which is the best ?

The 2020 iPhone SE, OnePlus North and Galaxy A71 5G are the stars of the mid-range segment of the smartphone industry in mid-2020. Not sure which one is right for you? Our comparison will help you choose according to your needs and the value for money of these three mobile models.

From left to right: Apple iPhone SE 2020, OnePlus Nord and Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

Not everyone needs a high-end smartphone, or just doesn’t want to invest a fortune in a mobile. For these consumers, manufacturers offer mid-range products, much cheaper than flagships at the sacrifice of a few compromises, but which still offer a completely relevant user experience. Moreover, in recent years, the mid-range segment has become more and more interesting, in particular thanks to brands like Xiaomi, which conquered the public and pushed the competition to question themselves.

If you are looking for a good device of this style recently released, you are in luck because between April and July 2020, three rather attractive references were launched: theiPhone SE 2020 from Apple, the OnePlus North and the Galaxy a71 from Samsung. But which of the three should you buy? Elements of answer in this comparative file.

Comparison of technical sheets

To begin with, you can find an overview of the technical specifications of the three smartphones below to give you a first idea of ​​the strengths and weaknesses involved. We will come back to each characteristic in more detail below to explore the subject in greater depth.

iPhone SE 2020 OnePlus North Galaxy A71 5G
Screen Retina IPS 4.7 “
750 x 1334
326 pixels per inch
6.44 “
AMOLED
1080 x 2400 pixels, 20: 9 ratio (408 ppi)
90 Hz
6.7 inch FHD + Super AMOLED
Infinity-O display (1080 x 2400 pixels)
Chipset A13 Bionic (7nm +) Snapdragon 765G (7 nm) Exynos 980
BONE iOS 13 Android 10 + OxygenOS 10.5 Android 10 + One UI 2.1
RAM 3 GB 8/12 GB 8 GB
Storage 64/128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128 GB
microSD No Yes Yes (up to 1TB)
Main sensor 12 MP, f / 1.8, PDAF OIS
4K video
48 MP (f / 1.75)
8 MP, f / 2.25 wide-angle lens
5 MP, depth sensor (f / 2.4)
2 MP macro (f / 2.4)
Main: 64 MP, F1.8
Ultra wide-angle: 12 MP, F2.2
ToF: 5 MP, F2.2
Macro: 5 MP, F2.4
Selfie sensor 7 MP, f / 2.2 32 MP (f / 2.45) 1/2 .74 ’’
8 MP (f / 2.45) 1/4 ‘ultra wide angle 105 °
32 MP, f / 2.2
Drums 1810 mAh
18W fast charge
Wireless charging
4,115 mAh
30W Warp Charge 30T Quick Charge
4500 mAh
25W fast charge
5G No Yes Yes
Biometrics Touch ID Footprint scanner under the screen Footprint scanner under the screen

Design

When you look at the iPhone SE, it’s hard to believe that this is a smartphone launched in 2020 by one of the largest market capitalizations in the world. Even entry-level Android mobiles for less than 150 euros are sexier. And yet, Apple took the gamble of a design straight out of the past. One inevitably thinks of the chassis of the iPhone 8 released in 2017 (which was already behind the competition at the time) when looking at the iPhone SE. The big borders at the top, bottom and sides should put off those who have already tasted the finesse of today’s edging. The Cupertino company is also skipping a fingerprint reader under the screen, preferring to integrate a physical button for biometric authentication by Touch ID, as in the old days. These borders mean that despite the small size of the panel, the mobile is ultimately not in such a small format as one might think, even if it is rather light.

iPhone SE 2020
iPhone SE 2020

The OnePlus North is much more in line with the standards of the moment. The bezels are logically a bit thicker than on the OnePlus 8, but their size is more than acceptable for a mid-range device. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the screen. Aesthetically, the smartphone is quite beautiful and meets expectations, without being incredible. Some may be embarrassed by the punch in the upper left corner of the screen. This one is quite imposing, because it houses two front photo sensors.

