The Android smartphone world seems to be dominated by Samsung and Google, but it would be foolish to ignore OnePlus's presence. Since the launch of the OnePlus One in 2014, OnePlus phones have remained a high point for Android smartphones.
Why pick a OnePlus phone over one of the many competitors? OnePlus phones regularly deliver blazing-fast performance, ultrafast charging, dependable battery life, and unique designs. It's a great combination that regularly results in OnePlus devices being some of the best Android phones around.
That's why you should buy a OnePlus phone — but which OnePlus phone is right for you? Keep on reading to see our picks for the best OnePlus phones in 2023!
Best OnePlus phone overall
- Eye-catching design
- Two-day battery life
- 25 minute battery charging
- Characterful camera
- Long software update commitment
- No wireless charging
- Portrait camera disappoints
Why you should buy this: Dollar for dollar and spec for spec, the OnePlus 11 is the best OnePlus phone you can buy.
Who it’s for: Someone who wants the very best of what OnePlus has to offer in 2023.
Why we picked the OnePlus 11:
The OnePlus 11 is the newest OnePlus phone currently available, but that's not the only reason we picked it as the best OnePlus phone in 2023. We picked the OnePlus 11 because it strikes an outstanding balance of specs, features, design, and price.
Pick up the OnePlus 11, and it's immediately clear that you're dealing with a well-made handset. The stainless steel frame feels great, the Gorilla Glass Victus back is plenty durable, and the bold camera housing is as unique as they come. OnePlus' iconic alert slider is also here, making it a cinch to quickly switch between audible notifications, vibrate, or silent modes.
The 6.7-inch AMOLED display is another highlight, delivering bold and vivid colors. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate to make all of its movement/animations as smooth as can be. That smoothness is further helped by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset at the heart of the OnePlus 11. How fast is it? Apps open immediately, graphically intense games play flawlessly, and up to 16GB of RAM means multitasking is a breeze. The OnePlus 11 delivers all of this performance without heating up and while sipping power at an incredible rate. Even with regular use, the OnePlus 11 easily delivers two days of use per charge.
But are the cameras any good? You bet. A 50MP main camera captures excellent photos with good detail and bold, distinctive colors. It's not the most accurate camera in the world, but the images it produces are lovely to look at. The 48MP ultrawide camera is also a welcome addition, though the 32MP telephoto camera with its 2x optical zoom is significantly behind zoom capabilities on phones like the Pixel 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
And then there are the smaller details. 80-watt wired charging gets you from 0 to 100% battery in roughly 30 minutes, but there's no wireless charging. The OnePlus 11 has an IP rating for dust and water resistance, but it's an IP64 rating instead of the more comprehensive IP68. OxygenOS 13 is the software you get out of the box, with a promise of four major Android updates and five years of security patches.
The cherry on top is the price. You can buy the OnePlus 11 for just $699, making it one of the best smartphone values around — and one of the best phones ... period. If you want a OnePlus phone, this is the one to get.
OnePlus 10 Pro
Best OnePlus phone runner-up
- Attractive and well made
- Interesting camera features
- Fast battery charging
- Bright and colorful AMOLED screen
- Unreliable software
- No water resistance
Why you should buy this: The OnePlus 10 Pro remains a powerful and capable OnePlus smartphone — and it's now cheaper than ever.
Who it’s for: If you want a great OnePlus phone at an incredible price.
Why we picked the OnePlus 10 Pro:
At 8.6mm thick and 200 grams, the OnePlus 10 Pro is an easy-to-live-with, pocketable smartphone with dimensions that reflect its superior build quality and materials. It features Gorilla Glass Victus on the screen, paired with Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, and both glass modules are joined via a metal chassis that feels and looks great. The top OnePlus 10 Pro has 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage space alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. An 8GB RAM, 128GB storage model is also available if you want to save a bit of money.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s 6.7-inch AMOLED screen has a 3216 x 1440 pixel resolution, a sharp 525 pixel-per-inch density, and a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. The panel is an LTPO 2.0 AMOLED for a faster refresh, and it looks clear and vivid.
