Official OnePlus Nord: The best 5G smartphone on the market is here

The OnePlus Nord has just been made official and we have already been able to take it in hand to share our first feedback on this smartphone promising an excellent user experience for an affordable price.
OnePlus Nord
The OnePlus Nord has been officially presented. Like it or not, this name has the merit of intriguing a little bit. The designation “Nord” aims to show that the brand has set itself a course, a specific objective: that of offering a smartphone that is very pleasant to use at an affordable price. Is the mission successful? Here is our grip to partially answer this question while waiting for the full test that we will publish in a few days.

OnePlus Nord Technical Sheet :

Model OnePlus Nord
OS version Android 10 Q
Manufacturer interface OxygenOS
Screen size 6.44 inch
Definition 2400 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 408 ppp
Technology Super AMOLED
SoC Snapdragon 765G
Graphics Chip (GPU) Qualcomm Adreno 620
Random access memory (RAM) 8 GB, 12 GB
Internal memory (flash) 128 GB, 256 GB
Camera (back) Sensor 1: 48 Mp
Sensor 2: 8 Mp
Sensor 3: 5 Mp
Sensor 4: 2 Mp
Camera (front) Sensor 1: 32 MP
Sensor 2: 8 MP
4K@30 IPS
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth 5.0
Supported bands 2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
Fingerprint sensor Under The Screen
Ports (inputs / outputs) USB Type-C
Battery 4115 mAh
Dimensions 73.3 x 158.3 x 8.2mm
Weight 184 grams
Color Black, Bleu
Price 460$


An All-In-Master Design And An Exciting Screen :

OS version The OnePlus Nord does not try to revolutionize the classic aesthetic of smartphones or offer a grip with radically innovative sensations. This product simply offers a design that is pleasant to use on a daily basis, without trying to be more sophisticated than necessary. We will thus retain the rather contained dimensions of the device. Let’s not talk about a compact smartphone either, but it is clearly less massive than a OnePlus 8 Pro. Same remark about its 184 grams: it’s less heavy than many of the models we’ve seen popping up here and there in 2020 at 200 grams or more, but it’s not a featherweight either.

OnePlus Nord

The good finish on the edges and the glass back also contribute to the good general impression given by the OnePlus Nord in hand. Let’s look at the double punch on the front, in the upper left corner of the flat screen. Most of the time, this bubble didn’t bother me, but if you get a little picky, you might a little regret the embarrassment it represents for the immersion in the image. Depending on the images or videos viewed, the eye may be drawn to this small empty area.

Let’s turn the device over. As we have already said, the back is in glass and on our test model, we benefit from a rather original, but messy light blue color. A gray variant also exists. The rear photo module is housed at the top left in the vertical direction and protrudes a little, but not to the point of significantly destabilizing the phone when it is laid flat.

The fingerprint reader in the screen of the OnePlus Nord The back of the OnePlus Nord

The fingerprint reader is placed in the screen – a bit slow to set up, however it seems pretty quick to run, at least in my first few days of use. The Alert Slider, this component so dear to OnePlus, is well in the game, on the right edge above the unlock button. As a reminder, this latch allows you to quickly switch between silent, vibrate and ring modes. To change the volume on the OnePlus Nord, you will have to look on the left side.

No 3.5 mm jack plug in the program, nor microSD drawer. Unsurprisingly, and fortunately, it is a USB-C port found at the bottom of the OnePlus Nord. The phone is not IP68 certified, but the mark says that a few drops on the device will not be enough to damage it and that some protections can protect the internal components to a certain extent.

The Alert Slider and the OnePlus Nord unlock button

The Nord Phone is also fortunate to enjoy a beautiful 6.44-inch AMOLED screen in 20: 9 format with Full HD + definition. Important point: a 90 Hz mode is made available to the user to enjoy increased fluidity on interactions with the OxygenOS interface based on Android 10. If you want to save a little battery, you can always switch back to the traditional 60 Hz.

At first glance, this panel looks really well made, especially since you can easily change the colorimetry of the screen by taking a tour of the display settings.

A Nord OnePlus Full Of Ambition :

Regarding the rest of the technical sheet, remember that the OnePlus Nord is powered by a Snapdragon 765G, a chip dedicated to good in-game performance for mid-range smartphones. For your reference, Fortnite offers to play at 45 fps (this is personally the first time I’ve seen this on this game) with graphics set to “epic” quality. I haven’t been able to form a real opinion on one game yet, but it looks promising.

OnePlus Nord

On the photo side, there are therefore four sensors on the back for an experience at the level of high-end phones if the brand is to be believed:
  • a 48-megapixel main sensor (f/1.75).
  • 8 megapixel ultra wide angle, 119 degrees (f/2.25).
  • 5 megapixel depth sensor (f/2.4).
  • sensor with 2 megapixel macro lens (f/2.4).

For selfies, the main sensor has a definition of 32 megapixels (f/2.45) and is accompanied by an ultra wide-angle 8 megapixels, 105 degrees (f/2.45) for group photos. On this point, the brand promises software optimizations to clearly distinguish the different faces so as not to make them blurry and to better illuminate dark scenes. As for autonomy, the OnePlus Nord is powered by a 4115 mAh battery delivered with a 30 W fast charger. No wireless charging however.

OnePlus Nord USB-C port

Finally, let’s not forget the 5G compatibility of the OnePlus Nord.

The OnePlus Nord will be available from August 4, 2020 at 10 a.m. on the official website of OnePlus, at Darty and on Amazon. In the meantime, the smartphone is already available for pre-order at the starting price of 460$ for the version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. For more greedy users, the brand offers a variant with more RAM and storage for an additional 100 dollars, here is the price list

  • OnePlus Nord RAM8 GB / storage 128 GB = 460$
  • OnePlus Nord 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage = 575$

As for the colors, the smartphone is available in Onyx Gray (gray) or Marble Blue (blue). What do you think of OnePlus’ big return to the mid-range? Does the OnePlus Nord meet all your expectations?.

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