OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 7T: mid-range or flagship, which one should you buy?

Should you buy OnePlus Nord over the company's 2019 flagship OnePlus 7T, which is still retailing at Rs 34,999?

  • OnePlus Nord is the company’s cheapest smartphone in recent years
  • The handset’s specifications include Snapdragon 765G SoC, 48MP quad rear cameras, and punch-hole design
  • In comparison, OnePlus 7T has a larger display, Snapdragon 855+ chipset, and triple rear cameras
  • Both smartphones feature 90Hz refresh rate and 30W fast-charging support

OnePlus Nord has just been launched in India as the brand’s first affordable smartphone since 2015. The OnePlus Nord price in India starts at Rs 24,999 and the smartphone touts mid-range specifications such as Snapdragon 765G SoC, 90Hz refresh rate display, 5G connectivity, and a 48MP quad-camera setup on the back. We decided to compare OnePlus Nord with the company’s 2019 flagship offering OnePlus 7T (review) to see where the two stand in comparison. So without any further ado, let’s begin the OnePlus Nord and OnePlus 7T price in India and specifications comparison.

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 7T: price in India, availability

OnePlus Nord price in India starts at Rs 24,999 for the base 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, which is exclusive to the country. The phone’s 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage options come with sticker prices of Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999 respectively. The OnePlus Nord comes in Blue Marble and Gray Onyx colour options and will be available for sale in the country from August 4th onwards via,, and OnePlus Experience and partner stores. However, only the 8GB and 12GB variants of the smartphone will go on sale in August — the base variant priced at Rs 24,999 will be released in September in the country.

OnePlus Nord base variant, priced at Rs 24,999, won’t be available to buy till September.

The OnePlus 7T is selling in India at Rs 34,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage option, while the 256GB storage variant costs Rs 37,999. The handset is available for sale in India via and OnePlus official website right now in Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver colour option.

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 7T: design

Both OnePlus Nord and 7T tout distinct designs and form factors. The former has a slightly modern look with a near bezel-less screen and an elongated punch-hole for the selfie cameras in the top left corner. Around the back, the OnePlus Nord features a glass layer and a quad-camera setup vertically aligned in a corner. The OnePlus 7T also ships with a glass-sandwich design but features a waterdrop notch display and triple rear cameras in a circular module at the centre of the frame.

OnePlus 7T sports a waterdrop notch, which looks quite dated in 2020.

Apart from this, both phones feature power button and alert slider on the right spine, volume rocker on the left, and Type-C port and speaker grille at the bottom edge.

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 7T: specifications

The OnePlus Nord specifications include a 6.44-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,400p) Fluid AMOLED display that bears 90Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 765G SoC coupled with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage onboard. In optics, the OnePlus Nord features a quad-camera setup at the back with 48MP SonyIMX586 primary sensor, 8MP 119-degree ultra-wide sensor, 2MP macro sensor, and 5MP depth sensor.

OnePlus Nord is a 5G-capable mid-range smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset.

The front camera of the phone features 32MP main sensor paired with 8MP 108-degree wide-angle sensor for selfies and video calling. The handset houses a 4,115mAh battery with 30T fast charging support.

OnePlus 7T, in contrast, features a slightly bigger 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, FHD+ resolution, HDR10+ support, and 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass. The phone is powered by last year’s flagship Snapdragon 855+ SoC mated with 8GB RAM and 128GB/ 256GB storage under the hood. For photography, the OnePlus 7T rocks triple rear cameras comprising 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor with OIS, EIS, and f/1.75 lens, 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.2 lens, and 16MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 lens and 116-degree field-of-view. The front camera of the phone features a 16MP snapper with EIS, Time Lapse, and Full HD video recording support at 30fps on the front. A 3,800mAh battery with 30T fast charging support fuels the handset.

OnePlus Nord sports a quad-camera setup on the back, compared to the triple camera setup of OnePlus 7T.

Software-wise, OnePlus Nord and OnePlus 7T both run Android 10-based OxygenOS out of the box. While the phones have similar connectivity options, the Nord comes with 5G support for the high-speed internet, which is yet to make its debut in the country. For security, there is an in-display fingerprint scanner.

OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 7T: last words

In essence, OnePlus Nord is a mid-range smartphone that is future-proof thanks to the 5G support. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 765G SoC, which is forged using the same 7nm manufacturing process as Qualcomm’s flagship chipset and supports 5G. The Nord also features a total of six cameras, a beefier battery cell, and the more modern punch-hole design. A 90Hz display and 30W fast-charging are also part of the package.

The OnePlus 7T, on the other hand, has the erstwhile flagship Snapdragon 855+ inside, which should easily handle almost everything you’ll throw at it. The phone also supports HDR10+ to offer better picture quality compared to the OnePlus Nord and a dedicated telephoto lens for all the zoomed shots.