The OnePlus 10 Pro has officially been released outside of China, and we now know when the flagship smartphone will be available in North America, Europe, and India.
We also know that the 10 Pro will be released on its own, since the manufacturer has announced that there would be no OnePlus 10 to accompany it.
From the design and display to the cameras and battery, and everything in between, we now know practically everything about the OnePlus 10 Pro, and you can find all the facts down below.
OnePlus 10 Pro release date and price
The OnePlus 10 Pro was introduced on January 11, 2022, at a China-only event, and the company confirmed the phone will be available globally later that year.
We didn’t have to wait long for additional details, as OnePlus confirmed at MWC 2022 that the device will be available in North America, Europe, and India in March 2022, and the company has already planned the launch event for March 31 – but precise on-sale dates have yet to be released.
We do know that pre-orders will begin on March 31, with reservations currently available in the United States.
As a result, the OnePlus 10 Pro will be released in March 2021, much like its predecessor, the OnePlus 9 Pro.
However, because OnePlus does not have a presence in Australia, this worldwide launch will not cover the country.
Oneplus 10 – Design and display
OnePlus unveiled the design of the OnePlus 10 Pro ahead of time, so there won’t be much new to discover here if you’ve been following along with this phone.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is available in only two colours: Volcanic Black and Emerald Forest, the latter of which is a green tone. Each contains micro-crystals, giving the back a somewhat rough appearance.
The metal camera block, which integrates with the frame and is a different colour than the rest of the back, is a design standout (black in both cases, but a glossier black than the rest of the Volcanic Black model).
Meanwhile, depending on the model, the aluminium frame is either green or black, but with a metallic shine not present on the majority of the back.
The dimensions of the OnePlus 10 Pro are 163 x 73.9 x 8.55mm, and it weighs 200g.
Finally, OnePlus has stated that the phones feature strong Gorilla Glass Victus (the newest version of Corning’s smartphone protection), however it is unclear if this is used on the front, back, or both.
The OnePlus 10 Pro features a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It also employs second-generation LTPO technology, which according to OnePlus lets it to shift between 1Hz and 120Hz faster than the OnePlus 9 Pro, resulting in lower battery usage.
In addition, the screen uses Dual Color Calibration, which is an industry first. This indicates that the display has been calibrated to offer correct colours regardless of whether it is viewed at high or low brightness, resulting in more consistently high-quality images.
Oneplus 10 pro review : Camera and battery
Hasselblad is teaming up with OnePlus once more for the cameras on the OnePlus 10 Pro.
The new phone has a 48MP primary camera, a 50MP ultrawide camera, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3.3x optical zoom. That’s the same arrangement as the OnePlus 9 Pro, with the exception of a dedicated monochrome lens, which is being dropped. However, the ultrawide lens now includes a 150-degree field of vision option, which is far broader than what you’ll find on other smartphones.
The ability to shoot in 10-bit colour from any rear lens for more realistic and exact tones is one of the camera’s highlights. A new Hasselblad Pro mode allows for 12-bit RAW shooting, and a new RAW Plus format combines greater detail with post-processing. A new Movie Mode for recording video sounds similar to the Cinematic mode introduced with the iPhone 13 series, while the Master Style (example seen below) is similar to Apple’s Photographic Styles function.
The OnePlus 10 Pro also has a 32MP front camera, an upgrade from the OnePlus 9 Pro’s 16MP sensor.
Of course, OnePlus will need to do a lot of work in the image signal processing and computational photography departments if it wants to make our list of the best camera phones.
OnePlus 10 Pro review : battery and 80W charging
OnePlus has increased the OnePlus 10 Pro’s battery capacity as well as charging power. The battery has been increased from 4,500 mAh to 5,000 mAh, which, paired with the more efficient display, should result in significantly longer battery life than the OnePlus 9 series, which has unexpectedly poor lifespan.
OnePlus’s formerly fast 65W charging has now been increased to 80W. This should maintain the OnePlus 10 Pro at the top of the list of the quickest charging phones for the remainder of the year. But, maybe more crucially, OnePlus is included the charger in the package, so you’ll receive that insanely fast charging speed by default.
