Mobile Phones Android OnePlus Phones: All You Need To Know From the OnePlus One to the OnePlus 6T by Molly McLaughlin Writer, Editor Molly K. McLaughlin has been a technology writer since 2004. Her work has appeared on PCMag, Dealnews, Wirecutter, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Molly McLaughlin Updated on March 16, 2020 Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email Chinese company OnePlus, founded in early 2013 with the motto "Never Settle," set out to make a better phone, one that would be both high-tech and priced lower than the competition. Since 2014, the company has regularly released new smartphones, starting with the OnePlus One, all made to compete with pricey flagship phones from Samsung, Google, and other high-end Android device makers. OnePlus smartphones are available around the world, including in the U.S., but only for AT&T and T-Mobile. OnePlus 6T Display: 6.41-in Optic AMOLED Resolution: 1080x2340 @ 402ppi Front camera: 16 MP Rear camera: Dual 16 MP/20 MP Charger type: USB-C Initial Android version: 9.0 Pie Final Android version: Undetermined Release Date: November 2018 The OnePlus 6T, available in the United States introduces a handful of features and specs to the line including an in-screen fingerprint reader and the biggest screen yet (6.41 inches). It leaves out the headphone jack, but throws in a USB-C adaptor so you can still use your old pair. OnePlus also sells USB-C headphones, and of course, you can use wireless ones too. Like the OnePlus 6, it has a notch at the top of its display, which is where the selfie camera and earpiece live. Both the front and rear cameras have the same specs as the OnePlus 6 as well. The 6T ships with Android Pie as well as the latest version of OxygenOS, the company's custom Android skin. OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6 smartphone. Display: 6.28-in Optic AMOLEDResolution: 1080x2280 @ 402ppiFront camera: 16 MPRear camera: Dual 16 MP/20 MPCharger type: USB-CInitial Android version: 8.0 OreoFinal Android version: UndeterminedRelease Date: May 2018 The OnePlus 6 has the largest screen of the series, at 6.28 inches, even though it's nearly the same size as the 5T—that results in an ultra-slim bezel. Like the iPhone X, it has a notch at the top of its display, which houses the front-facing camera and earpiece. This smartphone has a glass body, compared to the 5T's metal one, retains the headphone jack, and is water resistant. Like the 5T, the fingerprint sensor is on the back panel below the camera. The OnePlus 6 does not support wireless charging. It's available in three versions: 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB. There is also a OnePlus 6 Avengers: Infinity War edition for sale in some world markets but not currently in the U.S. The OnePlus 6 is available in the U.S on AT&T, t-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. You can purchase it only through the OnePlus website though. OnePlus 5T PC screenshot Display: 6.01-in Optic AMOLEDResolution: 1080x2160 @ 401ppiFront camera: 16 MPRear camera: Dual 16 MP/20 MPCharger type: USB-CInitial Android version: 7.1 NougatFinal Android version: UndeterminedRelease Date: November 2017 The OnePlus 5T, which is upgradable to Android 8.1 Oreo, isn't a huge update of the OnePlus 5, though it introduces a few changes. Updates include a larger screen and thinner bezel, a facial unlocking option, and a repositioned fingerprint scanner. Its camera also has tech that enables it to take better low light photos. Like the OnePlus 5, it has a dual primary camera for bokeh-style shots, a headphone jack, NFC support for mobile payments, and lacks a microSD card slot. The OnePlus 5T is available only in a 128 GB configuration. One fun feature is that its gallery app can display your photos on a map so that you can retrace your travels. It also has a twin app feature in which you can run two instances of some social media apps if you have multiple logins. The unlocked OnePlus 5T is available in the U.S on AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, but it's sold only through Amazon and other online retailers. OnePlus 5 PC screenshot Display: 5.5-in Optic AMOLEDResolution: 1080x1920 @ 401ppiFront camera: 16 MPRear camera: Dual 16 MP/20 MPCharger type: USB-CInitial Android version: 7.1 NougatFinal Android version: UndeterminedRelease Date: June 2017 (no longer in production) The OnePlus 5 is also upgradable to Android 8.1 (Oreo) and has a few new features compared to the OnePlus 3T. Like the 3T, it has a headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner on the front, NFC support, an alert slider, lacks a card slot, and comes in 64 GB and 128 GB configurations. New features include: Support for fast charging via OnePlus' Dash Charge feature.The dual primary camera can output bokeh-style images.Support for Bluetooth 5.0, which can broadcast to multiple