Does it make sense to communicate the screen refresh rate for an entry-level smartphone? This is the question that one could ask with regard to the choices made by OnePlus on the Nord N100.
For its OnePlus Nord 100, officially presented at the end of last month, it seems that OnePlus has simply put its mark on a generic model similar to the Oppo A53. We find in fact the same characteristics. But OnePlus does not fully assume.
OnePlus Nord N100, a low risk bet
The OnePlus Nord N100 is not really the result of research and development work by OnePlus. It came from an external design center, also adopted by Oppo. From the outset, the costs to offer an entry-level smartphone are reduced.
And this strategy has not gone unnoticed. Both terminals have a 6.52-inch HD panel for a resolution of 270 dpi. They are both powered by a Snapdragon 460 chip with an Adreno 610 for the GPU part and 4 GB of RAM. For both, we find 64 GB of storage as well as a fast recharge at 18 W.
The Oppo A53 and the OnePlus Nord N100 both come with Android 10, and the only notable difference therefore concerns the software layer: ColorOS in the first and OxygenOS in the second. And as we know, OnePlus does not intend to invest in software development: the OnePlus Nord N100 will only have one major update: OxygenOS 11 under Android 11, a recipe already mastered with the OnePlus 8T which is waiting therefore than to be deployed.
In short, everything is therefore designed to introduce a smartphone at no cost. But OnePlus does not seem to really take this choice.
90 Hz: an unsuccessful choice?
The two smartphones display a panel with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. At Oppo, we immediately put forward the fluidity of the screen to make it a criterion of choice on an entry-level price. At OnePlus, on the other hand, we are a little more suspicious.
Android Authority reports that OnePlus promised screens Fluid Display across all of its future devices – in other words, a display with a refresh rate of 90Hz or better. However, and despite the technical sheet available on the site, a spokesperson for OnePlus initially communicated on a 60 Hz screen for the OnePlus North.
The refresh rate is actually not highlighted on the OnePlus site. The company confirms the presence of a slab Fluid Display and states that “the N100 has a 90Hz screen. Actual refresh rate depends on settings, applications used and processor limitations ”.
And with this Snapdragon 460, the limits seem quickly reached. It is therefore a safe bet that activating 90 Hz is not operational in all scenarios.
Ironically, if the lower costs sought for the N100 allows OnePlus to offer an advanced screen, compared to the rest of the configuration, the company therefore prefers – and probably rightly – to ignore its promotion.