Oneplus Smartphone Review: With the help of OnePlus, I’ve managed to get a hold of every single OnePlus smartphone ever.
What’s really interesting is that I’ve personally owned every single one of these at some point or another.
we’re going to go ahead and unbox every single one of them.
It will be a bit of a trip down memory lane, and towards the end, there is going to be an exclusive surprise, so stay tuned for that.
Don’t skip towards the end. I’ve got an algorithm on this video, which will let me know if you’ve skipped, so you won’t be able to see the ending unless you watch every single minute of it.
Okay, I totally made that up, but nevertheless, it’s going to be a very exciting video, so you’re going to want to see it all.
Let’s get through it.
Firstly, it is of course the OnePlus One.
This is where the journey really started in 2014.
This device was dubbed the flagship killer and that is because it offered flagship specs but at around half the price.
This started in the UK at 229 pounds.
You will see the box is quite flat, this is something that could pretty much fit through the letterbox, and that’s because you
had a separate little box, which had the power brick, and here’s where we also saw the introduction. of the red and white OnePlus theme.
Here it is.
This theme also continued over onto the USB cable, which we still see to this day with the red wire.
It was actually flat initially with USB type-A going to micro USB.
And this is it, the OnePlus One.
This sandstone back really brings back a lot of memories.
It was very unique, gave it a lot of grips and a very different texture.
The display, a 5.5 inch full HD LCD display, which was really good for this price, and for software, we had CyanogenMod.
For those of you guys who don’t remember CyanogenMod, it was an open-source OS that was built on top of Android and it allowed lots of little customizations, which people actually wanted, something that really made the OnePlus unique.
Internally, this was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, which was the flagship chipset at the time, with 3 gigabytes of RAM and either 16 or 64 gigabytes of storage.
A single 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 3,100 milliamp power battery.
The OnePlus One, as well as being dubbed the flagship killer, was also dubbed the best smartphone that you could not buy and that was because it was only available on an invite-only basis.
In my opinion, this was absolute marketing genius from OnePlus.
A new player on the market that nobody’s really heard of, how do you get people talking about it?
If you make it exclusive and something that you can only get with an invite, invites were given out as giveaways, and if you did manage to buy one, you would get a couple of invites to share with friends, and this really got a lot of people talking about the OnePlus One, but it also made it very difficult to get ahold of.
My OnePlus One, I actually had to get it shipped in from China and that had color OS on it and I had to kind of flash it and get CyanogenMod on, but an excellent smartphone.
I actually still see people using the OnePlus One to this day.
Every one of my brothers had a OnePlus One because it was such an affordable smartphone that offered everything that you really needed.
Then in 2015, OnePlus introduced the OnePlus 2.
The OnePlus 2 also came with an option with this sandstone finish back, but what was cool about the OnePlus 2 was that you could actually remove these back covers and replace them with different styles.
We still had a 5.5 inch full HD LCD display powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3 or 4 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and either 16 or 64 gigabytes of memory.
A 5-megapixel front-facing camera, an updated 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, this time with optical image stabilization, and the OnePlus 2 also introduced a few new things.
Firstly, USB type-C.
Back in 2015, pretty much all devices had micro USB, even a lot of the flagships, and OnePlus really were one of the first to adopt USB Type-C.
It’s funny because, in 2020, there are still some manufacturers using micro USB, which should definitely not happen.
It also introduced the iconic alert slider from OnePlus, something which we are very used to from OnePlus devices now.
This was the first OnePlus device with a fingerprint scanner here at the bottom, and most importantly, the OnePlus 2 was the first
device to come with Oxygen OS, OnePlus’ very own skin based on Android Lollipop.
Oxygen OS had the aim to improve Android by giving users a customizable, yet faster and smoother software experience.
You have to remember that back in 2015, most Android smartphones came with a very heavy cartoony looking skin, which had lots and lots of bloatware, and then along comes OnePlus with Oxygen OS, which is super clean, super light and very close to stock Android, but with useful features such as a dedicated dark mode way before this was a thing, app permissions, which were not available on Android at the time, as well as onscreen navigation keys.
