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You told us: The OnePlus 10 Pro's price doesn't make up for its trade-offs

You don't think the OnePlus 10 Pro's reduced price tag makes up for the cutbacks.
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April 13, 2022
OnePlus 10 Pro top down view of the back panel
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 10 Pro globally earlier this year, and one of the most notable things about the new flagship is that it actually has a cheaper price tag than its predecessor.

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s US price starts at $899 compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro‘s $1,069 price tag. But this came at the expense of an inferior (but wider) ultrawide camera, no IP68 rating for global or unlocked models once again, no mmWave, and no UWB support. Are these trade-offs worth it though? Here’s how you answered this question.

Is the cheaper OnePlus 10 Pro price tag worth the trade-offs?

Results

The poll was posted on April 4 inside our opinion piece, accruing over 1,300 votes as of writing. It turns out that 61.23% of polled readers say the OnePlus 10 Pro’s cheaper price tag isn’t worth the trade-offs. We can understand this stance given that there are some cheaper, competitive flagships on the market such as the Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S22.

These phones might not have OnePlus 10 Pro features like ultra-fast charging, a huge battery (in the S22’s case), or a telephoto camera (in the Pixel’s case), but they still bring features like an IP68 rating across the board and lengthy update commitments.

More reading: How the price of OnePlus phones changed over the years

On the other end of the spectrum, 38.77% of respondents say the trade-offs are worth it for the cheaper price. For what it’s worth, the phone is $170 cheaper than the OnePlus 9 Pro and $100 cheaper than the Galaxy S22 Plus. But you’re still getting a flagship chipset, a high-quality QHD+ screen, telephoto camera, 5,000mAh battery, and ultra-fast charging.

Nevertheless, we hope the vanilla OnePlus 10 sees the light of day though, as it has the potential to offer even more bang for buck than the Pro variant.

Comments

  • Seth Webber: OnePlus came out as a brand touting a cheaper price for all of the latest features and the brand listened to their customers after the 9 Pro 5G had such a hefty tag attached. They are going down on the price with very few sacrifices, ones that will go unnoticed.
  • catfanatic1979: The battery life beats every phone in its price range. That is something that you aren’t discussing.
  • Don McCall: OnePlus is making fine phones, but fine isn’t enough when their main competitors are clearing that bar with exceptional phones. They’d be better off cutting another couple of small corners to knock another $100 off the price (like OnePlus phones of yore), or equalling the price and features of the Samsung/Apple big boys. Right now they’re straddling both sides of the fence, and you know what often happens to guys that do that.
  • Samuel Holland: In my humble opinion, no source code release, no more OnePlus.