Today OnePlus is announcing its latest smartphone, the new OnePlus Nord. The Nord is a special device for the company as it’s the first time since its inception that we’re seeing a product release outside of the usual flagship line-up. The new Nord positions itself as a mid-range device in the “premium” category, coming with a Snapdragon 765 SoC as well as an attractive price point.

OnePlus 2020 Devices
 

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 765
1x Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
1x Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz

Adreno 620
Snapdragon 865 
1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 640 @ 587MHz
Display 6.44-inch
FHD+ 2400 x 1080 (20:9)
90Hz Refresh Rate
6.55-inch
FHD+ 2400 x 1080 (20:9)
90Hz Refresh Rate
6.78-inch
QHD+ 3160 x 1440 (19.8:9)
120Hz Refresh Rate
SAMOLED SAMOLED
HDR10+
Dimensions 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

184 grams
160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm

180 grams
165.3 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm

199 grams
RAM 8/12GB LPDDR4X 8/12GB LPDDR5
NAND
Storage
128/256 GB UFS 2.1 128/256 GB UFS 3.0
Battery 4115mAh (15.84Wh) typ. 4300mAh (16.55Wh) typ. 4510mAh (17.36Wh) typ.
30W Fast Charging
- 30W Wireless Fast Charging
(only via proprietary charger)

10W Qi Wireless Charging
Front Camera 32MP IMX616
f/2.45
+
8MP f/2.45
108° Ultra-wide
16MP
f/2.0
16MP
f/2.4
Primary Rear Camera 48MP 0.8µm 1/2" IMX586
(12MP 1.6µm 2x2 binning)

f/1.75 w/ OIS
48MP 1.12µm 1/1.4" IMX689
(12MP 2.24µm 2x2 binning)

f/1.78 w/ OIS
Secondary
Rear Camera
8MP Ultra-Wide-Angle
f/2.25

119° FoV
16MP Ultra-Wide-Angle
f/2.2

116° FoV
48MP Ultra-Wide-Angle
f/2.2

120° FoV
Tertiary
Rear Camera
2MP Macro Camera
f/2.4
8MP Telephoto
f/2.4
Extra
Camera
5MP Depth Camera - 5MP Colour Sensor
f/2.4
4G / 5G
Modem
Snapdragon 5G
Integrated X52

(LTE Category 18/13)
DL = 1200 Mbps
UL = 150 Mbps

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = ?
UL = ?



 
Snapdragon 5G
Snapdragon Modem X55  (Discrete)

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps - 7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps 3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = 7000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

mmWave for OnePlus 8 (non-Pro)
on Verizon in the US
SIM Size NanoSIM + NanoSIM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
BT 5.1 LE, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
BT 5.1 LE, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
Connectivity USB Type-C
no 3.5mm jack
Special Features On-screen fingerprint sensor
  IP68 Rating
Launch OS Android 10 w/ Oxygen OS
Launch Prices 8+128GB: £379 / 399€
12+256GB: £469 / 499€
8+128GB: $699 / 699€
12+256GB: $799 / 799€
8+128GB: $899 / 899€
12+256GB: $999 / 999€

Spec-wise, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 765 SoC which is beginning to see a lot of traction in this mid-range/premium category of devices. Generally, the SoC is somewhat on par with a Snapdragon 845 in terms of CPU performance and on par with an 835 in GPU performance, so there’s still quite a bit of a performance differentiation compared to its primary devices.

Albeit priced more aggressively, the Nord isn’t all that much of a slouch with its 8 and 12GB LPDDR4X RAM configuration, as well as featuring 128 or 256GB of storage, although the interface here uses an older UFS 2.1 implementation.

Other areas where there have been compromises in specifications are the weaker WiFi chipset which doesn’t feature WiFi 6/ 802.11ax connectivity, although everything else is functionally on par with the OnePlus 8.

Design-wise, the phone keeps things simple although still quite premium. We’re seeing an 6.44” 90HZ 1080p OLED display which at this price range is a winning combination, making it on par with the OnePlus 8 although some features such as HDR+ have been shelved.

