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OnePlus Nord Review: Specification, Design, Camera, Battery and More

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The Chinese manufacturer has long stood at the edge of the OnePlus North line (it would be called OnePlus 8 Lite and OnePlus Z), releasing plenty of specs and even phone registrations of its July 21, 2020 release.

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OnePlus Nord is not here to replace the company’s main offerings; instead, it is the first in a whole new product (which everyone, perhaps confusingly, will use the Nord brand for) to bring a wide range of devices closer to a broader audience.

It comes much more from the Nord brand, but the new OnePlus smartphone is the first and so far the only device to carry that name.

The smiling headlines included an “affordable” price tag of less than $ 500, two front cameras, four rear cameras, 5G connectivity, a Snapdragon 765G chipset, and a 90Hz display.

In its marketing, the company states, “It’s safe to say that this smartphone deserves to be called OnePlus.”

OnePlus Nord Release Date and Price

  • OnePlus North price: from £379 / €399 (around 480 USD, 680 USD)
  • OnePlus Nord release date: July 21, 2020
  • OnePlus Nord release date: August 4, 2020

Pricing for the OnePlus Nord starts at £379 / €399 (around $480, $680), a competitive price that undermines competition from Apple, Google, and Samsung.

It’s of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage model, priced at an affordable OnePlus Nord 12GB / 256GB of £469 / €499 (around $590,850).

For those in India, the OnePlus North will also be available in a third configuration: 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, which will cost Rs24,999 (and the other two variants cost €27,999 and €29,999).

OnePlus Nord Specifications

  • Dimensions: 158.3×73.3×8.2 mm
  • Weight: 184g
  • Screen size: 6.44 inch
  • Resolution: FHD + (2400×1080)
  • Refresh rate: 90Hz
  • Pixel density: 408ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6 GB / 8 GB / 12 GB
  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP + 8MP
  • Battery: 4,115 mAh

At these prices, the OnePlus Nord is inexpensive than last year’s Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, iPhone SE, Mi Note 10, LG Velvet, Motorola Edge, and Google Pixel 3a XL, and will potentially be more.

Design and Display

  • High-end design.
  • 6.44-inch screen, 20: 9 aspect ratio, Full HD +, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Fingerprint and face unlock

The OnePlus Nord design hides its affordable price. It gets the same superior performance and finishes as the flagship OnePlus 8 series, with a metal frame stitched between Gorilla Glass on the front and back.


Nord measures 158.3×73.3×8.2mm and brings the scale up to 184g, which means it’s shorter than the OnePlus eight mentioned above, but it gets more comprehensive, thicker, and more substantial.

The power/lock button on the right sits well under your thumb or finger and is located just below the familiar OnePlus slider that lets you quickly switch between silent, vibrating, and high modes.

Volume control is on the opposite side, while at the bottom, you’ll find a centralized USB-C port that houses a speakerphone and dual SIM port.

At the rear, the premier feature is a large elongated camera with four OnePlus North rear cameras. It rises a few millimeters from the back of the phone, like the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro models, but unlike its premium siblings, the camera block is in the left corner, not the middle.

OnePlus Nord features a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a 20: 9 aspect ratio, Full HD + (2400 x 1080) resolution, and 90Hz refresh for smooth scrolling.

The screen influences the front side of the phone, with minimal bezels – it’s thicker at the bottom of the screen. The only cutout on the screen is the cutout in the upper left corner, where the two selfie cameras are located.

The display has a built-in fingerprint reader that allows you to register your fingerprints for security reasons. Nord also supports face unlock and can combine two biometric security features for faster unlocking.

Camera and Battery

  • Total of 6 cameras: maximum in a OnePlus phone
  • 4 rear cameras: 48MP + 5MP depth + 2MP macro + 8MP ultra wide angle
  • 4,111 mAh battery with fast charge

The main feature of the OnePlus Nord is the “iconic” camera setup. The phone has six cameras, four on the back and two on the front, most of which OnePlus has inserted into the smartphone.

The primary camera on the back is borrowed from the flagship phone: OnePlus 8. It is a 48 MP IMX586 MP2 sensor (with EIS and OIS image stabilization) combined with an f / 1.57 lens capable of capturing 48 MP images. By default, it is set to 12MP.

Add to that a trio of other cameras, including a 5MP depth sensor, 2MP, and 8MP macro cameras, 119-degree wide-angle for those panoramic shots.


As for the battery, the OnePlus Nord comes with a 4,115mAh power supply with support for Warp Charge 30, which would require 0% to 70% in 30 minutes using the cable and AC adapter included in the package.

Performance and Software

  • Snapdragon 765G plus 8 GB / 128 GB and 12 GB / 256 GB configurations
  • Comes with 5G support
  • Three years of security updates
  • Two years of software updates.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chipset is located at the heart of the OnePlus Nord, and while it’s not the same flagship chip found in the eight series phones, we’ve seen it as well.

When it comes to RAM and in-built storage, you have two options, and the phone comes in 8GB / 128GB and 12GB / 256GB configurations. These are the same combinations offered for the premium OnePlus 8 Pro.

The latter is more expensive, so think carefully about how much space you’ll need. We got our hands on a 256GB version and found the usable space to be 236GB, but 128GB is probably more than enough for many, and the extra RAM is perhaps only enough during gaming sessions.

OnePlus Nord comes with 5G support, which means you can take advantage of next-gen network speeds when available in your area if 5G isn’t implemented in your country.

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Fadehan Emmanuel
Moore is an Associate—Editor of TheXplorion. Got a NEWS TIP related to this story — or to anything else in the world of big tech? Please e-mail him: mooreplug[at]gmail.com. You can also connect with him via the connections below the box.
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