OnePlus, though a newcomer among tech giants, quickly climbed the ranks. They did so by launching flagship smartphones that didn’t break the bank. From the get-go, “Never Settle” wasn’t just a motto; it was a promise. And boy, did they deliver, establishing themselves as a top player in the smartphone arena.
Remember the OnePlus One? That device made waves. Back then, OnePlus was the new kid on the block. Their invite-only purchase model was a response to limited stock, a strategy that has since evolved. If you’re up for a stroll down memory lane, keep reading. We’re diving into the history of OnePlus flagships, starting with the OnePlus One. And yes, we’ll keep this article fresh as new models hit the market.
The OnePlus One, dubbed the “Flagship Killer,” was a game-changer. Launched in April 2014, it boasted specs to rival the best, without the hefty price tag. Priced at $299 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 64GB variant, it was a steal. The Sandstone back and CyanogenOS were just the cherries on top.
Fast forward to July 2015, and the OnePlus 2 enters the scene. It resembled its predecessor but introduced a fingerprint scanner and customizable capacitive keys. Despite parting ways with Cyanogen, OnePlus’ OxygenOS proved a worthy successor. The OnePlus 2 packed a punch with its Snapdragon 810 SoC and a beefier 3,300mAh battery.
Then came the OnePlus 3 in June 2016, flaunting a metal unibody and a front-facing fingerprint scanner. It was the first to feature an Optic AMOLED display, setting a new standard for OnePlus displays. With 6GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 820, it was a beast.
The OnePlus 3T, announced in November 2016, was a subtle upgrade over the 3. It brought a more powerful processor and a larger battery, among other improvements. This model solidified OnePlus’s strategy of releasing two flagships a year.
June 2017 saw the OnePlus 5, introducing a dual-camera setup. It continued the metal design and packed even more power with the Snapdragon 835. The OnePlus 5T followed in November, offering a larger display and a rear fingerprint scanner, keeping the internals largely the same.
The OnePlus 6 arrived in May 2018, sporting a notch and a glass back, a first for the company. It upped the ante with a Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB of RAM. The OnePlus 6T, announced in October, refined the design with a teardrop notch and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
2019 brought the OnePlus 7 series, with the Pro model stealing the spotlight with its bezel-less display and pop-up camera. Both models were powered by the Snapdragon 855 and offered UFS 3.0 storage. The OnePlus 7T series later that year introduced a 90Hz display and the Snapdragon 855 Plus.
The OnePlus 8 series, launched in April 2020, continued the trend of high-end specs, including the Snapdragon 865. The Pro model introduced wireless charging and an IP68 rating, a first for OnePlus. The OnePlus 8T, announced in October, focused on fast charging with its 65W Warp Charge.
In March 2021, the OnePlus 9 series debuted with Hasselblad-branded cameras, aiming to elevate the photography experience. Both models featured the Snapdragon 888, with the Pro model offering faster wireless charging.
The OnePlus 10 Pro, launched in January 2022, showcased a new design and was powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It continued the Hasselblad partnership and introduced fast charging speeds. The OnePlus 10T, announced in August 2022, offered even faster charging and a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, though it skipped the Hasselblad branding.
The OnePlus 11, launched in January 2023, refined the design and upgraded to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It was the first to feature LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage but dropped wireless charging and IP certification.
The OnePlus 12, announced in early December, stuck closely to its predecessor’s design but upgraded to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. It offered up to 16GB of RAM globally and introduced a 5,400mAh battery with 100W charging.
OnePlus’s journey from a fledgling company to a flagship killer is a testament to their commitment to quality and innovation. With each new release, they’ve pushed the envelope, offering high-end features at competitive prices. As we await future models, it’s clear OnePlus has no intention of settling.