Most Android mobile manufacturers have a large number of products in their catalog. Brands like Huawei or Samsung launch dozens of mobiles every year. However, others such as OnePlus focus on a few terminals and, although the number of them has increased in recent years, we are talking about a much lower figure than that of its rivals.
There was only one exception to this rule since along with the launch of the OnePlus 2 the company offered a new range of mid-range products, launched by the OnePlus X, which had no continuity.
Today the company has announced the first of what will be, at least theoretically, its new line of mid-range mobiles. We have spent a few days with him OnePlus Nord and we bring you first impressions.
The three main axes of the OnePlus Nord
Contrary to what the company is doing in the high range, when you want to design a good mid-range mobile, you need its price to be contained and that involves making some sacrifices.
Despite that, OnePlus was clear that everything related to speed and fluidity was going to stay in this model And that is their brand image and the reason why many users buy their products.
Fluidity was non-negotiable
That said, in the days when we have been testing this model we have missed some of the high-end things such as wireless charging or double speaker, but this is not a problem when recommending this model since we have to be very clear that, although sometimes it does not seem like it, it is a mid-range.
A camera that lives up to expectations
The first of the sections on which the company has focused is on photography. To bring good quality to this mobile, they have implemented a system very similar to that used by the OnePlus 8. In fact, the main 48-megapixel camera is the same as that of the model already launched, which gives us an idea of the quality that We can wait both in good light and at night.
In addition, it becomes one of the few mobile phones under € 500 to implement a optical image stabilization on your main sensor. It is something that is rumored that Samsung will do with its Galaxy A soon but, today, the Nord stands out in this.
Both the macro and wide-angle sensors have been maintained, although the latter has reduced its resolution from 16 Mpx to 8 Mpx. This is one of the main problems that we can have in the mid-range, a wide angle that offers us all the clarity that we would like. It is especially appreciated at night.
Surprisingly, we have seen that a fourth sensor has been included, but it is not a telephoto but a depth measurement sensor for portrait mode. The company explained that neither an optical zoom is included in this model nor in the OnePlus 8 because the cost of this element is high and many of its users do not even value it when choosing a mobile.
We also see improvements in the front, with a double sensor. We have an improved main camera, with 32 Mpx, and a wide angle of 8 Mpx that helps us a lot when taking group photos.
I wish the latter had had more resolution but it is true that, on the front, this is not common.
Despite everything, behind us we would have been confirmed with a conventional sensor like the one it has and a better wide angle, even if we only had two cameras in the rear area.
Fluency was mandatory
The second of the great pillars on which this model is based is speed. OnePlus is one of the brands that best optimizes your phones and thanks to the Oxygen interface it offers us both versatility and fluidity.
The choice of processor has been especially relevant for the company, as some of its managers have already explained. In our first tests we have seen that the performance was more than decent for a mid-range mobile and we have been able to use it for games and applications without any lag or hang.
Here also the amount of memory that has been implemented is appreciated. There are two models, one with 8 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage and the other, which we have tested, with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory.
Despite being a mid-range mobile, neither of the two variants comes with a slot to expand storage with a micro SD card. The reason for this decision is that users do not always strive to search for a card with a high speed of reading and writing and failure to do so would hinder the experience with the mobile.
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Here we must also highlight the presence of the 90 Hz refresh rate on display, which uses OLED technology. It is rare to see a mobile in this price range that includes this feature but OnePlus was clear that it was one of those things that helped to give the impression of speed they were looking for.
A high-end finish
The last of the key aspects of the OnePlus Nord is the finish and the quality of materials. We have a phone with a slightly higher weight than the OnePlus 8, with a metal frame built with magnesium alloy and other metals and a glass front and back protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The sensation that it gives in the hand does not differ much from the rest of the mobiles of this company, and the truth is that this is appreciated since some rivals with terminals with a price similar to this one still use variants of polycarbonate or plastic in certain parts of the building your mobiles.
In the aesthetic section, it is striking that the company has moved its rear camera block to the left instead of leaving it in the central part. As far as we have been able to know, the reason why this was done until now was the placement of internal components and in this model there has been no such requirement.
The OnePlus Nord is an easy mobile to recommend
All these features have been thoroughly studied and chosen but it would not have been enough if the terminal failed in other aspects. The best we can say about the OnePlus Nord is that it does not.
We have a battery with a more than decent autonomy, especially if we set the refresh rate to 60 Hz. About the interface we can say practically nothing wrong and the design, although it is quite conventional, seems very positive, especially in the unit with blue color.
The final clasp is set by the price. The model with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage costs € 499, which is the price that rivals have with less memory. The version with eight GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, which we find much more attractive, costs € 399, making it a really easy mobile to recommend.