- Design and materials
- Oxygen OS fluency
- 90 Hz display
- Battery and fast charging
- No stereo speakers
- No headphone jack
- Processed in portraits and selfies
A few months ago, OnePlus presented its proposal in high-end smartphones for 2020. OnePlus Nord is the brand’s bet to conquer the mid-range with weapons very similar to those offered in the OnePlus 8.
The latest OnePlus launches were aimed at conquering the high end. To capture the skies of Android, it was necessary to bet on the most powerful hardware. And that forced OnePlus to raise the prices of its smartphones. Something that the unconditional followers of OnePlus did not like too much.
The OnePlus Nord represents returning to the essence of OnePlus, offering phones at a reasonable price without sacrificing the quality and fluidity of use that have always characterized OnePlus phones. On the way, some benefits have been left with respect to the OnePlus eight that we describe in this analysis and opinion.
The new OnePlus smartphone comes with a very contained price since the top model in the range comes equipped with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage and has a starting price of 499 euros, compared to 399 euros of the model with 8 GB of RAM & 128 GB of internal storage.
- 6.44 inch FluidAMOLED screen | 90 Hz | Format 20: 9 | FullHD + (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) | 408 dpi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G processor | GPU Adreno 620
- RAM 8 | 12 GB LPDDR4X
- Storage 128 | 256 GB UFS 2.1
- 48 Mpx (f / 1.75) main rear cameras with optical stabilizer | 8MP ultra wide angle (f / 2.25) with 119 ° | 2 Mpx macro (f / 2.4) | 5 Mpx depth sensor (f / 2.4)
- Front cameras Main 32 Mpx (f / 2.45) electronic stabilizer | 8MP (f / 2.45) 105 ° ultra-wide angle
- Battery 4.115 mAh Warp Charge 30T (30W)
- Android Oxygen OS 10.5 (Android 10)
- Dual SIM connectivity | 5G | Wi-Fi 802.11 ac | Bluetooth 5.1 | NFC | USB-C | GPS | GLONASS | Galileo
- Dimensions 158.3×73.3×8.2 mm
- Weight 184 g
- Price 399 euros 8 GB RAM and 128 GB | 499 euros 12 GB RAM / 256 GB
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The quality of Oneplus, the finishes remains at its highest levels
On the day of the OnePlus Nord presentation, we told you that one of the characteristics that remained in the new OnePlus smartphone with respect to the OnePlus eight and OnePlus 8 Pro was the quality of the materials that made it up.
Among the main ingredients, we find Corning Gorilla Glass 5 glass and aluminum. Very premium materials that maintain the quality touch when holding the terminal in your hand. Something that also transmits its 184 grams of weight.
The feeling in hand when holding the OnePlus Nord is very similar to that of the OnePlus eight since the design with curved bezels of the back and its rounded profile is very similar in both models, facilitating the grip and the positioning of the terminal in the palm. Hand.
Despite being made of glass, it is not the most slippery mobile we have tested. The sum of the ergonomics of the back, the materials, and the dimensions of 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm make the phone we review easy to use with one hand.
90 Hz fluency and a more compact screen size
One of OnePlus’ primary goals in designing the OnePlus Nord has been to maintain the same seamless user experience that OnePlus devices have conveyed since its inception. From now on, we anticipate that fluidity will be constant in this model, and the screen is not going to be an exception.
Assemble the Fluid AMOLED screen, the same as its predecessors OnePlus 8, although this time it does so with a diagonal of 6.44 inches, with a 20: 9 format, without a curve the screen.
What it does maintain is a frequency of 90 Hz and Full HD + resolution (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) and 408 pp, thus offering a much more fluid user experience without sacrificing the quality of colors and sharpness provided by AMOLED panels.
This AMOLED technology allows the integration of the fingerprint sensor on the screen and a hole in the upper left corner where the dual front camera is located. Another important novelty of this model which we will talk about in more detail in the photography section.
