The best OnePlus phones you can buy right now

The best OnePlus phones you can buy right now
OnePlus is making waves these days, releasing some stellar phones like the OnePlus 12 and OnePlus 12R in the start of 2024, or the its first foldable phone ever, the OnePlus Open. Suffice it to say, there's no shortage of OnePlus phones to choose from, and the good news is that many of them are great purchases. So, let's see which one is right for you!

The best OnePlus phones at a glance:
  • OnePlus 12 — feature-packed Android powerhouse
  • OnePlus 12R — a powerful mid-ranger with a flagship feel to it
  • OnePlus Open — one of the best cameras you will find on a foldable phone
  • OnePlus Nord 30 5G — the OnePlus experience on a budget
  • OnePlus 11 5G — a nice option if you find it for a good discount or 2nd hand

OnePlus 12

OnePlus 12
7.7

OnePlus 12


The Good

  • Ergonomic user-friendly design
  • Very bright screen
  • Exceptional performance
  • Super-fast wired and wireless charging
  • Capable camera with proper telephoto
  • Charging brick in the box, is this 2015?

The Bad

  • Design is too safe
  • Gets slightly warm under heavier load
  • Just four years of software support, less than Google & Samsung
Being the best OnePlus experience you can get at the moment, the OnePlus 12 comes with outstanding performance in all of the most important categories. It has the latest and greatest of Qualcomm chipsets, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, which simply blasts through any task you can carry out on your phone.

But it's not just about raw power, the OnePlus 12 also comes with an awesome display rivalling the best of them out there with impressive brightness, color, and HDR support. Not to mention the Aqua Touch technology which helps the screen stay responsive even when it is super wet.

The ultra-wide and telephoto cameras have been upgraded and offer consistent high quality images, which pair perfectly with the powerful 50MP main snapper. Not to mention the fast 100W (80W in the USA) charging and all of the accessories (including a charger) that come inside the box. This is the full package right here.

OnePlus 12R

OnePlus 12R
6.6

OnePlus 12R


The Good

  • Great battery life
  • Gorgeous display that stands out
  • All the performance you will need
  • Powerful speakers
  • Fast charging
  • Comes with a charger and other accessories

The Bad

  • Short software support window
  • No wireless charging
  • No telephoto camera
Even though it costs $300 less than the pricier OnePlus 12, the OnePlus 12R actually manages to carry quite a lot of that flagship spirit both on the inside and the outside. Visually, it is very similar to the flagship model, and it even has the same high-quality display, which is simply impressive at a price tag of $500 (that includes the Aqua Touch tech).

But the display is not the only place where the 12R shines, it also has powerful flagship silicon inside, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is the same chip that powered the Samsung Galaxy S23 series. Needless to say, it easily deals with any game or system-intensive task you throw at it.

The main and ultra-wide cameras perform quite well, especially for the price, even when shooting in low-light conditions. There is a third, macro camera, but for the most part it is forgettable.

Other pluses include a pair of awesome-sounding speakers, fast 100W (80W in the USA) charging, long battery life, and a bunch of accessories in the box.

OnePlus Open

OnePlus Open
7.0

OnePlus Open


The Good

  • Excellent lightweight design
  • A rather versatile camera system
  • Decent performance and great thermal management
  • Decent battery life even when using the main display
  • Very fast SuperVOOC charging
  • Large and bright HDR-capable displays with smooth refresh rate
  • The OnePlus alert slider is here!

The Bad

  • Relatively high price
  • Audio system lacks base
  • No wireless charging
  • Just IPX4 water resistance
If you fancy yourself a foldable phone user, or if you've wanted to try your first one for a while now, the OnePlus Open is most likely the one you should go for. Like, right now! Okay, okay, sorry about the overexcitement, but this is truly one of the best phones in the foldable market right now.

It comes with a slim design that helps you forget it is not a regular phone. To give you some perspective, it weighs just about the same as an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Now, yes, that is not light compared to a smaller phone, but don't forget that you are getting a phablet here.

The cover display comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and does not have that thin, weird aspect ratio that the Galaxy Z Fold 5 comes with, so it really does feel like you are holding a normal phone when using it closed. As for the larger inner display, you would be happy to learn that, while there is a crease, it is definitely less visible than the competition from Samsung and Google.

Suffice it to say, this is a gem of a phone as long as you are on that foldable train or at least interested in it. Not to mention that it is even a bit cheaper than the alternatives.

Read more:OnePlus Open

OnePlus Nord 30 5G

OnePlus Nord N30

OnePlus Nord N30


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The OnePlus Nord N30 5G is the company's budget-friendly option for its fans in the U.S. It goes for $299, and for that money you get a clean design with one color option (Chromatic Gray), 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery.

Powering the phone you will find the reasonably zippy Snapdragon 695 chipset from Qualcomm. On the back of the Nord N30 is a dual-camera system, with the main one rocking 108MP and a rather unimpressive 2MP macro shooter.

This little guy rivals the likes of the Galaxy A23 5G and Moto G Power 5G (2023). In fact, on paper you can even argue the OnePlus Nord N30 5G offers more for your money than its main competitors in the U.S. market.


OnePlus 11

OnePlus 11
6.6

OnePlus 11


The Good

  • Affordable price
  • Powerful chip inside
  • One of the fastest and smoothest phones around
  • Incredibly fast charging
  • Great haptics

The Bad

  • Camera quality a step below rivals, especially video
  • Display does not get as bright as rivals
  • OxygenOS makes weird changes to accepted Android gestures
  • No wireless charging
  • Throttles quicker than other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones
The OnePlus 11 delivers meaningful upgrades over the OnePlus 10 Pro, despite not having "Pro" in its name. Among the upgrades you will find a better camera system, awesome 1440p display with 120Hz refresh rate, and amazing gaming experience. Not to mention that the OnePlus 11 has superb haptic feedback, which is not often seen in Android phones.

The phone is now one generation old, so it will be easy to spot some sweet deals on it online. Just make sure you catch it for no more than $400, because otherwise you might as well go for the OnePlus 12R, which is superior in many ways despite being a mid-range option.

Read More:OnePlus 11 review

Conclusion


So there you have it! These are the best OnePlus phones you can get, but of course, this list is not set in stone, far from it. Things are moving so fast in tech nowadays - manufacturers dish out dozens of new models every year. We just received one of the best set of phones OnePlus has released in the last few years in the form of the OnePlus 12 and 12R, both of which offer an amazing user experience for a lower price than the competition.

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