For T-Mobile users looking for a budget smartphone, OnePlus and TCL have got them covered with the Nord 20 5G and TCL Stylus 5G, respectively, but which is worth buying? Of course, not everyone can afford a flagship, but getting the best value for money requires patience with the plethora of budget smartphones.
The OnePlus Nord N20 is OnePlus’s first mid-range smartphone for the U.S. in 2022. Although it has launched other Nord smartphones, including the Nord 2T and the Nord CE Lite, they are not sold in North America. On the other hand, TCL launched a few models for the U.S. earlier. For example, the TCL 30V 5G is a Verizon exclusive, while the TCL 30 XE 5G is sold by T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile.
The OnePlus Nord N20 5G and TCL Stylus 5G are undeniably different in their looks. Where OnePlus has gone with a hole punch at the corner of the screen, TCL’s phone has its hole punch in the center. They also have very distinct designs on the back. Although the two phones have a flat edge, the OnePlus Nord N20 5G’s own appears more pronounced. Both phones are available in a single color option — Blue Smoke for the Nord N20 5G and Lunar Black for the TCL Stylus 5G. The Nord N20 has a 6.43-inch 60Hz Full HD+ AMOLED display. In contrast, the TCL Stylus 5G packs an enormous 6.81-inch Full HD+ LCD panel. It also misses a high refresh rate, but it can upscale SD content to HDR. A Snapdragon 695 processor powers the Nord N20 5G, and it is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. On the other hand, TCL’s smartphone has a MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip which is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 695. It also has 4GB of RAM but the same 128GB of storage. Regardless of which model a buyer chooses, a MicroSD card slot is present for adding more storage, although the maximum supported capacity is 512GB on the Nord N20, while it goes up to 2TB on the TCL Stylus 5G.
These are budget phones, so don’t expect stellar cameras. The TCL Stylus 5G has a 50MP primary rear camera, a 5MP ultrawide angle camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. It also has a 13MP front-facing camera. Contrastingly, the primary rear camera on the Nord N20 5G is a 64MP sensor, and it is missing an ultrawide angle camera, but it also has two 2MP sensors. One has a macro lens, while the other has a monochrome lens. Its front camera is a 16MP sensor. Both phones have support for Face Unlock and a fingerprint scanner under the screen of the OnePlus phone but on the side of the TCL. Users will also be pleased to find an audio jack on the two phones, but only the TCL Stylus 5G has stereo speakers.