Best OnePlus phones of 2023: these are the top new and older OnePlus handsets

Best OnePlus phones
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The best OnePlus phones aren't just the top models like the OnePlus 10 Pro. Sure, that ranks high, but OnePlus makes exceptional phones for all segments of the market.

That wasn't always the case, as the company started out by only making 'flagship-killer' phones - and not many of them. But now thanks to its Nord line there are loads of cheap and mid-range options too.

So below you'll find our ranking of the very best OnePlus phones, and it's a varied selection, so if you're interested in a OnePlus handset, you'll probably find something to suit.

Don't neglect the entries further down on the list either - they might not be quite as good overall as the top models, but for certain types of users or those on certain budgets they could be ideal. For each entry we've included a full specs list, key pros and cons, and an overview too, so you can quickly see what makes each model tick.

We're also regularly updating this article - OnePlus frequently releases new handsets, and the best of them make this list. Next up there's the OnePlus 11, which has already been announced in China and is going global in February, so check back soon to see where that ranks.

But if you're not sure whether a OnePlus phone is for you, we also have guides to the best phones, best Android phones, and best iPhones to check out.

Best OnePlus phones 2023

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OnePlus 10 Pro

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Premium quality in nearly every way

Specifications

Release date: January 2022
Weight: 201g
Dimensions: 163 x 73.9 x 8.6 mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3216
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256/512GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 50MP + 8MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Fantastic screen
+
Incredibly fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Bit big
-
Camera isn't perfect

The OnePlus 10 Pro offers a lot for the price. It's a big phone that won't suit everyone's needs but that does mean it has a gorgeous display, namely a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel that's it's expansive as well as bright and beautiful to look at. 

A max brightness of 1,300 nits ensures it can cope with any situation, while a 120Hz refresh rate means smooth scrolling at all times. 

Its camera isn't quite the strongest compared to same-price rivals but it still takes great photos. It has a 48MP f/1.8 main, 50MP f/2.2 ultrawide and 8MP f/2.4 telephoto set of lenses. The main camera produces bright and colorful images while the ultrawide offers a quirky if niche fish-eye style mode. A plentiful supply of software features strengthens its potential.

Throw in super fast charging, good battery life, and speedy performance, and the OnePlus 10 Pro is a delight to use.

If what you're looking for though is simply the most powerful OnePlus phone, then take a look at the OnePlus 10T, further down on this list.

Read our full OnePlus 10 Pro review

OnePlus Nord 2T

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Perfectly capable in many ways

Specifications

Release date: May 2022
Weight: 190g
Dimensions: 159.1 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.43-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 1300
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Strong performance
+
Excellent main camera

Reasons to avoid

-
Bland design
-
No IP rating

The OnePlus Nord 2T isn't the most exciting looking phone out there with a fairly ordinary design, but it packs a punch where it counts.

Similar to the Nord 2 before it, it offers the same 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display and the same camera too, making this a worthy revision more than anything else.

Performance wise, it now has the Dimensity 1300 chip and that means pretty good performance for the price, as well as a cooler running build. It's another mark in favor of the OnePlus Nord 2T being all about reliability.

For a similar alternative consider the OnePlus Nord 2, but we marginally prefer this, even though it's a boring upgrade, with the main improvements just being the chipset and the charging speed.

Read our full OnePlus Nord 2T review

OnePlus 10T

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The OnePlus 10 you always wanted

Specifications

Release date: August 2022
Weight: 204g
Dimensions: 163 x 75.4 x 8.8mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2412
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM: 8/12/16GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,800mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
Fast to charge
+
Lots of processing power

Reasons to avoid

-
Middling cameras
-
Poor battery life

The OnePlus 10T is in some ways an even better phone than the OnePlus 10 Pro – it has a more powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, along with faster 150W charging.

In most other ways though it’s either similar or worse, but that’s ok because it also costs less. So if your priority is power or charging speed, then this is arguably the top OnePlus option, it’s just a less accomplished all-rounder than the OnePlus 10 Pro.

Beyond the power and charging speed, our review praised the OnePlus 10T’s good-looking 6.7-inch screen, but noted that the cameras aren’t special, and the battery life disappoints – so it’s a good thing it charges fast.

If you’re a mobile gamer or want a OnePlus flagship but can’t stretch to the 10 Pro then we’d suggest giving this a look, but it’s too flawed to top our charts.

Read our full OnePlus 10T review

OnePlus 9 Pro

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A giant leap for OnePlus photography

Specifications

Release date: March 2021
Weight: 197g
Dimensions: 163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3216
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
The best OnePlus camera phone
+
Top-end power

Reasons to avoid

-
Very expensive for OnePlus
-
No microSD support

The OnePlus 9 Pro is a top-tier flagship and one that improves on the main weakness of previous OnePlus phones – their cameras.

Thanks to a new Hasselblad partnership and a ‘freeform’ ultra-wide lens, designed to reduce the distortion at the edge of images, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the best OnePlus camera phone.

But a fancy new camera isn’t all this has going for it. There’s also its top-tier pairing of a Snapdragon 888 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM, for enormous amounts of power, and its 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+, ensuring visuals are among the best you’ll find on a phone.

With a typically premium design too, plus water resistance, and a respectable 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging and 50W wireless charging, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a phone with no obvious omissions or compromises, yet one that still costs less than the top rivals – although its price is certainly still on the high side.

Of course, this isn't the latest flagship model anymore, which is why it's not higher on our list, but it remains an excellent phone.

