With 5G, a stable lineup of specs and an attractive, vibrant design, the OnePlus Nord, launched in 2020 within the UK, presents a hell of rather a lot for an inexpensive value. You may presently discover it for £329 or about $428 on Amazon, which is considerably cheaper than its $1,069 flagship sibling, the OnePlus 9 Professional.

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Reasonably priced price5G-enabledAttractive, vibrant design

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Unavailable in USNot water resistantFrustrating fingerprint scanner

This telephone packs a potent octacore processor, a vibrant 6.44-inch show, an in-display fingerprint scanner and 5G connectivity for ultrafast information speeds. All of that is wrapped up in a great-looking blue physique that feels something however low cost. Add to that three rear cameras that take first rate photographs and two selfie cameras, and the Nord is as well-stacked as any of at present’s elite handsets.

So what is the catch?

There are a few tiny compromises: There is not any IP ranking for waterproofing as you may get on the OnePlus 8 and eight Professional, and the in-display fingerprint scanner could be very hit or miss. Neither of that are deal-breakers. The larger downside for many of you is that this wonderful telephone is not out there within the US. It is presently out there within the UK and wider Europe (in addition to India and China) however OnePlus has but to say if it will ever attain US or Australian cabinets. 

These of you who should buy it ought to know that it is a excellent telephone that gives an incredible expertise for a extra inexpensive value than any of at present’s flagship telephones. If you happen to’ve been eyeing up the iPhone SE however do not need to change away from Android, the OnePlus Nord is the telephone for you.

The OnePlus Nord has 5G connectivity.

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Oh, and if you happen to’re questioning concerning the identify “Nord,” it sadly has nothing to do with a race of individuals within the Elder Scrolls video games, however as a substitute is as a result of Nord means North in some European languages. OnePlus says that North on a compass “factors in the direction of development and success” — which it does not, it is only a route, however who am I to argue? 

A ravishing design

I really like the daring blue colour of the Nord. It is vibrant and enjoyable and stands out from some other telephone in the marketplace. The metallic edging appears to be like nice too and whereas I am fairly positive it is comprised of plastic, not metallic, it nonetheless feels good to carry. That is helped by the rear panel, which is Gorilla Glass 5 and provides a premium really feel to the telephone.

The 6.44-inch display stretches all the best way to the perimeters, which helps the telephone not really feel too cumbersome. I might maintain and use it fairly comfortably in a single hand, whereas the bigger OnePlus 8 Professional may very well be extra of a battle.

The OnePlus Nord doesn’t have an IP ranking for water resistance.

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There is a fingerprint scanner constructed into the show, which implies there’s been no have to squeeze one right into a button elsewhere. It isn’t that nice although, repeatedly misreading my thumb print and forcing me to enter my PIN as a substitute. Hopefully this may be improved quickly with a easy software program replace.

The Nord does not have any IP ranking for waterproofing, which implies it is in all probability greatest if you happen to do not deliberately drop your telephone down the bathroom. However then, I am unable to consider a telephone I’d need to deliberately drop down the bathroom. It is a disgrace because the OnePlus 8 and eight Professional have IP68 waterproofing, which helps preserve them secure from spilled drinks. (The OnePlus 9 and 9 Professional additionally haven’t any official IP ranking.) That waterproofing is probably going one of many compromises OnePlus needed to make to maintain the fee down. Simply be sure you’re further cautious round clumsy mates carrying beers.

The display’s 2,400×1,080-pixel decision is decrease than the 8 Professional’s, nevertheless it nonetheless appears to be like completely crisp and clear. Textual content and icons are pin-sharp and high-definition movies on YouTube look nice.

OnePlus Nord’s processor efficiency

Beneath the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, which brings 5G connectivity to the Nord and truly makes it among the many extra inexpensive 5G telephones round. In fact you may have to be on a service plan that helps 5G and you will have to be in an space the place 5G is accessible. 5G continues to be considerably in its infancy, so protection continues to be fairly patchy in lots of areas of the US and the UK, nevertheless it’s positively good to be shopping for a 5G telephone now so that you just’re able to reap the benefits of these speeds once they’re extra simply accessible.

The processor itself has eight cores and it is backed up by both 8 or 12GB of RAM, relying on the variant you go for. Our assessment mannequin got here with the utmost 12GB and efficiency is superb. Navigation across the telephone was swift and freed from any lag, whereas demanding video games like Asphalt 9: Legends performed with none noticeable drop in body charges. 

The OnePlus Nord and OnePlus 8.

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Its scores on the Geekbench 5 and 3DMark Sling Shot benchmark checks put it under the iPhone SE and the OnePlus 8 Professional, however above Samsung’s Galaxy A51. So no, it is not essentially the most highly effective telephone round, however there’s little you are more likely to throw at it every day that it will not comfortably be capable to deal with.

