The OnePlus Nord (Review) is among the most reasonably priced 5G smartphones within the Indian market at the moment, and affords a well-rounded set of features for the price. However, the competitors is kind of fierce. Xiaomi has its Redmi Ok20 Pro (Review), which has lengthy been a stable selection under Rs. 30,000. More not too long ago, Realme’s X3 SuperZoom (Review) has confirmed to be a powerful drive to be reckoned with too, and we’ll be pitting it in opposition to the OnePlus Nord in at the moment’s comparability.
Usually, smartphones in the identical price vary are likely to have comparable specifications, so in such comparisons, choosing a winner sometimes boils all the way down to which one has the higher cameras and value-added features corresponding to unusually quick charging, etc. In this case, with the Nord versus the X3 SuperZoom, there is a a lot larger disparity in specifications, which makes choosing a transparent winner a bit tougher. But hey, if we do not do the soiled work, then who will?
It’s time to see if the OnePlus Nord can maintain its own in opposition to the powerhouse that’s the Realme X3 SuperZoom.
OnePlus Nord vs Realme X3 SuperZoom costs and variants: Solid worth on each fronts
Before we dive into the nitty-gritties of every telephone’s efficiency, let’s take a look at what kind of RAM and storage combos can be found. The Realme X3 SuperZoom begins at Rs. 27,999 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, adopted by a Rs. 32,999 variant which has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The OnePlus Nord begins at Rs. 24,999 for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, however this variant will solely be accessible by Amazon, and that too solely from September onwards. The variations which might be happening sale in early August embody one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 27,999, and one other with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage which can value Rs. 29,999.
Both phones can be found in several colors. The OnePlus Nord is available in Blue Marble and Grey Onyx trims on the company’s online retailer, for each, the 8GB and 12GB variants. The Realme X3 SuperZoom is obtainable in an open sale, in Arctic White and Glacier Blue trims.
I’ll be evaluating the top-end variations of the OnePlus Nord and the Realme X3 SuperZoom. The Nord has a slight benefit over the X3 SuperZoom by way of pricing, as its base and top-end variants are inexpensive than Realme’s counterparts. On the opposite hand, the X3 SuperZoom has a extra highly effective processor and an optical zoom camera, which may assist it justify its premium.
OnePlus Nord vs Realme X3 SuperZoom design and display: OnePlus attracts first blood
The OnePlus Nord and the Realme X3 SuperZoom look comparable at first look, since each phones have twin hole-punch cutouts of their shows; left aligned rear camera modules; comparable placements of buttons and ports; and no headphone jacks. However, the variations grow to be obvious when you maintain them side-by-side. The Realme X3 SuperZoom has a bigger footprint than the OnePlus Nord. It’s additionally barely thicker and heavier. Both smartphones have glass backs and every appears equally good. The OnePlus Nord has the extra alert slider for rapidly switching between completely different sound profiles.
Looking purely at these phones’ bodily designs and ergonomics, I’d go together with the OnePlus Nord because it feels a bit extra compact, and is lighter and simpler to reside with.
Preference for an AMOLED versus an LCD display may very well be a deciding issue for a lot of patrons. The OnePlus Nord has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, whereas the Realme X3 SuperZoom has a 6.6-inch LCD display screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. Both have full-HD+ resolutions, and Gorilla Glass 5 safety. Honestly, I may barely inform any distinction in smoothness in scrolling, normal utilization and even gaming, between the X3 SuperZoom’s 120Hz display and the 90Hz one on the Nord.
The shows of each phones get equally vivid, with good color saturation, however I observed that whites regarded a bit crisper on the Realme X3 SuperZoom. This was with the color profiles on each phones set to ‘Vivid.’ The OnePlus Nord’s AMOLED display does have its share of benefits too. The ambient display characteristic makes it straightforward to check the time or notifications with a look, with out the necessity to flip the display screen on. I additionally observed that black ranges are a bit higher, and it helps HDR10+, for a wider color gamut in appropriate movies.
The OnePlus Nord has an in-display fingerprint sensor, in comparison with the side-mounted capacitive one on the X3 SuperZoom. Both work equally effectively at authentication. It additionally has a barely smaller chin on the backside, in comparison with Realme’s providing.
