With the recent announcement that OnePlus would not be releasing a 9T-series device in 2021, fans of the Chinese business will be looking forward to the next generation of OnePlus phones. While the company’s current flagship, the OnePlus 9 Pro is still one of the best Android phones on the market, there are lots of enhancements we’d want to see in the OnePlus 10 series.
From camera enhancements to software adjustments, here are the top ten features we hope OnePlus will include in its lineup in 2022.
- Superzoom digital cameras
This is likely the most important photography feature missing from the current OnePlus flagship. The OnePlus 9 Pro’s 3.3X telephoto camera has remained mostly untouched since its debut in the OnePlus 7 Pro, so it’s ripe for an upgrade. Furthermore, OnePlus’ existing zoom camera performs poorly in low light and lacks the resolution required for any usable hybrid zoom. It’s time to transition to a periscope telephoto configuration if the company wants to compete with Samsung’s flagships in 2022.
- Larger batteries that are capable of more than merely fast charging
Warp Charge (formerly Dash Charge) from OnePlus was one of the first widespread super-fast charging standards, and in recent years, Warp Charge has extended to incorporate rapid wireless charging as well. With every fast-charging system; however, there is always a technological trade-off between charging speeds and battery capacity. When batteries are charged quickly, they expand more, reducing their overall capacity.
As a result, we believe that 65W wired and 50W wireless will suffice in 2022, and that OnePlus should focus its efforts in the future year on increasing battery capacity. While the battery life of the OnePlus 9 series wasn’t really bad, it was quite easy to drain the phone in less than a day with heavy use. Ultra-fast refills may make the news. However, in the long term, a phone that lasts until the end of the day is more vital.
- Improved computational photography capabilities
With its primary and ultrawide cameras, the OnePlus 9 Pro generally shoots good-looking photographs in most settings. Furthermore, the latest OnePlus flagship also reaps benefits from nice-to-have extras like 120fps slow-mo video at 4K resolution. However, when it comes to more advanced computational features, the company’s flagships have historically lagged behind Samsung and Apple. Clearly, the Nightscape option is fantastic, but the panorama and portrait settings are more prone to errors than the competitors.
OnePlus also lacks Samsung’s One Shot mode which captures images from multiple cameras at the same time and saves the finest ones automatically. However, as the company’s cooperation with Hasselblad grows, we anticipate seeing further progress in this area.
- Better selfie cams
The 32 MP selfie camera on the OnePlus Nord 2 matches the detail and dynamic range of more costly rivals, showing what the company can achieve in front-facing photography if it puts its mind to it. Mainstream models from OnePlus, on the other hand, have lagged behind the competition in this category. For instance, even the top-tier 9 Pro does not have a front-facing camera that supports 4K video recording or Nightscape mode.
Both should be standard capabilities for a high-priced Android phone in the future year, and improved front-facing camera technology would also allow OnePlus to return a wide-angle selfie shooter as opposed to the 9 Pro’s rather constricted output.
- More frequent security updates
OnePlus had a bad reputation for software updates prior to the start of 2021 for devices other than current-generation flagships. Things have changed, though, with flagships now boasting three years of platform updates and four years of security patches last year.
However, Android security patches are still an area where the business falls behind. Unfortunately, even on its most costly phones, its turnaround has been inconsistent at best, with security patches often stalling a few months after each new phone launch. For example, the OnePlus 9 Pro is two months behind Samsung and Google with the July 2021 patch level. Security is an important aspect of long-term device support, even if it isn’t as exciting as new OS or feature updates.
- Oxygen in combination with the Material You
Last year, OnePlus made a huge design change to its OxygenOS software, which received mixed reviews. OxygenOS 11 was a dramatic departure from the basic Android design that had been synonymous with OnePlus.
We’d expect OnePlus, given its fanbase’s devotion to the brand, to pay close attention to Google’s design approach while implementing Android 12. Material You will be faithfully incorporated into the company’s design language. Samsung has entirely abandoned Material You in its skinned version of Android 12. Most OnePlus users are hopeful that OxygenOS 12 would take a different route, incorporating Android 12’s more rounded edges and dynamic color palette among other design characteristics.
- An unmodified version of the OnePlus 10 that makes sense
For the past several generations, the OnePlus Nord series has fully surpassed the “vanilla” OnePlus flagship, offering equivalent features and performance at a substantially lower price. When compared to the original Nord, the standard, non-Pro OnePlus 8, as well as the OnePlus 9 and Nord 2, were difficult to sell.
Google’s Pixel 6 could be a nice model for OnePlus to follow with the 10 series. According to the newest rumors, the smaller of the two Pixels only loses a number of important hardware capabilities when compared to the larger ‘Pro.” The smaller Google phone will have the same 50-megapixel main and 12-megapixel ultrawide cameras as the Pro, with the exception of telephoto and selfie capabilities, which will be slightly reduced.
- There will be no more “sticker cameras”
What exactly is a “sticker camera”? It’s a camera that, for all intents and purposes, could just as easily be a sticker on the back of the phone. It’s there to make up the numbers and cover space on the spec sheet, not to serve any real photographic purpose. Consider your 2-megapixel macro or 3-megapixel monochrome cameras. In the bill of materials, they are a waste of space and money. Over the years, even OnePlus flagships have been guilty of introducing extra cameras of dubious value. Given the iPhone 13’s improved macro photography capabilities, this is a trend we predict to continue through 2022.
- Software that is geared toward the community
OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS will share a shared software core, according to OnePlus. For all intents and purposes, the OnePlus Nord 2’s OxygenOS 11.3 software is basically ColorOS 11.3 with a new coat of paint. So, as the two companies collaborate more closely, we’re hoping OxygenOS’ community focus won’t be lost.
The collaboration between OnePlus and its users has resulted in innovative features like Zen Mode, which enforces digital downtime when you need to disengage. As a result, OnePlus has become a key player in the Western smartphone market as well as an official Oppo sub-brand. Hopefully, this new status won’t mean fewer community-driven features.
- Reasonable pricing
OnePlus now has the full support of parent company Oppo even more than when it was technically an independent brand. We’re expecting that the OnePlus 10 series will be able to compete on pricing with Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, especially in the United States where its last batch of flagships was dangerously close to the Korean firm’s formidable Galaxy S21 Ultra.
In such circumstances, the challenge for OnePlus was that Samsung had better cameras, a larger battery, and a longer software support lifecycle. In order to remain competitive in the high end in 2022, OnePlus will have to make up for this cap with either more advanced hardware or lower costs.