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While Google's Pixel 5 hit stores in October 2020, OnePlus's Nord went on sale in August 2020.
With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the Nord and the Pixel 5. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.
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to check who their rivals are.
|Release Date||2020, August||2020, October||0y.|
|OS Updates||1 year||3 years||2y.|
|Security Updates||2 years||3 years||1y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
On the multicore portion of Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the Nord was, on average, 19% quicker while finishing its tests. On a day-to-day basis, it won't be that noticeable.
When it comes to performance, the Pixel 5 is way under the average by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. About 66% below.
We can classify the Nord as an upper mid-range and the Pixel 5 as mid-range.
PS: The Pixel 5 got a very low multi-core performance score compared to other smartphones with the same SoC, according to Gsmarena. Antutu 8 tests are "blaming" the GPU for that, placing it very close to the Pixel 4a, with the Snapdragon 730.
|SoC||Snapdragon 765||Snapdragon 765|
|Graphics||Adreno 620||Adreno 620|
|Geekbench 5 Score||1953
|OS||Android 10 and OxygenOS 10||Android 11|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
There isn't a winner here, so don't worry about it.
If you're into small displays, the Pixel 5 is the one. Most phones from its price range don't even come close.
If you're leaning towards the Nord, just know that 80% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 93% have an AMOLED screen. But only 23% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.
Considering the Pixel 5, I should say that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 96% have an AMOLED screen.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||411.22
|Peak Brightness||756 nits
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
By DXOMARK's standards, the Pixel 5 is also roughly 48% above its adversaries in its class. And that's enough to beat the Nord too.
About the Nord: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 117. And if you take into account its digital zoom abilities, the final score goes up to 126 points. If you want to know more about it, click here.
I hope this helps: all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.
About the Pixel 5: On DXOMARK's reviewing article, they gave this shooter 129 points. By considering its wide-angle lens, we end up with a score of 138 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.
Finally, just to let you know, just like the other device, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 92% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Still, only 19% of them feature a macro lens.
If you prefer, we can grade the Nord as a lower high-end while the Pixel 5 leans towards the high-end.
|Primary Camera||Nord||Pixel 5|
*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.
|Extra Camera(s)||Nord||Pixel 5||vs.|
|Selfie Camera||Nord||Pixel 5||vs.|
The Pixel 5 does stand out because of its weight and water resistance.Remember that the Pixel 5 is (about 12%) also smaller than other devices at this price level.
The Nord is 33 g. (1.16 oz) heavier than the other, weighing about 151 g. (5.33 oz). But because this is a bit relative, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Nord got 5.4, meaning it has an acceptable score for its display size. The Pixel 5, on the other hand, has 8.4, which suggests exceptional work from Google.
The Pixel 5 truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep. That should be for up to 30 minutes, and it's in standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.
|Size||158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
|144 x 70 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.47 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||184 g. (6.49 oz)
||151 g. (5.33 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front glass and aluminum back|
|Colors||Blue Marble and Gray Onyx||Just Black and Sorta Sage|
|Screen To Body Ratio||85.74%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||5.4||8.4||3.0|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
Both have about 4115 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, both should theoretically get the same battery life.
OK, the Pixel 5 isn't winning any battery contest, but Google just showed us how good they can be. Its "battery to device size" rate is 7.9.
If you fancy quick charges, you can count on the Nord. Its competitors frequently max out at about 24w.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||68% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||72% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||5.0||7.9||2.9|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
None of them has.
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
The Nord for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.1.
If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You can try an adapter if you want, but the wireless buds are the way to go here. Luckily, you can still get it on other phones if you don't mind searching for them. You can get that with either the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Oppo Find X3 Lite.
They both run on (LTE and) 5G networks.
Here are their recently updated prices:
Google Pixel 5
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||Nord||Pixel 5||VS|
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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They usually sit close to 6.3 (for the Nord) and 6.9 (for the Pixel 5).
Clearly, these are two fantastic premium mid-rangers. If you're considering them, you're already past the "Should I pay this much for such low performance?" But, hey, not that long ago, flagships did offer similar speeds, and Android is far more optimized, so, perhaps these phones do make some sense.
But what does the Nord has to offer that's better than the Pixel 5?
For starters, it has more cameras, but I'd prefer the picture quality of the Pixel 5. It also has a full glass body, but the other has an aluminum black, which isn't that bad. It also has faster charging speeds and Bluetooth 5.1, if that's your thing.
The Pixel 5 has better glass protection, is a bit lighter, and is water-resistant. It has faster wireless charging speeds and it also does reverse charging.
|#4||Battery Life||Fast Charging|
|#5||Fast Charging||Wireless Charging|
|#1||Wireless Charging||MicroSD Slot|
|#2||MicroSD Slot||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||Nord||Pixel 5|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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