Today OnePlus is announcing its latest smartphone, the new OnePlus Nord. The Nord is a special device for the company as it’s the first time since its inception that we’re seeing a product release outside of the usual flagship line-up. The new Nord positions itself as a mid-range device in the “premium” category, coming with a Snapdragon 765 SoC as well as an attractive price point.

OnePlus 2020 Devices

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus 8 OnePlus 8 Pro
SoC Snapdragon 765
1x Cortex-A76 @ 2.3GHz
1x Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz

Adreno 620
Snapdragon 865 
1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 640 @ 587MHz
Display 6.44-inch
FHD+ 2400 x 1080 (20:9)
90Hz Refresh Rate
FHD+ 2400 x 1080 (20:9)
90Hz Refresh Rate
QHD+ 3160 x 1440 (19.8:9)
120Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm

184 grams
160.2 x 72.9 x 8.0 mm

180 grams
165.3 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm

199 grams
128/256 GB UFS 2.1 128/256 GB UFS 3.0
Battery 4115mAh (15.84Wh) typ. 4300mAh (16.55Wh) typ. 4510mAh (17.36Wh) typ.
30W Fast Charging
- 30W Wireless Fast Charging
(only via proprietary charger)

10W Qi Wireless Charging
Front Camera 32MP IMX616
8MP f/2.45
108° Ultra-wide
Primary Rear Camera 48MP 0.8µm 1/2" IMX586
(12MP 1.6µm 2x2 binning)

f/1.75 w/ OIS
48MP 1.12µm 1/1.4" IMX689
(12MP 2.24µm 2x2 binning)

f/1.78 w/ OIS
Rear Camera
8MP Ultra-Wide-Angle

119° FoV
16MP Ultra-Wide-Angle

116° FoV
48MP Ultra-Wide-Angle

120° FoV
Rear Camera
2MP Macro Camera
8MP Telephoto
5MP Depth Camera - 5MP Colour Sensor
4G / 5G
Snapdragon 5G
Integrated X52

(LTE Category 18/13)
DL = 1200 Mbps
UL = 150 Mbps

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = ?
UL = ?

Snapdragon 5G
Snapdragon Modem X55  (Discrete)

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps - 7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps 3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM

(5G NR Sub-6)
DL = 7000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

mmWave for OnePlus 8 (non-Pro)
on Verizon in the US
SIM Size NanoSIM + NanoSIM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
BT 5.1 LE, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
BT 5.1 LE, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
Connectivity USB Type-C
no 3.5mm jack
Special Features On-screen fingerprint sensor
  IP68 Rating
Launch OS Android 10 w/ Oxygen OS
Launch Prices 8+128GB: £379 / 399€
12+256GB: £469 / 499€
8+128GB: $699 / 699€
12+256GB: $799 / 799€
8+128GB: $899 / 899€
12+256GB: $999 / 999€

Spec-wise, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 765 SoC which is beginning to see a lot of traction in this mid-range/premium category of devices. Generally, the SoC is somewhat on par with a Snapdragon 845 in terms of CPU performance and on par with an 835 in GPU performance, so there’s still quite a bit of a performance differentiation compared to its primary devices.

Albeit priced more aggressively, the Nord isn’t all that much of a slouch with its 8 and 12GB LPDDR4X RAM configuration, as well as featuring 128 or 256GB of storage, although the interface here uses an older UFS 2.1 implementation.

Other areas where there have been compromises in specifications are the weaker WiFi chipset which doesn’t feature WiFi 6/ 802.11ax connectivity, although everything else is functionally on par with the OnePlus 8.

Design-wise, the phone keeps things simple although still quite premium. We’re seeing an 6.44” 90HZ 1080p OLED display which at this price range is a winning combination, making it on par with the OnePlus 8 although some features such as HDR+ have been shelved.

OnePlus has opted for a dual-front camera design with a primary 32MP sensor and a secondary 8MP ultra-wide module for wider selfie captures and video – a bit unusual given the higher-end flagships just have a single camera module. The camera hole-punch design reminds us of the Oppo Reno 3 Pro – certainly both phones share similarities given they’re manufactured in the same factories by the parent company.


Footprint-wise, the phone is similar to the OnePlus 8, and comes in at 158.3 x 73.3 x 82.2mm which is a sweet-spot form-factor. The weight is also very similar at 184g. Battery-wise, OnePlus was still able to house in a 4115mAh battery which is slightly smaller than the OnePlus 8’s.

Lastly in terms of rear camera configuration, the Nord features the same IMX586 main camera found on the OnePlus 8, which probably is amongst its most interesting value propositions. Although this module faired adequately in the OnePlus 8, it’s a good match for the Nord’s price point.

In addition to the main camera we also see a 8MP ultra-wide module which likely won’t be of great quality, as well as an extra 2MP macro sensor just like on the OP8, as well as an additional 5MP depth camera for helping portrait mode photography.

399/499€ starting August 4th

The Nord is debuting in European and Asian markets first on August 4th, with a tentative release in North America later. The phone comes priced in at £379/399€ for the standard 8/128GB variant, and £399/499€ for the 12/256GB model.

The phone vastly undercuts similar devices such as the recently released LG Velvet as well as OPPO’s own Find X2 Neo whilst essentially being on par in terms of specifications – I see the Nord becoming extremely popular and successful due to its aggressive pricing.

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  • Andrei Frumusanu - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    Power is competitive on the CPU side, and a fraction on the GPU side. See the LG Velvet review of how the SoC performs:
  • hemedans - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    sd835 is one of the efficient soc ever released, better than 845/855/865/765, because of 5g and high refresh rate display this year smartphone are not that good when it came to battery life.
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    "better than 845/855/865/765, because of 5g and high refresh rate display"
    You seem to be lacking the differentiation between SoC and device efficiency. SoC efficiency is independant of screen refresh rates and 5G support.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    I think they meant that last part to be separate - i.e. 835 is more efficient than 845 etc., and then seperately, 5G and high-refresh mean current smartphones aren't great for battery life (outside of the SoC efficiency).

    I don't know if 835 is necessarily the most *efficient* compared to the others, but it did mark a point where the need for further performance improvements started pushing power up again.
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    810 / 808 were the dodgy ones. 820/821 on 14nm was much better, 835 on 10nm was really very efficient (I have a phone with that in), 845 on 10nm again was similarly efficient but with a higher maximum power draw.

    Pretty sure 765 is more efficient than the 845 and 835 due to the better 7nm manufacturing process and the fact that it simply cannot hit the same high power draw (fewer big cores, smaller GPU).
  • brucethemoose - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    I love those DL/UL numbers for the modems. Its like you (theoreticaly) get gigabit for 5 whole minutes, before you get throttled to 3mbps for the rest of the month, and thats assuming you have an unlimited plan.
  • Sharma_Ji - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    One plus trying to be new apple, thinking it's customers will purchase anything which has a 1+ logo on its back.

    A brand built upon Speed, using 765G is a shame.
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    Well people wants phones to get back to that $500 range. So you are expecting a 865/855 in a mid range products? What will that do to price and their margins? If you want high end they have a products for that. Your complain makes no sense in the product category this phone is marketing too which is the mid range market.
  • Calle2003 - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    People expect it because the 2nd gen iPhone SE has Apples flagship SoC A13.
  • Makaveli - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    What people expect and what is actually profitable for the vendor is two different things. And as far as I'm concerned android competes with android not apple. Most majority of apple users have bought into that ecosystem and vary rarely leave for the other side and vice versa. Apple creates their own SOC, where as Android vendors rely on ARM for their SOC. If they thought this was a viable option you would see it.

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