The OnePlus Nord is the new attempt by OnePlus in the mid-range smartphone segment. The manufacturer wants to offer affordable mobile phones to the public again after increasing the prices for devices in its main range, which has been redirected to premium. Availability, technical specifications, design, we tell you everything we know about the OnePlus Nord before its official presentation.
OnePlus has made itself known to the general public thanks to its “flagship killers”, smartphones offering performance approaching the high end, but at a contained price. So far, the manufacturer has strayed from this model only once: in 2015, the OnePlus X was launched , a mid-range oriented device at low prices. A failure for the brand, which has never repeated the experience.
But while the manufacturer markets increasingly premium smartphones and therefore more and more expensive, as evidenced by the price of the recent OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro , it was at the same time starting to abandon what differentiated it from competitors like Samsung, Apple or Huawei. To fill this gap, OnePlus retries in 2020, five years later, a new experience in the mid-range with the OnePlus Nord, the supposed name of its next mobile (long identified as the OnePlus Z, or even before the OnePlus 8 Lite ). A way to tickle brands like Xiaomi or Realme on the value for money.
OnePlus Nord price
After months of leaks, it’s now official: OnePlus will sell smartphones at a more contained price than its flagships in the main series. “I am very pleased to announce that we will be offering the premium experience you expect from OnePlus on a new range of more affordable smartphones.” I know this is something many of you have wanted for a long time, “said Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, in a message posted on the brand’s forum.
He was not more specific as to the price at which the OnePlus Nord will be sold. As a reminder, the launch price of the OnePlus 8 is 699 euros in its most basic version, but it can reach 999 euros for the best equipped variant of the OnePlus 8 Pro. To win back consumers on a low budget, OnePlus will drop well below these prices. It is unthinkable to see the OnePlus Nord being offered at more than 500 euros.
Several sources even mention a price range between 300 and 400 euros , with undoubtedly configuration variants in terms of memory to cover a wider price range.
The presentation date of the OnePlus Nord has been set for July 10, 2020 and will take place in India. The smartphone should be marketed there soon after.
For other markets, an augmented reality presentation is organized on July 21 at 4 p.m. (French time), 10 days after the launch in India. It is during this event that the price of the smartphone for Western countries (including Europe) and the date of marketing will be announced. For the time being, no date of arrival on the merchants’ stalls has been revealed. To follow the conference, OnePlus developed an augmented reality application compatible with iOS and Android.
What is certain is that we should not wait long before seeing the OnePlus Nord land on our territory. Pete Lau has indeed indicated that the two priority markets for the exit of the device are India and Europe. And the brand will want to space the arrival of the OnePlus Nord with that of the OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro expected for the month of October anyway. It is therefore almost certain that the OnePlus Nord will be available in France before the start of the school year.
OnePlus Nord AESTHETIC
The OnePlus Nord should not use the codes of the brand’s latest smartphones. At the back, we should find a triple photo sensor positioned vertically in the upper left corner of the mobile, while OnePlus often prefers to center its modules in the middle of the mobile. At the front, the punch makes the reverse journey compared to what we have with the OnePlus 8 series. From the upper left corner, it is moved in the axis of the screen. It should be wide enough since it houses not one, but two photo sensors.
The fingerprint reader is integrated into the screen, this feature popularized in particular by OnePlus is increasingly offered on mid-range devices. The OnePlus Nord is of course equipped with a USB-C port , but skips the 3.5mm jack for audio. Recently, OnePlus has started to certify its smartphones for water and dust resistance, which the manufacturer has refused to do so far. While the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have IP68 protection, the OnePlus Nord should be content with an IP53 certification.
Despite its price, the OnePlus 8 Nord should not be “cheap”, far from it. It would be entitled to an aluminum alloy chassis with a glass protection on the back. The edges will be very curved, but the screen will be completely flat. Inevitably, there will be slightly thicker borders on this model than on the manufacturer’s high-end smartphones.
Display and screen Size
OnePlus should make little compromise with regard to the screen on this mid-range. The leaks assure us that the mobile is equipped with an AMOLED panel of 6.55 inches (or 6.4 inches depending on the sources) with a 20: 9 ratio and FHD + 1080p definition. All with a refresh rate of 90 Hz for better fluidity on the screen. Very interesting characteristics for this price range.
CPU and Ram
If Xiaomi or Realme manage to equip mid-range smartphones with the best chips on the market, OnePlus preferred to revise its ambitions down in terms of SoC in order to keep a low price without having to find compromises on other elements, such as screen or materials. It is therefore the Snapdragon 765G from Qualcomm engraved in 7nm which was chosen for the OnePlus Nord .
A SoC less powerful than the Snapdragon 865, but which remains very solid and which offers largely sufficient performance for the majority of users. OnePlus is also changing its strategy. The manufacturer has always bet on selling some of the fastest smartphones at a lower price. With this new smartphone, it seems to favor other aspects.
Note that the Snapdragon 765G allows compatibility with the 5G network thanks to its X52 modem. It was also designed to improve graphics rendering and artificial intelligence capabilities over the standard Snapdragon 765. Finally, the chip supports 10-bit HDR. So we’re on the very top of the mid-range basket here.
On the memory side, several variants should be marketed. The basic version is already quite generous with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space . A model with up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory has also been identified.
battery with fast chargIng
Information differs about the capacity of the battery. Two data stand out: 4000 mAh or 4300 mAh. In the first case, it would be okay, in the second, it starts to get very attractive.
However, all sources agree that Warp Charge 30W fast charging technology will be available on the OnePlus Nord. Enough to regain hours of use in just a few minutes of charge. It’s great functionality for a smartphone at this price.
By cons, not surprisingly, the mobile ignores wireless charging. It would have been surprising to be entitled to it when OnePlus has always considered this feature as a luxury that we can do without so as not to increase the price of products. The OnePlus 8 Pro is currently the only smartphone of the brand to benefit from wireless charging .
camera of ONePlus nord
One of the great unknowns of OnePlus Nord is played on the photo part. If a large part of the sensor data sheet has leaked, one wonders if software optimization will be there and how the mobile will behave in difficult situations (low light, quality of autofocus with moving subject…). ). Even the high-end of the brand sometimes fish about it, OnePlus is struggling to rise to the level of Samsung and Huawei. To answer these questions, you will have to wait to take the device in hand. In the meantime, here is what the leaks tell us about the photo setup of the OnePlus Nord.
A 64 MP main sensor with aperture of f / 2.0 and phase detection autofocus is expected. It would be supported by a 16 MP f / 2.2 wide-angle module and a 2 MP f / 2.4 macro lens. No telephoto for powerful zooms or ToF for better management of the depth of field (especially useful for portrait mode). It will be possible to take pictures in HDR and in panorama mode. For video, the OnePlus Nord should allow filming in 4K at 30 fps or in 1080p at 30 fps. We don’t know anything about a possible slow motion feature at this time.
The main sensor should be equipped with an optical stabilizer , information revealed by a very active Indian leaker on Twitter. This material, rather rare in smartphones sold under the 400 euros mark, can compensate for the user’s tremors and produce clear shots. It is not confirmed if the optical stabilizer will also be used in video.
For selfies, OnePlus would bet on a dual 32 MP f / 2.0 + ultra-wide angle 8 MP f / 2.2 sensor to take quality photos without needing to stretch your arm too much. A feature that may interest young people.