OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB)  +2 variations

price₹ 29,999 onwards

launchAug, 2020

79.3

excellence score

89.1

value for money score

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Design

  • 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
  • The Nord has a plastic mid-frame which definitely affects its premium positioning

Display

  • 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

Software

  • The OxygenOS is delight to have at this price, it is one of the most thoughtful, simple and clean Andriod skins which arguably offers the best user experience at this price point

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Battery

  • Very good battery life from the 4115 mAh battery - it can easily accomodatd 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

Verdict

  • 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

Expert Reviews

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  1. The OnePlus Nord shines with its display, performance and gaming experiences
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  2. The same OnePlus experience, but at a lower price
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  3. The OnePlus Nord is a compact smartphone that offers the smoothest smartphone experience at this price
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  4. The Nord is an impressive smartphone, OnePlus has added all the right ingredients to jump-start its affordable phase of devices
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  5. It has a comfortable, high-end design, smooth performance, and long-lasting battery life you don't have to worry about
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  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
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OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.44 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate90 HzHigh
Display Features
  • Video enhancer
  • Reading mode
  • Night mode
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.4 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 765GRanked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 620
RAM12 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4115 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 30 Warp Charge, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight184 gmMedium
Thickness8.2 mmMedium
Width73.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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: 4K@30fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps
  • EIS
Secondary Camera32MP + 8MP
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: 4K@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60fps
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
5GYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + NavIC + SBAS
CompassYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • UFS 2.1 Storage
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor

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