Launching alongside the long-rumoured N10 5G, the OnePlus Nord N100 is the company’s most affordable phone to date, even undercutting 2015’s OnePlus X – OnePlus’ first-ever attempt at a mid-range device.
The focus of the Nord N100 seems to be as a means to bring the company’s exceptional OxygenOS user interface down to a more affordable price point. The question then is whether the more modest hardware of the N100 can still deliver a high-quality user experience, as we’ve come to expect from the brand.
When does the OnePlus Nord N100 launch?
As the rumours predicted, OnePlus announced both the OnePlus Nord N100 and the Nord N10 5G simultaneously on 26 October.
While a release in the US is expected (unlike the original Nord), currently we only know when the phone goes on sale in the UK and Europe, with a promised launch date of 10 November.
How much does the OnePlus Nord N100 cost?
At £179 in the UK (approximately €200/US$235), the Nord N100 undercuts the £200 OnePlus X to land the title of the company’s most affordable phone ever.
As such, it’ll have to face up against the likes of its doppelgänger, the Oppo A53, as well as entries in our Best Budget Phone chart; like the fresh-faced Realme 7 and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9.
UK retailers include John Lewis, Amazon, OnePlus.com (where it’s already available to pre-order) and Three. We’ll update this feature concerning international pricing and availability when we know more.
What features does the OnePlus Nord N100 offer?
For the price, you forgo 5G, as on its launch sibling, but the phone still packs a promising Snapdragon 400 series processor to keep its big-screened user experience ticking over, as well as a sizeable 5000mAh battery and a triple-camera setup.
OnePlus Nord N100 specs:
6.52in 20:9 HD+ IPS LCD w/ Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor
microSD expandability up to 256GB
13Mp main sensor
2Mp macro sensor
2Mp monochrome sensor
8Mp front-facing hole-punch camera
Android 10 w/ OxygenOS 10.5
Rear fingerprint sensor
Dual stereo speakers
18W fast charging
3.5mm headphone jack
164.9 x 75.1 x 8.49mm
Colours: Midnight Frost
No mention of NFC is a bit of a disappointment on first impressions but dual stereo speakers and expandable memory are surprising inclusions for both the price and the brand respectively.
We gave our initial impressions of both the N100 and its N10 sibling on our podcast, Fast Charge, so watch that right here if you want to know what we think: