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OnePlus Nord Review

OnePlus Nord Review

An affordable 5G phone that packs a great results.

OnePlus has always been known for doing more affordable handsets, but its phones have been getting increasingly expensive, with the top-end OnePlus 8 Pro sitting almost exactly at that $1,000 threshold. The company's new phone, called the OnePlus Nord, aims to change that.  The Nord has some great specs and is much cheaper than its top-end sibling. 

OnePlus unveiled its more affordable Nord handset, marking the official launch of a brand-new phone line that company executives have described as a "new beginning" for the Chinese phone maker.

The Nord is OnePlus' inaugural midrange phone from a brand-new line by the same name. 


The Nord has a 6.44-inch screen with an in-screen fingerprint reader. It also has a speedy 90 Hz refresh rate.

But OnePlus decided to leave out the headphone jack on the Nord. It doesn't have an IP rating either for water and dust resistance.

On its rear, you'll find a quad-camera setup, headlined by a 48-megapixel main camera.

As part of the rear camera module, there's a 48-megapixel standard lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle, a 2-megapixel macro, and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing lens.

On its front, the Nord rocks two front-facing cameras. The front camera setup includes a 32-megapixel lens and an ultra-wide selfie camera with a 105-degree field of view.

So, despite that lower price tag, the Nord still packs a hell of a punch. I love its bold blue color with the metallic edging and its screen that stretches all the way to the edges. The display is comfortable to use in one hand. There's a fingerprint scanner built into the display too, so there's been no need to take up space with a dedicated scanner somewhere else. 

What you don't get is any IP rating for waterproofing. That waterproofing is likely one of the compromises OnePlus had to make to keep the cost down.


The screen's 2,400x1,080-pixel resolution is lower than the 8 Pro's, but it still look perfectly crisp and clear, so I don't think you'll notice much difference. Even when you will watc high-definition videos on YouTube, you won't note that was lacking detail.

Performance and Connectivity 

Under the hood is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G processor, which brings 5G connectivity to the Nord and actually makes it among the most affordable 5G phones around. Of course you'll need to be on a service plan that supports 5G and you'll need to be in an area where 5G is available.

The processor itself has eight cores and it's backed up by either 8 or 12GB of RAM, depending on the variant you go for. Either option should be powerful enough for anything you're likely to throw at it, while the various tweaks OnePlus has made to its Android 10-based Oxygen software, has resulted in a smooth and lag-free experience.

I really like OnePlus's software actually. It's neat and simple and there's no unnecessary clutter or preinstalled bloatware which just makes it a much more pleasant experience in use.


There are three main lenses on the back. There's the standard zoom camera, which is a 48-megapixel Sony sensor -- the same one found on the OnePlus 8 in fact. That's joined by a 12-megapixel super-wide angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera that lets you focus close-up on tiny details. 

During some quick tests with the camera, the results were decent, especially considering the more affordable price of the thing. Shots look well-exposed, nice and sharp and with vibrant, accurate colors. 

There's also a portrait mode which uses the 5-megapixel depth sensor to give some attractive out-of-focus backgrounds to your portrait shots as well as other features like 4K video, slow motion and a night mode for capturing brighter shots in low light. 

On the front is the first dual-lens selfie camera we've seen from OnePlus. The main front lens offers a huge 32-megapixel resolution, to let you see every detail on your face, while the other is a wide-angle lens, which OnePlus says is designed to let you fit more of your friends into the scene. 


There's a 4,115-mAh battery inside the Nord which should be able to provide enough power to keep you going for a whole day. As always, that'll depend on how you use it - if you spend all morning streaming videos then you'll probably need to give the Nord a boost in the afternoon. 


Excepting absence of IP rating for waterproofing, I'm impressed with this phone. It looks great, has solid specs, 5G and it's certainly more affordable then the rest of the OnePlus range. 

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Global Version Oneplus Nord 5G Snapdragon 765G 48MP Quad Camera 90hz Screen AMOLED 32MP Dual Front Camera Smartphone



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