OnePlus Nord N300 review

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Introduction

While the flagship OnePlus Nord series isn’t arriving on North American shores, the entry-level Nord N series has been successful in capturing some of the budget segment at Metro of T-Mobile and T-Mobile Prepaid customers. The OnePlus Nord N300 5G is only available in the US, but it’s a rebranded Oppo K10 5G with a few tweaks and Oxygen OS instead of Color OS.

Compared to its predecessor (Nord N200 5G), the N300 falls short with a 2MP macro camera. OnePlus is introducing its Nightscape feature on the N300, which should pair decently with the 48MP main camera.

The large 90Hz screen and the side-mounted fingerprint scanner make it an attractive entry-level product. Fast charging, NFC and 5G support all sweeten the deal. Tucked into the phone’s slim profile is a hefty 5000mAh battery, and we expect to see excellent battery life.

OnePlus Nord N300 5G specs at a glance:

  • Body: 163.8×75.1×8.0mm, 190g; 2.5D glass, plastic frame, plastic back.
  • Screen: 6.56″ IPS LCD, 90Hz, 1612x720px resolution, 20.15:9 aspect ratio, 269ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6877 Dimension 810 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Arm Mali-G57 MC2.
  • Memory: 64 GB UFS 2.2, 4 GB RAM LPDDR4X, expandable up to 1 TB via dedicated microSD card slot.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, OxygenOS 12.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 48MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF; Depth sensor: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 1080p/720p video at 30 fps; Front camera: 1080p/720p video at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; SuperVOOC Fast charging 33W ([email protected]).
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted, optical); NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, Face unlock

The N300 5G brings a trendy new design with flat edges. It’s not quite like an iPhone, but the inspiration is clearly there. The all-plastic construction looks nice with a texture made to look like metal on the frame and a shiny matte finish on the back panel. The dual cameras are supported by dual LED flashes – yes, there are two of each.

We expect to see some performance improvements with the N300. The N300 switches from using a Snapdragon 480 on the N200 to a more powerful MediaTek Dimensity 810. There’s also faster charging this time around with a SuperVOOC 33W charging adapter included in the box.

Unboxing

Like OnePlus’ other mid-range and entry-level devices, the Nord N300 comes in a standard two-tone box with shiny embossed lettering along the side of the box. There isn’t much plastic inside the packaging apart from the plastic wrap that the device comes wrapped in.

Oneplus Nord N300 review

Inside the box you will find a cardboard document pack which has a SIM removal tool and quick start guides. Below that is the device, USB-C to USB-A cable and a USB-A SuperVOOC 33W charging adapter.

In typical OnePlus fashion, the charging cable is red and is proprietary to the device and the adapter to support SuperVOOC speeds. The wall adapter outputs 5V @ 10A or 5-11V @ 3A.

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