A gaming phone for little money – that was the goal when developing the new OnePlus Ace Racing Edition. As the name suggests, it is with the OnePlus Ace related and also uses the same Dimensity 8100-Max-Chipsatzan efficient 5 Nm chip that even dem Snapdragon 888 competition makes.
The original Ace goes over the counter in China for 2,500 CNY (350 euros) for an 8/128 GB model. The RRP of the Racing Edition is 2,000 CNY (280 euros), 20% less than its big brother. For comparison: The closely related Realme GT Neo3 also costs 2,000 CNY with 6 instead of 8 GB RAM and 80 watt charging. However, thanks to an introductory discount, the Racing Edition is a little cheaper, at least at the start.
The former 6.7-inch AMOLED display has been replaced with a slightly smaller 6.59-inch LCD. It still offers a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz with increments of 30, 48, 50, 60, 90 and 120 Hz. The touch sampling rate is now 240 Hz instead of 720. Nevertheless, it is a high-quality display, that offers 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. It’s not that bright, however, at a maximum of 600 nits and it’s not a 10-bit panel. Also on board is HyperBoost technology, which is supposed to provide games with a constantly high frame rate.
The battery now has a capacity of 5,000 mAh and charges with 67 watts. This comes one of the OnePlus 10R-Varianten with a 5,000 mAh battery and 80 watts of fast charging. With the 67 watts of the Racing Edition it goes to 80% in 29 minutes, while with 80 watts you end up at 100% after 32 minutes. The camera setup was also changed. In addition to the 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle module with a 119-degree field of view, there is now a 64-megapixel main camera and a macro lens. The selfie camera uses a 16 megapixel sensor. For comparison: the regular Ace has a 50 megapixel main camera with OIS. Also, the Racing Edition’s video recording only achieves 30 fps at 4K, while the regular model manages 4K at 60 fps.
There is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack on board. Bluetooth audio is supported in high quality (aptX HD, LDAC, LHDC). The stereo speakers offer Dirac Audio support. Interestingly, OnePlus has worked with Razer to improve the look and feel of the Razer BlackWidow and Mercury keyboards to replicate. The haptic feedback is generated by an X-axis linear motor.
The OnePlus Ace Racing Edition is available for pre-order in China via the Oppo Store. As already mentioned, there are some discounts during the 14-day pre-order period. The base 8/128 GB model costs 1,900 CNY (instead of 2,000 CNY), there is an 8/256 GB model for 2,100 CNY (reduced from 2,200 CNY) and a 12/256 GB model for 2,400 CNY (instead of 2,500 CNY) . Color options are gray and blue.
It is not yet clear if the Ace Racing Edition will be released worldwide. The global OnePlus 10R is similar to the original Ace but features two battery/charging options. Esports fans in China will be able to try out the OnePlus Ace Racing Edition at the Peacekeeper Elite League Spring Tournament. Peacekeeper Elite is the local version of PUBG Mobile.