(Pocket-lint) - Like the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G, the OnePlus Nord is a 5G-enabled device with some powerful specifications under the hood for a cheaper price than the flagship offering from each respective company.

How do the two devices compare to each other though? This feature compares the specifications of the OnePlus Nord against the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G.

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Design

  • OnePlus Nord: 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm, 184g
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G: 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.4, 206g

The OnePlus Nord offers a glass rear panel with a prominent camera housing postioned in the top left corner. A dual camera is present on the front and the front panel is flat rather than curved.

There's USB Type-C charging, no headphone jack and the OnePlus signature alert slider is present. 

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G meanwhile, is set to be the larger of the two devices being compared in this feature. It too has a glass rear with a camera housing, also positioned in the top left corner. 

It also has a flat display rather than curved and it offers a notch at the top for the single front-facing camera. USB Type-C charging is on board the Samsung as well - as expected - and there is no 3.5mm headphone jack here either.

In terms of IP ratings, neither the OnePlus Nord or the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G has an official IP rating.

Display

  • OnePlus Nord: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 90Hz
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G: 6.7-inch, Full HD+, 60Hz

The OnePlus Nord comes with an 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution. This puts its pixel density at 411ppi. It also offers a 90Hz refresh rate however. 

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G has a slightly larger 6.7-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution as the OnePlus Nord at 2400 x 1080 pixels. This means a slightly lower pixel density of 393ppi due to the size increase but it's unlikely to be noticeable to the human eye. 

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G also has a standard 60Hz refresh rate so everything should be a little more fluid on the OnePlus Nord but again, you might not notice unless you had both phones side-by-side.

Both the OnePlus Nord and Samsung Galaxy A90 5G offer an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Cameras

  • OnePlus Nord: Quad rear, dual front
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G: Triple rear, single front

The OnePlus Nord comes with quad cameras on the rear and dual cameras on the front.

The Nord's rear camera specifications are comprised of a 48-megapixel main sensor, 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 5-megapixel depth sensor and 2-megapixel macro sensor. The front cameras are made up of a 32-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G comes with a triple rear camera made up of a 48-megapixel main sensor, 8-megapixel wide sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There's also a 32-megapixel single front camera.

Hardware and specifications

  • OnePlus Nord: SD765G, 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, no microSD, 4115mAh
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G: SD855, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, microSD, 4500mAh

The OnePlus Nord runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor - meaning it's 5G capable - and it comes with a choice of 8GB or 12GB of RAM. Internal storage is a choice between 128GB and 256GB but there is no microSD support.

There is a 4115mAh battery powering the Nord, with fast charging on board but no wireless charging. 

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor - which was the flagship processor from Qualcomm when this device launched - with the X55 modem offering 5G capabilities. There's 6GB of RAM under the hood and 128GB of internal storage. You'll also find microSD support for storage expansion up to 512GB.

In terms of battery capacity, the A90 5G has a 4500mAh cell, which offers all-day use in our experience. There's fast charging but no wireless charging on board.

Price

  • OnePlus Nord: From £379
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G: £399

The OnePlus Nord pricing starts at £379 in the UK. For the higher RAM and storage capacity model, you're looking at £469.

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G cost £579 in the UK when it first launched, though this price has dropped significantly recently, with the device listed on Samsung's site for £399 at the time of writing, putting the Nord and the A90 5G likely in a similar bracket.

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Conclusion 

The OnePlus Nord has the upper hand on the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G in terms of specifications, on paper at least.

The Nord has a smaller display, a smaller battery and no microSD support, but it has more RAM, more internal storage as an option, a faster display and more cameras - not that this means better cameras - than Samsung's Galaxy A90 5G.

We'll update this feature when we have reviewed both devices in full. For now, you can read our Samsung Galaxy A90 5G review and read our initial revew of the OnePlus Nord.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.