The display offers a rich and intense color scheme thanks to HDR10 + support that provides a high brightness of up to 1,000 nits. The color calibration of this screen is good, although, in our opinion, they come with a somewhat cold factory setting; it can be adjusted to taste from the Android configuration options allowing the temperature adjustment or the DCI-expanded color space. P3 or sRGB.
A processor for gaming, 12 GB of RAM and lots of GB for your data
One of the reasons for the considerable price increase of the 2020 high-end terminals is the integration of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Without a doubt, the best performance comes at a price, and in those cases, a high price.
One of the most essential “cuts” that we find is in the chosen processor. Note the quotation marks used in “cuts” since, although it is true that on paper, the choice of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor involves mounting a processor of a lower category, in practice the change of chip is hardly noticeable except when they are squeezed to the maximum its benefits.
The Snapdragon 765G is probably one of the most balanced processors of the moment. Its 8 Kryo 475 cores provide a good dose of power on a day-to-day basis, managing with ease the execution of all kinds of applications allowing you to jump from one to another with total fluidity.
The 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM that mounts this unit that we are analyzing also contributes to this feeling of total fluidity when using the terminal. There is a more affordable version with 8GB in which nothing indicates that you will get much worse performance.
When it comes time to play, the Adreno 620 GPU faces up to offer an outstanding gaming experience even with the graphics settings at high or very high quality for demanding games like Call of Duty mobile, PUBG, or Asphalt 9 Legends.
Oxygen OS remains the jewel in OnePlus’ crown
Apple has demonstrated a thousand and one times the importance of well-optimized software to get the most out of device hardware. That has been a pending issue for Android terminals for many years. At least until the arrival of Oxygen OS.
Oxygen OS moves in that line by taking gold out of whatever hardware it is installed on. The operating system present in this phone means that there is no difference between OnePlus mobiles that mount a Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 765G that mounts this terminal.
This time Oxygen OS is based on Android 10. Its interface goes from one screen to another and jumps between the open apps immediately and offers some customization options of its own, but always with a stock Android aspect that contributes to not reloading it.
Six cameras that don’t follow extreme zoom trends
In 2019 some manufacturers started a race to see who gets the most extreme photographic zoom. OnePlus completely disassociated itself from this trend, stating that, according to its community. It was more useful to widen the cameras’ field by betting on wide-angle lenses.
For that reason, the OnePlus 8 had a preference for wide-angle lenses. And a discreet Macro camera that provided a shorter focus distance.
In the OnePlus Nord, that same trend is strictly followed. So much so that the new OnePlus smartphone replicates its older brother’s configuration. Improving the offer of an additional camera on the back and another on the front.
Before we detail how the camera behaves, let’s take a look at its Camera app.
An hour of charge for more than a day of use, what more could you ask for?
It integrates a 4,115 mAh battery with which it is not difficult to reach the end. Even with intensive use of it and reach two days of moderate use.
It is not a wrong battery capacity for a smartphone with a contained size (taking into account the size of the smartphones that are coming on the market lately). The balanced weight, and only 8.2 mm.
Best of all, then you won’t have to waste a lot of time recovering 100% of its charge. Since it will take just over 30 minutes to reach 60% of its capacity and 68 minutes to achieve 100%. Thanks to the charging system OnePlus’ fast WARP Charge 30T that we also find in other models of the brand.
This charging system is provided by the 30W charger included in the box. As we already saw in the analysis of the OnePlus 8, wireless charging is not supported. And is reserved only for the top model of the brand.
No minijack and no stereo, but with 5G connectivity
If before we said that OnePlus had not cut in features as necessary as fast charging. We cannot say the same in the sound section. Here we are faced with the reality of a mid-range smartphone.
We talk about cuts such as the absence of a stereo speaker in the OnePlus eight. Or the already usual lack of the 3.5 mm jack to connect the headphones.