Read our full OnePlus 9 Pro review

OnePlus Nord N200 5G

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Cheap 5G functionality

Specifications

Release date: April 2022
Weight: 173g
Dimensions: 159.9 x 73.2 x 7.5 mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.43-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 695 5G
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
Great performance
+
Excellent OLED display

Reasons to avoid

-
Average camera
-
Weak vibration motor

The OnePlus Nord N20 is remarkably cheap for a 5G phone that has such a great display. Bright and vibrant, its 6.43-inch panel works well in direct sunlight as well as indoors. 

While it might only offer a 60Hz refresh rate, that's a small price to pay for paying a small price.

The phone's Snapdragon 695 packs a punch at this price while battery life is easily over a day without a problem. It's only really the camera that lets the side down a bit, offering average snaps.

Read our full OnePlus Nord N20 review

A OnePlus 9 Pro from the front, with the screen on

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A great-value option with no major drawbacks

Specifications

Release date: March 2021
Weight: 192g
Dimensions: 160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.55-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 888
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 50MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
Great specs for the cost
+
Good camera

Reasons to avoid

-
No telephoto camera
-
Lack of flagship-material polish

The OnePlus 9 has many of the best features of the OnePlus 9 Pro, including its Hasselblad camera partnership and freeform ultra-wide lens (designed to correct the distortion that ultra-wide images often suffer from). It lacks the Pro’s telephoto camera, but otherwise the photography performance is similar – and a lot better than previous OnePlus phones.

You also get just as much power here as on the Pro (or as on most 2021 flagships), thanks to a Snapdragon 888 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM. Plus the same size (4,500mAh) battery, with just as fast 65W charging – though the wireless charging is slower here, at 15W.

The 6.55-inch AMOLED screen isn’t quite as sharp at 1080 x 2400, but it still has a 120Hz refresh rate, and costs have been cut on the design of the phone, as it has a plastic rather than metal frame.

But these savings are passed on to the buyer, as the OnePlus 9 while not cheap is great value for what you get, and should be the perfect fit for anyone who doesn’t need the extra bells and whistles of the OnePlus 9 Pro - or any of the newer models.

Read our full OnePlus 9 review

OnePlus Nord 2

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Solid performance at a good price

Specifications

Release date: July 2021
Weight: 189g
Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.2 x 8.3mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.43-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

+
Strong performance
+
Fantastic fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Lacklustre design
-
Only 90Hz display

The OnePlus Nord 2 doesn't have global availability and it lacks a certain amount of charm with its design, but it packs a punch where it counts.

With a 6.43-inch 1080 x 2400 resolution AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, it's smoother than some phones in its price point while also feeling just the right size to fit in your hand. 

Alongside that is a dependable 50MP wide camera that's capable of some strong results, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera too. There's suitably strong performance as well from the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI chipset that should put you in good stead for a while to come. Best of all is its 5G support and 65W fast charging that works fantastically. It's all suitably reassuring at this price.

The Nord 2T is newer and a slight upgrade so we'd give that the edge, but only by a little, and this can often be found for less.

Read our full OnePlus Nord 2 review

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

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A great affordable Android

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 173g
Dimensions: 160.6 x 73.2 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.43-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Dimensity 900
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
Fast to charge
+
Slim body

Reasons to avoid

-
Middling performance
-
So-so camera

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is a marriage of the 'main' Nord devices and the more affordable ones, giving you some premium elements in a budget phone.

The device offers 5G connectivity, quick charging and a dainty design, but skimps in some areas - neither its performance nor cameras are anything to write home about.

Still, at its low price tier, this is sure to be a tempting smartphone for certain users, depending on what you're looking for.

Read our full OnePlus Nord CE 2 review

OnePlus 8 Pro

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A great OnePlus phone

Specifications

Release date: April 2020
Weight: 199g
Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.78-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3168
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 4,510mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
One of the best displays around
+
5G and plenty of power

Reasons to avoid

-
Not the cheapest option
-
Sizable rear camera bump

Before the OnePlus 9 Pro launched, the OnePlus 8 Pro was the company's best handset, and it's still great now. It stands out both from previous OnePlus phones through having a 120Hz refresh rate, and that refresh rate is attached to an all-round superb screen.

The OnePlus 8 Pro also packs high-end power, 5G, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, water resistance, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a quad-lens camera, and just about every other high-end feature you’d expect.

As a result of all this it’s also expensive, and was almost as pricey as big-name rivals at launch, but there’s no denying that you get plenty of phone for your money.

That said, it's getting on a bit now, which on the one hand means it can often be found at relatively affordable prices, but on the other means its specs don't impress quite as much anymore.

Read our full OnePlus 8 Pro review

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

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Decent specs at a mid-range price

Specifications

Release date: June 2021
Weight: 170g
Dimensions: 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.43-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 750G 5G
RAM: 6/8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP

Reasons to buy

+
Good battery life
+
Comfortable build

Reasons to avoid

-
No waterproofing
-
Basic camera performance

It might not be available in the US but for everyone else, the OnePlus Nord CE is worth considering. Comfortable and light in your hand, the phone boasts a classy looking 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It looks great for streaming your favorite videos or simply browsing at speed.

It's not the fastest OnePlus out there and the camera performance is a little lacklustre for the price, but look past that and you'll be pleased to see a speedy charging time and a suitably well performing battery. For the non-photographer out there, you'll be happy with what's here.

It's also getting on a bit, which means it can often be found for very low prices.

Read our full OnePlus Nord CE review

Tom Bedford
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Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.


He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.