OnePlus has looked at what Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung are doing with low-cost 5G phones, and came up with the new OnePlus Nord CE 5G to take on them. The Nord CE announced today for the UK – which stands for the Core Edition, apparently – costs £299, or about $421, a specification more often seen on phones that cost twice as much. is.
The OnePlus Nord CE packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and a large, flat 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and Full HD resolution. The phone comes in three different colors, Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, or if you opt for the 12GB model that comes with 256GB of storage space, Silver Ray too. Look at the base of the phone and you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack along with a USB Type-C charging port.
A 4500mAh battery hides inside the Nord CE and is charged using the proprietary Warp Charge 32+ system, which takes it from zero to 70% in 30 minutes. Not quite as fast as the OnePlus 9 Pro’s Warp Charge 65, but still great for a phone at this price. OnePlus’s OxygenOS 11 software based on Android 11 has been installed on the phone, which will come with all the features seen on the more expensive OnePlus 9, including an always-on-screen display. OnePlus has also promised two years of software update support and three years of security updates.
There are three cameras on the back, but the Nord CE hasn’t been given the Hasselblad treatment, so don’t expect it to deliver results like the OnePlus 9 Pro. The main camera has 64 megapixels and f/1.79 aperture and is also accompanied by an 8MP wide-angle camera and a monochrome camera. The screen houses a 16MP selfie camera in the hole-punch cutout. Lastly, the entire phone weighs just 170 grams and is 7.9mm thick.
The 8GB/128GB OnePlus Nord CE costs £299/$421, while the 12GB/256GB version is £369/$520, and both will be available from June 21 through OnePlus’ online store, Amazon, The Three Network and John Lewis retail stores . Pre-orders will start from June 10. OnePlus is giving members of its OnePlus community a chance to order the phone today and receive it on June 14.
OnePlus hasn’t announced Nord CE for the US at this stage.