OnePlus North
OnePlus North

The Galaxy A71 5G is also in the classic. Up front, the main difference with the OnePlus North is the punch, which is refocused in the middle of the screen here and is more inconspicuous since there is only one camera. In terms of integration of the slab, the two mobiles are very similar. On the back, the Samsung phone adopts the famous “hotplate” configuration with the very visible photo sensors, which is not necessarily very elegant. The few patterns (depending on the version) add a touch of originality, which may or may not suit your tastes.

Galaxy A71 5G
Galaxy A71 5G

Winner: OnePlus Nord or Galaxy A71 5G

Screen

Here again, there are two very distinct schools. On the one hand, the iPhone SE 2020 has a screen of only 4.7 inch, an anomaly in the current market. Weakness for some, this format is a strong point for others who are desperately looking for a smartphone with a small panel, a phenomenon in the process of extinction for a few years now, even at the entry level. In particular, this makes it easy to use the mobile with one hand, an argument that can be heard. But with smartphones’ one-handed mode and the advent of gesture navigation, large screens are no longer a problem. The 2020 iPhone SE would have been more interesting with such a panel if the device itself were scaled down, but its massive chassis reduces the value of a small screen. This exploits the IPS technology. It should be the last iPhone in this case, Apple should switch to OLED on all future models according to several industry sources. The displayed image definition is only 750 x 1334 pixels, or a density of 326 pixels per inch.

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iPhone SE 2020

The two Android smartphones have very different screens from the iPhone SE 2020 and look very similar to each other. OnePlus and Samsung have opted for AMOLED technology, which notably allows for better contrast and really deep blacks. The Galaxy A71 5G is larger: 6.7 inches, compared to a diagonal of 6.44 inches for the OnePlus North. They both offer the same 20: 9 ratio as well as the same definition FHD +, namely 1080 x 2400 pixels. Due to the size of the screen, the OnePlus Nord therefore benefits from a slightly higher resolution: 408 pixels per inch, against 393 pixels per inch for the A71 5G. In both cases, it is much higher than that of the iPhone SE 2020 and is perfectly suitable for a mid-range smartphone, the QHD + being reserved for the high-end.

The OnePlus North is still distinguished by a 90Hz refresh rate, compared to 60 Hz on Apple and Samsung devices. This makes animations smoother on screen, especially for scrolling, swiping, and general navigation. Games can benefit too, but not all of them are optimized to support such frequency.

galaxy a71 5g
Galaxy A71 5G

Winner: OnePlus Nord

Performances

For this part, we will first of all rely on the information in the technical sheet. Indeed, only the iPhone SE 2020 passed a serious speed test with our own hands. The OnePlus Nord has yet to be tested, while the Galaxy A71 5G has not yet been launched in France and does not ship the same chip as the Galaxy A71 4G.

Performance is arguably the main strength of the iPhone SE 2020, which offers a low price to take advantage of Apple’s best chip currently on the market, the ’A13 Bionic manufactured via a 7nm + engraving procedure. This is the same SoC that is found in the high-end series of iPhone 11. According to benchmarks and our own findings, the iPhone SE 2020 is not as fast as the iPhone 11, but the difference is light. Mobile remains a powerhouse and one of the fastest smartphones on the market today. If the apple brand hasn’t lost its grip on anything in recent years, it’s the quality of its chips.

The OnePlus North has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, engraved in 7nm. This is the best midrange chip around. It offers very satisfactory performance for the majority of uses, although it is obviously not at the level of a Snapdragon 855 or the A13 Bionic. To see how OnePlus managed to optimize its North, but on current benchmarks, the Snapdragon 765G is well below.

oneplus north
OnePlus North

Samsung has bet on a homemade SoC to equip its Galaxy A71 5G. Focused on mid-range, the Exynos 980, engraved in 8nm, behaves a little better than the Snapdragon 765G of the OnePlus Nord, but the two chips are roughly equal. The difference between the two Android devices in terms of performance will depend above all on the optimization.

Remember that in practice, the majority of users will be fully satisfied by the performance of the OnePlus Nord and Galaxy A71 5G, even if the iPhone SE 2020 is in theory faster. Note also that the latter lack of 5G compatibility, while the mobiles of OnePlus and Samsung support it well. If you are going to keep your phone for many years to come, this is one thing you should not rule out. The first 5G packages arrive before the end of 2020 in France.

