There are rumors of a possible new high-end smartphone from OnePlus that brings a periscope camera and plenty of flagship features. Here’s everything we know about the OnePlus 10 Ultra.
When will OnePlus 10 Ultra be released?
Details about the OnePlus 10 Ultra are sketchy at the moment, with only some patent listings and a few leaks giving a glimpse of the device’s very existence.
From what we can tell, it looks like the Ultra will rank above the OnePlus 10 Pro in the company’s smartphone lineup. Since the OnePlus 10 Pro was only recently announced and its global launch was confirmed in March 2022, it may be a while before we see an Ultra model.
Usually, OnePlus releases new flagships every six months, so if the Ultra turns out to be the successor to the 10 Pro and not another group of devices, then it could debut around September or October 2022.
How much will the OnePlus 10 Ultra cost?
Since this is a potentially new level in the OnePlus lineup, there is no price information that can be attached. However, we can use the OnePlus 10 Pro as a guideline, the cost of this model is as follows (based on published prices in China):
- 8+128GB – 4,699 yen ($740/£540/€650/£56,699)
- 8+256GB – 4,999 yen ($785/£575/€690/£60,299)
- 12+256GB – 5,299 yen ($830/£610/€730/£63,999)
- 12+512 GB – 5,799 yen ($915/£670/€805/£69,999)
If the Ultra is the more expensive device, then it could veer away from the £1,000/$1,000/€1,000 mark we’ve seen become the norm for flagship smartphones in recent years.
What features and specifications will we see in the OnePlus 10 Ultra?
Since OnePlus has yet to confirm anything about the 10 Ultra, you should take the details below with a pinch of salt, although we’ll be updating this article as more information becomes available. So far, these are the rumors that surround this mysterious new device.
In February, TechInsiderBlog published on their Twitter feed (which has since been suspended) details of a patent application filed by OnePlus for a device very similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro.
The main difference was a more advanced camera system. While the placement on the top left of the back is the same as the OnePlus 10 Pro and the top two cameras also appear to be identical, the bottom replaces the third camera and flash found on the 10 Pro with a recessed camera and a blank panel on the right.
The flash has been changed to a small rectangle with rounded corners, as opposed to a circle on the 10 Ultra. This has also been moved next to the two cameras at the top.
Luckily, you don’t need to submit all of this, as you can view the patent application and its images online at Lets Go Digital. Luckily, he also posted image mockups from graphic designer Jermaine Smith (a.k.a. Concept Creator) that look fantastic.
Here’s what the OnePlus 10 Ultra could look like:
The current theory is that the recessed camera could be something like a 5x zoom camera that would allow users to capture distant images without the quality loss that digital zoom usually has to give up.
It is also speculated that OnePlus will use Oppo’s MariSilicon X Imaging NPU, which debuted in the Oppo Find X5 Pro.
This was echoed by tech whistleblower Yogesh Brar on Twitter, who revealed a new OnePlus flagship coming in the second half of 2022 with Oppo technology on board.
The technology exchange between OnePlus and Oppo is in full swing, the Find X5 series is getting a Hasselblad treatment, and I heard that MariSilicon will be seen on a OnePlus flagship in the second half of this year.
OnePlus’ Ultra flagship is rumored to be in the EVT stage right now.
— Yogesh Brar (@heyitsyogesh)
January 25, 2022
The new imaging technology is a powerful thing, and Oppo says it brings “high-quality 4K AI night video and real-time preview to Android smartphones for the first time… 20-bit ultra-high dynamic range, real-time RAW processing, and Enhanced RGBW. Professional Mode.’
If this turns out to be true, then the OnePlus 10 Ultra could have some serious optics on board when it arrives.
Cameras aside, it looks like the design and most of the specs will be the same as the OnePlus 10 Pro. It’s entirely possible that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC found in the Pro will be replaced by a newer variant in the Ultra, but at the time of writing, Qualcomm has yet to confirm when any upgraded chip will arrive.
Here is a breakdown of the specifications of the OnePlus 10 Pro:
- 6.7″ LTPO2 AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 1440×3216 resolution
- Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 1st Generation SoC
- 8 GB RAM
- 128 GB storage
- 48 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (Wide) with OIS
- 8 MP, f/2.4, 77mm (telephoto), with OIS and 3.3x optical zoom
- 50 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 150˚ (ultrawide)
- 32 MP, f/2.2, (wide-angle) selfie camera
- WiFi 6
- 5G LTE
- Bluetooth 5.2
- 5000mAh battery with 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging
- 163 x 73.9 x 8.6 mm
- 200.5 g
You can check this article regularly for any updates we discover, but in the meantime, be sure to read our guides to the best phones of 2022 and the best Android phones to see what competition the OnePlus 10 Ultra will have to fight off when it launches.