Unlike the past three years, OnePlus decided to start 2023 with just one flagship device – the OnePlus 11. The device arrived to be the company’s sole flagship, replacing the Pro variant. The phone was among the first devices to pack the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but apparently, won’t be the only one for much longer. We don’t know if there is a new OnePlus 11 series flagship in the pipeline, but there is one OnePlus Ace 2 Pro coming very soon with the 2023’s flagship chipset.
OnePlus Ace 2 Pro coming with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
To recall, OnePlus launched the OnePlus Ace 2 in February with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The device acted as a cost-effective flagship. It was followed by a Ace 2V variant with the Dimensity 9000. Now, it seems that we are about to see the launch of a Ace 2 Pro model with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset at the helm. The info comes straight from the tipster Digital Chat Station. Besides the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, he also points to the use of a 1.5K curved screen. The resolution would sit below the QHD+ panel on the OnePlus 11. So we don’t think this will be rebadged to a OnePlus 11 Pro or OnePlus 11T in the near future.
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Digital Chat Station states that this panel “seems to have something new” and is being tested by BOE. Could it be a new tech for the fingerprint scanner? Under-screen camera? We don’t know yet. We expect more leaks to pop out in the coming months, as there is still no forecast for the launch of such a device. In any case, the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro will stay exclusive to the Chinese market but should get a global rebranding a few months after its release.
The OnePlus Ace 2V, for example, is expected to launch soon in some markets as OnePlus Nord 3. The OnePlus Ace 2 is the OnePlus 11R available in China. Thus, the OnePlus Ace 2 Pro will hit global markets as something between the Reno and the 11 series.