On the 21st of July, Oneplus pulled the curtains of their new affordable mid-range Nord series. Oneplus Nord 5G is the first device in the Nord lineup. It is only launching in selected regions as of now and will only be available for purchase in selected countries. India is one of those countries, and Oneplus does value its Indian customers a lot. We have three variants of the Oneplus Nord making its way to the Indian market, with the cheaper one coming in at 25,000 INR. But is it good enough for the price? Let’s find out.
Best features of OnePlus’s affordable Nord
90Hz AMOLED display
Oneplus is known for manufacturing flagship killers, but recently, their phone prices have also reached up to the other flagships. To keep their image of providing the best in class hardware and software at an affordable price, they have unveiled the Oneplus Nord 5G. This is a mid-range from Oneplus, but it has the same FHD+ 90Hz FLUID AMOLED Display as the Oneplus 8, but the size is a bit on the lower side with 6.44 inches. Besides, the Nord does not have a curved display like the Oneplus 8. So for people who don’t like the curved screens on the Oneplus 8 series, for them, the Nord could be an excellent Oneplus alternative.
48MP primary camera with Sony IMX586 sensor
The display is not the only thing which the Oneplus Nord borrows from his big brother the Oneplus 8. It also has the same camera hardware on the rear side of the device, which is the 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, a sensor that Oneplus has been using since the Oneplus 7. And this sensor also comes with OIS, which is quite a rare thing to have on a mid-ranger. Using the same hardware does come with the benefits that all the software developments done on this sensor through the older phones will directly come to this new Oneplus Nord.
Warp Charge 30T
The Nord also comes with a huge 4115 mAh battery that also supports Oneplus’s 30W warp charging out of the box. The company claims a charging speed of 0 to 70 in just 30 mins. You don’t need to buy any additional adapter for this, as you get it with the retail box.
Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset
The only thing that differentiates the Oneplus Nord from the Oneplus 8 is the flagship processor. The Nord ships with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G while the Oneplus 8 rocks the latest Snapdragon 865. The 765G is not a weak processor by any means, but it is still no match for Qualcomm’s best from this year.
Here is the list of OnePlus Nord alternatives
|Phones||Price in India||Available On|
|Realme X3||Rs. 24999||Flipkart|
|Realme X3 Super Zoom||Rs. 27999||Flipkart|
|Redmi K20 Pro||Rs. 24999||Flipkart|
There is very high competition in the Indian market for smartphones. We have brands like Xiaomi and Realme taking a majority of the market with a wide range of their devices in every price segment. Now in the range of 25,000, both Xiaomi and Realme offer devices that some might consider even better value than the Oneplus Nord. Let’s take a look at them.
Realme X3 (Rs. 24999, 6GB+128GB)
Realme recently launched its X3 series with keeping the price in check. These are flagship killer devices with hardware that can compete with anything out there. It does not have the latest Snapdragon 865, but it has the next best thing from Qualcomm, which the Snapdragon 855+. This is a year old device, but in terms of performance, it is still way ahead of the Snapdragon 756G found on the Oneplus Nord. You also get a 6.57 inch Full HD+ IPS Display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It comes with liquid cooling to handle throttling with ease and a quad-camera setup at the back with a 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP sensor setup. All in all, it does seem like a competent device and something you must consider as OnePlus Nord alternative if performance is of higher priority to you. In terms of battery, the X3 comes with a 4,200 mAh battery with a 30W charger included in the box.
Realme X3 Super Zoom (Rs. 27999, 8GB+128GB)
Much like the X3, the X3 superzoom also comes with the Snapdragon 855+. Even the display remains the same at 6.57 inch FHD+ IPS. This, too, comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate. But in terms of optics, the superzoom goes a step further by including a periscope lens that can take 60x zoomed pictures. It does come with OIS too to ensure that your images appear sharper with minimal blur. We get a 4,200 mAh battery with a 30W charger included in the box.
Redmi K20 Pro (Rs.24999, 6GB+128GB)
This is quite an old device but is still one of the best value for money devices in the market right now. You get a 6.39 inch FHD+ AMOLED display with no notch or cutout in the screen. On top of that, you get the Snapdragon 855 under the hood and a 4,000 mAh battery that can be topped up quickly with a 27W charging adapter. On top of it, you get the Sony IMX586 sensor, the exact sensor found on the Oneplus Nord. So if performance is your priority, then K20 Pro will not disappoint you at all.
Now despite these alternatives, many people might still opt for the Oneplus Nord because of the software experience alone that Oneplus brings with it. The hardware can be top-notch, but if it is not backed up with decent software, then the entire experience can get ruined. So for those who are looking only for performance should opt for one of these alternative devices. But someone who wants an overall package of all with guaranteed software updates for two or even three years should opt for the Oneplus Nord.