OnePlus Enters 2022’s Budget Ring With the Mid-Range Nord N20 5G

OnePlus Enters 2022’s Budget Ring With the Mid-Range Nord N20 5G
The OnePlus Nord N20 5G is a mid-tier Android smartphone. (Image: OnePlus)

Now that we’ve gone through 2022’s flagship smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10 Pro, we can turn our attention to the new mid-rangers coming through the pipeline.

OnePlus has announced the OnePus Nord N20, its next mid-range smartphone. It has an impressive list of specifications, including a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, a 4500 mAh battery, and an in-display fingerprint reader.

Inside, the Nord N20 5G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. As for the rear-facing camera system, there’s a 64-MP primary camera, a monochromatic lens, and a macro lens.

It’ll be interesting to see how the cameras perform compared to the current crop of mid-range devices — notably, the Samsung Galaxy A53 and the excellent Pixel 5a. I’m also curious to see if OnePlus can replicate the speed and efficacy of the in-display fingerprint readers of its flagship series with Qualcomm’s updated mid-range chip.

The appeal of the recent batch of middle-of-the-road smartphones is that they include some of the better features of their premium counterparts at a fraction of the price. According to the spec list, OnePlus also brought over its 33W fast charging to to the Nord N20. Fast charging is one of the brighter sides of using a OnePlus device, especially if you tend to charge and dash.

A closer look at the OnePlus Nord N20 5G.  (Image: OnePlus)A closer look at the OnePlus Nord N20 5G. (Image: OnePlus)

My biggest concern about the OnePlus Nord N20 5G is how OnePlus will maintain its software updates. The OnePlus Nord N20 uses Oxygen OS, which is fine and comes with unique features like a gaming mode. But according to the spec sheet, the Nord N20 will ship with Android 11 instead of the latest Android 12. There’s no mention of when the device will receive the software update. That’s troubling, considering Samsung, Google, and even Motorola have explicit software update policies related to their mid-range devices.

The OnePlus Nord N20 5G will be available starting Apr. 28 in the U.S. through T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. There are no details on pricing yet, though that will be key, considering the mid-range Google and Samsung variants are priced around $US450 ($625). OnePlus says the price point is “accessible.” There will also be an “open market variant” later this year.


Editors note: Release dates and pricing are not yet available for Australia but we’ll update this article once we know more.