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- OnePlus is launching the Nord N10 5G and N100 in the US and Canada.
- Both budget phones will only be available through T-Mobile and Metro.
- They’ll start at prices of $179 for the N100 and $299.99 for the N10 5G.
The OnePlus Nord phone family is finally coming to the US. OnePlus has revealed that it will launch the Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G in the US and Canada with a January 15 release date at a starting price of $179 ($239 CAD) for the N100 and $299.99 ($389 CAD) for its N10 counterpart.
There are some catches for American buyers, however. The OnePlus Nord N100 and N10 5G will be available solely through T-Mobile and its Metro prepaid brand in the US. That’s great news if you’ve been waiting for a prepaid OnePlus phone in the country, but won’t thrill you if you’d rather use one of these lower-cost devices on another network.
You don’t have to wait until the release date to know if the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100 offer good value for the price. We found the Nord N10 the more compelling of the two between its faster Snapdragon 690 chip, 6GB of RAM, 1080p 90Hz display, superior design, and solid (if unspectacular) photo quality from its quad rear cameras. You’ll get faster wired charging and a larger 128GB of expandable storage, too.
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The OnePlus Nord N100, meanwhile, is clearly aimed at price-conscious buyers. The two-day battery life and decent selfies are draws versus other budget phones, but you won’t be thrilled with the Snapdragon 460 processing power, 4GB of RAM, 720p (if still 90Hz) display, merely sufficient rear cameras, and unremarkable design. The 64GB of expandable storage and 18W charging are good values in this class, but not much more.
Software support may also be a sticking point OnePlus will only release one major OS update, Android 11, for the Nord N10 and N100.
Still, these phones might be great fits in the right circumstances. You’re still getting the Oxygen OS software that draws many people to OnePlus phones in the first place, and 90Hz screens are still rare in US handsets at these prices. Just remember that these are even more like rebranded Oppo phones than before.