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OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review – You Might Settle For This One

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By Akhil Kapoor - 
9th Jun 2021
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OnePlus Nord CE 5G
Review Summary

While we are yet to test the device completely and understand how it performs in real life, I still believe the pricing of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G could be more aggressive and OnePlus could have brought it down to under Rs.20,000 segment. At least the base variant. Otherwise, I am a fan of how fast the OnePlus phones charge and the overall battery life they promise.

PROS
  • 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display
  • WARP Charge 30T Plus
  • Awesome grip and in-hand feel
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
CONS
  • No upgrade in design
  • Could be priced under 20000
Key Specs
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh
Operating System
Operating System
Android v11
Screen Size
Screen Size
6.43 inches
Highlights:
  • No
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • 4500 mAh
  • Android v11
Introduction

OnePlus has made it clear by now that no matter what budget you have in your mind to buy a new phone, there will be a OnePlus smartphone sitting there to your saviour in that price segment. Right after the huge success of the OnePlus Nord which is still not easily available to buy due to high demand, we have the OnePlus Nord CE 5G taking up the gears to be your next smartphone. A little more is ready to be served to you with a slimmer design and bringing back the 3.55 headphone jack which people craved in the mid-range smartphones. The main highlight of the OnePlus Nord CE is that it is 5G enabled while there is a little upgrade in the camera where you get a 64MP triple camera setup. Now you also get a slightly new type of charging as well which is called the WARP Charge 30T Plus paired with a 4,500 mAh battery. And I think that is all. That sums up the new OnePlus Nord CE 5G.

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But I am sure you guys would be really keen to know how the OnePlus Nord CE actually performs in the mid-range segment. A lot of you would even have a doubt if this would be the best bet if you have Rs.20,000. Well, don’t worry, just slide through and give this review a 5-minute read to know all about the new OnePlus Nord CE 5G. I’m sure this will help you land on a decision.

Prices in India, Variants, Availability

OnePlus Nord CE 5G with Snapdragon 750G is finally launched in India and comes at a really competitive price. OnePlus Nord CE price in India starts at Rs.22,999 for the 6GB+128GB storage variant. It is available in two more trims where the 8GB+128GB variant is priced at Rs.24,999 and the price of the 12GB+256GB variant is Rs.27,999 in India. Additionally, you can use HDFC bank credit cards for an instant Rs.1,000 discount on the purchase of OnePlus Nord CE 5G from Amazon India. It is available to pre-order starting 11th June while you can shop it from the OnePlus official website starting 16th June. Let’s see how hard will it be to grab the new Nord this time (last year it was painful)

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Specs at a glance

Before we talk in detail about the OnePlus Nord CE 5G let’s see what the on-paper specs look like?

  • Display: 6.43 inches 90Hz Fluid AMOLED
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
  • Storage: 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 12GB/256GB
  • Software: OxygenOS based on Android 11
  • Rear cameras: 64MP (main) + 8MP (ultra-wide) + 2MP (mono)
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh, WARP Charge 30T Plus
  • Weight: 170g
  • Dimensions: 15.92 x 7.35 x 0.79 cm
Design and Build

OnePlus Nord CE 5G follows true to the ‘core’ principle and adopts a lot from the original Nord. I found the OnePlus Nord also quite appealing when it comes to design and so looks the Nord CE too. The dimensions have changed a little here, actually very little. OnePlus Nord CE is a little lighter with just 170 grams on hands and gets a little thinner as well with just 7.9mm thickness. For all the OnePlus fans who complained about the missing headphone jack in the original Nord, hurrah! OnePlus Nord CE features a 3.5mm headphone jack in the bottom left corner sitting right next to USB Type-C charging port.

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OnePlus Nord CE comes in three colour variants where you get one new shade added here. You get the Blue Void, Carbon Ink and Silver Ray (my favourite this time).

Display

I could not see much of a difference here in the display of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. It sports a 6.43-inches 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display, the same we saw on the parent OnePlus Nord which launched last year. No doubt it is a smooth display with the 90Hz refresh rate but that is pretty standard now. Have a look at iQOO Z3 which offers an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate.

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Performance

OnePlus Nord CE 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC paired with 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 storage.

Cameras

OnePlus Nord CE 5G focuses a lot on the cameras this time, probably after the feedback, they got on the original OnePlus Nord camera which was not really loved by many. Nord CE features a triple rear camera setup in the same fashion as the Nord but with an upgrade in the megapixels. OnePlus Nord CE comes with a 64MP primary rear camera, supported by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP mono lens.

Battery

I really loved the battery life on the OnePlus Nord which offered more than 6 hours of screen-on-time. Thanks to the battery optimizations offered by OxygenOS. And now, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes with a little extra battery capacity of 4,500 mAh. So you can expect it to be definitely better than a lot in the segment. With WARP Charge 30T Plus, I can ensure you it is going to be a crazy experience while charging your phone.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display
  • WARP Charge 30T Plus
  • Awesome grip and in-hand feel
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Cons:

  • No upgrade in design
  • Could be priced under 20000
Verdict
While we are yet to test the device completely and understand how it performs in real life, I still believe the pricing of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G could be more aggressive and OnePlus could have brought it down to under Rs.20,000 segment. At least the base variant. Otherwise, I am a fan of how fast the OnePlus phones charge and the overall battery life they promise.


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