OnePlus 10 Pro peek reveals lots of Oppo software DNA

A OnePlus 10 Pro from China is running only Oppo software. So much for the "fusion" of operating systems.

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The rumored OnePlus 10 Pro.


Curious about what it's like to use the OnePlus 10 Pro? So is everyone else outside of China since the phone launched there on Jan. 10 and the company hasn't yet given an international release date. But a new video showing off the flagship phone reveals it's essentially running Oppo software.

YouTuber Marques Brownlee got his hands on a OnePlus 10 Pro model from China and demonstrated that it appears to have entirely replaced all traces of OnePlus' signature OxygenOS Android skin with Oppo's ColorOS.

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This doesn't necessarily mean the version of OnePlus 10 Pro that'll be sold outside China won't have OxygenOS, Brownlee noted. But replacing software entirely is very different than the "fusion" of operating systems that OnePlus CEO Pete Lau described last September that would bring the best of both OxygenOS and ColorOS to the next generation of OnePlus phones.

Fans and media have been in the dark since the phone's launch earlier in January, which only revealed the OnePlus 10 Pro's specs and new design. Per Brownlee's video, the phone's hardware is exactly as advertised: It seems to have the same lenses as the OnePlus 9 Pro in a redesigned camera block housing, though it does have a new 150-degree ultrawide mode within the photo app, among other tweaks. 

In addition, the in-screen fingerprint sensor, which was awkwardly low on the OnePlus 9 Pro, has been moved up on the display to be easier to reach with your thumb. The phone also has a new type of display, an LTPO 2, which has the same 120Hz maximum refresh rate but now goes down to a 1Hz, which is lower than the 9 Pro's minimum 10Hz, meaning lower potential power drain. 

It seems we were right to be excited over the 10 Pro's 5,000mAh battery, the largest yet on a OnePlus flagship phone, as Brownlee found it lasted longer than the brand's older phones. The 80-watt charging is also as speedy as expected, though you'll need to buy a proprietary Oppo wireless charger to reach the phone's 50-watt maximum wireless charging speeds. 

OnePlus veterans may be thrown off by the charger included in the box, which isn't OnePlus' WarpCharge but the SuperVOOC charger block typically packed with Oppo phones. The latter has a USB-A plug instead of the USB-C ports used by most modern chargers, so if you lose the included cable, you may need to unearth older cables long ago consigned to your desk drawer. 

OnePlus didn't respond to a request for comment.