OnePlus brings a 90Hz smartphone to the US for $180 | GeekComparison

OnePlus will finally be bringing its new, cheaper “Nord” line to the US over the next two weeks, complete with actual US prices. Most interesting is the OnePlus Nord N100, a $180 phone that comes with a 90Hz display, a pretty unbelievable price point. some companies still sell $1,100 smartphones that only have 60Hz displays.

That 90Hz screen for a super low price sounds neat, but comes with a lot of caveats. First of all, this is a 720p 90Hz display. Second, it’s an LCD instead of the usual OLED. But hey, for $180 you have to make some sacrifices in the name of speed.

The full N100 specs include a 6.52-inch, 1600×720 90Hz LCD, a Snapdragon 460 (that’s an 11nm, eight-core SoC with four 1.8GHz Cortex-A73 CPUs and four 1.8GHz A53s) , 4 GB RAM, 64 GB UFS 2.1 storage and a nice 5000 mAh battery. The phone has a capacitive fingerprint reader on the back, a USB-C port, a headphone jack, a microSD slot and stereo speakers. Unfortunately there’s no NFC and with an LCD you don’t get an always-on display mode. Also for this price you can forget nice extras such as water resistance or wireless charging.

For real cameras, there is a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. There are also two other cameras on the back that we’re going to put under “purely decorative”: a 2MP “macro” camera and a 2MP “bokeh” camera. Just as there are cars with fake exhausts, fake spoilers, fake windows and fake vents, there are now phones with essentially useless cameras for looks and marketing.

The big downside is the update plan, which is a new low for OnePlus: the company has announced that the N100 will not be updated beyond the current Android 11 operating system. The phones will be launched with Android 10, they will be updated with Android 11 and then OnePlus will be done with major updates. For a phone that was supposed to launch with the three-month-old Android 11 out of the box, that’s basically zero years of major updates. The phone will also not get monthly security updates when they are released, instead OnePlus is promising two years of security updates at a semi-regular, non-monthly rate.

This is a cheaper phone, but OnePlus’ new update policy feels like a major hub for a company that was previously the fastest third-party OEM when it came to shipping major Android updates. HMD offers two years of major updates and three years of monthly security updates, even on the $100 Nokia 1.3. For $80 more, it feels like OnePlus should be able to do the same.

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