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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  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    I have to say that when the SoC costs $150 on its own, that is a fairly big ask. Maybe not impossible, but you'd be cutting margins so thin as to really screw any chance of decent software support. Reply
  • dotjaz - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    I don't understand the stupid trend of adding useless cameras. Couldn't they be able to use either UltraWide or Zoom lens to do macro? Dump the useless depth sensor and the "normal" selfie camera. A single 8MP (or upgrade to 16MP) ultrawide would be better. And add wireless charging.
    Surely that' would save some space and possibly even being cheaper
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  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    +1 on this. Macro and "depth sensor" are both basically useless and two selfie cameras is overkill. I'd rather have 3 rear modules: wide, standard, tele. Use the best available sensor size and OIS for all modules to make them actually worth having, ignoring the megapixel nonsense.

    Doing proper macro on the standard optics is hard, but if you're only getting 2MP from the sensor you might as well just focus as close as you can on the main sensor and crop. 😬
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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    Interesting device, but not so great on the lack of removable storage. I'd like to be able to pull a microSD card in the event of a failure and move my data to another phone rather than having whatever is on the handset die with the phone in the event of some sort of failure. Then, of course, there is also the lack of a removable battery which is just on-going stupid that Apple started and everyone else sheepishly followed in the name of forcing upgrades while proclaiming supposed thickness reduction benefits that are fairly meaningless. Lots of dumb about this design that puts it more in the $100 USD range as a disposable handset which is how it was designed from the outset by OnePlus despite its markup. Reply
  • nicolaim - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    There are several price errors in the article. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    similar price and performance as my S8+ I bought in 2017. Reply
  • StormyParis - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    I think I still prefer the Redmi 10X 5G, because SD and Jack. Reply
  • Tyler_Durden_83 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    Would have been better to compare it to the 7 series as right now the prices are more aligned with it. Reply
  • Le Geek - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    Correction - Oneplus Nord is not the first Oneplus phone outside their flagship line. Remember Oneplus X? Reply
  • Fergy - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    "similar price and performance as my S8+ I bought in 2017."
    6GB RAM vs 8GB
    A73 vs A76
    Adreno 540 vs 620

    Yeah....the same...
    Reply

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