The best OnePlus phones 2022: excellent Android phones for all budgets

A guide to all the best OnePlus smartphones, however much you want to spend

OnePlus 10 Pro
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The best OnePlus phones range from top-tier flagships right down to the most affordable handsets - they come in all shapes, sizes and colours with all sorts of features. Which you buy will largely depend on your budget, but you’ll need to consider quite a lot more than just price in your search. 

Whether you want the best phone that money can buy, or you need something cheap and cheerful, you’ll need to think about what you plan to use your phone for (other than calls and texts of course). 

Are you snap-happy and so need a killer camera system, do you need something hardy that you can do work on, or are you an avid mobile gamer? OnePlus phones have something for everyone which is why they've had so much success in recent years.

To cut to the chase, as things stand, the best OnePlus phone for most people is the OnePlus 10 Pro - it’s an all-singing, all-dancing flagship that is well-rounded and so tough competition for its rivals like the best Samsung phones.

Not everyone is willing or able to spend flagship-level prices though, in which case the best budget OnePlus phone is the OnePlus Nord 2T which is an absolute mid-range marvel boasting both style and speed. 

A great way to save some cash is by looking back to older generations which is why the best OnePlus phone for photography is the OnePlus 9 Pro. After having debuted a lasting partnership with camera manufacturer Hasselblad, it’s a phone that ticks a lot of boxes for budding photographers. 

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The best phone for most people costs a cut less cash than the priciest flagships

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The best OnePlus phone for most people

Specifications

Dimensions: 163 × 73.9 × 8.55mm / 201g
Screen size: 6.7 inches, 3216 x 1440p pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8GB/12GB RAM
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh, 80W fast-charging
Rear camera: Triple: 48MP + 8MP + 50MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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6.7-inch QHD+, 120Hz display
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Powerful efficient performance
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Seriously fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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Other phones have a better battery life
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Camera can be a bit inconsistent

If you’re after the very best OnePlus phone that money can buy, then you should choose the OnePlus 20 Pro. When we tested it out, we were seriously impressed by a lot including the sleek shimmering design, the 6.7-inch QHD+ display and its super fast charging. 

The three-lens camera system is its crowning glory though, helped along by OnePlus' partnership with camera manufacturer Hasselblad. We were able to compose some absolutely stunning shots on it at all times of day and night.  So what’s the downside? Well, there aren’t many but the underwhelming battery life is definitely worth knowing about. 

Sparked your interest? Read more in the OnePlus 10 Pro review.

OnePlus Nord 2T phone face down on a white desk

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The best budget OnePlus phone

Specifications

Dimensions: 159.1 x 73.2 x 8.2mm / 190g
Screen size: 6.43-inch display
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 1300
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: Triple: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Very fast charging
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Crisp 6.43-inch FHD display
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Impressive performance

Reasons to avoid

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It's not waterproof
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Underwhelming battery life

Just because you don’t want to spend an eye-watering amount of money doesn’t mean that you should have to make huge sacrifices on hardware and features. The OnePlus Nord 2T is a mid-ranger that has almost everything you could want. We were blown away by what it could do. 

For such a reasonably priced phone, the camera system is a massive perk, producing sharp bright photos time and time again. And not only can you expect decent speeds from the system itself, but we found that it will also charge up from flat to full in about half an hour thanks to the 80W charger included in the box - it’s just a shame the battery life wasn’t as impressive. 

Read the OnePlus Nord 2T review to read more about how we got on with it.

OnePlus 10T holding a phone in front of a window

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The most powerful OnePlus phone

Specifications

Dimensions: 163 × 75.37 × 8.75mm / 203.5g
Screen size: 6.7-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,800mAh
Rear camera: Triple: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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Sharp 6.7-inch FHD+ display
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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor
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160W charging, long-lasting battery

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks wireless charging
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Alert slider has been removed

Anyone who cares about power above all else should consider the OnePlus 10T - featuring the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, a maximum of 16GB of RAM and an advanced cooling system, we found it can cope with just about anything we could throw at it. 

What's more, is that you get all day (and some of tomorrow) battery life, and it only takes 20 minutes to charge it up again thanks to the 150W charger included in the box. You do have to make sacrifices on camera quality and it isn't as feature-packed as the Pro version of the phone, but if you're an avid mobile gamer or a business user then it could be worth it. 

Take a look at the OnePlus 10T review to find out more. 

The best OnePlus phones: best of the rest

OnePlus 9 Pro on a black surface

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The best OnePlus phone for photography

Specifications

Dimensions: 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm / 197g
Screen size: 6.7-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 50MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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Advanced camera system
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Powerful hardware and rapid performance
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Charging and wireless charging tech is superb

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life is good but not best in class
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OnePlus 9 offers better value for money

A great way to save money on your next phone is by looking back to previous generations. The OnePlus 9 Pro isn’t even that old but you can find some really great deals on it. It was the first of their handsets to partner with Hasselblad and it managed to change OnePlus’ camera game quite dramatically which is why it's the best OnePlus phone for photography.

When we tested it out, we pointed out that it ‘not only delivers insanely fast speeds and powerful performance, as well as stunning design and suite of advanced features, but it also delivers a truly flagship camera system and experience’. 

