OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

With the announcement of the OnePlus Nord, early fans of the brand rediscover the reason for OnePlus, namely to offer a smartphone with the best possible value for money, but without approaching prices worthy of premium smartphones. With a call price below 474.5USD, we can already tell you that it is a success. With such a price, the OnePlus Nord is positioned as one of the most accessible 5G smartphones to date. in this article, we give you a quick review regarding OnePlus Nord 5G.

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

Design &'Display.

OnePlus Nord inherits the rounded lines of the premium models and the same quality materials. The phone comes with a glass front. The frame is made of plastic. The back of the phone is made of glass. The back houses a quad vertical photo block. The volume keys are accessible on the right border, on the other hand, the power key keeps the company with the Alert Slider (button allowing to switch from silent mode to vibrate or ring mode). The USB-C, the loudspeaker, and the dual nano-SIM slot are placed on the lower edge. the Nord incorporating a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and not Gorilla 6. A more than acceptable detail in this price segment.

Its dimensions (158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm) and its weight (184 g) make the handling much more pleasant than on the latest high-end models, all brands combined. The Nord thus breaks with the new trend of giant formats and stands out brilliantly from the competition. The template chosen by OnePlus is, from our point of view, the best compromise between reading comfort and handling.

 As far as display is concerned, OnePlus Nord comes with a 6.44 Fluid AMOLED screen. It occupies 86.7% of the front of the device. OnePlus Nord has a 1080 x 2400 resolution with 408 PPi. The screen has curved edges.  It supports HDR10+. It also has support for the 90Hz refresh rate.  Keep in mind that the Nord interface allows you to switch back to a 60 Hz mode to save battery, force 90 Hz for all content, or automatically select the refresh rate depending on the compatibility of the application. It would be great if the display had a 120 refresh rate as on the Oppo Find X2 but still, it is way better than the 60Hz existed in the Sony Xperia 1 Mark 2. OnePlus Nord display and Realme X50 Pro are alike.

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OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

 Operating System and Processor

OnePlus Nord comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The processor is built using a 7nm process for extreme power efficiency, and it has a neural engine on board for AI-related tasks. This is not the high-end processor that we are used to seeing at OnePlus but let's be honest, it will suffice for 99% of our daily uses. We did not notice any particular problem with use and we did not feel any discomfort or slowdown. The smartphone does not heat up, regardless of the load. The user experience remains fluid on a daily basis, there is clearly nothing to complain about.

 In the Geekbench test, the Nord scored 607 for single-core and 1948 for multicores. This score is way better to the Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71 devices we had a close eye on, but slightly lower than OnePlus 8 Pro since it has the 865 Snapdragon.

 According to the operating system, OnePlus Nord runs on Android 10 with OnePlus's famous UI, Oxygen OS 10.5. The Nord Android 10 and version 10.5 of Oxygen OS on board, bringing together all the features of the high-end models. We, therefore, find a light and fluid interface quite close to a pure version of Android. The OnePlus software shines with the multitude of customization options as well as its few practical features (quick launch from the screen saver, navigation gestures, Alert slider, etc.).

The Nord is also taking the American giant's Telephone and Messages applications on board instead of its previously pre-installed in-house applications. The Google News section is also in the game. Finally, the manufacturer promises to follow up major updates for two years (three years for security updates).

By making some in-depth changes to its OS, OnePlus manages to offer an identical experience on all its models. Good news as Oxygen OS has managed to establish itself as one of the best (if not the best) versions of Android in just a few short years.

In order to best meet the different expectations, Oxygen OS integrates parameters allowing the display to be adjusted as desired. Three modes are available: Vivid (saturated vivid colors), Natural (neutral), and Advanced (allows you to choose between sRGB, Display P3, or Wide Range of AMOLED profiles and to adjust the temperature).

Finally, the panel of the OnePlus Nord is optimized to reduce the emission of blue lights and has a Night Mode and a Reading mode to take care of your peepers.

