OnePlus Nord N20 SE Review: Better than This

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Review: In this review, I ’ll be agitating the rearmost budget phone from OnePlus, the Nord N20 SE. This is the cheapest OnePlus phone that you can buy on the request right now. And what’s passing with OnePlus recently is that they’re expanding their smartphone portfolio. However, you presumably know this formerly, If you’re someone who’s into tech.

They’ve evolved from making decoration to mid-range and indeed budget bias now. And amidst this elaboration, OnePlus is getting more like OPPO, and this phone is a high illustration of how the company is changing its strategy.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Review:

We knew OnePlus to be a brand that vended only flagship bias at veritably competitive prices. But in 2020 they entered the mid-range member with the Nord series.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Display-2

That veritably Nord series has also started feeding to the budget member now. And actually, I’m not particularly thrilled about this change.

OnePlus is losing its brand identity

We formerly have seen a many mid-range immolations in the Nord lineup like the OnePlus Nord CE 2 and Nord CE 2 Lite this time, which, weren’t the best- in- class bias. But they were still decent bias, so I didn’t step back when recommending them.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Design

But this phone, the OnePlus Nord N20 SE, has veritably uninspiring specs and is ridiculously priced too. It comes with the 3- time-old MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, an HD display, and a binary camera setup with no ultra-wide lens! All for which the company is asking$ 199 in the global request and someRs.,500 then in Nepal. At this price, the Nord N20 SE doesn’t make any sense.

An OPPO rebrand

  • 75.03 x 163.74 x 7.9 9mm, 187 grams
  • Glass front, Plastic back/frames

Now, this is a phone that’s targeted toward the offline request. And the funny thing is that it’s the exact replica of the OPPO A77 4G that was lately launched in Nepal, India, and other corridor of the world. Since it’s a rebranded OPPO phone, you can its design is really good, which is exactly what OPPO is known for.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Fingerprint Sensor

So, it looks like OnePlus ’ new strategy for budget phones is n’t to vend them at competitive specs and competitive pricing, which is what they’re known for. At this point, they’re just dealing their brand name.

Yes, we as tech pundits have blamed OnePlus a lot recently because of the whole OnePlus- OPPO junction. But what I’ve set up is that OnePlus still has an excellent brand image in the eyes of general consumers. And I suppose OnePlus is taking advantage of that with this phone.

Actually, this doesn’t look like a budget phone at all! The design has a veritably ultramodern approach with a matte finish and these camera modules round the overall aesthetics as well. So, when someone goes to an offline mobile store and the shopkeeper shows him this phone, he’ll surely be in admiration of the OnePlus Nord N20 SE. I would too.

Beyond mediocre display

  • 6.56-inches HD+ IPS LCD panel
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • No Gorilla Glass protection

But internally, this phone has crappy specs for the price. Just look at the display, it has an HD resolution, which isn’t indeed AMOLED. And it refreshes at just 60Hz. still, they offer a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, AMOLED screen, If you look at the competition.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Display

In some cases, you indeed get an in- display point detector! But then, the display quality is just NOT up to the standard. Plus, there’s also the outdated waterdrop notch then! So, the Nord N20 SE feels like you’re using a budget phone from 2018.

Sluggish performance

  • Octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 4G SoC (12nm)
  • 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage (expandable)
  • Android 12 with Oxygen OS 12.1 on top

Now, I started using this phone a many days back and I’ve installed a many of my regular apps then. And it formerly feels sluggish.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Gaming

So yeah, it doesn’t indeed feel like you’re using a OnePlus phone then. I also tried playing PUBG on this thing and guess what? It’s not playable at all! I suppose for the price, this is the worst value for plutocrat performing phone right now!

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Specifications:

  • Body: 75.03 x 163.74 x 7.99mm, 187gm
  • Display: 6.56-inches IPS LCD, 60Hz refresh rate, DC dimming
  • Resolution: HD+ (1612 x 720 pixels), 269 PPI, 20.1:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35 4G (12nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core:
    – 4x Cortex-A53 (2.30 GHz)
    – 4x Cortex-A53 (1.80 GHz)
  • GPU: PowerVR IMG GE8320
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 12 with OxygenOS 12.1 on top
  • Rear Camera: Dual (with LED flash);
    – 50MP, f/1.8 primary sensor
    – 2MP, f/2.2 depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0 sensor (teardrop notch)
  • Audio: Stereo speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Security: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gravity, Light, Proximity
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 5 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / QZSS / BDS, USB Type-C, 4G LTE (VoLTE)
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 33W fast charging (33W power adapter provided)
  • Color Options: Celestial Black, Blue Oasis
  • What’s Inside The Box: Nord N20 SE, SIM ejector, USB-A to USB-C cable, Protective case, User manual and other documents
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 23,499 (4/64GB)

Sub-par cameras

  • Dual camera setup at the back
  • (50MP main, 2MP depth)
  • 8MP selfie camera (teardrop notch)

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Front Camera

I’ve also clicked some filmland with the OnePlus Nord N20 SE and you can see that they aren’t veritably inspiring. And its binary camera setup is completed by a depth detector, not anultra-wide lens! You do get a 50MP primary lens, but Helio G35’s crummy image processor has surely contributed to producing average results.

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Back Cameras

Indeed selfies and videography-wise, it isn’t veritably emotional. I suppose, at this price range, getting phones like Redmi Note 11, Galaxy F23, or Realme 9, you’ll get a important, much better camera, compared to the OnePlus Nord N20 SE.

One silver lining, the battery

  • 5000mAh battery with 33W charging

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Charging

In terms of battery, you get a standard 5000mAh battery with 33W charging which other brands also give. And with such a low- powered processor and HD screen, you can anticipate veritably good battery life from this phone however!

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Review: Conclusion

So belting up this review, as I said in the morning, the OnePlus Nord N20 SE is a enough bad immolation for the price. I only have been using this phone for a day or two and indeed so, I simply can’t recommend it.
OnePlus Nord N20 SE Design

It’s analogous to what my verdict for OPPO’s budget A-series phones has always been, which is “ don’t ever buy the OPPOA-series ”. And this is yet another OPPO A series phone in disguise. And the sad thing is that people might be deceived into buying the Nord N20 SE grounded on its aesthetics and OnePlus ’ brand value.

The reality, still, is that there are much better products at analogous prices out there with superior specs in nearly all aspects. So, do partake this review with your musketeers and family to help them from making a big mistake buying this phone!

OnePlus Nord N20 SE Review: Pros & Cons


  • Attractive design
  • Decent battery endurance


  • Terrible value for money
  • Everything else except design and battery life

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