Less than a month after launching the OnePlus 10 Pro in the U.S., OnePlus has now announced a U.S. launch for its latest budget handset — the OnePlus Nord N20 5G. OnePlus introduced the Nord sub-brand in 2020 with the OnePlus Nord. It lacked some of the impressive features of other OnePlus flagships, but with a price tag of under $500, its value proposition was tough to argue with.
Since then, the Nord lineup has only gotten bigger. We’ve gotten the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, Nord N100, Nord N200, etc. Like the original Nord, each subsequent entry in the series has sought to achieve a similar goal: Deliver competent specs, decent features, and a low price tag. They aren’t flashy or head-turning, but they get the job done.
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And that’s exactly what OnePlus is doing again with the Nord N20 5G. After teasing the phone’s design earlier this month, OnePlus has now confirmed that it’s launching in the United States on April 28. Desing-wise, the Nord N20 5G looks quite good. The front of the phone houses a 6.43-inch display, slim bezels, and a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera in the top left corner. The back is home to three camera sensors and an LED flash. Paired with iPhone 13-like flat edges and a matte finish, the OnePlus Nord N20 5G’s hardware leaves little to argue with.
OnePlus Nord N20 5G Specs & Availability
Specs-wise, the Nord N20 5G makes some interesting decisions. That 6.43-inch display has a Full HD+ resolution and a vibrant AMOLED panel — a considerable upgrade over the LCD panel used on the Nord N10 5G. However, where the Nord N10 had a 90Hz refresh rate, the Nord N20 5G steps down to a 60Hz refresh rate. Budget handsets with 90 and 120Hz displays are all the more common in 2022, so going back to 60Hz is an odd choice.
What should be a good change, however, is the Nord N20 5G’s Snapdragon 695 chipset. With a higher CPU clock speed, more memory bandwidth, and smaller transistor size than the Snapdragon 690 in the Nord N10, the Nord N20 should be faster and more efficient in daily use. Also found on the Nord N20 are 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB), 6GB of RAM, a 4500 mAh battery, and 33W wired charging. The primary camera is a 64MP sensor, and it’s joined by monochrome and macro lenses. As for pricing and availability, OnePlus is launching the Nord N20 5G exclusively on T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile on April 28. It’ll be available for $11.75/month on a 24-month installment plan, working out to a final price of just $282.
Overall, the OnePlus Nord N20 5G seems fine. The specs look solid, the design is attractive, and having another budget handset to choose from is never something we’ll complain about. What’s uncertain, though, is how the Nord N20 5G will be able to stand out from its competitors. The Galaxy A53 5G looks like a much better purchase on paper and is available now for just $449. Google’s also expected to launch the Pixel 6a this May, likely with a killer camera system and even lower price. The OnePlus Nord N20 5G looks like a good handset on its own, but exist in a bubble it does not.