OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020: Which is BEST?

In this article we’re going to be doing a detailed comparison between the Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020. Both of these devices are coming at around the $400 mark in US. But in India, there is a price difference of ₹12,501. Let’s see what they offer for that price point and what are the key differences.

Oneplus Nord Box Contents:

OnePlus Nord handset
Warp charge 30T
Charging cable
Transparent case
SIM ejector

iPhone SE 2020 Box Contents:

iPhone handset
EarPods with Lightning Connector
Lightning to USB Cable
5W Power Adapter
SIM ejector pin

Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020: Spec Comparison

SpecsOneplus NordiPhone SE 2
Display6.4inch, FHD, 90Hz4.7inch, HD, 60Hz
Display typeFluid amoledIPS LCD
OSAndroid 10, OxygenOSiOS 13
CPUSnapdragon 765GApple A13 Bionic
Rear cameras48+8+5+2 MP12 MP
Front cameras32+8 MP7 MP
Battery4115 mAh1821 mAh
Fast charging30W, 70% in 30 min18W, 50% in 30 min

iPhone SE 2020 vs Oneplus Nord: Design and Build

Initially let’s look at the differences in size. The Oneplus Nord is clearly the larger device. It’s taller, wider, thicker and it also weighs more compared to the iPhone SE 2020. The iPhone SE is definitely the more compact device.

OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020: Design and Build

If you are after something that’s a little bit smaller and easier to use in one hand, then you may lead towards the iPhone SE 2020.

If we take a look at the build and design, the iPhone is actually the more premium overall. We’ve got a glass back on both of these but the iPhone does have a metal frame with a matte finish whereas the Oneplus Nord has a plastic frame with a glossy finish. The buttons are made up of metal but the frame itself is plastic.

The iPhone also has an official IP67 water and dust resistant rating, the Oneplus do say it is watertight and it should be fine for splashes and using in the rain, but it does not have an official IP rating.

The iPhone SE is also available in three colors, red, black as well as a white whereas the Oneplus Nord is available in two colors, gray and blue.

OnePlus Nord ports and speakers
OnePlus Nord has a pre-applied screen protector

An advantage that you have on the iPhone SE is that the earpiece here also doubles up as a speaker. So we’ve got one bottom firing and one on the upper bezel. On the Oneplus Nord there is just a single bottom firing speaker.

A couple of things I do have to mention about the Oneplus Nord is that it does firstly come with a case out of the box, it’s a very simple case but definitely nice to have and it also has a pre-applied plastic screen protector. These are things that you’re going to have to get separately with the iPhone SE.

Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020: Display

OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020: Display Comparison

When we turn the devices around, you’ll notice why the Oneplus Nord is larger and that’s because the display. It’s got a much larger display. The iPhone SE got a 4.7 inch LCD display which has around 326 ppi and we do also have these very thick top and bottom bezels.

This is a display that was on the iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and 8. So it is quite an old display that has been refreshed for 2020. Looking at it side by side to the Oneplus Nord, it looks very outdated. The Oneplus Nord in line with 2020 flagship devices is coming in at mid-range. We’ve got very small bezels with dual punch out for the front-facing cameras.

It’s an amoled display so we’ve got deeper blacks and higher contrast ratios, we’ve got a high resolution with a higher pixel density on the Oneplus Nord (around 408 ppi) which makes things sharper.

But i’d say one of the most important things is that the Oneplus Nord have a 90hz refresh rate which is very impressive at this price point and that means animations are much smoother when you’re scrolling, when you’re watching content the experience is just superior on the Oneplus Nord.

I think it’s safe to say that this is a clear win in this category for the Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020. Now believe it or not there are a few advantages that you do get because of these bezels on the iPhone SE compared to the Oneplus Nord.

iPhone SE 2020 display

Firstly there is a physical fingerprint scanner in the form of touch id on the bottom bezel. Because this is a physical fingerprint scanner, it does make it somewhat easier to unlock the iPhone SE. You can have it in your pocket and you can already have it unlocked as soon as it’s out of your pockets.

With the Oneplus Nord you’ve got an in-display fingerprint scanner which works really well, it’s very fast. The only thing is that it does take an extra step. So you do need to wake the device before you can use it. You can do that by tapping the power button or tapping the display twice to wake it.

Not a big deal but you do get a slight advantage with a physical fingerprint scanner on the iPhone SE.

Also See: OnePlus 8 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max

Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2: Camera comparison

Now let’s move over on to the cameras and this is where things are very interesting because we’ve got two total 2 cameras on the iPhone SE and on the Oneplus Nord, we have total of 6 cameras. So let’s break all of these down.

OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020: camera comparison
OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020: camera comparison

Rear cameras

The iPhone SE has a 12 MP rear facing camera, it’s a very good camera at this price point and along with apple’s processing and the ISP it does produce really good results and it really did go head-to-head with the iPhone 11.

The Oneplus Nord has 4 rear-facing cameras, the primary camera is a 48 MP sensor. Although you will be shooting at around 12 MP pretty much all of the time and that’s going to allow you to get the best out of this sensor which is the same sensor that you’ve got on the oneplus 8.

But in addition to that you also get an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and this gives you a different perspective which you’re just not going to be able to get on the iPhone SE.

As well as that you do get a 2 MP macro camera which is going to allow you to get super close to things. It is just 2 MP so it’s not something that i would personally use much.

Then you get a 5 MP dedicated depth sensor on Oneplus Nord. This camera comparison is going to be very exciting because the Oneplus Nord also has nightscape for low-light photography as well. Something that we don’t have on the iPhone SE.

The Oneplus Nord can film at up to 4k 30 FPS and iPhone SE can film at up to 4k 60 FPS. So you do get this additional frame rate here on the iPhone SE.