It still came in at a very competitive 239 pounds, which was really, really good, but once again, it was on the invite-only system.
I remember to get a hold of this myself, I had to get an invite from a friend, and then on my video that I uploaded with this, literally, every other comment was Saf, do you have an invite that you can give me?
It was in such high demand, but it was still on that invite-only system, which eventually did go.
Next is a OnePlus device that not everybody will know about because it was just one of its kind.
This is the OnePlus X, which came a little bit after the OnePlus 2.
This was an even more affordable OnePlus device, starting at just 199 pounds, still very premium with a metal frame and a glass back and an overall smaller form factor with a 5 inch LCD full HD display and a lot of the specs that we had on the OnePlus One, so the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 3 gigabytes of RAM, 16 gigabytes of storage, a micro USB port, an 8the megapixel front-facing camera, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and like the OnePlus 2, it came with Oxygen OS out of the box.
This was just one of its kind.
It was only available in 2015 and then after, it was discontinued.
We didn’t have the OnePlus X1, or X2, or anything like that.
Then we move on to 2016 with the OnePlus 3.
Gone is the invite system and now you can go ahead and pick this up, which I straight away jumped on and got a hold of this.
This was the first OnePlus device to feature a full unibody aluminum design and it was also the first OnePlus device to feature an AMOLED display, so gone is LCD, and now we have much better colors and deeper blacks with AMOLED, a 5.5 inch full HD display.
It was also the introduction of dash charging from OnePlus, which was very fast charging, giving you a day’s power in half an hour.
That was the tagline.
A 3000 milliamp power battery, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset this time with 6 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM and a base of 64 gigabytes of UFS 2.0 storage.
8-megapixel front-facing camera, an improved 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization.
Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow now with more customization options like configurable soft keys, quick wallpaper swapping, and shelf widgets, really making Oxygen OS a more unique experience.
This whole package was still coming in at a very competitive 309 pounds, which was still around half the price of a lot of other flagships at the time.
Later that year, we had the introduction of the T series, not the Bollywood music channel, the OnePlus T series, and here we have the OnePlus 3 T.
This was an incremental update to the OnePlus 3 with a very similar overall design, the same display, but some key improvements.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset now has up to 128 gigabytes of storage, a larger 4,300 milliamp power battery as well as a high-resolution 16-megapixel selfie camera.
The OnePlus 3 T did come in at a higher price, so this did start at around 399 pounds.
Next, we had the OnePlus 4.There wasn’t actually a OnePlus 4.
What do you mean there wasn’t a OnePlus 4?
I think it’s because the number 4 is considered bad luck in some cultures, so yeah.
I totally knew that.
Anyway, in 2017 and we have the OnePlus 5.
I remember this device very clearly because it was my first OnePlus video to pass over a million views, but that’s of course not the
the only reason why I remember it.
The OnePlus 5 was the first OnePlus device with a dual rear-facing camera, so we had a 16-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilization as well as a 20-megapixel telephoto camera with optical zoom, 16-megapixel selfie camera, once again, a 5.5 inch full HD AMOLED display with a fingerprint scanner.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with either 6 or 8 gigabytes of LPDD4X RAM, 64 or 128 gigabytes of UFS 2.1 2 lane storage.
Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat, continuing the clean, close to the stock Android experience, but with even more new features like a reading mode, which turn the entire screen to grayscale, a blue light filter for easier viewing in the dark and a do not disturb mode.
I think this is really for me the time when I started appreciating how fast and smooth the interface was with Oxygen OS.
An aluminum unibody, which was very premium, with a 3,300 milliamp power battery as well as dash charge.
This came in at around 450 pounds.
Later in 2017, we had the OnePlus 5 T, so another update to the OnePlus line, and now we’re getting really used to seeing 2 major OnePlus devices a year.
You will see that although the overall design language is quite similar to the OnePlus 5, we now have the fingerprint scanner on the back.
One of the main reasons for that is this larger 6 inch AMOLED display with much smaller bezels.
Similar internals to the OnePlus 5, same front-facing camera, but the rear-facing camera had a bit of a change-up.
