In March it was announced that OnePlus has teamed up with Hasselblad for a three-year partnership and introduction of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Now the next iteration of the OnePlus flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 10 Pro is almost there with a new Hasselblad triple camera system, although the resolutions don’t really seem to have changed and the two-color LED for “flash” or video filling also has it.
The resolutions of the three rear cameras are a 48 megapixel 1 / 1.43 “wide-angle camera, an 8 megapixel telecamera and a 50 megapixel 1 / 1.56” ultra wide-angle camera. On paper this is identical to the OnePlus 9 Pro, right down to the maximum aperture as well as color functions and the video resolutions and frame rates. The selfie camera has seen a leap in resolution, however.
As the flagship phone, the OnePlus 10 Pro seems to check all the boxes. It has a Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU and comes in 8 and 12 GB options with either 128 GB (8 GB) or 256 GB (8 GB & 12 GB) of UFS 3.1 storage. It has a display with a resolution of 6.7 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 3216 pixels. It is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery that supports up to 80 W fast charging or 50 W fast wireless charging and USB Power Delivery.
That said, it’s about what we’d expect from OnePlus. Pretty nifty phone. Because that’s what OnePlus usually does with its flagship model. The OnePlus 7 Pro sitting on my desk is still keeping up with everything I throw at it today, so I expect the OnePlus 10 Pro to do very well. But then there are these cameras.
While I’m sure these are excellent cameras, and although their arrangement on the back of the phone has changed a bit, they are still essentially the same as on the previous generation OnePlus 9 Pro. At least on paper. Same resolution, same lenses, same apertures, same video functions. I would have expected … At least something.
- Main (wide angle): 48 megapixel Sony IMX789 1 / 1.43 ″ sensor with the 23mm equivalent f / 1.8 lens
- Tele: 8 megapixel sensor with an equivalent focal length of 77 mm and an aperture of f / 2.4
- Ultra wide angle: 50 megapixel Sony IMX766 1 / 1.56 ″ sensor with a 14mm equivalent f / 2.2 lens
These are literally exactly the same as the OnePlus 9 Pro. So … what has changed? We need to see when it falls into the hands of users, whether there is any noticeable difference in image quality, chromatic aberration, etc., and how much of that is on the cameras and lenses themselves or the computerized photo algorithms in the phone’s software.
The selfie camera, however, has seen a notable upgrade with a leap from a 16-megapixel 1 / 3.06 ″ f / 2.4 camera module to a 32-megapixel f / 2.2 system with unknown (unreleased) physical dimensions – although I did don’t expect a big 1 inch sensor or something. It will likely be the same size as its predecessor, just more densely packed with pixels. Like its predecessor, it only shoots 1080p at up to 30fps – which is strange considering the high resolution.
It remains to be seen whether an upgrade will be worthwhile for existing OnePlus 9 Pro owners who only care about photography. But if it has been a few generations since the last upgrade and you know whenever you are trying to use your phone then it might be worth taking a look.
There’s only one catch. According to TechRadar, you can’t even buy the OnePlus 10 Pro once you have it officially unveiled on January 11th. It seems like it hits China first and then we can expect a global release at some point during the year.