It took several announcements, but OnePlus finally revealed just about everything we need to know about the OnePlus 10 Pro except for one critical detail. While the new OnePlus flagship is now available in China, it’s unclear when the OnePlus 10 Pro will reach other countries such as the US and UK.
It’s a big problem. OnePlus phones have a dedicated following in these countries among smartphone users who appreciate the way OnePlus packs premium features into devices that don’t cost as much as some of the other top Android phones. Naturally, those OnePlus fans are just a little curious when the OnePlus 10 Pro will arrive.
All OnePlus has told us is that the OnePlus 10 Pro will hit markets outside of China “later in 2022”. That’s a pretty wide and potentially long window to wait for if you have a OnePlus 10 Pro in your sights.
So when will the OnePlus 10 Pro hit the US and UK? We cannot say for sure. But we can make an educated guess.
When has OnePlus released phones in the past?
OnePlus’ past behavior may provide clues as to what will happen this time around with the OnePlus 10 Pro. Typically, the company unveils its big flagship phone of the year in early spring, with the date gradually advancing in recent years.
|Phone(s)||announcement date||US release date|
|OnePlus 9/OnePlus 9 Pro||March 23, 2021||April 2, 2021|
|OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro||April 14, 2020||April 29, 2020|
|OnePlus 7/OnePlus 7 Pro||May 14, 2019||May 17, 2019|
|OnePlus 6||May 2, 2018||May 21, 2018|
|One Plus 5||June 20, 2017||June 20, 2017|
Five years ago, OnePlus launched its flagship phone at the end of June. Gradually that date moved forward, with the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro launching in March a year ago. Given the pattern of release dates for recent OnePlus flagships, you’d expect the March release schedule to continue – assuming OnePlus doesn’t keep trying to speed up its phone release.
Two factors could impact rollout plans for this year. First, the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing, with the Omicron variant of the disease causing an increase in cases. This could potentially impact production, possibly delaying OnePlus’ launch plans. Second, the chip shortage that plagued the electronics industry for most of 2021 continues this year, which could also impact the release dates of things like phones.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Galaxy S22
There’s also the Samsung Galaxy S22 glitch, which should arrive in a month. Specifically, the latest rumored Galaxy S22 debuts at the Samsung Unpacked 2022 event on February 8 or 9, with the phone itself shipping before the end of the month.
You wouldn’t think a Samsung phone launch would impact OnePlus’ plans much, but the devices aren’t completely unrelated. In recent years, Samsung has been the first phone maker to offer the latest Snapdragon system-on-chip in handsets destined for the US – so much so that some have speculated that Samsung has an exclusivity window with the Qualcomm silicon. Even if no such deal is in place, usually the first phone to land in the US with Qualcomm’s latest chipset has been a Samsung flagship.
The OnePlus 10 Pro will feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm’s new high-end silicon. But the US version of the Galaxy S22 is largely expected to run on this chipset as well. If so, the OnePlus 10 Pro could appear after the launch of the Galaxy S22, pushing its release to March at the earliest.
What the OnePlus 10 Pro release date rumors say
We don’t have many rumors about when the OnePlus 10 Pro might arrive in other countries like the US or the UK. In part, that’s because rumors have largely focused on the phone’s specs in the build-up to January’s OnePlus 10 Pro reveal. For another reason, like 9to5Google Reports, it’s the first time OnePlus has really done this sort of staggered release, which is more reminiscent of how stablemate Oppo handles phone launches. (OnePlus and Oppo merged last year.) The lack of rumors could also suggest that a OnePlus 10 Pro launch in the US isn’t imminent.
For now, all we really have to do is a tweet from leaker Max Jambor dating from November. Jambor had mentioned the staggered launch plans for the OnePlus 10 Pro, with an early release in China. This same report includes a calendar in which the global launch of the phone is pegged to the March/April period.
If so, it looks like we’ll be waiting at least two months for the OnePlus 10 Pro to reach us. This timing would be consistent with previous OnePlus flagship releases.
OnePlus 10 Pro US release date outlook
There’s a reason the OnePlus 10 Pro is a highly anticipated phone. Along with the new Snapdragon chipset, there’s the promise of continued camera improvements powered by OnePlus’ partnership with Hasselblad. We’re also told that the fast-refresh display uses new LTPO 2.0 technology, and we can’t wait to see that in action.
But all signs – from OnePlus history to US launch date rumors – point to a March or April launch for the OnePlus 10 Pro. OnePlus fans can take comfort in the fact that the date isn’t all that different from years past, although having the phone released elsewhere might make that somewhat comforting.