OnePlus started its journey as a smartphone maker with a flagship killer strategy focusing on a very limited number of devices every year. Now in 2020, that vision seems to have changed drastically. The company just announced an ultra-affordable Nord N100 handset in Europe that isn’t coming to India.
If you fear missing out on the brand’s latest budget offering, The Electronics can help with some alternatives that can fill the gap.
It’s no secret that OnePlus offerings are closely tied to similar Oppo counterparts, in terms of features and even design. The Oppo A53, for example, strikingly resembles the OnePlus Nord N100. It has the same Snapdragon 460 SoC, the same 5,000mAh battery size, the same 13MP rear camera, and a pretty similar design too. It even has a 90Hz display as a cherry on top of the cake. So, if you fear missing out on Nord N100, Oppo A53 is the closest alternative. Another very similar option from Oppo’s shelf is the Oppo A32.
Moving on, there’s the Vivo Y20. Now, this handset differs slightly in terms of design. It doesn’t have the hole-punch design and that’s why it’s second on this list here. Other than that, its innards are pretty much the same as the Nord N100.
The Vivo Y20 engine is the Snapdragon 460 chip. The internals also includes a 4+64GB memory combination and a 5000mAh battery with 18W quick charging. The camera combo is also very identical. There’s a stack of 13MP + 2MP + 2MP sensors at the back and an 8MP sensor on the front.
Last but not the least, there’s the Realme C17 which isn’t officially available in India yet. However, there’s strong reason to believe it will be soon. When that happens, there will be another handset that offers the hardware calibre like the Nord N100.
It’s worth noting here too that none of these can quite replace the software experience that comes with Oxygen OS although Oppo’s Color OS and Realme UI have grown to encompass many great features and optimisations in the past two years. However, if you just can’t choose any of these, your next closest bet is the OnePlus Nord that starts at Rs 24,999.