OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 8, comparative: all the differences between the two ranges of OnePlus

July 21 has arrived when OnePlus promised us the presentation of a new phone, and the Eastern manufacturer has complied. The OnePlus Nord arrives preceded by countless rumors and possible names, such as the discarded OnePlus Z , to return the brand to its origins, albeit with nuances. The OnePlus Nord is a very competitive premium mid-range, especially in price starting at 399 euros in its most basic model. Be careful, with 8GB and 128GB, which is not a small thing.

Once the phone is introduced, it’s time to see how it changes compared to its older brothers, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro that we knew a few months ago. Especially since those who go to this Nord will hesitate to get hold of any of the OnePlus 8, the Nord, or wait for the next OnePlus 8T. Because yes, OnePlus will put into circulation in this pandemic 2020 no more and no less than five mobile phones. Although the Nord is, on paper, probably the most attractive of them all. This price is very sweet.

Downgraded, we lose gross power

With the arrival of the new Nord, OnePlus does something it has not done for several generations: launch a mid-range. A powerful mid-range, with a Premium surname or whatever we want to call it, but medium. It is the first big difference between the new Nord and the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. While the latter has the Snapdragon 865 in front, the OnePlus Nord bets on the Snapdragon 765G. Gaming power and 5G, among other things, but one step below.

However, OnePlus chooses to offer the same memory package. So we have the basic model with 8GB and 128GB and the superior model with 12GB and 256GB . Of course, again another change because here the RAM is LPDDR4X and the internal memory is UFS 2.1. Same capacity, lower speed, although it may be sufficient since Oxygen OS, the OnePlus layer, is usually quite well optimized for its terminals.

Read: OnePlus Nord: Features, Reviews, and Prices

As in the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, the new OnePlus Nord also comes with 5G SA /NSA integrated but in the WiFi, we lose something with the jump. We have category 5 instead of category 6, so WiFi is dual-band and not triple. Nothing critical at the moment, by the way, but something to consider in the future. It also repeats Bluetooth 5.1, dual GPS, NFC chip, and USB Type-C port, though the latter is 2.0 instead of 3.1. A new cut.

Since the new OnePlus Nord is somewhat smaller than the OnePlus 8, although somewhat thicker and wider, it stands to reason that we lose battery on the way. The internal battery of the new OnePlus creature is reduced to 4,115 mAh and maintains the 30W fast charge , the Warp Charge 30T patented by the eastern firm.

Less power, less battery but the same OnePlus spirit stitched at a very eye-catching price

We can close the feature comparison at this point, just before jumping into the cameras, talking about its screen. Again a Fluid AMOLED, again 90Hz refresh, again a 20: 9 ratio with FullHD + to put 2,400 x 1,080 pixels in front of our eyes and again a fingerprint reader hidden behind it. What is changing then? That the OnePlus Nord stays at 6.44 inches , becoming the smallest of the trio after the 6.55 inches of the OnePlus 8 and 6.78 inches of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

More cameras than the OnePlus 8 Pro but with less power

At least as regards the back of the phone, of course, because here there is a tie in the number of sensors with slightly less resolution. But the best thing will be that we explain it sensor to sensor, dividing ourselves between the four rear ones that the new OnePlus Nord offers, matching the OnePlus 8 Pro, and the two front sensors, which duplicate its two brothers.

48 megapixels. This is the main sensor of the new OnePlus Nord, which is also the same IMX586 mounted by its older brother, the OnePlus 8, and different from that of the Pro. The lens aperture, with f / 1.75, and the presence of both optical and electronic stabilization. In terms of hardware, both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus Nord have the same main camera, with no changes.

We arrived at the secondary camera and we ran into the first change, because although we are facing a super wide angle , the resolution is half. The 16 megapixels of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are reduced to 8 megapixels in the Nord, which also has a slightly unremarkable, less bright lens: f / 2.25. Third camera, the same macro lens as the OnePlus 8 with 2 megapixels and f / 2.4 aperture. The OnePlus 8 Pro opted in its case for a 5 megapixel camera with color filter, so its idea of ​​the multi-camera team differs from that of the OnePlus Nord. We continue one more step.

