OnePlus is more accustomed to high-end smartphones, but this North model aims slightly lower and is aimed at a more mid-range range, while retaining some nice features.
It is not about design that OnePlus has made concessions, and the same strong criteria can be found on this Nord model. In a very striking blue, with glass on the back but plastic on the curved edges, the smartphone is a real eye-catcher and also seduces with its reasonable dimensions. For ergonomics, a button allows you to easily switch from one mode to another (silent, vibrate or sound) for notifications and calls, the fingerprint reader is under the screen, and if all the classic connections are there, it lacks a micro-SD port to be complete.
For the screen, OnePlus offers on this North a quality display, in a very elongated (20:9) and flattering format. The infinite contrast could have been accompanied by a higher brightness, but for the rest, nothing to complain about. The color rendering is realistic and faithful and one does not feel any weariness to look at this tile, which benefits in addition from a refresh rate at 90 Hz, which accentuates the feeling of fluidity.
Once again, for the sound part, there is no mini-Jack port or USB-C adapter, which is a bit regrettable. The speakers are barely good.
The power of this OnePlus Nord is quite satisfactory and is sufficient for the vast majority of uses, which are done in good fluidity. For gaming, the smartphone is not in the top of the basket, but a few graphic concessions will suffice for a pleasant experience.
With its four photo sensors, the OnePlus Nord may seem promising. The main module can go up to 48 million pixels, but its rendering is still very much perfectible, with details but poorly rendered colors and a set below what one would expect. In the dark, this module does not make sparks but the rendering is homogeneous, which is already good. The ultra-wide-angle module is also disappointing, because it displays real optical defects that are found throughout the image, and unreadable shots when captured in the dark. If the portrait mode is doing well, the sensors on the front panel do a good job but suffer from a rather noticeable electronic noise. This noise is also found in the video capture, which is a bit annoying.
In terms of battery life, OnePlus could have done better and is outperformed by the competition, without being too disappointing with a day and a half without recharging. A few other smartphones are doing better, but that's still acceptable.
Review of the OnePlus Nord done by Julien Hany the 2021/01/04
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Internal storage (Version 256GB / 12GB RAM, Dual SIM)
RAM (Version 256GB / 12GB RAM, Dual SIM)
Photo resolution (Front camera)