OnePlus Nord Review with Pros and Cons

OnePlus has launched a new series smartphone in India and this time its budget smartphone but its not 20k or 15k phone, OnePlus Nord is priced at Rs 24,999 in India. Now, there are some people who said, OnePlus Nord is an overpriced smartphone, so let’s see is it overpriced or Not?

OnePlus Nord price in India starts from Rs 24,999 for 6GB of Ram and 64GB storage. OnePlus also offers, 8GB Ram and 128GB storage which is priced at Rs 27,999 yet if you want more ram then there is another variant that comes with 12GB of Ram and 256GB internal storage and this will cost you Rs 29,999.

OnePlus Nord Display Quality

OnePlus Nord Review

OnePlus Nord comes with 6.44-inches FHD+ display with 2400×1080 pixels resolution. OnePlus has used AMOLED display which is a good thing because, at 25k, RealMe is also offering RealMe X3 but this phone has an LCD display.

So there is no doubt that display quality is best and right now, there are not many companies that are offering AMOLED display under Rs 30,000 in India.

The display is also bright enough to see the screen under the sunlight, so there is nothing to worry about. By the way, if you don’t know, OnePlus Nord has a dual selfie camera setup which is placed on a dual punch hole, so you’re not getting a full-view display.

Now, if you’re gamer and if you want a high refresh rate display then this would draw your attention. The OnePlus Nord has a 90Hz screen refresh rate and I know there are not many games who support 90Hz but hey, it’s good to have 90Hz display on the smartphone.

By the way, you can play Fortnite Mobile at 90fps which means that 90Hz display will help you in smooth gaming.

Overall, For display quality I will give 9 out of 10.

OnePlus Nord Build Quality

OnePlus Nord Review

This is Mid-Budget smartphone, so the company will do some cost-cutting and this is what OnePlus has done with OnePlus Nord. On the front side, OnePlus has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and also, you will see glass unibody on the rear-side too.

If you see very closely, there is a plastic frame all around the phone and this is where OnePlus has saved some money. By the way, I don’t mind this because it won’t be a huge deal.

The OnePlus Nord weight is about 184 grams which is acceptable, nothing to worry about.

For Build Quality, I will give 8 out of 10.

OnePlus Nord Performance

OnePlus Nord Review

OnePlus Nord is powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor which also has 5G support. One of the key selling points of OnePlus Nord is Oxygen OS, most of the people will buy this phone just for OS.

OnePlus Nord antutu benchmark score score is 318889 points. Now, you see how OnePlus Nord will perform in day to day use. By the way, Snapdragon 765G is budget category processor, so don’t expect the performance to be like Snapdragon 855 or even like Snapdragon 865.

By saying that, you won’t get any problem while playing games like PUBG Mobile, COD Mobile and Fortnite Mobile, so there won’t be any frame drop anything, OnePlus Nord will performance very smooth.

The OnePlus Nord also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate which you can use to play games like Fortnite Mobile, Bullet Force which support 90fps. As of now PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile does not support 90fps so that 90Hz screen refresh rate won’t help in anyways, the phone will use 60fps whether you use a 90Hz screen or 120Hz screen.

Overall, For performance I will give 10 out of 10.

OnePlus Nord Cameras

OnePlus Nord comes with 48 MP Primary (Sony IMX568), 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP macro sensor, and 5MP depth sensor while on the front side, the phone has dual 32MP primary sensor and 8MP ultra-wide sensor.

Before I talk further, let me remove that 2MP macro lens and 5MP depth sensor, these two sensors are just for showcase. Most of the companies use these two extra sensors, so they can say we have a quad-camera setup, also, a quad-camera setup helps a lot in marketing.

The rear cameras can shoot videos up to 4k@30fps and OnePlus also said that, the phone will get an OTA update and that, you will able to shoot video up to 4k@60fps.The front camera can also shoot videos in 4k@30/60fps which is a good thing to have in a budget smartphone.

I will add some of the photos which are shot on OnePlus Nord, so let me know what you think about camera quality.

Whatever you’re getting at 25k is the best, I think OnePlus has offered a good camera setup and these cameras will be improved after some OTA update. So I really happy with the camera quality.

Just forget about those 2MP sensors because it doesn’t give good results if you take an image with a depth sensor or even with a Macro lens then it won’t be useable. So batter to use a primary sensor to get macro images.

Also, don’t compare these cameras with OnePlus 8 because there is a huge difference in price. I know, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus Nord has the same camera setup but you need to see the price difference.

For Cameras, I will give 8 out of 10.

OnePlus Nord Battery Life

OnePlus Nord Review

The OnePlus Nord has 4,115 mAh non-removable with Warp Charge 30T fast charging support. So the battery is not that huge as compared to some other budget smartphone but you’re also getting 30W charger in the box, so this will balance the battery.

If you’re a heavy user then you have to charge OnePlus Nord twice and day but if you don’t phone a lot then it will last for 24 hours.

Here we go “the battery life depends on your phone use if you every day play games for 6 hours then you need to charge a phone in every 6 hours but if you’re like me and don’t use the phone very often then it will last for a day.”

For battery like I will give 8.5 out of 10.

OnePlus Nord Audio Quality

OnePlus Nord Review

OnePlus Nord only has a single bottom-firing speaker and also, the phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack. You can see, OnePlus has saved some money in Audio Quality.

The one bottom-firing speaker is loud but if you have used stereo speaker then you will clearly see the difference. Overall, I would say, the sound quality is not that bad and also not that good, so you will see average sound.

