OnePlus is finally giving the OnePlus 10 Pro a global launch, with the event scheduled for March 31, but you don’t have to wait until then to secure your place in line, as reservations are already open – at least in the US.
If you want to reserve one, go to OnePlus’s website, where you’ll have to pay $1, with the remainder of the payment due before the device ships.
The company hasn’t revealed the price of the phone, so we don’t know how much that payment will be, though a Twitter teaser suggests a starting price of less than $1,000.
For comparison, the OnePlus 9 Pro started at $1,069 in the US, but only because the lowest storage model didn’t launch there, so this more likely indicates that the US will get a 128GB model this time, rather than the 256GB version being surprisingly affordable.
Get first access to the new #OnePlus10Pro
Join our Blind Deposit program and pre-order with just $1 now until 3/30 to get FREE Buds Pro and early shipping.
— OnePlus➕ (@OnePlus_USA) March 24, 2022
There will most likely be multiple configurations, but for now, you can only select a color – Emerald Forest or Volcanic Black. That implies that the OnePlus 10 Pro Extreme Edition will not be available in the United States, at least not at first. This is a Panda White model with 512GB of storage, which is double the amount you can get otherwise.
In any case, by reserving, you also get early shipping (though when the OnePlus 10 Pro will ship is another unknown), as well as a free set of OnePlus Buds Pro (worth $129.99 / £139, or around AU$170).
However, the same freebie is available for pre-orders, which begin on March 31, so getting in super early with a reservation isn’t required for that; you’re just getting earlier shipping.
Analysis: While early shipping may be appealing, waiting may be wiser.
If you’re already certain that you’re going to buy the OnePlus 10 Pro, you might as well reserve it – you’ll get it sooner, because not only is there early shipping, but if the phone proves to be in high demand, some users who wait may face shipping delays.
Furthermore, we already know the specifications, so you can get a good idea of what you’re getting, and if you change your mind before paying the balance, you can cancel your reservation.
While we don’t yet know the price, this is sure to be a very expensive phone, and if you’re like most people, your phone is one of the devices you interact with the most, and you won’t be looking to replace it for at least a year, if not much longer. As a result, you should be confident that you’re purchasing the best possible fit for you.
Even if you’re a fan of the brand, you can’t be sure until OnePlus 10 Pro reviews are published. Specs don’t always tell the whole story, so it will be interesting to see how the battery and camera perform in practice.
If you want to put your Chinese language skills to the test, you might be able to find some early impressions, but you should really wait for in-depth reviews like those on TechRadar and elsewhere.
This may result in the loss of the free OnePlus Buds Pro, but we’d rather miss out on those than regret purchasing something that costs more than seven times as much.