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OnePlus Nord fails bend test, cracks under pressure

The OnePlus Nord’s plastic frame proves to be its big weakness.

  • Published: July 28, 2020 7:03 PM IST
OnePlus Nord Bend test

OnePlus Nord, the first mid-range smartphone from OnePlus in years, is all set to go on sale in India from August 4. It is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated and hyped smartphones in recent memory. YouTuber JerryRigEverything has subjected the Nord to scratch and bend tests. As with most smartphones with Gorilla Glass 5, the Nord’s display also scratches at a level 6 on the Moh scale, with deeper grooves at level 7. This means the phone will hold up well to daily use and won’t be badly scratched by keys and coins. Also Read - OnePlus Nord pre-orders begin on Amazon India, Carl Pei reveals massive demand

The frame of the OnePlus Nord is disappointingly made of plastic, with a silver anodized coating in order to make it look like metal. The power and volume buttons are crafted from metal though. It is this plastic frame that lets the smartphone down. When Zack from JerryRigEverything applies pressure with his hands, a bend occurs just underneath the volume rocker, which seems to be the lest structurally-sound part of the plastic frame. The actual display underneath the Gorilla Glass 5 also cracks under the pressure. Also Read - Google Pixel 4a is reportedly launching on August 3; will challenge OnePlus Nord and iPhone SE 2020

Watch: OnePlus Nord Review

The Nord’s expensive cousin OnePlus 8 Pro, passed all of these tests with flying colors, including the bend test. However, OnePlus Nord users should not worry too much. That’s because it is hard to replicate such extreme conditions in day-to-day use. A decent quality case and not sitting down with the phone in your pocket is always a good idea though. Also Read - OnePlus TVs get 'EPIC ON' premium OTT platform for users in India

OnePlus Nord: Specifications

The OnePlus Nord offers extremely impressive specifications for the price. The smartphone runs on Snapdragon 765G SoC which brings 5G support. This is paired with the Adreno 560 GPU and 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB RAM, depending on the variant. Additionally, there is a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display upfront with a 90Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

OnePlus’s second mid-range smartphone after the ill-fated OnePlus X also has a quad-camera set-up at the back. It consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX586 sensor and a dual-LED flash, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel depth camera. In addition, we also get a dual-camera setup at the front. That includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with a Sony IMX616 sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. Other features include a sizeable 4,115mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T, face unlock, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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  • Published Date: July 28, 2020 7:03 PM IST


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