Winners and losers 2022: OnePlus
A quick search of our database returns 14 OnePlus devices released this year, up 6 from last year. Maybe next year will be different, although it’s hard to predict how the new strategic partnership with Oppo will work out. But what about the devices it released this year? Here are the hot spots and weak spots of 2022.
Winner: OnePlus 10T
OnePlus has messed things up a bit with its 10 series. There’s no vanilla OnePlus 10 and despite much talk, an Ultra model never materialized. Instead, the OnePlus 10T followed the OnePlus 10 Pro, though not exactly like another flagship offering, but rather sitting a notch below.
Still, the OnePlus 10T brought top-tier performance thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and some of the fastest charging in the industry, paired with solid battery life. Its screen is bright and fluid with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone also has nice stereo speakers and a competent camera setup.
The lack of the OnePlus alert slider, official IP rating and wireless charging has alienated fans, but these are compromises one can live with given the price. Its popularity alone confirms this.
Loser: OnePlus 10 Pro
The higher you aim, the fewer mistakes you are allowed to make. Case in point – the OnePlus 10 Pro. It enjoys some popularity as the company’s current flagship offering, but it’s not as competitive as the 10T.
Arguably the 10 Pro’s biggest flaw is the camera setup. Not only did it not bring significant upgrades over the 9 Pro, but it even downgrades the ultra-wide unit to a smaller sensor with no AF or macro functionality. It brought the fisheye effect, which is cool, but if we had to have just one, it would be the 9 Pro’s unit.
Then there’s also the whole unfortunate situation with the ColorOS-ification of OxygenOS, which you can read more about here.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is still a well-rounded phone and perhaps on its own our review would have been slightly better. But it just bit off more than he could chew.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 2T
The OnePlus Nord 2T doesn’t change too much from the Nord 2. But in a mid-range segment badly hit by supply chain issues, it did just enough to be a hit.
It has an attractive dual-glass design, a solid 90Hz OLED display, and excellent performance thanks to the Dimensity 1300 chipset. Also on the “plus” list – powerful stereo speakers, solid battery life with fast charging and a great main camera. The alert slider is also present.
Loser: OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Offering cheaper alternatives to your popular phones is a great way to get more people into the ecosystem, but you have to be careful about the corners you cut.
Its 120Hz IPS LCD isn’t particularly good when it comes to performance and inconsistent when it comes to high refresh rate. The rear lacks an ultra-wide camera and technically only has one usable shooter and that comes without 4K video capture. And that alert slider we keep mentioning is also missing here.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 20 5G
In a rather interesting twist, we have the Nord 20 5G in the winners’ corner. A phone that’s really not that different in terms of raw specs, but it all depends on the context. Unlike the saturated markets in which the Nord 2 Lite 5G has to compete with its sibling Nord 20 5G is supposed to be the affordable OnePlus option in the US. It’s a whole other market where carriers are king and the Nord 20 5G is a great value proposition under contract from T-Mobile and Metro.
As we said, the Nord 20 5G is not that different from the Nord 2 Lite 5G. It has the same Snapdragon 695 5G chipset and similarly lacking camera setup with no ultrawide and only one actually usable camera. Its battery is smaller at 4,500mAh, but it still manages great battery life and fast charging speeds. And it replaces the 120Hz LCD panel with a 60Hz OLED with brighter and more vivid image reproduction, which is a decent little upgrade, no doubt.
Yet the main takeaway is that phones never exist in isolation and the market makes them or breaks them.
Loser: OnePlus 10R/Ace
Two names of the same phone with the Ace available in China and the OnePlus 10R set for global release. Both are also very similar to the Realme GT Neo 3 and come in either a 5,000mAh battery variant with 80W charging or a 4,500mAh variant with 150W charging.
We don’t have much to say about the phone other than it being another case of an unfortunate camera downgrade from its predecessor. Additionally, the OnePlus 10R lacks the OnePlus suffers from an unfortunate number of software issues like stuttering and lag. On the plus side, we like the design of the phone. Its screen is also excellent and so it is powered by the Dimensity 8100-MAX. So, with enough software tweaking, we could see this moderate loss turn into a moderate win for OnePlus.