ONEPLUS NORD REVIEW: THE RIGHT COMPROMISES
There’s been a lot of talk about how OnePlus seems to be going back to its roots with its latest phone, the OnePlus Nord. This is a brand that first made a name for itself by offering similar specs to competing flagships at a much lower price. But over the years, its prices have crept up and up, and its current £599 / $699 OnePlus 8 and £799 / $899 8 Pro aren’t far off its more established competitors.
OnePlus Z smartphone runs on the Android v10 (Q) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa-core (2.4 GHz, Single core, Kryo 475 + 2.2 GHz.
- OnePlus Nord price in India is expected to be Rs. 24,999. OnePlus Nord Expected to be launched on Sep 04, 2020. This is 6 GB RAM / 64 GB internal storage base variant of OnePlus Nord which is expected to available in Blue Marble, Gray Onyx color.
- 90Hz OLED display
- Sub-6GHz 5G
- Worry-free battery life
- Processor holds back display
- More cameras than it knows what to do with
- No headphone jack
So it’s easy for the OnePlus Nord, with its starting price of £379 (around $484), to make it seem like OnePlus is going back to its roots. But since its flagship phones aren’t going anywhere, the midrange Nord is instead the next step in OnePlus expanding its lineup. OnePlus is stepping into a new era, not returning to an old one.
That means OnePlus has had to make some tough decisions about which features it wants all its phones to have and which it wants to keep exclusive for its flagships. It’s a balancing act. Remove too much, and you’re left with a phone that no one should buy. But keep too much, and you end up with the very same “flagship killer” that OnePlus liked to label its phones as back in the day. Only now OnePlus has flagship phones of its own that are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire.
There are two models of the OnePlus Nord available in Europe: a £379 / €399 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the device that I’ve been using, which costs £469 / €499 and has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In India, there’s an additional less-expensive model with 6GB RAM / 64GB storage. There are currently no plans for a full release in the US.
I was happy with the battery life I got from the Nord. This is something that’s harder to gauge given the amount of time I’m spending at home right now (and I also spent my time with the phone connected to 4G rather than 5G), but even with my days filled with watching YouTube videos, browsing Twitter, and keeping in contact with colleagues and friends over Slack and WhatsApp, I was averaging anywhere between eight and 10 hours of screen time between charges. The Nord easily lasted through my day, and I think under normal use it would stretch into the next. So clearly OnePlus doesn’t want to compromise on battery life for its cheaper device.