We had the same primary 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, but the secondary camera was a low-light camera, which was a little bit confusing as a secondary camera.
The OnePlus 5 T also came with Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat, but with even more features like the introduction of parallel apps, allowing you to have multiple instances of the same apps and gaming do not disturb mode, which mutes your notifications to give you an uninterrupted gaming experience.
The OnePlus 5 T still came in at around the same price, so around 450 pounds, which was definitely quite reasonable.
Now we come into 2018 with the OnePlus 6.
Although the design language is quite similar, instead of an aluminum unibody, we now have a glass back.
You’ll also see that the camera and the fingerprint are now all center-aligned on the back, which gives it a lot more symmetry.
2018 was definitely the year of the notch, so we can see this notch here, but the bezels have now shrunk even further and we have a 6.28 inch full HD AMOLED display.
Of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with either 6 or 8 gigabytes of LPDD4X RAM, UFS 2.1 2 lanes 64, 128 gigabytes, and also this time, up to 256 gigabytes of storage, a 3,300 milliamp power battery, 16-megapixel selfie camera, 16-megapixel primary rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, a 20 megapixel kind of depth camera, I believe, and Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo, now with super-fast face unlock and an improved gaming mode, with the price now starting at 469 pounds.
The OnePlus 6 was the last OnePlus device with a 3.5-millimeter jack.
The OnePlus 6 T.
Again, a similar design to the OnePlus 6 with the metal frame and the glass back.
You’ll notice, however, on the back, there is no fingerprint scatter and that is because this was the first OnePlus device where the fingerprint scanner was in the display.
Having the optical in-display fingerprint scanner meant that there was more tech that was going inside the OnePlus 6 T, one of the reasons why the 3.5-millimeter jack was removed, and this also allowed space for a bigger battery, 3,700 milliamp power.
Bezels are also now smaller, so we do have a larger 6.41 inch full HD AMOLED display and this time, we’ve got a smaller teardrop notch.
The OnePlus 6 T also jumped from Oxygen OS 5.0 to 9.0 to coincide with Android Nine, Android Pie, now with adaptive battery support, new gesture navigators, do not disturb mode with adjustable settings, as well as gaming mode 3.0 with many more options, and we were looking at a starting price of 499 pounds.
Then we moved to 2019.
What an amazing year 2019 was, right?
You know, before the whole world was on fire and everything.
I mean, I’m fine.
But anyway, 2019 was the first year when we had 2 OnePlus devices announced at the same time, the OnePlus 7 and
the OnePlus 7 Pro.
The OnePlus 7 Pro did come in a regular as well as a 5G version.
These devices were quite different.
Starting with the OnePlus 7, an incremental update to the OnePlus 6 T, coming in at same the price, 499 pounds.
We still had the teardrop notch, a 6.41 inch full HD AMOLED display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 256 gigabytes of UFS 3.0 storage, 16-megapixel front-facing camera, 2 rear-facing cameras, a 48-megapixel primary camera with OIS as well as a 5-megapixel depth sensor, under 3,700 milliamp power battery.
The real star of the show was of course the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7 Pro was really one of the biggest updates we had seen from OnePlus in many years and that was mostly around this beautiful display.
This is a 6.67-inch quad HD plus display, so we have now gone from full HD to quad HD.
The bezels are absolutely minimal, no notch, no punchouts.
We’ve got a pop-up selfie camera, but most importantly, this is a fluid AMOLED display with a 90-hertz refresh rate, and OnePlus was one of the first manufacturers to introduce 90 hertz on a mainstream smartphone and this really tied in well with Oxygen OS on Android Nine, making things very fast and smooth.
Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 7 Pro also brought a built-in screen recorder, something which still wasn’t available on stock Android.
It didn’t stop there.
As well as the 16 megapixels pop-up front-facing camera, we did now have a triple rear-facing camera setup, 48-megapixel primary camera, now for the first time, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, so this really put it in line with a lot of the flagships out thereby giving us that triple rear-facing camera setup.
