The OnePlus 10 is the next big smartphone we’ve come to expect from the Chinese tech company now that the OnePlus 9T has been confirmed not to exist.
This upcoming premium smartphone is probably expected to be a close contemporary and rival of the Samsung Galaxy S22, Xiaomi 12 and Oppo Find X4 in the first half of 2022, as part of an early-year wave of top-end smartphones under the Pro sibling. Will launch together ,
We haven’t heard much about the OnePlus 10 yet – there are a few leaks, which we’ll share below – but the rumors will probably start pouring in soon, especially ahead of the phone’s debut in the new year.
We’ve also compiled a wish-list of features we’d like to see in the OnePlus 10, including changes from previous phones and added additions from rival devices, that better make the OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro receive top reviews. Will give you a chance Score.
We hear that the OnePlus 10 Pro may come with 125W fast-charging, which is enough to charge the handset from zero to full in 20 minutes.
OnePlus 10: Cut to the Chase
- What is this? OnePlus’ next flagship phone
- When is it out? Possibly the first half of 2022
- How much will it cost? Likely starting at $729 / £629 (about AU$940)
oneplus 10 release date and price
The OnePlus 9 was launched in March 2021 and was available for purchase in most regions, including the US and UK, by April. As OnePlus works in an annual cycle, it stands to reason that we may see the OnePlus 10 launch in the same window in 2022.
The company does not sell its phones in Australia, so the OnePlus 10 is not expected to release there.
In regards to price, the OnePlus 9 series starts at $729 / £629 (about AU$940) for the lowest-spec base model, and $1,069 / £929 (about AU$1,400) for the top-spec Pro model So, expect a range of prices between those figures for the handset.
Of course, the new phones may shift the price up or down a bit, but since the OnePlus 10 doesn’t seem like a major reinvestment, we wouldn’t expect this to change.
OnePlus 10 News and Rumors
First, a feature confirmed from OnePlus itself. The company has confirmed that the 10-series phones will debut a brand new software that, after the companies’ merger, will combine the company’s own Android fork with OxygenOS along with its sibling Oppo’s ColorOS.
The OnePlus CEO said the new software will “combine the fast and smooth, burden-free experience of OxygenOS and the stability and rich features of ColorOS.”
As for the design, a leak suggests that the design of the OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro will be largely similar to what the 9-series counterparts looked like, just with some polish here and there.
OnePlus phones don’t have the most original designs in the world, so it’s no surprise.
That said, a more recent leak shows the possible rear of the OnePlus 10 Pro, complete with a very different camera design, as you can see below.
Soo… I’m back from the future again, this time with a first and foremost look at the #OnePlus10Pro in stunning 5K render! From @ZoutonUS -> https://t.co/OPSs1ray1P pic .twitter.com/A6h1EfT98aNovember 9, 2021
The source of this leak claims that the render is based on a photo of the phone, and adds ‘suggested’ specs of a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 20:9 aspect ratio, 5,000mAh battery Huh. 8GB to 12GB RAM and 128GB to 256GB storage.
We don’t know much about the phone’s camera yet, but a leak from a source called Bald Panda on Weibo (which is a Chinese social networking site) has suggested that the phone will come with 5x optical zoom.
The OnePlus 9 Pro has an 8MP telephoto camera, but is only capable of 3.3x optical zoom.
When it comes to the battery, a rumor suggests that the Pro model of the OnePlus 10 is going to come with 125W fast-charging, like many handsets released in 2022 by Oppo and Oppo-adjacent brands.
what do we want to see
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 come with impressive zoom cameras, such as the Mi 11 Ultra with its 48MP 5x zoom camera or the Huawei P50 Pro with its 64MP 3.5x zoomer.
The OnePlus 9 also didn’t have a zoom camera, and the Pro’s snapper was a relatively meager 8MP 3.3x offering. Sure, it’s not terrible, but you might want a little more than that if you’re spending a lot of money.
We want to see the OnePlus 10 packing a telephoto camera, whether it’s just 12MP or 2x zoom, the OnePlus 10 Pro packing a periscope snapper with 4x or 5x zoom and a high-resolution sensor. While this also won’t help the Pro rival the big dogs, the S22 Ultra is likely to have a super-zoom and the Xiaomi 12 may also have a Pro brother, it will at least be worthy of its cost.
2. Expandable – or more – storage
The only ‘con’ similar in both our OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro reviews was the lack of expandable storage. So if you’ve bought a 128GB smartphone, you can’t expand the space with a memory card, and instead have to rely on cloud storage if you want more.
While expandable storage isn’t necessary for most users, phone power-users — the kind who might buy a Pro phone, for example — may want extra space for photos, files, or loads of apps.
Alternatively, perhaps the storage space could be improved. The OnePlus 9 phones come with a maximum option of 256GB, which is a lot, but not a lot, compared to the 512GB or 1TB iPhone 13s. Some people just need a lot of storage.
3. Fast Charging
Both OnePlus 9 phones have 65W charging, which is much faster than your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device…
Granted, 65W is faster than most people need, but some power-users will likely enjoy the ability to juice up a smartphone in less time. For example, the recent Xiaomi 11T Pro can power up in just 17 minutes.
Perhaps OnePlus could use such super-fast powering on the 10 Pro, or at least find competitive powering speeds to keep up with the competition.
4. Better Color
If you look at the color options of the OnePlus 9 series, or indeed most of the company’s devices in general, you’ll see the general gamut: black, white, maybe light blue. Nothing really interesting there.
We’d like to see OnePlus follow up with the iPhone, and be a little weirder in its colors. Let’s see pink. Let’s see Red. Let’s see gold.
Sure, vibrant phones are known to sell a lot worse than boring-color ones, but in a world where most smartphones look almost identical, brands will have to look to color sooner or later to stand out.
5. Something Has To Come From This Hasselblad Collaboration
In 2021, OnePlus announced that it has partnered with Hasselblad for its 9-series cameras. A lot of phone companies partner with camera brands for their snappers, but it was unclear exactly what the Hasselblad partnership would bring to the OnePlus 9.
In the end, it turned out … not much. Although OnePlus suggested that this collaboration would take some time to blossom, the OnePlus 9 series is the first of many handsets to benefit from the collaboration.
Hopefully, with the OnePlus 10 series, we will see the fruits of the labor of OnePlus and Hasselblad. Maybe we’ll see some new camera modes, or bespoke lenses that impress us. Months after the launch of the OnePlus 9, we brought some Hasselblad-centric features to the phone, and it would be great to see the OnePlus 10 launch that way.
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