If I had to decide on, I’d go together with the OnePlus Nord’s AMOLED display merely due to the comfort of the ambient display characteristic, and the HDR assist.
OnePlus Nord vs Realme X3 SuperZoom software program: An straightforward choose
Realme has come a good distance with its Android implementation and I feel the present model of Realme UI is simply as purposeful as OnePlus’ OxygenOS pores and skin. Both are based mostly on Android 10, offer features to customize the interface, and have helpful features corresponding to built-in display screen recorders. However, I’d still vote for the OnePlus Nord, just because it would not include numerous preinstalled bloatware and redundant apps, just like the Realme X3 SuperZoom does.
OnePlus has additionally claimed that the Nord will obtain Android updates for the following two years and safety updates for the following three years. While the X3 SuperZoom will almost definitely get the Android 11 update within the close to future, something past that’s still unknown.
OnePlus Nord vs Realme X3 SuperZoom efficiency: Realme wins some factors
Besides the shows, the SoCs are the second largest distinction between these two phones. The OnePlus Nord features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, which is the present top-end mannequin in Qualcomm’s mid-tier 700 series. Integrated 5G makes the Nord a bit extra future-proof, for touring overseas, or each time 5G is obtainable in India. The Realme X3 SuperZoom features the quickest LTE SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855+. It would not assist 5G, however by way of uncooked energy, is still sooner than the chip within the OnePlus Nord. Just check out the AnTuTu scores from each phones to see the distinction.
Of course, benchmark numbers are one factor, however the distinction is seen in some apps too. For occasion, scrolling by a Twitter feed feels a bit smoother on the X3 SuperZoom, and that is with 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM in each phones. Realme has additionally used the newer UFS 3.zero flash storage normal, in comparison with the united states2.1 storage within the Nord, which supplies it sooner /write speeds in apps.
Heavy video games corresponding to PUBG Mobile are likely to load a tiny bit sooner on the X3 SuperZoom, and it affords greater graphics high quality features in comparison with the OnePlus Nord. With the standard set to ‘HD’ and framerate to ‘High’, I had comparable experiences taking part in the sport on each gadgets. After about 30 minutes of gameplay, the our bodies of the OnePlus Nord and the Realme X3 SuperZoom each received pretty heat, however neither was uncomfortably scorching.
However, I’ve to say with most normal utilization, which included utilizing social apps and fundamental multitasking, the OnePlus Nord and the Realme X3 SuperZoom carried out equally effectively.
If you are choosing up both of those phones for gaming, you then should know that despite the fact that the OnePlus Nord does a good job with demanding video games, the Realme X3 SuperZoom merely has extra energy and can assist you to get the best out of any recreation you run on it.
Switching to media playback, the OnePlus Nord and the Realme X3 SuperZoom each have single, bottom-firing, super-linear audio system. Realme makes use of Dolby Atmos, whereas OnePlus makes use of Dirac for enhancing the audio ranges and high quality of the speaker. In phrases of loudness, each are kind of the identical, however I discovered that the Nord’s speaker produced higher readability and heat, particularly at most quantity.
The OnePlus Nord and Realme X3 SuperZoom have comparable sized batteries, with 4,115mAh and 4,200mAh capacities respectively. Real-world battery efficiency was equally good, with each phones simply lasting for a couple of day and half with medium to light utilization. Surprisingly, the Realme X3 SuperZoom ran for practically 22 hours in our video loop take a look at, regardless of having a extra highly effective SoC, in comparison with the 14.5 hours I received with the OnePlus Nord.
Both smartphones assist 30W quick charging, utilizing predominantly the identical know-how. Even although every model has its own title for its quick charging methodology, the Realme X3 SuperZoom will ‘Dart Charge’, when related to the OnePlus Nord’s ‘Warp Charge’ charger, and vice versa. Both manufacturers in fact have the identical guardian company, BBK Electronics, and each share applied sciences between themselves and with Oppo.
OnePlus Nord vs Realme X3 SuperZoom cameras: A tricky name
The OnePlus Nord matches the Realme X3 SuperZoom for the overall variety of cameras, which is six. However, on paper a minimum of, Realme beats OnePlus relating to the sorts of sensors and lenses used.
The OnePlus Nord makes use of the identical major 48-megapixel sensor because the OnePlus 8, however the remainder of the rear cameras are the usual wide-angle, macro, and depth cameras. Realme alternatively makes use of a 64-megapixel major camera for the rear, together with a formidable telephoto camera, after which a wide-angle and a macro camera.
