OnePlus built an almost cult following for itself based on its production of value-packed mid-range smartphones that rivalled premium flagships, and its first few generations of phones earned themselves the tag, “flagship killer”. Another thing that set OnePlus phones out is the custom user interface named OxygenOS.
OxygenOS is a neat, fluid, and fast customization of Android OS. Recently, OnePlus and its sister company, OPPO, further integrated their operations and are now beginning to share the same code base for their software. Both OnePlus and OPPO phones will get a new, unified operating system in 2022, hopefully one that looks more like OxygenOS than ColorOS.
OnePlus’ lovers and fans will be excited to see that happen. I do think that OxygenOS is a much more refined piece of software than ColorOS. Both brands will continue to exist side-by-side, though.
2021 OnePlus Phones sold in the USA
Anyway, if you are resident in the US and hunting for 2021 OnePlus phones that are available in the country, not all OnePlus models are sold in the United States. I have drawn up a list of those models that are available, to help you cut down on the work you have to do.
The OnePlus 9 was announced in March 2021 and features a 6.55″ 120 Hz refresh rate, Fluid AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, up to 12 GB RAM, up to 256 GB storage, 48-megapixel triple Hasselblad camera, stereo speakers, and 4500 mAh battery with 65W quick charging, 15W fast wireless charging, and USB Power Delivery. The 12/256 GB variant will set you back by $729.00.
OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9 Pro was announced in March 2021 and features a 6.7″ 120 Hz refresh rate, LTPO Fluid2 AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, up to 12 GB RAM, up to 256 GB storage, 48-megapixel quad Hasselblad camera with telephoto lens, stereo speakers, and 4500 mAh battery with 65W quick charging, 50W fast wireless charging, and USB Power Delivery.
The 9 Pro has an aluminium frame and is IP68 dust/water-resistant. Its fingerprint scanner is an optical piece located under the display. The 12/256 GB variant will set you back by $1069.00.
The OnePlus 9R was announced in March 2021 and features a 6.55″ 120 Hz refresh rate, Fluid AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Snapdragon 870 5G chipset, up to 12 GB RAM, up to 256 GB storage, 48-megapixel quad camera, under-display fingerprint scanner, and 4500 mAh battery with 65W quick charging. The 12/256 GB variant will set you back by $729.00.
OnePlus N200 5G
The Nord N200 5G was announced in June 2021 and features a 6.49-inch, 90 Hz refresh rate, flat LTPS IPS LCD, Snapdragon 480 5G chipset, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, 16-megapixel selfie camera, 13-megapixel triple camera at the back, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 5000 mAh battery with 18W quick charging. It will set you back by $239.99.
All the above 2021 OnePlus phones available in the United States are 5G-capable, so you can use them on your carrier’s spanking new, superfast 5G networks. You can buy these cellphones from your carrier, or get them unlocked from the OnePlus USA website, as well as from other independent retailers.
For US residents hoping to get their hands on the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, which is my personal favourite mid-range model of the year, unfortunately, that model is not officially available in the country. That sucks, really. If you really want one, you have to import it.
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