The second generation of Hasselblad Camera for Mobile software accompanies a 48-megapixel main camera, a 50MP wide-angle camera with a 110-degree field of view, and an 8MP telephoto for a 3.3x optical zoom. It also offers a 150-degree wide-angle camera mode. Ultimately, this combination offers strong images, and Hasselblad's expertise can really be felt in some areas of the app. Stills are balanced but still pop. The other lenses are a more mixed bag, with some issues with noise. The OnePlus 10 Pro camera can't compete with the likes of the iPhone 14 Pro, but it is still a lot of fun to shoot with.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s battery lasts a day-and-a-half with a full charge and moderate use. After just 15 minutes on the fast charger, the battery rebounds to almost 100% from 40%, and OnePlus claims it'll only take 30 minutes for a completely full recharge.
The OnePlus 10 Pro started at $899 when it launched, but has since seen a price drop to $599 — making it an even more attractive proposition. The OnePlus 11 is the better phone overall, but if you want to join the OnePlus life while spending a bit less cash, this is a fantastic way to go.
Best OnePlus phone for fast charging
- Latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor
- 20 minutes to charge the battery
- Plastic chassis
- No alert slider
- No wireless charging
Why you should buy this: If fast charging is your top need above all else, the OnePlus 10T delivers — and then some.
Who it’s for: If need your OnePlus phone to go from 0 to 100% battery in 20 minutes.
Why we picked the OnePlus 10T:
The OnePlus 10T isn't our favorite OnePlus phone by any metrics, but it is a OnePlus phone with a few special features, which may attract those willing to look past the problems.
The OnePlus 10T was the first OnePlus phone to contain the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, and this superb chip devours any number of games and apps. It'll handle the latest and most demanding games with no problems, and when paired with 16GB of RAM, it makes for an exceptionally powerful smartphone. Sure, it's not a massive upgrade over the 8 Gen 1 in the OnePlus 10 Pro, but it is definitely an upgrade.
The OnePlus 10T is the fastest-charging phone currently available in the U.S. -- by a good margin. Run the 4,800mAh battery completely flat, and the 125W charging will take it back up to full in about 20 minutes. That's about a single episode of The Simpsons, which is just staggering. The battery lasts a decent amount of time, roughly a day-and-a-half with normal use. Gaming does knock the battery down a fair amount though, so keep an eye on that.
The rest of the phone isn't quite so cutting-edge. The body is made from plastic, which isn't really acceptable in a phone that launched with a $649 price. It's a good-looking design, which helps a bit, but it's still not great when the phone feels so cheap. OnePlus has also removed the alert slider in order to make more room inside the phone. The alert slider is one of OnePlus' more unique features, and it looks like it's already coming back with the OnePlus 11.
There's a triple-lens camera on the back, but the 2MP macro lens isn't really worth considering, so really, it's a dual-lens camera. The 50MP main camera is good enough, taking nice pictures on bright, sunny days. Drop the lights, though, and quality suffers. The 8MP wide-angle lens is disappointing, offering washed-out photos. It's the same setup as on the Nord 2T, and what's acceptable in a cheaper phone is less palatable on a more expensive device.
At the time of publication, the OnePlus 10T is available in the U.S. for $499 — down from the $649 it originally launched at.
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Best value OnePlus phone
- Great, eye-catching design
- Battery charges in 30 minutes
- Two days use from the battery
- Headphone jack on board
- Dual 5G SIM and microSD card slot
- Android 11 isn't the latest version
- No IP rating
- Poor single speaker
Why you should buy this: If you love getting great value above all else, the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is a really solid option.
Who it’s for: Anyone who wants a good OnePlus phone at a great price.
Why we picked the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G:
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G — made entirely of plastic — is nonetheless pretty to look at and light by modern phone standards at a comfortable 173 grams, 73mm width, and 7.8mm thickness. A 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate is the face of the Nord CE 2 5G, with Gorilla Glass 5 over the top. The MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor powers the phone, paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage space.
Android 11 with OxygenOS 11 installed on the phone at launch puts it behind competing phones that have already had an update to Android 12. However, the software performance remains snappy, so it's still a strong pick.
You get a 64MP main camera with an f/1.7 aperture and electronic image stabilization (EIS), an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, and a 2MP macro camera. The selfie camera is 16MP. It includes a night mode, a macro mode, a full-resolution 64MP mode, and the ability to shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second. There’s an AI Mode that adds scene recognition and boosts visual images as well.
