Our Opinion

The OnePlus 8 (12GB RAM, 256GB) is a significantly better phone, but the OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the OnePlus 8 (12GB RAM, 256GB)

OnePlus 8 (12GB RAM, 256GB)  OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB) 
OnePlus 8 OnePlus Nord
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Excellence Score
85.5
75.6
Value for Money Score
72.0
84.3
Price ₹ 44,989 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.55 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 90 HzHigh 90 HzHigh
Display Features HDR10+ Support, 90Hz Refresh Rate, Reading Mode, Night Mode Video enhancer, Reading mode, Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 620
RAM 12 GB 12 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 16MP: f/2.2 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, Auto HDR, EIS, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Micro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image 48MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length, 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 8MP: f/2.3 Aperture; 119-degree Ultra-wide Sensor, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/60/240fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, EIS, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching 32MP: f/2.5 Aperture; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size, 8MP: f/2.5 Aperture; 105-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel, HDR, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60fps
Internal Memory 256 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8 mmMedium 8.2 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 184 gmMedium
Width 72.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 73.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4300 mAh 4115 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 30W Warp Charge 30T Yes, 30 Warp Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 5G Compatible (Limited Band Support); UFS 3.0 Storage, Alert Slider; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Gorgeous, premium design - the OnePlus 8 uses a glass back and an aluminium frame - the "interstellar glow" shimmers and shifts colours between gold, pink and blue depending on the lighting and is accented by a subtle gold reflective metal frame
  • On the front is a beautiful edge-to-edge display and a hole-punch selfie camera
  • OnePlus’s handy alert slider is still here, which enables you to quickly switch between silent, vibrate and sound-on modes
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is quite accurate and works quickly
  • The OnePlus 8 is easier to handle with one hand, due to its tall aspect ratio
  • The OnePlus 8 feel relatively lighter and well balanced at just 180g
  • A gorgeous 6.55-inch, FHD+ screen, motion is smooth, colours are vibrant, and the resolution is sufficiently high
  • 90 Hz refresh rate means smooth scrolling in apps, and better graphical fluidity in games, which provides an overall premium experience
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean (stock-like) UIs for Android with a host of additional customisation
  • Blistering performance from the Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset - with its 90Hz display, highly-optimised OxygenOS software, and plenty of under-the-hood tweaks, the OnePlus 8 feels crazy fast
  • Good triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary sensor, a 16MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro camera
  • During the day, main camera captures good detail, colours are really punchy and vibrant, the dynamic range is impressive and white balance appears to be accurate
  • The ultra-wide unit also performs well and adds a fun new perspective - it produces softer images compared to the main cam but it retains the excellent dynamic range
  • Low-light photos are decent and the Night mode further helps in improving the image quality - it reduces the noise, brings even more detail out of the shadows and highlights - it's also probably the fastest night mode in any phone
  • The portrait mode is pretty good - the faux bokeh effect seems pretty well-executed, it delivers a good amount of detail, the images look generally sharp, colours pop while retaining pretty natural and accurate skin tone
  • The selfie camera is very good as well, producing sharp, colourful pictures - the selfie portrait mode looks just as good as with the main camera, the edge detection is surprisingly accurate
  • Good video recording - video looks nice colour-wise, and offers wide dynamic range, good contrast and no noise - the Super Stable video mode gives you gimbal-like stabilisation
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, providing richer, deeper sound
  • Very good battery life with the 4300 mAh battery - it will comfortably last a full day and a half on a single charge with moderate use
  • Excellent fast charging - the Warp Charge 30T can fully top up the phone in just under an hour
  • The OnePlus 8 sticks to the formula that has made OnePlus so successful - it gets you the latest processing package, a versatile camera, and a beautiful display, running the smooth Oxygen OS and is still a great value for money option
  • Elegant and attractive looks - the Nord has the same design language as OnePlus flagships, and the in-hand feel is excellent
  • Front design is similar to some of the Oppo and Realme phones with its dual punch-hole selfie camera
  • The flat panel makes it significantly easier to use the phone with single hand
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor as well as the face unlock works very well, and all it needs is a quick tap to unlock the phone
  • Bright, crisp 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display - the 90Hz display on the Nord is just as vibrant and fluid as the OnePlus 8 with punchy colours and excellent viewing angles
  • The brightness levels are more than enough for any situation indoors while being enough for direct under-the-sun use
  • The OxygenOS is delight to have at this price, it is one of the most thoughtful, simple and clean Android skins which arguably offers the best user experience at this price point
