The new OnePlus 10 Pro 5G smartphone recently went on sale in the US and now has official certification to work on Verizon’s 5G network. Until now, the device was exclusive to T-Mobile in the United States.
Under Verizon’s 5G network, you can expect fast speeds for uploading photos and videos, even in low-bandwidth locations. It can also mean, depending on the 5G coverage in your area, a more stable connection and less random quality drops.
However, it looks like the phone won’t be able to take full advantage of Verizon’s two 5G standards. A Verizon representative told TechRadar that the smartphone does not support mmWave spectrum, only C-band.
According to Verizon, C-band is their mid-tier spectrum with speeds up to one gigabit and it is available in a wider geographic area. The frequency can even penetrate buildings so you never lose those awesome speeds inside a building or tunnel.
The mmWave (millimeter wave) spectrum is even faster as it has frequencies between 28 and 39 GHz with almost no lag. But the signal doesn’t go very far and it can’t enter buildings like low frequencies.
Consider the C-Band the Goldilocks standard in that it’s perfect. It has fairly fast speeds with a much wider range. Also, this loss won’t really affect many people, as a 2021 report from Opensignal found that only 0.5% of Verizon customers use mmWave.
The reason why mmWave is not supported may be due to hardware limitations. The 10 Pro runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM. You’d expect the 10 Pro to have high-performance credentials, but it really doesn’t.
It’s actually slower than its predecessor, the OnePlus 9. In exchange, the 10 Pro is better optimized for AI and battery, so the power needed for the mmWave may have been limited for others uses.
Along with 5G certification, the OnePlus 10 Pro is also part of Verizon’s Bring Your Own Device program. If you purchased the phone from another retailer or T-Mobile, you use this program to switch carriers. There you select the phone plan you want.
And if you sign up for the unlimited plan, you’ll get a $500 gift card.