We go into much more detail about it in the OnePlus 9 Pro review.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite blue phone held up against blue wooden wall

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The best value OnePlus phone

Specifications

Dimensions: 164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5mm / 195g
Screen size: 6.59-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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6.59-inch screen, 120Hz
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Solid camera system
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Protective case included

Reasons to avoid

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Average performance
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Unimpressive battery life

If you’re hunting for excellent value for money then the OnePlus Nord CE 2 certainly ticks that box - it’s a cheap phone with plenty of charm and it certainly looks like a much more expensive handset than it actually is despite being made predominantly from plastic.

Granted it’s not got advanced features like wireless charging or a 120Hz refresh rate but we still really enjoyed using it thanks to the 6.43-inch FHD+ display and decent performance, but we were particularly impressed with the battery life and charge time. It lasted us almost two days of use and it recharged in just over half an hour! What more could you ask for? 

Find out everything you need to know in the OnePlus Nord CE 2 review.

OnePlus Nord 2 against a white wall

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The best mid-range OnePlus phone

Specifications

Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.2 x 8.25mm / 189g
Screen size: 6.43-inch
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 50MP, 8MP, 2MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Very long battery life and quick charge time
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Excellent performance
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Decent camera system

Reasons to avoid

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No 3.5mm headphone jack or MicroSD card slot
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You can’t charge it wirelessly

Transforming the world of so-called 'cheap phones' the OnePlus Nord 2 manages to squeeze in both style and substance. The glossy glass design looks really smart, and the performance is fit for day-to-day use, but that doesn’t mean a diminished battery life because we found it easily lasted through the day as well. 

Despite its reasonable price tag, the camera system is out to impress. Point-and-shoot photos look consistently superb even if we weren’t convinced by the usefulness of the dedicated monochrome lens. You’ll have to live without some features like wireless charging but that’s a small sacrifice to make all things considered. 

Tempted? Read more about what made this a five-star phone in the OnePlus Nord 2 review.

OnePlus 8 Pro propped up against a red box

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Another OnePlus phone that's still worth buying

Specifications

Dimensions: 165 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm / 189g
Screen size: 6.78-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 48MP, 48MP, 8MP, 5MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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Astonishing 120Hz, QHD+, HDR10+ screen
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Rapid internal hardware
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IP68 water- and dust-proofing

Reasons to avoid

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Camera system, while good, is beaten elsewhere

If you’re hoping for a flagship phone without a flagship price, then it could be worth skipping back a couple of generations to the OnePlus 8 Pro, it’s cheaper now than ever before. At the time of writing, we gave it a whopping 5-star rating, partly because of its stunning 120Hz, QHD+ screen that continues to be impressive to this day.

You’ll still see the benefits of its speedy performance now as well, things haven’t moved on too far since then. As this was released before OnePlus upped its camera game, that was the only area where we left feeling a little disappointed but I’m sure that’s something a lot of people will be able to look past. 

Take a deeper dive into what we thought when it was first released in the OnePlus 8 Pro review.

OnePlus 9 held up against a wall

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A well-rounded flagship OnePlus phone

Specifications

Dimensions: 160x74.2x8.7mm / 192g
Screen size: 6.55-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 48MP, 50MP, 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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Super fast charging
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Fluid, smooth 120Hz display
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Fast performance

Reasons to avoid

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The glass back is prone to marks
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Could have a better battery life

Another worthy rival to the big players is the OnePlus 9. Like most other OnePlus handsets, it’s a beauty with a reflective glass back and a 6.55-inch FHD+ display that shines bright under any light and boasts a 120Hz refresh rate for silky smooth scrolling. Even now that it’s over a year old it still looks the part but what's great is that you’re likely to find some really good deals on it. 

Of course, it’s not all about good looks, and you can also expect a very capable camera system here that shoots sharp, realistic shots. What’s more, is that this phone is fast, and even heavy-duty mobile gamers will get on well with it. It could have a better battery life but at the end of the day, you can’t have it all. 

Take a look at the OnePlus 9 review for more.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite blue phone held up against blue wooden wall

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The most affordable OnePlus phone

Specifications

Dimensions: 164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5mm / 195g
Screen size: 6.59-inch
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 64MP, 2MP, 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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6.59-inch screen, 120Hz
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Solid camera system
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Protective case included

Reasons to avoid

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Average performance
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Unimpressive battery life

Taking the title as the most affordable phone on this list is the OnePlus Nord CE2 Lite. While it can’t claim to be anything special, what it can do is pleasantly surprise you. 

We were happy to see that the 6.59-inch LCD screen manages to squeeze in a 120Hz refresh rate, and the camera system astonished us with some lovely shots.

Naturally, you will have to make some sacrifices: the battery life leaves a lot to be desired and the performance might struggle to keep up sometimes, but neither of those flaws can take away from the fact that this phone is great value for money. 

Read more about it in the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite review.

Yasmine Crossland
Yasmine Crossland

Reviews Writer for T3, Yasmine, started writing reviews in 2019 and is always knee-deep in the latest tech products. She keeps a finger on the pulse when it comes to the most exciting and innovative tech and is happy to tell you exactly what she thinks about it too. In her free time, you'll catch her tending to her plants and planning her next big trip.