First things first, at the time of writing, there are a total of 3 OnePlus Nord variants. The initial OnePlus Nord, which launched in summer of 2020, is only available abroad in Europe. So, the two OnePlus Nord models that just became available in the US via T-Mobile are the Nord N10 5G and Nord N100. One would think the N100 is the higher end model due to its bigger number, but its actually the cheapest model, at $180. It does not offer 5G. The Nord N10 5G, obviously offers 5G as implied in its name, and is higher end, costing $300.
These two models also have some departures from all other OnePlus phones in that they lack alert sliders. But, there are some ‘old’ features that have been added, such as a headphone jack, and SD card expansion. The N10 5G has 30 watt warp charge, while the N100 has 18 watt Qualcomm Quick charging. As expected from their low price, they only have LCD displays, though surprisingly, they sport a 90hz refresh rate.
The N10 5G has 6 GB (gigabytes) of RAM with 128 GB storage, while the N100 has 4 GB and 64 GB of storage; OnePlus didn’t cut much corners here as those numbers are inline with other phone manufacturer’s own flagships (The $800 Google Pixel 4 has 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage). It’s worth noting that the storage uses UFS 2.1 SSDs, which is pretty damn fast, and is found in flagships such as the OnePlus 6T.
Now, on the software front, they have OnePlus’s signature Oxygen OS, which is one of the best Android skins available, with high customization and a simple user interface. However, there is some sad news. Both Nord models will only get one major Android update, meaning that it will be stuck on Android 11 (once it’s available). Security updates at the bare minimum will be for 2 years.
Despite this, this can be easy to overlook. In contrast to other phones, such as those from Samsung and LG, their very own pricey flagships suffer the same fate, so you shouldn’t be as bothered by this as much if you had an LG or a Samsung (and less so considering the low price). Fortunately, the latest versions of Android are so feature packed that to the point they’re future proofed; one could expect the software to be adequate for 3 years.