Unveiling OnePlus Nord N300 with MediaTek chip, 33 Watts charging and 90% display
According to JBQ, OnePlus is no stranger to making some great smartphones the recently released OnePlus 10T was a return to form for the company. These days, however, we’re more impressed with the Nord series than any other flagship phone. With the ever-expanding Nord product line, OnePlus has completed incredible deals with impressive specs and designs that are in some ways more beautiful than their high-end devices. The OnePlus Nord N300 is the successor to 2021’s N200, and on paper, it looks like it could be the budget phone to beat at the end of 2022.
The OnePlus Nord N300 may follow the N200, but it’s the N20 that OnePlus drew inspiration from for its design. That’s great news, because that particular Nord design is awesome. It looks and feels like a premium smartphone, while selling for less than a flagship. The N300 retains the camera aesthetic of its direct predecessor, but the two large lenses, matte finish and squared-off design all look like one of the best budget phones this year.
Inside the device, the Nord N300 rocks a Dimensity 810 processor. It’s the first OnePlus smartphone in the US to use MediaTek chips, replacing the Snapdragon 480 5G in the last-gen model, opting to skip the recently announced Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 series.
Combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, we don’t expect the N300 to be a gaming monster, although if it’s anything like its predecessor, we’d expect better-than-average performance. Combined with a 5,000mAh battery, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the phone last more than a day on a single charge plus, as previously revealed, it also supports 33 Watts fast charging and a charger It is also available in the box. Charge Your Phone with In Your car with car chargers in our website.
OnePlus Nord N300 Display
OnePlus once again uses a 90 Hertz 1080p LCD panel, although at 6.56 inches, it’s slightly larger than last time. On the back of the phone is a 48 megapixel main sensor along with a 2-megapixel depth lens. OnePlus refrains from offering either. The ultra-wide or telephoto lens on the N300, though, is probably the best for its budget price. The 48MP resolution is a big step up from the 13MP sensor on the N200, but it remains to be seen if this translates into an improvement. Photo function. At the same time, there is a 16-megapixel lens on the front for selfies.
JBQ says, Aside from the design and display, the real star of the show here is the pricing. The OnePlus Nord N300 goes on sale November 3 exclusively through T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile for $228. While carrier exclusivity may be a problem for those on Verizon or AT&T, it’s hard to argue with that price. That launch date is just around the corner, so if you’re looking for an affordable new smartphone, you might want to hold off a little longer.
OnePlus Nord N300 5G performance and software
OnePlus Nord N300 5G is equipped with an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 810 chip. While this sounds more impressive on paper than, say, Apple’s 6-core A16 in the iPhone 14 Pro, it’s not quite the case. Think of it more like a dual quad-core system, with different tasks split between the two depending on the type of work and how resource intensive it is.
In this case, the low-power core set is used for most tasks that can be done, and when you need to do something more advanced, another, more powerful core is used.
Other specifications of the OnePlus Nord N300 include 64 GB of basic storage space, which can be expanded up to 1 TB using a microSD card. The N300 also has 4GB of RAM, which is on the low end for most Android phones, though it’s on par for the low price.
The Nord N300 comes with OxygenOS, a custom version of Android that’s exclusive to all OnePlus phones. This version of OxygenOS is based on Android 12, and even though I’m relatively new to Android (I’ve only had an iPhone since 2008), it’s very easy to navigate. These days, I mostly use my devices for social media, messages, and catching up on emails, which the N300 is perfectly capable of doing. The screen is very responsive, OxygenOS feels great in general, and it’s also very fast with tasks like basic photo editing.
One thing I particularly liked was the N300’s haptic feedback when typing on the keyboard, as well as the feedback when moving with gestures. It’s nice, gentle feedback that has just enough touch without being too obnoxious. Considering the price of the phone, I was surprised by the touch engine.
However, I noticed that when I inserted the T-Mobile supplied SIM card, the OnePlus Nord N300 automatically downloaded several carrier apps. As someone who’s been off the iPhone for over a decade, I found this a bit annoying and kind of awkward. Not surprising for a phone sold as a T-Mobile exclusive in the US, but still not something I’d like to see.
OnePlus Nord N300 5G camera
Although the back of the OnePlus Nord N300 5G makes it look like a dual camera system, it really isn’t. The rear camera includes a 48-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, and below that is another 2-megapixel depth-sensing sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. It’s an odd choice, but it’s supposed to help the main camera with better focus and depth-of-field bokeh. The front selfie camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture.
Photos taken with the rear camera were very different compared to my iPhone 14 Pro and Google Pixel 7. Expectation doesn’t make the camera particularly great. If you’re just looking at it from a budget phone perspective, the N300’s photos are good.
I took a picture of a beautiful sunset where, in fact, the distant clouds were lit up bright orange, while the other clouds were more pink, and everything was muted against the blue sky. The iPhone 14 Pro and Google Pixel 7 seemed to capture a truer version of what I was seeing with my own eyes, while the Nord N300 washed out the orange with more shades of pink, which is actually a sunset. It does not seem. The N300 was the most disappointing with this evening I got.
Portrait mode photos taken with the N300 are also fine and nothing too impressive. Given that there’s a standalone 2MP depth sensor, I honestly expected more, but the background blur in portrait shots is too subtle for my taste. Plus, it’s not like the N300 has a telephoto or ultra-wide lens, which I’m used to for portrait mode on the iPhone, which produces better results overall. This is where it’s clear that the N300 is a $200 phone, not a $1,000 phone.
Oddly enough, the 16-megapixel selfie camera is better for portrait shots, as the depth effect is stronger and more noticeable on the front camera than on the rear. Colors also look balanced, and aren’t overexposed or underexposed, which is a plus. If you’re a big selfie stick, the N300’s camera is surprisingly good for the price.
However, those who are keen on video might be disappointed with the N300. Due to the MediaTek Dimensity 810 chip, video recording is limited to a maximum resolution of 1080p at 30fps, even though most other phones these days are capable of 4K video at 60fps.
OnePlus Nord N300 5G battery and charging
OnePlus packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery in the Nord N300. With my light to moderate usage (which mostly consists of agony scrolling these days), the battery lasts at least two days before I feel the need to put it on the charger. Of course, if you play heavy games or play video and audio, this usage time may be shortened. However, if you’re more concerned about the battery lasting a full day without having to worry about plugging it in, the OnePlus Nord N300 will easily last at least a full day.
Although the N300 does not support Qi-compatible wireless charging, it does have 33 Watts fast charging adapters. And unlike many phones these days, you get a 33W power adapter and USB Type C cable in the box although you can always use the cable you already have. With 33W fast charging, you should get from zero to 100% in about an hour and a half. When you consider the $228 price tag, that’s pretty impressive considering the size of the battery.
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