After one month’s of teasers and ads on social media platforms ultimately the OnePlus Nord has arrived at the scene and to be honest it packs quite a punch.The debate or should I say the doubt will be about whether the performance of the phone would live up to the hype created.
On paper this is truly the most affordable 5G phone till date and the specs sheet is overwhelming on the first look.The AR launch event on the 21st July was also a first of its kind.The phone will be available in India and Europe now and North America will have to wait a few days more.
To answer my own question yes the OnePlus Nord has almost pretty much everything one can ask for.Why “almost” will be cleared in this post.Before continuing further it should be mentioned that the price of this phone is starting from Rs24999 in India and 399€ in Europe.But the Indian pricing has a catch.The base model which is Rs.24999 will be available from September.
DESIGN AND BODY
The OnePlus Nord is pretty similar looking to the flagship OnePlus 8 devices barring the curved displays and the dual punch hole cutout on the front of the Nord.The front and back have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 but the frame is plastic.Here it loses the premium feel.To be very honest and as you will realise from reading this post the Nord has a lot of similarities with the OnePlus 8.In terms of design though the flagship model steals the show.
On the back is a quad camera module which protrudes out.No 3.5mm jack is supported and there is no official IP certification.The OnePlus special Alert Slider also finds a place above the power button.
The dimensions of the phone are 158.3mm×73.3mm×8.2mm.It weighs 184g.
The best thing of this upper mid-range phone is the display.OnePlus has made no compromises here.The OnePlus Nord sports a 6.44″ OLED display with 1080×2400 resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio.The pixel density is ~405ppi and the display supports HDR10+.The highlight though is the 90Hz refresh rate along with the 180Hz touch sampling rate.
The 90Hz is definitely a big Pro since there are very few phones of this range boasting of that.The Amoled panel comes with the usual vibrant colours nad the near bezel less display gives an excellent experience.Some of you may miss the curved edges as the OnePlus Nord has a flat screen.
Critical view may point out that the dual punch hole actually takes away a part of the full screen experience but then again two selfie cameras is quite attractive feature for many.
OS, PROCESSOR AND RAM(PRICE)
Perhaps the best OEM is the Oxygen OS of OnePlus.The latest Oxygen OS is present in the Nord slapped on top of Android 10.
Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC which has an integrated 5G modem.It has an octa core processor (1×2.4GHz,1×2.2GHz,6×1.8GHz) and the GPU is Adreno 620.The Snapdragon 765G is the reason behind OnePlus or some other companies being able to bring 5G phones at a lower price.Obviously this is not at par with the Snapdragon 865 present in the flagships but it is quite capable.
The question arises though that is it better to use this chipset for 5G, which is not available in most parts of the world, rather than the Snapdragon 855 which is the chip used by many upper mid-range smartphones this year like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite.Well OnePlus Nord has made the decision rest is upon you.
Three RAM variants of 6GB,8GB and 12GB are available with respectively 64GB,128GB and 256GB internal storage.RAM is LPDDR4X and storage is UFS2.1.OnePlus 8 boasts UFS 3.0 storage.
The price in India are Rs.24999 for 6/64GB,Rs.27999 for 8/128GB and Rs.29999 for the 12/256GB variant.I have a problem with the 64 GB base model storage capacity which I feel is not enough with no option of expandable storage.Moreover as mentioned earlier this version will be available for sales from September.
A quad camera module adorns the Nord with a primary 48MP f/1.8 sensor.This is the same Sony IMX586 sensor used in OnePlus8 and features OIS.Optical Image Stabilization or OIS is also a rarity in this price segment.The remaining 3 cameras are a 8MP f/2.3 ultra wide sensor with 119°field of view,a 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens.Dual LED flash,HDR, panorama are all featured and comes with modes like Nightscape for low light photography.
On paper the camera set-up is better than the flagship OnePlus8 with an extra lens though the ultra wide sensor is half the size in the Nord.Then again the primary camera is identical.But as we have seen Image processing plays a big role in good photography and processing depends on the processor which is obviously better in OnePlus8.How the OnePlus Nord will perform is to be seen.
For the first time a OnePlus device houses a dual selfie camera set-up.The OnePlus Nord houses a 32MP wide sensor with f/2.5 and a 8MP f/2.5 ultra wide sensor with 105° field of view.Group selfies will not be a problem.HDR is supported.
Surprisingly the front camera supports 4K videos at 60fps as well as 30fps and [email protected]/60fps.
OnePlus Nord has an under display optical fingerprint sensor.Face unlock is also supported.No 3.5 mm jack is present which should have been in my opinion considering the target customers.Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB Type C cable is also supported.
Unlike many other Chinese counterparts OnePlus is unboxed with minimum bloatwares which is a great feature at least in the present moment.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
No compromise has been made in terms of battery as well.A big 4115 mAH battery with 30W warp charging support powers the Nord.It is very good to see such fast charging prowess in a mid-range smartphone.
Grey Onyx and Blue Marble are the colour variants available.
As I mentioned earlier OnePlus Nord has lived up to the hype and expectations that was created in the month long ad campaign at least on paper.Performance is yet to be seen.
Well many are touting it to be the killer of its own flagship predecessor the OnePlus8.It is true upto a point.Yes the same display is featured though a little smaller in the Nord,same primary camera and an extra depth sensor is present,dual front cameras is housed, battery is also slightly smaller and most importantly the price is much more affordable.Not to be forgotten is the 90Hz display panel in both the devices which makes swiping scrolling and browsing a whole new experience.
Still the OnePlus8 is a better device with more premium looks,a bigger ultra wide sensor and battery and most importantly a far better processor.This is a controversial point because the difference in daily usage is unnoticeable.High powered gaming though will make it clearer but not all users are gamers.Yes many of you may claim the Nord to be better because of better camera specs but yet again I should remind you that processor plays a huge role in the final image.
Coming back to the OnePlus Nord I feel a 3.5mm jack should have been present and maybe a micro SD card slot because the base variant of 64GB on board storage is smaller for the price.Overall it is a very good phone which packs a lot of punch.
Is it pretty much everything you asked for? Please let me know in the comments section.