I have been using the OnePlus Nord N200 5G for several weeks, it has a cheap Android receiver from the company known for making high-end phones affordable.
OnePlus’ current strategy is to force the low-end smartphone market with cheaper models that keep some of the shiny and stylish mojos of its more expensive options.
I really like the $300 Nord N10 5G that debuted earlier this year.
The new N200 5G shaves another $60,coming in at just $240.
It’s amazing to see premium features like a 90Hz screen refresh rate, 5G connectivity, a huge battery, and a sleek design in such a convenient phone.
If you rarely open the camera app, there’s a lot to like. Despite the plastic structure,theN200 5G doesn’t look like a cheap phone.
Its frame fits well in the palm of your hand, though parts of the 6.49-inch screen can be difficult to reach with your thumb.
The screen itself has slim bezels and a hole-punch selfie camera,which makes it look quite modern.
The blue gradient sheath on the matte plastic back gives it a certain elegance, but you may still want to need a case: the coating has picked up some strange stains in a matter of weeks and I can’t remove them.
As for water resistance, the Nord N200 reaches the bare minimum with an IPX2rating; can withstand some splashes of water.
There’s a USB Type-Ccharging port, a MicroSD card slot to expand the 64 gigabytes of built-in memory, a headphone jack,an NFC chip for contactless payments, and a reliable fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone that doubles as a power button.
The always-on display offered by oledpanels, but the screen has a screen refresh rate of 90 Hz.
Typically, phones in this price range use 60Hz panels, which means that images refresh 60 times per second.
Increasing the refresh rate to 90, you now see 90 images per second; everything from Instagram scrolling to gaming seems a bit smoother.
High-end phones offer 120Hzscreens, but the N200 is among the cheapest phones in the U.S. with specs that come close enough even to 90Hz is a big improvement.
Combine this spec bump with surprisingly decent performance thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chip and you get a phone that can handle most tasks well.
That said, the meager amount of RAM (only 4 gigabytes) shows its limitations.
The Moto G Stylus 5G I tested recently has the same chip but with 6 gigabytes of RAM and worked much smoother (it also costs $160 more).
Outside the 90Hzscreen, which is also sharp and becomes decently bright outdoors,the second noteworthy highlight is the 5,000 mAh batterycell.
Then there’s 5G, which is still not too common in phones under $300.