OnePlus Nord N20 5G enters the budget phone arena

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A photo of a person holding the OnePlus Nord N20 5G

The OnePlus Nord N20 5G is a mid-range Android smartphone.
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Now that we’ve gone through the flagship smartphones of 2022, like the Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10 Prowe can turn our attention to new mid-rangers coming into the pipeline.

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

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

It will be interesting to see how the cameras perform against 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 efficiency of its flagship series’ in-display fingerprint readers with Qualcomm’s updated mid-range chip.

The appeal of the recent batch of mid-range smartphones is that they include some of the best features of their high-end counterparts at a fraction of the price. According to the specs list, OnePlus has also brought its 33W fast charging to the North N20. Fast charging is one of the brightest parts of using a OnePlus device, especially if you tend to charge and rush.

A photo of the OnePlus Nord N20 5G

Zoom on the OnePlus Nord N20 5G.
Picture: OnePlus

My biggest concern with the OnePlus Nord N20 5G is how OnePlus will maintain its software updates. The OnePlus Nord N20 uses Oxygen OS which is good and comes with some unique features like a game mode. But according to the spec sheet, the Nord N20 will come with Android 11 instead of the latest Android 12. There is no mention of when the device will get the software update. This is disturbing, considering Samsung, Googleand even wordorola have explicit software update policies tied to their midrange devices.

The OnePlus Nord N20 5G starts at $282 and will be available starting April 28 in the US through T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. It’s cheaper than the mid-range Google and Samsung variants priced at around $450. OnePlus says the price is “accessible”. There will also be a “Free Market Variant” later this year.

Update 4/19: We’ve updated this article with pricing from T-Mobile.

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