Every year, the flagship phone from the company is one of the most anticipated devices, given the company's track record of delivering lots of bang for your buck. Every year, the company seems to slide into straight-up premium territory, but the whole line of devices tend to offer solid value.
The first major phone from the company since it merged with Oppo is the OnePlus 10 Pro, and it is interesting as it is the first major phone from the company. The 10 Pro is set to launch earlier than its predecessors, and we can already see some of the impact of the closer integration between the two companies.
Here is what we know about the flagship so far.
What does it look like?
Feast your eyes.
The design elements of the OnePlus 10 Pro are not consistent from one generation to the next. This was the OnePlus 9 Pro.
The new design is less generic than the previous one and I like it more. The way the camera bumps into the metal frame of the phone seems similar to the way the S21 works. The phone will be available in black and green colors, but you won't be getting a lot of color options.
What are the main specifications?
It is a flagship with the latest top-of-the-line chip and plenty of RAM. We know what we know so far.
Qualcomm recently changed its naming scheme.
There is 12 gigabytes of RAM.
The UFS 3.1 has a capacity of 256GB.
The display has an adaptive refresh rate.
The dual-color calibration will give accurate colors at both high and low screen brightness.
The battery has 5,000 mAh.
The company claims that it can top off the phone from 1% to 100% in just 32 minutes.
50W AirVOOC Wireless Charging can top off a phone in 47 minutes.
48MP ultrawide, 50MP wide, and 8MP telephoto lens.
The camera has 32MP.
OxygenOS 12 is in Europe, India, and North America.
There is a chance that the storage and RAM combinations may be different in other regions.
How is that camera partnership coming along?
This reporter thinks that the partnership with Hasselblad yielded some of the best color rendering on the market. This time around, the integration with Hasselblad is promising even better images and features, and it was early days.
Here are some samples from the new shooter.
The new camera of the company can process 64 times more color than its predecessor. The ability to shoot in RAW while maintaining the same processing elements is more exciting to me. Unless you can tightly control lighting, most phones shoot RAW photos, which are useless unless you have the right equipment.
The new ultrawide camera from OnePlus has a 150 degree field-of-view, which allows you to shoot fisheye photos. Because of the high-resolution 48MP sensor, you can still shoot images with a more traditional 110-degree field of view.
The new master styles are created by Hasselblad photographers for wildlife, portraits, and stylized photography.
A new Movie Mode will allow you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and more on the fly. The LOG format can be used for optimal color-grading and maximum dynamic range.
When will it arrive?
January 13 is the good news.
The good news is that the above is only for China. The phone will be available in the rest of the world later in 2022. The successor to the 9 Pro will be released by March at the latest, but we have no official word from the company. It seems that the tighter integration with Oppo has made the Chinese audience more important than usual.
There is no word on pricing at the moment, but once the phone is in China we should have a sense of its price in other markets.