Winner: iPhone SE 2020, but only if you don’t want 5G

Memory

Apple is known to be stingy in terms of RAM, a trend that is confirmed with the iPhone SE and its 3 GB RAM. It should still be noted that in use, these 3 GB is sufficient. The iPhones are always optimized to the hair and need less resources than on Android to run in good conditions. This is one of the benefits of having end-to-end control over the most important parts of your smartphones, the operating system and the SoC. The development work around is inevitably easier and more efficient.

The Galaxy A71 5G has 8 GB of RAM, a generous amount for a mid-range. The OnePlus Nord also has 8 GB of RAM in its basic version, and the most equipped variant is entitled to 12 GB. But this is not necessarily the most useful, you might as well warn you.

For storage, the iPhone SE 2020 comes in three configurations: 64, 128, and 256 GB.no SD port is detrimental: it forces investment in the more expensive variants and prevents storage beyond 256 GB. Apple must consider that iCloud is sufficient relay for file storage. The same goes for the OnePlus Nord, available in 128 GB and 256 GB, but without an SD card slot to expand the memory. The good student is finally Samsung, whose Galaxy A71 5G offers 128 GB of storage and is equipped with a microSD card slot to expand storage up to 1 TB.

Winner: Galaxy A71 5G

Battery, autonomy and recharging

IPhones generally have much smaller batteries than their Android competitors. Their chip is often energy efficient and the optimization then makes it possible to enjoy a more or less correct autonomy. But with the iPhone SE 2020, Apple has done its best: the battery capacity is only 1810 mAh. It is true that with such a small screen, low definition, a refresh rate stuck at 60Hz and without 5G, it necessarily consumes less than the others. But then, what about the battery life under these conditions? Our test of the iPhone SE 2020 is categorical: the autonomy of the smartphone is starving. We even estimate that “IPhone SE 2020 is the least enduring smartphone in its class”, do not plan to use it for a day.

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iPhone SE 2020

The 2020 iPhone SE is compatible with 18W fast wired charging. Unfortunately, Apple justifies its image of rapiat for the umpteenth time by providing only a 5W charger in the box. You therefore have to pay for a fast charger in addition to the smartphone to benefit from fast charging. The Cupertino company makes up for it with an almost non-existent feature on the mid-range: the wireless charging (10W), usually reserved for the premium segment. Enough to catch up with the major weaknesses mentioned earlier.

The OnePlus Nord has a battery of 4115 mAh. That’s a little less than the OnePlus 8, which offers excellent battery life. Usually, OnePlus does its optimization job very well and gives us products that don’t strain the battery too much. But OnePlus is also the assurance of a very good recharge. And the North is no exception to the rule with the Warp Charge 30T of 30W which promises to give a boost very quickly to the battery.

Unsurprisingly, no wireless charging here. OnePlus has long regarded this feature as a gadget, too inefficient compared to the price it costs to introduce on a mobile. The manufacturer finally cracked recently by integrating it into the OnePlus 8 Pro, but we are on a whole different price range here and it is only logical to note its absence on a smartphone of the brand sold for less than 500 euros.

The Galaxy A71 5G is the largest smartphone in this selection, it’s also the one with the biggest battery: 4500 mAh. Samsung has gotten into the habit of betting big on battery life to make its midrange more appealing, the A71 5G proving the rule. In our test of the Galaxy A71 4G, we also indicate that it is a strength of the device, which can offer a battery life of two days.

And not to spoil anything, the smartphone has a 25W fast charge (the 25W charger is provided, hello Apple) which allows you to switch from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes only and from 0 to 100% in less than 1h30. A good performance given the generous capacity of the battery. No induction charging here, only the higher-end Galaxy S and Note are granted this honor (excluding foldable).

Winner: Galaxy A71 5G for battery life, OnePlus Nord for wired charging and iPhone SE 2020 for wireless charging

Camera

While the photo sensor data sheet tells us a lot about what to expect in terms of photo quality, nothing beats the reality on the ground when judging whether a device is a good camera phone or not. We are therefore going to talk about technology, but also about feelings since we had the three smartphones in hand.

