An interesting new leak today gives us a treasure trove of information about OnePlus’ plans and overall strategy. To recap, the company’s new market segmentation is this: The numbered series is the flagship line, the R-branded models are targeted at regional markets, the Nord and Nord CE devices are mid-range, and the Nord N phones are targeted at entry-levels.
Speaking of R models, the OnePlus 9RT has just been launched in India as the successor to the 9R, but apparently there will also be a 10R later this year. Not only that, but the global market seems to be getting the vanilla OnePlus 10 as well as the 10 Pro already launched for China.
While the 10 and 10 Pro (supposedly launching globally in April) are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the OnePlus 10R will use the MediaTek Dimensity 9000.
After a long insistence on only using Qualcomm chipsets, OnePlus first went the MediaTek route with the Nord 2, and now the Taiwanese chipmaker has a proper flagship SoC it’s ready to bring to the flagship lineup, even if the 10R will be limited to certain regions.
According to this rumor, the reason OnePlus didn’t use the Dimensity 9000 in the 10 or 10 Pro has to do with North America’s love for mmWave 5G and the lack of support for it in MediaTek chips. The OnePlus 10R will come with a 120 Hz AMOLED display and “at least” 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, heading to China and India.
The OnePlus 10R should hit stores in these markets by the end of the second quarter (read: June). The delay is relevant for companies looking to give 9RT some breathing room. The phone was originally slated to launch in India in October, but issues with OxygenOS 12 delayed it until this month.