OnePlus has debuted the mid-range priced OnePlus Nord, which,  like an icebreaker, breaks through all obstacles on its route. As the marketing campaign primarily starts in Europe and India, the opening price will be £379 / €399 for the 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage model and £469 / €499 for the 12GB / 256GB OnePlus Nord. India citizens will have a broader choice, there will be available a third 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage model which will cost 24,999 Rupees.

Perhaps, we can offer a firm “plus” to OnePlus Nord here; it is cheaper than the new iPhone SE, Mi Note 10, and will beat the rumored Google Pixel 4a.

There’s no stable information about the release of OnePlus Nord in the US, but according to TechRadar, the UK and 27 other European countries as well as India, Hong Kong, and Malaysia will be the places to buy it.

OnePlus Nord color variations

In general, OnePlus Nord has absorbed the best features of the recently released OnePlus 8, but with slightly lower specs. The telephone will be available in two color variations: blue and gray. Powered with the Snapdragon 765G processor, it leads me to believe this decision was made to achieve a lower price point. The OLED display has got 1080p resolution with a 90Hz refresh rate, and I am glad to see that this peculiarity was not an odd one to get rid of. 

You know, the design is the first thing that will tell us “OnePlus Nord is a mid-range handset”. There are no curved, rounded edges, but still when you hold it in your hand you can feel a premium phone, just like on the flagship OnePlus 8. I don’t know why these curves bother me, but the tendency of 2020 shows that it is a trend among flagship phones.

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The lock key is situated on the right side of the body, so you can intuitively use it. OnePlus Nord will not have a headphone jack, the same as its predecessors, but you will find a centralized USB-C port right next to a speaker and the dual SIM card slot.

According to the OnePlus notes, Nord doesn’t have an official IP rating, though it has dust and water resistance, on paper at least. I recommend you not to try to push your destiny. This was the other thing OnePlus sacrificed in order to lower the price tag. 

Engineers have had to change the position of the camera bump. The Nord has got a quad camera set in the top left corner. This bump leads to an annoying thing we should get used to: when you put the handset on its back and tap on the screen, you can feel that the opposite corner is touching the surface.

The camera set is a thing the Nord took from OnePlus 8, and it is a great stonking plus. The main lens is a 48MP Sony IMX586 model with EIS and OIS image stabilization, teamed with an f/1.58 lens.

The other three cameras supplement the standard bundle: 5MP depth sensor, 2MP macro camera, and an 8MP 119-degree ultra-wide-angle snapper. However, what is surprising is that there are two cameras on the front – a wide-angle 32-megapixel and an ultrawide 8-megapixel (105-degree) camera.

Nord has got the ability to shoot 4K recordings at 30fps and slow-motion video at 240fps.

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The telephone has no wireless charging support, though it is a logical move to keep the price tag on the level it is right now. The OnePlus Nord has got 4.115mAh battery in the bag with Warp Charge 30 charging, in easy words, you go from 0% to 70% in 30 minutes using the original cable that comes in the box.

Before buying the phone, you should know that there are two options available to choose from: 8GB / 128GB and 12GB / 256GB configurations. Both of them have got Snapdragon 765G processor under the metal cover. You should also understand that the higher-end version makes for a higher price tag.

Wrapping up

We congratulate OnePlus on a strong debut. If you’re seeking a mid-range handset the OnePlus Nord is a perfect match for you. The release date is confirmed for August 4 2020.