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OnePlus Nord Review Rundown

OnePlusPublished on 27 Mar 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of OnePlus Nord Smartphone
Neoscore* 74%
  • Great value for money
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great battery life
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

OnePlus Nord is aimed at establishing OnePlus once more as the king of budget smartphones. The Nord comes with a total of six cameras, the most for any OnePlus phone. For many prospective buyers, that's going to be enough of an added value to choose the Nord over a slightly better-spec'd, but less prominent and refined alternative.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Arstechnica have found the following[***]:
OnePlus Nord is one of the first phones we've tried with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G chip. The phone still has a minimum of 8GB of RAM, and while it's only using UFS 2.1 storage. Most of the apps are lightly skinned AOSP offshoots or straight-up Google apps.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 90Hz display
  • Fast Snapdragon 865 processor
  • Faster than the Snapdragon 765G
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord ($679 at Amazon) offers a hell of a lot for a reasonable price. At under 500 euros (about $570, £450 or AU$820), it's significantly cheaper than its $999 flagship sibling. The Nord doesn't have any IP rating for waterproofing, and the in-display fingerprint scanner is very hit and miss. The bigger problem for most of you is that this excellent phone isn't available in the US.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, vibrant 6.44-inch display
  • 5G connectivity
  • Beautiful design
Cons[**]
  • In-display fingerprint scanner isn't available in the US

cnet[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord, released in 2020 in the UK, offers a hell of a lot for a reasonable price. This phone packs a potent octacore processor, a vibrant 6.44-inch display, an in-display fingerprint scanner and 5G connectivity. There are a couple of tiny compromises: There's no IP rating for waterproofing as you'll get on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 6.44-inch display
  • Beautiful, vibrant design
  • 5G connectivity
Cons[**]
  • In-display fingerprint scanner isn't available in the US

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord costs 379 British pounds, which converts to about $480 U.S. Despite being similar to the OnePlus 8, the Nord's camera isn't as good. Portrait mode selfies have a strong, rather unnatural bokeh effect with only average edge detection. The Nord's overall multimedia experience, when you take the price into consideration, is excellent.
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Pros[**]
  • Great screen
  • Long battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn't as good as the OnePlus 8 Pro

expertreviews[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Nord is the most reasonably priced phone OnePlus has produced for years. It costs a mere £379 for the basic variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. That's a very good price for a 5G-enabled phone but it still isn't the cheapest around. The Nord has a total of six cameras: two at the front and four at the rear.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 90Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging tech
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Short battery life

gsmarena[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Gsmarena have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord lives up to OnePlus performance claims and manages to get the most out of its hardware. With a resolution of 8MP, the ultrawide snapper on the Nord is a bit of a downgrade from the usual 16MP modules, OnePlus tends to use. The Nord borrowed its main camera straight from the OnePlus 8.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Great color accuracy
  • Great HDR10+ performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as bright as the OnePlus 8

gsmarena[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Gsmarena have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch, 2400x1080 resolution AMOLED display. The rear camera array consists of a 48MP f/1.75 Sony IMX586 main camera with a 6P lens and OIS. The Ultrawide on the back and both the front cameras are new for a OnePlus phone. The Nord also lacks the Dolby Atmos feature found on the OnePlus 8, but we are not sure if this is coming to the Nord.
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Pros[**]
  • Premium design
  • Bright AMOLED display
  • Long battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord will be available in two configurations, 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB, at €399 and €499 and in two colors, Blue Marble and Gray Onyx. The Nord has a 6.44-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. In use, the OnePlus North will last a good day and a half with typical use.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful screen with 90 Hz refresh rate
  • Good camera
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch display and narrow bezels. Thanks to UFS 2.1, the internal storage is quite fast and the capacity is relatively large for the price. While the camera setup is flexible and certainly capable of capturing good pictures, the autofocus is not always entirely reliable.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright 90-Hz display
  • Fast UFS 2.1
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Slow SoC
  • Mediocre cameras

pcmag[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord is a return to company's "flagship killer" roots. The Nord is about the same size as the OnePlus 8, but it's a little thicker. It comes in two storage variants in Europe—an 8GB/128GB unit (€399) and a 12GB/256GB model (€499)
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great battery life
  • Strong performance
  • Fast performance
Cons[**]
  • Not very good on US networks
  • Battery life could be better

techadvisor[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord is available now in Europe and India for £379. That's £220 below the starting price for the £799 OnePlus 8 Pro. The Nord uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G chip, which brings with it the same 5G support you'll find on flagships. The main lens is a 48Mp, f/1.75 shooter using the popular Sony IMX586 sensor. There's no wireless charging, but at this price the iPhone SE is pretty much the only phone out there that does.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful design
  • Fast, responsive camera
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ (2400 x 1080) resolution, and a 90Hz refresh rate. The headline feature of the Nord is its 'flagship' camera setup. OnePlus claims its ultra-wide camera is better than the iPhone 11's, with less distortion around the edges of images. Another tool in the Nord's camera arsenal is portrait mode, which utilizes the main camera and the 5MP depth sensor to add background blur.
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Pros[**]
  • Eye-catching design
  • Wide range of camera options
  • Fantastic battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn't as good as the OnePlus 8

theverge[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord is the next step in OnePlus expanding its lineup. The Nord is powered by a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is a step down from the Snapdragon 865 found in the 8 and 8 Pro. There are two models of the Nord available in Europe: a £379 / €399 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the device that I've been using, which costs £469 / €499.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 90Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Screen feels like a lower-tier device

tomsguide[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord has six cameras across the front and back. Currently the Nord is only available for purchase in Europe and India. If the Nord ever makes it to the U.S., the company might consider adding mmWave connectivity. The Nord has a tough time when it comes to specs, because no matter how good it is, the phone will always pale in comparison to the iPhone SE.
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Pros[**]
  • 90Hz refresh rate display
  • Beautiful glass back design
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only available in Europe and India

trustedreviews[15]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The OnePlus Nord is one of the best affordable phones you can buy. It has the same 48-megapixel f/1.8 OIS-enabled camera as the OnePlus 8. The Nord is powered by the Snapdragon 765G, a chipset that powers a whole range of phones ranging in price from £300 to £700.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent camera
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ OnePlus Nord review: Android’s best bang for your buck. Arstechnica. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ OnePlus Nord review: This 5G phone has it all. Cnet. 2020-08-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ OnePlus Nord review: An inexpensive 5G phone that's anything but cheap. Cnet. 2021-06-06. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  4. 4. ^ OnePlus Nord review: Doing value the old-fashioned way. Digitaltrends. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ OnePlus Nord review: OnePlus goes back to basics with cut-price winner. Expertreviews. 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ OnePlus Nord review. Gsmarena. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  7. 7. ^ OnePlus Nord hands-on review. Gsmarena. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  8. 8. ^ OnePlus Nord review: everything is forgiven. Nextpit. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. 9. ^ OnePlus Nord Smartphone Review – Comeback of the Value Champion?. Notebookcheck. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  10. 10. ^ OnePlus Nord Preview. Pcmag. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. 11. ^ OnePlus Nord review. Techadvisor. 2020-08-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  12. 12. ^ OnePlus Nord review. Techradar. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  13. 13. ^ OnePlus Nord review: the right compromises. Theverge. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  14. 14. ^ OnePlus Nord review. Tomsguide. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  15. 15. ^ OnePlus Nord Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  16. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  17. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  18. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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