OnePlus 10 Pro global launch officially scheduled, US pre-orders live right now
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UPDATE: Well, isn't this a nice surprise! Shortly after making the long overdue March 31 global launch event official, OnePlus has also commenced the pre-order (or should we say reservation?) process of the 10 Pro in a number of different countries, including the US.
The process itself is somewhat unusual, requiring a $1 pre-order deposit to secure your place in front of the line. This will allow you to "unlock exclusive benefits" when the phone is actually released, starting with a complimentary pair of true wireless OnePlus Buds Pro in your choice of Matte Black or Glossy White colors and "early" shipping.
Weirdly enough, it looks like you'll have to pay the handset's "remaining cost" between today and March 31, which means the US OnePlus 10 Pro 5G price could be revealed at any moment. Intriguingly, a Twitter teaser appears to suggest the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 beast will start at less than $1,000, thus undercutting last year's 9 Pro, which was originally priced at $1,069 in a 256GB storage configuration.
Get first access to the new #OnePlus10Pro— OnePlus (@OnePlus_USA) March 24, 2022
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The storage capacity (and the RAM count) of the US 10 Pro are not confirmed at this time, so stay tuned for the "Judgment Day" event... and the other teasers likely to drop before March 31. Our original story follows below.
To the disappointment of many of the company's hardcore fans around the world, OnePlus decided to break with tradition a couple of months ago and do what other Chinese brands have actually been doing for years.
Of course, the OnePlus 10 Pro was never meant to stay exclusive to the largest smartphone market out there forever, and as promised a few weeks back, the super-premium 6.7-inch handset is slated for an international launch by the end of March... barely.
Specifically, the Oppo-owned outfit has just confirmed on its main Twitter account that a OnePlus 10 Pro launch event will take place on March 31, kicking off at 7:30 pm IST, 2 pm GMT, or 10 am EDT.
Given how the three time zones are ordered there, one might suspect that OnePlus will look to focus primarily on India after already releasing its latest flagship in China. But something tells us all major markets will be mentioned at this (not so) mysterious event, and if the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powerhouse were to go on sale in the US and Europe after India, we don't expect a very big gap... this time around.
In other words, we strongly believe the 5G-enabled OnePlus 10 Pro will be commercially released stateside sometime in April, much like last year's 9 Pro, which kicked off its official US availability on April 2.
It remains to be seen if OnePlus has any surprises left up its sleeve, as the cryptic image shared on social media earlier today seems to suggest. Apparently, there may be something "else to expect" with all the key specs "already out", but to be perfectly honest, we have no idea what the company is alluding to here.
We already know that the global 10 Pro is set to run Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 on the software side of things instead of keeping the Chinese ColorOS skin borrowed from parent company Oppo, while the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, silky smooth 120Hz AMOLED display, 48 + 8 + 50MP triple rear-facing camera system, and 5,000mAh battery equipped with 80W fast charging capabilities could well secure this bad boy a solid spot among the best Android phones available in 2022.
Of course, the US price point is not out yet, and long-term durability seems to be a pretty big concern, so you should probably wait for our in-depth review before getting too excited.
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