The sequel to the OnePlus 9R arrived this week. In China it will be known as the “OnePlus Ace”, but it will be known as the OnePlus 10R in India, where it will launch next week. As you probably already know, this is a rebranded Realme GT Neo3, so the hardware is familiar.
Earlier this month, the GT Neo3 got an overwhelming positive response in a weekly poll. Here we are again – will the 10R or Ace or whatever you want to call it get as much love?
Note that there are some differences between the Realme and the OnePlus, mostly on the software side. Are you Team OxygenOS or Team Realme UI?
Before you answer, we will remind you that OnePlus extended the software support for its phone last year. The OnePlus 9R, for example, was in the top tier – 3 OS updates and 4 years of security patches. However, Realme typically offers only 2 OS updates and three years of patches.
Anyway, the OnePlus 10R/Ace stands out with by being one of the first to use the Dimensity 8100 chipset, specifically a custom 8100 Max version (though it’s not quite clear what has changed from the vanilla chip). This 5 nm chip sticks to the tried and true Cortex-A78 and A55 CPU cores, but offers a next-gen Mali-G610 MC6. Early benchmarks look quite promising. OnePlus is offering models with 8/12 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB storage.
The phone has a large 6.7” AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate. While not an out-and-out gaming phone, it certainly has a knack for it – we’re talking about the dedicated chip that boosts frame rates without putting extra load on the GPU.
The phone comes in only one version, which has a 4,500 mAh battery and 150W fast charging. And we mean fast, the 0-50% time is just 5 minutes. Also, several protective mechanisms ensure that the battery will retain at least 80% of its original capacity after 1,600 cycles. We still would have liked to see a 5,000 mAh/80W version like the Realme GT Neo3 has.
Before you head to the polling station, let’s have a quick look at the competition. It’s a pretty short list, there aren’t many Dimensity 8000/8100 phones at the moment. You could consider a Snapdragon 870 or even 888 powered phone instead, but getting down to this price point is tricky.
The price point is CNY 2,500 for the base 8/256 GB model ($390/€355/₹29,500), with 12/256 GB available for CNY 3,000 and 12/512 GB for CNY 3,500.
The Redmi K50 is one of the Dimensity 8100 phones on the market. It has a 6.67” 120 Hz OLED display and a larger 5,500 mAh battery (67W charging). The 1/2.0” 48 MP sensor in the main camera is a bit of a disappointment, though, the OnePlus boasts a 1/1.56” 50 MP sensor (plus an 8 MP ultra wide). We’re still not sure if this one will be available globally, though (perhaps as a Poco phone).
The Realme GT Neo3 will launch globally on April 29, so it is another alternative. In China, the 5,000 mAh/80W version starts at CNY 2,000, but note that this is tied to the memory configuration too (8/128 GB in this case). The 150W charging option is available with 8/256 GB memory and starts at CNY 2,700. This makes it slightly pricier than the OnePlus if you want 150W charging and slightly cheaper if you don’t.
The iQOO Neo6 packs a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and an 4,700 mAh battery with 80W fast charging, but is more expensive than the OnePlus – CNY 2,800 for an 8/128 GB unit, CNY 3,000 if you want the 256 GB storage. It and the iQOO 9 SE have 6.62″ 120 Hz AMOLED displays, but the 9 SE drops down to a Snapdragon 888 and a 4,500 mAh battery with 66W charging. It costs ₹34,000 in India (8/128 GB unit), the equivalent Neo5 S in China is currently discounted to CNY 2,500 (though this is for an 8/256 GB model).
The Motorola Edge S30 also makes the cut (6.8” 144 Hz LCD, Snapdragon 888+, 108 MP main camera, 5,000 mAh battery with 33W charging), but we don’t know if and when it might be available globally. The Edge X30 launched as the Edge 30 Pro, but the Edge 30 will have a Snapdragon 778G so that isn’t it.
Time to vote – can you see yourself buying a OnePlus 10R/Ace or not? And which model?
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