Fourth camera, thus surpassing the number of cameras of the OnePlus 8 and being tied with the OnePlus 8 Pro. The Nord opts here for a 5 megapixel camera with f / 2.4 lens and with the only function of taking depth readings. We have hardware-assisted bokeh aside from the work being done from the phone’s AI. As for video, 4K recording is maintained but at 30fps , and the maximum speed is obtained at 240fps in FullHD resolution.The Nord equals the number of rear cameras to the OnePlus 8 Pro, but without telephoto, and doubles the front of its two brothers, both in number and in megapixels

Finally, the front cameras. Here the OnePlus Nord overtakes its two older brothers on the left, placing 32 megapixels as the main sensor, thus doubling the capacity of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, and assisting this camera with an 8-megapixel super wide-angle secondary. So here there are two cameras and not one, and it leaves the OnePlus Nord practically competing with you on the OnePlus 8, and separating from the OnePlus 8 Pro in that telephoto camera that the Nord does not mount . Still, a fairly competent team.

Other characteristics of the Nord remain identical to those of its older brothers. For example, the presence of the physical button to disconnect notifications from the phone, or like the on-screen gestures offered by Oxygen OS on Android 10. The phone is also Dual SIM, in case we need to carry two cards at the same time and yes, there are differences in dimensions and weight. The Nord is somewhat shorter, somewhat wider, somewhat thicker and somewhat heavier. And yes, it is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 again.

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro

Perforated

And to close, now definitely, we leave you with the gross comparison of OnePlus Nord specifications against its older brothers.

ONEPLUS NORDONEPLUS 8ONEPLUS 8 PRO
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT158.3 x 73.8 x 8.2 mm
184 grams
160.2 x 72.9 x 8 mm
180 grams
165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5 mm
199 grams
SCREENFluid AMOLED 6.44 inches
408 dpi density
FullHD + at 2,400 x 1,080 px
Refreshment 90Hz
Ratio 20: 9
Fluid AMOLED 6.55 inches
402 dpi density
FullHD + at 2,400 x 1,080 px
Refreshment 90Hz
Touch 240Hz
Ratio 20: 9
HDR +
Fluid AMOLED 6.78 inches
Density of 513 dpi
QHD + at 3,168 x 1,440 px
Refreshment 120Hz
Touch 120Hz
Ratio 19.8: 9
HDR +
PROCESSORSnapdragon 765GSnapdragon 865Snapdragon 865
VERSIONS8GB / 128GB
12GB / 256GBUFS 2.1
8GB / 128GB
12GB / 256GBUFS 3.0
8GB / 128GB
12GB / 256GBUFS 3.0
REAR CAMERA48 megapixel Sony IMX586 f / 1.75 OIS / EIS
8 megapixel SGA f / 2.25
2 megapixel macro f / 2.4
5 megapixel bokeh f / 2.4
Video 4K @ 60fps / HD @ 480fps
Time Lapse
48 megapixel Sony IMX586 f / 1.75 OIS / EIS
16 megapixel SGA f / 2.2
2 megapixel macro f / 2.4
Video 4K @ 60fps / HD @ 480fps
Time Lapse
48 megapixel Sony IMX689 f / 1.78 OIS / EIS
48 megapixel SGA f / 2.2
8 megapixel telephoto f / 2.44 OIS
5 megapixel color filter f / 2.4
Video 4K @ 60 / HD @ 480fps
Time Lapse
FRONT CAMERA32 megapixel Sony IMX616 f / 2.45
8 megapixel SGA f / 2.45
Video 1080p @ 30
16 megapixel Sony IMX471 f / 2.0
Video 1080p @ 30
16 megapixel Sony IMX471 f / 2.45
Video 1080p @ 30
BATTERY4,115 mAh
Rapid Charge Warp Charge 30T 30W
4,300 mAh
Quick Charge Warp Charge 30T 30W
4,510 mAh
Rapid Charge Warp Charge 30T (5V / 6A) 30W
Wireless Charge Warp Charge 30 Wireless (30W)
OPERATING SYSTEMAndroid 10 with OxygenOSAndroid 10 with OxygenOSAndroid 10 with OxygenOS
CONNECTIVITY5G SA / NSA
WiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.1 aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC
NFC
GPS Dual / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou / SBAS / A-GPS
USB 2.0 type-C
5G SA / NSA
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1 aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC
NFC
GPS Dual / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou / SBAS / A-GPS
USB 3.1 type-C
5G SA / NSA
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.1 aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC
NFC
GPS Dual / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou / SBAS / A-GPS
USB 3.1 type-C
OTHERSOn-screen fingerprint reader
Physical button for sound
Stereo sound
Screen fingerprint reader
Physical button for sound
Stereo sound
IP68 certification
Screen fingerprint reader
Physical button for sound
Stereo sound
IP68 certification
PRICE8GB / 128GB: 399 euros
12GB / 256GB: 499 euros
8GB / 128GB: 709 euros
12GB / 256GB: 809 euros
8GB / 128GB: 909 euros
12GB / 256GB: 1,009 euros

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