You also had, of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with up to 12 gigabytes of RAM and up to 256 gigabytes of UFS 3.0 storage.
The combination of these high-end specs, Oxygen OS, along with that smooth 90-hertz refresh rate made this one of the fastest
smartphones out there and even now, this is absolutely fine to use.
My brother still uses this as his daily driver.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also saw the introduction of warp charge 30, 30 watts wide charging with a 4,000 milliamp power battery.
The OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro were also the first OnePlus devices to support stereo speakers, something that we had been
asking from OnePlus for a long time, so it was great to see this here.
The OnePlus 7 Pro was priced at 649 pounds, which was still a very, very good price for everything that you were getting.
Now we move on later into 2019 and you’ll notice that the box design has changed quite a bit.
We’ve got some messaging here at the front.
Here, we’ve got the OnePlus 7 T as well as the OnePlus 7 T Pro.
Now the OnePlus 7 T Pro, very much an incremental update to the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the OnePlus 7 T was quite a bit different, so we’ll have a look at the OnePlus 7 T Pro first and then we’ll look at the OnePlus 7 T.
The design, pretty much the same as the OnePlus 7 Pro.
However, the blue is slightly lighter, and the biggest updates really came on the inside.
First up, the 7 T Pro has the 855 plus chipset, compared to the 855, making it 50% faster, and although the camera setup is very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, we now see the introduction of being able to use the ultra-wide 16-megapixel camera as a macro camera and being able to focus right up close.
This is something that I really liked about the OnePlus 7 T Pro.
The OnePlus 7 Pro also came with Oxygen OS based on Android 10 out of the box with an improved UI redesign, enhanced location permissions, and new quick setting icon customizations.
A slightly larger battery with now warps charge 30T, which is around 23% faster compared to warp charge 30.
This started at around 699 pounds.
The OnePlus 7 T.
This was priced at around 549 pounds, but cutting back on some of the features of the OnePlus 7 T Pro to achieve that price, firstly, with the display.
A 6.55-inch display with 90 hertz, so we’ve still got that high refresh rate, but as you can see, we do have a teardrop notch rather than the pop-up camera.
A 16-megapixel front-facing camera and a very unique-looking circular camera module here at the back with a triple camera setup, 48-megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, as well as a 12-megapixel telephoto camera.
For me, what was really interesting about the OnePlus 7 T was that even though it was priced at a very reasonable 550 pounds, you still had the triple rear-facing camera setup.
Not only that, this is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus chipset with 8 gigabytes of RAM and either 128 or 256 gigabytes of UFS 3.0 storage.
As with the OnePlus 7 T Pro, the OnePlus 7 T did come with Oxygen OS based on Android 10 out of the box.
Now we come to the year 2020.
I mean, it actually started off pretty good, so let’s not complain there.
The OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro.
You’ll see that the boxes look very similar and the overall design of both devices is also very similar.
You’ll see that we do have a metal frame with this frosted glass back finish, which I’m definitely a fan of, as well as the center-aligned camera modules.
Also from the front, I almost forgot I had this.
I made this wallpaper for review.
Anyway, as I was saying, from the front, very similar as well, curved displays, minimal bezels with a punch-out towards the side.
However, the OnePlus 8 does have a 6.55 inch full HD 90 hertz AMOLED display whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro has a larger 6.78-inch quad HD plus 120 hertz fluid AMOLED display.
Both smartphones are very smooth and both are also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, both did come with Oxygen OS 10.5 on top of Android 10, and we did finally get an official IP 68 water and dust resistant rating on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
With the cameras, both have a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.
The OnePlus 8 has a 48the megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and this is also where we saw the 2-megapixel macro camera.
I’m not going to give OnePlus too much stick for it because they did help me find all of these phones, which was not easy, but you guys know exactly how I feel about 2-megapixel macro cameras.
However, the OnePlus 8 Pro did have the biggest leap in cameras for a OnePlus device.
A primary 48-megapixel camera with OIS, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, as well as a 5 megapixel color filter camera.
The color filter camera was definitely controversial after some people figured out that it could see through thin materials and thin
plastics and things like that.
