OnePlus Nord VS Google Pixel 4a via OnePlus 6

  1. yashwant24
    Jelly Bean Aug 3, 2020

    yashwant24 , via OnePlus 6 , Aug 3, 2020 :
    This is it, we have some best mid rangers of this year
    ->OnePlus have entered the mid range segment to give it a try again and yes, they are successful.
    -> Google's second mid ranger and they were very good with Pixel 3a and the Pixel 4a seems to be really good.


    -> OnePlus Nord is set to stand out in this segment for sure.
    Nord has Snapdragon 765G which has Adreno 620 GPU.
    It's manufacturing process is 7nm so less amount of heat will be produced comparatively.

    -> Google Pixel 4a has Snapdragon 730G. It is a octa core chip but it cannot overthrow Snapdragon 765G for sure, it has Adreno 618 GPU.
    It's manufacturing process is 8nm which does produce more heat compared to the 7nm one. The amount of heat produced also depends on software for sure.

    it may look big on numbers....but no, the difference is narrowed down.

    DISPLAY :-
    -> OnePlus Nord features a Amoled 90HZ display with brightness peaked at 500nits. It has a 2400*1080p resolution with aspect ratio of 20:9 and supports HDR10+ content support. Nord has Corning Gorilla glass 5. It has 6.44 inches screen

    -> Google Pixel 4a features a OLED 60HZ display with peak brightness at 719nits(test results). It has a 2340*1080 resolution with aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It has Corning Gorilla glass 3. It has 5.81inches screen.

    -> In terms of numbers NORD has better display but Android authority claims that Google Pixel 4a has the best mid range display till now and it is comparable to this year's flagship devices.


    -> OnePlus Nord's Dimensions:-
    Height: 158.3 mm
    Width: 73.3 mm
    Thickness: 8.2 mm
    Weight: 184g
    It has a plastic frame with a glass back finish.
    It is a fingerprint magnet.
    Many didn't like the plastic frame.
    I feel OnePlus Nord is heavier compared to other smartphone in this segment.
    It's weight is nearly same as Oneplus 8.

    -> Google Pixel 4a Dimensions:-
    Height: 144mm
    Width: 69.4mm
    Thickness: 8.2mm
    Weight: 143g
    It has polycarbonate design with the nice matte finish which most of them love because it is fingerprint resistant.
    Pixel 4a really weighs low, one of the big perks.


    -> Nord has 4115mAh of battery which is really good for a mid range smartphone and supports Warp Charge 30T.
    -> Pixel 4a has 3140mAh battery which is not much of a capacity, but it's fine. Who knows Pixel's batter management can be good. It supports 18W fast charging.


    -> Nord's biggest advantage is Oxygen OS. The most loved Android skin by most of the Android users. Most of them may prefer Nord because of Oxygen OS. Oxygen OS is evolving and it will continuously.( Proud oxygen os user[e]1f609[/e])
    -> Pixel 4a has Android 11 which is one of the best Android experience out there. There are some features you can find it exclusively on Pixel devices.( My second choice for sure[e]1f61c[/e]).

    It all depends on what skin you love. The original Android or the Oxygen OS.


    Rear Camera:
    ->OnePlus Nord has a flagship level camera and it has better camera than most of the midranges out there. But c'mon you cannot deny the fact that no one can take on Pixel's camera.
    48MP IMX586 main sensor with f/1.75 aperture.
    8MP Ultra wide at 119°
    5MP Depth sensor
    2MP macro camera
    No one does prefer depth sensor these days...but yes, it is present.
    Telephoto in place of Depth sensor could have done the job.
    •••It has OIS and EIS support and can capture 4K videos at 30fps. There is no 4K@60 fps present.
    OnePlus statement was it consumes lots of battery but yes we know that the reason is dumb. Even a OnePlus 6 has 4K@60fps with 3300mAh battery.( It was answered in AMA)

    -> Pixel 4a does produce a flagship level camera for sure and it must do because everyone does has a higher expectations on Pixel's camera for sure.
    12.2MP IMX363 main sensor with f/1.7 aperture.

    Yes, there is a only a single camera again but it is enough to take out some flagship cameras. Ultra wide camera could have been a good addition, but they won't.
    It has OIS and EIS camera stabilization. It can capture videos at 4K30fps.

    Front Camera:
    32MP IMX616 main sensor with f/2.45 aperture.
    8MP Ultra wide angle at 105°
    The Nord's front camera supports 4K@60fps.
    Front ultra wide camera is a good add on.

    Pixel 4a:-
    8MP main sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
    It should take good selfies.

    -> The bitter truth is OnePlus will take huge time to beat Google in camera segment.


    NFC Enabled.
    In display fingerprint sensor
    The classic Alert Slider

    PIXEL 4a:
    3.5mm Headphone jack
    Stereo Speakers.
    Rear fingerprint sensor.


    No 4K@60fps
    No Telephoto camera.
    UFS 2.1

    PIXEL 4a:-
    No ultra wide angle camera.
    UFS 2.1

    Please don't say they don't support wireless charging, it's too much to ask in a mid range smartphone.

