8.7/10
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The OnePlus Nord currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 52 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Affordable
  • 5G capable
  • Fast-charging
  • 90Hz refresh rate

What's bad

  • More camera than necessary
  • No waterproof IP rating
  • Only available in certain regions
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

With all of the mid-tier phones out there, it can be difficult to distinguish what makes one better than another. The OnePlus Nord emerges claiming some pretty impeccable things, does it stand up to myriad others in its group?

Design

There’s nothing particularly special about the design but that’s not exactly a bad thing. Like its cousins -- and many other phones released these days, the OnePlus Nord has a metal frame with Gorilla Glass on both sides.

Display

The OnePlus Nord has another claim to fame for the mid-tier market, a 6.44 inch AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate making for swift smooth actions and tasks. It has a flat-display whereas its cousins the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro have the waterfall style display. Reviewers said that the ability to show deep shadow without the blue tint that some displays have made it more immersive to use with media.

Tom’s Guide says, “The OLED panel did what it does best and really brought out the blacks of the shadow-cast scenery, while still making the magic effects look exciting and dangerous.”

Performance

The OnePlus Nord has a lot going for it and performance is no slouch. Reviewers quoted that the phone had plenty of oomph. It reacts nearly instantly with slick scrolling and no apparent stutter or pausing in between tasks

Pocket Lint states, “This phone is speedy and fluid in everyday interactions...”

Software & Storage

The phone runs Android 10 but has software called OxygenOS 10.5 running over the top which improves performance. Storage starts at 128GB which is a good bit of space for lots of apps and photos.

Cameras

The cameras on the OnePlus Nord are a bit insane -- in good ways and bad. The phone has a whopping 6 cameras: four rear-facing and two front-facing. The four rear cameras are a 48MP wide angle lens, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. The 2 front-facing options are a 32MP standard lens and an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens.

The photos are without a doubt great, but some reviewers said it was overkill -- especially considering the mediocre performance of both the macro and the front-facing ultrawide.

Battery Life

The life of the phone’s battery is average and will need to be plugged in at night. If you’re a heavy mobile gamer, you might need to charge part of the way through the day. However, the phone offers Power 30T charging and charges quite fast. No wireless charging though, so you’ll still need to keep a charge cable handy.

Audio

With one downward-facing speaker at the bottom of the phone, the audio leaves a lot to be desired and is easily muffled when held in a landscape orientation for gaming or video watching.

Specs at a Glance

  • Metal and Gorilla Glass chassis
  • 6.44-inch AMOLED 90Hz display
  • Octa-core 2.4 GHz Snapdragon 765G processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Android 10 with OxygenOS 10,5
  • 128/256 GB storage
  • Rear-facing 48MP wide angle, 8MP ultra-wide angle, 5MP depth sensor, 2MP macro lenses
  • Front-facing 32MP standard and 8MP ultra-wide lens
  • 4115 mAh battery

Bottom Line

There’s hardly anything to dislike about the OnePlus Nord (except maybe if it’s not released in your country.) For the price, it is in some ways above and beyond what other phones in its tier offer. In other ways, it’s an obvious trade for some of the nice features instead of the kitchen sink. Overall reviewers liked what the OnePlus Nord had to offer for a mid-tier price.

Tech Radar says, “OnePlus has made an emphatic return to the mid-range market with the OnePlus Nord – it's an affordable smartphone that's packed with features. There's a great screen, plenty of power, and a set of capable cameras, all wrapped up in a package that belies its affordable price.”

Android Authority states, “The OnePlus Nord is a good mid-range smartphone with great software and a striking new colorway. OnePlus did a respectable job delivering a solid experience that equals, but doesn't always surpass, the competition.”

The Verge remarks, “Picking a midrange phone is normally a matter of choosing your battles. You pick the features that are most important to you because no midrange phone is going to offer all of them. When it comes to the Nord, however, it’s a little harder to put its compromises into simple terms. It’s too well-rounded, meaning there are no serious pitfalls, but there’s also no single area where it excels.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
6.44"
Camera
48+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

For the price, you are getting a very well built and well-designed smartphone with a great display, excellent performance, and largely clean software. The battery life is also pretty good, and OnePlus' DASH charging continues to be ridiculously quick. The combination of all of these things in a rela...

- GSMArena
Android Central

The OnePlus Nord ticks all the right boxes: you get a 90Hz AMOLED display, robust hardware, 48MP camera at the back and dual cameras up front, clean software with the promise of timely updates, and 30W fast charging. OnePlus did a fantastic job distilling the essence of its flagships into the Nord,...

- Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
XDA Developers

The Nord is a good smartphone for photography if you don’t fret over the two extra, pointless cameras that add to its tally of six. The Google Camera mod does rid the Nord of the colors and exposure issues of the stock camera app. It improves the picture quality noticeably for most of the cameras on...

- Tushar Mehta, XDA Developers
Recombu

It’s cheap, looks good and has a bevvy of tech you’d normally have to pay a lot more for. The OnePlus Nord is a budget Android phone that’s easy to recommend.

- Max Parker, Recombu
Android Community

The OnePlus Nord strikes a balance in terms of looks, capabilities, technology, and pricing. In comparison, if you move the price-range up a notch, then it’s better to take a look at the OnePlus 7 Pro, which comes with a larger display with more pixels, it even has a more powerful processor (SoC). T...

- Radhika Seth, Android Community


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Screen Size
6.44"

The OnePlus Nord's screen size is 6.44 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 32+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4115mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4115 mAh battery.

OnePlus Nord Specs

Overview
Release date August 4, 2020
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G:
700/1800/2100/2600 /3500 MHz
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1800/1900/2100/2300/2600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Octa-core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4115 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Gray Onyx, Blue Marble
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.83 x 7.33 x 0.82 cm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 184 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel density 408 pixels
Size 6.44 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 90Hz refresh rate, In-display fingerprint sensor
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.75
Resolution
48+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.25, Ultra-wide), 3rd camera feature (5 MP, F2.4), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.4), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
32+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.45, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.45, Ultra-wide)
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): OnePlus 8 NORD 5G, OnePlus Z

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