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

Storage, Price, and, Available Colors

OnePlus Nord price depends on the selected variant. The basic variant of OnePlus Nord with 6GB RAM and 64GB variant unfortunately we have no idea how much it might cost. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB variant, it will cost 509.00USD on AliExpress. The same variant will cost 499.00USD on geekbuying while the 12GB RAM and 256GB variant will cost you around 451.99USD on AliExpress and 549.99USD on geekbuying. It does not have an SD card. While it goes with 2 SIM cards, one is physical and the other is eSIM. It is available Blue Marble, and Gray Onyx colors.

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

 Security and Ports

For security, the smartphone is equipped with a fingerprint reader on the screen. It perfects really well. Although it takes a while to respond, the OnePlus Nord sensor does not cause any problem and frustration when using it. It doesn't support 3D face recognition for unlocking the device. The Nord also supports the classical unlocking methods such as pattern and passcode.

 As of ports, the Nord supports Bluetooth 5 and NFC. It also supports VoLTE and WiFi Calling. It comes with USB-C. Like most of 2020 smartphones no 3.5mm headphone jack available.

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review

 Battery and Charging

OnePlus Nord comprises a powerful Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 4150mAh.  It has a similar capacity to the Realme X50 Pro and Huawei P40 Po, (4200). This phone also offers fast charging.

 The Nord phone battery can be charged with 30w, and it charges from 0% to %70 in 30 minutes. Disappointingly, this smartphone has neither wireless charging nor reverse charging.

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review


 OnePlus Nord has a Quad-camera on the rear as clarified: 8Mp ( utrawide with f\2.3),48MP( wide with f\1.8 it has OIS, and Laser AF), 2MP( macro with f\2.5) and 5MP( depth with f\2.4). The Nord has a dual front-facing camera 32MP with f\2.0 with HDR and LED flash and 8MP ultra-wide.

The main camera mode, unfortunately, on the OnePlus North, this mode leaves a bitter taste. The shots obtained make it possible to revive certain details, such as colored balls or lines of text, but this is at the cost of a very strong accentuation of the colors and highlights. The whole image also seems to be covered with a luminous veil.

At night, it is without zooming that you will have to appreciate these 48-megapixel shots, since there again the electronic noise is present. The behavior is the same as with the 12-megapixel mode: a long exposure time (1/7 s), and a rise in high sensitivity (ISO 6400). In comparison with the 48-megapixel mode of the Find X2 Lite - which does not, however, bring any particular added value - the OnePlus Nord seems a little feverish.

In the ultra-wide-angle module, frankly struggles to provide convincing results. The level of detail is not there, even in the center. At the edges, the trend is accentuated, especially since the distortion correction is not optimal. This will be clearly seen in architectural photos, for example.

At night, we don't usually expect much from ultra-wide-angle modules and the OnePlus Nord fails to reverse the trend. The pictures are unusable.

The macro mode is supposed to allow you to take pictures of very close objects. This mode of shooting, like on many cameras, is unfortunately not very relevant. It's difficult to get a sharp image - especially since it's only 2 megapixels - and you get nicer results with the main sensor.

As for selfie photos, There is one constant in the pictures that come out of this camera: the presence of electronic noise is quite noticeable. The wide-angle otherwise provides images that are not lacking in detail and the ultra-wide-angle is quite effective.

Portrait mode works from the back as well as from the front. We are rather satisfied with the division of the subjects - easily recognized - and the rather gentle treatment of the background blur.

Regarding video, the OnePlus Nord offers 4K at 30 fps at the rear and 4K at 60 fps at the front. A choice that is difficult to explain… There is also a 4K Cine 30 fps mode with 16: 9 rendering. On the whole, the video capture also reveals some electronic noise. A Super Stable mode is in the game.

OnePlus Nord 5G: Quick review


The company OnePlus unveiled a long-awaited mainstream the Nord, which has received some features of the elder line, but in the USA will be priced at 474.5USD. The presentation of the smartphone could be viewed in augmented reality using a special application from Google Play. OnePlus Nord received a 6.44-inch AMOLED- display with a resolution of Full HD +, rangefinders refresh of 90 Hz, and an integrated fingerprint reader. In the upper left corner is the cutout for the dual front camera, which includes 32MP sensors and an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 105-degree viewing angle. All these lovely features make the Nord a flagship killer. What do you think? Have you lied an eye on this phone as of yet? Do you recommend it? Share your knowledge in the comments section below

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