As with many other features of the iPhone SE 2020, Apple has gone back in time and decided to integrate a single 12 megapixel sensor with 26mm wide-angle lens, f / 1.8 aperture, optical stabilization. , True Tone LED flash and digital zoom x5. A poor setup at this price level, but the artificial intelligence and software processing enabled by the powerful A13 Bionic chip make it possible to capture beautiful daytime shots when the light conditions are good, with in particular good management of counter days.

iphone se 2
iPhone SE 2020

Without telephoto lens, no optical zoom, and without optical zoom, no quality zoom. The 2020 iPhone SE is fishing at this level. On the other hand, it does better for portraits thanks to artificial software. Night shots can be called, without exaggerating, mediocre. Conversely, the smartphone performs very well in video with the ability to record 4K 60 frames per second with hybrid stabilization. Thank you once again to the A13 Bionic. Up front, the 7 MP and f / 2.2 sensor is kept light for beautiful selfies.

From the only main module of the iPhone SE 2020, we move on to quadruple sensor of OnePlus Nord. The 48 MP f / 1.75 main camera is supported by an 8 MP f / 2.25 ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2 MP f / 2.4 macro lens and a 5 MP f / 2.4 depth sensor. The mobile is also well equipped on the front with the presence of two sensors: one 32 MP f / 2.45 and the other 105 ° 8 MP f / 2.45 ultra wide-angle. No need to hold the smartphone at arm’s length so that everyone enters the picture.

It promises to be good, especially as OnePlus has improved in photography in recent years. But after a convincing grip of the OnePlus North, we are waiting for a further test of the device to judge its photo capabilities. From what we could see, it should do better than the 2020 iPhone SE in a lot of situations.

Next is the Galaxy A71 5G, which shares the same photo setup as the standard Galaxy A71. There are four sensors distributed in this way: 64 MP f / 1.8 + ultra wide-angle 12 MP f / 2.2 + macro lens 5 MP f / 2.4 + ToF (depth of field) 5 MP f / 2.2. It is arguably one of the best cameras in the mid-range segment today. The colors, the sharpness and the contrast are very good. The smartphone defends itself even in low light conditions, a performance worth noting for a phone at this price. The portrait mode is convincing, as is the ultra-angle. But without a dedicated telephoto lens, the zooms are far from the quality of those with smartphones.

galaxy a71 5g
Galaxy A71 5G

The 32 MP front-facing photo sensor with an f / 2.2 aperture is good for selfies and the self-portrait mode does the job very well. Nothing to do with what the iPhone SE 2020 offers. On the video, it is on the other hand a little less well supplied because of its less powerful processor. But it is still capable of recording in 4K and 30 frames per second or in slow motion 240 frames per second in 1080p Full HD quality. No optical stabilization, but digital stabilization is quite effective (but not available in 4K).

Winner: Galaxy A71 5G

Audio

On the audio part, Apple has not been embarrassed and gives us an iPhone SE 2020 which takes the elements of the iPhone 8. If two speaker grilles are arranged on the lower edge, only one has an output. audio. The other only houses the microphone. The audio quality is very bland, we consider in our test “The shrill highs and the too discreet bass”. For a YouTube video or listening to a podcast, this is sufficient, for immersion in a series, film, video game or for listening to music, much less. No 3.5mm jack port to connect a wired headset, the iPhone SE 2020 is satisfied with the lightning socket. Is it useful to point out that Apple does not provide the lightning to jack adapter? For wireless technology enthusiasts, the mobile is Bluetooth 5.0 compatible. It supports AAC-LC, HE-AAC, HE-AAC v2, protected AAC, MP3, Linear PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, Dolby Digital (AC ‑ 3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC ‑ 3) and Audible codecs (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX +).

As with the photo, we’ll have to test the audio capabilities of the OnePlus Nord more in depth to get a definitive opinion. The smartphone is not equipped with a 3.5mm jack port, so you need a USB-C to jack adapter to connect to the wired device (it is not supplied). On the other hand, we find in the box USB-C headphones. As on the iPhone SE, we are entitled to single loudspeaker, super-linear. The smartphone is entitled to support for noise cancellation. It is compatible in playback with MP3, AAC, AAC +, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY codecs and in recording with WAV and AAC formats.

