OnePlus Nord review: now a mid - budget killer

OnePlus is known for its high-quality smartphones that cost less than the generally recognized flagships from Apple, Huawei, Oppo and Samsung-OnePlus devices were called "flagship killers" absolutely not in vain. In recent years, the Chinese company has gradually raised prices, bringing the cost of its phones to a similar level to its competitors. However, the OnePlus 8 family often looks more attractive than devices from LG or Samsung.

< /p>To compete with other manufacturers in the mid-range, OnePlus has released the OnePlus Nord model-the answer to the Pixel a, Galaxy A, Realme X50 and LG Velvet series. Let's look at this smartphone in more detail: does it justify its price and does it deserve attention as the optimal representative of the mid-budget line?

The design of the Gorilla Glass 5158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm184 gNord looks approximately the same as the competing models. Its screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 and enclosed in a thin plastic frame. The volume rocker is located on the left, and the power button and ringer switch are on the right. The microphones are located at the top and bottom. There, at the bottom, you'll find a speaker, a USB 2.0 Type-C port, and a dual SIM card tray. The front cameras are located in the perforated hole of the screen, and the main camera unit is located in the upper-left corner of the rear case cover.

The OnePlus Nord fits well in the hand, there is no feeling of backlash when squeezed, the buttons are sensitive, and the screen responds quickly. The smartphone does not have an IP rating, so we do not recommend dropping it into the water.

The device comes in two colors - gray (Gray Onyx) and blue (Blue Marble) and looks good. Externally, it has everything you need for a mid-budget smartphone in 2020.

Screen6.44 inches Full HD+ (2,400 x 1,080), 20:9, AMOLED 90 Hz The OnePlus Nord screen is one of the best mid-range smartphones on the market. This high-contrast AMOLED display offers a deep black and bright rest of the spectrum, making it look much better than what we usually see in this price segment.

The Nord display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, runs smoothly and responsively, which is complemented by short OxygenOS animations. This frequency is great for gaming.

The fingerprint scanner is located under the screen and works quickly and accurately.

Performance

< /p>Snapdragon 765G 1 x 2.4 GHz, 1 x 2.2 GHz, 6 x 1.8 GHzAdreno 6206/8 / 12GB RAM64 / 128 / 256GB internal memory With microSDOnePlus Nord support comes with a non-flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset on board and support for 5G sub-6GHz. This is the first time OnePlus has used anything other than a flagship processor on one of its devices.It is quite logical that this leads to a decrease in performance compared to the OnePlus 8. Therefore, lags and freezes when working with the OnePlus Nord are quite possible, although it can not be called a slow smartphone. The 765G is a fairly powerful chipset, quite close to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of both CPU and GPU performance. Some 2D and 3D games on it can easily reach the 90fps mark.

Therefore, it is quite possible to play Clash Royale on Nord. However, in more complex games, such as Real Racing 3 and Fortnite, PUBG, there may be some performance issues. First, there are lags in the moments of active actions, such as shootouts in Fortnite. Secondly, there is a noticeable decrease in the frame rate.

Battery 4115mah Warp Charge 30T (30W)The OnePlus Nord battery surpasses the 4000 mAh mark. In combination with the energy – efficient Snapdragon 765G processor, its battery life is very good-a full day of working with Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth connections and visiting social networks.

This is not the best result in its class. If you compare the smartphones OnePlus Nord, Oppo Reno 4, LG Velvet and Realme X50, which use the same SoC and have batteries with a capacity of 4000, 4300 and 4200 mAh, respectively, the autonomy of the Nord is lower.It is worth considering that the smartphone is not bad when it comes to charging: thanks to the Warp Charge 30T technology, the Nord will charge from 0 to 100% in 57 minutes.

Main Camera: main lens 48 MP, f / 1.8 (IMX586), ultra-wide-angle camera 8 MP, f / 2.3, macro camera 2 MP, f / 2.4, depth sensor 5 MP, f/2.4 Front: 32 MP, f / 2.5, ultra-wide-angle lens 8MP, f/2.5Video 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 1080p 240fps The OnePlus Nord has a built-in flagship camera-it uses the same main sensor as the OnePlus 8. But to call the flagship image quality of the Nord would be wrong. There is no denying that the camera set is versatile thanks to its six lenses. But more isn't always better.

