After month-long leaks and talks, OnePlus has unveiled the much-awaited OnePlus Nord today in a first-of-its-kind AR launch event. Along with the OnePlus Nord, we also have the OnePlus Buds true-wireless earphones. So here is all you need to know about the OnePlus Nord and OnePlus Buds.
OnePlus Nord: All You Need to Know
OnePlus Nord is the company’s very first mid-range phone in the last five years. And let us just start by how it looks. Well, if you will notice, it is very much like some of the pre-existing smartphones out there in terms of design. You have a vertical camera module at the back with the OnePlus logo in the middle.
Design and Build
There is a punch-hole cut out for the dual front cameras on top left of the screen. You have the alert slider on the right. OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display that has a 20:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2400X1080 pixels, and comes with a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has sRGB support and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The build is all metal and glass, and the colors look really great. As it is a mid-range phone, OnePlus decided to not give wireless charging support on this one. You get two colors- Gray Onyx and Blue Marble
Hardware and Battery
The OnePlus Nord is powered by Snapdragon 765G and comes with 5G support. The Snapdragon 765G will be paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.0 storage. OnePlus will be using UFS 2.0 instead of UFS 3.0 for this one to cut some price.
One of the best parts of any OnePlus phone is the fluid software and yes you will be getting OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10 out-of-the-box.
To cut some price for this smartphone, OnePlus did not get any IP rating on this one but it should be able to handle some spills and light showers.
As Nord has 5G support and a high refresh rate, to power the phone it has a 4,115mAh battery that comes with Warp Charge 30T fast-charging support and a fast charger supplied in the box. The phone can charge from 0% to 70% in about 30 minutes via USB Type-C port at the bottom.
Now let’s talk about the cameras, on the back, it has a vertically place quad-camera setup with a 48-megapixel(f/1.75) Sony IMX586 sensor that is present on the OnePlus 8 as well. So you get OIS and EIS for good video stability. Then you have an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 119-degree FOV, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor at the back.
You can capture videos with 4K resolution @30fps, you have Pro mode, RAW image capture and more.
Availability and Price
The OnePlus Nord will go on sale in India on August 4 via Amazon India, OnePlus.in, and offline partner stores. There will be three variants coming to India:
|6GB + 64GB||INR 24,999 (in India Only)|
|8GB + 128GB||INR 27,999(~USD 375)|
|12GB + 256GB||INR 29,999 (~USD 402)|
The 6GB + 64 GB variant will arrive in September as suggested by Amazon listing. OnePlus Nord is one of the best mid-range phones in a while. It seems that the company has worked on every aspect of the phone to make it one of the best in the price range.
OnePlus Buds: All You Need to Know
Along with smartphones, OnePlus is also working on its audio devices lately, and now along with the OnePlus Nord, they have also unveiled their first truly wireless earbuds called the OnePlus Buds.
The OnePlus Buds come in a round-shaped case that seems to have a matte finish. You can see the battery indicator at the front and the device switch/pairing button on the back.
The earbuds have that very common half-in-ear design and these will give you kind of AirPods vibes if you look at them when someone is wearing them. The earbuds are very lightweight with each earbud weighing around 4.7 grams and the charging case weighing around 37 grams.
Sound and Battery
OnePlus Buds have 13.4mm dynamic drivers. Along with these, you get the Dolby Atmos, Bass Boost, and Dirac Audio Tuner support too. There are microphones on each earbud that will do the environmental noise cancellation and shall have a very clear voice calling.
The charging case will have 430mAh battery capacity and each earbud will have a 35mAh battery. OnePlus claims 7 hours of continuous playback on the earbuds and the case will be able to boost battery life for up to 30 hours.
OnePlus says that a charge of 10 minutes will be enough for the case to give 10 hours of playback. The case takes 80 minutes to fully charge the case and earbuds from 0%.
Connectivity and Controls
OnePlus buds connect over Bluetooth 5.0 and can operate within 10 meters of range. You also get the Google Fast Pair support, which means as soon as you will open the case of your OnePlus Buds, you will see the pop-up to pair the earbuds.
For mobile gamers, there is some good news, OnePlus Buds comes with Fnatic Mode support that can reduce latency up to 103ms so you will have better sync.
You also get customizable touch controls on the circular part on the earbuds. Double-tap to Play/Pause, long press to call Google Assistant, and some other stuff too.
Availability and Pricing
OnePlus Buds will be available in three colors- White, Gray, and Nord Blue. OnePlus Buds will be priced at INR 4,990 in India and will likely go on sale on August 4 according to Amazon listing. These earbuds will be available in Amazon, OnePlus.in, and Flipkart.
OnePlus will not be launching the OnePlus Nord in the US, but it will be launching the OnePlus Buds in the US for USD 79 in two colors- White and Gray. The Nord Blue is exclusive to India and Europe for now.