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OnePlus Nord review and unboxing

OnePlus Nord has been officially announced.

The device will take OnePlus back to the roots of the original OnePlus One. This will be the first budget-oriented device from the company offering the best specs and features for the price. OnePlus changed strategy with the announcement of the OnePlus 8 series where the device saw a price jump taking the company from offering the best bang for the buck smartphones to offering a still higher priced series.

OnePlus Nord is inspired by community feedback, taking the company 6 years back to the drawing board.

OnePlus Nord review, specs and features
OnePlus Nord review, specs and features

OnePlus Nord review: Display and Design

OnePlus Nord features a plastic frame unlike other OnePlus smartphones. The device will be available in two colours, Blue Marble and Grey Onyx. The design features a curved seamless around the back. The company CEO says how the rounded corners are subtle to the eyes and thus the port and speakers at the bottom feature an oval-shaped design all around. The volume rockers and power button on the right are also metallic and these are flanked by the signature mute button on the left of the device.

Upfront is a 6.44-inch bright and vivid OLED display. That is an FHD+ affair with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution. The company terms this as a FluidAMOLED display featuring 90Hz refresh rate. Thanks to the smaller bezels the OnePlus Nord can achieve an impressive screen to body ratio. The front of the display also features a cutout for the dual selfie cameras. This will be the company’s first device to feature dual cameras at the front.

OnePlus Nord colour options
OnePlus Nord colour options

OnePlus Nord review: Camera and Specs

OnePlus Nord is a no compromise device taking the company’s back to basics and in the process reclaim the title, the flagship killer. The device comes an impressive camera sensory array. The OnePlus Nord features quad camera sensor. There’s a primary 48 Megapixel sensor with a wide angle lens and f/1.75 aperture. There’s a second 8 Megapixel sensor with an ultrawide angle lens. A third depth sensor at 5 Megapixels and finally a 2 Megapixel sensor for macro shots.

One paper and the pictures shared, the glass on the OnePlus Nord produces some fine looking image. The phase detection autofocus on the primary lens with OIS means there should be significant improvements in the video department. The OnePlus Nord is also the first device to feature dual front cameras. There’s a primary 32 Megapixel sensor with wide angle lens and secondary sensor with an ultrawide angle lens. The ultrawide angle lens is really wide coming in at 105˚.

OnePlus Nord Grey Onyx
OnePlus Nord Grey Onyx

For the internal, the OnePlus Nord is powered by a Snapdragon 765G chip. The chip (might sound sacrificing—a downgrade from more high end offerings, but we assure you it isn’t) enables 5G support on the device. The device also comes in various RAM configurations ranging from 6GB all the way up to 12GB. The device runs on Android 10 atop OxygenOS 10.0.

The company weighs in on the point that more RAM means better application handling and it’s also something to talk about. The configuration of the OnePlus Nord be it in the lower RAM configuration or the highest available configuration, the device will be the ideal one for everyday use. And for everyday use, users need a battery that can run for long hours. OnePlus has thought about and fitted the device with a 4115 mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.

OnePlus Nord review: Price and Availability

The OnePlus Nord is said to be the company’s flagship killer. The device doesn’t sacrifice much on the specs apart from the SoC which still hold on its own when it comes to performance. After a lot of guessing games online we have the official pricing and availability of the device.

The OnePlus Nord comes in 3 different flavours. There’s a base model with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. This model will be priced Rs.27,999. The 12GB+256GB, on the other hand, is priced Rs.29,999. These two models will be officially available from August 4. Check the Amazon link for more details about buying options. There’s also a 6GB+64GB model which will be available for Rs.24,999.

With the announcement of the OnePlus Nord, the company is slowly establishing grounds and retaking the title of the flagship killer. This is a promising start for the company and we might just see more device like this from OnePlus in the near future.

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Rishi Ramesh

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