OnePlus has already announced a few handsets this year, with several others expected to appear in the near future. But one of the most anticipated is the OnePlus 10R, which continues the new line of slightly less expensive variants in the main OnePlus range for China and India.
We take a look at what you can expect when the model arrives.
When will the OnePlus 10R be released?
OnePlus has yet to announce a release date for the 10R, and with the range still in its infancy we haven’t got an established pattern by which to confidently predict when it might appear.
Tipster Yogesh Brar says that the phone is on its way in May however, with the OnePlus 10 Pro, Nord CE 2 Lite, and Nord 2T to come first, and the 10 Ultra and Nord 3 to follow later in the year.
So far there have been two models in the R range, which made their debuts in the following months:
OnePlus 9R 5G: April 2021
OnePlus 9RT: October 2021 (China) January 2022 (India)
Usually OnePlus leaves six months between the main model (in this case R) and its successor (the RT). With that in mind, it would make sense that we might see it in April for the Chinese market, with a June release in India. As with the previous models, it seems very likely that OnePlus will restrict these devices to China and India, with global markets missing out.
To see what we thought of the last model, read our OnePlus 9RT review.
How much will the OnePlus 10R cost?
For pricing, we need to look at how the two previous models have lined up. Here’s the details:
OnePlus 9R 5G (8GB+128GB): ¥2599/₹39,999 (approx £399/$519/€469)
OnePlus 9R 5G (12GB+256GB): ¥2999/₹43,999 (approx £439/$579/€519)
OnePlus 9RT (8GB+128GB): ¥3299/₹42,999 (approx £425/$559/€499)
OnePlus 9RT (12GB+256GB): ¥3799/₹46,999 (approx £469/$615/€559)
Obviously, you can see that the cost went up for the newer model, so it does seem likely that OnePlus may retain those prices rather than drop down to the initial offerings. Continued worldwide disruption to the manufacturing and distribution chains due to Covid, not to mention the additional pressure that the crisis in Ukraine has now unleashed, means we don’t expect lower prices in the tech world any time soon.
What specs and features will we see in the OnePlus 10R?
Nothing is confirmed at the time or writing, but we think we know what to expect from the 10R – in part because it’s now rumoured to simply be a re-branded version of the Realme GT Neo 3, another phone from OnePlus’s parent company.
The design is likely the one area where the 10R will differ substantially from the GT Neo 3. That phone offers a striking racing stripe finish that OnePlus is unlikely to adopt.
Still, in broad strokes expect the phone to be the same size and shape, right down to the camera module layout. Like the Realme, the phone also won’t include an alert slider – previously a staple on OnePlus flagships.
Processor, memory & storage
If it is the same phone as the Neo 3, then the 10R will use the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 and come with 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
This isn’t quite certain though, as previously Android Central had reported that the Dimensity 9000 will be the silicon of choice for the 10R. The 9000 is a more powerful chip built on a 4nm fabrication process that tops out Mediatek’s current range. Other devices confirmed or rumoured to use the new chip include the OnePlus Nord 3, Oppo Find X5 Pro Dimensity Edition, Vivo X80, Xiaomi 12T, and Xiaomi Redmi K50 Gaming Edition.
Again, assuming this is based on the GT Neo 3 then the display should be a 6.7in, 120Hz, FullHD+, E4 AMOLED screen with HDR10+ certification. It will also boast Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both the screen and the phone’s rear.
Again, the best speculation we have here simply comes from the GT Neo 3’s camera specs. That phone offers a 50Mp primary rear camera using the Sony IMX766 sensor with OIS.
That rear camera would be joined by 8Mp ultrawide and 2Mp macro cameras, while on the front a central punch-hole should contain a 16Mp selfie shooter.
Battery and charging
This is perhaps the most interesting area. The GT Neo 3 curiously comes in two versions: one with a 5000mAh battery and 80W wired charging, and the other with a smaller 4500mAh battery but record-setting 150W wired charging speeds.
Curiously, word is that the same will be true of the OnePlus 10R, with both variants of the phone likely to launch, giving customers a choice between better battery life or faster charging.
As more details become available we’ll be updating this article, so please check back regularly to see what we can discover. In the meantime, you can peruse our selection of the best OnePlus phones or best Chinese smartphones for more options.