    The best thing about both the device are that they get 3 years of updates.
    Nord:- 2 years of software updates + 1 year of security updates.
    Pixel 4a:- 3+ years of full software updates.

    6+64GB - ₹24999
    8+128GB - ₹27999
    12+256GB - ₹29999

    8+128GB - €399
    12+256GB - €499

    8+128GB - $375
    12+256GB - $402
    (Converted prices)

    PIXEL 4A:-

    6+128GB - ₹27000( converted prices)

    6+128GB - €296( converted prices)

    6+128GB - $349

    Which is the best??
    It seems to vary based on your location.
    In India Nord seems to be the best buy with so many features.
    But in Europe it seems like both are heavy competitors.

    If you want the best camera and ready to give up on ultra wide then Pixel 4a it is.
    If you want the best software experience then Nord it is.

    Hope you enjoyed this thread.
    If have done any mistakes, please inform me
    Thank you.

    Last edited: Aug 3, 2020

  2. chistery
    Honeycomb Aug 3, 2020

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    User of the Year 2016 Aug 3, 2020

  4. yashwant24
    Jelly Bean Aug 3, 2020

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  5. DrSkiba
    Froyo Aug 3, 2020

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  6. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016 Aug 3, 2020

    Dresa91 , Aug 3, 2020 :
    to be honest: me too..

  7. tenzinkunga
    Cupcake Aug 3, 2020

  8. Joesef Joestar
    Gingerbread Aug 3, 2020

  9. DrSkiba
    Froyo Aug 3, 2020

    DrSkiba , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Some people may prefer the captative style fingerprint reader to the in-screen optical one as they tend to work more reliably. For me, I don't personally mind either setup, but yeah... seeing it again on a device does look so old-hat when we've been spoilt with in-screen sensors for the past couple of years.

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  10. krsna_cham
    Froyo Aug 3, 2020

    krsna_cham , Aug 3, 2020 :
    It takes better pictures than Nord,i like alot is onehand smartphone too,my pokets would thanks Lol

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  11. Joesef Joestar
    Gingerbread Aug 3, 2020

    Joesef Joestar , Aug 3, 2020 :
    Nord vs Pixel 4a Vs iPhone SE [camera]

    Google Pixel 4a vs OnePlus Nord | Side-by-side comparison

    Last edited: Aug 3, 2020

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  12. bobsta , via OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition , Aug 3, 2020 :
    It's pretty embarrassing that the cheaper and less well specced Pixel 4a can produce image quality that is still considered flagship quality. This seems to indicate that OnePlus just don't know how to write decent imaging algorithms.

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  13. yashwant24
    Jelly Bean Aug 4, 2020

    yashwant24 , via OnePlus 6 , Aug 4, 2020 :
    Personally, I don't consider iPhone SE as a mid ranger.
    In India if you pay a 1000 extra we will get our hands on OnePlus 8.

  14. Matt 80
    Lollipop Aug 4, 2020

    Matt 80 , Aug 4, 2020 :
    I'll take a physical fingerprint reader over an in display reader every day of the week, and twice on a Sunday.

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  15. alextoledo
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 4, 2020

    alextoledo , Aug 4, 2020 :
    True, they focus so much on speed in giving that feeling of everything going smoothly that they neglect something as important as it is today, the processing of the photograph by software.

    Over the years they have convinced us that they know how to assemble the best processor, have the device as more RAM, bet on UFS 3.1 storage ... everything to get chest in hardware and thus justify their prices, but then they give you 4 cameras to have versatility but with a medium quality.

    Google is showing that it is not necessary to have more sensors to be better, but that your software knows how to make a good interpretation of the colors, knows how to capture a good detail, etc. Being realistic the camera so TOP that they presume in OP8 and NORD 48MP takes the shames the Pixel 4a with 12.2MP.

    OnePlus has homework for next semester, put in OxygenOS a good image processing for your camera app and don't be satisfied with the community carrying GCAM MOD. That would be working on a good way to finish having a more than decent device.

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  16. Joesef Joestar
    Gingerbread Aug 6, 2020

  17. yashwant24
    Jelly Bean Aug 6, 2020

    yashwant24 , via OnePlus 6 , Aug 6, 2020 :
    Whatever it is, they didn't have much of sales
    But I think it's a bad strategy.

  18. malidan
    Nougat Aug 6, 2020

    malidan , Aug 6, 2020 :
    Considered flagship quality by those who are paid say and make it look that way.
    MKBHD's big blind test showed something different.
    The 3a didn't tear strips off a Xiaomi budget phone here,

    It was supposed to be flagship level too.
    Its funny how a free app and biased reviewing cloud people's judgement.

  19. malidan
    Nougat Aug 6, 2020

    malidan , Aug 6, 2020 :
    More like poor quality, you can ask for the money if you provide the hardware and quality. Both seem to be well beyond Google.

  20. malidan
    Nougat Aug 6, 2020

    malidan , Aug 6, 2020 :
    Bro at the point when you posted this thread the Nord was still not officially on sale, so how can you possibly say the phone is a success?

    Success equal sales not sponsored YouTube reviews and fan hype.