With the OnePlus North Already on the market, the Chinese company seems to be returning to its roots by offering an inexpensive device with advanced specifications. It’s not a flagship killer like the old OnePlus phones, but it’s still a reasonable option for those looking to upgrade. However, what is lost in the exchange? In the comparison OnePlus Nord vs. OnePlus 8 we face the latest phones released by this manufacturer to find out if the economic option is all you need, or if it is worth paying more for the OnePlus 8.
|Size||158.3 x 73.3 x 8. 2mm||160.2 x 72.9 x 8mm|
|Weight||184 grams||180 grams|
|6.44 inch Fluid AMOLED||6.55 inches Fluid AMOLED|
|Screen resolution||2,400 x 1,080, 20: 9 ratio (516 pixels per inch)||2,400 x 1,080 pixels (402 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 10 (under OxygenOS)||Android 10, OxygenOS 10.0|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB|
|MicroSD card slot||No||No|
|Servicio Tap-to-pay||Google Pay||Google Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Snapdragon 865|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB, 12GB||8GB, 12GB|
Rear: 48 megapixel quad-lens; 8MP Ultra Wide Angle; 5MP depth lens; 2MP macro
Lead: 2MP dual lens; 8MP Ultra Wide Angle
|Rear: 48 megapixels; 8MP Ultra Wide Angle; 2MP macro Lead: 16MP lens|
|Video||4K at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps||4K at 30/60 frames per second, 1080p at 30/60/240 fps, Auto HDR|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes on the screen||Yes on the screen|
|Battery||4,115mAh Warp Charge 30T (up to 70% in 30 minutes)||4,300mAh 30W Warp Charging
|App store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||It does not have official support in the US, but it does in Europe||Verizon, T-Mobile (EE.UU.)|
|Colors||Gray Onyx, Blue Marble||Onyx Black, Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow, Polar Silver|
|Price||About $ 480 dollars / € 399 euros||From $ 700 dollars|
Design, display and durability
At first glance, the Nord and the OnePlus 8 look very similar. It is not a coincidence, and shows that with the Nord OnePlus you have tried hard to take great care of the design. OnePlus 8 It has a 6.55-inch screen versus the Nord’s 6.44-inch screen, but they are both AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate, so users get a premium screen in any case. Both phones also have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. This gives the Nord a more premium feel in the hand.
Actually, the biggest difference between the two is the construction material. The OnePlus 8’s frame is aluminum, while the Nord’s is plastic. That doesn’t take away from the Nord the sense of quality, although it does make it a bit more prone to drop dents. The Nord is also not IP rated, while the OnePlus 8 is IP68 rated, making it dust and water resistant. However, the Nord should be safe to use in rain or similar conditions. Just keep it away from the pool and it will be fine.
Considering all the features, there isn’t much difference between the two in design. OnePlus 8 comes in more colors, while the Nord is only available in two. However, the general appearance of the two phones is almost identical, although OnePlus 8 stands out for its slightly larger screen.
Winner: OnePlus 8
Performance, battery life and charge
Specs and performance is where these two phones really start to differ. OnePlus 8 comes with the Snapdragon 865 processor. It is the most powerful available today, making it ideal for heavy tasks and graphics-intensive gaming. The OnePlus Nord comes with the Snapdragon 765G. In terms of performance, it is noticeably weaker than the 865. This is more evident when used with games, so we recommend lowering the graphics settings. However, in everyday use, normal users probably won’t notice the difference between the two.
Battery life would be expected to be similar between the two phones, but the Nord is actually more advanced in this category. In our tests, the Nord lasted about two days on a full charge, compared to one day with the OnePlus 8. This occurs even with the OnePlus 8 which has a larger 4,300 mAh battery, unlike the Nord with 4,115 mAh. . Both phones are compatible with OnePlus Warp Charge. That means the two of them can get around 70 percent autonomy in 30 minutes of charging. However, the Nord does not support wireless charging, while the OnePlus 8 does.
