OnePlus usually launches its new flagship phone in the spring. But this year, the company is changing that: OnePlus is releasing the new One Plus 10 Pro in Las Vegas this week ahead of the official launch of the flagship in China on January 11th.
Although OnePlus has yet to reveal the official specs and price, today at CES OnePlus released the first official photos showing the design of the OnePlus 10 Pro, a significant exit from which OnePlus 9 and 9.
Instead of the OnePlus glossy mirror finish used in the OP9, the OP10 Pro has a more low-key two-tone aesthetic with a matte finish (available in green or black) highlighted by a large rear quad camera module that again carries some features. Hasselblad branding.
Although the details are still light, we can collect some things from these pictures The first is the lack of a rear or side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which implies the use of an in-screen fingerprint reader, as well as continued support next to OnePlus’ traditional alert slider. The phone looks rather portable, though the shape and fit of the camera module is reminiscent of Samsung’s contour cut design. Galaxy S21. A small compliment to OnePlus for making an attractive phone, but minus a few points for originality.
However, our main question about the OP10 Pro is about its fourth rear camera, which also carries a label called “P2D 50T” that does not look like a normal camera lens. Currently, without any additional information from OnePlus, it is not clear what the true nature of this fourth camera will be, but based on an earlier comment from OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau, who said he wants to improve the cameras on OnePlus phones, it is a P2D cam. The big feature seems to be that OP 10 Pro tries to set up from other flagship smartphones.
My current guess is that P2D is the name of OnePlus for a new type of autofocus system that uses that fourth camera as a dedicated focus sensor instead of a regular camera. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if that 50T means 50x zoom or 50x macro. Who knows, maybe it’s both (or even all three).
Another small tidbit we can collect from OnePlus’ recently released teaser video (seen above) is that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, Which will probably be the dominant processor used in most high-end Android phones this year.
At the time of this somewhat unusual announcement, the OP10 Pro’s new design and the phone’s new fancy camera component indicate that 2022 could be a year when OnePlus finally believes it can really compete with other big Android phone makers like Samsung and Google.
Over the past few years, OnePlus phones have become increasingly more expensive as OnePlus has added more features and extras to better compete with other flagship devices. And when last year’s OP9 came close, it didn’t live up to the hype with other high-end Android phones, especially when it comes to low-light photos.
We look forward to hearing more about the OnePlus 10 Pro at CES later this week before the official launch of the flagship in China next week, so stay tuned.