The selfie cameras are very comparable – each phones offer major 32-megapixel cameras and 8-megapixel wide-angle ones, with the identical 105-degree discipline of view.
Let’s first examine the 2 phones’ major cameras. Under good light, the OnePlus Nord captured extra dramatic-looking photographs, with extra outlined shadows and deeper distinction, in comparison with the Realme X3 SuperZoom, which captured extra natural-looking photos with much less emphasis on the shadows. Samples shot with every telephone’s wide-angle camera additionally had the identical color tones, however right here, the Nord’s camera produced marginally higher details.
With close-ups, I discovered that the OnePlus Nord captured extra correct colors, in comparison with the X3 SuperZoom. The macro cameras on each phones are usually not nice, as they’re low-resolution. For portrait photographs, each phones did an excellent job of blurring out the proper areas behind the topic, however the Nord clearly produced the higher photo. The background was higher uncovered, and textures on my palms and face weren’t smoothened out aggressively, like with the X3 SuperZoom.
In low-light photos, the OnePlus Nord as soon as once more delivered higher publicity and details. However, each phones’ wide-angle cameras produced very poor photographs. The OnePlus Nord and Realme X3 SuperZoom have a Nightscape capturing mode, which guarantees higher low-light photographs. With this, the Nord leaps forward of the X3 SuperZoom, producing a a lot better uncovered image. However, it is the X3 SuperZoom that managed barely higher publicity with its wide-angle camera utilizing the identical mode.
There’s additionally a ‘Tripod’ mode on each phones, which captures a number of frames at various exposures over a for much longer length, assuming that the telephone will likely be stabilised and never hand-held. When mounted on a tripod, the Realme X3 SuperZoom captured higher details, as publicity was extra constant, in comparison with the OnePlus Nord.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom does have one secret weapon, and that is its telephoto camera. The OnePlus Nord manages to carry its own until about 2x zoom, however something past that finally ends up wanting like a blurry mess. The X3 SuperZoom continued to seize wonderful details even at 10x, and will go effectively past that too, in contrast to the Nord.
Despite each phones having the identical Sony IMX616 selfie cameras, I discovered that the OnePlus Nord captured higher uncovered selfies, with extra pure pores and skin tones. The identical was true for the wide-angle camera too. The X3 SuperZoom was too aggressive in smoothening pores and skin textures. Portrait selfies are supported on each gadgets, and on this difficult shot, taken in opposition to the light, it was the OnePlus Nord that delivered the higher image. With indoor selfies, under synthetic light, the OnePlus Nord still did a greater job with white steadiness, though details had been pretty good from each cameras.
The OnePlus Nord and the Realme X3 SuperZoom can shoot video at 4K. Details are usually good, though sure colors can look exaggerated. Colours regarded extra pure at 1080p on each phones, and you’ll change between the completely different rear camera sensors whereas recording at this decision. In low light, the OnePlus Nord captured much less noise at 4K, though the X3 SuperZoom gave me barely brighter footage.
The Nord additionally had the higher hand in selfie movies, because it is ready to shoot at as much as 4K 60fps, in comparison with 1080p 30fps on the X3 SuperZoom.
Overall, the Realme X3 SuperZoom fully destroys the OnePlus Nord relating to zoom efficiency, however for all the things else, the Nord is a step forward.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom has two stand-out features — its processor and its telephoto camera. If you’re an avid gamer and/or are in search of a high-quality zoom camera on this price phase, the X3 SuperZoom is your best wager. When reviewing this telephone, I discovered its zoom lens may rival these of even the higher-priced OnePlus 8 Pro (Review) and Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review), which is saying quite a bit. Plus, in case you’re into evening images, the X3 SuperZoom affords the proper instruments to get extra out of your evening photographs.
The OnePlus Nord alternatively would not do as distinctive a job in video games and is not able to that stage of zooming, however it does greater than sufficient to get by. When you take note of different areas the place I really feel it has the higher hand, such because the clean software program, AMOLED display, compact physique, 5G assist, and skill to shoot 4K 60fps with the principle selfie camera, it is undoubtedly a extra rounded bundle, and so it should attraction to a wider viewers.
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