OnePlus was supposed to start selling its new affordable smartphone option, the OnePlus Nord, in India today. However the company has now quietly rescheduled the same and now customers will be able to buy the handset on August 6.
Apparently due to the ‘overwhelming response’ during the pre-orders, OnePlus has pushed the sale date so as to meet the customers demands. Apart from the open sale, customers who had pre-ordered the smartphone and were promised a dispatch on August 4 could also witness delays.
As a compensation, OnePlus will be offering a one-year warranty extension for customers who are facing any delays. This offer will be valid till August 31, and only limited to customers who experience delay in dispatch. The free warranty extension will be available by downloading the OnePlus Care app.
ONEPLUS NORD SPECIFICATIONS
The OnePlus Nord definitely seems to be revisiting the “flagship killer” definition. It has a 90Hz refresh rate display, 8GB and 12GB RAM options, 128GB and 256GB storage options, a quad camera setup at the back led by the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor also seen in the OnePlus 8 and a large 4115mAh battery with the WarpCharge30T fast charging. The OnePlus Nord is also 5G capable with the Snapdragon X52 5G modem, as and when 5G mobile networks go Live in India.
The OnePlus Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile platform and you will have the option of choosing the OnePlus Nord variant with 8GB RAM or 12GB RAM. The Snapdragon 765G succeeds the Snapdragon 730G—with faster CPU cores, faster RAM, smaller 7nm architecture, support for 12GB RAM as well as 5G capabilities in tow. This also takes advantage of the fifth generation Qualcomm AI Engine to improve overall performance. Clock speeds go up to 2.4GHz with the Qualcomm Kryo 475 CPU and also runs the newer Qualcomm Adreno 620 graphics. You would perhaps have been rooting for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 platform to power the OnePlus Nord, but one of the probable reasons why OnePlus have gone for the impressive Snapdragon 765G mobile platform instead is the cost.
OnePlus also says they have made as many as 300 under-the-hood optimizations to make the OnePlus Nord work smoothly. These include OxygenOS updates, tweaking of visual elements, animation optimizations, changes to multi-tasking menus as well as 2048 brightness levels for smoother changes and more eye comfort. OnePlus also confirms that the OnePlus Nord will receive software updates for 2 years and security updates for three years—this is in line with the more expensive OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro phones as well.
The OnePlus Nord gets a 6.44-inch Fluid-AMOLED display. The resolution is ticked off at 2400 x 1080 pixels and this display supports the 90Hz refresh rate as a well as the Display P3 standard. In fact, you see a lot of the same set of features as there are on the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones too, including the AMOLED Wide Gamut, Vibrant Colour Effect, Video Enhancer, Reading Mode and Night Mode.
As far as the cameras go, this leads the quad-camera setup at the back with the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that also does the photography duties in the OnePlus 8. This has a large f/1.75 aperture and optical image stabilization. Joining in are an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Front cameras are even more relevant than before since we are spending more time in video calls and video meetings these days, and there are the 32-megapixel and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera combining for your video calls and selfies. In fact, the ultra-wide camera has a 105-degree field of view—hopefully, all your friends will fit in.
The large 4,115mAh battery takes advantage of the WarpCharge 30T Fast Charging feature—a fully discharged battery will charge up to 70% in 30 minutes.
The OnePlus Nord is priced at Rs 24,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. This will be available only in the Onyx Grey colour option and the only catch is, it goes on sale in September. However, the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage as well as the 12GB RAM with 256GB storage options priced at Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999 will be available during the sale.