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OnePlus 10R: A new specs leak for the alleged flagship variant sound suspiciously familiar

The OnePlus 10R might look like this. (Source: Weibo)
The OnePlus 10R might look like this. (Source: Weibo)
OnePlus is projected to launch a smartphone called the 10R in 2022, as a possible alternative to its top-end device of the same year. A blog has published what it claims to be a nearly full specs list for the handset, which, while potentially encouraging to some tech fans, could have been ported directly from leaks for another rumored phone.

OnePlus is slated to produce a direct successor for its 9R from last year, an Indian-market exclusive with quad rear cameras and one of the OEM's Fluid AMOLED displays. Now, 91Mobiles claims to have found out how it will stack up against its forebear, the device to spearhead its series in 2021, in much more detail.

A previous leak hinted at a top-end MediaTek Dimensity processor for the 10R; however, the blog now asserts that the phone will actually be one step down with the 8100 instead. It is slated to drive a 6.7-inch display which, while AMOLED, will also still be based on the E4 technology of yesteryear - the alleged panel is 120Hz, at least.

91Mobiles now purports to pair them with a 50MP Sony IMX766 as a main sensor; a Sony IMX355 as an 8MP ultrawide-angle shooter and a 2MP tertiary shooter with potentially inconsequential macro functions. Its punch-hole selfie camera will not differ from that of the 9R in that it is now rumored to be 16MP.

This theoretical hardware is to be kept on with a 4,500mAh battery. If this is all starting to ring bells all over the place, this is because the same specs are now linked to the Nord 3, also expected to launch from OnePlus soon.

This smartphone is predicted to be the OEM's first-gen phone with upgraded 150W charging. 91Mobiles has compounded the new and confounding spec situation by claiming that not only will the next-gen R variant have the same tech, but will have a second version with the flagship 10 Pro's 80W standard instead.

In other words, the 10R is now being portrayed as a re-brand of the GT Neo3 from OnePlus' sister brand Realme. This impression is compounded by claims that the former's main camera will have OIS, also a prime non-charging-related selling point of the freshly-launched latter.

Nevertheless, some OnePlus fans in India might be happy with this prospect. However, there is a twist in the tale as far as the 10R's potential flagship-alternative status goes: 91Mobiles claims that it will launch without an Alert Slider (possibly to save money on not bothering to modify the hardware used to make the Neo3 in the first place).

Then again, it is also expected to come with NFC, not to mention the latest OxygenOS 12 based on Android 12 out of the box. The OnePlus 10R has been said to launch in May 2022, ahead of the Nord 3's debut the month thereafter.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-03-26 (Update: 2022-03-28)