Ricky W (N10 & N100 Product Manager) just made a forum post finally announcing 2 new phones in the Nord budget lineup a lot of people have been waiting for. We wrote articles about the OnePlus Nord when it was announced, which was released only in European and Indian markets. On 29th August 2020, we also spotted indications that OnePlus may release more Nord devices. Now, the N10 5G and N100 are already available for pre-registration in EU (N100 will be sold in late November), with a US release coming soon. We currently don't have any information regarding an Indian release.
|Device/Specs||Nord||Nord N10 5G||Nord N100|
|Display||AMOLED 6.44" 1080x2400 90Hz||IPS LCD 6.49" 1080x2400 90Hz||IPS LCD 6.52" 720x1600|
|CPU||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 690||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 460|
|GPU||Adreno 620||Adreno 619||Adreno 610|
|RAM + Storage||8GB/12GB + 128GB/256GB UFS2.1||6GB + 128GB UFS 2.1||4GB + 64GB UFS 2.1|
|SD Card||No||Yes, expandable up to 512GB||Yes, expandable up to 256GB|
|Battery||4115 mAh||4300 mAh||5000 mAh|
|Fast charging||Warp Charge 30T||Warp Charge 30T||18W|
|Rear cameras||48MP + 8MP ultrawide + 5MP depth + 2MP macro||64MP + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP monochrome||13MP + 2MP macro + 2MP bokeh|
|Front camera||32MP + 8MP ultrawide||16MP||8MP|
|Video recording||1080p 30/60/240FPS, 4K 30FPS||720p 240FPS, 1080p 30/60/120FPS, 4K 30FPS||720p 30FPS, 1080p 30/60FPS|
|Colours||Blue Marble, Gray Onyx, Gray Ash||Midnight Ice||Midnight Frost|
|Pricing||399 EUR/379 GBP (starting price)||349 EUR/329 GBP||199 EUR/179 GBP|
Unfortunately, both new phones launch with OxygenOS 10.5.x out of the box, despite OxygenOS 11 being released for the 8-series and 8T devices.
The devices will of course be upgradable to OxygenOS 11, but it would have been nice if they came with it installed out of the box.
In our article about OnePlus 8-series Developer Preview 4 analysis, we spotted that future "billie" (read: Nord) devices would gain SD card support. Overall, these additions to the Nord lineup give consumers more choices at cheaper price points. For the price to go down, OnePlus of course had to make certain sacrifices: neither phone has a high refresh rate display (Nord had 90Hz), weaker processors, and lower RAM/Storage configurations. Noteworthy improvements (compared to Nord) include SD card support, bigger batteries, headphone jack, and dual/stereo speakers at cheaper prices.
We'll update this article if we receive more information about US pricing, as well as Indian availability.