The $228 OnePlus Nord N300 offers great looks, 33W charging

OnePlus presents a new low-end smartphone, the OnePlus Nord N300 5G. It’s a $228 phone that you can get from T-Mobile starting November 3. Highlights include a surprisingly good-looking design for this price, 33W charging, and a 90Hz display.

First up: the specs. The SoC is a MediaTek Dimensity 810. This means a 6nm chip with two 2.4GHz Cortex A76 cores, six 2GHz Cortex A55 cores and an ARM Mali-G57 MP2 GPU. There’s 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. The display is a 6.56-inch, 1612×720, 90Hz “HD+” display. A 90Hz display on such a cheap phone sounds impressive, but this phone’s predecessor, the North N200, lacked the power to reliably send 90fps to the 1080p display, making it a bit of a waste. The downgrade to 720p (and possibly a slightly faster SoC) means OnePlus could actually hit 90 FPS this year, but it’s not clear that the drop in resolution is worth it.

33W charging means this will charge faster than a $1,100 iPhone. There’s a side fingerprint reader in the power button, and you get a microSD slot, NFC, and a headphone jack. For cameras, you get a 48MP main rear camera and a 2MP “depth” camera just for looks. The front camera is 8MP. The phone ships with Android 13, and OnePlus’ usual update schedule for these cheap phones is one major update and three years of semi-regular security updates.

Low-end smartphones are usually designed to be as generic and forgettable as possible, but the N300 is surprisingly good looking. The whole phone is square like an iPhone 4, with straight sides and chamfered edges. The camera block also looks good, with more chamfered edges, square sides and a two-tone color scheme. That’s a lot more design work than you’d typically get at this price. We’re still not big fans of the teardrop front camera, but it’s a budget phone.

Elsewhere in the world, this phone is called the Oppo A77 5G.

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