Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus unveiled specifications for the OnePlus 10 Pro ahead of the official start of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, paving the way for the first major smartphone launch in 2022.

While keeping most of the information, including pricing and availability, secret, Shenzhen-based OnePlus released several images and a spec sheet that looked promising on paper during the CES media day.

Pete Lau, co-founder and CEO of OnePlus, further accentuated the launch with a cryptic tweet.

Some of the specs that appear include a triple-lens camera setup co-developed with leading lens maker Hasselblad, which comes with a 48-megapixel lead-acid sensor, a 120-hertz “smooth” Amoled display, a 5,000 milliamperes – one hour battery and charging capacities of 80 watts and charging of 50 W.

Xiaomi released a similar 80W charger in 2020 designed to fully charge a device in under 20 minutes.

The OnePlus 10 Pro – which looks like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – is the company’s first device to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor.

The processor was announced last month and is expected to be featured in all high-end smartphones released in 2022. More details are expected when it officially launches today.

The launch of OnePlus kicks off an interesting year for the smartphone industry. Shipments for 2021 are expected to grow 5.3 percent per year to 1.35 billion devices when final data becomes available, according to the International Data Corporation.

The OnePlus 10 Pro comes with 80W charging and 50W wireless charging capabilities. Photo: OnePlus

However, due to a failed third quarter and continued component shortages and logistics challenges that may not improve until mid-2022, the IDC has lowered its growth forecast to 2021 and 2022 from 7.4% and 3.4% to 5.3% and 3 percent, respectively. This is expected to pick up in 2023 and beyond.

Arguably the most talked about unveiling of this year is Apple’s upcoming iPhone, which is rumored to have a rear camera block that doesn’t come out and a punched-out front camera snapper.

OnePlus isn’t in the top five smartphone vendors in the world, but it has become a cult following with premium specs offered at lower prices, earning the company the nickname “flagship killer.”

Amid other smartphone brands topping the $ 1,000 price point, OnePlus was able to keep its devices below that level – until last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro.

Other notable media day presentations included the Samsung Galaxy S21 Fan Edition, Alienware’s Concept Nyx, a server that can stream games at home, and Technics’ EAH-A800 headphones, owned by Panasonic, which claims to have 50 hours of battery life and “industry-leading active noise cancellation.

CES, which runs Jan. 5-9, is the world’s largest consumer electronics show, but this year’s event has been plagued by withdrawals from some of the biggest names in the industry in due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

Companies that have pulled out of this year’s show are Microsoft, Twitter, Alphabet, Intel, BMW, Mercedes, Waymo, T-Mobile, Amazon, General Motors, Meta Platforms and Lenovo.

They either opted out completely and chose to participate online, or reduced their physical presence.

CES was first held in New York in 1967. Since then, it has grown into one of the most critical events for the tech industry, attracting tens of thousands of attendees and serving as a platform. form to showcase important new products and innovations, including Microsoft’s VCR, DVD, and Xbox game console.

Updated: January 5, 2022 10:47 a.m.