OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro: Everything we know so far about the upcoming flagship

OnePlus is all set to unveil its next flagship smartphone in China and has already started revealing information about it during CES 2022. The OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro will go official with a China-specific launch on January 11, ahead of an international release in the following months. The company has already released a bunch of live images of the device. Specifications of the upcoming smartphone have also popped up online.

Here’s everything we know about the next OnePlus flagship smartphone so far.

OnePlus 10 series release date

The OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro will be launching in China on January 11. The global launch is likely to follow soon after in March or April. The OnePlus 9 series was launched internationally in March 2021, so the timeline here lines up.

An all-new design

OnePlus 10 Pro in black

The OnePlus 9 series introduced a new camera module that was located at the top-left corner of the back — shifting from the top-middle location on the OnePlus 8 series. The camera module is staying put, but with a twist. According to the images posted by the company, the OnePlus 10 Pro is borrowing design elements from the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The OnePlus flagship will have a camera module melding into the right edge. The device will have curvier edges, which is different from the flat-edged trend of the latest iPhone 13 series. The curves should help with ergonomics. It looks similar to its predecessor on the front, with curved edges and slim bezels at the top and bottom. The leaked renders have also shown a selfie shooter located in the hole-punch cutout.

The OnePlus 10 Pro will come in a new forest green color option alongside a black color variant. The alert slider and power button lie on the right edge. The volume rocker is still on the left. There is no room for the headphone jack, and that’s largely been eliminated from most flagship phones anyway. Both OnePlus 10 models will have a USB-C port, SIM tray, and speaker grille placed at the bottom.

OnePlus 10 Pro specifications

OnePlus 10 Pro official image showcasing rear camera module.

The OnePlus 10 Pro will unsurprisingly feature all top-notch specs, as revealed by the company itself. The smartphone will sport a Fluid AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. Rumors indicate it will use an LTPO 2.0 panel, which is claimed to deliver a new level of smoother screen experience. An LTPO display can clock down from a 120Hz refresh rate to as low as 1Hz based on content, helping improve the battery life.

It will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which is built using the 4nm manufacturing process. It is claimed to be the first mobile chipset to incorporate a 10-Gigabit modem-RF combo. It supports LPDDR5 RAM, so we can expect the OnePlus 10 Pro to use the standard for its memory needs.

As for the optics, the upcoming OnePlus flagship smartphone is confirmed to sport a triple rear camera setup. It will be led by a 48MP primary sensor, which is accompanied by a 50MP ultrawide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3.3x zoom. To recall, the OnePlus 9 Pro featured a 48MP primary camera, a 50MP ultrawide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a 2MP monochrome camera. It seems like OnePlus has decided against including a monochrome camera on the 10 Pro. The OnePlus 10 Pro will have a 32MP selfie shooter.

As for other specifications, the smartphone will come with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It will pack a 5,000mAh battery that was rumored to have support for 125-watt wired fast-charging — up from 65W on the OnePlus 9 Pro. However, OnePlus has confirmed that it will be introducing Oppo’s SuperVooc tech with 80W wired fast charging on its upcoming flagship. There’s also 50W AirVOOC wireless fast charging and reverse charging  On the software side of things, the OnePlus 10 series will come with Android 12-based OxygenOS. The smartphone also gets dual stereo speakers, NFC for mobile payments, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Other OnePlus 10 details, including price, are scarce

The OnePlus 10 base model is expected to be a step down in terms of specs and have a lower price.  We haven’t seen leaked renders of the vanilla OnePlus 10 yet, but it is likely to retain the same design language. The OnePlus 10 Pro will naturally cost more and serve as the higher-spec, premium option. We’ll be sure to publish more details as they become available.

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