OnePlus 10 Pro Review: A Solid Android Flagship With Innovative Cameras
OnePlus 10 Pro: It Ticks Most Of The Right Boxes
Then, in January, after years of simultaneously launching its flagship globally, the company released the OnePlus 10 Pro in China only with ColorOS 12 and 80W fast charging, but without a OnePlus 10 companion in tow. Fast forward to today, and that same OnePlus 10 Pro is now available to pre-order in the US for $899, with OxygenOS 12 and 65W fast charging. Oh, and there’s still no sign of a OnePlus 10 (standard).
Obviously, the OnePlus 10 Pro’s design and specs are familiar by now. So, what’s this phone like to use? Does it still feel like a OnePlus handset or is the experience more Oppo-like? And is it worth the $899 price tag? Read our full review to find out.
OnePlus 10 Pro Hardware And Design
Both hues feature satin glass backs with fine sparkles, just like their mineral namesakes, but the black finish actually looks more like OnePlus’s iconic sandstone. The frame is aluminum (polished green or anodized black) and rises to meet the camera module along the right side, but not along the top. Basically, this design is similar to what Samsung popularized with the Galaxy S21 series, but just in one dimension.
Oh, and if you’re curious what that P2D 50T text means at the center of the flash module, we’ve got you covered. According to OnePlus, the P stands for “phone”, 2D for “second-generation Hasselblad camera”, and 50T for “50MP triple-shooters”. Glad we cleared that up. The camera module also includes a third mic, right in the middle. In all, this camera pod really gives the OnePlus 10 Pro a unique and pleasant vibe.
Build quality is top notch, as you’d expect. It’s also water and dust resistant, though only T-Mobile’s variant earns an IP68 rating. Along the edges, you’ll find OnePlus’ signature alert slider and the power / lock key on the right side, and the volume rocker on the left. The main speaker, USB Type-C port (USB 3.1), primary mic, and (single) SIM tray are mounted on the bottom edge, while the secondary mic lives on top.
Take a look at our OnePlus 10 Pro unboxing video before we continue...
OnePlus 10 Pro Specs And Features
|Processing and 5G Platform||Qualcomm
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 + integrated Snapdragon X65 5G Modem
QHD+ LTPO AMOLED, 3216x1440
resolution, 1-120Hz, HDR10+
|Rear-Facing Cameras||48MP f/1.8 Main OIS, PDAF - 50MP f/2.2 150º Ultra-Wide - 8MP f/2.4 3x Telephoto OIS, AF|
|Video Recording||Up to 8k @ 24fps, 4K @ 60fps, 1080p @ 120fps, 1080p slow-mo|
mAh, 65W wired charging, 50W wireless charging
|OS||Android 12 With
|Dimensions||163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm|
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2+LE, NFC, USB-C, LTE, 5G
Black, Emerald Forest
|Pricing||Find the OnePlus 10 Pro @ Amazon, Starting at $899
OnePlus 10 Pro Display Quality
While not fond of displays with curved edges, the effect is pretty mild here, and it allows this handset to be slightly narrower and easier to grip. Otherwise, we have no complaints – this screen is gorgeous and flagship worthy.
OnePlus 10 Pro Camera Performance And Image Quality
Spec-wise, the OnePlus 10 Pro features a 48MP f/1.8 1.12-micron main shooter (1/1.43-inch Sony IMX789) with omni-directional PDAF and OIS, a 50MP f/2.2 0.64-micron 150-degree ultrawide (Samsung ISOCELL JN1) without AF, and an 8MP f/2.4 1.0-micron 3.3x telephoto with AF and OIS. In front, the 32MP f/2.4 0.8-micron selfie camera (Sony IMX615) is an upgrade over last year’s 16MP setup (Sony IMX 471).
Photo modes include Portrait, Night, Pro (manual), 48/50MP high-res, Panorama, Long Exposure, Tilt-Shift, and 150-degree Ultra-Wide (with a fish-eye option). By default, the ultrawide shoots with a 110-degree FoV. Night mode supports all four shooters, and Pro mode works on all three rear cameras. Like Apple’s multi-frame ProRAW, OnePlus’ new 12-bit RAW+ option combines the benefits of RAW and computational photography.
Besides pro mode and its RAW+ option, Hasselblad specific features include “Master Style” filters (Serenity, Radiance, and Emerald) and XPAN mode, which replicates the company’s iconic 45mm shooting experience with a 65:24 aspect ratio. It’s also worth noting that there’s no dedicated macro mode anymore, since the new 150-degree ultrawide lacks autofocus, but you can use the telephoto for closeup shots instead.
On the video front, all three rear shooters capture stabilized video (with stereo audio) at up to 1080p 60fps and 4k 30fps. The main and telephoto cameras also support 4k 60fps, and the main shooter even records video at 4k 120fps and 8k 24fps. Selfie videos max out at just 1080p 30fps, which isn’t competitive. This is a common limitation on flagships from BBK Electronics and Xiaomi, and frankly it’s disappointing.
The OnePlus 10 Pro takes beautiful pictures. We've been quite fond of Oppo’s camera tuning and color science ever since we reviewed the Find X2 Pro, and it’s clear that the OnePlus 10 Pro benefits from Oppo’s imaging expertise. Hasselblad’s role is less obvious here, but putting the OnePlus 10 Pro and Find X5 Pro shooters side-by-side, the imaging flavor is unmistakably Oppo – and it’s absolutely delicious.
Overall, photos are crisp with accurate exposure and superb colors. Both the 48MP main and 50MP ultrawide cameras use 4-to-1 pixel binning by default for better dynamic range and low-light performance, resulting in 12MP and 12.5MP images (2.24 and 1.28-micron pixels). Still, you can’t beat physics, and the ultrawide’s new, smaller sensor simply doesn’t live up to the quality of last year’s larger sensor.
In all, we’re impressed with the OnePlus 10 Pro’s shooters. Ultrawide aside, this camera system is a solid improvement over the OnePlus 9 Pro’s. Just look at those colors! And for the first time ever, we feel like OnePlus is finally nipping at the heels of Apple, Samsung, and Google when it comes to imaging. That’s no small feat.
Next up: audio, performance, and battery life...