The OnePlus Nord is the budget offering of OnePlus, which brings the same software experience as the OnePlus 8 and also the camera matches the flagship series to a great extent. The good thing for fans is that the company has introduced OnePlus Nord at an aggressive price. OnePlus has AMOLED display, warp charge fast charging and good battery in this phone. However, compared to the flagship series, the company also has some cuts, such as its chipset and build quality. OnePlus Nord still gets glass on the rear, but a plastic frame is included instead of the metal frame, which looks metallic in appearance.
OnePlus Nord comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. However, Nord comes with 5G support, which is not a feature of work in India at the moment, but it will not make you feel backward in future. Its app and gaming performance is good. It captures good pictures and videos in broad daylight and the display comes with HDR 10+ support.
Quality is compromised in low-light and this is the only major weakness of this phone. Battery life is very good and the single speaker performs average, but does not disappoint. One impressive feature of OnePlus is the ability to shoot 4K selfie videos at 60fps, which even OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro cannot.
Redmi K20 Pro
Redmi K20 Pro has gradually come in the sub-25,000 range. It is a powerful smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera module. It gets a large 6.39-inch display without a notch or hole-punch. The selfie camera has a 20-megapixel resolution and is set in a pop-up module.
The Redmi K20 Pro works on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which was the flagship processor until last year. The Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants – 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, priced at Rs 24,999. The second 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage, which is available for Rs 29,999. Xiaomi has used a 4,000mAh battery in the Redmi K20 Pro and this phone supports 27W fast charging, but you only get an 18W charger in the box.
Redmi K20 Pro’s triple rear camera setup offers a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The primary camera takes good pictures in good light and the details are also good. Pictures taken with a wide-angle camera show a mild barrel effect. The low-light camera performance was good, but when zoomed in, the output showed decent grain (s).
Redmi has 20 well-designed smartphones and at this price can still surpass some of the recently launched devices. The Redmi K20 gets the same design as the Redmi K20 Pro, with a glass-back and strike gradient pattern in the back. The 6.39-inch AMOLED display is good. It has a pop-up selfie camera, which gives full view to the display.
Redmi K20 works on Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset. There are two variants of the device, in which the base variant comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. The second one gets 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. This phone does not have a microSD card slot to increase storage, so you have to choose variants based on your requirement. It performs very well, though it can be compared to the sub-Rs 20,000 devices.
Xiaomi has given a triple camera setup on the rear and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter in the Redmi K20. We saw that the camera’s performance was very good and the details should be better in the photos. Wide-angle cameras are also improved. The performance of the low light camera was slightly lighter. The selfie was good, but the selfie camera is a bit slow to come up. This phone also has a 4,000mAh battery and gives a good backup.
Vivo V19 was added to Vivo’s V-Series this year and is an upgrade to Vivo V17. It comes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel with full-HD + resolution display. The Vivo V19 works on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset, which is undoubtedly an older and lighter processor by price.
However, the phone has 8 GB RAM for multi-tasking. There are two storage options – 128 GB and 256 GB storage. Vivo V19 has a 4500mAh battery which gives good battery life. You get a 33 watt fast charger in the box, which is fast to charge the battery. The Vivo V19 runs on a custom Funtouch OS based on Android 10.
The Vivo V19 has a quad-camera setup, with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfie, it has a 32 megapixel selfie shooter and 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera. The V19 is quicker to lock focus and takes better photos in good light. Although there is a drop in quality in low light, it is capable of controlling grains. Selfies taken with Vivo V19 are very good.