The 4,500mAh capacity battery lasts for two days of hard use before needing a recharge. The 65-watt SuperVOOC fast-charging system propels the battery from under 5% to 100% in under 35 minutes.
OnePlus Nord N20 5G
Best OnePlus phone under $300
- Beautiful 6.43-inch AMOLED screen
- Matte finish always looks clean
- Good battery life
- Ships with Android 11
- Camera system is inferior
Why you should buy this: Have a budget that won't budge above $300? This OnePlus phone is for you.
Who it’s for: If you want a OnePlus phone and have less than $300 to spend.
Why we picked the OnePlus Nord N20 5G:
For customers in the U.S., the OnePlus Nord N20 5G is directly available for the American market.
It’s made of polycarbonate with a matte finish that does not show fingerprints. The phone is extremely thin at just 7.5mm with a solid squared-off build. The phone has a beautiful 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with great viewing angles and an FHD+ panel with an aspect ratio of 20:9. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. It ships with Android 11 with one year of operating system upgrades and three years of security updates.
The main camera is 64MP with an f/1.79 aperture, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP monochrome lens. Video capture tops out at 1080p at 30 fps. On the front, there's a single 16MP, f/2.4 lens. Sadly, the cameras are inferior. At night, the camera is nearly unusable, though the macro lens can take some decent shots.
Battery life is good, and with light use, you could squeeze two days out of it. With 33W of charging power, we observed about 2% charge rate per minute until about 75%, with the last 20% clocking 25 minutes.
OnePlus Nord N300 5G
Best OnePlus phone under $250
- Sleek and lightweight design
- 90Hz refresh rate on a large 6.56-inch display
- Nice tactile haptics
- Great selfie camera
- Expandable storage via microSD
- 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging
- Lower-res screen resolution
- 2MP depth camera doesn't add much
- Won't get updates after Android 13
- Only available on T-Mobile
Why you should buy this: You want a OnePlus phone, but have a really tight budget. If that's the case, the Nord N300 5G is what you should look at.
Who it’s for: Someone who wants a OnePlus phone for less than $250.
Why we picked the OnePlus Nord N300 5G:
OnePlus' naming convention may have gone slightly off the rails, but don't let a confusing name stop you from buying a great value smartphone. The OnePlus Nord N300 5G is a good phone with a lot to offer, especially at this price. While it has some downsides, it's still worth a look when shopping in the $200 range.
As you might expect for this price, the Nord N300 is made from plastic. It's a nice feeling plastic, though, with a texture that makes it nice to hold. It has a slight shimmer, too, which means it looks at bit like aluminum from a distance. The display is a 6.56-inch IPS LCD screen that tops out at 1612 x 720 pixels. That's quite low for a display this size, but it also comes with a 90Hz refresh rate, which is a solid addition at this price, especially when you consider the iPhone 14 still only has a 60Hz refresh rate.
Performance is solid, but don't expect to play demanding games without a little bit of struggle. The N300 handled Genshin Impact and Diablo Immortal, but we did need to tone down the graphical options in order to run them smoothly. A slight annoyance is that while the phone comes with Android 13 — the latest Android update — it won't be progressing past that. That's a disappointment, as it severely impacts the phone's potential lifespan.
The OnePlus Nord N300 technically has a dual-lens system on the back, but the additional 2MP lens isn't really up to much. It's basically just there to assist with depth and focus and is more-or-less a throwback to the original dual-lens camera systems a few years ago. Instead, the meat is in the main 48MP lens. In use, it's fine. It struggles to match real-life colors and impact, and obviously it's no match for the best camera phones out there, but for a budget camera phone, the N300 does just fine.
But what you lose on the swings, you gain on the roundabouts: The OnePlus Nord N300 has a great battery. The 5,000mAh cell managed two days between charges (though heavy use might impact this, especially with gaming), and it comes with a 33W fast charging cable and charger in the box. So it should last a good time between charges, and doesn't take a long time to refill at all. That's a pretty good slam dunk, in our estimations.
The OnePlus Nord N300 5G is currently only available in the U.S., and only through T-Mobile and Metro. However, the cost of just $228 makes it a tasty morsel indeed, as long as you can live with the downsides of a rubbish display resolution and so-so camera.
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