Pete Lau, who co-founded OnePlus and now serves as the chief product officer for OnePlus parent Oppo, took to Chinese social networking site Weibo where he revealed that the "next-generation" of OnePlus would make use of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Likely, he’s referring to the 2022 OnePlus 10.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset made its debut earlier this week, and it hasn’t taken long for manufacturers to begin revealing upcoming phones that will be making use of the new system on chip. Five companies thus far have confirmed the adoption of the chipset for future flagships: Xiamoi, for its Xiaomi 12 series; Motorola with the Motorola Edge X30; Realme and its Realme GT 2 Pro; and Oppo itself, with the Oppo Find X4.
It's unlikely any of those phones will reach the U.S., though. The OnePlus 10 certainly will, as will Samsung's Galaxy S22, which is expected to be featuring the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 promises a CPU that's 20% faster and 30% more power efficient than the Snapdragon 888, which is what you'll find inside the OnePlus 9. Qualcomm's chip offers other benefits aimed at camera performance, artificial intelligence and gaming.
OnePlus hasn’t shared a specific release date for the OnePlus 10, but a leaker expects the phone to launch sometime in January or February of 2022 in China, with the rest of the world following suit by the middle of the year. That would be a departure from OnePlus' usual approach, which typically features a global launch for its flagship phones.