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The best OnePlus phones in different categories — budget, camera, and more

Which OnePlus phone is best for you depends on your wants and needs. But no matter your budget, this list has you covered.
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August 9, 2022
OnePlus 9 Pro vs OnePlus 9 bright cameras
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OnePlus doesn’t have as many phones in its lineup as Samsung or most other Android manufacturers, but there are still enough of them available to complicate your purchase decision. Which OnePlus model to go with depends on several factors, including your budget and the specs and features that matter to you. We’ve listed the best OnePlus phones you can currently get in different categories to help you out. Your needs should be covered here, no matter what you’re looking for. Let’s dive in.

Best OnePlus phones:

  1. OnePlus 9 Pro — The best overall phone from the company
  2. OnePlus 10T — For those who want a high-end experience but also to save a bit of money
  3. OnePlus Nord 2T — The best mid-range OnePlus phone outside the US
  4. OnePlus 10R — The best OnePlus phone for India
  5. OnePlus N200 — For the best budget experience in the US
  6. OnePlus 9 — The best phone to buy used

Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best OnePlus phones as new models launch.

1. OnePlus 9 Pro — The best overall phone from the company

OnePlus 9 Pro in hand angled
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You might be wondering why we don’t have the OnePlus 10 Pro here, which is the latest Pro-level OnePlus device. If you read our review, you’ll see that we consider the OnePlus 9 Pro to be an overall superior device, especially when it comes to the camera and the price-to-value ratio.

One thing that’s bogged down OnePlus for years is its cameras. While none of its camera systems have ever been downright bad, most of them fail to compete with the industry’s heavy-hitters — most notably Samsung, Google, and Apple. However, that’s all changed with the launch of the OnePlus 9 Pro, which is one of the best OnePlus phones ever made and the best camera system from the company — even when compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro.

See also: OnePlus 9 Pro buyer’s guide

Outside of the camera, though, the OnePlus 9 Pro is just a great overall phone. It has a premium build, 2021’s second-most powerful Android chipset, ultra-fast wired and wireless charging speeds, and an IP68 rating against water and dust (which the OnePlus 10 Pro lacks). Its only real drawback is that it doesn’t see the best battery life.

With the OnePlus 10 Pro out now, the best phone from the company isn’t even the most expensive. The OnePlus 9 Pro’s starting list price is now $699, which is a steal.


OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

2. OnePlus 10T — Not the best, but a great cost-effective option

OnePlus 10T back panel next to a stack of books
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This is the latest phone in OnePlus’s lineup and offers a bit less than the OnePlus 10 Pro overall. But it’s also cheaper — even cheaper than the OnePlus 9 Pro — coming in at $650.

It has plenty to offer including great performance, an awesome screen, and all-day battery life. Then there’s the charging, which is crazy-fast. The phone supports 150W peak charging speeds that get the battery from zero to full in just 19 minutes. All these things combined make it the best high-end OnePlus phone you can buy.

The OnePlus 10T has its faults, though. The cameras aren’t that great, the signature Alert slider is gone, and there’s no wireless charging. The speakers are a bit imbalanced as well.


OnePlus 10T specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 12

3. OnePlus Nord 2T — The best mid-range OnePlus phone outside the US

OnePlus Nord 2T in hand outdoors
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The OnePlus Nord 2T is the follow-up to last year’s OnePlus Nord 2. The mid-ranger offers decent performance, a solid build quality, fast 80W charging, and a decent primary camera. It’s available across Europe but is not on sale in the US, at least not officially.

Related: OnePlus Nord 2T review

The Nord 2T has a 6.43-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate and is powered by the 5G-capable Mediatek Dimensity 1300. The chip makes the phone plenty powerful. Unfortunately, the big drawback to the Nord 2T — especially when compared to the likes of the OnePlus 9 Pro — is the camera system, which isn’t amazing. The primary camera is quite good, but the other ones leave a lot to be desired.

You’re also not getting things like wireless charging and an IP rating, but that’s to be expected at this price point.


OnePlus Nord 2T specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1300
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

4. OnePlus 10R — The best OnePlus phone for India

OnePlus 10R placed on desk
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OnePlus is huge in India. However, India is a very different market from the rest of the world. What works in the United States, for example, might fail spectacularly in India. The OnePlus 10R is one of the company’s attempts to craft a device that keeps the Indian customer in mind. It’s a great OnePlus phone for what you’ll pay for it, but its limited availability might make it difficult for you to get one if you don’t live in India.

See also: The best Android smartphones in India you can get

The phone has a unique design, crazy-fast 150W charging, a great display, and solid performance. There are a few issues worth pointing out as well. There’s no wireless charging, no IP rating, and the camera system isn’t the best.

Still, Indian fans will be pretty happy with the price. The OnePlus 10R starts at 38,999 INR (~$475), making it quite affordable for what you get. Just keep in mind that the previous phone on this list is also a viable competitor to this phone for India, and it cuts the cost down even more.


OnePlus 10R specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 8100 Max
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

5. OnePlus Nord N200 — The best entry-level OnePlus phone in the US

OnePlus Nord N200 5G rear to the right
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The OnePlus Nord N200 is one of the cheapest the company has ever produced, with a starting retail price of $240. That wallet-friendly aspect makes it one of the best OnePlus phones out there.

Obviously, with such a low cost, this phone will not be a powerhouse. It has a pretty weak chipset, a rear camera that leaves a lot to be desired, and low-end build materials. It also doesn’t have the famous OnePlus hardware alert slider. However, it does have a pretty good display for its price bracket, great battery life, and 5G support.

See also: OnePlus phones — A history of the company’s entire lineup so far

Despite its low-cost nature, the Nord N200 also comes with OnePlus’ popular Android skin (Oxygen OS) on top of Android 11. Unfortunately, it won’t see the same update promises of more expensive OnePlus phones. The company confirmed the phone would only get the Android 12 update, which it has already received.


OnePlus Nord N200 specs:

  • Display: 6.49-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. OnePlus 9 — The best OnePlus phone to buy used

OnePlus 9 review back
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The OnePlus 9 launched in 2021. Although it’s not part of the latest OnePlus flagship series, you can still buy it brand new from OnePlus and other retailers. However, you can also pick up a used version and save a bunch of money.

The most notable change with the OnePlus 9 compared to the Pro model is removing the telephoto lens. Without a dedicated telephoto sensor on the back, getting clear, high-resolution shots from far away will be much more difficult. Do note, though, that the other three lenses are nearly the same as what’s offered with the 9 Pro, so you’re still getting a great main, a good ultrawide, and that 2MP monochrome sensor.

Related: OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 — Which should you buy?

The rest of the alterations to the OnePlus 9 are relatively minor. Instead of 50W wireless charging speeds, you get 15W speeds. There’s no IP rating against water and dust. The build materials aren’t as premium. The display resolution drops from 1440p to 1080p. These are all considerable sacrifices for power users, but the average buyer probably won’t mind.

In exchange for dropping those perks, you save quite a bit of cash, especially if you buy it used. You can get the phone on Amazon for as little as $350. For reference, the phone currently goes for  $599 brand-new.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

These are the best OnePlus models you can currently get your hands on. We’ll update this post once the company announces new phones.