One of the best budget phones of the year is finally available unlocked in the US. The OnePlus Nord N20 5G launched in April exclusively for T-Mobile and that was the only way to get your hands on one so far. The N20 5G is on sale now from Amazon, Best Buy or direct from OnePlus for $299 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Please note that the unlocked N20 will not work on Verizon – not on 5G or 4G. AT&T customers can only connect to 4G, which isn’t such a bad deal given that the carrier takes a slower approach to extending its more meaningful mid-band 5G coverage. T-Mobile subscribers will of course get 5G and 4G coverage.
This makes the unlocked N20 best suited for AT&T customers who don’t need 5G or anyone on a T-Mobile MVNO like Google Fi or Mint Mobile. Or maybe you’re on T-Mobile and just don’t want to buy your phone through your carrier, which is a smart move if you can handle it.
If any of the above describes your situation, then you’re in luck! The N20 is one of the best deals in its class. It offers a high-contrast 6.4-inch OLED display, while virtually all of its competitors have LCDs. It also supports fast 33W wired charging with the included charger and even offers a fast in-display fingerprint sensor for a smooth unlock.
The downside is that the N20 is still on Android 11 – new phones have been shipping for months with Android 12, the current version of the operating system. OnePlus has promised an update to Android 12 for the N20, but the clock is ticking as Android 13 is more than likely just around the corner.