In between a shower of new gadgets in the market, OnePlus has launched fantastically chiseled “Nord”. Given the current global economic conditions due to the pandemic, consumers are relieved with its reasonable cost of INR 24,999 are the need of the hour. These factors put OnePlus in a very advantageous position. The build quality is really great, distinguishing it from OnePlus other models.
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The top-end version comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with great battery life and general functioning.
Great display for especially HDR streamed videos. Colors are really pleasing and eye-catchy.
Though the price is really low, OnePlus mobiles are known for its AMOLED display and it’s no less in Nord. There are two cut-outs for two selfie cameras.
The selfie cameras on the device are a much bigger deal than the one on the back and surprisingly it can shoot 4K 60fps video from the selfie camera while the other OnePlus models are stuck at 1080p.
The screen measures 6.44 inches and has a full-HD+ resolution (1080*2400) along with a 90Hz refresh rate. There’s an option of tweaking the colors and mask the camera hole with a black strip.
We get NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1n and support for satellite navigation systems including NavIC.
The phone has single super- linear speaker at the bottom, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and face unlock feature.
We also get a sizable 4,115mAH battery, with Warp Charge 30T fast charging. The Nord offers several modes like video enhancer, Reading Mode, and Night mode to customize display settings as required.
LIKES AND DISLIKES
The build quality is very good for a phone with a polycarbonate body. There’s Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, which is reassuring. I quite like the Blue Marble colour on the Nord unit that I’ve been using, as it looks refreshingly new. There’s also a more subdued Grey Onyx colour. There are some software changes in the OnePlus Nord, compared to other OnePlus phones. The biggest one is the use of Google’s stock dialler and messages apps instead of OxygenOS’s own. OnePlus wasn’t very clear on the exact reason for the change when asked about it, but simply stated that based on its research it felt that the typical mid-tier smartphone buyer would be more comfortable with Google’s solution. The Nord did a great job handling graphic demands great for video games enthusiast. Epic quality persist no unusual heating. There’s a slight a bit unpleasant difference to the OnePlus Nord models sold in India, versus other countries, with respect to 5G. The Indian version of the OnePlus Nord supports only the N78 5G band, compared to European version. It’s still recognisable as a modern OnePlus phone, since it has the alert slider, a similar layout for the buttons and ports, and no headphone jack. Great deal is the OnePlus Nord measures 8.2mm in thickness and weighs 184g. The interface felt very snappy, apps loaded and closed quickly, and jumping between apps was quite effortless. The touch sampling rate is said to have increased to 180Hz from 120Hz on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Great offer on reasonable price & money spent well. The OnePlus Nord is currently the most affordable 5G smartphone in the Indian market, which gives it a unique advantage. The competition is fierce though. Certain aspects of OnePlus Nord’s design have similarities with models from Oppo and Realme but that’s not a surprise because they come from the same family.
Our Rating: 4/5
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