OnePlus Type-C Bullets Earphones
OnePlus Type-C Bullets headphones, included with the OnePlus Nord

Audio is often sacrificed on the midrange to save money. It must be said that this is not the characteristic that sells smartphones the most. Like its two competitors, the Galaxy A71 5G is only average in this area, again with a single speaker to deliver sound. But it has a major advantage: a 3.5mm jack port yet endangered. Samsung is still attached to this jack, and that’s good for audiophiles. Headphones are included in the box, but these are entry-level models, not AKG here as with the Galaxy S and Note. However, the South Korean manufacturer does not ignore wireless with the support of Bluetooth 5.0 LE.

Winner: Galaxy A71 5G

Software

The iPhone SE 2020 is under the latest version of iOS 13. Thanks to its A13 Bionic chip, it benefits from most of the features available on the iPhone 11, apart from those relating to Face ID of course. The phone will be entitled to feature and security updates for years to come, Apple still offers excellent software tracking for its iPhones. And it will start in September or October 2020 with the deployment of iOS 14.

At Samsung and OnePlus, we are of course in the presence of Android, and with the added bonus two of the best overlays on the market. OxygenOS is very popular within the OnePlus community. The brand listens and interacts with users regularly through its forums to take feedback into account. The manufacturer is also known to follow the length of its devices, which receive major updates from Android very quickly. Hopefully this attention will also be given to the OnePlus North.

The Galaxy A71 5G runs on One UI 2.1. Samsung Experience was criticized, its successor One UI is acclaimed and it may now be the most complete and best-thought-out Android experience. The user experience is simply excellent. On the other hand, we can regret the fact that Samsung is not the most responsive in terms of software monitoring, even if it has improved somewhat in this area lately. On a mid-range, don’t expect quick, long-lasting updates.

one ui
After the very perfectible TouchWiz and Samsung Experience, Samsung finally convinces with its One UI interface

Winner: according to taste

Price

Comparing the intrinsic qualities of smartphones is good, taking into account their value for money is best to help consumers choose the device that suits them best.

Apple has returned to affordable pricing by resurrecting the iPhone SE, which uses the winning formula of its predecessor: compact size and photo sacrifices, but a latest generation processor. It is marketed at 489 euros for the 64 GB version, 539 euros for the 128 GB version and 659 euros for the 256 GB version.

OnePlus also made its comeback in the mid-range with a real “flagship killer” worthy of the products it used to offer us a few years ago, before its switch to premium and the rise in prices which goes with. The OnePlus Nord is available at 399 euros with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space and 499 euros to benefit from 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory.

OnePlus North
The OnePlus North is one of the best value for money around

If the Galaxy A71 is officially available in France and sold 449 euros, its 5G counterpart, compatible with the new generation of mobile network and benefiting from some improvements (more RAM, new SoC), is not yet marketed with us . It is available for pre-order in the United States at $ 479.99 duty free. It would not be surprising to see him land around 600 euros in France.

Winner: OnePlus Nord

Conclusion

This is a constant with Apple products, the price of the iPhone SE 2020 seems very high compared to the services offered. In terms of value for money, it is well below what we are entitled to with Android. But if you are a small screen enthusiast, addicted to iOS, and want to receive feature updates for years to come, this may be a good solution. Extremely fast and fluid, it fishes on the other hand on photos and viewing multimedia content from its screen.

Unless you are an iOS fan, we therefore recommend that you turn either to the OnePlus North or to the Galaxy A71 5G. Inherently, the latter seems slightly better to us overall, but it’s also more expensive. The choice between the two is therefore a question of budget, but also of need. With its 3.5mm jack port and slot for SD memory expansion, the Galaxy A71 5G has arguments that are more and more difficult to find on a smartphone today. яндекс The screen is also a differentiator between the two smartphones: OnePlus relies on fluidity with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, while Samsung offers a panel with a larger diagonal of 6.7 inches. Make your priority list on what you are looking for a smartphone, this should point you towards the Galaxy A71 5G or the OnePlus North after reading this comparison.

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