The Nord is the most disruptive phone from OnePlus yet. It’s undoubtedly selling like hotcakes and is one of the top recommendations of tech bros these days. That, however, doesn’t mean it is the best phone for everyone’s needs. You might very well have different priorities or the Nord might not sit well with your taste.
While we have covered reasons to buy and to not buy OnePlus Nord separately in detail, here are a few probable reasons for why you’d want to side with the alternatives.
Reasons why you’d want to skip OnePlus Nord and look for alternatives
- Oxygen OS is no longer as light and clean as it used to be. Pre-installed Facebook services running in the background raise another red flag.
- OnePlus Nord is missing auto call recording (manual call recording starts with a warning that plays on both ends).
- The handset has a plastic side frame and failed Jerryrigeverything’s durability test.
- The battery backup is quite average
- For hardcore gaming, available phones with SD855+ have an edge.
- Or if you necessarily need the audio jack or microSD card slot.
Best OnePlus Nord Alternatives to buy in India in 2020
In this list, we have included competent phones that cost between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 35,000.
1. Realme X3 SuperZoom
Realme X3 SuperZoom (review) is the closest existing competition to the OnePlus Nord. It’s powered by Snapdragon 855+ that’s assisted by LPDDR4x RAM and faster UFS 3.1 storage. It also has a more engaging camera system that includes a zoom camera.
Realme uses an IPS LCD panel that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and there is a reliable and snappy side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The powerful chipset driving the X3 Zoom is duly assisted by ample LPDDR4x RAM and fast UFS 3.0 storage, thus making this a great choice for gaming. The handset has a 4200mAh battery with 30W fast charging.
Realme X3 SuperZoom Specs
Display: 6.6-inch, FHD+ IPS LCD, 120Hz | Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: Realme UI -Android 10| Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP + 8MP | Weight: 202g| Dimensions: 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm | Battery: 4200mAh,30W charging
2. Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51 (review) comes with a monstrous 7000mAh battery and is yet surprisingly handly. This is a phone where all Samsung strengths align without being bogged down by a lackluster chipset.
Yes, the Snapdragon 730G is one generation behind the Snapdragon 765G that powers the Nord, but it’s still a powerful chipset that can ably drive Samsung’s feature-rich and tasteful OneUI (which, by the way, also supports auto call recording). If you dearly value battery backup, you could choose the Galaxy M51 over
Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+ AMOLED, 60Hz | Processor: 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 730G | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: OneUI -Android 10| Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 213g | Battery: 4200mAh, 30W charging
3. OnePlus 7T
The last year’s OnePlus 7T is very similar to OnePlus 8 in terms of hardware and hasn’t yet been discontinued. It’s sturdier than Nord, has stereo speakers, and should be a better option for people who prioritize gaming.
OnePlus 7T Specs
Display: 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED Screen| Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 Pie with Oxygen OS | Rear camera: 48MP +12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 190g| Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1 mm | Battery: 3800mAh
4. Vivo X50
Vivo X50 is remarkably handy and looks awesome. It’s powered by Snapdragon 730 octa-core chipset and has a full HD+ AMOLED display.
The handset is extremely light and has a decent set of cameras and weighs just 174.5 grams. In India, the Vivo X50 starts at Rs. 34,999 and is available at both online and offline stores with discounted offers.
Vivo X50 specs
Display: 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core | RAM: 8GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 174.5g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 75.4 x 7.6 mm |Battery: 4200mAh, 33W fast charging.
5. Realme X2 Pro
The Realme X2 Pro (review) continues to be a relevant option that includes a 90Hz AMOLED display and a snappy in-display fingerprint reader. It’s powered by Snapdragon 855+, has a 64MP Quad Rear Camera, up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage.
Realme retains the headphone jack and adds 50W fast charging. Other highlights include Dual Stereo Speakers and 4D game vibration.
Realme X2 Pro Specs
Display: 6.55-inch 2400 x 1080 pixels, 90Hz | Processor: 2.96 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: upto 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP+8MP+13MP+2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 199g| Dimensions: 161 x 75.7 x 8.7 mm | Battery: 4000mAh, 50W fast charging
6. iQOO 3
iQOO 3 (review) starts at Rs. 34,999 and is the most affordable phone to include Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset. The flagship chipset is further assisted by up to LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The handset also has ROG Phone-like air triggers which should make it very appealing for FPS gamers.
Other highlights include AMOLED display, 4400mAh battery with 55W charging, and decent performing quad-rear cameras.
iQOO 3 Specs
Display: 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED, HDR10+ (60Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.9 x 9.2 mm |Battery: 4400mAh, 55W charging
7. Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (review) from last year continues to be a relevant option and a viable OnePlus Nord alternative. It’s powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset, has an immersive, notch-free AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, 4000mAh battery with fast charging, and triple rear cameras.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Specs
Display: 6.39-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP+13MP+5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh, 27W fast charging
8. Samsung Galaxy A71
The phone has an elegant design and the 4500mAh battery is aided by 25W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy A71 Specs
Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 730 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 4500mAh | Weight: 179g | Dimensions:
163.6 x 76 x 7.7 mm
9. Asus 6Z
Asus will bring in its Zenfone 7 series very soon and we are keeping our fingers crossed for a Snapdragon 765G powered OnePlus Nord alternative. Meanwhile, the 6Z from last year remains a decent option.
It’s powered by Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset, has clean Zen UI software, a swanky flip camera, and a massive 5000mAh battery.
Asus 6Z specs
Display: 6.4-inch 1080 x 2340 | Processor: 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB, expandable up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP +13MP | Weight: 190 g| Dimensions: 159.1 x 75.4 x 9.2 mm | Battery: 5000mAh
10. Lenovo Z6 Pro
Lenovo is more active under it’s Motorola branding in India. Nevertheless, the current Lenovo flagship, the Z6 Pro, is now available for Rs. 26,999, and it includes enticements like an HDR10 compliant AMOLED display and Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset.
The Z6 Pro has a 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging, runs Android 10 based software, and has a sturdy Aluminum side frame.
Lenovo Z6 Pro Specs
Display: 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 855SoC | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 185g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.6 x 8.7 mm |
Battery: 4000mAh, 18W charging
11. Google Pixel 4a (upcoming)
Google Pixel 4a will undoubtedly be more expensive in India than it is in the rest of the world, but it should live within the ballpark. The handset will arrive in October and you may consider it over OnePlus Nord for its exceptional camera.
Display: 5.81-inch Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 720G SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 3140mAh | Weight: 143g | Dimensions:144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm
10 OnePlus Nord Challengers
OnePlus Nord is fairly new and we are sure different OEMs are already working on OnePlus Nord killers. We will update this list as more options surface.
Best OnePlus Nord alternatives to buy in India in 2020
|Realme X3 SuperZoom||INR 27,999|
|OnePlus 7T||INR 34,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M51||INR 24,999|
|Vivo X50||INR 34,999|
|Realme X20 Pro||INR 28,500|
|iQOO 3||INR 34,999|
|Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro||INR 22,900|
|Samsung Galaxy A71||INR 29,999|
|Lenovo Z6 Pro||INR 26,999|
|Asus 6Z||INR 27,999|
|Google Pixel 4a||Upcoming|