Specs and features
The OnePlus 10 Pro comes equipped with a high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU (which is expected to be the main high-end Android chipset in 2022), as well as up to 12GB of RAM.
There’s also up to 256GB of storage, and the phone runs Android 12 (with OxygenOS 12.1 on top). Or, at the very least, in most places; in China, it’s layered with ColorOS 12.1.
The phone, of course, supports 5G and has a dual SIM card slot. This smartphone, like previous OnePlus products, does not support the use of a microSD card for additional storage.
OnePlus 10 Pro review : other models
It’s the only model now confirmed by OnePlus, but we don’t think branding your phone “Pro” without having a basic model makes sense. That is why we question if there will be a simple OnePlus 10, and we hope there will be so that people on tighter budgets may participate in the OnePlus flagship activity.
A fresh leaked photograph of the rear of an unnamed OnePlus phone suggests that we may have seen proof of this as well. It’s conceivable that this is a separate future phone from the firm, but it’s the strongest hint we’ve got so far.
There are a few signs that a OnePlus 10 Ultra exists. According to one source, the improved OnePlus 10 would feature Oppo’s MariSilicon image processing technology, while another claims the phone will include a periscope telephoto camera for better zoom magnification. You can see how this phone may seem in fresh unauthorized renderings of the smartphone below.
What OnePlus 10 Pro Lacks?
This wish-list for the OnePlus 10 series is based on what we did and didn’t like about the OnePlus 9 series, and what smartphone rivals are doing
1. A zoom photo renaissance
Some phones include remarkable zoom cameras, such as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s 48MP 5x zoom camera or the Huawei P50 Pro’s 64MP 3.5x zoomer.
The OnePlus 9 didn’t even have a zoom camera, while the Pro’s was a poor 8MP 3.3x offering. Sure, that’s not bad, but if you’re spending a lot of money, you’d expect a little more.
We’d like to see the OnePlus 10 have a telephoto camera, even if it’s just 12MP with 2x zoom, and the OnePlus 10 Pro include a periscope camera with 4x or 5x magnification and a higher-resolution sensor. Even if it didn’t help the Pro compete with the big dogs, with the S22 Ultra expected to feature super-zoom and the Xiaomi 12 potentially having a Pro sister as well, it’d be more worthy of its price.
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2. More storage
The absence of expandable storage was the one ‘negative’ that both our OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro assessments had in common. So, if you bought a 128GB smartphone, you won’t be able to expand the space with a memory card and would instead have to rely on cloud storage.
While expandable storage isn’t required for most users, phone power users – the kind who’d likely buy a Pro phone, for example – may desire the extra room for images, data, or lots of new applications.
Alternatively, storage space might be increased. The OnePlus 9 phones have a maximum storage capacity of 256GB, which is large but not as large as the 512GB or 1TB iPhone 13s. Some folks just require a large amount of storage.
3. Fast Charging
Both OnePlus 9 phones offer 65W charging, which is incredibly quick when compared to iPhones or Samsung Galaxy smartphones… but not nearly as fast as competitors from companies like Xiaomi or Huawei.
Granted, 65W is quicker than most people would require, but certain power users will probably appreciate the ability to charge a smartphone in even less time. The latest Xiaomi 11T Pro, for example, can boot up in just 17 minutes.
Perhaps OnePlus could apply this type of super-fast powering on the 10 Pro, or at the very least find a competitive powering speed to stay competitive.
4. Better Color Options
If you look at the color selections for the OnePlus 9 series, or most of the company’s smartphones in general, you’ll notice the usual suspects: black, white, and sometimes a light blue. There’s nothing really fascinating about it.
We’d like to see OnePlus follow in the footsteps of the iPhones and go a little crazy with its color choices. Let’s look at pink. Let’s look at red. Let’s look for gold.
Sure, vivid phones are known to sell badly in comparison to dull-colored ones, but in a world where most smartphones appear almost identical, marketers will have to go to color sooner or later in order to stand out.