OnePlus has opted for a dual-front camera design with a primary 32MP sensor and a secondary 8MP ultra-wide module for wider selfie captures and video – a bit unusual given the higher-end flagships just have a single camera module. The camera hole-punch design reminds us of the Oppo Reno 3 Pro – certainly both phones share similarities given they’re manufactured in the same factories by the parent company.

 

Footprint-wise, the phone is similar to the OnePlus 8, and comes in at 158.3 x 73.3 x 82.2mm which is a sweet-spot form-factor. The weight is also very similar at 184g. Battery-wise, OnePlus was still able to house in a 4115mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the OnePlus 8’s.

Lastly in terms of rear camera configuration, the Nord features the same IMX586 main camera found on the OnePlus 8, which probably is amongst its most interesting value propositions. Although this module faired adequately in the OnePlus 8, it’s a good match for the Nord’s price point.

In addition to the main camera we also see a 8MP ultra-wide module which likely won’t be of great quality, as well as an extra 2MP macro sensor just like on the OP8, as well as an additional 5MP depth camera for helping portrait mode photography.

399/499€ starting August 4th

The Nord is debuting in European and Asian markets first on August 4th, with a tentative release in North America later. The phone comes priced in at £379/399€ for the standard 8/128GB variant, and £399/499€ for the 12/256GB model.

The phone vastly undercuts similar devices such as the recently released LG Velvet as well as OPPO’s own Find X2 Neo whilst essentially being on par in terms of specifications – I see the Nord becoming extremely popular and successful due to its aggressive pricing.

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  • Operandi - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    FYI, to OnePlus and whoever else is listening; I've had wireless charging since my Nexus 5 and I refuse to go back. Reply
  • datastream2001 - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    i was introduced to wireless charging back in 2011 with the hp tablet that was dumped. Then i purchased the HP Pre 3 witch also had wireless charging. Its ridiculous that its not a standard feature on all phones nowadays . Reply
  • Operandi - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    It really should be on everything thats not a budget phone. People buying midrange phones are looking at design and features; wireless charging is a quality of life thing, it shouldn't be regulated to flagship devices.

    My requirements for choosing a phone are.
    1. Android
    2. Good design
    3. Good camera
    4. Wireless charging

    I'd also prefer to have.
    1. A stock or near stock Google experiance
    2. It be in smaller form factor

    I feel like OnePlus has been so close with all their phones for years but they never have wireless charging on anything but their huge flagships.
    Reply
  • chaose - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    is there a reason you require android? Should give iPhone a try though. I've been using both iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 as daily drivers and I'm finding myself leaning towards the iPhone 12 as my next phone. Reply
  • Teckk - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    I've the iPhone 11 Pro and have an Android OP6 currently. There are issues that won't let me use iOS at all, want to understand how you handle those?
    - I don't want the phone to vibrate or make any notification sound. I get notified via the notification LED on the phone and there's no way for this in the iPhone to do this. This is my biggest problem.
    - For goodness sake, need a silent mode icon on the screen, I don't keep checking the side slider position always.
    - No number key row in the iPhone keyboard .. this is unbelievable
    - I need very few icons on my home screen and 1 widget. Can't do this, except for the widget now maybe with iOS 14
    - A good file explorer
    - Android quick settings panel feels more convenient than the control center.
    Reply
  • Operandi - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    Only that its what I know and invested into. That and I like the openness that Android represents.

    I don't really have anything against Apple / the iPhone in fact I think the hardware is as good as it gets and iOS is pretty good too. What I don't really like the control that Apple exerts over its users and platforms.
    Reply
  • nicolaim - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    This. Reply
  • yankeeDDL - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    Question, how does the power consumption of the SD765 compares against that of SD835 or SD845? Those were power-hogs, if I recall correctly (for a mobile device...). Reply
  • brucethemoose - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    They weren't so bad IIRC... I'm on an 845 now. But I'm sure the 765 is much better.

    Now the 810, that one was the pig of the last decade.
    Reply
  • rabidpeach - Sunday, August 2, 2020 - link

    that was the only snap they did as a reference design from arm. the only one. Reply

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