OnePlus 10 Pro gets Panda White color, but you can’t buy it in the US yet

The OnePlus 10 Pro is now available in an ‘Extreme Edition’, which uses a new Panda White colorway. The flagship OnePlus device launched in China in January, but sales remain restricted to its home market. There is still no clarity on when OnePlus is taking the smartphone to other countries, which is surprising because the brand often holds global launch events for its flagships. As per previous reports, the OnePlus 10 Pro could reach other markets by March, but there is still no officially confirmed release date.

The OnePlus 10 Pro was one of the first phones to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. It comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage in the standard variants. The screen is a 6.7-inch LTPO OLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate, 1440 x 3216 pixels resolution, 1300 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass Victus protection. main camera, 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. There is a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Battery capacity has been increased to 5,000mAh while wired charging has been increased to 80W. The phone also has 50W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

The OnePlus 10 Pro ‘Extreme Edition’ retains all these hardware specs, except for the storage which is doubled to 512GB. back panel is a pure white shade, while the large camera bump remains black. Notably, this Panda White variant also changes the material from glass to ceramic. While ceramic isn’t widely seen on phones outside of China, it’s a more durable material than glass, and consequently also more OnePlus previously released a Ceramic Edition of the OnePlus X in 2015, but hasn’t used the material since. Parent company OPPO, on the other hand, has used ceramic more recently for the Find X2 Pro. In China, the OnePlus 10 Pro ‘Extreme Edition’ will cost CNY 5,799 (about $910).

The last time OnePlus launched a white phone was in 2018 when it introduced the OnePlus 6 in Silk White. The company’s product line president Liu Fengshuo explained why OnePlus doesn’t release many white phones via a post on Weibo. The top executive noted three main reasons for this. The first comes down to the CMF (color, material, finish) which is hard to achieve in white. Even the slightest change in the manufacturing process can cause a complete shift in tone. cost and low rate of return were the second reason cited. Fengshuo claimed that OnePlus tested over a hundred different shades over three months to finalize the Panda White color. Finally, he said that a white smartphone is more difficult to maintain as it picks up dirt and smudges easily. This leads consumers to avoid this color.

Given how rare it is for OnePlus to release a white smartphone, it’s likely that the company is testing the waters once again with a limited edition OnePlus 10 Pro to gauge market interest. Even if the Extreme Edition is successful in China, OnePlus is unlikely to launch this particular variant in other countries, given the difficulty of the manufacturing process and the use of the ceramic material.

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