OnePlus Nord: An affordable 5G phone with promising performance

OnePlus Nord: An affordable 5G phone with promising performance


The new OnePlus Nord brings the 5G technology along with high specs to its mid-range smartphone. Cheaper than it’s competitors, One Plus Nord offers various fresh features.  

OnePlus Nord has emerged as the most anticipated phone their website with over 4 million ‘Notify Me’ requests, according to Amazon India. The phone was launched in India on Tuesday but the Chinese company OnePlus had revealed multiple teasers for the device much before the official launch.

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Are the headlines about the new OnePlus smartphone true? Does high spec OnePlus phone available with an affordable price tag?

Well, say hello to the new OnePlus Nord!

OnePlus Nord
(Image via ZDNet)

Launched on July 21, 2020, the OnePlus Nord is the company’s second medium-range smartphone. The first-ever was the OnePlus X, launched in 2015. 

In India, the Nord smartphone starts at Rs. 24,999 for the 6Gb RAM/ 64GB variant. The 8Gb RAM/ 128GB will be available for Rs. 27,999 and 12GB RAM/ 256 GB at Rs. 29,999.   

The OnePlus sale will start on August 4 in India. You can get your hands on the Nord via OnePlus website, OnePlus Experience Stores, and Amazon. 

OnePlus has pulled a couple of stunts to promote the Nord’s latest release. And after so much hype, the company has finally unveiled OnePlus Nord smartphone via an AR launch. Let’s take a look at its features.

OnePlus Nord Specifications

  • Design & Display

OnePlus Nord comes in two shades- a statement blue color and appealing grey color. It has a metallic edging packed between gorilla glass on the front and rear.

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord comes in a Grey and Blue color (Image via Moneycontrol)

The display measures 6.4-inches with Full HD 90Hz Fluid AMOLED panel. It weighs 184 g or 6.49 ounces.

A fingerprint scanner on the screen allows you to register your prints for security. It also supports face unlock, which can be combined with the fingerprint security feature for faster unlocking.

On the base, you will find a centralized USB 2.0 Type-C port flanked by a dual-SIM card slot and a speaker.

The left side houses the volume buttons, and the right side has the power/lock key and the alert slider. The slider lets you conveniently switch between silent, vibrate, and resonant modes.

On the back sits the quad-camera module and dual flash. There is an OnePlus logo in the middle with some text further down.

The company also claims that the OnePlus Nord does have water resistance.

  • Battery

On the battery front, the OnePlus Nord has a 4,115mAh power pack that supports  Warp Charge 30.  

With this fast charging technology and battery on board, the phone will charge up from 0% to 70% in 30 minutes.

OnePlus Nord
(Image via CNet)
  • Software

The OnePlus Nord could compete with other models of the same range with a power-efficient Snapdragon 765G chipset, and it’s 5G support.

The Nord runs on Android 10-based OxygenOS 10.5. The company has promised to give two years (from launch date) of software updates and three years of security updates. Later this year, Android 11 will be in line and Android 12 in 2021.

The phone is available in 8GB RAM and 128GB storage or 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. However, in India, it will also come in a configuration of 6GB of RAM and 64GB of room.

  • Camera

The OnePlus Nord has a whopping six cameras on the handset— two front and four on the back. That’s the most cameras that the company has ever put on a phone.

OnePlus Nord
( Image via OnePlus)

The primary camera on the back is a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor. This is complemented by a trio of other cameras- an 8MP ultrawide camera with a 119-degree field of view, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera.

Flipping around to the front, it has the primary 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor, accompanied by an 8MP, 105-degree ultra-wide selfie camera.

The camera app features a bunch of shooting modes including portrait, nightscape, pro mode, panorama, super macro, filters, slow-motion video capture, and many more.

OnePlus Nord steps on its competitor’s toes 

The OnePlus Nord is providing mid-range buyers with a premium product.

Nord is very economical. At these prices, it is cheaper than the new iPhone SESamsung Galaxy A51 5G, Google Pixel 3a XL, LG VelvetMi Note 10, and Motorola Edge.

The Vivo X50 that was launched on July 16 has the same processor and uses a Sony IMX598 on the back camera, just like Nord.

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Likewise, the Oppo Reno 4 that will launch on July 31 has similar features to the Nord in terms of the processor, display quality, and primary camera at the back. 

The OnePlus Nord smartphone will challenge its competitors for a value-for-money proposition.

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