This phone packs a potent octacore processor, a vibrant 6.44-inch display, an in-display fingerprint scanner and 5G connectivity for ultrafast data speeds. All of that’s wrapped up in a great-looking blue body that feels anything but cheap. Add to that three rear cameras that take decent shots and two selfie cameras, and the Nord is as well-stacked as any of today’s elite handsets.
I love the bold blue color of the Nord. It’s vibrant and fun and stands out from any other phone on the market. The metallic edging looks great too and while I’m pretty sure it’s made from plastic, not metal, it still feels good to hold. That’s helped by the rear panel, which is Gorilla Glass 5 and adds a premium feel to the phone.
Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, which brings 5G connectivity to the Nord and actually makes it among the more affordable 5G phones around. Of course you’ll need to be on a service plan that supports 5G and you’ll need to be in an area where 5G is available. 5G is still somewhat in its infancy, so coverage is still quite patchy in many areas of the US and the UK, but it’s definitely smart to be buying a 5G phone now so that you’re ready to take advantage of those speeds when they’re more easily accessible.
There are three main lenses on the back — there’s the standard zoom camera, which is a 48-megapixel Sony sensor — the same one found on the OnePlus 8. That’s joined by a 12-megapixel super wide-angle lens and there’s also a 2-megapixel macro camera that lets you focus close up on tiny details.
There’s a 4,115-mAh battery inside the Nord that should be able to provide enough juice to keep you going for a whole day. As always, that’ll depend on how you use it — if you spend all morning streaming videos then you can probably expect to need to give the Nord a boost in the afternoon.