Both phones have a single charge function. If you put them on the charger at night – as most people do – they’ll learn about what time you wake up and leave the phone at 80 percent for up to an hour before that time. This is supposed to aid the longevity of the battery, as leaving it in the charger at 100 percent can damage its long-term reliability.
The OnePlus Nord has longer battery life, probably thanks to the lower-powered hardware, but we think the OnePlus 8’s faster processor and wireless charging give it the edge in this round.
Winner: OnePlus 8
OnePlus has always taken great care of camera settings in recent years, and that continues with these two phones. OnePlus 8 is noticeably better than previous models, thanks to a 48MP primary lens, a 16MP ultra-wide angle and a 2MP macro. At the front, you’ll find a 16 MP selfie camera. In our review, we have noticed that it takes very nice photos, but does not offer the same impact results as other flagship devices. However, OnePlus software has improved significantly, which has often been the Achilles’ heel of OnePlus devices. OnePlus 8’s biggest weakness is night mode, which has nothing to do with its competitors and its more premium brother, OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus Nord’s camera features don’t translate into better photos. On paper it looks good, with a main sensor of 48 MP, an ultra wide angle of 8 MP, a depth of 5 MP and a macro of 2 MP. At the front are two selfie cameras, the same 16MP selfie camera as the OnePlus 8, plus an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Despite these similarities, the Nord has a noticeably lower quality in its images. HDR is not as robust, the macro lens does not focus well, and shots are often underexposed. In our review, we noted how camera weaknesses are most evident in overcast scenarios, with unnatural clouds. The selfie camera, compared to the OnePlus 8, offers lower quality especially when it comes to edge detection while using portrait mode.
Despite the similarities in camera specs, the OnePlus 8’s is noticeably better than the Nord’s. It is by far one of the biggest differences between the two phones.
Winner: OnePlus 8
Software and updates
Both phones work with the latest version of OxygenOS, the manufacturer’s OnePlus cape. It is one of the best on Android and is in many ways on par with the standard version of the operating system. Gestures work well on both devices, and both include the same customization options.
The two will also receive constant updates. OnePlus has always strived to offer security updates on a regular basis, and both phones are slated to update to Android 11. However, it remains to be seen when it will happen, although OnePlus tends to be quite fast in this regard. Here they get a tie as they both use the same software and will likely get a similar amount of updates.
The phones are remarkably similar, and both contain some exclusive OnePlus features. They both have a built-in fingerprint sensor on the screen, and they both work surprisingly well. The sensor quickly and accurately reads fingerprints. Whether or not it is better than facial recognition is likely to depend on user preferences.
Both phones also have a notification alert slider on the side. The slider has three modes: ring, vibrate, and mute. It’s a great feature for quickly adjusting how you want notifications to reach you without having to activate your phone.
Price and availability
In addition to cameras and processors, price and availability are the real difference between the Nord and the OnePlus 8. The OnePlus 8 is available in all major markets and can be purchased online or through operating partners. However, the Nord will only be available in India and Europe. That’s a disappointment to US fans who were expecting a budget option from OnePlus. However, the company has said it intends to make a budget device for the American market, but when it will be remains to be seen.
The OnePlus 8 starts at $ 700, compared to Nord’s 379 pounds sterling (about $ 480 at the current rate). That makes the OnePlus 8 about $ 200 more expensive than the Nord.
Overall winner: OnePlus 8
It is quite clear that OnePlus 8 will be the most powerful and premium of the two. After all, it’s more expensive, so you can expect more for your money. However, the answer to this question is a little more complicated than it sounds.
Which one to buy? It depends, first of all, on whether or not OnePlus Nord is available in your country. Whether you live in the UK or India, the Nord provides all the features you need to have an iconic experience at an affordable price. The OnePlus 8 may have better specs, but it is also not facing competition in similar price ranges. If you are looking to save money, go for the Nord. However, if you want to maximize your gaming experience or take better photos, it will be worth spending a little more on OnePlus 8.