OnePlus Nord Launched: Worth The Hype?

When it comes to flagship devices, the only brand that comes in mind on the Android side of things is OnePlus. Yes, you heard it right. Over the past few years, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oneplus has done some tremendous work in the field of high power and premium flagship devices that everybody loves. # OnePlus Nord

In December 2014, alongside the release of the OnePlus One in India exclusively through Amazon, OnePlus also announced plans to establish a presence in the country and started its operations and services.

Many may consider OnePlus as a flagship smartphone brand, but that’s not true, with their first phone the OnePlus One, alongside that they also launched the OnePlus X. A budget flagship phone that came with Snapdragon 801 SoC at an affordable price.

The OnePlus Nord: The OnePlus Z Lite Thing?

OnePlus Nord Specs

Finally, after months of leaks and rumors, OnePlus Nord is launched today.

OnePlus Nord Key Specifications:

Display

6.44 Inch 90Hz FHD+ Fluid AMOLED

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G With 5G X52 Modem

RAM

6GB/8GB/12GB

Storage

64GB/128GB/256GB

OS

Oxygen OS 10.5 Based On Android 10

Rear Camera

48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP

Front Camera

32MP Sony IMX616 + 8MP Wide Angle

Battery

4115 mAh Battery With Warp Charge 30T

Build & Design:

OnePlus Nord

The OnePlus Nord comes with a premium glass sandwich design with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back. It resembles the same design language as found on the OnePlus 8 series.
The device measures 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm and weighs around 185g. However, it is very light-weighted and is overall well balanced.

With a sturdy build and firm grip, the device fits perfectly in the hands. OnePlus claims that the device is water and dust resistant however there are no IP ratings for the same.

The power button is located on the right side along with the signature OnePlus alert slider while on the left we find the volume rockers. At the bottom edge, we find USB-C port, the speaker grill, and a dual sim card slot, but lacks the headphone jack which is a drawback.

The device will be available in two color varient: The Grey Onyx & The Marble Blue Respectively.

Display:

OnePlus Nord

On the display front, the OnePlus Nord comes with a 6.44-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED dual punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels with a pixel density of 395 pixels per inch (PPI), sRGB and Display P3 support and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display comes with a 90Hz refresh rate and up to 180Hz touch sampling rate which helps in smoother animations, scrolling, and general navigation in Android and overall buttery smooth experience while playing games that support a higher refresh rate.

The display also complies with HD standards (Widevine L1) required by OTT apps like Netflix Amazon Prime etc to play videos in HD & 4K resolution.

Talking about the protection the display comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 and a pre-applied screen protector as well.

Hardware & Performance:

OnePlus Nord

Snapdragon 765G is the processor that’s powering the device. The processor is as powerful as the last-gen Snapdragon 855, in some scenarios, it may even perform better than the 855. And the main advantage of this chip is its GPU and the X52 5G modem, making it the cheapest 5G ready chip to date.

Snapdragon 765G Specifications:

1x Kryo 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-based) Prime core @ 2.4GHz | 1x Kryo | 475 (ARM Cortex-A76-Based) Performance core @ 2.2GHz | 6x (ARM Cortex-A55-Based) Efficiency Cores @ 1.8GHz | 7nm EUV Process | Adreno 620 | X52 5G Modem

The device comes with up to 12GB of LPDDR 4X RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage.

Software:

The OnePlus Nord runs on Oxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10. Oxygen OS provides a relatively clean Android experience with a few extra features and improvements on top. OnePlus is also promises that the Nord will receive two years of major Android version updates and three years of security patch updates — just like the flagship OnePlus devices.

OnePlus also mentioned that they have made around 280 optimizations to improve the overall performance and stability of the device.

Connectivity & Features:

OnePlus Nord

X52 5G Modem | 4G VoLTE | VoWi-Fi | Alert Slider | Wi-Fi 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC |Bluetooth 5.1 | Supports aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC | GPS (L1+L5 Dual Band), GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, SBAS, A-GPS, NavIC | NFC

Battery & Charging:

The OnePlus Nord comes with a massive 4115mAh battery that charges with a 30W fast charger included in the box and uses the proprietory OnePlus WARP charge 30T. OnePlus also claims that the device should charge from 0 to 70 in just 30min.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 765G and the 7nm process technology which also helps in saving battery yet offering great performance and the battery should be enough to power the gorgeous 90Hz AMOLED display.

OnePlus Nord's Camera:

Rear Camera:

OnePlus Nord

One Plus Nord comes with a quad-camera rear setup with its 48 mega-pixel main cameras as a highlight along with 8 mega-pixel 119° wide-angle lens, 5 MP Depth Sensor, and 2 MP Macro Camera. The 48 MP camera with f/1.75 aperture rating, is powered by the IMX586 sensor as its elder brother, One Plus 8 has, for clicking more detailed pictures even in the low light with the help of nightscape shooting mode that includes long exposure too.

The Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) furthermore eliminates shakiness and blurriness from every photo, thus providing perfect clicks anytime and at any place. But it only has an option of 2x optical zoom available in the days of 5x optical zoom.

Front Camera:

OnePlus Nord

On the other side, OnePlus have given dual front-facing cameras in the Nord: 32 mega-pixel selfie camera with a Sony IMX 616 sensor and an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 105° wide-angle view. Its 32MP selfie camera features advance smart image processing that ensures finer details and clarity of the picture. While its 8MP wide-angle camera is just perfect while taking groupies.

Video:

Talking about Nord’s videography through the rear camera, it can capture 4K videos up to 30fps; 1080p videos up to 60fps, and a slow-mo of the same resolution up to 240fps with video stabilization and perfect color quality. However, its major drawback is that it lacks 960fps recording which is available in many of its competitors.

To top things even more the front camera is also capable of shooting 4K and 1080p videos at 30/60fps very smoothly and that’s why this phone has a saying “Record in 4K at 60 selfies per second”.

Pros:

Snapdragon 765G | 90Hz AMOLED | Quad Camera | 4115mAh Battery With 30W Fast Charging

Cons:

No Headphone Jack | No IP-Rating | No 5x Zoom

OnePlus Nord Pricing & Availability:

The OnePlus Nord will go on sale starting August 4th, 2020 on both Amazon.in & OnePlus.in
The device will be available in two color variants: The Grey Onyx & The Marble Blue respectively, and will be available in:

6GB RAM + 64GB ROM – Rs:25,999
8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – Rs:27,999
12GB RAM + 256GB ROM – Rs:29,999

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