OnePlus Nord N20 isn’t the best mid-range phone out there, but it does well in multiple departments. These are design, display, performance, and battery. However, it misses out on things such as the latest software, upgrade policy, and camera performance. In short, some phones present a better overall package at similar or lesser prices. If you can overlook these shortcomings, the phone is certainly worth considering. The phone has a glass front with a plastic back and frame. While the phone is slim and lightweight, it is a fingerprint magnet as well. Therefore, it’s better to use the phone with a case on.
For reference, the device measures 6.30 by 2.88 by 0.30 inches and weighs 173 grams. OnePlus Nord N20 comes in a single Blue color combination and its sole variant has 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of internal storage. OnePlus Nord N20 has room for a Nano-SIM and a memory card. This makes it one of the few phones to not support a second SIM. One of the biggest positives about this phone is that it offers 5G connectivity besides 2G, 3G, and 4G. Its display quality is awesome, but the multimedia experience could have been better had it used stereo speakers. The phone has a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 85.3% and a PPI density of 409.
If we were to pinpoint one issue in the display department, it would be that the phone doesn’t have a refresh rate of 90 Hz. At this price, many competing phones come with a 90 Hz screen refresh rate. On the bright side, the device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack. OnePlus Nord N20’s performance is smooth thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G processor. Adreno 619 GPU looks after the device’s gaming needs. The software experience is an area, where the phone fails to make an impression. This is because the phone runs Android 11 out-of-the-box instead of Android 12, and Oxygen 11. Also, you will have to deal with bloatware.
As previously mentioned, the phone delivers acceptable shots in bright lighting but fails to make an impression in other conditions. The phone lacks an ultrawide camera, which is disappointing. On the back, the phone features a triple camera setup of 64 MP wide-angle, 2 MP macro, and 2 MP depth sensor camera. For selfies, the phone has a 16 MP wide-angle camera on the front. OnePlus Nord N20 has all the usual camera features, but video recording is limited to 1080p. Considering the phone’s starting price of €270 (approx. $284), it should have supported 4K video recording.
Apart from all the usual camera sensors, the phone has a barometer. The device’s battery life is good, as it lasts around one and a half days on average use. OnePlus Nord N20 has a 4500 Li-Po non-removable battery, which is on the smaller side as far as capacity is concerned but not in terms of backup. In addition, the device supports 33W fast charging. For communication, the phone has dual-band Wi-Fi, Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go, and NFC.