OnePlus phones used to recommend me to go – not anymore
It was so easy to recommend an Android phone. While Tom Guide has a list Android phones For all sorts of budgets, my “Which phone should I call?” My default answer is: “Latest One Plus Phone.” Not anymore.
Now it is not so easy to make such a recommendation. In fact, I think it’s very difficult. OnePlus now owns a phone suite, some of which are no longer priced like the “flag killers” they face.
And like Samsung, Google and Apple, the flagship phones on offer (or at least those with the flag 800 mark) or less, look increasingly crowded at OnePlus’ traditional upper-mid-range smartphone stomping ground. Arriving.
Farewell to the flagship killer
I have been using OnePlus phone since OnePlus 5, so I was late for the party. But I came at a time when the company had improved the Oxygen to be a lighter version of Android and had handsets that covered almost all the features of the flagship phone. Wireless charging was one of the few features left out, but proprietary superfast charging has been developed for it.
And since then I’ve used every OnePlus phone with serious flagship performance, thanks to the latest Snapdragon 8 series chips and plenty of RAM. And everyone has impressive screens and a blood quality that went to the heels of Apple and Samsung.
These OnePlus phones came with prices that reduced the iPhone, Pixel and Galaxy handsets from the same year by several hundred dollars (in my case British pounds). So that meant it was easy to see the camera performance of the OnePlus phone, which has been great for a long time but never got out there with full Android flagships, and the OnePlus flag can fly easily.
Even when I was testing the latest high end phone, when someone asked if it should be found, I just answered that they would be better with OnePlus. And it’s coming from someone who likes flagship phones.
Not only did the OnePlus phones offer a sleek performance, a standard handset and plenty of storage at a good price, they also introduced new tech compared to mainstream brands. The OnePlus 6 had tear marks, the 6T had an optical under-display fingerprint scanner, and the OnePlus 7 Pro brought a 90Hz refresh rate and a pop-up selfie camera. OnePlus was ahead of Samsung and left Apple in the dust when it came to moving the envelope forward.
Speaking of Pro, that’s when things started to change for OnePlus. During the 12 months in 2019, there were not two OnePlus phones but four: OnePlus 7 Pro and Standard 7 and then OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro. They all came with solid specs and prices that made the Galaxy S10 less of a choice, but they weren’t as cheap as they used to be. view 500 The price point was well in the rear view mirror.
A year later, the OnePlus 8 Pro came out (along with the somewhat forgotten OnePlus 8) and brought not only flagship glasses but also a flagship price. It has kept its promises, including wireless charging and a camera array that runs on the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro.
It’s nice to see that in the end the OnePlus only makes one real flagship. But since then, it hasn’t had a flagship killer, as the OnePlus 8 was more expensive than ever and didn’t have to offer torpedo-rimmed glasses to rival Android handsets. And it was easily piled up by his siblings.
Still, when I heard that the OnePlus 8 isn’t making the “T” version of the series, I was excited because the next phone could add the best pieces of the later 8 Pro, but still flagged Yuri Marie wants to provide a low-cost handset for assassins OnePlus 8T Review I realized that was not the case.
This is a good phone, but in the United States, it’s 749 by the way Samsung Galaxy S20 FE With a list of its excellent specs and cameras, and Google Pixel 5 With its flagship camera class, both cost less than لان 700 at launch.
The OnePlus 8T is still a beautiful phone, but there was nothing that made the OnePlus phones so special a few years ago. The software wasn’t as good as it used to be, the performance was clever but not amazing, and the cameras were disappointing. Subsequent updates have improved the 8T, but given that choice, I’ll get to the Pixel 5 first.
Now in the year 2021, we have OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. Although both are excellent phones, they certainly do not have the flagship killer certificate that the OnePlus phone has, and this is a bit of a pity for a long time fan and an easy phone recommendation for a telecom journalist. Is hard to find
OnePlus: Too many phones can be too much
It’s one thing to be fully flagged, but OnePlus hasn’t made things any easier across the board. While One Plus North There seemed to be an amazing return to making well-equipped phones for budget prices, which left a mark on this impression.
Nord is good, offering a lot for its price. But if you want a solid smartphone that has a solid camera and surprisingly clean software that costs less than 500, then it is very difficult to recommend. Google Pixel 4A. This does not mean that Nord is not available in the United States. Nor will its successor, the OnePlus Nord 2, reach American soil.
However, the Nord was just the tip of the iceberg for a range of affordable OnePlus phones. Now we have OnePlus Nord N10 5G, OnePlus Nord N200 5G And One Plus Northern CE. These are all good, or well-designed, budget smartphones offer decent specs such as a 90 Hz refresh rate display and good performance.
it looks nice? Well, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first and foremost. There is Realme GT With its 120Hz display and Snapdragon 888, Relium 8 5G, Motorola Motoroto G100, Hot G Power, Redmi Note 10 Pro And Samsung Galaxy A52 5G.
These phones offer some flagship specs, or features that were flagship grade for prices under the flag 500 (and in many cases) 12 months ago. So the current and next budget Nord phone of One Plus is also facing stiff competition in this category.
Now, I can’t blame OnePlus for offering a phone suite on the market, nor do I think it’s losing its way. On the contrary, the OnePlus seems to be becoming more like Samsung, offering thousands of phones in multiple markets.
I believe that a better metaphorical count than I creates a better business sense for people. But that doesn’t change the fact that OnePlus, which I once promoted, is no longer the OnePlus it is today.
All fillers, no killers
And it saddens me when I think that OnePlus, as successful as it is now, has lost its secret sauce. I think the smartphone maker no longer makes the perfect flagship killer Android phone that combines impressive specs, performance, design and clean software into one handset.
Xiaomi makes phones with serious glasses at a good price, but it doesn’t offer software experience or hardware design (as seen in the eyes of beauty viewers) that OnePlus can do. And the United States has said “no” to allowing Xiaomi handsets to be sold on its shores.
Samsung’s Galaxy S20FE is great but it’s still $ 700 and its One UI isn’t as clean as I’d like. The Pixel 5 offers the best iteration of Android, but it doesn’t have the proper power and 120Hz refresh rate.
That’s unlikely, but I’d love to see the OnePlus go back to its roots and make just one or two phones a year that could really be the best in terms of price. Market factors and lack of semiconductor will not make it easy.
But if the OnePlus sibling can work in close partnership with Oppo, we may see the return of the OnePlus flagship killer. The Oppo Find X3 Pro offers serious competition to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, so the OnePlus doesn’t have to give parent company BBK Electronics a second flagship phone.
Rather, the OnePlus could use Oppo’s camera and image processing skills, along with the production lines they already share, for the flagship killer handset used for OnePlus fans to go wild. Those for supply, however, can help deal with some of the camera shortcomings of these phones.
As it stands, the future still looks bright for OnePlus. I just hope it manages to maintain its foundation instead of becoming its second Samsung.