Oneplus Nord: Back to the roots

Oneplus, if you haven’t heard of them, is a Chinese smartphone OEM that has provided bang for buck smartphones since 2013. Over the past several years, as other flagship smartphones have crept in price, so has Oneplus’s. To date, Oneplus phones are still the best bang for buck smartphone one could purchase, often with superior specs in many regards. However, the initial pricing for their best phone, the Oneplus 8 Pro, reaches a mind blowing $899. Even the lower end Oneplus 8 starts at $699. It’s quite a distance from being affordable to everyday people, the original target audience of Oneplus.

Oneplus Nord is changing that, going back to the company’s roots: Affordable and great. At under $500 for 128GB storage/8GB RAM (possibly somewhat over $500 for the 256GB/12GB version), it simply outmatches everyother smartphone in that price range. Here are some of the specs you get:

  • RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS2.1
  • Battery: 4115 mAh
  • Warp Charge 30T fast charging (5V/6A)
  • An excellent 6.44 inch 90HZ, 1080p+ (2,592,000 pixels) AMOLED display.
  • 5G connectivity, which future proofs this phone, and brings speedy data speeds to areas that have 5G.
  • Guaranteed 3 years of software updates (from Android 10 to 13)
  • Oxygen OS: Better Android fork than other smartphones
  • Superior wireless connectivity. This includes bluetooth, GPS capability, and global, dual SIM capability.

Another highlight is that the Nord has six cameras! For the rear, it has the same 48MP sensor as the Oneplus 8, a macro camera (for closeups of objects like flowers and insects), a depth camera (for 3D processing), and an ultra wide angle camera. The front cameras consist of a 32MP camera, and another ultra wide angle camera (selfless selfies!).

Oneplus Nord against the 2020 iPhone SE.

The iPhone SE is supposed to be Apple’s “mid-tier” iPhone, which starts at $399 for 64GB of storage, $449 for 128GB, and $549 for 256GB. This makes the 128GB/256GB the same price as the Oneplus Nord. Yet, you get far less features, specs, and quality. On paper, the 2020 iPhone SE is just pitiful in virtually every regard. It only has 3GB RAM, a tiny, tiny (fit for Trump’s tiny hands) 4.7 LCD with only HD resolution (1,000,500 pixels), a display that isn’t ever going to talked about. It lacks USB-C, a modern, vastly superior data/charging port that Apple refuses to use on their phones (even though their Macs have used it for years).

It has just one rear and one front camera. It has a tiny 1,821 mAH battery, which would barely last 8 hours, and would be likely to degrade significanrly in just one year. It has 18W maximum charging, but that isn’t included in box (an additional $50 for the equipment), as it still ships with a decades old 5W charger. Like every other iPhone, it lacks 5G. The only thing it that isn’t outdated is its processor, which some believe to be very fast. However, its purpose in the SE is pointless: It’s like placing a 16 cylinder engine in a Chevy Spark. Don’t even get me started on how the Nord has a better (or similar) display, battery, charging, and other specs to the $1249 iPhone Max Pro.