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OnePlus Nord Smartphone

MSRP 399 EURExt score 71%

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Product Overview

OnePlus Nord is the first model in OnePlus's new Nord series of affordable smartphones. To make a compelling proposition, OnePlus has endowed the Nord with a long list of features that could only be found among the absolute flagships merely a year before.
Powering this glass-clad phone is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G chipset with dual 5G connectivity. This drives a FHD+ OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate with the same specifications found in the OnePlus 8, though its diagonal is marginally smaller due to slightly wider bezels.
Unlike other recent OnePlus models, the Nord features two cameras on the front in a dual-punch-hole design. They are joined by four rear-facing cameras. Together, they push the OnePlus Nord towards the top in the industry in terms of camera count.
At but not least, the Nord is available with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X memory.
With these features, the Nord is not without compromises: OnePlus has given it only WiFi 5, USB 2.0, and UFS2.1 storage, which separate it from the main-line models.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Fantastic performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Good performance
Cons
  • Poor camera performance
  • Lacklustre camera
  • No IP rating
  • No 5G support
  • No IP certification
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4115 mAh
Camera | Front | Main
32MP Sony IMX616, Fixed focus, f/2.45
Camera | Front | Ultra-Wide
8MP, f/2.45
Camera | Rear | Macro
2MP, f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Telephoto
5MP, f/2.4
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
8MP, f/2.25
Camera | Rear | Wide
48MP Sony IMX586, OIS + EIS, PDAF, f/1.75
Colors
Marble Blue, Onyx Grey, or Gray Ash
Material
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Speakers
Dual stereo speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8.2 mm
Size | Height
158.3 mm
Size | Width
73.3 mm
Weight
184 g

Display

Aspect Ratio
20:9
Display Diagonal
6.44 inches
Display Type
Fluid AMOLED (OLED)
Gamut
100% DCI-P3
Pixel Density
408 ppi
Refresh Rate
90 Hz
Resolution
2400x1080

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
AptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC
Chipset
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Fast Charging
30 W
GPS
GPS (L1+L5 Dual Band), GLONASS, Galileo (E1+E5a Dual Band), Beidou, SBAS, A-GPS
Graphics
Adreno 620
HDR
HDR10+
Operating System
OxygenOS based on Android 10
Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor, Accelerometer, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Sensor Core
SIM
Dual nano 5G
Video Recording
4K 30fps / FHD 240fps

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 or 12 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X
Storage
128 or 256 GB UFS2.1

Production

Debut
2020-07
Made In
China

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

arstechnica[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from arstechnica have found the following***:
The Snapdragon 765G is the first Qualcomm chip with an integrated 5G modem. This phone runs very well at 90Hz and feels much faster than any 60Hz phone. The camera isn't terrible, but it's disappointing to see OnePlus choose to spread the camera bill of materials thinly with a bunch of cameras.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • 90Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • 90Hz screen
Cons
  • Poor camera performance
  • No headphone jack

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Under the hood is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G processor, which brings 5G connectivity to the Nord. Navigation around the phone was swift and free of any lag, while demanding games like Asphalt 9: Legends played without any noticeable drop in frame rates. OnePlus promises the phone will get software updates for at least two years, with critical security updates for another year beyond that.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Fast charging
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No 2x zoom lens
  • No 4K video

cnet[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
Under the hood is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G processor, which brings 5G connectivity to the Nord. Navigation around the phone was swift and free of any lag, while demanding games like Asphalt 9: Legends played without any noticeable drop in frame rates. OnePlus promises the phone will get software updates for at least two years, with critical security updates for another year beyond that.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No 2x zoom lens
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[4]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Nord costs 379 British pounds, or about $480 U.S., if you buy the 8GB/128GB model. Warp Charge 30T goes from zero to 70% in 30 minutes, and then on to full in a little over an hour. The Nord is the best pick if you care most about performance and display quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent performance
  • Long battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No 5G
  • No IP rating

gsmarena[5]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The Nord was introduced with a lot of fanfare, alongside bold promises to usher in a new beginning for the Android midrange niche. The Nord combines a well-balanced specs sheet, with the excellent, class-leading experience of Oxygen OS. The closest you can actually get to the Nord, while getting a quantifiably better experience in many respects is the OnePlus 7T.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Class-leading Oxygen OS
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No telephoto camera
  • No headphone jack
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack

gsmarena[6]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch, 2400x1080 resolution AMOLED display. On the front is the dual-camera setup, consisting of a 32MP f/2.45 fixed-focus Sony IMX616 camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera. There's no headphone jack nor is there any adapter or headset provided in the box. The Nord also has the linear vibration motor found on the OnePlus 8 phones. The USB-C port on the Nord is only USB 2.0 compatible.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating
  • No headphone jack

nextpit[7]