All of that’s covered in my full OnePlus 8 Pro review.
I’ll link that in the cards and in the description.
The OnePlus 8 has a 4,300 milliamp power battery, does support warp charge 30 T, but the OnePlus 8 Pro finally gave us what we had been asking for for a long time, so not only do we have warp charge 30 T on the 4,510 milliamp power battery, for the first time on a OnePlus device, we have wireless charging.
Not only that, this is 30-watt wireless charging.
Reverse wireless charging is also supported on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
For pricing, the OnePlus 8 started at around 600 pounds whereas the OnePlus 8 Pro, in true flagship style, started at around 800 pounds.
That brings us to the most recent OnePlus smartphone at the time of this video.
That is the OnePlus Nord.
For me, the Nord has been one of the best smartphones at this price, and that price is 379 pounds.
For that, you get a 6.44 inch 90-hertz fluid AMOLED display with minimal bezels and a dual punch out, so that does mean that you
get 2 selfie cameras, a 32-megapixel primary camera, as well as an 8 megapixel ultra-wide, quad rear-facing camera setup, 48-megapixel primary camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 5 megapixel depth camera, as well as that 2-megapixel macro camera.
Anyway, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, so 5G supported, 8 or 12 gigabytes of RAM, 128 or 256 gigabytes of storage, Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10 with a promise of 2 years of software updates and 3 years of security updates, a 4,115 milliamp power battery with support for warp charge 30 T, and of course, Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10, and that gives it one of the fastest and smoothest experiences that you’re going to find at this price.
That’s all of the OnePlus devices so far, but I did promise you an exclusive, didn’t I?
Inside this box is nothing, actually.
It’s not the OnePlus 8 T.
I’ve not got it as yet.
I’m not Marques.
I’ve not been using it for a couple of weeks now already, but I do have some exclusive information about the OnePlus 8 T.
We already know officially from OnePlus that the 8 T will have a 120-hertz fluid display.
We also know that it will support warp charge 65, which is twice as fast as the 30 T that we have right now.
However, what I can now tell you exclusively, so this is where you’re hearing about this first anywhere, is that the OnePlus 8 T
will be coming out of the box with Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11, and that will make it one of the first smartphones in the world that will be coming out of the box with Android 11.
I have been using Oxygen OS 11 for the past couple of weeks now, even though I’m not Marques, but anyway, I’ve got the beta version here on my OnePlus 8 Pro.
OnePlus have been working on multiple software optimizations to further improve the overall experience, particularly when it comes to using your device with one hand.
If you remember my OnePlus 8 Pro review, one of the pieces of feedback I had in that video was that I would like OnePlus to improve the one-handed usage experience, and this really goes back to the core of Oxygen OS, which is to take feedback from the community fans, tech reviewers like myself, and implement that for us.
I can show you a few examples here.
When you are in the gallery, for example, you’ll see that we’ve got the heading and subheading here at the top, but I can easily access everything here with one hand.
I’m not going to have to use 2 hands or I have to do some gymnastics to reach towards the top.
Another quick example, you can see here that I’m in the settings menu and I’ve got the header portion here, but I can easily access everything with one hand, so OnePlus has been working, doing lots of testing with users to find out what the best way is to implement this.
OnePlus engineers have also implemented as many as 142 software optimizations.
This means with Oxygen OS 11 on the OnePlus 8 T’s 120-hertz refresh rate display will be very optimized, continuing that fast
and smooth experience.
We also now finally have an always-on display with Oxygen OS 11, something that I’ve been asking about forever.
There we have it guys, every OnePlus smartphone that we’ve had so far laid on the table side-by-side, the first time I’m seeing it like this.
I’m sure it’s the first time you’re seeing them all like this as well.
Of course, there is going to be a new addition to this family with the OnePlus 8 T in just a couple of weeks.
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Which OnePlus smartphone has been your favorite of all time?
Do let me know in the comments below.
I think for me personally, it’s probably the OnePlus One, the OG, but after that, it’d probably have to be the OnePlus 7 Pro.
I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I enjoyed making it.