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Nord N100: Is the cheapest smartphone from OnePlus cheap enough?

The OnePlus Nord N100 is a well-equipped smartphone for under 200 Euros (~$241). But there's strong competition...
The OnePlus Nord N100 is a well-equipped smartphone for under 200 Euros (~$241). But there's strong competition...
90 Hz display, large battery, fast charging, stereo speakers: The OnePlus Nord N100 has a lot to offer. Nevertheless, OnePlus fans might be disappointed by the 200-Euro (~$241) smartphone...
Florian Schmitt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 ...

If you spend less than 200 Euros (~$241) for your smartphone these days, you get quite a bit: Models with good color accuracy, a lot of storage, and a large battery are available at that price. You still have to live with a few limitations, but users whose demands aren't too high can get good smartphones for little money.

OnePlus has now stepped in with the Nord N100 to push the limits of what's feasible for 200 (~$241) Euros once again: The manufacturer offers stereo speakers, a 90 Hz display, and a decent camera in this smartphone. In addition, there's good positioning, fast storage, and long battery life.

All in all, this results in a good overall package, but the question of whether the OnePlus N100 is really a bargain arises primarily because it has a strong competition: The Xiaomi POCO X3, the Motorola Moto G9 Play or the realme 7 also offer a lot of features for a low price and are even better in some areas.

OnePlus also makes things easier for its rivals by choosing a rather slow SoC for the Nord N100: The Snapdragon 460 lags behind the processors of other smartphones in this price range. It's sufficient for everyday use, but those who really want the best performance for their money are better off with Xiaomi or Motorola.

Fans of the OnePlus brand will also have to accept a few downsides: For example, there will only be one major software update, and 5G is not on board, despite OnePlus having promised to only build smartphones with 5G some time ago. Buyers also have to do without NFC; this is annoying in view of the increasing spread of mobile payment services.

Therefore, the Nord N100 is not the best bargain at the manufacturer's price, but you can already get it for just over 160 Euros (~$193) on the Internet, which makes things look better again for OnePlus's most affordable smartphone at the moment: You can still save a few Euros compared to the competition here and still get a nicely equipped smartphone.

A detailed analysis of the OnePlus Nord N100 and our exact assessment can be found in our extensive review of the smartphone.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-02- 1 (Update: 2021-02- 1)