Our Opinion

The OnePlus Nord (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus Nord (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

OnePlus Nord (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB 
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Excellence Score
72.8
68.4
Value for Money Score
83.0
61.6
Price ₹ 27,998 onwards ₹ 37,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1440x3040 pixels (~ 551 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 90 HzHigh 60 HzStandard
Display Features Video enhancer, Reading mode, Night mode Dynamic AMOLED, HDR10, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9820 OctaRanked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 620 Mali-G76 MP12
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G 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 + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length (wide); 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4um Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1/3.6" Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Autofocus; OIS; 2x Optical Zoom, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide), Auto-HDR, Panorama, Slo-mo Video ([email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]), HDR, Dual-video Rec.
Secondary Camera 32MP + 8MP 10MP
Secondary Camera Features 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 F/1.9 Aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual Video Call, Auto-HDR, 4K Video Rec.
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.2 mmMedium 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 184 gmMedium 157 gmMedium
Width 73.3 mmOk for one-handed use 70.4 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4115 mAh 3400 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, 30 Warp Charge Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Supersonic Fingerprint Sensor; Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Fast Wireless charging; Bixby; Samsung Pay; Reverse Wireless charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; AKG sound
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Absolutely gorgeous, slick design, which is truly all-screen, and zero bezels - with a punch hole for the front camera
  • Top quality build
  • Feels great in the hand thanks to curved sides on the front and back
  • More compact and easier to handle than the Galaxy S10+
  • The new in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor also works well, and even with wet/greasy fingers - plus it's more secure than the 2D optical sensor on the likes of the OnePlus 6T, since it creates a 3D map of your finger
  • There is also lightning fast face unlock
  • Brilliant, killer display - the new quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display on the Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s best display yet and arguably the best smartphone display yet, and absolutely immersive, with its all-screen design
  • Dynamic Tone Mapping delivers enhanced brightness and a wider color range and Samsung has worked to reduce blue light emission, which can be harmful for your eyes
  • The Galaxy S10’s panel also gets plenty bright at 625 nits of peak brightness
  • The OneUI software on the Galaxy S10 is slick and streamlined as promised, and fairly easy to use - it's one of the better Android UIs you will come across - in fact, it is arguably the best custom Android skin after Oxygen OS, and that’s a huge deal for the Samsung brand
  • With the power beast Exynos 9820 chip inside, the Galaxy S10 is simply the fastest Android phone yet - and only a shade behind Apple's iPhone XR/XS - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it - and gameplay in even the most complex games is smooth like butter
  • There is also a new set of features Samsung calls “Intelligent Performance” - using artificial intelligence, the Galaxy S10 lineup can automatically and continuously optimize battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on what you’re doing with the phone at any given time - Intelligent Performance also learns when you use certain apps over time, and it can pre-load them in the background based on time and location - this way, your most frequently used apps are lightning-fast to launch
  • Continuing Samsung's tradition of including some excellent cameras on its flagships, the 4 cameras on the S10 (3 rear + 1 front) pack quite some punch are are easily among the best on any phone available currently - taking the top spots along with the Pixel 3/XL and the iPhone XS/Max
  • The three cameras in the rear include a 12-MP dual-pixel main shooter with a variable aperture (f/1.5, f/2.4), a 12-MP telephoto lens (f/2.4) with a 2x optical zoom and an ultra-wide 16-MP camera (f/2.2) that gives you a 123-degree view
  • The ultra-wide angle lens on the S10 Plus can produce dramatic-looking photos, giving you a more captivating view of almost any scene
  • If you like portraits, you’ll like the Live Focus effects Samsung has added to the mix - you can choose from Blur, Spin, Zoom and Color point (which puts the main subject in color and the background in black and white) - you can also apply these effects to portraits or selfies after you shoot
  • Low light photography is pretty strong too, though not quite to the level of the Pixel 3
  • The front camera is pretty good too (though portraits aren't as good as on the S10+)
  • Video recording is top-notch too, especially with the new 'Super Steady' mode - that produces the kind of smooth tracking shots you’d see in a movie
  • Includes a headphone jack, something that's not that easy to find among flagships today
  • Has pretty powerful speakers (though they are not up to the level of the the stereo sound from the iPhone XS Max which delivers more robust bass and richer audio overall)
  • Good battery life with a 3400mAh battery, an optimized processor, and AI based 'Adaptive Battery' chops
  • The handy PowerShare feature lets you use the back of the S10 to wirelessly charge other phones and gadgets that use the Qi standard (including the iPhones XS, and Galaxy Buds)
  • The Galaxy S10 is easily one of the best Android phones money can buy, with a slick design, a gorgeous display, blazing fast performance, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, further improved cameras and good battery life
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The Nord has a plastic mid-frame which definitely affects its premium positioning
  • The punch hole for the front camera can be a bit distracting at times - especially when you’re using an app with a white background like Gmail - whether you prefer this approach to a 'full screen' device or the water-drop notch approach may be down to personal preference - while notches are usually larger, they still maintain the symmetry of the phone - so it's a bit of a toss-up - though, just like a notch, this is something you quickly get used to, and ultimately stop even noticing
  • Overall, while the cameras on the Galaxy S10 are right up there with the very best, they are still a shade behind the Pixel 3 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, in terms of low-light photography
  • While fast charging is of course supported, the charging speeds over the Adaptive Fast Charging protocol aren't all that impressive for a 2019 flagship - it will take you 30 minutes to charge the phone to about 36% with the included 15W charger in the box - it's a decent speed but the fast charging standards of the likes of OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are significantly better
  • There is still strong competition though - while the S10 is a great, powerful all-rounder, if you are looking for the best camera, you should consider the Pixel 3, and if you are looking for even more powerful performance, brighter display, or prefer the iOS ecosystem, you should look at the iPhone XS
Expert Reviews
  1. The OnePlus Nord is a solid 5G-enabled mid-ranger, one combining a well-balanced specs sheet, with the excellent, class-leading experience of Oxygen OS
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The OnePlus Nord shines with its display, performance and gaming experiences
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The same OnePlus experience, but at a lower price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus Nord is a compact smartphone that offers the smoothest smartphone experience at this price
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. 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 »
  7. 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 »
  8. One of the best mid-range phones in 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. 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 »
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  1. Superb phone...easy to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. All the S10 Plus power in a smaller package
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung's big 2019 flagship Android phones deliver in more ways than you'd think
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone that does it all and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, your search ends here
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones are sleek, gorgeous, powerful, cutting-edge devices
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. As good as the Galaxy S10+ on most counts..if you’re looking for a flagship smartphone that scores high on performance, photography, and aesthetics, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is perfect for you
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Galaxy 10 isn’t just a big step forward for Samsung, it’s a giant leap ahead of the competition
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Perfect premium smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Let's be clear, the Galaxy S10 is a killer phone that delivers near-perfect performance across the board
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great phone
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Samsung’s latest flagship is a worthy iPhone XS killer
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. We have a new king
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. An amazing phone
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. The Galaxy S10 gets just about everything right, and is a stunning all-round package
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
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