First Budget OnePlus Smartphone – OnePlus Nord

OnePlus has launched its first budget smartphone in India – OnePlus Nord. Also, they have made the history with the first-ever AR launch event of the smartphone, and truly it was a mesmerizing moment to witness the launch. They did the AR launch with perfection and with the smartphone they also introduced the new OnePlus Buds and gave a short glimpse about them like their design and performance.

OnePlus always listen to their fans and they have made this, the first budget smartphone without cutting off the things. Yes, OnePlus haven’t compromised with the camera, performance, or build quality. They managed to provide all the top class flagship features at a lower price. And with that OnePlus again proved that why they are so popular among their fans. They reach out to them, listen to their problems, and demand and provide them with the best smartphone.

Talking more about the OnePlus Nord, it would be available in two beautiful colors – Blue marble and Gray Onyx. The sale for OnePlus Nord will begin from the 4th of August and will be available on

Specification of OnePlus Nord

OnePlus has considered the three mains factors that a smartphone must have to give a better experience to the user. These factors are –  Camera, Performance, and Quality. We will also talk about these three aspects adding one more – Battery. It is also a major factor that a consumer looks while picking one. We will try to cover all the details under these segments.

OnePlus Nord

1. Camera

Nord is having a rear quad-camera(48+8+5+2 MP) setup and a dual(32+8 MP) front-facing camera. OnePlus has provided the same 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor as the flagship OnePlus 8, complete with a large f/1.75 aperture to let in a generous amount of light and optical image stabilization (OIS) to reduce blur and shakiness in both photos and videos. In addition, Nord comes with an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a  2 MP macro-camera, and a 5 MP depth sensor to provide a versatile and diverse photography experience.

It has all the basic camera modes like all the previous OnePlus devices and as an add on the Nightscape, available on both the rear main lens and ultra-wide angle, enables stunning night shots through advanced computational photography. With Nightscape, the OnePlus Nord will take up to nine different pictures at varying exposures and weave them together in seconds to produce clearer, brighter, and more dramatic photos in low light.  

Being the first budget OnePlus smartphone, it is also the first smartphone that comes with a dual front-facing camera featuring a 32 MP main camera, the highest resolution front camera on any OnePlus device. It has advanced image processing algorithms to ensure exceptional clarity and enhanced details. The main front camera supports high-quality video capture at 4K up to 60 fps. The secondary 8 MP camera allows you to take ultra-wide-angle selfies offering a 105-degree field of view. So you have to carry a selfie-stick or finds a tall guy to take group selfies.

Overall in aspects of the camera, OnePlus Nord is gonna perform much better than all other OnePlus Smartphones.

2. Performance

The smooth experience while using a device even after a year is all a user ask! Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset and supports the 5G connectivity. Along with that, it has a  6.44″ Fluid AMOLED Display with a 90 Hz refresh rate delivers an immersive viewing experience and an improved response time for snappy touch feedback. The new 765G chipset performs 10% better than its predecessor and improves CPU speeds, 30% faster graphics rendering, and a dedicated AI engine that helps to deliver peak gaming performance. It can provide a better gaming experience while gaming and multitasking. 

The Operating System in the new Nord is Android 10 based, OnePlus customized latest OxygenOS 10.5, and gives the user a clean and smooth experience without any bloatware. OxygenOS 10.5 comes complete with features such as Dark Mode, Zen Mode, and a full set of customization options that let users tweak everything from icon shapes to fingerprint animations. It has the inbuilt fingerprint reader and is just like the previous OnePlus smartphones, are pretty much snappy and fast. You can rely on it without any hesitation, also its animation looks cool when it unlocks. Nord does have the OnePlus signature alert slider.  

OnePlus says that just like other OnePlus flagship devices, OnePlus Nord will receive two years of software updates and three years of security updates.

3. Quality & Battery

The design and in-hand feel of Nord is quite premium and has the curved glass back with OnePlus signature at the bottom. The buttons are clicky and responsive, also it has the metal body despite of being aggressive pricing. It is clear that the company has neither compromised with the build quality.

Talking about box content you will get the smartphone itself, a 30 Watt fast charger, a USB type C cable, a basic plastic case, and some basic paperwork and guide.

OnePlus Nord has a 4,115 mAh battery with support of Wrap Charge 30T. The Company claims that the Nord can be charged from 0-70% in just half an hour. For an average user, this battery can easily last up to a day but if you are a gamer or a heavy user then you might have to charge it again but no big deal as it has the fast charging support. Also charging speeds won’t be throttled when scrolling through social media or playing intensive games. This means you don’t have to worry about charging while still using your smartphone. Also, Machine learning is becoming popular day by day. Using this, Nord intelligently changes the way your phone charges overnight to reduce the amount of time it spends at 100% to enhance battery health. 

Price & Availability



Sales date


64GBGray Onyx24999 INRIndia onlyEarly September
8GB128GBBlue Marble, Gray Onyx379 GBP

399 Euros

27999 INR

Europe, IndiaAugust 4
12GB256GBBlue Marble, Gray Onyx469 GBP

499 Euros

29999 INR

Europe, India

August 4


Hidden Facts about OnePlus Nord

How is it possible if OnePlus is providing all the top end flagship features at such an aggressive price? Ever gave a thought about it? Well here is the smart move by the company they cut the price at such places that the user won’t even notice and doesn’t impact them much. After knowing this, it might not bother you and you will still go for it.  So here are the features which the OnePlus Nord lacks.

  • No official IP Water and dust rating by the company
  • No wireless charging
  • has UFS 2.1 Storage (not UFS 3.0)
  • USB 2.0 Data speed transfer
  • it has metal buttons but the material used in the body is plastic

here are some things that it lacks when compared to a proper flagship device.

To be honest, OnePlus Nord is a great device but not that much crazy deal that you must grab. In my opinion, Yes I will recommend it. You can go for it if you want to try a OnePlus device but if the specification is all that bothers you, then go for Realme X30. It has all the high edge specs than this Nord phone with the same price range. You can check out that too and make your mind.

Yash Sharma

Blogger | Engineer | Tech Freak

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