After OnePlus’s number series, another popular option from the company is its Nord Series. The Nord series is very popular in the mid-range section. That said, the OnePlus Nord 2 and Nord 2T didn’t perform well in the market as there were a few issues like overheating. But, OnePlus’s Nord series might be back in the market with the launch of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G.
This 2023 premium mid-range option is up for pre-order and is quite an interesting phone. The phone is the successor of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G launched in 2021 with the company making changes in its design and performance area.
Let us see what the smartphone offers.
|Super Fluid AMOLED
|2772 x 1240 pixels
|MediaTek Dimensity 9000
|Octa-core (1×3.05 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.85 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
|Arm® Mali G710 MC10
|OxygenOS 13.1 based on Android 13
|8GB | 16GB
|128GB | 256GB
|Main camera: 50MP Sony IMX890 sensor
Ultra-wide camera: 8MP
Macro camera: 2MP
|Dual Stereo Speakers
Noise cancellation support
|USB 2.0, Type-C
Support standard Type-C earphones
Dual nano-SIM slot
|5000mAh (Dual-cell 2,500 mAh, non-removable)
|In-display Fingerprint Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Rear Color Temperature Sensor
|Misty Green | Tempest Gray
|Rs 69,999 (8/128GB)
Rs 75,999 (16/256GB)
Design and Display
The OnePlus Nord 3 5G is quite different to its predecessor and comes with a new design. It has two colour options; Tempest Gray and Misty Green. The Tempest Gray colour has a plain Matte back while the Misty Green option has a glossy finish. The back is made up of Gorilla Glass 5 whereas the front is made up of Dragontrail Glass. The flat plastic frame connects to the back panel with a very slight curve.
On the back, it has a triple-setup camera kept in two rings. The upper ring has the main camera whereas the lower ring has the ultra-wide camera and the macro lens. There are two LED flashes kept right beside the two camera rings.
On the front, it has a centred hole-punch camera cutout for you to take selfies. The bezels are thin and uniform and give a premium look. The display does not curve in the frame and is a flat panel which most people favour over curved displays.
The OnePlus Nord 3 5G has a 6.74-inch Super Fluid AMOLED display with a resolution of 2772 x 1240 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 450 ppi. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 93.5% and an aspect ratio of 20.1:9. The dynamic refresh rate ranges from 40 to 120 Hz, ensuring smooth and fluid visuals. The display supports sRGB and Display P3 colour profiles along with HDR10+ support while the touch response rate is up to 1000 Hz.
Performance and Storage
The OnePlus Nord 3 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset, which includes an octa-core CPU configuration. The CPU consists of a high-performance Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.05 GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores running at 2.85 GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores operating at 1.80 GHz. For graphics processing, it has the Arm Mali G710 MC10 GPU and runs on OxygenOS 13.1, based on Android 13.
It is available in two RAM options of 8GB and 16GB which is paired with two storage options of 128GB and 256GB respectively.
The OnePlus Nord 3 5G has a triple camera setup on the back. The main camera features a Sony IMX890 sensor with a resolution of 50MP, a 1/1.56″ sensor size, and a 6P lens configuration with a focal length equivalent to 24mm.
The same sensor is used in the flagship OnePus 11 and the 11R. It supports PDAF autofocus and has a pixel size of 1.0 µm. The aperture is set at ƒ/1.8, and it is supported by EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).
The remaining two include an 8MP ultra-wide camera wide-angle perspective of 112° and a macro lens of 2MP, enabling close-up photography with an effective shooting distance of 4cm. The camera setup also includes features like LED flash for low-light situations and a zoom capability ranging from 0.6x to 20x. The autofocus system is a multi-autofocus with All pixel omnidirectional PDAF+CAF, allowing for quick and accurate focusing.
The features include AI Scene Enhancement, AI Highlight Video, Movie Mode, Ultra Steady Mode, Dual-view Video, HDR, Nightscape, Portrait Mode, Video Portrait, Pano, Macro, Slo-mo, Time-lapse, Text-scanner, Retouching and Filters.
In terms of video capabilities, the OnePlus Nord 3 5G can record 4K videos at 30/60 fps, 1080p videos at 30/60 fps, and 720p videos at 30/60 fps. It supports super slow motion with 1080p videos at 120 fps and 720p videos at 240 fps. It also offers Ultra Steady Mode for smooth video recording at 1080p at 60 fps, as well as time-lapse videos at 1080p and 30 fps.
The front camera of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G features 16 megapixels with a focal length equivalent to 24mm. It has a pixel size of 1.0 µm and an aperture of ƒ/2.4. It supports EIS for video stabilization and can record 1080p videos at 30 fps and 720p videos at 30 fps. The front camera also offers features such as Face Unlock, Screen Flash, HDR, Nightscape, Portrait mode, Pano, Steady mode, Time-lapse, Retouching, and Filters.
Battery and Others
The OnePlus Nord 3 5G is equipped with a 5000mAh battery, consisting of a dual-cell configuration with two 2500mAh cells and the charging is supported by 80W SUPERVOOC fast charging. It supports dual SIM functionality. For wireless connectivity, it features Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 for wireless communication with other compatible devices.
The OnePlus Nord 3 5G features dual stereo speakers for immersive audio, supports noise cancellation, and utilises Dolby Atmos technology for enhanced surround sound. The sensors include an in-display fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, electronic compass, gyroscope, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, sensor core, rear colour temperature sensor, and an infrared blaster for remote control functionality.
It is available in two colour options; Misty Green and Tempest Gray.
The price of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G in Nepal for the 8/128GB option is Rs 69,999 and the 16/256GB option is Rs 75,999.