OnePlus launches a new mid-range phone in the US: The OnePlus Nord N20 5G. This is a $282 phone and will be available starting April 28th exclusively at T-Mobile.
For that price of just under $300, you get a 6.43-inch “FHD+” (that’s 2220 x 1080) OLED, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery. The SoC is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695. This is a 6nm chip with two ARM Cortex-A78 2.2 GHz cores, six 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55 cores, and an Adreno 619 GPU. There is an in-display fingerprint reader, microSD slot, and the phone supports Always View Mode, so you can always From seeing your time and notifications.
At $282, this phone looks like a sequel to Nord N200, which came out nearly a year ago as another T-Mobile exclusive and is priced at $240. Last year’s phone had a 90Hz screen, which really helped it stand out at this price. N20 is reduced to 60 Hz only. You will also have to settle for a smaller battery (the N200 was 5000 mAh) and the loss of the headphone jack.
As for the rear cameras, OnePlus’ press release lists “a 64MP main camera, a monochrome lens, and a macro lens.” OnePlus doesn’t provide a full spec sheet, but if the megapixel count of these other two cameras is worth showing off, they’ll be listed in the press release. Nord N200 has a main camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. Megapixels don’t technically matter, but high-quality camera sensors also don’t come in 2-megapixel sizes. Assuming the N20 follows the same mold as the N200, these other cameras are mostly for decoration.
The OnePlus budget phone is shipped with Android 11. And as a reminder, this operating system is shipped September 2020, making it an 18-month-old version of Android. Previous Nord phones received One major operating system Update, so this phone will likely be updated to Android 12 – which is six months old – and OnePlus will connect to it daily. I know this is technically a major update, but OnePlus’ lag makes it seem like it zero Major updates. The N200 update plan also included three years of semi-regular (not monthly) security updates, so that’s probably the case here.
With the acquisition of OnePlus flagship phones More expensiveNord’s mid-range line is turning out to be OnePlus’ biggest seller. Counterpoint Research for Fourth Quarter 2021 The report generated a staggering 524 percent year-over-year increase in OnePlus sales, capturing 2 percent of the US market. The report says OnePlus’ growth has been driven by exactly this narrative: Nord devices being sold at T-Mobile. In an interview with ForbesOnePlus co-founder Pete Lau says the company expects to sell 25 million Nord devices by 2023, likely on the back of devices like this.
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