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OnePlus doesn’t have as many phones in its lineup as Samsung, LG, and most other 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, which should hopefully help you decide which one is right for you. Let’s dive in.

Best OnePlus phones:

  1. OnePlus 8T — the fastest charging OnePlus phone
  2. OnePlus 8 Pro — best OnePlus camera phone
  3. OnePlus 8 5G UW — best OnePlus 5G phone
  4. OnePlus 7T Pro and 7 Pro — best full-screen phones
  5. OnePlus Nord — best mid-range OnePlus phone
  6. OnePlus N100 — best cheap OnePlus phone

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


1. OnePlus 8T — the fastest charging OnePlus phone

OnePlus 8T rear angled hero shot

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The OnePlus 8T is an iterative update and seems to get lost in the shuffle between the similarly-specced OnePlus 8 Pro and the more affordable OnePlus Nord. If you aren’t planning an upgrade but simply looking for a new OnePlus device, the OnePlus 8T is worth considering.

It hits many flagship highlights — a high-end processing package, an impressive 120Hz display, a beautiful design, solid build quality, and excellent battery life. Unfortunately, it misses out on a few key features, which make the OnePlus 8 Pro a better deal overall. This includes an IP68 rating (only the T-Mobile version comes with this feature) and wireless charging.

See also: OnePlus 8T buyer’s guide — should you get it?

OnePlus more than makes up for the lack of wireless charging though, with Warp Charge 65. OnePlus’ latest version of fast charging lets you fully charge its large battery in just 39 minutes and could provide a day’s worth of use with just a 15-minute charge. Its fast charging capabilities alone make the OnePlus 8T an exciting option.


OnePlus 8T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. OnePlus 8 Pro — best OnePlus camera phone

OP 8 Pro in hand 2

OnePlus’ current flagship is the best option for those who are into photography. It has the best camera setup of all OnePlus phones released to date. The handset sports a 48MP main sensor, a 48MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto lens. It also comes with a Color Filter camera — a 5MP shooter that uses a special filter to allow the phone to see different light spectrums. You can learn more about it in our OnePlus 8 Pro review at the link.

Read next: OnePlus 8 buyer’s guide — Everything you need to know

Most people will be happy with the phone images, although the phone isn’t as good at night photography as the Pixel 4. But there’s more to OnePlus’ flagship than the camera. It’s one of the most powerful handsets on the market, packing the Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood along with as much as 12GB of RAM. You also get a large 120Hz display, dual-SIM support, and a fantastic software experience.

The OnePlus 8 Pro even has an IP68 rating and supports wireless charging. But you don’t get a headphone jack or a microSD card slot.


OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. OnePlus 8 5G UW — best OnePlus 5G phone

OnePlus 8 Pro back on table
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If 5G speeds are what you’re looking for, the OnePlus 8 is your best option. We’re specifically referring to the OnePlus 8 5G UW model that’s exclusive to Verizon and supports the mmWave spectrum. The regular OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro available on the company’s website are also 5G enabled, but they only support sub-6 5G connectivity.

Read next: The best OnePlus 8 alternatives

The weirdly-named device is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, sports three rear cameras, and has 8GB of RAM. The battery comes in at 4,300mAh and supports 30-watt charging that gets it to 100% in a little more than an hour.

Aside from the faster 5G speeds, the OnePlus 8 offers less than the Pro model when it comes to specs and features. But it is cheaper, and a little bit smaller and lighter, which is something many will appreciate.


OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. OnePlus 7T Pro and 7 Pro — best full-screen OnePlus phones

OnePlus 7 Pro screen in front of fire

If you’re looking for a full-screen experience, the OnePlus 7T Pro and 7 Pro are right up your alley. Both have a pop-up selfie camera that replaces the more traditional notch or punch-hole.

There aren't a lot of differences between the two phones.

The 7 Pro is the older model, but there aren’t really many differences between the two phones. The 7T Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus, while the OnePlus 7 Pro packs the Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood. The 7T Pro also has a slightly larger battery and comes with more base storage and RAM. Other than that, the two phones are identical.

Which phone to get largely depends on where you live. OnePlus only sells the 7 Pro through its website in the US, while in countries like the UK, only the 7T Pro is available. The international version of the 7T Pro is available in the US via Amazon, but it is expensive.


OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,085mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. OnePlus Nord — best mid-range OnePlus phone

OnePlus Nord Rear of the device in the hand at an angle

Credit: Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The OnePlus Nord sets the company up to take on the competition from Xiaomi, Samsung, and more in the mid-range category. It’s no longer OnePlus’ most affordable 2020 release, but it remains the one that offers the most value. 

The Nord comes with a 6.44-inch Full HD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and is powered by the 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G processor. It also manages to squeeze in more cameras than any other OnePlus smartphone so far, with four on the back and a dual setup up front. The Nord may not come with a flagship processor like most other recent OnePlus releases. However, it’s still a competent phone, especially when you consider its comparatively cheaper price tag.

Read next: OnePlus Nord review

Unfortunately, the OnePlus Nord isn’t available everywhere. For now, you can pick up this phone in various markets across Europe and India.


OnePlus Nord specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,115mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. OnePlus Nord N100 — best entry-level OnePlus phone

OnePlus Nord N100 Official

OnePlus Nord N100

The latest smartphone released by OnePlus is also the most affordable, as the company makes its way into the entry-level segment with the OnePlus Nord N100.

Priced at just £179/€179 (~$233), the N100 may be cheap, but it certainly doesn’t look the part. The good-looking phone also offers decent specs for the price, including a triple rear camera setup and a huge battery. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 460 processor, backed by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while you can enjoy everything on the 6.52-inch HD+ display.

Keeping the competition in mind, it’s no surprise that OnePlus strayed from the norm and re-introduced expandable storage via microSD and a headphone jack with the Nord N100 as well. OnePlus’ first foray into the entry-level will be interesting to follow, especially when it finally makes its way over to North America at some point.


OnePlus Nord N100 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

These are the best OnePlus models you can currently get your hands on. We’ll update this post once the company announces new phones, like the OnePlus 9 series, set to launch earlier than expected in 2021.