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POCO F3 vs OnePlus Nord: Specs Comparison

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Midrange-priced smartphones have become really feature-packed that they’re almost competing with the more expensive flagship ones.

Xiaomi’s latest one, the POCO F3, boasts several top-tier specs for around Php20,000. Primarily, a flagship processor, a feature that you can only see on devices almost twice its price.

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Since it’s in a similar price range, it will be competing with the OnePlus Nord in the Philippines. It may not have a flagship processor that the former has, but it does come with a couple of things that the former have, especially in the camera department.

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So the question is, which between the two is right for you? We find out in our POCO F3 versus OnePlus Nord specs comparison.

POCO F3OnePlus Nord
Operating SystemAndroid 11
MIUI 12 for POCO
Android 10
OxygenOS 10
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
395ppi
120Hz refresh rate
360Hz touch sampling
HDR10+
MEMC
100% DCI-P3
6.44-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
~408ppi
90Hz refresh rate
sRGB
P3
HDR10+
20:9 aspect ratio
TÜV Rheinland certified
Processor3.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G octa-core2.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G octa-core
RAM6GB/8GB8GB/12GB
GPUAdreno 650Adreno 620
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 3.1
non-expandable
128GB/256GB
UFS 2.1
non-expandable
Front Camera20-megapixel32-megapixel (f/2.4)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide)
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (telemacro, f/2.4)
Night mode 2.0
One-Click AI Cinema
AI Scene Detection
Triple array microphone
LED flash
48-megapixel (f/1.7, OIS, EIS)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (macro)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF, CAF
LED flash
Nightscape
AI Scene Detection
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AudioNo headphone jack
Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers
No headphone jack
Single super linear loudspeaker
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS, NavIC
NFC
IR Blaster
USB Type-C
5G
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
USB Type-C
Dual-band GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS, A-GPS, NavIC
USB Type-C
Dimensions163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
Weight196g184g
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Frame: Aluminum
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Frame: Aluminum
ColorsDeep Ocean Blue
Night Black
Arctic White
Blue Marble
Gray Onyx
Battery4,520mAh
33W fast charging
4,115mAh
Warp Charge 30T
Price6GB/128GB: Php17,990
8GB/256GB: Php20,990
8GB/128GB:
Php21,990
12GB/256GB:
Php25,990

Design and Build Quality

POCO F3

Both the POCO F3 and OnePlus Nord are sandwiched with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and held together by an aluminum frame. So build quality-wise, they should be the same.

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OnePlus Nord

As per the design, we’ll let you decide. Personally, the POCO F3 has a more distinct look, especially the geometrical shapes of the Deep Ocean Blue color. It’s also a bit thinner, albeit heavier than the Nord.

Display and Audio

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The POCO F3 has a larger 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, with a faster 120Hz refresh rate and a more responsive 360Hz refresh rate — clearly beating what the OnePlus Nord has.

Xiaomi also nailed the audio department by having a stereo speaker setup while the competition settles for a single one.

Hardware and Performance

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We have a clear winner here. The Snapdragon 765G of the OnePlus Nord may also have 5G connectivity and a flagship-like performance, but it’s nothing against a real one.

The POCO F3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, which also has a 3.2GHz clock speed, the highest on any mobile chipset. It also has a more powerful Adreno 650 processor for gaming and faster UFS 3.1 storage.

Camera

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This is probably the only round where the OnePlus Nord wins. As you can see, despite having similar 48-megapixel main cameras, the Nord has a brighter f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS).

It also has a sharper 32-megapixel selfie camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide for taking group shots and vacation shots without the need for a selfie stick.

Battery

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Another win for the POCO F3. As you can see, it has a 4,520mAh battery, which should last a couple of hours longer than the 4,115mAh battery.

But since they share similar charging speeds, getting a full charge on the OnePlus Nord shall be faster.

Conclusion

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I guess we have a clear winner here. As you can see, the POCO F3 has a better screen, battery, charging, and of course, a flagship processor — all while having a cheaper price tag than the OnePlus Nord. Even the latter’s top-tier model is cheaper than the former’s base model.

With that, if you want to get your money’s worth, go with the POCO F3, a flagship smartphone with a midrange price. Both devices are now available in the Philippines.

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