OnePlus announced the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, its flagship smartphone. Although details are not available, the company did provide a glimpse of what to expect from an aesthetic perspective.
The design reveal focuses almost entirely on the rear of the new flagship device. It also gives a close look at the new camera array that OnePlus created in collaboration with Hasselblad.
Hasselblad and OnePlus
For those not familiar, OnePlus entered a three year partnership with Hasselblad to “co-develop” the next generation of smartphone cameras systems. The partnership began in March 2021.
PetaPixel’s review on the OnePlus 9 by Ted Kritsonis stated that the cameras performed well out of the box but left an unfinished feeling about their performance.
OnePlus will continue to improve that experience with the OnePlus 10 Pro.
What’s new on the OnePlus 10 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s design reveals the major features of the new camera array, which is much larger than the predecessor, a textured backside, as well as the Snapdragon 8 processor that powers it.
The Snapdragon 8 is Qualcomm’s latest-generation processor. It follows the Snapdragon 888, which was released in 2020. The Snapdragon 8 is a powerful processor for image processing. It includes the first 18-bit image signal processor in the world. It can capture photos and videos simultaneously from three cameras. It can handle a sensor with a maximum of 200-megapixels using a single lens, or 36-megapixels when used simultaneously by all three cameras.
Although it’s unclear how OnePlus will harness all this power, the new OnePlus 10 Pro has what appears to be a completely different set of cameras from the OnePlus 9. Although the designs don’t give any indications of what megapixels or focal lengths can be expected, the OnPlus 10 Pro appears to have three larger lenses and sensors, which is a significant improvement on the OnePlus 9. The OnePlus 9 had a 48-megapixel main camera with Sony’s IMX789 image sensor. A 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera with Sony’s IMX766 sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto 3.3x zoom camera, as well as a 2-megapixel monochrome cam. OnePlus may have dropped the monochrome 2-megapixel sensor in favor of making its other three cameras more robust.
A large dual-color flash is also visible near the cameras. It appears to be able to measure flash color temperature in order to better match scenes.
The last bit of information OnePlus has revealed about its design is a new textured rearside. This contrasts the almost mirror-finish OnePlus 9 which was a terrible fingerprint magnet. The new design should make this problem obsolete. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G will come in two colors. The larger camera module blends seamlessly into the phone’s side, creating a sleeker overall design than the company’s previous flagship.