Jul 26, 2020 News
OnePlus just released the Nord a few days ago, and it’s definitely one of the best phones of 2020, not in terms of pure specs or features, but in relevance to the value it provides in the price it comes with. The Nord has top notch specs, and the phone shows that OnePlus hasn’t forgotten about its roots, and is still going to cater to their mid range market which got them the fame they have today. However, there may be several reasons you don’t want to or can’t buy the Nord - and for that we have for you 3 alternatives you can get instead of the Nord that will give you a similar level of performance to it.
Realme has cemented its place in the smartphone market as a great mid range device manufacturer, and the X50 falls in that category as well. The phone shares a lot of the same specs with the Nord, including the Snapdragon 765G, a similar quad camera setup and 30W fast charging. This is to be expected though, as both phones operate under the same parent company, being BBK electronics. The phone also has a higher, 120Hz refresh rate display, but we’d prefer the Nord’s screen over the X50 because of the OLED panel and since there isn’t much difference between 90Hz and 120Hz. However, it is to be considered that the X50 costs about 50 Euros less than the Nord.
The Poco F2 Pro costs just 60 Euros more than the Nord’s base price of 400 Euros, but is arguably an all around better smartphone. You get a Snapdragon 865 in place of the 765G, with the prior being much more powerful. You also get an impressive quad camera setup at the back, with a 5MP macro lens as compared to Nord’s 2MP one. The front camera offers you the gimmicks of a pop-up mechanism, and will surely impress your friends when you take it out. Yes, you do miss out on a higher refresh rate display, but that’s rarely that important in day to day tasks. Great alternative to the Nord.
Apple has provided its fan base with a unique mid range phone, as it offers a lot to a specific audience, but misses out on just as much for the others. The SE costs just 20 Euros extra as compared to the Nord at 419 Euros - but it comes with a superior chipset, a better singular camera, and a more premium build as well. However, the downsides include the lackluster and outdated design from the front, a worse display, and an extremely compact phone size. If you are an Apple fan and don’t mind the setbacks that come with the SE, then go for it!
All of these devices are worthy contenders to the Nord, so if for any reason you can’t get it, you can opt for any of these and get a similar performance more or less.