An interesting new leak today gives us a treasure trove of information regarding OnePlus’ plans and overall strategy. To recap, the company’s new market segmentation works like this: the numbered series is the flagship line, the R-branded models are targeted at regional markets, Nord and Nord CE devices are the mid-rangers, and Nord N phones are targeting the entry-level.
Speaking of R models, the OnePlus 9RT just launched in India as a successor of sorts to the 9R, but apparently there’s going to be a 10R too later this year. Not only that, but global markets are seemingly getting a vanilla OnePlus 10 alongside the 10 Pro which was already unveiled for China.
While the 10 and 10 Pro (to be announced globally in April, allegedly) are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the OnePlus 10R will go with the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 instead.
After a long time of sticking with only Qualcomm chipsets, OnePlus first went the MediaTek route with the Nord 2, and now that the Taiwanese chip maker has a proper flagship SoC, it’s ready to induct that into the flagship series, even if the 10R will be confined to some regions only.
According to this rumor, the reason for OnePlus not going with the Dimensity 9000 in the 10 or 10 Pro has to do with North America’s love of mmWave 5G and the MediaTek chip’s lack of support for that. The OnePlus 10R is headed to China and India with a 120 Hz AMOLED display, and “at least” 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The OnePlus 10R should be in stores in those markets at the end of Q2 (read: June). The delay has to do with the company wanting to give the 9RT some room to breathe. This phone was initially planned to launch in India in October, but issues with OxygenOS 12 pushed that to this month.