Wireless charging is an expected feature for high-end flagships, but it’s less common on more affordable handsets — such as the OnePlus Nord N20 5G. For a retail price of just over $280, the Nord N20 5G packs a pretty decent punch. Anyone who buys the phone gets a 6.43-inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor, 64MP primary camera, and a generous 4500 mAh battery. There’s not much to complain about for a smartphone that’s available for well under $300.
However, as with any budget phone, the Nord N20 5G doesn’t get to its low price without making a few compromises. The AMOLED screen is great, but it comes at the expense of only getting a 60Hz refresh rate. The three rear cameras on the back look impressive, but two of them are limited monochrome and macro sensors. And while OxygenOS has a lot to offer, the Nord N20 5G ships with the older OxygenOS 11 instead of the newer OxygenOS 12 software.
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Another compromise is seen with the OnePlus Nord N20 5G’s charging options. Simply put, the Nord N20 5G does not have wireless charging. Unlike its more expensive OnePlus 10 Pro sibling, no wireless charging method works with the Nord N20 5G. That’s pretty standard for other phones in this price range, but it’s still something to consider before buying the N20. If you have lots of wireless chargers in your home and want a smartphone that’s compatible with them, you should probably avoid the Nord N20 5G and look for something else.
The Nord N20 5G Does Have 33W Wired Charging
While the lack of wireless charging is a bummer, the Nord N20 5G tries making up for that with fast wired charging support. More specifically, the Nord N20 5G supports 33W wired charging speeds. 33W may not sound very impressive in a world where other phones have 65W and 120W, but for a $280 handset, 33W is quite good. The $449 Galaxy A53 5G only goes up to 25W, the $429 iPhone SE 3 tops out at 20W, and the $300 Moto G Stylus (2022) charges at a measly 10W. From that perspective, the OnePlus Nord N20 5G is a charging beast.
Is that enough to make up for not having wireless charging? That’s ultimately up to you to decide. For most folks, it shouldn’t be anything more than a mild inconvenience. Anyone shopping for a smartphone under $300 likely doesn’t expect to get wireless charging. As such, its absence on the OnePlus Nord N20 5G doesn’t come as a huge shock. The rest of the phone is more than competent, the 33W wired charging is great, and that makes the missing wireless charging sting just a little less.