There was a time when understanding OnePlus’s phone lineup was simple, but as the company’s scope has expanded, so has the sheer number of phones it offers. When it comes to purchasing a OnePlus device, you now have to deal with numbers, letters, and descriptors — sometimes all at once (the OnePlus 7T Pro is a phone that exists).
But what does it all mean, and which phone should you buy at the end of the day? Allow this OnePlus phone buyer’s guide to serve as a good starting point for a look at some of the best Android phones available.
Premium: $700 and up
OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9 Pro is still OnePlus’ top-of-the-line flagship.
The hardware is rock solid: the 120Hz display, in particular, is incredible, and the camera performance is among the best OnePlus has ever delivered (if a bit inconsistent). In addition, the company promised three years of software updates and four years of security, putting it on par with the best of Android. It’ll be fully updated until spring 2024, and secure until spring 2025.
At full price, it’ll set you back $1,069, but you can expect to see it on sale more frequently these days.
This year’s non-Pro flagship from OnePlus is the OnePlus 9. That means it lacks a telephoto camera, has slower wireless charging, and has no official water resistance rating in carrier-unlocked models — though considering the version T-Mobile sells is rated, it’s safe to assume all models are internally sealed.
It also has “only” eight gigs of RAM, but at $730 MSRP, it’s significantly less expensive than the 9 Pro — and it’s usually closer to $600 these days.
Mid-range: $300 to $600
It has great build quality and a fantastic 120Hz screen, and it squeezes a lot of speed out of its Snapdragon 865 and 12 gigs of RAM for a regular price of around $499 (down from its launch MSRP of $749). However, the camera performance isn’t on par with OP’s more expensive phones (let alone competition from Google, Samsung, and Apple), and it lacks wireless charging.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G
Thanks to the Snapdragon 690 chip inside, you’ll get real all-day battery life (seven or more hours on a charge, based on Ryne’s experience), a perfectly decent 90Hz LCD screen, and good-enough performance (with 5G!) for $300.
Security updates are also guaranteed until January 2024. The camera performance isn’t great, and the build quality isn’t as good as it was on the 8T. The N10 also lacks OnePlus’s signature alert slider.
Budget: From $180
OnePlus Nord N200 5G
At $240, the OnePlus Nord N200 5G is one of the most affordable 5G phones on the market.
On AT&T or Verizon, however, it’s still a perfectly functional 4G device.
The phone’s display is an unexpected highlight: despite the phone’s low MSRP, it has a 1080p and 90Hz LCD panel. In comparison to other phones in this category, the build quality is excellent.
OnePlus Nord N100
With a Snapdragon 460 chipset and four gigs of RAM, it’s a fairly standard low-cost Android phone. The display is 720p, but it runs at 90Hz, which is unusual for such a low-cost device. It also has a large 5,000 milliamp-hour battery, which should last an eternity thanks to the low-power components.
With a price tag of $180, this phone isn’t going to take great photos or provide years of software support. However, if you only need a phone for a year or two and have around $200 to spare, you could do a lot worse.