I have been using the OnePlus Nord for quite a few weeks now. Maybe the most extended review unit I have ever used something pre-launch. But OnePlus is one of those companies where they have a separate impressions embargo for unboxings and stuff and then a reviews embargo, which is smart because then you have created two different waves of press about your product. We will be talked about this later in another article.
So, I figured I would give you guys this quick article of all the official stuff about Nord in one place. Thus, the spec, the design, the hardware and some of the essential things like the availability and the price. So, this is everything you need to know. So, we saw the design, of course, revealed already in our exclusive but here is a better crispy high-resolution look at Nord and these two colors here are blue marble and grey onyx and it is not bad. But my take is mixed on the design. So remember when carl showed those prototype designs that they were considering before they scrapped them and then went with the more traditional design.
I like those designs more than the one they settled on. Like these had a little more character they had that matte finish, they had a little more unique and identifiable features. But they ended up going back here to a more recognizable OnePlus a design which means the vertical camera module on the back which fair. You know that has been a OnePlus thing for a little while, but I think it takes away from the Character. I mean look at this is not the Nord this is the oppo reno 3 pro.
It just looks like yet another version of kind of the same phone I am just saying. But the point of the OnePlus Nord is to move down at a price. So, we have all heard the OnePlus story a thousand times. Still, they’ve been creeping up and up and up slowly in price over the years as they approach flagship status and use more and more expensive parts.
So people started to wonder are they just leaving the whole cheap phone thing are they abandoning what got them so many fans in the first place which was great phones for a low price and so with Nord they’re back at that. It seems like this is about as good as an overall package as you are going to get for the price. That price is 399 Euros.
What are the Specifications of OnePlus Nord?
Specifically, because this phone is not available in the US or North America at all, but we will get to that in a second. So, for that price, you are getting a lot so in the spec department that is a snapdragon 765g, 8 gigs of ram and 128 gigs of storage. But there is also a 12 gigabytes ram and 256Gb storage model, and then upfront is a flat 6.4-inch 1080p 90-hertz AMOLED display with the fingerprint reader underneath and 180-hertz touch sampling rates.
That’s pretty nice for this price now you can tell it’s not quite the tippy top flagship stuff we expect for higher costs, of course, a 900$ or 1000$ phone will have a higher refresh rate and even higher resolution and just overall better quality panels.
But even at 1080p here you are looking at over 400 pixels per inch and most people spending 400 bucks on the phone cannot tell the difference between 90 hertz and 120 hertz. The whole thing gets close to the bezels; this does not feel like a cheap phone screen at all. It is also understood the dual hole punch cutout at the front and just overall it is an excellent Display. The fingerprint reader from what I can tell is about the same as what I have seen in other OnePlus phones it is optical. It is low on the phone, so it is easy to reach and then behind that display powering everything is a 4115 milliamp-hour battery.
Pretty good-sized battery and it comes with warp charge 30t charger in the box. So, you are getting fast charging that we are used to with other OnePlus phones included at this price. So that is like 0-70% charged in half an hour if you need it. That is always nice to have. Now there is no wireless charging in this phone there is no official IP water or dust resistance rating, and while we are at it there are a couple of other places, they save money. Oneplus have used ufs 2.1 storage, and they have used USB 2.0 data speeds even though you still have fast-charged, so there are some places where they have cut it back.
But if you have been paying attention, you have probably noticed something by now which is unlike a lot of the other budget phones I’ve reviewed especially lately this doesn’t go super all-in on one spec and then kind of skimp on the rest. This feels like a much more balanced package. The build quality is here. You have metal and glass you got that alert slider we are used to the 90-hertz OLED display is a great place to start. You have a good-sized battery with fast charging.
Four camera will do the job?
A pretty nice set of specs again this isn’t the review, but the 765g processor has some pretty good performance results so far and, that’s paired with plenty of rams. So maybe with a budget phone, you hear all this you’re like.
Oh, I know so the camera’s trash right. It is usually common in cheap phones. So it is a quad-camera system, so you start with a 48-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel ultrawide camera and then a 2-megapixel macro camera and then a 5-megapixel depth sensor. So it’s like okay they can say it’s a quad-camera system.
But most people are just going to be using the first two cameras, and then the main camera is the same camera same hardware as the OnePlus 8, not the OnePlus 8 pro. The selfie cameras you got a 32-megapixel selfie camera and then a second 8-megapixel ultra-wide selfie camera upfront I got to be testing all those things.
But a couple of things on the camera. One is OnePlus has called it like a flagship quality camera. I would not call it a flagship camera. I will say the OnePlus 8 pro has what I consider a flagship quality camera.
Because it is their flagship and that stays up to par with the Samsung’s and apples and Huawei’s of the world. But also, OnePlus does have an excellent track record at least from my experience of improving camera quality over time with software updates. So while this isn’t you know the highest and most fantastic camera this is now a couple of months or multiple months into the development in this camera system, so it’s going to be better than some of the garbage we’ve seen in other 400 android phones. Then I do like that they have dual selfie cameras up here the one standard one ultra-wide instead of like some borderline useless depth sensor.
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So if you’re going to do the dual cutout which this is the first time OnePlus has ever done two cameras up front, uh you might as well make use of it, so they got the pillbox cut out and two cameras so my full analysis of these cameras of this new chipset and the performance and of course, all the other stuff the screen and everything that goes with it will be in the full review.
But, if I remember my first impressions well enough, it’s that this is a pretty promising package they’ve kept up because of that balance a lot of the fast and smooth stuff pretty well, so the most crucial thing left then is the availability.
So, with this first Nord phone, OnePlus is focusing on India, China, and Europe. So it’s not coming to North America this is your list of launch countries here so you can see if your country is or isn’t on that list, not the widest launch ever. Still, there will be more phones later in the Nord lineup with other names that may come to the united states or North America or to other regions that aren’t listed in that graphic. So, most people who are not in those regions probably will not get their hands on this phone.
Is OnePlus Nord worth for 399$?
Finally, my thoughts about OnePlus Nord is it’s that overall steady package of nothing too crazy but not skimping on almost anything a lot of phones in this price range like if we take out iPhone SE. Because that is the other giant gorilla in the room at this exact price, this seems like one of those better well-rounded things you can get you are going to get a big battery, fast charging, beautiful screen, high refresh rate, 5g compatibility, a lot is going here turns out the reason people wanted OnePlus to come back to this lower price and make a device in this specs. It is because they are pretty good at it.