Hello. Today, we’re going to compare the OnePlus Nord and the POCO F2 Pro, which once again proved that you do not need to pay too much for cool features.
In terms of design, the OnePlus Nord smartphone looks the simplest. This is a standard mid-size budget smartphone of 2020. It has Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, but the frame is plastic. The integrity of the screen is broken by a large oval cutout for a double front camera, but the margins are very narrow on all sides. There is a volume switch on the left side of the case, and a power button and a proprietary mechanical slider for sound modes on the right one. Two microphones are at the top and bottom sides. Also on the bottom side you will find a USB-C port, speaker and dual SIM tray, just like in the POCO F2 Pro.
Traditionally, the OnePlus does not install a 3.5mm audio jack and does not offer any memory card support. There is no dust and moisture protection, try not to drop the OnePlus Nord into the swimming pool. The colors available are called Onyx Gray, Ash Gray, and Blue Marble.
The POCO F2 Pro design is definitely cooler. The smartphone is also positioned as a “powerful killer of flagships”, but in some places it even surpasses them. The glass on the back has a “misted” look. The matte texture hides prints perfectly. The edges are smoothly curved, closing on the metal frame. The F2 Pro palette includes 4 colors: Phantom White, Cyber Gray, Neon Blue, and Electro Violet.
The main design feature of this smartphone is its solid screen, without any cutouts. The front camera is hidden in a retractable module with beautiful illumination on the sides. The next advantages of the POCO are its headphone jack and infrared transmitter, which are located on top, next to the front-facing module and an additional microphone. The left side is empty, while the right has a volume rocker and the original power button painted red.
Also, the smartphones differ greatly in the shape of the main camera block at the back and in their weight. The Nord weighs just 184g, while the F2 Pro weighs in at an impressive 219g. It is one of the heaviest smartphones in 2020.
The POCO F2 Pro’s display has both pros and cons. On the one hand, the smartphone is equipped with a massive 6.67-inch AMOLED matrix with Full HD + resolution. There are no stupid cutouts or holes. It’s an ideal solution for those who want to enjoy games and watch videos 100%. But there is a noticeable drawback in the standard hertz screen, although cheaper competitors have long been offering refresh rates of 90 and even 120 Hz. However, the F2 Pro’s display has other perks like HDR10 + support, blue light filter, reading mode and continuous backlighting for time and notifications.
The OnePlus Nord screen is also one of the best in its class. It’s a contrast AMOLED with natural blacks and vibrant colors. Unlike the POCO, the OnePlus offers an increased frame rate of 90Hz, which positively translates into the responsiveness and fluidity of the proprietary OxygenOS interface, which has always been pretty nimble. Now, killing time in games with high hertz support becomes even more fun.
An optical fingerprint scanner is located under the screen of both smartphones.
By the way, speaking of OxygenOS. This interface is known for its rich functionality, unsurpassed speed and “cleanliness”. There are practically no unnecessary applications. It is full of personalization settings, themes, and there are different sets of icons and animations for the fingerprint scanner available. Therefore, the smartphone can be completely redesigned for yourself.
An interesting feature of the OxygenOS is the so-called “Quick Gestures”, which works when the screen is off. For example, you can draw the letter “P” to open a specific application, or “O” to quickly launch the camera.
An important advantage of the OnePlus smartphones is their long-term support for older models. Earlier this year, an update to Android 10 arrived on the 3-year-old OnePlus 5 and the 5T. These are real dinosaurs by modern standards. With this in mind, we can hope that the Nord will be updated at least as well.
The POCO F2 Pro uses its own version of MIUI. Some functions appear here much earlier than in other Xiaomi smartphones. This was the case, for example, with the “drawer” for application shortcuts. The POCO UI is also regularly updated. It has a high level of security, and it reliably protects the user’s personal data. It supports Android 10 navigation gestures and floating windows like in One UI. There is also a concentration mode, as in the same OxygenOS. The POCO interface combines the best of the shells of different companies.
In 2020, Xiaomi has focused on installing cool cameras in its smartphones. The POCO F2 Pro continues this trend. Its main camera is equipped with a Sony IMX686 sensor with a resolution of 64 megapixels, which is complemented by a 13 megapixel ultra-wide and two modules for macro photography and portrait mode.
The most interesting thing is that the F2 Pro can record video in 8K / 30 frames per second, while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra which costs almost 100 thousand rubles shoots in 8K with a reduced frequency of 24 fps. In any other format, the F2 Pro delivers up to 60 fps. In slow-mo mode, you can accelerate up to 960 fps in Full HD (1080 pixels high).
