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Review: OnePlus Nord – the new best OnePlus

Based on our experiences with the OnePlus Nord review, we think it is a smartphone with excellent hardware for a competitive price.

OnePlus will again move into a lower segment. Are they doing that just as well as before? Time to find out with this OnePlus Nord review.

The surprise of this year is the arrival of the OnePlus Nord. The rumors were there, but who would have thought concretely that the Chinese tech company would launch a new series of smartphones outside of the flagships? In addition to the OnePlus 8 Series , there is now also the Nord. This is a smartphone that compromises on a number of aspects. On the other hand, the device is almost half cheaper compared to its more expensive and more powerful brothers.

Key Specs

  • Display6.44-inch (1080×2400)
  • ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Front Camera32MP + 8MP
  • Rear Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
  • RAM12GB
  • Storage256GB
  • Battery Capacity4115mAh
  • OSAndroid 10

OnePlus Nord specifications

Okay, then what do you get with the Nord? The smartphone has a 6.44-inch 90 Hz AMOLED screen. The resolution is 2400 x 1080 (408 ppi). The device weighs 184 grams and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G processor and an Adreno 620 GPU. You can buy the phone with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage or 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage (Read more about working of RAM in Smartphones). The battery has a capacity of 4115mAh. With WarpCharge 30T you can charge the Nord super fast wired. Wireless charging is not possible. Just like its more expensive brothers, the Nord has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Prices start at 399 euros.

Special about the Nord is the fact that no fewer than 6 cameras can be found on the smartphone. There are 4 on the back and 2 on the front. At the back we are talking about a Sony IMX586 48 MP main camera. You also have an 8 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro and a 5 MP depth sensor. You can take selfies with the Sony IMX616 32 MP camera or the 8 MP wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of 105 degrees.

OnePlus Nord daily use

What I discovered with the OnePlus Nord during this review is that this is the best OnePlus to date. Not in terms of specifications, but in terms of package. Don’t get me wrong, the 8 Series performs well. However, there is a top price in return. The OnePlus Nord is fairly competitively priced and you will not feel it.

OnePlus has clearly wanted to pour a premium sauce over the Nord. The device feels fantastic in the hand. Not cheap plastic, but a front and back of beautiful glass. The Blue Marble color like our OnePlus Nord review copy should be your thing. Fortunately, there is also the Gray Onyx in case you want to go through life a little more anonymously.

With a screen size of 6.44-inch, the smartphone is not exactly small. An 8 Pro is clearly larger, but that handier size of the Nord feels great in the hand. You can navigate just fine with one hand. With a weight of 184 grams, the smartphone is certainly not too heavy.

To put the Nord on the market sharply, the brand has cut back on a number of points. First of all, the chipset. It is a 7 Series Snapdragon. According to OnePlus, you barely compromise on speed with normal use compared to the 8 Series. In practice this is partly true. The Nord is still nice and fast, but starting an app takes a little longer compared to a smartphone with a Snapdragon 8 Series. However, the difference is negligible.

Furthermore, the Nord cannot use wireless charging. Another way to save money is the lack of IP68 certification. According to OnePlus, the Nord can still withstand water. However, the advice is not to take him on a diving adventure in the Caribbean. The smartphone will not survive that.

Camera and sample pictures

The camera specification of OnePlus Nord is:

MAIN CAMERA Quad 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60/240fps, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Dual 32 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
8 MP, f/2.5, 105˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
Features HDR
Video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps

The good thing is that OnePlus has not cut back on the camera with the Nord. The final design is a camera that is later and placed vertically on the back. It gives a neat look and that has been a good choice. The camera performs quite well for a smartphone in this price segment. What you don’t have, for example, is a good zoom function. You can zoom 2x, but that’s about it. But yes, for that money you can of course not expect everything.

 

With the 8 Series, the brand has taken serious steps in terms of photo quality. We are happy to report that they have continued this with the Nord. For a midrange smartphone, the camera performs absolutely not wrong. The colors are beautiful and match the real world. If you really start to critically zoom in on the photo, you will see that everything becomes blurred. For the connoisseur, this camera has its limits. In any case, you can easily use this camera for daily use.

Sample Pictures

Below you can see some photos that we took with the OnePlus Nord for this review.

OnePlus Nord conclusion

For OnePlus, the launch of the Nord is a kind of experiment. The past has shown (OnePlus 2) that such an experiment is no guarantee of success. Based on our experiences with the OnePlus Nord review, we think this step will be a success. It is a smartphone with excellent hardware for a competitive price. Exactly what a OnePlus brand once stood for. Times have changed, however. The range of mid-range smartphones is huge, so the Nord is not exactly going to get it easy. Still, we see opportunities for the mid-range smartphone. Its premium appearance, the fine OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10 and the attractive price make the OnePlus Nord one of the most interesting smartphones of 2020.

Positives of OnePlus Nord

  • Quality housing
  • Beautiful design
  • sharp price
  • Lots of RAM and storage
  • OxygenOS with Android 10 remains nice to use

Negatives of OnePlus Nord

  • Wireless charging had finished

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Other models of OnePlus we have reviewed

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