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OnePlus Nord 5G Review | Is it good phone to buy?

Looking for an OnePlus product that also fits your budget? OnePlus Nord 5G maybe the answer.

A brand that started as a Flagship Killer and got its footing in the market because of the smartphone enthusiasts is back with another mid-rage, extreme value for money proposition.

OnePlus Nord 5G promises everything that the company used to boast about in the earlier days of the OnePlus 1 or OnePlus 3. So, with this budget device on hand, what are they trying to offer? Let’s find out.

In the Box:

With the new OnePlus Nord 5G, here are all the things that you get in the box:

OnePlus Nord 5G Design:

OnePlus Nord 5G

The phone has dimensions of 6.23 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches, and weights at 184 grams. Both the front and back of the phone are protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which houses the phone’s plastic body under them.

You can see the quad-camera set up on the back, and the dual front camera is visible from a pill-hole design on the screen.

Display:

The display size stands up front with 6.44 inches of viewing, making up for the 87.7% screen to body ratio. It is best in the business fluid AMOLED HDR10+ Display with an impressive 90Hz of refresh rate. The viewing ratio on this display of 1080×2400 pixels is 20:9.

It results in an impressive pixel density of 409 PPI (pixels per inch). The bezels are mostly uniform except on the chin, which is normal for most phones nowadays.

Camera:

Main Camera

The main sensor is a very competent 48MP camera that will take care of all your photography needs on a day-to-day basis. Now, you can also be a proud member of the club ”Shot on OnePlus”. The ultrawide lens on everybody’s list nowadays is also there with an 8MP sensor and works well.

The portrait backgrounds are taken care of by a 5MP depth sensors to give you that DSLR look. The 2 MP Macro lens will help you get up close and personal with the things around you.

Main sensor: 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, with Optical Image Stabilization

Ultrawide: 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚

Depth Sensor for Portraits: 5 MP, f/2.4

Macro lens: 2 MP, f/2.4

The videos can be shot at [email protected], [email protected]/60/240fps, with gyro-EIS stabilising your movements.

Front Camera

The front camera houses a whooping 32 MP sensor, which ensures sharp, Instagram worthy selfies. OnePlus Nord 5G has also got one step ahead and provided us with an 8 MP ultrawide sensor for the group selfies.

Selfie Camera (wide): 32 MP, f/2.5

Ultrawide: 8 MP, f/2.5, 105˚

The video resolutions available for the front camera are [email protected]/60fps and [email protected]/60fps.

OnePlus Nord 5G Performance:

OnePlus Nord promises to be an excellent overall everyday performer for an average user. Where does it stand on the benchmark tests? Let’sLet’s find out.

AnTuTu: 315641 (v8)

GeekBench: 7844 (v4.4), 1953 (v5.1)

GFXBench: 19fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Though the benchmark results are not industry-leading, they are class-leading for the cost we are paying for the phone. Enough to get anyone excited!

Software:

At the core, OnePlus Nord 5G is Android 10, with a skin of OnePlus’sOnePlus’s OxygenOS 10.5.9. The chipset provided is Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) which is an Octa-Core processor. Your gaming needs will be taken care of by Adreno 620 GPU. Here is some more information about OnePlus Nord 5G.

RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB

Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB

Battery: 4115 mAh, non-removable, Li-Po battery

Charger: 30W Fast Charging

Sensors:

  • Fingerprint (on display, optical)
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Compass

Good & Bad

The Good:

Design and build quality of OnePlus speak for themselves, and you will see no one complaining about them. Another unmissable advantage of this OnePlus Nord 5G is overall display performance, a forte of OnePlus in the last few years.

The OS is fast and responsive too. Another pro of this phone would be its long battery life and fast charging capabilities.

The Bad:

The one eyesore for OnePlus Nord 5G would be its disappointing ultra-wide and macro cameras. Some minor display issues can bug you once in a while.

On top of that, the games are still limited to 60Hz on a 90Hz display, confusing. Indian unit also gets some bloatware which can be annoying to some users. The phone is also not accessible all over the world.

Ratings

OnePlus Nord 5GRatings
Battery8
Camera7
Display7
Performance8
Design8
Value for Money7.5
OnePlus Nord 5G Ratings

Conclusion

Keeping everything in mind, OnePlus Nord 5G is a value for money mid-range offering from the company. It features excellent design and display, more than capable software.

Another plus point for the phone is its battery which lasts long, and for charging, the Dash Charger helps.

On the other hand, two out of the six cameras offered are not that good, and you can describe their performance as mediocre at best.

There are some annoyances in the screen that may get fixed with upcoming updates, hopefully.

FAQs

Does OnePlus Nord Support 5G?

Yes, as the name suggests, OnePlus Nord supports 5G. The 5G bands supported in Europe are 1, 3, 7, 28, and 78; while in India, it supports 5G band 78.

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