OnePlus Nord review

Our full OnePlus Nord review is in... does this budget camera phone live up to all the pre-launch hype?

OnePlus Nord review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

On paper, OnePlus is doing everything right with its first midrange smartphone in years. The Nord looks the business, packs a rich, flagship-grade design and combines a tried and tested rear-camera set-up with a dual-selfie camera - cue the youth appeal. What the Nord appears to lack in terms of power and nice-to-haves (wireless charging, stereo audio etc), it makes up for with price £379 / €399 (around $480). While you can get more camera for your money than the Nord offers, we’re not sure you can get a better looking phone, or an across-the-board better package.


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    Simple, premium design

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    Low-cost 5G

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    Best-in-class screen


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    No telephoto camera

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    Underwhelming ultra-wide shots

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    Poor macro camera

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    No wireless charging

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In these are strange times, OnePlus is launching the OnePlus Nord – a midrange camera phone. That’s an out of character move for the brand, which has the self-titled nickname - flagship killer. Affordable is the name of the game in a COVID-world, however, and the Nord looks set to be one of the most balanced cost-effective flagship-esque phones around, with its premium styling, competent camera and 5G data speeds. It will cost from £379 when it goes on sale on 4 August... with US prices expected to be sub $500 when it eventually reaches North America.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.