OnePlus 10R: US$500 smartphone with a Dimensity 9000 SoC and 120Hz AMOLED screen slated for a Q2, 2022 launch
It'll be a while before we see the OnePlus 10 Pro hit international shores. The OnePlus 9RT will fill the void, for the time being, followed by the OnePlus Nord 2 CE. However, OnePlus has yet another ace up its sleeve in the form of the OnePlus 10R. Android Central has learned from its sources that it will run MediaTek's magnum opus: the Dimensity 9000. The report also confirms that the vanilla OnePlus 10 will not feature the MediaTek SoC but doesn't tell us what it will run.
Although we're yet to see any Dimensity 9000-powered smartphones in the wild, its engineering sample managed to trade blows with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in benchmarks and real-world tests, and it stands to reason that the retail version of the chip will fare better. Hence, the supposedly "affordable" OnePlus 10R, which, according to Android Central, will cost around US$500, has the potential to outperform the costlier OnePlus 10 Pro running Qualcomm silicon.
The report rounds things off by stating that the OnePlus 10R will be unveiled sometime in Q2, 2022. We should have a decent idea about the Dimensity 9000's real-world performance by then via the Redmi K50 and other Chinese-branded smartphones. OnePlus is expected to launch the 10R in India and China first, but there's no word about a global launch yet. Other OnePlus 10R specs could include a 120Hz AMOLED screen and up to 8GB of system memory.
It's been a while since we've seen OnePlus launch a proper "flagship killer" smartphone, and the OnePlus 10R could finally fulfil that role, especially against Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered devices. Its Dimensity 9000 could even give the Exynos 2200 chipset a run for its money, at least on the CPU front.