  • Snappy and fluid performance from the new Snapdragon 765G - in regular use there's hardly any difference between the Nord and OnePlus 8, it feels as fast and responsive as it's more expensive sibling - heavy games like PUBG mobile and Asphalt 9 run at their highest setting without any issue or lag
  • Good camera setup for the price - a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, 5MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro
  • The primary camera is the same as the one on the OnePlus 8 and captures good detail and colours are really punchy and vibrant
  • The ultra-wide camera captures does a good job with colours and HDR with expected weaker details than the primary camera
  • The macro camera works decently well when there is a good amount of ambient light around the subject
  • The portrait lens also does a decent job, creates good bokeh and brings out nice portrait shots
  • Low-light photos turn out decent, given strong enough light sources around - for darker scenes, OnePlus offers a dedicated Night mode which can be quite effective in brightening up photos
  • Very good dual selfie cameras, a 32MP primary and an 8MP ultra-wide - the primary camera captures very good details, skin tones look good, and HDR is handled well
  • The ultra-wide front camera is a thoughtful addition which captures a lot wider scene for all your groupies
  • Overall, OnePlus has accumulated a great set of cameras for the price, they need some more tuning which OnePlus is known to provide with future updates
  • Very good battery life from the 4115 mAh battery - it can easily accommodate for a day and half worth of usage with light to moderate use at 90 Hz, switching to 60 Hz improves the battery even futher
  • Very good fast charging with the provided 30W charger in the box - it is able to take the battery to around 93 per cent in an hour, which is fairly quick
  • The OnePlus Nord ticks all the right boxes - you get a 90Hz AMOLED display, robust hardware, good set of cameras at the back and front, unmatched software experience, and 30W fast charging - OnePlus did a fantastic job distilling the essence of its flagships into the Nord, and the result is one of the best mid-range phones in 2020
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The macro camera is a gimmick at best - this cheaper sensor is nowhere near the excellent macro capabilities demonstrated by the ultra-wide sensor of last year
  • The lack of a telephoto camera is disappointing - the crop zoom isn't nearly as good as the proper 2x telephoto, the images lack detail, are soft, fuzzy and noisy
  • Overall, while the cameras on the OnePlus 8 are pretty good, there are no major improvements compared to the cameras of last year's OnePlus 7T - instead, the camera on this phone feels like a downgrade without the telephoto lens and the 2MP macro doesn't add any real value
  • The Nord has a plastic mid-frame which definitely affects its premium positioning
Expert Reviews
  1. The OnePlus 8 is an excellent phone with nice camera, excellent battery life, bright and buttery-smooth 90Hz display and probably the best-sounding stereo speakers in town
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The OnePlus 8 is a fantastic performer
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. OnePlus 8 maintains enough specs like, a 90Hz display, an enduring battery life and a top-of-the-line processor to deliver a premium Android experience
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. These are OnePlus' best phones yet, and they're both still a good value
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The OnePlus 8 is a great option at this price
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The OnePlus 8 is the new affordable flagship to beat
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The OnePlus 8 is a balanced handset
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus 8 sticks to the formula that has made OnePlus so successful
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The OnePlus 8 does everything you want it to and is a great daily partner
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The OnePlus 8 looks like a high-end flagship
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A faultless next-gen flagship killer
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. The OnePlus 8 delivers solid performance, long battery life at an attractive price
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. There's no arguing that this is an excellent phone this price
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A stunningly beautiful phone that is extremely capable, a joy to use, and gets you through a full day is a solid deal
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Mean green flagship machine
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. This Is the Android Phone for Most People
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. The OnePlus 8 is a fantastic smartphone at an amazing price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The OnePlus Nord shines with its display, performance and gaming experiences
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The same OnePlus experience, but at a lower price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus Nord is a compact smartphone that offers the smoothest smartphone experience at this price
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Nord is an impressive smartphone, OnePlus has added all the right ingredients to jump-start its affordable phase of devices
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. It has a comfortable, high-end design, smooth performance, and long-lasting battery life you don't have to worry about
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Nord is a budget phone you can buy without worrying that it’ll need to be replaced next year.
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. One of the best mid-range phones in 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus Nord appears to be quite an impressive deal because of the sum of its premium design, and powerful internals
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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