Check out the OnePlus 10 Pro now, days before the official launch
It’s the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, and it’s coming January 11. However, before you start checking your bank account ahead of time, there is a catch. OnePlus says the launch will “begin in China,” so it looks like the OnePlus 10 Pro will launch internationally later, and any launch event on January 11 will be China-focused.
The image you see here is also the only one that OnePlus has shared at the moment, and it hasn’t talked about the specification yet either, so if you’re expecting a lot of final official details, you’ll have to be patient. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a closer look at the pictures and take note of some of the key design decisions.
Perhaps the biggest change for the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G from previous models is the design and layout of the camera module. Like the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, the module itself is part of the phone’s chassis rather than integrated into the back panel. The look was a big hit on the Galaxy S21 Ultra in particular, where it helped minimize the module size on the already bulky phone. OnePlus has yet to share the size of the OnePlus 10 Pro, but the module spans over half of the body, suggesting that it is quite large.
The curved glass edge of the module bears the logo of camera maker Hasselblad, and it says in the blurb that the phone is “co-developed with Hasselblad”. The OnePlus 10 Pro will be the second phone from OnePlus and Hasselblad after the OnePlus 9 series, and could bring some camera hardware innovations from the partnership. Hasselblad’s entry into OnePlus 9 phones has extended only to software. There are three cameras on the OnePlus 10 Pro, plus a flash with “P2D 50T” written on it.
Besides the camera module, pictures show that OnePlus will manufacture the phone in at least two colors – a black and a green / teal shown here – and the curved chassis leads to what appears to be a flat back panel. Only two of the camera’s lenses protrude from the module, there’s the OnePlus branding on the back of each phone, and it looks like the volume controls will be set on the side opposite the power key. It’s great to see the OnePlus branded alert slider on the OnePlus 10 Pro as well.
We’re excited to hear more about the OnePlus 10 Pro. The OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera has improved a lot after a few updates and the phone remains a winner today, which makes us want to see how OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad has evolved since then. We will know everything on January 11, 2022.