Winners and losers 2022: OnePlus
A quick search of our database yields 14 OnePlus devices released this year, six more than last year. Maybe next year will be different, although it is difficult to predict how the new strategic partnership with Oppo will turn out. But what about the devices it released this year? These are the hotspots and weak spots of 2022.
Winner: OnePlus 10T
OnePlus messed things up a bit with its 10 series. There’s no vanilla OnePlus 10 and despite much talk, an Ultra model has never materialized. Instead, the OnePlus 10T followed the OnePlus 10 Pro, although not exactly like another flagship offering, but rather a notch down a notch.
Still, the OnePlus 10T delivered top performance thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and one of the fastest charging devices in the industry, combined with solid battery life. The screen is bright and smooth with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone also has nice stereo speakers and a competent camera setup.
The lack of the OnePlus warning 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 can make. Example: the OnePlus 10 Pro. It enjoys some popularity as the company’s current flagship offering, but it’s not quite as competitive as the 10T.
Perhaps the 10 Pro’s biggest flaw is its camera setup. Not only did it not bring significant upgrades over the 9 Pro, but it even relegated 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 Pros unit.
Then there’s also the whole unfortunate situation with OxygenOS’ ColorOSification, which you can read more about here.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is still a well-rounded phone and perhaps our review would have been slightly better on its own. 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 hit hard by supply chain issues, it did just enough to be a hit.
It has an attractive double-glazed design, a solid 90Hz OLED screen 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 warning 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.
The 120Hz IPS LCD screen isn’t particularly great when it comes to performance and inconsistent when it comes to a 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 warning 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 winner’s corner. A phone that’s actually not that different in terms of raw specs, but it all depends on the context. Unlike the saturated markets where the Nord 2 Lite 5G has to compete with its brother, the Nord 20 5G should be the affordable OnePlus option in the US. It’s a very different market where carriers are king and the Nord 20 5G is a valuable proposition under contract from T-Mobile and Metro.
As we mentioned, the Nord 20 5G isn’t that different from the Nord 2 Lite 5G. It has the same Snapdragon 695 5G chipset and similarly lacks a camera setup with no ultrawide and only one really usable camera. The battery is smaller at 4,500 mAh, but it still has great battery life and fast charging speeds. And it replaces the 120Hz LCD panel with a 60Hz OLED with a brighter and more vibrant image, which is no doubt a decent little upgrade.
But the main takeaway is that phones never stand alone and the market makes or breaks them.
Loser: OnePlus 10R/Ace
Two names of the same phone with the Ace available in China and the OnePlus 10R ready for global release. Both are also very similar to the Realme GT Neo 3 and come in a 5,000mAh battery variant with 80W charging power or a 4,500mAh variant with 150W charging power.
We don’t have much to say about the phone other than that it’s another case of an unfortunate camera downgrade from its predecessor. In addition, the OnePlus 10R lacks the OnePlus suffers from an unfortunate number of software issues such as stuttering and lag. On the plus side, we like the design of the phone. The screen is also excellent which is why it is powered by the Dimensity 8100-MAX. So, with enough software tweaks, we could see this moderate loss turn into a moderate win for OnePlus.
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