I also note a fairly decent front camera of 20 megapixels. Photos and videos on the main camera and front-end are of excellent quality, even in difficult conditions. The additional cameras could not have been installed at all, as there is minimum benefit from them.
The OnePlus Nord also has the “flagship class” cameras, but the level of photography is definitely lower. The 48MP main module suffers from problems with contrast and loss of shadow detail. The Noise cancellation feature works too aggressively on all cameras, although in the night mode the Nord has rehabilitated slightly, because it allows you to catch the light of some stars. The main selfie camera has a resolution of 32 megapixels. The lens of the secondary front camera has a slightly wider viewing angle.
The maximum video quality is 4K / 30 fps for the main camera and 60 fps for the front camera. With a slow motion effect, you can accelerate up to 240 fps in Full HD.
The pre-flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset is responsible for the performance in the OnePlus Nord smartphone. This is generally the first OnePlus without a real flagship processor. Therefore, you need to be prepared for random freezes, but, of course, the Nord cannot be called a brake. The 765G is a powerful, state-of-the-art chip that comes close to the 845 Dragon’s heels. Everything works very smartly on a smartphone, but it does not apply to gaming. The coveted 90 fps mark can be seen in 2D or simple 3D games. Heavy games such as Fortnite or Real Racing 3 will be annoying with a drop in fps at crucial moments.
In terms of internal memory, the OnePlus Nord is available in two versions: 8/128 and 12/256 GB. In Russia Xiaomi offers the only the version of POCO F2 Pro for 8/256 GB, but it has a faster new generation memory type. And the flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset guarantees it a place in the list of the fastest smartphones in 2020. Games of any complexity run without the slightest hesitation in fps.
It’s a pity that there are no stereo speakers, but there is an audio jack where you can plug in cool wired headphones.
Another trump card of the F2 Pro is its liquid cooling system, one of the most massive in the global smartphone market. Long gaming sessions don’t strain the F2 Pro at all.
And here’s a little tip. If you find a version of F2 Pro with 6 GB of RAM in any store, keep in mind that there is an outdated type of LPDDR4x memory.
The POCO F2 Pro also features Wi-Fi 6. The OnePlus Nord only works with version 5. Both smartphones are equipped with NFC and Bluetooth 5.1 modules. The built-in navigator is compatible with most satellite systems.
But the most important thing is, of course, the support for 5G cellular networks (at frequencies up to 6 GHz). The F2 Pro brings next-generation high-speed mobile connectivity to the n77 and n78 bands, while the OnePlus Nord covers five 5G bands (n1, n3, n7, n28, and n78).
The OnePlus Nord has a 4115mAh battery, and the energy efficient Snapdragon 765G chipset has a pretty positive impact on battery life. If you use the smartphone for 100%, the charge remains about 20% of it by the end of the day. It takes just under an hour to fully recharge the battery from 0 to 100% with a 30 Watt adapter.
The POCO F2 Pro has a more powerful 4700mAh battery. This is also easily enough for 1-2 days of battery life. 30W fast charging is supported. However, there is 33W adapter included that fully recharges the battery in 65 minutes.
If autonomy comes first for you, both smartphones can offer everything you need.
And now let’s have a look at the reviews from ordinary users.
The OnePlus Nord
- The leaky screen will always be annoying. Therefore, this is not the case in the premium series.
- If only they had added a slot for memory cards and lowered the price a bit, it would be super.
- Only the main camera shoots well, the rest of the lenses are for quantity.
The Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro
- There are too many useless shell programs.
- The sound quality is not up to par. It’s noticeably worse than in LG phones. You have to struggle with the equalizer.
- The default is too aggressive battery saving settings. It is necessary to fix all important applications so that they do not fly out of memory when switching from one to another.
The OnePlus Nord
- The OnePlus provides good and long lasting software support for its smartphones.
- The OnePlus interface is much better optimized than Xiaomi smartphones.
- The battery life is much better compared to other OnePlus devices.
- All specs are good (but the battery could have lasted longer).
The Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro
- It is a flagship device with a metal frame and a flagship processor. The best in every way.
- It’s a wonderful phone with good cameras and a great display without cutouts.
- Fast 5G processor for the future.
- It’s a great smartphone! I’ve never warmed up or slowed down for a month of use.
Let’s summarize it! OnePlus has released a mid-budget smartphone for the first time with the same mid-budget chipset. But the Nord has well-balanced specs: decent cameras, great screen, decent battery and the cherry on top – it has a clean, nimble interface.
The POCO F2 Pro is clearly superior in class. It has a body made of glass and metal, a flagship series processor, a retractable front camera that does not spoil the screen, a more capacious battery and even an audio jack.
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