OnePlus Nord has officially launched in India after many leaks, rumours and speculations and is the company’s affordable mid-range smartphone. Starting at Rs 24,999, the OnePlus Nord goes up against the likes of the Realme X3 and Vivo X50 which is the only other smartphone in India to be powered by Snapdragon 765G chip. The OnePlus Nord (first impressions) brings the premium OnePlus experience to the mid-range with a powerful chipset, quad cameras on the rear, dual selfie cameras, fast charging and OxygenOS to boot.
The OnePlus Nord directly competes with the only other Snapdragon 765G-powered smartphone, the Vivo X50 which launched some days prior and the Realme X3 which is priced the same as the Nord but packs in a flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset. Let’s take a look at how the Nord compares in front of the Realme X3 and Vivo X50 based on specifications, features and pricing.
OnePlus Nord starts at Rs 24,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage while the Vivo X50 starts at Rs 34,990 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Realme X3 is priced starting at Rs 24,999 for the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
OnePlus Nord has a metal-glass sandwich design that measures 8.2 millimetres and weighs 184 grams. The back panel is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 for added protection and curves towards the edges to offer a better in-hand feel. The Realme X3 too comes with a Gorilla Glass 5 back panel but is a little hefty at 202 grams and 8.9 millimetres. The Vivo X50, on the other hand, is the lightest of the lot weighing in at 173 grams and measuring 7.5 millimetres in thickness.
Neither of the three phones comes with any kind of ingress protection certification, however, OnePlus Nord does come with little gaskets for protection against usual splashes of water. The phones also don’t come with a 3.5mm audio jack to connect earphones.
OnePlus Nord features a 6.44-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display that uses an AMOLED panel with a 90Hz high-refresh-rate and dual punch-hole cutouts for the two selfie cameras. The display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 against drops and daily wear and tear. The Realme X3 features a slightly bigger 6.6-inches LCD screen with a Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution display and dual punch-hole cutouts like the Nord. The screen on the X3, however, has a faster 120Hz refresh rate. It is also topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 5.
The Vivo X50 features a 6.56-inch Full HD+ (2376 x 1080 pixels) resolution AMOLED screen with a 90Hz high-refresh-rate and is HDR10+ certified. It doesn’t come with a layer of Gorilla Glass protection as the other two phones.
Overall, the OnePlus Nord has the most compact display out of the three phones while the Vivo X50 is the most lightweight phone among the Nord and Realme X3.
OnePlus Nord and the Vivo X50 are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset with an octa-core CPU that runs at upto 2.4GHz with Adreno 620 GPU. This is paired with upto 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for the Nord and upto 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for the X50. The Snapdragon 765G chipset sits right below Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 and 865 Plus chipsets and is the most powerful mid-range chipset in the market currently.
The Realme X3, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset which is Qualcomm’s 2019 flagship chip that is paired with an octa-core CPU running at 2.96GHz speeds and the Adreno 640 GPU which is upto 15 percent faster than the regular Snapdragon 855 chip. This is paired with upto 8GB RAM and 128GB storage options to choose from.
OnePlus Nord runs on the company’s popular OxygenOS which ensures a smooth and long-lasting performance of the phone no matter which app you run or any game you play. With the high-refresh-rate screen, OnePlus Nord offers one of the best Android experience to have on a phone. It will also receive two years of software updates as other OnePlus flagship phones and is 5G-ready.
Vivo X50 runs on FunTouch 10.5 which is based on Android 10 while the Realme X3 runs on the company’s own Realme UI. Both of these software experiences aren’t up to OnePlus’s standards and come packed with bloatware and unnecessary ads. OnePlus has, over the years perfected its OxygenOS experience which is one of the slickest Android interfaces on a smartphone. The company optimises its software experience in a granular way and is able to deliver a smooth performance for the long-term.
OnePlus Nord comes with a quad-camera setup that consists of a primary 48MP camera with an f/1.75 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera and a 5MP depth sensor. This is backed by dual-LED flash and OIS support. Thre rear cameras can record in 4K UHD at upto 30FPS and super slow-motion videos at 240FPS. On the front, there’s a 32MP primary selfie camera assisted by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 105-degree field-of-view.
The Realme X3 also features a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a primary 64MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view and a 2MP macro camera. The cameras can record in 4K at 60FPS and are supported by electronic image stabilization.
There’s a dual-selfie camera on the front like the Nord that consists of a primary 16MP camera and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 105-degree field-of-view.
Vivo X50, on the other hand, comes with a 48MP primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture, a 13MP portrait camera with 2X optical zoom, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 120-degree field-of-view and a 5MP macro camera. The rear cameras can record in 4K UHD at upto 30FPS and supports EIS. There’s a 32MP selfie camera housed within the punch-hole cutout on the top-left corner.
We will be testing out the cameras on the OnePlus Nord in detail for our review and will make sure to pit it against the cameras of the Realme X3 and Vivo X50 for a detailed overview on how the three cameras fare in real life. On paper though, the Realme X3 has got a more versatile camera setup than the other two phones.
OnePlus Nord features a 4,115mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging out-of-the-box thanks to WarpCharge 30T adapter. The Realme X3 comes with 4,200mAh battery and also supports 30W fast charging while the Vivo X50 is equipped with a 4,200mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. A 30W fast charging should essentially be capable of power a phone from 0 to 100 percent in around an hour or so.
|Release Date:||17 Sep 2020|
|Variant:||128 GB/8 GB RAM , 256 GB/8 GB RAM|