical zoom. While the camera resolution and parts should remain the same as with the OnePlus 9 Pro, major improvements are expected in the camera departments thanks to the OnePlus partnership with Hasselblad and the new ISP sensor from Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The front selfie camera is expected to get a big boost as the OnePlus 10 Pro is said to come with a better 32 MP snapper.
On the battery side, the OnePlus 10 Pro comes with a large 5,000 mAh battery. This is paired with 80W of fast wired charging – from 65W in the OnePlus 9 Pro. In addition, the phone should also support a wireless charging speed of 50 W, which, like last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro, will only be possible with a proprietary charger that OnePlus will bring onto the market together with the smartphone.
ColorOS 12? OxygenOS 12? What will the OnePlus 10 Pro’s operating system be?
OnePlus and OPPO merged their R&D teams to form OnePlus 2.0 at the beginning of the year. One of the goals of this merger was to combine OxygenOS from OnePlus with ColorOS from OPPO for a “fast and smooth” operating system. Lau said at the time that the ColorOS-ifisiert version of OxygenOS, with which the OnePlus 10 Pro is delivered, will offer a “load-free experience of OxygenOS and the stability and the extensive functions of ColorOS”.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is still is expected to run on OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12, but it is expected that the software heavily influenced by ColorOS 12. We recently looked at ColorOS 12 and we have to admit that OPPO surprised us at how optimized it is for the Find X series. But even though Pete Lau promised a buttery smooth software experience, the latest version of OxygenOS 12 for the OnePlus 9 series has hinted that OnePlus and OPPO will take some time to match the stability that OxygenOS once offered.
Price, colors and availability
OnePlus is no longer pricing its smartphones as aggressively as it used to be. Now, OnePlus phones are priced in the same price range as the Apple and Samsung flagships, and the OnePlus 10 Pro is set to continue that trend. The OnePlus 10 Pro is expected to be in the same price range as the OnePlus 9 Pro, i.e. somewhere in the $ 950 range. The smartphone will initially hit the market in China and then make it onto the international markets. If the latest rumors are to be believed, the OnePlus 10 Pro will be available in China in January, while the device will hit the US, Europe and the rest of Asia in the February-March window. The smartphone is expected to be available in four colors: black (with a sandstone finish), green, silver / white and purple.
What we want to see
Source: Pocketnow video
Here are some things we’d love to see on the OnePlus 10 Pro:
Something good from the Hasselblad partnership: OnePlus announced its partnership with the camera company Hasselblad back in March 2021. However, the OnePlus 9 series camera system was nothing out of the world or out of the ordinary. With the partnership almost a year old, we hope that OnePlus x Hasselblad will bring something good.
Better battery life: OnePlus phones are widely known for their fast charging speeds. However, the battery life of its smartphones (how long the phone can last on a single charge) wasn’t top notch. With the OnePlus 10 Pro rumored to come with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, we really hope that the OnePlus 10 Pro’s battery life dwarfs other flagships of 2022 and that we don’t have to use this 80W charger often.
IP rating for all models: OnePlus 9 Pro was the first OnePlus smartphone with official water and dust resistance. However, only the Pro model in the series wore the IP tag. And now it’s time for OnePlus to follow the rest of the smartphone industry with water and dust resistance for all OnePlus 10 models.
Flagship Killer Prizes: OnePlus smartphones were once known for their killer price. In recent years, however, OnePlus has increased the prices of its smartphones, which are now right between the prices of other flagships. With Google launching its flagship Pixel 6 smartphone for just $ 600, we’re hoping OnePlus will give it some competition by pricing the 10 series fairly.
Better software: After OnePlus and OPPO merged their research and development teams, Pete Lau promised that unifying the code base of ColorOS and OxygenOS would result in a better (and smoother) operating system. We hope that the OnePlus 10 Pro’s operating system (whichever Android 12-based operating system it ends on) runs flawlessly and smoothly, as the software is one of the things that OnePlus itself builds on.
What are your expectations of the OnePlus 10 Pro? Are you looking to buy the next OnePlus flagship? Or are you waiting for Samsung to release its Galaxy S22 series? Let us know in the comments section below!