If you are finding it difficult to choose between the best mid range phones of 2020, here is a comparison between OnePlus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020 which intent to help you finally make that decision.
Both the OnePlus Nord [5G] (the Nord) and the iPhone SE  (the SE) are two impressive smart devices. They sells for about the same price.
While the Nord is more desirable in some aspects, the SE also has some aspects where it’s the more desirable phone. To give a rough idea of how the two devices compare, I’ll ask you to consider the Nord if you’re interested in the best value for money product.
But if you’ll prefer using an Apple product, choosing the SE won’t be a bad idea, although there’s another thing I must state, “the SE comes with a much smaller display”.
The display of the SE is 4.70 inches in size, compared to the display of the Nord which measures as much as 6.44 inches.
In short, if you can’t live with a phone having a small display, then this is another reason why you may want to consider the Nord over the SE.
Just so you know, OnePlus just of recent, announced the 8T which is expensive than the Nord but cheaper than the 8 Pro; their 2020 flagship.
Although, the paragraphs above provide a summary of how the Nord and the SE compare, I still feel it’s worthwhile reading a more detail comparison of the two phones. So consider reading this content till the end.
OnePlus Nord Vs iPhone SE 2020
|OnePlus Nord [5G]||iPhone SE 2020|
|Computing hardware||Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G [Octa-core processor; 1.80 – 2.40 GHz; 7 nm process]|
1 x 2.40 GHz Kryo 475 Prime cores & 1 x 2.20 GHz Kryo 475 Gold cores & 6 x 1.80 GHz Kryo 475 Silver cores
Adreno 620 GPU
6 / 8 / 12 GB RAM
|Apple A13 Bionic [Octa-core processor; 1.80 – 2.65 GHz; 7 nm process]|
2 x 2.65 GHz Lightning cores & 6 x 1.80 GHz Thunder cores
3 GB RAM
|Display||Fluid AMOLED capacitive touchscreen [Over 16M colours support]|
6.44 inches [Approximately 86.7-percent screen-to-body ratio]
1,080 x 2,400 pixels [~ 408 ppi density]; 20:9 aspect ratio
|Retina In-place switching [IPS] capacitive touchscreen [Over 16M colours support]|
4.70 inches [Approximately 65.4-percent screen-to-body ratio]
750 x 1,334 pixels [~ 326 ppi density]; 16:9 aspect ratio
|Operating system||Android 10 OS||iOS 13 OS|
|Storage||64 / 128 / 256 GB internal storage space [UFS 2.1]|
Storage expansion support
|64 / 128 / 256 GB internal storage space [NVMe]|
No storage expansion support
|Camera||48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP rear cameras|
4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, gyro-EIS
HDR and panorama
32 MP + 8 MP front camera
HDR and panorama
|12 MP sensor rear cameras|
4K@24/30/60fps,1080p@30/60/120/240fps30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS
HDR and panorama
7 MP front camera
HDR and panorama
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4,115 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 1,821 mAh battery|
|Network support||2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G support||2G, 3G, and 4G support|
Price Comparison of the Nord with the iPhone SE
Owning the Nord will cost you N189,000 and owning the SE will cost you N185,000.
As stated earlier, the OnePlus Nord [5G] and the iPhone SE  sell for about the same price.
And in terms of which is the best value for money, the Nord is hands-down what we’ll be looking at.
In other words, if getting the best value for money is your single biggest priority, then you don’t have to think twice before choosing the Nord.
However, while the mentioned prices of the phones are the prices at which they should sell in standard phones stores, don’t be surprised if you find stores selling these products at prices significantly different from the mentioned prices.
But regardless of what most stores sell them for, the Nord should always be the best value for money.
When it comes to the aspect of computing power, the iPhone SE is hands-down the better phone.
The SE is not just better than the Nord, their difference in this aspect is quite significant. First and foremost, the chipset which powers the Nord (the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G) is quite inferior to the chipset featured by the SE (the Apple A13 Bionic).
Giving details, the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G which powers the Nord is made up of processor cores based on the ARM’s v8.2-A microarchitecture.
Six of these cores are performance cores pegged at 1.80 GHz, while the two other cores are performance cores which can run as fast and 2.20 GHz and 2.40 GHz respectively; and you’ll be right to infer that the Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G’s processor is based on the DynamIQ technology.
As for the Apple A13 Bionic, the cores packed by it processor, are all based on the ARM’s v8.4-A microarchitecture, compared to the cores of the SDM765 which are based on the v8.2-A microarchitecture.
And while six of the A13’s processor’s cores are also pegged at 1.80 GHz, the performance cores of the A13’s processor can go as fast as 2.65 GHz.
In short, when it comes to microarchitecture and generic processing performance, the SE’s A13’s processor is the winner; there are other things that make the A13’s processor better, but we won’t be going into that, to avoid headaches for non-tech-savvy readers.
The processor of the SE is further not only better in terms of generic computing power; when it comes to the aspect of graphics processing, the SE is also the better phone.
