The failure of the previously released Oneplus X certainly didn’t deter OnePlus’s ambition of producing a top-notch mid-range smartphone. Fast forward to 2020, we have the OnePlus Nord, which is an upper mid-range smartphone that bears some similarities with the more premium OnePlus 8. This package places it as one of the top competitors in the Upper Mid-range category.
Where to Buy OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord Key Specs & Features
- 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED Display, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 90Hz Refresh Rate (408 PPI)
- Android 10.0; OxygenOS 10.0
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 (7nm) Processor
- 8GB / 12GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB Inbuilt Storage
- 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Quad Rear Camera
- 32MP + 8MP Dual Front Camera
- 5G Network
- Fingerprint Sensor (Under Display)
- 4115 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
- Warp Charge 30T (30W Fast Charge Capacity)
Design and Display
The design of OnePlus Nord facilitates no jarring effect. It comprises of elements we have seen on a lot of previously released smartphones. In summary, there aren’t really any bells and whistles here.
However, the build of the OnePlus Nord does pack in some premium materials. It comprises of Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear and upfront.
Upfront you will find a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400, a screen density of 408 PPI, HDR10+ support, and a 90Hz refresh rate.
This display is home to a camera cut-out that is way more conspicuous than that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. This is due to the fact that this cut-out is housing dual cameras.
On the rear, we have a vertically arranged quad-camera setup, an LED flash, the Oneplus emblem, and the OnePlus branding text which indicates its a OnePlus smartphone.
Colour options are far from being robust on the OnePlus Nord. Enthusiasts have got just two variants, Blue Marble and Gray Onyx.
The OnePlus Nord is the first OnePlus smartphone to features six cameras. This comes in opposition to the quad cameras on the OnePlus 8 and the Pental cameras on the OnePlus 8 Pro. However, please bear in mind that research has shown that having more cameras or having bigger camera pixels doesn’t really facilitate a better camera performance.
Looking at what seems to be the brighter side, having more cameras means you have more camera features for mobile photography.
The rear camera setup of the OnePlus Nord is armed with a 48MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an 8MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.3, a 5MP depth camera and a 2MP macro camera with an aperture of f/2.4.
This rear camera setup is capable of shooting 4k videos at 30fps and also 1080p videos @ 30, 60 and 240fps. It also offers HDR and Panorama mode for photography.
Selfies are manned by a dual-camera setup which comprises of a 32MP primary camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera. With this setup, you can shoot videos up to 4k @ 30fps. You also have HDR mode for taking photos.
Hardware and Software
The OnePlus Nord offers an upper mid-range processor, alongside some performance facilitators we saw on the OnePlus 8. In summary, we have got a very solid upper mid-range smartphone that is capable of performing most smartphone tasks with little or no lags.
Under the hood of this Android phone are an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor and an Adreno 620 GPU. You also get to choose between having 8GB or 12Gb of RAM. Storage variants include 128GB or 256GB.
The OnePlus Nord houses a non-removable 4115 mAh Li-Po battery. You also get a Warp Charge 30T, which amounts to a 30W fast charge capacity.
On the software side, you have got OxygenOS 10.0 user interface running on the Android 10 operating system.
The Oneplus Nord features a USB Type-C (2.0) port, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, and NFC. Please note that it doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. Private audio listening possible via a USB-C headphone and wireless headphones.
Thanks to its 5G support, streaming, uploads, and downloads are capped at 5G speeds. However, you can only tap into this speed where there is 5G reception.
OnePlus Nord Pricing and Availability
The price of the OnePlus Nord starts around $483, which translates to 187,162 Naira in Nigeria, 52,217 KSH in Kenya, and 2,787 GHC in Ghana.
The maxed-out 12GB RAM / 256GB storage will go on sale for $598, which translates to 231,725 Naira in Nigeria, 64,631 KSH in Kenya, and 3,450 GHC in Ghana.
The OnePlus Nord was announced on July 21, 2020, and is expected to go on sale on August 4th. Please note that it will be available in some parts of Asia and Europe.
OnePlus Nord Specifications
Here are a few specs of the OnePlus Nord:
- Platform: Android 10, OxygenOS 10.0
- Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 620
- Memory: 8GB / 12GB
- Colours: Blue Marble, Gray Onyx
- Dimension: 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 184 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM
- SIM Count: Dual-SIM
- Display: 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED Display, 1080 x 2400 pixels, (408 PPI)
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Foldable Display: No
- Rear Camera: 48MP (Wide) f/1.8 + 8MP (Ultrawide) f/2.3 + 5MP (Depth) + 2MP (Macro) f/2.4
- Rear Camera Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, Panorama, [email protected], [email protected]/60/240fps, gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 32MP + 8MP Dual Camera
- Built-in Storage: 128GB / 256GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66) – Europe + (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46) – India
- 5G: (1, 3, 7, 28, 78) – Europe + (78) – India
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: –
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Navigation: A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, SBAS, NavIC
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (Under Display, Optical)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: –
- Video Editor: –
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: 4115 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: Warp Charge 30T (30W Capacity), 70% in 30 min