OnePlus NORD – The BEST Device for UNDER $500?

published on August 3, 2020

So today must be the 21st it is one plus nor day hey guys what's up it's carl here back with another episode and today we are checking out the brand new oneplus nord just announced so hopefully this is your

First look at this device this is oneplus's venture or i guess foray back into affordable smartphones and if you remember oneplus six years ago now they've just come out

They had one of the best smartphone or flagship killers at a price that was affordable to almost everyone i think the oneplus one retails for around three to four hundred bucks and every year that we've gone up the phones

Have gotten pricier and pricier and if we look at the oneplus 8 we're over that a thousand dollar price point so what oneplus has done this year they've introduced a mid-range smartphone under 500

They've labeled it the oneplus nord i honestly thought it was a nordvpn partnership when i first heard the rumors but nord means north in european european is the language in a scandinavian sweden i mean you hear

The term nordic we're gonna say some sort of scandinavian country so you can see on the box one plus or meet the oneplus nord comes the box and i'm pretty lucky here we've got the reviewers box so we've got

A couple different things let's take out i'm assuming the cases you can see oneplus nord all the labeling on the sides and the camera cutouts on the side we've got a black nord blue maybe my

Favorite that's the signature line and of course a clear case but we gotta get to the device itself you can see all the labeling on the front nord nord nord to the north

We're here toronto perfect comes with a clear case a welcome letter quick start guide and a set of nord stickers that's pretty dope so this is still warp charge 30t and of course oneplus is famous now

Red cables usb to usbc and this is the blue marble colorway and i would kind of liken this to i don't know tiffany blue it's essentially blue cyan light blue my color science is

Not good around the outsides though it is in a metallic finish so that's nice it's a bit of a differentiation setup all was pretty easy from one plus i decided not to enter my fingerprint in

But we still have that in-screen fingerprint sensor and since this is technically a budget or mid-tier device there are some corners oneplus had to meet to kind of keep it under that price point

So for example the display 644 inches it's 2400 by 1080 it's got a 90 hertz refresh rate so that's a bit less than the oneplus 8 pro but the same as the oneplus 8 and if you compare that to say an iphone which only has a 60hz refresh

Rate as long as it's over that 60 mark i'm willing to sacrifice that end not having 120 but that bare minimum i think now in 2020 should at least be 90 and happy to still pay around 500 bucks

And i think one of the biggest compromises that oneplus is making is on the silicon in the inside so it's rocking the snapdragon 765g that's a bit more tuned to gaming it's an older chipset it's not the top

End to your chipsets like the snapdragon 800 series oneplus claims the performance should still be pretty good in my quick time using it i've been able to rock a couple games 3d intensive ones obviously this handles

It fine and unless you have two android flagships side by side perhaps something that you bought in 2020 s20 ultra p40 pro plus honestly should be able to stack up against those quite

Fine and personally i think the biggest compromise is coming to the camera it's got a 48 megapixel sensor it's the sony imx 586 sensor i'll show a couple of

Examples of what i mean but if you've seen my review on say the oneplus 8 even other devices close to a year and a half old have the same sensor built in and i get that oneplus is trying to cut a couple corners

Trying to keep costs down but if you're looking for a device with the best quality camera i sadly probably wouldn't look here on the flip side you still got an ultra wide a macro a depth sensor and even on the

Front you've got the two front facing cameras one the regular as well as an ultra wide so at least they give you options for different types of lenses and underneath the rest of the hood

We've got a 415 milliamp hour battery and like i mentioned when you pair that with warp charge 30t i think it's one of oneplus best features easily lasts you the entire day and you can quickly juice up in half an

Hour we're running oxygen os over top android 10 and typically oxygen is one of my favorite skins it's very minimal almost close to stock oneplus is usually very quick with their software updates

And i overall think the direction that the oneplus nord is going is in the right way especially when you compare it to the other pro models say we look at the older oneplus 8 pro that thing was pushing

Over a thousand bucks love that oneplus is going back to its roots bringing a device that is under that 500 price point i'm sure this thing will sell like hotcakes

And especially when you compare this to say the oneplus 8 from last year which was almost one and a half times the price of this device and i know especially now 2020 things are a bit tough

People might not have as much money so value is probably a very important thing so let me know your thoughts down below on the oneplus nord and any other devices you want me to compare this to and as an extra little bonus if you

Stick around we've got a pair of headphones as well the new oneplus buds just came out so here are the headphones it comes in a nice chiclet style case and it's got some pretty

Funky colors we've of course got the blue with some ultra contrasting yellow on the inside and this matches very closely if you grab both of these you'd be blue and the oneplus buds retail for around

100 bucks once again keeping that value game intact oneplus also sent an extra pair in white so i can definitely give a pair of these away so just let me know what you think about

The oneplus nord or even the buds down below in the comments we'll ship a pair of these out and i hope you guys enjoyed your very first look at the marble blue one plus nord we'll

Catch the rest of you in one of my next vids or vlogs peace

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