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The Pixel 5 might have a lower-end chipset, but we're not worried, and here's why

There's now ample evidence that Google will use a Snapdragon 765G chip in the anticipated Pixel 5, something that's raised more than a few eyebrows into the phone's launch. All of Google's previous Pixel phones have used Qualcomm's high-end 800 series Snapdragon chips, and some are fearful that a switch to a less premium processor could mean taking a real performance hit. But we've been using several Snapdragon 765G-powered phones for the last few weeks — namely, the OnePlus Nord, Moto Edge, and Vivo X50 Pro — and, frankly, we're not worried.

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OnePlus is preloading its phones with Facebook bloatware

Bloatware on Android phones has been around for so long — especially on Samsung and Huawei phones — that it's hardly even news anymore. Even so, it was a huge surprise when we found out that OnePlus has involved itself in this dubious practice. The OxygenOS bloatware in question comes from probably the shadiest company of them all — Facebook. Starting with the OnePlus 8 series and continuing with the Nord, users have had to put up with a bunch of Facebook-owned apps and a few background services on their brand-new handsets, some of which cannot be uninstalled.

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OnePlus Nord is now available to buy — here's where you can get it

The OnesPlus Nord has been one of the most hyped phones in the year, but reviews — including our own — have suggested that it's worth our attention. While pre-orders sold out in almost no time at all, the phone went on general sale today across Europe and Asia. Here's where you can get it from, assuming there's still any stock left.

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Here are a bunch of photos from the OnePlus Nord's cameras (Gallery)

Camera quality has been a major weakness for OnePlus over the years, but it’s really stepped up its game in the last year or two. The OnePlus 7 Pro marked a significant improvement over what had come before, and the 7T Pro and 8 Pro have built on that foundation. The flagship OnePlus camera experience is, therefore, roughly on par with the best Samsung can muster but not at Google or Apple levels quite yet. But what about the new mid-range offering from OnePlus?

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Five changes we would make to the OnePlus Nord

After months of rumors, speculation, and a slow drip of information from OnePlus, the Nord budget phone was finally released earlier this month. It's an impressive package for £379/€399, complete with a 5G-capable Snapdragon processor, a 90Hz screen, and 30W fast charging. However, it's not a perfect device — no phone is, after all.

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OnePlus Nord vs OnePlus 8 — Which represents the best value?

Smartphones have become more expensive across the board in recent years, and OnePlus hasn’t been immune to this upward trend. The company has also gradually added many of the features fans and critics have been calling for, such as IP ratings and wireless charging. So while the OnePlus 8 Pro is more expensive than anything that came before it, it also represents the best phone OnePlus has ever produced. The cheaper OnePlus 8 is a bit harder to judge since it misses out on a few key features, and the introduction of the Nord puts in an even more awkward position.

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OnePlus Nord review: Back to flagship killing

OnePlus got started with affordable so-called “flagship killers” like the OnePlus One and OnePlus 3. But over the years, its phones have become more expensive (as have most phones, to be fair). Its focus on getting more features and advanced hardware has increased too, though, culminating in the recent OnePlus 8 Pro — every bit a true "flagship," and with a price tag to match. Fans of the brand have thus yearned for a return to the alluring value proposition of old, and the company has finally obliged in the form of the OnePlus Nord.

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You shouldn't import a OnePlus Nord in the US, and here's why

There are signs that the US will eventually get a OnePlus Nord model of some kind, but with reviews absolutely lavishing praise on the Nord (including our own) currently on sale in India and Europe, you might be tempted to just go ahead and buy one from a 3rd party retailer and import it. We strongly advise against that, for several reasons — and while the typical band compatibility issues are the primary factor, there's a whole other can of worms to get into that you've probably not considered related to the impending shutdown of 3G networks in the US, that could stop a Nord from working entirely on some carriers.

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Energy Ring battery indicator picks up support for OnePlus Nord

The Energy Ring battery indicator is pretty popular among folks with so-called "punch-hole" camera cutout-equipped phones, as is its sister app Energy Notch. Now Energy Ring has picked up support for the OnePlus Nord.

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OnePlus Nord cracks under the pressure of a JerryRigEverything durability test

Our favorite smartphone durability tester, JerryRigEverything on YouTube, is back with another trial by fire of the OnePlus Nord — a phone headed for Eurasia for just €400 starting August 4. The build M.O. looks to be typical for the target price, but how far will it go against the knives, lighter, and hands of one Zack Nelson?

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