devices and has a more extended range than the previous version. The unlocked OnePlus 5 is available in the U.S on AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, but it's sold only through Amazon and other online retailers. OnePlus 3T Wikimedia Commons Display: 5.5-in Optic AMOLEDResolution: 1080x1920 @ 401ppiFront camera: 16 MPRear camera: 16 MPCharger type: USB-CInitial Android version: 6.0 MarshmallowFinal Android version: 8.0 OreoRelease Date: November 2016 (no longer in production) The OnePlus 3T is similar in looks and features to the OnePlus 3, though it has a different finish. Like the OnePlus 3, its fingerprint sensor doubles as a home button, and it has an alert slider for managing notifications on the side panel. The phone also has NFC built-in and lacks a card slot. Sports a gunmetal finish as opposed to the 3's aluminum finish.It comes in 64 GB and 128 GB configurations.It has a larger battery than the OnePlus 3. (3,400 mAh vs. 3,000 mAh). OnePlus 3 Wikimedia Commons Display: 5.5-in Optic AMOLEDResolution: 1080x1920 @ 401ppiFront camera: 8 MPRear camera: 16 MPCharger type: USB-CInitial Android version: 6.0 MarshmallowFinal Android version: 8.0 OreoRelease Date: June 2016 (no longer in production) Perhaps the most exciting thing about the OnePlus 3 was that it heralded the end of the much-maligned invite system that was required to purchase older devices. It differs from the OnePlus X design-wise in several ways but shares some features with the OnePlus 2. The OnePlus X dropped a few features found on earlier phones, that the OnePlus 3 brings back, including the alert slider and NFC. It has an aluminum finish compared to the X's glass.The fingerprint scanner is back.The alert switch is back.Brings back the USB-C port last seen in the OnePlus 2, but this time it supports fast charging as long as you use the charger and cable that comes in the box.No more card slot; 64 GB onboard storage. OnePlus X PC screenshot Display: 5-in AMOLEDResolution: 1080x1920 @ 441ppiFront camera: 8 MPRear camera: 13 MPCharger type: micro USBInitial Android version: 5.1 LollipopFinal Android version: 6.0 MarshmallowRelease Date: November 2015 (no longer in production) The OnePlus X represents a step back in many ways. First, it has a smaller screen than both previous models and a micro USB port rather than the OnePlus 2's USB-C. Second, it has limited 4G LTE compatibility in the U.S. While the OnePlus X is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, it didn't support the same number of LTE bands as previous handsets, thus limiting support for high-speed data. At first, the OnePlus X was available only via the invite system, but the company abandoned that approach with the release of the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus X's primary differences are: A smaller display (5-inches) than the 5.5-inch OnePlus 2.Glass panels on the front and back, rather than metal.Lacks the alert slider on the side of the phone that manages notification frequency.Lacks a fingerprint scanner for unlocking the phone.It uses a micro USB port rather than USB-C.It accepts memory cards up to 128 GB (16 GB onboard storage). OnePlus 2 Flickr Display: 5.5-in IPS LCDResolution: 1080x1920 @ 401ppiFront camera: 5 MPRear camera: 13 MPCharger type: micro USBInitial Android version: 5.0 LollipopFinal Android version: 6.0 MarshmallowRelease Date: August 2015 (no longer in production) The OnePlus 2 is slightly smaller than OnePlus One overall but shares the same size screen. Like the OnePlus One, it was only available for purchase using the company's glitch invite system. The OnePlus 2 came in 16 GB and 64 GB versions and lacked a card slot. Metal frame rather than plastic.Adds a fingerprint sensor on the front.The new alert slider on left so you can adjust notification settings: all, none, or priority alerts only.It's one of the first phones with USB-C, but it doesn't support fast charging.Lacks NFC, a feature the OnePlus One had.Runs OnePlus's OxygenOS; the OnePlus One ran Cyanogenmod (now called LineageOS). OnePlus One aka OnePlus 1 Wikimedia Commons Display: 5.5-in IPS LCDResolution: 1080x1920 @ 401ppiFront camera: 5 MPRear camera: 13 MPCharger type: micro USBInitial Android version: 4.4 KitKatFinal Android version: 6.0 MarshmallowRelease Date: June 2014 (no longer in production) The OnePlus One was a promising smartphone hampered by its elusiveness. To buy one, you had to go through the company's required using a frustrating invite system, rather than going to a store to try before you buy. It entailed requesting invites from friends who already had a OnePlus device, signing up for a reservation, or gaining one through social media. Some reviewers found the phone too wide to use with one hand comfortably. The OnePlus had a plastic body, no card slot, and came in 16 GB or 64 GB models. It ran on CyanogenMod 11S, a popular Android ROM based on KitKat.