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OnePlus 10 Pro Verdict - Former Flagship Killer Now Only a Second-Class Smartphone

The OnePlus 10 Pro offers a well-rounded package overall with a few weaknesses
The OnePlus 10 Pro offers a well-rounded package overall with a few weaknesses
Our review of the OnePlus 10 Pro confirms that the flagship smartphone offers a solid package overall. However, in view of its many small setbacks as a successor to the OnePlus 9 Pro, the question arises as to what status the OnePlus smartphones still have within the BBK Group.

The latest flagship smartphone model from OnePlus, the 10 Pro, was recently subject to our battery of tests. As before, the Chinese premium smartphone offers appealing workmanship, a smooth user experience and a very nice QHD LTPO AMOLED display. However, many small technical steps backwards compared to the predecessor are noticeable.

The OnePlus 10 Pro no longer has IP certification, the UHD option for the front camera has been removed from the flagship smartphone, and the quality of the ultra-wide-angle camera is worse. Moreover, having the system throttle like crazy is, in our view, the wrong way to control the waste heat of the current Qualcomm SoCs, especially since the high-performance mode is deactivated every time the system is restarted. But even with the maximum power of the OnePlus 10 Pro, the Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 is severely limited in graphics benchmarks as well as in games. Although the Adreno 730 is nominally one of the strongest GPUs and there were no visible drops in the frame rate in our measurements, OnePlus limits this to 60 fps.     

In view of some setbacks compared to the predecessor, the significance of the OnePlus series within BBK Electronics, which owns brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Realme, can be debated. Especially since the sales price in China has dropped slightly compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro. In the future, only the Find-X-Pro series from sister company Oppo will be truly premium. As it currently stands with the 10 Pro, OnePlus'strategy is no longer oriented towards high-end smartphones.  

Do you value a well-equipped smartphone with optical image stabilization, and are you looking for a high-end phone? Get a detailed impression of the OnePlus 10 Pro by reading our detailed review here.

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Marcus Herbrich, 2022-04-24 (Update: 2022-07-13)