After years of making great Android phones, OnePlus is ready to branch out into tablets, as there’s been evidence for a while that it’s working on a slate called the OnePlus Pad, and the company confirmed it recently.
So far we don’t know much about the OnePlus Pad for sure, but a few leaks have surfaced, shedding light on potential specifications, and OnePlus itself teased the design – while revealing a February 7 launch date.
So there’s not much time to wait, but in the meantime you’ll find all the news, leaks, and rumors about the OnePlus Pad below — along with a list of the things we want from it.
cut to the chase
- What is this? The first tablet from OnePlus
- When is the exit? Feb 7
- How much will it cost? No idea yet
OnePlus Pad release date and price
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus Pad will be unveiled on February 7, along with the global launch of the OnePlus 11.
You may not be able to purchase it on that date, but we expect orders to open soon after and it won’t be long before the tablet ships.
It’s not clear in which countries the tablet will be sold, but OnePlus has filed trademarks for the name in both Europe and India (Opens in a new tab). Accordingly, it is likely that the list will launch in both regions, although it is not known if it will also land in the United States. An Australian launch is unlikely, as the company doesn’t have a presence there at the moment.
There’s no news on pricing, but based on what we know and suspect about the listing, we’d expect a mid-range price.
News and leaks
The biggest news on the OnePlus Pad comes from OnePlus itself, which has now revealed the first images of the tablet on TechRadar exclusively. You can see these above, and they appear in the shade “Halo Green”.
As part of the teaser, the company revealed that the OnePlus pad has an aluminum alloy body and cambered frame. You can also see that there is a single-lens camera on the back, and another on the front, housed in a bezel above the screen.
Beyond that, the leak revealed several possible specifications. The OnePlus Pad is supposed to have a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 12.4-inch Full HD+ OLED display, and a 1090mAh 45Wh battery.
However, we’re taking this with a pinch of salt as it also talks about a dual-lens camera, while the official images above seem to only show a single lens.
What we want to see
Even saying what we want from the OnePlus Pad is hard when it’s the top of the list from the brand, and when we don’t know if it’s cheap, mid-range or premium, but we’ve made a few suggestions below.
1. Competitive price
While we have no idea which market segment the OnePlus Pad will target, we hope it will be priced lower than its main competitors. This is a realistic hope, since the prices of OnePlus phones tend to be either on par with or just a little lower than phones of similar specs from the big brands.
Doing so could give OnePlus an immediate foothold in the tablet market, and make the OnePlus Pad a true alternative to the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022), Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021), or whatever specs go with it.
2. Built-in stylus
To make buying a OnePlus Pad even more compelling, we’d like to see it support — and be bundled with — a stylus. This would be ideal for anyone who wants to draw or handwrite on a tablet, among other things, and the tablet’s large screen is well suited for such an accessory.
We’re not sure how likely that is, but Samsung and Apple both offer style to their menus, and the former sometimes bundle them, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, so it’s certainly possible.
3. Keyboard accessory
In addition to the stylus, we’d also like to introduce an official keyboard case for the OnePlus Pad. This may allow you to use it like a laptop, which is great for productivity purposes.
We don’t expect OnePlus to do this with the tablet, but hopefully the price will at least stay low — no Apple Magic Keyboard price tag here, please.
4. Great screen
A good screen is vital for a tablet, and arguably even more so for a phone, as you’ll likely be watching movies and editing photos on the slate. This is exactly what we want to see from the OnePlus panel.
How good it is realistically will depend in part on how OnePlus plans to price and position this slate, but if it’s a high-end tablet, we want a QHD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and hardly any bezels.
5. Powerful speakers
Good speakers are another important component of a tablet — and again, these are more important on a slate than a phone, as there are likely to be more occasions when you can’t reach for headphones here.
And the size of the slate makes packing in good speakers — and plenty of tweeters — more viable than a phone. So we want high-quality sound here, and if that’s an expensive list, we want to include at least four speakers, for loud, clear sound without headphones.