Oneplus has launched the latest mid-range phone today (21/July/2020) after several weeks of rumors. Earlier it was called Oneplus Z or even Oneplus Lite but it is Oneplus Nord.
Oneplus is known to make flagship mobiles apart from the Oneplus X that they launched in late 2015.
It was an unsuccessful mid-range offering and the company abandoned the idea of making mid-range mobiles for several years. But now they are back and with a new sub-brand – Nord.
The Nord is the second attempt by Oneplus to make a user-friendly mid-range Android mobile.
Oneplus has already set up a micro-site for the Nord on Amazon India and also on the OnePlus official website.
Oneplus Nord India/UK/Europe Price, Sale Date and Variants:
- 6+64GB: ₹24,999 (Available in September, in Gray color)
- 8+128GB: ₹27,999 / £379 / €399
- 12+256GB: ₹29,999 / £469 / €499
The OnePlus Nord will be available in Blue Marble & Gray Onyx and the sale starts on 4th August.
The two higher variants will go on sale in August whereas the base variant will be available in September.
The pricing is neither cheap nor very expensive and in line with what we were expecting from the brand.
Key Specs for the Oneplus Nord
Powering the phone is the latest mid-range monster Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G processor. It comes with 5G support and has Adreno 620 for adrenaline-pumping graphics performance.
The SD 765G is a powerful processor and comes with a 2.4 GHz max clock speed and has an 8 Core architecture. Also, it comes with support for next-gen WIFI 6 and uses the cutting edge 7 Nm manufacturing process.
The smartphone is available with 6 GB, 8 GB or 12 GB of DDR4 Ram and will have 128 GB internal storage.
The Nord comes has a 6.44 inches ( 2400×1080 pixels, 408ppi) with 20:9 Aspect Ratio, 90 Hz refresh rate. Also, the display is AMOLED and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
Aforementioned the phone comes with 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS2.1 storage.
The phone comes with a Quad Rear camera setup. It has a 48 MP primary lens (Sony IMX 586 Sensor) with f/1.75 aperture, EIS/OIS support.
The second lens comes with an 8 Megapixel lens, with f/2.25 aperture size and 119-degree field of view. The camera comes with a third 5 MP lens with f/2.4 aperture. Also, the lens comes with a 2 MP macro lens.
The rear camera can record 4k, 30 FPS videos whereas the front camera can record 4K, 60 FPS videos.
The front side has two selfie cameras with a cut-out punch-hole. The primary front camera is Sony IMX 616 sensor with a 32 MP lens and comes with f/2.45 aperture and also has EIS support. The second camera comes with an 8 MP lens and has f/2.45 aperture.
The phone will run on the Android 10 Os out of the box and will have the latest Oneplus Oxygen OS. The phone comes with NFC support, has an in-display fingerprint scanner, and also has face unlocking.
Further, it comes with a 4115 mAh battery along with the (Warp Charge Tech) 30 Watts fast charging (5V/6A). The phone is not bulky – measures 8.2 mm in thickness and has 184 grams weight.
Lastly, it has a USB type C port for charging and no 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Initial Thoughts: Should You Buy the Oneplus Nord
Overall it is a good phone and you are getting what you are paying for. Don’t just go with the hype, you need to look at it carefully and decide whether you should buy or not.
There are a couple of things that we can list as Cons:
- Lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack.
- No Dedicated micro-sd card slot.
- The 2 MP and 5 MP cameras are useless. (Just Gimmicks).
On the positive side:
- Oxygen Os (Great Android Experience and future updates).
- Decent front and Rear cameras.
- The In-display fingerprint scanner.
- Fast Processor and Above Average Display.
- The battery is decent and supports fast charging.
Overall, it is a good phone and you can buy it in the 25k to 30k price range.
So What Do you Think About the new Oneplus Nord – Share in the comments below.
Comparison – Oneplus Nord Vs Vivo X50 and Samsung Galaxy A71
Display – Samsung A71 has the largest display and comes with a 60 Hz panel. The other two offer a better 90 Hz panel. All the phones have AMOLED panels. Nord and X50 are better due to the 90Hz panel.
Performance – The Nord and X50 offer upto 20% faster processor SD 765G vs the SD 730 on Galaxy A71.
OS – Oxygen OS > Samsung One UI 2.0 > Funtouch OS. Both Oneplus and Samsung has an upper hand.
Storage & Ram – You get more storage and Ram options with the Nord and the X50.
Rear Cameras – Vivo X50 and the Samsung A71 have a slight advantage over the Nord.
Front Cameras – Nord offers Dual front cameras and offers more versatility to clicking selfies.
Battery Capacity – Samsung has the largest battery and the X50 offers the fastest charging speeds.
Connectivity – Nord and the Vivo X50 offer 5G support whereas Samsung is 4G. Not much use of 5G for next 2-3 years as network deployment in India is going to take time.
Made in India – All of these are made in India, Samsung being a non-Chinese brand.
Have highlighted the major differences in the table below for your ease.
Choose the phone that suits your needs, in case you need more help, please share your queries in the comments below.
|Key Specification||OnePlus Nord||Vivo X50||Samsung Galaxy A71|
|Display||6.44 inches, 2400*1080p, AMOLED display, 90Hz||6.56 inches, 2376*1080p, 9, AMOLED display, 90 Hz||6.70 inches, 2400*1080p,|
AMOLED display, 60 Hz
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, Adreno 618|
|Operating System||Oxygen OS based on Android10||Fun Touch OS based on Android10||One UI 2.0 based on Android10|
|RAM||6GB/8GB/12GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Rear Camera||48MP(f/1.75)+8MP, (f/2.25)+5MP(f/2.4)+2MP(f/2.4),||48MP(f/1.6)+8MP (f/2.2)+13MP(f/2.5) +5MP (f/2.5)||64MP(f/1.8)+12MP (F/2.2)+5MP(F/2.2)|
|Front Camera||32MP(f/2.45)+8MP (f/2.45)||32MP(f/2.5)||32MP(F/2.2)|
|Battery||4115mAh, 30W fast Charging||4200mAh, 33W fast charging||4500mAh, |
25W fast charging
|Weight||184 g||173 g||179 g|
|SIM slots||Dual SIM (5G supported)||Dual SIM(5G supported)||Dual SIM (4G)|
|Price||Rs.27,999(8GB/128GB), Rs.29,999(12GB/256GB)||Rs.34,990(8GB/128GB), Rs.37,990(8GB/256G)||Rs.32,999(8GB/128GB)|
What is Oneplus Nord?
It is the latest affordable smartphone from Oneplus. It will launch in July and will come with mid-range specs. The phone will offer excellent features/specs and has a sub $400 price (Rs. 30,000). The Nord is a sub-brand for the Oneplus similar to the Narzo for Realme or even Poco for Xiaomi.