Sentiment Score 67%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The OnePlus Nord comes with the June security patch, and the manufacturer guarantees two years of software updates and three years of security updates. The 4100mAh battery can be recharged to 70% in 30 minutes with the familiar Warp Charge 30T fast charge. On this price range, the battery life is a key argument and it is easy to achieve two days of use on many models.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good performance
Cons
  • No telephoto lens
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP certification

notebookcheck[8]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The display's illumination is relatively even, large color areas look homogenous. While the Nord is usable outdoors, direct sunlight highlights the advantages of smartphones with brighter screens. The Nord can become quite hot under full load: Up to 45.8 °C (114.44 °F) is a noticeable and potentially uncomfortably high heat development.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality case
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons
  • High heat development under load

pcmag[9]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Nord has the same camera array as the OnePlus 8. It's missing bands 13 (Verizon rural coverage), 71 (T-Mobile rural coverage) and 23/29/30 (AT&T supplementary speed) The Nord is also a dual-SIM phone, with dual 4G, but there's only 5G on one SIM at a time.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance in low light
  • Excellent battery life
  • Dual-SIM and dual-SIM
Cons
  • No 5G in the US
  • No headphone jack

techadvisor[10]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The Nord runs the same Oxygen OS 10.5 software as the company's other phones. The base model costs just £379, jumping up to £469 for the 12GB/256GB model. There are no plans for a US launch, though other as-yet-unannounced members of the Nord line are expected to arrive there before 2020.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No always-on display

techradar[11]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The OnePlus Nord runs Google's Android 10 operating system, overlaid with OxygenOS 10.5. The Nord comes with 5G support, which means you can take advantage of next-generation network speeds when they become available. There's no wireless charging support however – it's another area where some corners had to be cut in order to keep the price down.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 90Hz refresh rate display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G support

theverge[12]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
There's a lot of camera hardware packed into the OnePlus Nord. The Nord is a really solid midrange phone, but it's not perfect. It's well-specced, with a wide array of cameras and a big high refresh rate display. But in reality, it doesn't get the most out of all this hardware.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 90Hz display
  • Wide array of cameras
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Camera performance isn’t great
  • No headphone jack

tomsguide[13]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
There's no wireless charging option on the Nord, a lacking feature it shares with the Google Pixel 3a. The Nord isn't meant to be a flagship phone, but it offers enough of a premium experience that it's as enjoyable to use as a much more expensive device. I'd still recommend this to anyone looking for an Android device — particularly those who take a look at the thousand-dollar prices of flagship Androids.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 90Hz display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

trustedreviews[14]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Nord has a 48-megapixel f/1.8 OIS-enabled camera. There are also two cameras on the front: a 32MP and 8MP ultra wide. The phone has a 4115mAh cell, which should lead to comfortably day-long endurance for most users. While the battery life isn’t world-beating, the Warp Charge 30T gives a full charge in little over an hour.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Great battery life
  • Super-fast Warp Charge 30T
Cons
  • Lacklustre camera
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ OnePlus Nord review: Android’s best bang for your buck. [arstechnica]. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/07/oneplus-nord-review-the-king-of-mid-range-android-phones/. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
2. ^ OnePlus Nord review: This 5G phone has it all. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/oneplus-nord-in-depth-this-5g-phone-has-it-all-review/. 2020-08-09. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
3. ^ OnePlus Nord review: An inexpensive 5G phone that's anything but cheap. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/oneplus-nord-review-an-inexpensive-5g-phone-thats-anything-but-cheap-review/. 2021-06-06. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
4. ^ OnePlus Nord review: Doing value the old-fashioned way. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/oneplus-nord-review/. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
5. ^ OnePlus Nord review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/oneplus_nord-review-2146p6.php. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
6. ^ OnePlus Nord hands-on review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/oneplus_nord_hands_on-review-2136p3.php. 2021-03-15. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
7. ^ OnePlus Nord review: everything is forgiven. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/oneplus-nord-review. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
8. ^ OnePlus Nord Smartphone Review – Comeback of the Value Champion?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/OnePlus-Nord-Smartphone-Review-Comeback-of-the-Value-Champion.483131.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
9. ^ OnePlus Nord Preview. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/oneplus-nord. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
10. ^ OnePlus Nord review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/oneplus-nord-3793269/. 2020-08-04. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
11. ^ OnePlus Nord review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/oneplus-nord. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
12. ^ OnePlus Nord review: the right compromises. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21337235/oneplus-nord-review-specs-features-camera-performance-battery-life-90hz-screen-oled. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
13. ^ OnePlus Nord review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/oneplus-nord-review. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
14. ^ OnePlus Nord Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/oneplus-nord. Retrieved 2021-03-27.

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