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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 as well as the specs and features that matter to you. To help you out, we’ve listed the best OnePlus phones you can currently get in different categories, which should hopefully help you decide which one is right for you. Let’s dive in.

Best OnePlus phones:

  1. OnePlus 8 Pro — best OnePlus camera phone
  2. OnePlus 8 5G UW — best OnePlus 5G phone
  3. OnePlus 7T — best budget OnePlus phone
  4. OnePlus 7T Pro and 7 Pro — best full-screen phones
  5. OnePlus Nord — 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 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, which is a 5MP shooter that uses a special filter to allow the phone to see different spectrums of light. You can learn more about it in our OnePlus 8 Pro review at the link.

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Most people will be happy with the images taken with the phone, 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

2. 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 mmWave spectrum. The regular OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro that are available on the company’s website are also 5G enabled, but they only support sub-6 5G connectivity.

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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 as well as 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, 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. OnePlus 7T — best budget OnePlus phone

OnePlus 7T Upright on table in cafe 2

The 7T is currently OnePlus’ best budget phone. That doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest one, it just means that it offers the best value for money in our opinion.

It’s not the latest phone OnePlus has on offer, but it’s still a great option for demanding users. It packs the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset under the hood, has three rear cameras, and sports a 90Hz display with a small waterdrop notch. These are just some of the things that make it one of the best OnePlus Android phones you can get.

The interesting thing about the 7T is that the vast majority of our readers prefer it over the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, according to our survey. The bad news is that you can’t get the unlocked model in the US at the moment, but the T-Mobile variant is available.


OnePlus 7T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 12MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • 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 a lot of 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, though, but it is on the expensive side.


OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

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

5. OnePlus Nord — best cheap OnePlus phone

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

Credit: Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The last OnePlus model on this list is the Nord, the company’s newest 2020 release that is also the most affordable. 

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 every other recent OnePlus release, but it’s still an extremely capable 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, as well as in 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

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 upcoming OnePlus 8T series that will likely launch sometime this fall.