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OnePlus Nord vs POCO X3, which one do I buy?


We put two terminals face to face that set the bar for quality price too high for their rivals.

Xiaomi and OnePlus are two brands that have taught to town that it is possible to have a great mobile without leaving a kidney in the purchase. With its advance in popularity, the prices of its high-end phones have also risen, but this has not led to the neglect of its other market segments.

In the case of Xiaomi, its sub-brand POCO, now independent, has always been an ideal cover letter in terms of terminals well below the market price, the POCO X3 being the perfect example of this.

For its part, OnePlus has had to resort to an additional “cheap” range, the Nord, so as not to lose the essence of its origin: high market technology at popular prices. The good work of this series of phones has been so remarkable that the company is already preparing new additions to take over from the king of the same, the OnePlus Nord, in the near future.

We are here therefore faced with two different bets but with the same essence, offer everything possible at a market price that remains attractive based on excellent characteristics. That is the OnePlus Nord and the POCO X3, two “bargain” phones that we will analyze in depth below so that buy the one that best suits you. We are aware that their price is uneven, but that does not prevent the pros and cons of one and the other from being put on a scale.

Design and display: The OnePlus feels sleek, the POCO is a bit more earthy

onepus nord vs little x3

OnePlus Nord vs POCO X3. Which way will the scale fall?

The OnePlus Nord is the maximum exponent of the Nord range and, due to characteristics, it could be a range in itself (as we saw in this comparison, it comes to compete with its older brothers). Specifications such as those of your screen make your terminal a reference in the mid-range.

Without further distractions, the Nord features a Fluid AMOLED panel 6.44 inches, Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 px) and 20: 9 aspect ratio. This large screen is accompanied by a 90 Hz refresh rate and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 5. It has a pixel density of 408 ppi and double hole in the upper left for give shelter to a double front camera.

In the case of the POCO X3, we see how Xiaomi has not spared in this regard despite its lower price. We are talking about this terminal having a 6.67-inch LCD screen with Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 px) and 20: 9 aspect ratio. To all this we must add a 120 Hz refresh rate (yes yes 120HZ) and the same scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 5 as its rival. The pixel density is lower, 395 ppi, and it has a hole in the center for the front lens.

In terms of screen, things are on fire.

Moving on to design, in computation the OnePlus Nord you see a sober phone, with some dimensions of 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm and a weight of 184 grams. This smartphone is available in gray and blue, the latter standing out for its elegance and differentiating touch. The Chinese firm has chosen plastic for the side and glass in the back, something to be thankful for because, as we have said, to the touch it feels Premium.

To cover the huge screen on which it boasts, the LITTLE X3 needs to be and is bigger, concretely 165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm. Consequently, it is also heavier, 215 grams. It can also be obtained in gray and blue, although the latter is not of such a distinctive hue. The cuts had to come from somewhere and they do so in the materials, because POCO / Xiaomi has only used plastic.

Cameras: pleasant surprises in both terminals

POCO X3 cameras

This is the curious rear of the POCO X3.

If something has been attributed to OnePlus since the beginning of its time, it is the cameras. It has never been his strong point, but it seems that little by little he is perfecting this section. With the OnePlus Nord, you have undoubtedly taken a step forward. This smartphone mounts a quad rear camera with a 48 MP main sensor that responds really well, as we told you in his analysis.

Next to the main lens, there is a 8 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro camera and 8 MP depth sensor. Also, the OnePlus Nord has other outstanding options such as 4K and slow motion recording at 240 fps, Optical and digital stabilization or Dual LED flash. The camera block is located on the left side in a vertical format.

Going to the front, there we find a double front camera with 32 MP primary lens and another 8 MP wide-angle lens.

As for the POCO X3, the surprise is very pleasant. Its good work in terms of screen is also noticeable in the cameras, with a curious and large module of four cameras with circular rectangle shape. In it reside a 64 MP lens, 13 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro lens and 2 MP depth lens. As we already detailed in its analysis, outdoors and with natural light it will bring out its full potential, while indoors something else suffers. In the front is a 20 MP camera

As most outstanding features it incorporates 4K slow motion recording Although it does not have optical stabilization, although it does have digital stabilization. It also has an LED flash and other manual photography options.

Battery and performance: plenty for the whole day ... and fast charging in case you have to recharge batteries

OnePlus Nord

The OnePlus Nord becomes on its own merit, one of the best value for money terminals on the market

The battery is perhaps the aspect in which the POCO X3 can take more chest compared to the OnePlus Nord. While at the terminal OnePlus we find a load capacity of 4,115 mAh with 30 W fast charge, he LITTLE X3 can boast of a battery of 5,160 mAh with 33 W fast charge.

Despite the differences, none of them should have trouble reaching the end of the day on battery and even two days if its use is moderate. Also, at the moment the two include all the charging accessories in the box and keep their battery linked to the phone, without the possibility of extraction.

Processor and memory: the OnePlus Nord is an airplane and the POCO X3 a small plane, they fly at full power

In terms of processor and accompanying components, OnePlus wins the battle (the price difference is especially noticeable here). The OnePlus Nord equips a chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 8-core and 2.4 Hz. This is well supported by 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of ROM. In AnTuTu the mobile has scored 312,455 points.

The POCO X3, on the other hand, mounts the processor Snapdragon 732G Qualcomm together with 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 of ROM. The phone flows abundantly, especially in the gaming section, marking 301,581 points in AnTuTu. In addition, you can expand the storage capacity via microSD card. That same slot can be used for another SIM.

Connectivity: 5G makes the difference here

POCO X3 display

The POCO X3 is one of the best 200 euro terminals on the market, but it does not include 5G.

As the 5G It is a current trend and for the future, OnePlus Nord will be reinforced from this section, since includes the ability to connect to the fastest networks, something not possible with the POCO X3. In addition, the Nord also equips a newer version of Bluetooth, 5.1, while the POCO stays at 5.0.

Although not everything was going to be rosy for OnePlus. Your phone no headphone jack (in this price range it hurts), nor FM radio, features that the POCO X3 does enjoy. What the two do coincide is in the NFC section and in come standard with Android 10, although each one with its own personalization layer.

Other characteristics to consider

OnePlus has chosen to include the fingerprint sensor under the screen, while POCO chose the side as the meeting point between the finger and the sensor. None are waterproof and until further notice they come with charger in the box.

Both the OnePlus Nord and the POCO X3 have the capacity to two SIM cards at the same time and enjoy discreet audio. They are also two interesting options for gaming, both by processor and by screen size and quality.

OnePlus Nord vs POCO X3: which one do I buy?

OnePlus Nord in hand, rear

The OnePlus Nord has four cameras on its rear, 5G connectivity, great battery and a screen that falls in love.

As we have seen, both phones are a high-carat cover letter for the mid-range, although their price is uneven. While OnePlus has placed its terminal in official retail price around 400 euros, the POCO X3 starts at the brand price from 230. Of course, with offers, the OnePlus is easily found around 330 euros and the POCO X3 bordering the 200.

In the end, the price difference between the two is around 120 euros on average and there it all depends on your spending capacity. If you can afford that extra, for finishes, performance and features, the OnePlus Nord is an unbeatable option, fighting even bigger brothers like the 8T.

If you think you have enough with what you've read about POCO X3, save yourself the difference. It is an excellent mobile that puts quality-price comparisons in a new dimension. Frankly, nothing more can be offered for 200 euros.