For Audio Quality I will give 7 out of 10.

OnePlus Nord: Verdict

OnePlus Nord is a balanced smartphone, it’s not the best smartphone nor bad smartphone. OnePlus has provided everything in one single smartphone. It’s not like, OnePlus Nord is the best smartphone under Rs 30,000 in India but it’s one of the best smartphones you can buy in India.

I feel like, people will buy OnePlus Nord just because the phone has Oxygen OS.

Do I recommend OnePlus Nord?

Yes, I do. OnePlus Nord is a good option if your budget is below 30k in India but keep in mind, the phone doesn’t have a micro-SD card slot, so if you want more storage then you have to buy 8GB and 128 GB storage version which will cost you Rs 27,999.

Pros

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Processor
  • 5G support
  • 30W fast charging support
  • Oxygen OS

Cons

  • No 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Plastic Frame
  • Above-average cameras
  • No SD card slot that means you need to buy 128GB version

OnePlus Nord FAQ

OnePlus Nord Review

Q: What is the Screen Refresh rate on OnePlus Nord?
A: OnePlus Nord has 90Hz Screen refresh rate

Q: Does OnePlus Nord has wireless charging?
A: No, the OnePlus Nord does not have the wireless charging support.

Q: What kind of glass OnePlus has used on OnePlus Nord?
A: OnePlus has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides.

Q: When is the first sale of OnePlus Nord?
A: The phone will be available from 4th August 2020 through Amazon and OnePlus.in.

Q: Where can I buy OnePlus Nord?
A: As of now, the phone is available on the Amazon website and OnePlus.in.

Q: What is the base price for OnePlus Nord?
A: OnePlus Nord is available in 6GB of Ram and 64GB storage which will cost you about Rs 24,999

Q: What is the Max graphic setting on PUBG in OnePlus Nord?
A: PUBG runs in HD with extreme graphics.

Q: Can I watch FHD+ content on Netflix and Amazon Prime on OnePlus Nord?
A: Yes you can because OnePlus Nord has DRM L1 certified

Q: Does OnePlus Nord have NavIC support?
A: The OnePlus Nord doesn’t have the NavIC support because to use NavIC, the company has to use a dedicated chip that is only available on Snapdragon 720G.

Q: Does OnePlus Nord have an IR blaster?
A: OnePlus Nord doesn’t have an IR blaster.

Q: Does OnePlus Nord have Wi-Fi calling?
A: Yes, it has.

Q: OnePlus Nord has an in-display fingerprint?
A: Yes.

Q: Does OnePlus Nord show the ad in UI?
A: NO.

Q: Does OnePlus Nord have a dedicated SD card slot? 
A: No, you can only use two sim cards.

Q: Does OnePlus Nord have the stereo speakers?
A: NO.

Q: Should I buy OnePlus Nord right now?
A: Yes, OnePlus Nord is Value for money smartphone.

Q: Can you suggest any other smartphone under Rs 25,000 in India
A: Of course, you can read this article which has a list of top 5 best smartphones that you can buy under Rs 25,000 in India.

Q: Can you also suggest any other non- Chinese smartphone under Rs 50,000 in India
A: You can check out this article.

That’s it. Do let me know what you think about OnePlus Nord in the comment box below.

Note: These are my thoughts about OnePlus Nord, in the end, whatever you will buy, you gonna buy from your money. I’m here to tell you which product is best for you.

OnePlus Nord Full Specifications

SpecificationOnePlus Nord
Launch Date July 21, 2020
First SaleAugust 4, 2020 through Amazon.
DimensionsHeight: 158.3 mm
Width: 73.3 mm
Thickness: 8.2 mm
Weight: 184g
Display6.44 inches FHD+ Display
Screen Refresh Rate90Hz
Build Quality Glass front(Corning Gorilla Glass 5), Glass back, Plastic Frame
Resolutions2400x1080 pixels resolution
Ram6GB | 8GB |12GB
Storage64GB | 128GB| 256GB
Camera (Rear)48 MP Primary (Sony IMX568)
8 MP Ultra-Wide
2 MP Macro Lens
5 MP Depth Sensor
Video Recording (Rear)1080P@30/60fps, 4k@30fps.
Super slow motion: 1080P@40fps
Time-Lapse: 1080P@30fps, 4k@30fps
Camera (Front)Dual Front Cameras
32MP Wide
8MP Ultra-Wide
Video Recording (Front)1080P@30/60fps, 4k@30fps/60fps.
OSOxygen OS 10.5 based on Android 10
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
GPUAdreno 620 GPU
CPUKryo 475 CPU
5GYes
Battery4,115 mAh (non-removable)
SensorsIn-display fingerprint sensor
Accelerometer
Electronic compass
Gyroscope
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Sensor Core
Charging SpeedWarp Charge 30T fast charging
Charging Time0% to 70% in 30 Minutes
Charging PortType-C
Fingerprint In-Display Fingerprint
Weight 184 grams
Colors Blue Marble and
Gray Onyx
SIM sloteDual Nano-SIM Slote (No SD card slote)
In the BoxOnePlus Nord
Screen protector (pre-applied)
Warp Charge 30 power adapter
Warp Type-C cable (Support USB 2.0)
Quick start guide
Welcome letter
Safety information and warranty card
Brand sticker
Phone case
SIM tray ejector
Highest SAR value & Plastic recycling card
Red Cable Club Membership card
Price6GB Ram + 64 storage: Rs 24,999
8GB Ram + 128 storage: Rs 27,999
12GB Ram + 256GB storage: Rs 29,999
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