OnePlus’s Oxygen OS is predicated on Android 10 and supplies a clear interface that I actually like. It is easy to make use of, swift to navigate and it does not come preloaded with annoying bloatware. OnePlus guarantees the telephone will get software program updates for a minimum of two years, with essential safety updates for one more 12 months past that.

3DMark Slingshot Limitless

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.0 single-core

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Geekbench v.5.0 multicore

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Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Nice large photographs, poor macro expertise

There are three predominant lenses on the again — there’s the usual zoom digicam, which is a 48-megapixel Sony sensor — the identical one discovered on the OnePlus 8. That is joined by a 12-megapixel tremendous wide-angle lens and there is additionally a 2-megapixel macro digicam that allows you to give attention to tiny particulars. 

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Outcomes from the usual lens look first rate, particularly contemplating the worth tag. Pictures look well-exposed and sharp, with vibrant, correct colours. 

The wide-angle lens helps you seize much more of the scene in entrance of you. It additionally produces well-exposed photos with first rate colours. They do not have the pin-sharp element of the primary sensor, however they’re greater than ok for Instagram or Fb. 

Barely confusingly, there’s a “2x” button on the primary digicam display, which might usually activate the 2x zoom lens on telephones which have them. It is necessary to keep in mind that the Nord does not have a 2x zoom lens, in order that mode as a substitute digitally crops into your picture. 

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The two-megapixel macro digicam is disappointing. Colours look drab and lifeless, and I’ve discovered that focus might be hit or miss too. I’ve had higher close-up outcomes from utilizing the usual digicam and easily cropping in. 

There’s additionally a portrait mode that makes use of the 5-megapixel depth sensor to present some enticing out-of-focus backgrounds to your portrait photographs, in addition to different options like 4K video, sluggish movement and an evening mode for capturing brighter photographs in low gentle. 

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On the entrance is the primary dual-lens selfie digicam we have seen from OnePlus. The primary entrance lens presents an enormous 32-megapixel decision, to allow you to see each excruciating element in your face. Photographs from the primary lens are sharp and well-exposed, and whereas the decrease 8-megapixel decision of the second lens supplies much less element, the wider-view permits you to seize extra of your atmosphere in your selfies. 

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There is a night time mode, too to assist take photographs in very low-light conditions. It does a very good job of capturing the out there gentle whereas sustaining a very good degree of total sharpness to the scene. 

OnePlus Nord battery life 

There is a 4,115-mAh battery contained in the Nord that ought to be capable to present sufficient juice to maintain you going for a complete day. As all the time, that’ll depend upon how you utilize it — if you happen to spend all morning streaming movies then you may in all probability count on to wish to present the Nord a lift within the afternoon. 

In my very own time with the telephone I discovered it will comfortably get by a minimum of a full day with what I’d describe as delicate use, which included a little bit of internet looking, some gentle gaming and taking a couple of images. Crucially, it wasn’t linked to 5G, which may very well be an enormous energy drain, so we’ll should see the way it fares in real-world use as soon as we are able to safely get out with it.

Whereas it does not have the wi-fi charging discovered on the OnePlus 8 Professional (one other sacrifice for the lower cost), it does have 30-watt quick charging, which guarantees to take your telephone from empty to 70% full in a single hour. Quick charging is tremendous useful for these events while you’re about to depart the house and realized your telephone is sort of useless. 

OnePlus Nord specs comparability

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus 8

OnePlus 8 Professional

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Show measurement, decision

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

Cell software program

Android 10

Android 10

Android 10

iOS 13

Digicam

48-megapixel (normal), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing)

48-megapixel predominant, 2-megapixel macro lens, 16-megapixel ultra-wide

48-megapixel predominant, 8-megapixel telephoto, 48-megapixel ultra-wide, 5-megapixel ‘colour filter’

12-megapixel

Entrance-facing digicam

32-megapixel, 8-megapixel (wide-angle)

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

7-megapixel

Video seize

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, however Apple claims it has the identical battery life as iPhone 8

Fingerprint sensor

In-screen

In-screen

In-screen

Dwelling button

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Lightning

Headphone jack

No

No

No

No

Particular options

5G-enabled, 90Hz refresh fee, 30W fast-charging

5G enabled, Quick-charging, 90Hz show

5G enabled, Quick-charging, quick wi-fi charging, 120Hz show, IP68 water resistance

Water-resistant (IP67); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wi-fi charging

Worth off-contract (USD)

$570 (transformed from 500 euros)

$699

$899

$399 (64GB), $449 (128GB), $549 (256GB)

Worth (GBP)

£450 (transformed from 500 euros)

£599

£799

£419 (64GB), £469 (128GB), £569 (256GB)

Worth (AUD)

AU$820 (transformed from 500 euros)

TBA

TBA

AU$749 (64GB), AU$829 (128GB), AU$999 (256GB)

First revealed July 27, 2020

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