OnePlus Nord 5G vs Galaxy A71 5G vs iPhone SE: specs comparison - PhoneArena

OnePlus Nord 5G vs Galaxy A71 5G vs iPhone SE: specs comparison

OnePlus Nord 5G vs Galaxy A71 5G vs iPhone SE: specs comparison
Now that the OnePlus Nord is finally official, it's time to see how it stacks against some other comparable phones. 

We chose the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G since in the States it's using the same chip, and the iPhone SE because, well, it's the closest phone Apple has to offer right now price-wise.

Obviously, with an iOS device in the mix, the comparison becomes less apples to apples and more apples to oranges, but still, it's worth noting what you're getting for your money. 

In Europe, where the OnePlus Nord is destined for, the phone starts at 399 Euro (about $460), while Apple sells the iPhone SE for 467 Euro (about $540). 

That being said, let's delve into the specs sheets of the three phones and see what's what.

4.7 inches
6.7 inches
6.4 inches
Super AMOLED Plus
Refresh rate
65.34 %
88.38 %
86.20 %
Peak brightness
625 cd/m2 (nit)
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
System chip
Apple A13 Bionic APL1W85 (7 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 SM7250-AA (7 nm)
Snapdragon 765G SM7250-AB (7 nm)
Hexa-core, 2650 MHz, Lightning and Thunder, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1x 2.3GHz Kryo 475 + 1x 2.2GHz Kryo 475 + 6x 1.8GHz Kryo 475, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2400 MHz, Kryo 475, 64-bit
Apple-designed 4 core
Adreno 620
Adreno 620
Internal storage
64GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
iOS (15.x, 14.x, 13.x)
Android (12, 11, 10), Samsung One UI
Android (10)
1821 mAh
4500 mAh
4115 mAh
USB Power Delivery
Fast charging
OnePlus Warp Charge
Talk time (4G)
36 hours
Internet use
LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 16 hours
Music playback
40.00 hours
113.00 hours
Video playback
13.00 hours
24.00 hours
Single camera
Quad camera
Quad camera
Main camera
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
64 MP (PDAF)
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.7"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Second camera
12 MP (Ultra-wide)
8 MP (Ultra-wide)
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 12 mm
Aperture size: F2.2
Third camera
5 MP (Macro)
2 MP (Macro)
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/5"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.4
Fourth camera
5 MP (Depth information)
5 MP (Depth information)
Aperture size: F2.2
Aperture size: F2.4
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps)
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus
Hyperlapse, EIS
Time-lapse video, EIS
7 MP
32 MP
32 MP
Video capture
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)

Where the OnePlus Nord wins


While we haven't had the chance to take the display of the OnePlus Nord through our benchmarks, we're giving it the win because of the two OLED displays on the list, it has the one with the 90Hz refresh rate. We also like that it's a bit smaller than the Galaxy A71 which is pushing the boundaries of comfort hold.


8 is more than 6 and definitely more than 3, what else is there to say? Yes, iPhones need less RAM, sure, the difference doesn't reflect performance. But still, it never hurts to have more memory.

Fast charging

OnePlus goes its own way when it comes to fast charging, relying on high amperage rather than high volts. The Nord supports 30W charging, 5W more than that of the Galaxy A71, so we're giving it the edge in this category.

Selfie cameras

A whole other selfie camera! Unless the pictures from it are completely unacceptable, which is unlikely, having two cameras to choose from for your selfies makes the OnePlus Nord the clear winner.

Where the Samsung Galaxy A71 wins

Main cameras

The clear winner in this category will be revealed once samples from all phones have been compared, but hardware-wise, the Galaxy A71 gets the top spot. It has bigger main sensor, bigger ultra-wide sensor and bigger macro sensor. Sure, these days it's not all about the pixels, but that's still what most people unfamiliar with smartphone cameras use to make a judgement.

Battery life

Another category that needs testing before the final verdict. However, with its bigger battery and lack of 90Hz refresh-rate, the Galaxy A71 will likely last more on a single charge than the OnePlus Nord. And the iPhone SE? Well... let's just say it's not even close, even though it has a much smaller display.

Where the iPhone SE wins


Time for the iPhone SE to kick some butt. Apple's A13 Bionic SoC easily beats Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G. How much of that performance you can make use of with the SE is another matter, but you do have it and it will make the phone run smoothly for years to come.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging is an undeniably useful feature that's often reserved for high-end phones but Apple has sneaked it into its budget phone. Well done. Not much else to say, the other phones just don't have it.


That's not necessarily a plus for everyone, but it matters to many. The iPhone SE is small, easy to hold and reach all parts of the display and slips into pockets almost unnoticeably. 


This section encompasses many things. From the intangible like the iPhone factor to some quite important advantages. Things like software support that's twice or more longer than that of Android phones or the access to exclusive parts of the Apple ecosystem like the Apple Watch, for example. For some people, even if this was the only iPhone SE win, they'd still pick it over the OnePlus Nord and the Galaxy A71.

What about 5G?

That's a win the OnePlus Nord and the Galaxy A71 share. Unlike the iPhone SE, both other phones support 5G connectivity, which, as we're often told, is the future of wireless communication. And while it might not be as widespread right now, it's ramping up fast and soon it will be pretty much everywhere you go. And no matter how many software updates the iPhone SE gets, it can never get 5G. 


While we don't have the hard data to prove it, the wins of the Galaxy A71 over the OnePlus Nord can be considered marginal. And although the OnePlus isn't exactly stomping it in the ground either. A decider between the two could be the software. While OnePlus's OxygenOS isn't as feature-packed as Samsung's One UI, it's much lighter and will make the OnePlus Nord feel snappier than the A71, especially after a year or so of use. In our eyes, the OnePlus Nord is the clear winner if you have access to both.

And what about if you're stuck choosing between the OnePlus Nord and the iPhone SE? Well, if you don't have any other Apple devices, it's a pretty easy choice: the OnePlus. But if you're in the Apple ecosystem with both feet, well, we doubt the Nord will be enough to pull you away. Still, worth considering.

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