Every year, despite and despite global disasters such as the COVID-19 epidemic or supply shortages, we get a new generation of cellphones. Previously, practically every new smartphone generation brought something new and exciting to the table, keeping users on the edge of their seats and torn between buying a new phone today or waiting for the next big thing. That enthusiasm appears to have subsided over the last year or two. This unofficial information regarding the OnePlus 10 Pro could indicate a nagging problem affecting the smartphone market.
That’s not to say the OnePlus 10 Pro won’t be a great phone, at least according to the specs shared by 91mobiles, courtesy of @OnLeaks as usual. It contains all the makings of a high-end phone for 2022, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 gen1 processor, which would have been known as the Snapdragon 898. There’s also 8 or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, which seems reasonable by early 2022 flagship standards.
While those are to be expected, it is the aspects that do not change that is concerning. The OnePlus 9 Pro has a triple camera arrangement with a 48MP primary sensor, 50MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP telephoto with 3.3x optical zoom, almost identical to the OnePlus 9 Pro, without the 2MP depth sensor. The 5,000 mAh battery is also a step ahead, but OnePlus may compensate with the rumoured 125W fast charging technology.
These aren’t significant modifications; instead, they’re incremental improvements over their immediate predecessors. In reality, many smartphone manufacturers have followed this pattern in the last two years or so, with many of them relying on one gimmick or another to stand out. The OnePlus 10 Pro is expected to utilise a new design, combining the classic “square” camera bump with a touch of Samsung’s Contour Cut Camera from the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Not only in the Apple A chips, but in smartphone innovation in general, Apple was not immune to what is being referred to as a “brain drain.” Except for some innovative gadgets such as foldable, many of the smartphones we see each year resemble those from the previous year, at least on the inside. This, in turn, may hurt smartphone sales because users will have fewer reasons to update as frequently as they did previously.
However, one can only play the numbers game for so long until smartphone manufacturers develop new ways to tempt customers. However, the human need for more extensive and better goods will continue to drive this market, so anticipate the status quo of “more of the same” to continue year after year, at least until the next game-changing technological breakthrough.
The OnePlus 10 series is expected to be announced in late January or early February, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to purchase one. This early release is thought to be a Chinese-only event, with the rest of the globe having to wait until March or April.