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The best OnePlus phone 2022



When OnePlus broke into the phone industry back in 2014 with the OnePlus One, it made its name with ‘flagship killer’ phones that undercut top-tier handsets on price, while still delivering on premium features and performance.

Since then, the company’s success and expansion has meant that it now makes those very flagships it set out to kill, along with a whole set of mid-range and budget devices.

Unfortunately, not all of those phones launch in every market. Tech Advisor is based in the UK, so we’ve reviewed just about every OnePlus phone that you can buy here, along with a few of the India-exclusives, but haven’t yet tested every international launch like the North America-only N200. Equally, some of the phones we have reviewed here – including our top choice, the Nord 2T – don’t launch in the US.

Those caveats aside, here’s our rundown of the best OnePlus phones you can buy right now.

Best OnePlus phones 2022

1. OnePlus Nord 2T – Best overall

Pros

Excellent value

Great main camera

80W fast charging

Cons

No wireless charging

No waterproofing

Only 90Hz

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

The OnePlus Nord 2T is an updated take on the still-excellent Nord 2, which you’ll find further down this list.

The Nord 2T takes what made the Nord 2 such a good phone and improves on it in two key areas: a more powerful processor and faster wired charging. And despite those upgrades, it’s officially cheaper than the Nord 2 as well.

This is not only the best OnePlus phone right now, but also the
best mid-range phone on the market from any company.

Read our full
OnePlus Nord 2T review

2. OnePlus 10 Pro – Best for photography

Pros

Super-fast 80W charging

Great battery life

Powerful specs

Cons

Inconsistent camera

No IP rating

The OnePlus 10 Pro is the company’s top flagship phone, and from a photography perspective it is the company’s best device – but for pure value it’s still beaten by the Nord 2.

Still, this is an impressive flagship, with theSnapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, impressive battery life, and nippy 80W wired charging (plus wireless charging to boot).

There are downsides. There’s no official IP rating (though a T-Mobile US variant with the same build quality does have the certification – make of that what you will) and while the camera setup is powerful, it’s also inconsistent – and at this price you’ll still find slightly better photography from Samsung or Apple.

Read our full
OnePlus 10 Pro review

3. OnePlus 10T – Best for performance

Pros

Great 8+ Gen 1 performance

Insanely 150W fast charging

Very good flat 120Hz display

Cons

No alert slider

No wireless charging

No IP rating outside US

The OnePlus 10T is an affordable flagship that sits as a sort of halfway point between the Nord 2T and 10 Pro.

The design is similar to the 10 Pro, though it lacks niceties like the curved display or alert slider. Like that phone it has flagships specs though, and indeed even outpaces the Pro thanks to the inclusion of a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and super-fast 150W wired charging.

Where it falls back is on the camera – it packs basically the same photography setup as the Nord 2T, despite costing a fair bit more. It’s the best OnePlus option for gamers or those drawn to the fastest charging, but photography fans will get more from the 10 Pro.

Read our full
OnePlus 10T review

4. OnePlus Nord 2 – Best on a budget

Pros

Excellent value

Great main camera

Glass build

Cons

No wireless charging

No waterproofing

Only 90Hz

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

The Nord 2 was for a long time the best OnePlus phone for most people, with a brilliant balance of specs, features, and price – so much so that we named it the best mid-range phone of 2021. It may have been supplanted by the Nord 2T, but if you can find the 2 on sale then it’s an excellent value option.

Powered by a custom MediaTek chipset, the Nord 2 packs in fast 65W charging, a great main camera (borrowed from the flagship 9 series), and an understated glass design.

You won’t get top flagship features like waterproofing or wireless charging, which makes sense for the price. Perhaps slightly more surprisingly the display is limited to 90Hz rather than 120Hz – though this is a sacrifice we suspect few will mind.

Read our full
OnePlus Nord 2 review

5. OnePlus 10R – Great Indian option

Pros

Great performance

Fast charging speed

Excellent display

Good value

Cons

Mediocre camera performance

Alert slider missing

Lacks IP rating and wireless charging

The OnePlus 10R is only available in India, but if that’s where you are then it’s well worth considering.

This mid-range handset is similar to the OnePlus 10T in some respects, with the same 150W charging (though a cheaper 80W model is also available) and similar cameras.

It doesn’t pack the same Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, but the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max found here is no slouch. It’s not quite top tier, but it won’t disappoint – and it keeps the phone handily cheaper than the 10T.

Read our full
OnePlus 10R review

6. OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

Pros

Budget-friendly

Headphone jack

Expandable storage

Cons

Average performance

Ships with Android 11

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

We’re not sure if the Nord CE 2 5G is more of a follow-up to the Nord CE 5G or a cheaper spin on the Nord 2, but either way it works well.

