OnePlus has officially announced the Nord, its first serious attempt at a midrange handset since 2015’s. The company has since focused on a strategy of selling sensibly priced flagship products, but periodic increases in cost and the fact that OnePlus isn’t a small company anymore have meant that pricing is now much closer to that of the competition. This has annoyed OnePlus loyalists like me a fair bit.

OnePlus is known to pay a lot of attention to what reviewers and users alike have to say, and it seems the company has finally heard us. The OnePlus Nord is the company’s first non-flagship smartphone since the ill-fated OnePlus X , and promises much of the typical OnePlus experience, but at a significantly lower price than that of the OnePlus 8.

It’s still got a 1080p OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, Sub-6GHz 5G, Warp Charge 30T fast charging, and the same 48-megapixel main camera sensor as the OnePlus 8. That’s not to say there haven’t been concessions made to reach this lower price point, the most important of which is that the Nord is powered by a slower Snapdragon 765G processor, but in a lot of other cases the compromises are small.

ONEPLUS NORD SPECS

  • Screen: 6.44-inch OLED, 2400 x 1080 resolution with a 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Rear cameras: wide-angle 48-megapixel, ultrawide 8-megapixel (119-degree) lens, 2-megapixel macro camera, 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • Selfie camera: wide-angle 32-megapixel, ultrawide 8-megapixel (105-degree) camera
  • Dimensions: 73.3 x 158.3 x 8.2 mm, 184g
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Memory: 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB to 256GB
  • Battery: 4,115mAh
  • OS: OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1 with AptX, AptX HD, LDAC, and AAC, Sub-6GHz 5G, LTE
  • Biometric authentication: fingerprint sensor
  • Fast charging: Warp Charge 30T

Price and Availability

OnePlus Nord arrives in three configurations in India – 6GB+64GB, 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB. The price for all of the OnePlus Nord variants has been listed below:

  • 6GB+64GB – Rs. 24,999
  • 8GB+128GB – Rs. 27,999
  • 12GB+256GB – Rs. 29,999

The smartphone will be available in two color variants – Gray Onyx and Blue Marble. It will go on sale starting from August 4, exclusively on Amazon India, OnePlus.in and offline partner stores. The aforementioned sale date is for the 8GB and 12GB RAM variants, the 6GB variant will come later in September.

 

A Quick Comparision:

OnePlus Nord OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Display size, resolution 6.44-inch; 2,400×1,080-pixels 6.55-inch AMOLED; 1,080×2,400 pixels 6.78-inch AMOLED; 1,440×3,168 pixels 4.7-inch Retina HD; 1,334×750 pixels
Pixel density 408ppi 402ppi 513ppi 326ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.23×2.88×0.32 in 6.3×2.8×0.31 in 6.51×2.93×0.35 in 5.45×2.65×0.29 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 158.3×73.3×8.2 mm 160×72.9×8.0 mm 165×74.4×8.5 mm 138.4×67.3×7.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.49 oz; 184g 180g 199g 5.22 oz; 148g
Mobile software Android 10 Android 10 Android 10 iOS 13
Camera 48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing) 48-megapixel main, 2-megapixel macro lens, 16-megapixel ultra-wide 48-megapixel main, 8-megapixel telephoto, 48-megapixel ultra-wide, 5-megapixel ‘colour filter’ 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 32-megapixel, 8-megapixel (wide-angle) 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Apple A13 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256B 128GB, 256B 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB Not disclosed
Expandable storage No None None No
Battery 4,115 mAh 4,300 mAh 4,300 mAh Not disclosed, but Apple claims it has the same battery life as iPhone 8
Fingerprint sensor In-screen In-screen In-screen Home button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features 5G-enabled, 90Hz refresh rate, 30w fast-charging 5G enabled, Fast-charging, 90Hz display 5G enabled, Fast-charging, fast wireless charging, 120Hz display, IP68 water resistance Water resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging

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