Front Camera

Now when we flip things around things get even more interesting and that is because the iPhone SE just has a single front-facing camera whereas the Oneplus Nord has 2 front-facing cameras.

iPhone SE 2020 has thick top and bottom bezels
iPhone SE 2020 has thick top and bottom bezels

The iphone se has a 7 MP front-facing camera this can film at up to 1080p, so you don’t have 4k from the front-facing camera of the iPhone SE.

The Oneplus Nord has this pill punch out cameras. The primary camera is 32 MP but then you also get an ultra-wide camera which is going to be very useful for group selfies and even situations where you want to get more of your background.

There’s also some software here at play which is gonna prevent distortion, so you don’t get too much distortion on the sides and what’s really interesting is that the Oneplus Nord can film at up to 4k from the primary front-facing camera and not only that it can also film at up to 4k 60 FPS from that front-facing camera.

What’s even more interesting is the fact that the Oneplus 8 Pro does not have 4k from the front-facing camera. You can see that the Oneplus Nord does have a lot more versatility for the cameras compared to the iPhone SE.

Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020: Performance

The iPhone SE is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, this is the same chipset that we’ve got on the iPhone 11 as well as the iPhone 11 Pro. The Oneplus Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. This isn’t the 8 series the flagship series but it’s still a very capable chipset and it does come with a base of 8 GB of RAM compared to 3 GB of ram on the iPhone SE.

OnePlus Nord is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
OnePlus Nord is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

Now in terms of actual performance, when it comes to intense gaming and things like that, obviously a lot of factors are going to come into play but generally speaking the A13 is gonna be more superior.

Although the 765G is a very capable chipset it is not at that flagship level. So this is an advantage that we get on the iPhone SE. But the Oneplus Nord does have support for 5G. This is something that we don’t have on any apple device as yet.

So if you are in a 5G enabled area then this is gonna be something very useful. Again at this competitive price point, 5G is very very impressive.

iPhone SE 2020 vs Oneplus Nord: Software

A lot of the performance is also gonna come down to the software. We do have two completely different operating systems on both of the devices. I think this is going to be a deciding factor for a lot of people.

The iPhone SE, of course is running iOS 14. It’s the latest version of iOS. The Oneplus Nord is running Android with Oxygen OS on top. Oxygen OS is one of my favorite skins on android. It’s very clean, it’s very smooth and Oneplus is also really good with updates. They have also promised 2 years of updates on the oneplus nord and 3 years of security updates.

Apple is very much known for how long they support their devices for many many years. So the iPhone SE looks like it will be getting software updates and supports longer than the Oneplus Nord and obviously if you are tied into that apple ecosystem, if you use things like imessage, airdrop, then these things are gonna work very well here on the iPhone SE along with all of your other apple devices.

iPhone SE 2020 vs Oneplus Nord: Battery and Charging

The Oneplus Nord has a much larger battery compared to the iPhone SE, it’s actually more than twice as large. The battery life is obviously going to vary and depend on your personal usage and we do have different operating systems here.

The iPhone SE is pushing out less pixels, it’s a smaller display and the Oneplus Nord also has that higher refresh rate. The iPhone SE in my experience has been okay but it’s not brilliant in terms of battery life.

The Oneplus Nord, again i am gonna have to wait for those software updates to give you something a little bit more conclusive but much much bigger battery here on the Oneplus Nord.

Both Oneplus Nord and iPhone SE do support fast charging as well. However the iPhone SE does not come with a fast charger out of the box, you do have to buy that separately. It comes with a 5W charger out of the box.

The Oneplus Nord comes with a 30W charger out of the box as it supports Warp Charge 30T. So you are getting that fast charger straight away included in that which is really really good.

However the iPhone SE does support wireless charging, this is something that the Oneplus Node does not support. While it’s charging; it’s more about convenience than speed.

You can just drop your smartphone on a wireless charger whenever you need it to top up.

Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2: Price

The iPhone SE does starts at around ₹42,500, that is for the 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage version. If you do want the 3 GB RAM and 128 GB version, you are going to be paying around ₹48,999.

OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020
iPhone SE (2020) charging wirelessly

The Oneplus Nord is coming at a very very competitive price of ₹24,999. That is for the 64 GB version. If you do want the 8+128GB version, you will be looking at around ₹27,999. The top up variant of Oneplus Nord will costs you ₹29,999 which comes with 12GB RAM and 256 GB of storage.

That’s a very very competitive pricing strategy here from Oneplus. I’m genuinely impressed at how much oneplus has been able to pack in to the Nord for this price.

If you are a Oneplus fan, especially from day one, then this does bring oneplus kind of back to its roots of providing really impressive smartphones at very very competitive price points.

Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2: Verdict

The Oneplus Nord obviously the more feature-packed device with all of those cameras, that superior display.

The iPhone SE is still a very good device in my opinion for this price point. Especially, if you’re within the apple ecosystem you are getting the flagship A13 Bionic chip in here which means this is going to last you a good amount of time.

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord

You do get certain features on the iPhone SE which you do not get on the Oneplus Nord such as the more premium build, the stereo speakers as well as wireless charging.


  • Oneplus Nord vs iPhone 2020: Which one is better?

    Oneplus Nord with gorgeous display and less price is definitely better than the iPhone SE 2020.

  • Which one has better camera performance?

    Oneplus Nord has better camera performance as it comes with total 6 cameras which makes it a versatile camera smartphone.

  • Which device is more Premium?

    Apple iPhone SE 2020 seems to be more premium as it comes with a glass back.

What do you think of the Oneplus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020? which one would you pick? Let me know in the comments.

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