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One Plus Nord Review

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One Plus Nord Full Specifications

General

BrandOnePlus
ModelNord
Release date21st July 2020
Launched in IndiaYes
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)158.30 x 73.30 x 8.20
Weight (g)184.00
Battery capacity (mAh)4115
Removable batteryNo
Fast chargingProprietary
Wireless chargingNo
ColoursBlue Marble, Gray Onyx

Display

Screen size (inches)6.44
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1080×2400 pixels
Protection typeGorilla Glass
Aspect ratio20:9

Hardware

Processor2.4GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM12GB
Internal storage256GB
Expandable storageNo

Camera

Rear camera48-megapixel (f/1.75, 0.8-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.25) + 5-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocusYes
Rear flashDual LED
Front camera32-megapixel (f/2.45, 0.8-micron) + 8-megapixel (f/2.45)
Pop-Up CameraNo
Front autofocusNo
Front flashNo

Software

Operating systemAndroid 10
SkinOxygenOS 10.5

Connectivity

Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 5.10
NFCYes
USB Type-CYes
Number of SIMs2
Active 4G on both SIM cardsYes
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
5GYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
5GYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes

Sensors

Face unlockYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
In-Display Fingerprint SensorYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
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Design And Display

OnePlus has used a different design on its latest Nord, to differentiate it from the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

Some aspects of the OnePlus Nord’s design are similar to the Oppo and Realme, and I’m not surprised, because they are all part of the same family. It has a new feature which is the alert slider, a similar layout for the buttons and ports, and yes, no headphone jack again.

The build quality is excellent with a polycarbonate body of the One Plus Nord. You will get the protection of Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the device. I like the Blue Marble color on the Nord. You will also get subdued Grey Onyx color.

You can’t expand the internal storage as the SIM tray only supports two nano-SIM cards. This is not a cause of worry for the 128GB and 256GB variants, but If you are using a 64GB variant you might fall short of storage after a year or so, depending on usage. There is a surprise from OnePlus as it offers 50GB of free cloud storage for a year if you sign up for its Red Cable Club.

DISPLAY

OnePlus smartphones are known for their AMOLED displays and I’m happy to see that this also comes with the same display. The sides of the display aren’t curved like OnePlus 8, but there is a cutout for two selfie cameras. The size of the screen is 6.44 inches and has a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080×2400 along with a 90Hz refresh rate. If you want to tweak the colors you will get the option and you can also mask the camera hole with a black strip, if needed. It’s your choice.

OnePlus Nord’s display doesn’t have any color accuracy certifications, but it supports HDR10+. Overall it’s a good-looking panel, with deep blacks and punchy colors.

Talking about the box accessories you will get normal things like any other One Plus phone. There’s a silicone bumper case, a Type-C cable, a fast charger, and of course, stickers to show off.

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One Plus Nord Specifications

Nord is one of the very few phones to launch in India with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC. This chip was announced last year along with the flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC. This processor has an integrated Qualcomm X52 5G modem and has inbuilt on the 7nm process. The processor promises that it has better processing capabilities and up to 30 percent faster graphics rendering than to the Snapdragon 730G.

Variants

You will get three variants of One Plus Nord in India. The first variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 24,999; the second one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which is priced at Rs. 27,999, and the top model is 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage will cost you Rs. 29,999.

The phone measures 8.2mm in thickness and weigh 184g. A single super-linear speaker at placed at the bottom, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, and face unlock authentication. It doesn’t have any official IP certification. The device comes with a 4,115mAh battery, with30T fast charging.

The OnePlus experience wouldn’t be complete without OxygenOS. Like the One Plus flagship phones Nord also has a very similar interface and features. There’s Zen mode, a built-in screen recorder, and you will get an option to customize the ambient display, fingerprint animations, etc. One Plus had promised to give software updates for two years and security updates for three years.

You will see some software changes in the OnePlus Nord, compared to other OnePlus phones. The biggest one is the use of Google’s stock dialler and messages apps instead of using its own OxygenOS. OnePlus wasn’t very clear on the exact reason for the change when asked about it but simply stated that the buyer would be more comfortable with Google’s solution.

Another small change has been made in the camera app. If you want to share your photo then simply you have to long-press to preview and choose the app to share with.

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PERFORMANCE

According to OnePlus, the Nord is also going to deliver the same experience as its flagship phones, and yes, it does a very good job. With regular usage,
you can’t find any difference between the OnePlus Nord and an OnePlus 8. The interface is very snappy, apps load very faster, jumping between two apps is a breeze.

The Snapdragon 765G is a pretty solid processor.
The OnePlus Nord did a great job such as Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG Mobile, using the highest visual settings in each title. The gameplay was smooth and you didn’t notice any unusual heating either. Face recognition is very fast.


The in-display fingerprint sensor worked very well. You just have to quickly tap to unlock the phone

Videos looked good on the OnePlus Nord’s display, especially HDR videos. The single speaker on the Nord is very loud, thanks to Dirac’s software enhancements.

Talking about battery life it was pretty solid throughout. On one charge you can easily go through one and a half-day. If you are playing lots of games and using the camera heavily then the battery will drain quicker, but I was still able to get a full day’s worth of use. In the video loop test, the Nord ran for about 14.5 hours, which is a good time.

According to me on average, I think most people would be happy with the mileage they get out of a single charge. When you are running low, the bundled charger is able to take the battery to around 93 percent in an hour, which is fairly quick.

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FINAL WORDS

With the launch of OnePlus Nord, it feels like OnePlus is going back to its roots. This is not a ‘flagship killer’ smartphone.
You can call OnePlus Nord as the OnePlus Lite or OnePlus 8 Lite. I think it is just a beginning by OnePlus, and hope so in the future, we could see more in this series, possibly targeting even lower tiers of the smartphone market. If you are currently using an older OnePlus smartphone, then the Nord should be a good upgrade for you.

I don’t think many people are going to see about the 800-series Qualcomm SoC, because, it’s really impossible to tell the difference. The shift from focusing purely on specifications in its products in the early days of the company, to the focus on the experience now, can be seen not only in the OnePlus Nord but also in its other products.

The OnePlus Nord is currently the most affordable 5G smartphone in the Indian market, which is a unique advantage for OnePlus. The competition is good, though. Smartphones such as the Redmi K20 Pro and the Realme X3 series offer a more powerful processor. The OnePlus Nord might not always match up to the competition on specifications alone, but when you take into account the software and promise of timely updates, it does make a very compelling case for itself.

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