OnePlus Nord, first impressions with price, features and opinion

A first contact with the new cheap OnePlus mobile.

It’s been three years since the last time OnePlus launched a mobile whose price was below 500 euros, and four years since the last brand model for the mid-range segment. So the one with the new OnePlus Nord It was one of the most anticipated releases of this unusual year. Now, OnePlus’ new cheap smartphone is here.

And not only have we already attended the virtual presentation of the OnePlus Nord, but, during the last days, we have been able to test the new OnePlus phone With which the brand aspires to conquer the segment of the mid-premium range based on a philosophy that is closer to what once defined the OnePlus One, than to that of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

OnePlus Nord in blue, rear with four cameras

The back of the OnePlus Nord, in blue

OnePlus Nord, technical sheet

OnePlus Nord
specs
Dimensions 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
184 grams
screen 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED
90 Hz
Support sRGB and Display P3
Gorilla Glass 5
Resolution Full HD + (2400 x 1080 pixels)
20: 9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 8/12 GB LPDDR4X
Operating system OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10
Storage 128/256 GB UFS 2.1
Cameras Rear: 48 MP f / 1.75 Sony IMX586 with OIS / EIS + Ultrawide 8 MP f / 2.25 + Macro 2 MP f / 2.4 + Depth Sensor 5 MP f / 2.4
Frontal:32 MP f / 2.45 + Ultrawide 8 MP f / 2.45Sony IMX616 (105º FOV)
Battery 4,115 mAh with fast charge Warp Charge 30T
Others Alert Slider, on-screen optical fingerprint reader, face unlock, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, USB 2.0 Type C

Design and screen: aesthetics that lose in personality and gain in practicality

It may not be one of the strengths of the device as it is in the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, but the design of this OnePlus Nord It is at the level of some of the best mobiles in its category.

Just take a first look to realize that the Nord is a cousin of the realme X50 5G, and that both models share a series of features in terms of design such as the curved glass back, plastic sides or double hole in the screen.

OnePlus Nord in use

The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch screen

Be that as it may, first impressions are good: the Nord is a handy mobile, not excessively heavy and with a more than correct thickness. A pity that, on this occasion, OnePlus has chosen a shiny finish to the rear instead of the matte coating that we find in the higher-end models.

The screen, however, yes it is one of its key aspects. OnePlus has opted for a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED panel of very good quality, which offers a very good color reproduction, levels of brightness – maximum and minimum – more than acceptable and a minimum response time It combines perfectly with the fluidity provided by the 90 Hz refresh rate, inherited from the OnePlus 8. Neither is there a need for greater sharpness, despite the fact that the pixel density remains at just over 400 ppi.

In this sense, it is necessary to mention that the flat screen is, in my opinion, a clear point in favor for this OnePlus Nord versus the 8 and 8 Pro in terms of practicality and comfort of use.

Power and performance: a cheap OnePlus is still a OnePlus

The sensation of speed, added to an extreme fluidity, is the differential signal of any OnePlus mobile, regardless of its price. And of course, that was not going to change on the OnePlus Nord.

Thanks to the Snapdragon 765G added to the 12 GB of RAM with which the unit that we have been able to test these days has, the Nord works devilishly fast in any circumstance, and the device does not suffer at any time, no matter how heavy the task carried out.

Although it is still too early to assess aspects such as autonomy, I would venture to say that the OnePlus Nord is probably the best performing mobile in its category in terms of performance and overall experience, and much of the guilt has it once again the customization layer used by OnePlus to bring your device to life, OxygenOS.

OxygenOS at OnePLus Nord

OxygenOS brings OnePlus Nord to life

What I can assess after several days using the terminal is its impressive loading speed thanks to the Warp Charge 30T 30W technology, the same that we found in the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. Unfortunately, this model is left without support for wireless charging.

Photography and multimedia: four cameras on the back with a well-known sensor

In order to offer this device to a price less than 500 euros –Or less than 400 euros in its most affordable version– in any of its configurations, it is clear that OnePlus has been forced to cut in certain aspects, and one of them is photography.

Although it is the terminal with the largest number of cameras ever created by OnePlus, the reality is that we find the odd important cut regarding the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The first is found in the using a 48 megapixel IMX586 sensor as leader of the rear camera system. It is an older sensor than the Sony IMX689 of the same resolution that mounts the OnePlus 8 Pro; and the second resides in the lack of a “telephoto” sensor, which OnePlus replaces this time with the already classic tandem of macro and depth sensor that we have seen in the mid-range of other companies.

OnePlus Nord in the hand, rear

The OnePlus Nord has four cameras on its back

In addition to those three sensors, we also found a 8 megapixel resolution super wide angle camera, which is not only present at the rear, but it is also possible to find a very similar sensor on the frontright next to the main chamber to selfies 32 megapixel. Thorough testing of each and every sensor will be available very soon on the OnePlus Nord review.

Price and where to buy the OnePlus Nord

The OnePlus Nord has been presented today by the company, and can already be found on the official website of the brand, where it is possible to reserve it before its global launch, scheduled for next August 4. As for their prices, it will depend on the chosen configuration, although in no case will it exceed the barrier of 500 euros:

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