It started as a small outfit catering to enthusiasts back in 2014, and OnePlus is now a major player that sells over ten million phones a year. Things have changed in the last 18 months as OnePlus became a subsidiary of OPPO, but the manufacturer continues to deliver flagships and value-focused phones that hold their own against the likes of Samsung and Google.
These are the best OnePlus phones in 2022
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All the extras
If you want the best that OnePlus has to offer, the 10 Pro is the obvious choice. It has an elegant design and features Hasselblad's camera tuning, delivering standout photos. The software is heavily customized, but on the plus side, there's no bloatware. You also get fast wired and wireless charging, and a vibrant 120Hz AMOLED screen that's fantastic for gaming.
The OnePlus 10T follows the same fundamentals as the 10 Pro, featuring a similar design, faster Qualcomm hardware, and a screen that's just as vibrant. The flat screen is easier to hold and use, and while the cameras miss out on Hasselblad tech, they are nearly as good. The OnePlus 10T is that much more affordable as well, making it a good choice if you want to maximize value.
Still going strong
The OnePlus 9 Pro is still a strong choice, and that's down to the caliber of hardware. The device combines a gorgeous design with powerful internal hardware, cameras that take stellar photos in any condition, IP68 rating, and fast wired/wireless charging. If you want a flagship for less, this is the phone to buy.
The Nord N20 isn't a OnePlus phone; it's a rebranded Reno 8 Lite that's sold in North America. That said, you get decent internals, all-day battery life, a sleek design that looks good, and a camera that takes good photos in daylight. For what it costs, you are getting a good overall value.
The OnePlus 9 continues to be a standout choice, particularly if you're in the market for value. The phone has a sleek design, great hardware, reliable cameras, and all-day battery life backed by fast charging. There isn't much missing here, and for what you pay, it is a phenomenal option.
The OnePlus Nord 2T is a fantastic choice in the mid-range category. The phone offers great hardware in the form of the Dimensity 1300, 90Hz AMOLED screen, reliable cameras with OIS, and 65W fast charging. It's not available in North America, but if you're in one of the 32 countries where it is sold, the Nord 2 is a solid option in 2022.
150W charging is here
The OnePlus 10R is a rebadged Realme GT Neo 3, and it retains the insane 150W fast charging tech. I'm not a fan of the design, but the phone itself is fast in daily use, it doesn't have any bloatware, and it has decent enough cameras.
The OnePlus 9RT is only sold in China and India, and it gets a lot right. You get the same caliber of hardware as the OnePlus 9, including a 50MP main camera with OIS, and the design is rather nice. The phone misses out on the software side of things as it's still running Android 11, but it will get three version updates.
The Nord CE 2 5G is nearly identical to the first-gen Nord, but it comes with a Dimensity 900 chipset and a 64MP camera at the back that takes decent photos. The plastic build also doesn't make it feel quite as upmarket, but there is a decent value to be had here. If you're on a tight budget and want clutter-free software, the Nord CE 2 is a good enough option.
Get the OnePlus phone that fits you best
The best OnePlus phone right now is the OnePlus 10 Pro. You get everything you need in an Android flagship, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset with mmWave 5G, outstanding cameras, sublime 120Hz AMOLED panel, and bloat-free software that's a delight to use. There's also 80W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, stereo sound, and bloat-free software. In short, it is among the best Android phones you can get right now.
If you need the best value, I'd suggest going with the OnePlus 10T. The device delivers better battery life, and while it misses out on some extras, it is a good all-round device. And if you want a budget-focused option, the Nord 2T continues to be my choice.
If you're looking for a more budget-focused phone, the Nord N20 is a good choice in the U.S. The phone has reliable hardware with 5G connectivity and a decent 64MP camera at the back, and it offers a lot of value.
The Nord 2 offers many of the same features as the OnePlus 9 for a little less money, but at the cost of cameras and build quality. With OnePlus starting to roll out phones faster than ever before, you don't have to wait too long before a new model shows up.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.
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