OnePlus Nord N200 5G: Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts
Enter the $240 OnePlus Nord N200 5G, an attractive looking Snapdragon 480-equipped 5G phone which brings OnePlus even closer to budget territory. We just spent a few days testing it, and while the lower price goes hand-in-hand with its lesser specs, the outcome isn’t what you’d expect. Read on for our full review.
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Hardware And Design
OnePlus is in the process of merging with Oppo, and both companies have shared designs on and off for years, so it comes as no surprise that the OnePlus Nord N200 5G is basically a rebadged Oppo A54 5G with revised rear shooters. This also means that, like the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the N200 5G benefits from some of Oppo’s superior design chops -- borrowing elements from the Reno series, like the camera pod.
What we get here then, is a striking matte blue gradient in back, a matching shiny blue gradient along the sides, and a metallic blue camera bump. OnePlus calls this colorway Blue Quantum, and it looks really nice. At 163.1 x 74.9 x 8.3mm and 189g the N200 5G is almost identical in size and weight to the N10 5G. Yet, thanks to a flatter rear panel and a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor, it feels much better in hand.
The N200 5G inherits the N10 5G’s 6.49-inch display and 16MP selfie camera, complete with the same top left corner punch hole, small bezels, and big chin. Around the back, the camera pod exudes sophistication, with each of the three shooters (13MP main, 2MP macro, and 2MP monochrome) peeking behind large, slightly recessed circular lenses with beveled edges. An LED flash and the OnePlus logo complete the package.
On the right side, you’ll find the capacitive fingerprint sensor, which doubles as a power/lock button. The bottom edge is home to the mono speaker, USB Type-C port, primary mic, and headphone jack. A volume rocker and combination SIM/microSD tray are located on the left side, and there’s a secondary mic on top. The N200 5G isn’t dust or water resistant, but then again, what do you expect for $240?
|Processing and 5G Platform||Qualcomm
|Display||6.49" FHD+ IPS, 2400x1080 resolution, 90Hz|
|Storage||64GB UFS 2.1 + microSD
f/2.2 Main PDAF - 2MP f/2.4 Macro - 2MP f/2.4 Monochrome
|Front-Facing Cameras||16MP f/2.1
|Video Recording||Up to 1080p @ 30fps, 720p slow-mo|
|Battery||5000 mAh, 18W wired charging, No wireless charging|
11 With OxygenOS 11
|Dimensions||163.1 x 74.9 x 8.3mm|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1+LE,
NFC, USB-C, LTE, sub-6GHz 5G
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OnePlus Nord N200 5G Display Quality
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Camera Performance And Image Quality
We adjusted our expectations accordingly, and while this camera system is pretty basic, it delivers surprisingly impressive results. The camera app is standard OnePlus fare, and photo modes include portrait and panorama (main/selfie), plus night, pro, macro, and Extra HD (main only). Video modes include normal (1080/720p 30fps), slow motion (720p 120fps), and time lapse (1080p 30fps).
Strangely, while the main shooter records stabilized video with stereo audio, the selfie camera only captures unstabilized video with mono sound. The macro is pretty useless without autofocus, but you can achieve similar (higher quality) closeups with the main shooter’s 2x zoom. Extra HD is interesting, as it creates 108MP stills by stacking multiple 13MP images and using subpixel interpolation.
Overall, pictures taken with the N200 5G match and often best photos shot with the N10 5G, with accurate exposure and colors, and sufficient level of detail. Zooming in is fine up to 2-3 times, and low light performance is also quite solid considering the slower lens, smaller pixels, and missing OIS. Night mode helps -- the N200 5G clearly leans heavily on the Snapdragon 480’s excellent ISP here, but it works.
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Audio, Data, And Call Reception
On the audio front, the N200 5G’s mono speaker is a step down from the N10 5G’s stereo pair. Then again, the original Nord’s speaker was only mono as well, so this isn’t a deal-breaker. At least it sounds loud and clear, and features Dirac audio enhancement. If you prefer listening with headphones or earbuds, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, plus aptX HD and LDAC support for lossless audio over Bluetooth.
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Performance And Battery Life
We ran a few benchmarks, and the Snapdragon 480 obviously slots below the Snapdragon 690 used in the N10 5G. Yet while there was a noticeable drop in performance between the Snapdragon 765G-equipped original Nord and the N10 5G, the perceived difference in speed between the N10 5G and the N200 5G is far more subtle. Both are competently fast enough, thanks in-part to Oxygen OS and that 90Hz screen.
Day-to-day, the N200 5G’s performance is likely more constrained by the limited amount of RAM than by the Snapdragon 480 -- 4GB isn’t much these days. Regardless, it never felt sluggish, and we didn’t experience any lag running our standard roster of productivity apps. If anything, the N200 5G is slightly more responsive than the other Snapdragon 480-equipped phone we’re currently using -- the Moto G Stylus 5G.
Battery life is spectacular (2 days). While the N10 5G is already no slouch in terms of stamina, the N200 5G cranks things up a notch -- thanks primarily to a larger 5000mAh cell (vs. 4300mAh). But overall, the Snapdragon 480 doesn’t appear to be significantly more efficient than the Snapdragon 690. And when it’s time for a refill, the N200 5G supports 18W fast charging and comes with a charger in the box.
As for the remaining specs, the N200 5G includes sub-6GHz 5G, CAT 15 LTE, WiFi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.1 (LE), NFC for Google Pay, and dual-band A-GPS / GLONASS / Galileo, plus the usual array of sensors. The side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor is quick and reliable, and so is face unlock. Haptics are dependable but forgettable -- we’ve experienced worse on pricier handsets.
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Software And User ExperienceOnePlus always delights when it comes to software, and the OnePlus Nord N200 5G is no exception. It runs Oxygen OS 11 on top of Android 11 -- an improvement over the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which is still running Oxygen 10.5 / Android 10. As usual, you’re getting an almost stock build of Android that’s smooth, clean, and refined, with a few helpful customizations thrown in for good measure.
We’re not going to dive into the details here. Instead, we suggest you read our OnePlus 8T review -- go ahead, we’ll wait. Basically, Oxygen OS really sets OnePlus phones apart from the competition. Unlike the N10 5G, which relies on Oxygen OS to liven up generic hardware, the N200 5G combines Oxygen OS with a nice design for a great user experience.
OnePlus Nord N200 5G Final Verdict
We like the N200 5G’s inspired design, lovely display, fantastic battery life, and great user experience. Even this phone's cameras perform better than its specs imply. The only major drawback is the limited amount of RAM and storage. If that’s something you can live with, the N200 5G will be available unlocked for $240 from OnePlus starting June 25. It’s also coming to T-Mobile for $216 -- or $9 per month for 24 months.