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Best phone 2021: the top 15 smartphones you can buy in the US right now

OnePlus 8

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9. OnePlus 8

Great specs at a discount

Specifications
Release date: October 2020
Weight: 188g
Dimensions: 160.2 x 72.9 x 8mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.55-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,300mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 16MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Reasons to buy
+Great specs for the cost+Brilliant true all-screen display+Wildly fast 65W charging
Reasons to avoid
-Still a price bump over the OnePlus 6T-Camera is good, but not great-Lacks telephoto lens

The OnePlus9 is the second OnePlus handset on our best phones list, and that's simply because it packs nearly all the perks of the newly-released OnePlus 8T at a discount. More importantly, in the US, the OnePlus 8 is simply more available, with support from T-Mobile and Verizon.

Why it's ranked 9th: The OnePlus 8 may miss out on a couple flagship flourishes like 90Hz refresh rate fluidity and a telephoto lens, but it's got great specs and cameras for the price. It looks the part of a flagship phone and acts more expensive than it really in part because of its top-shelf specs. As long as you don't want the best camera phone and are OK with fewer top-end features, the price is right for this one.

Screen: The OnePlus 8 has a great display with Full HD Plus (1080 x 2400) resolution and a single punch-hole for the selfie camera. It misses out on the more fluid movement of Samsung's S20 series and the OnePlus 8 Pro, which all pack a 120Hz refresh rate screen, but the OnePlus 8 still has a sharp display for the price.

Battery life: The OnePlus 8 has respectable battery life thanks to its 4,300mAh battery. It'll get you through a whole day, but not much more than that. The real news is its Warp Charge 30 adapter that allows this phone to go from 0% to 100% in a little over an hour. It's very fast.

Camera: The camera has always been the weakest part of the OnePlus lineup, but we've experienced better phones than the OnePlus 8. It's not going to top our best camera phones list, but the triple lens (regular, ultra-wide and macro) did a decent job in proper light. Nightscape mode has been improved, but begs for a tripod in mixed light (any lights in dark scene tend to smear). 

Read our OnePlus 8 review