First out of the gates in 2022, OnePlus has a new flagship for anyone already looking for a smartphone refresh. The company is holding back from revealing absolutely everything (well, most things), but that hasn't stopped leaks and rumors of a 6.7-inch display with high refresh rates, and the very latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor.
It followed up Tuesday evening with a barrage of specs. They include a 120Hz Fluid AMOLED with LTPO screen, which means the phone can adjust its refresh rates to improve battery life. There are no specifics on screen size, but the rumors suggest it’ll be a pretty large 6.7-inch display. OnePlus will include 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging in its new flagship, which should be suitably speedy when the 5,000mAh battery needs charging.
The OnePlus 10 Pro will be powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, running Android 12 with OnePlus’ OxygenOS tricks and aesthetics. When it comes to cameras, expect 48- and 50-megapixel sensors with an additional 8MP sensor too. Optical zoom capabilities? We don’t know just yet, but the camera array will include dual optical image stabilization, which should help with crisper images, less noise and better performance in low light. That said, the OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera performance was one of the weaker points on an otherwise impressive smartphone.
Hopefully, the 10 Pro can right that wrong. OnePlus has outlined some of the upgrades it’s making to the Hasselblad-branded camera, including a new RAW+ shooting mode that attempts to combine the editing range of RAW format images with computational photography, which should result in increased dynamic range and noise reduction.
The phone also has a new 150-degree ultra-wide camera, with a new fisheye mode. If you’re fearing stretched faces in group shots, don’t worry: there’s a “more traditional” 110-degree FOV that’ll include distortion correction for those outer edges of a shot.
OnePlus says its new “Billion Color Solution” means photos on the 10 Pro have 25 percent expanded DCI-P3 color gamut covered, and the phone can process 64 times more color than the OnePlus 9 Pro. It says this will remove any hint of color banding from shots.
On top of that, each camera on the OnePlus 10 Pro can capture photos in 12-bit RAW, using what Hasselblad calls Natural Color Solution. The phone also has a new RAW+ format that should allow you to edit to your heart’s content while still benefiting from computational photography assistance. OnePlus has offered a few samples, but it’s something we’ll have a better grasp of when we eventually get to test out the new flagship later this year.
The big challenge could be balancing price, specs and features so that it offers enough go up against the high-end phones of Apple and Samsung. At the same time, it has to offer tangibly more than its cheaper Nord phone series.
The OnePlus 10 Pro will launch first in China on Tuesday January 11th.
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