The main 48-megapixel Nord camera allows you to get quite acceptable pictures. There is enough sharpness and detail in the photo. However, the colors seem blurry and do not always correspond to reality. In addition, there is a great contrast with the shadow areas. Plus, in shaded areas, details are lost even in normal lighting.

The 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera shows reduced image quality in almost every parameter. The most obvious problem is the general lack of sharpness, especially at the edges of the frame. OnePlus software seems to be incorrectly applying noise reduction in areas that it thinks look noisy. Due to this, there is a strange smudging effect.

The Nord shots in portrait mode are also not impressive. Despite the presence of a 5-megapixel depth sensor, it seems that the foreground and background are not determined exactly-the focus point is shifted. But the portrait selfie frame looks accurate and plausible. There are some nuances, but, in general, portrait selfies are better than pictures from the main camera.

Macro images are obtained with a resolution of 1.92 Mp and have a rather low quality. They look soft, with blurred colors. In low-light images, noise reduction is triggered, which leads to a watercolor blur.

The Nightscape mode on Nord is quite convenient - not perfect, but good, considering the price of the device. This applies to shooting on the main camera. If you switch to ultra-wide angle, you get a chaotic shot due to the smaller sensor, slower lens, and lack of OIS. The system cannot capture enough light for a well-exposed image. This results in some frames being just black screens.

Now about the selfie. They suffer from over-processing by OnePlus software. Dynamic range, fairly accurate colors, and nice contrast are a plus, of course, but there is some skin smoothing, despite the fact that this option is completely disabled. The effect is especially noticeable in low light, which makes some selfies outright fake.The video that Nord shoots is perfect for mid-range smartphones. Yes, it doesn't shoot 4K at 60 fps, but the 30 fps footage looks good. The camera reacts to changes in exposure, focuses well, and the stabilization works smoothly. There is an option for the "movie" mode, which cuts the top and bottom of the video to create the desired aspect ratio. The front-facing video is clear with good color reproduction, but it does not promise a large dynamic range.

Android 10OxygenOS 10.5 OxygenOS is known for its feature-rich yet clean user interface. OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10 is no exception in the Nord model. You will find a lot of customization options here. There are only seven non-Google apps, but they can be removed.

You can customize the screen, color themes, cut out the perforated part of the screen by turning off the top of the pixels, select fonts, animations, and icons. This will allow you to give your phone a certain personality without the need for additional applications.

OxygenOS 10.5 provides the ability to enable so-called "quick gestures". For example, you can draw the letter "O" to open the app, or the letter "V" to quickly open the camera. This adds efficiency to OxygenOS, which is already considered one of the fastest shells for Android.

OnePlus continues to update its old smartphones. For example, the OnePlus 5 and 5T were updated to Android 10 earlier this year, although these devices appeared almost three years ago. Given this fact, Nord will probably be getting updates for quite some time.

The price for OnePlus Nord starts at 34,000 rubles for the 8/128 GB model. The main competitors of Nord in the price line are the Realme X50 5G for 28,000 rubles and the Galaxy A71 for 32,000 rubles — both with similar characteristics. Against their background, Nord looks better.

At a price of 39,000 for the 12/256GB version, Nord competes with the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro-a much more functional device, which, accordingly, looks more attractive.

In many ways, at a close price, the choice of Nord triggers the factor of the presence of OxygenOS, which is much more convenient than the shell of the same Realme X50.

The OnePlus Nord is something that OnePlus has not tried before - to create a mid-range smartphone with a mid-range chipset. The developers managed to balance the cost of the device and make it quite good – but not brilliant, as one might expect due to the presentation and advertising campaign. The hype raised around the release of Nord, clearly forced the public to re-evaluate the device.

The OnePlus Nord is a mid-range, mid-range smartphone. It has an acceptable camera, a good screen, good performance and a reliable battery. However, this does not distinguish it among devices of the same type. As a result, the availability of OxygenOS and the price/quality ratio are the most compelling reasons for buying this phone.