OnePlus has announced the Nord N30 5G smartphone. Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chipset and 108-megapixel main camera, the new Nord N30 5G promises to deliver good performance at a very affordable $300 price.
“As part of our commitment to making premium technology accessible, we are excited to bring the OnePlus Nord N30 5G to the United States and Canada. The new offerings on this device, as well as its competitive price point, showcase our dedication to providing our users and community with advanced technology that improves their digital lifestyle,” says Robin Liu, CEO of OnePlus North America.
The Nord N30 5G includes a 6.72-inch Full HD display with an adaptive refresh rate that tops out at a swift 120Hz. The refresh rate automatically adjusts depending on usage scenario to improve battery life. Interestingly, OnePlus moved from a 60Hz OLED to the new 120Hz LCD panel. Presumably, some users would have preferred the look of the OLED, even at a reduced refresh rate.
Concerning the battery, the phone has a 5,000mAh battery that can charge to 80 percent in half an hour.
The smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chipset “for increased and smoother performance, high frame rate, and extended gameplay.” The phone can automatically convert part of its internal storage into temporary virtual RAM, increasing up to 8GB.
On the photo side, the Nord N30 5G is the first OnePlus smartphone in the Nord lineup to sport a 108-megapixel primary camera.
“This enables users to capture vivid details of their most precious moments,” OnePlus explains.
The camera includes a 3x “lossless zoom,” and its portrait mode works alongside a 2-megapixel depth-assist camera to allow users to adjust the perceived depth of field. The smartphone includes a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies, which OnePlus says is improved thanks to enhanced software that adds “greater detail to human portraits.” The OnePlus Nord N30 can also record slow-motion video.
In its review of the new OnePlus smartphone, The Verge writes, “The camera system is another wild card. Often, it’s just fine. But there’s some funkiness with its new 3x crop zoom feature, and depending on the Google Pixel 6a’s on-sale status as you’re reading this, you can do much better for not a lot more money.”
However, the news surrounding the camera is not all bad. The Verge also writes that the OnePlus Nord N30 captures nice photos in bright light thanks to its f/1.7 lens, and that in low light, the camera can bin nine pixels into one to capture 12-megapixel images with reduced noise.
It is important to contextualize the new phone’s reported weaknesses. The OnePlus Nord N30 costs $300, a relatively low price for a phone with its included features and specifications. The phone comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
OnePlus’s marketing materials use the term “Big camera. Small price,” which seems to be an accurate description.
The OnePlus Nord N30 5G is available now in the United States and Canada from T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, OnePlus, Amazon, and Best Buy. The smartphone comes in one color: Chromatic Gray. Complete specifications are available on OnePlus.com.
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