The device’s graphics is powered by an Apple graphics processor which easily out-competes the Nord’s GPU is almost all graphics processing tests we subjected them to.
However, when it comes to the aspect of RAM, the Nord is clearly the better phone. Builds of the Nord may come with 6, 8, or 12 GB of RAM.
And with builds of the SE coming with just 3 GB of RAM, the SE is still not a match for the Nord, even though it’s true iPhones make much better use of their main memories.
So by now, I understand there will be some of you who will think, “If the SE comes with a better processor, why did he call the Nord the better phone?”.
Well, truly the SE comes with the better processor, but one thing you should also know is that, in terms of this present mobile computing age, the Nord is power enough; in other words, the SE’s processor may be considered an overkill.
This further means if you won’t be using your next phone for the next 3 years, the excessive power of the SE won’t be of much benefit to you.
However, if you’re the kind who’ll be using their next phone for about 5 or 6 years, then for someone like you, choosing the SE over the Nord will make more sense.
In the aspect of display, the Nord is the better phones. The Nord comes with a fluid AMOLED display which measures 6.44 inches and has a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels.
As for the SE, the device comes with a retina IPS display which measures 4.70 inches and has a resolution of 750 x 1,334 pixels.
Let’s assume the two phones feature displays of the same size and resolution, we could have considered them to be on almost the same level; but with the SE’s display measuring just 4.70 inches, this is just not cool; also Apple could have done a better job with the display resolution, by equipping it with a resolution that can deliver a pixel density as good as the 408 PPI of the Nord.
However, the display of the SE can’t be totally considered a poor phone in this aspect, as there are people who appreciate small displays.
In short, if having a pretty large and pretty sharp display matters a lot to you, the Nord is the device for you.
When it comes to the aspect of storage capacity, the Nord and the SE are on the same level. The Nord has builds coming with 64 GB of storage, 128 GB of storage, and 256 GB of storage.
The SE also has builds coming with 64 GB of storage, 128 GB of storage, and 256 GB of storage.
However, when it comes to the aspect of storage type, the SE is the better phone, as it comes with an NVMe storage device, compared to the Nord which comes with a UFS 2.1 storage device.
Let’s assume the Nord’s storage device is a UFS 3.1 device, the Nord will have also been able to compete in this aspect.
You also ought to be aware of the fact that the SE unfortunately doesn’t come with support for storage space expansion.
So if you’re one of those who can’t afford using a device without storage expansion support, you may want to avoid the SE.
When it comes to the aspect of cameras, it’s difficult to say this phone is better than the other.
Rather, what we can say is that the OnePlus Nord [5G] is better in the aspect of front camera, while the iPhone SE  is better in the aspect of rear cameras.
Giving details, the front of the Nord features two front cameras, a 48 MP lens and an 8 MP lens.
These two cameras, alongside an impressive image processing software, help the Nord take epic selfies.
And believe me when I say hardly will anyone not be impressed. However, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t to mean the 7 MP front lens of the SE is crappy.
Rather, the SE front camera also takes cool picture, although the pictures aren’t as cool as those of the Nord.
As for the rear side, even though the iPhone SE comes with just one 12 MP lens, the lens does a better job than the combined effort of the Nord’s four rear cameras (i.e. the 48 MP rear lens, the 8 MP rear lens, the 5 MP rear lens, and the 2 MP rear lens).
This may sound unbelievable, but that’s the reality. And for those who think the higher the resolution of a lens, the better the picture it’ll take, this isn’t always true.
There are many small resolution cameras which take pictures way more impressive than lenses with higher resolutions.
When it comes to network support, the OnePlus Nord is clearly the better device. The phone not only has 2G, 3G, and 4G networks support, the product also has 5G networks support.
In other words, if you’re in an environment where a 5G network is available, then it’ll be possible for you to enjoy 5G connectivity on the phone.
However, while the SE lacks 5G support, it has excellent 2G, 3G, and 4G networks support.
The phone was tested with the networks of all major mobile networks operators in the country, and it worked excellently with all of them.
Note that by major mobile networks operators, I’m referring to MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile.
In short, if you plan using your phone for over 2 to 3 years, it’ll be better to choose the Nord, for its 5G support.
The iPhone SE  and the OnePlus Nord are both very good products. They score well in terms of design, quality, computing power, and every important aspect of smartphones.
However, if you’ll prefer my suggestion as regards which of them to choose, I’ll suggest that you consider the OnePlus Nord.
I think I should also state that even though the Nord comes with the Android 10 OS, the device is upgradable to the Android 11 OS; the same thing goes for the SE, while the SE comes with the iOS 13 OS, the device is upgradable to the iOS 14 OS.
You can always go for the more impressive iPhone 12 Pro which is also more expensive if you can afford it.
Do you find this write up helpful in deciding between OnePlus Nord vs iPhone SE 2020? Let me know which of them you choose and why you did so, over the other.