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OnePlus Nord N20 launches April 28 in the US: Here's what you need to know

It's not going to have the oomph of the OnePlus 10 Pro, but the price will likely more than makes up for it.
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April 19, 2022
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TL;DR
  • The OnePlus Nord N20 launches in the United States on April 28, 2022 starting at $282.
  • The 5G-powered smartphone will be exclusive to T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile at launch.
  • You’ll be able to get it unlocked from various retailers at a later date.

The best smartphone from OnePlus launched this year so far is the OnePlus 10 Pro. However, that phone is quite expensive at a starting price of $899. What if you want a OnePlus phone but don’t want to pony up that much dough?

See also: Everything you need to know about the OnePlus 10 Pro

Never fear, because the brand new OnePlus Nord N20 is for you. Obviously, the phone won’t be as powerful or feature-rich as the 10 Pro, but it will still do all the smartphone basics at a budget-friendly price.

This phone is the direct sequel to the OnePlus Nord N10, which launched in 2020. Check out the essential information you need below.

OnePlus Nord N20: Specs and features

Underneath the hood, the OnePlus Nord N20 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset. This 600-series model will be more than adequate when it comes to your daily smartphone tasks, such as checking email, calls/texts, browsing social media, and watching videos. It will even do pretty well with light gaming. However, it will only be so-so when it comes to heavy AAA gaming. It also supports 5G connections, but will not support mmWave 5G.

Related: What you need to know about Sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G

Paired up with that chipset is 6GB of RAM, a 4,500mAh battery that charges at 33W, and 128GB of internal storage. You can add up to 512GB of more storage with the microSD card slot if you like.

The display is notable for being an AMOLED model which should make it look superior to the LCD panel of the Nord N10. However, the trade-off here is that the display is locked to 60Hz, a notable downgrade from the 90Hz refresh rate of the Nord N10. The Nord N20’s display is 6.43 inches with an FHD+ resolution and includes a fingerprint scanner underneath.

The camera on the back is highlighted by a 64MP primary lens. It’s flanked by a monochrome sensor and a macro lens. There’s a single selfie lens on the front housed in a left-aligned cutout.

Finally, the phone comes with 2020’s Android 11 out-of-the-box. It’s skinned over with Oxygen OS 11.

Price and availability

OnePlus announced the Nord N20 on April 19, 2022. However, the phone will have a staggered launch. First, T-Mobile and its budget-oriented sister brand Metro by T-Mobile will carry the phone. This will be the only way to get it for some time. The price will start at $282.

At an undisclosed later date, OnePlus will make the Nord N20 available for unlocked sales via OnePlus.com. It will also be available then from third-party retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. OnePlus did not disclose if the unlocked price will be different from the T-Mobile price.

OnePlus did also not divulge which other countries would see the new phone nor when that might happen.