If you’re waiting for the iPhone 14 to release before you buy a new smartphone, we’ve got some bad news for you: One of the best phones we’ve tested just got a price cut, and it’s now at the same price as Apple’s expected price for its upcoming phone.
That’s the OnePlus 10 Pro — it’s permanently slashed by $100, so while it was originally $899 for the lowest storage and memory configuration, it’s now just $799. If you live outside the US, we’re sorry to say that OnePlus doesn’t seem to drop the price of the 10 Pro anywhere else right now.
The price cut coincides with the launch of the OnePlus 10T, which is, in theory, a budget version of the 10 Pro with a focus on performance (though this price cut narrows the gap between them).
However, at this new price, the OnePlus 10 Pro is likely to be a very close competitor to the iPhone 14, which we expect to launch in September.
The iPhone 13 launched at $799 with the same storage as the OnePlus 10 Pro (that’s 128GB), which costs $799 now. There’s a good chance the iPhone 14 will launch at the exact same price, or at least similar enough that they can be compared directly.
OnePlus 10 Pro and iPhone 14
Of course, we don’t yet know what the iPhone 14 will offer – but judging by leaks and rumors, it doesn’t sound as good as the OnePlus 10 Pro.
While the iPhone is slated to have a main camera and an ultra-wide camera, OnePlus has three sensors on the back, including a telephoto snapper for zoom photography; two of them have very high megapixel counts for improved stabilization and fidelity. Additionally, the 10 Pro has a number of extra camera tricks from Hasselblad that could give it a photographic edge.
In terms of performance, the gap may not be particularly large – Apple’s chipsets are usually the best in the business, but we’ve heard that the iPhone 14 could use the same chipset as its predecessor, rather than a newer one (thought to be Exclusive to this year’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max).
When it comes to battery and charging, the OnePlus 10 Pro clearly has the upper hand too – it has a massive 5,000mAh battery with 65W fast charging (and an even faster 80W on models outside the US) – and we haven’t heard much about it yet The iPhone is in this department, but Apple has yet to adopt fast charging that keeps pace with its competitors.
Perhaps the biggest fact in OnePlus’ favor, though, is its screen. It has a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 120Hz AMOLED display that is slightly curved at the edges. The iPhone 14 is expected to feature a smaller 6.1-inch panel with a lower resolution and refresh rate than Android.
As long as the iPhone 14 gets the specs the leak says, the Apple device will likely look weak on paper compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro.
If you’re looking to buy a new phone in the next few months and plan to wait until the iPhone launches, OnePlus’ 10 Pro is a very tempting competitor right now. But since this is a permanent price cut, it doesn’t hurt to wait a bit to see if the iPhone 14 can join the OnePlus 10 Pro on our best phones list.