The OnePlus node possibly the most hyped phone of 2020. With this phone, OnePlus hopes to recreate the hysteria that started it all with the OnePlus One, and is it worth all that hype. The Chinese manufacturer has had the OnePlus Nord (previously rumored to be called the OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus Z) hype train on the tracks for a while, drip-feeding us a number of specs, and even shots of the handset, ahead of its July 21, 2020 launch.
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OnePlus Nord release date and price
- OnePlus Nord price: starts at around $480 ( Rs. 24,999)
- OnePlus Nord launch date: July 21, 2020
- OnePlus Nord release date: August 4, 2020
Design and display
- Size: 16.36 cm (6.44 inches)
- Resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels 408ppi
- Aspect Ratio: 20:9
- Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
- Type: Fluid AMOLED with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
The OnePlus Nord looks pretty good on that glossy corning gorilla glass 5 Protected back panel. In fact, even the front is protected by corning gorilla glass 5. My only gripe is the mid-frame is made of plastic with a fake metallic polish. I really don’t like that finish and it is intended to make you believe that it is actually made of aluminum when it is not that apart the knot doesn’t have any IP rating. But comes with requisite rubber seals to provide some bit of protection.
I’m pretty sure that design is one of the strong points of this phone and is definitely bound to ruffle a few feathers in the mid-range segment. The nord has a 6.44 inch fluid AMOLED 1080p panel with a 90-hertz refresh rate and there’s corning’s gorilla glass 5 cover protection on top of it. I must say this, I didn’t like the quality of the screen protector you get inside the box. The flat-panel reminded me of the panel on the OnePlus 7t actually only difference is instead of the waterdrop notch there’s now a dual punch hole camera on the display which looks like a pill. I’m not a fan of these dual punch solutions but thankfully you get an ultra-wide selfie camera and not a shiny depth sensor and to add to that this punch hole is in the top left corner and gets hidden away in landscape mode while playing games. So in many use case scenarios I’m okay with this display supports HDR-ready content on Netflix as well there’s a fast in-display scanner and a very good linear vibration motor for precise haptic feedback.
Camera and Battery
- Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP depth + 8MP ultra-wide+ 2MP macro
- Front Camera: 32MP + 8MP ultra-wide
- Battery: 4,115mAh battery and supports Warp Charge 30T fast charging.
The main camera is a 48 megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensors attached by 1.75 lens, which is optically stabilized it is ably supported by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide 2-megapixel macro and a 5-megapixel depth camera. To be honest, one plus could have easily skipped the macro and depth for a telephoto, but while telephoto cameras and the lenses attached to it inside a smartphone are generally very expensive. And of course, they will also take up more space inside the phone once you fit them in and therefore making it fat.
The OnePlus Nord Comes with 4,115mah battery and support Warp Charge 30T isn’t all about speed, but it can refill Nord from 0 to 70% in just half an hour. Our charging technology is also smart enough to keep your phone cool during heavy use.
Performance and software
- Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android™ 10
- CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G 5G mobile platform
- GPU: Adreno 620
- RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
- Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS2.1
The one reason why I would recommend the Nord even without testing it is for the oxygen os experience. I got a clean UI with absolutely no hiccups whatsoever the customization options are aplenty and there’s no bloatware or notification spam or pesky cleaner apps. OnePlus has promised two years of assured software updates and three years of security updates. OnePlus has managed to maintain the same kind of smoothness and speed that you get from its more expensive flagships like the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 pro.