A 90Hz AMOLED display is paired with a big battery, 65W wired charging, and a camera that isn’t bad – and certainly impresses for the price.

A few minor performance stutters give us a little hesitation, and it’s disappointing to see it ship with Android 11, meaning it won’t get updates past
Android 13.

Still, this is a great package and an impressive affordable all-rounder.

Read our full
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G review

7. OnePlus 9RT

Pros

Fast performance

Great display

Excellent battery life

Cons

No waterproofing

No telephoto camera

India & China-only

MSRP:

Unavailable in the US

It’s a shame the OnePlus 9RT is only officially out in China and India, because it’s probably the best phone in 2021’s 9 series.

It re-uses the broad design strokes of the OnePlus 9 – albeit with a slightly larger, 6.62in display – and also uses the same Snapdragon 888 chipset and 120Hz AMOLED display.

The camera has been chopped and changed, with the 9 Pro’s 50Mp ultra-wide sensor here used for the 9RT’s main camera, but results are solid, especially given the phone’s lower price.

This isn’t the most powerful OnePlus 9 phone, but by aiming for a little less it succeeds a bit more.

Read our full
OnePlus 9RT review

8. OnePlus 9

Pros

Top specs

Excellent display

Cons

Thick

Slow wireless charging

Unreliable camera

The standard OnePlus 9 is the better buy of the two 9 series phones that launched globally, and is the one to pick if you know you want one of the company’s 2021 flagships – especially since there was no OnePlus 10 to replace it.

You get a Snapdragon 888, 120Hz display, 65W wired charging, and for the first time in a non-Pro phone, even wireless charging too – though it’s capped at 15W speeds.

You also get the firm’s first Hasselblad-branded camera, though lower your expectations: while the camera gets some things right, it still can’t match the best that Apple or Samsung have to offer.

Read our full
OnePlus 9 review

9. OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite

Pros

Solid build

Strong battery life

Decent main camera

Cons

Poor value

LCD not OLED

No ultrawide camera

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is another highly competent affordable phone from OnePlus.

It’s solidly built, has a fluid 120Hz display, and runs reasonably smoothly. The 64Mp main camera, meanwhile, is capable of capturing images with real pop.

However, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is one of the least exciting OnePlus phones we’ve seen for some time. In certain ways, it feels downright unnecessary.

For just a little less than the OnePlus Nord CE 2 you’re getting a phone with an inferior LCD display, less powerful performance, slower charging, and a less flexible camera system. Meanwhile, rival efforts from Xiaomi and Realme provide similar or even slightly better specifications for less money.

Read our full
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G review

10. OnePlus 9 Pro

Pros

Best specs

Fastest charging

Cons

Disappointing camera

Ugly finishes

Thick & heavy

MSRP:

$1,069 (12GB+256GB)

The OnePlus 9 Pro was unfortunately a little bit of a let down, and feels like a step back from the phenomenal 8 Pro, and with only minor improvements over the standard 9.

The good is you get the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset, a dynamic refresh rate display (OnePlus’s best yet), and the one-two punch of 65W wired charging and 50W wireless – though the latter is only that fast if you also
buy the separate wireless charger. It’s also IP68 rated, which the regular 9 isn’t.

The bad is that the much-hyped Hasselblad camera really underwhelms. The main and ultrawide do well in good light, but struggle the rest of the time, and aggressive sharpening leaves noisy shots even in good conditions. The 9 Pro has the added advantage of a 3.3x telephoto lens, but it can’t compete with zoom lens in rival flagships.

The ugly? Well, the design. It’s big, blocky, and the main Morning Mist colour is the worst fingerprint magnet around.

Buy this if you want flagship features but can’t afford the 10 Pro, though even in that case you might be better looking at the regular 9.

Read our full
OnePlus 9 Pro review

OnePlus phone range explained

At the flagship end the latest phone you can buy in the west is the OnePlus 10T, though the current true flagship is the OnePlus 10 Pro. Note that there’s no regular OnePlus 10, though there is an Asia-exclusive 10R.

The company’s cheaper handsets sit within its Nord line, currently led by the Nord 2T and recent Nord CE 2 5G – though US buyers will be limited to the even cheaper N10, N100, and N200 models.

The secret weapon of every OnePlus phone is the software: despite some recent wobbles, OxygenOS is still the best Android skin out there, and the only one close to rivalling Google’s own Pixel software. It means that even when the specs are equal, OnePlus phones often have an edge over most Android rivals.

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