The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has been officially unveiled after not one, but two Nerdshala exclusives. While this isn’t the Nord 2 many were hoping for, it’s an even more budget version of the original series-starting device.
With features like Snapdragon 750G chipset, 30W charging and 90Hz display, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a lot of mid-range features that people looking for a low-cost yet quite powerful phone can appeal to.
We haven’t got a review for the OnePlus Nord CE 5G yet, but while we haven’t published one, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the latest mid-range OnePlus phones. You can read all this below.
cut to the chase
- What is this? new cheap phone from oneplus
- When is it out? you can buy it now
- How much will it cost? Starting at £299 (about $420, AU$550)
OnePlus Nord CE 5G Price and Availability
Like the original Nord, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G will not be coming to the US nor will it be released in Australia.
You will be able to pick up the phone in India and the United Arab Emirates as well as the UK as well as other European countries.
So what about price? The phone starts at £299 (about $420, AU$550) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and goes up to £369 (about $520, AU$670) if you want 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Just to note, the Silver Ray version of the phone is only available in the latter version.
design and performance
OnePlus Nord comes in three colors: Blue Void, Charcoal Ink and Silver Ray. It’s blue, black and white for you or me.
It’s a fairly small phone, weighing in at just 170 grams, and it’s also only 7.9mm thick. The device has a headphone jack and a USB-C port.
On the screen, it is a 6.43-inch panel with an FHD+ resolution. It’s an AMOLED panel, so colors should be bold, and it has a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth movement.
There is an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is quite a premium feature for a budget phone, though it is a feature that other Nord phones have.
Camera and Battery Life
The main OnePlus Nord CE 5G camera has a 64MP sensor, which is pretty high-res for a budget phone.
It’s joined by an 8MP ultra-wide snapper, which has a 119-degree field of view, and a third 2MP monochrome lens, which should also help with depth effects.
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G packs a 16MP front-facing camera for selfies and video calls, which is pretty average for a phone of this price, and should be good for social-media-worthy snaps.
You’ll find a 4,500mAh battery in the Nord CE — which is larger than the original Nord — that powers the handset throughout the day between charges. If you are a light phone user then you can get it to last even longer.
To power the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, there is 30W fast charging thanks to the company’s Warp Charge 30T Plus technology. OnePlus says that it takes half an hour to power the phone from empty to 70 percent.
performance and software
The chipset of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G – it’s a fairly good mid-range processor that’s optimized for gaming, and should return decent speed.
As the name suggests, Nord CE is 5G-compatible, so you’ll be able to use it to get faster data speeds. This will be useful if you want to jump on a video call while out and about, or quickly download a TV show or album.
In terms of software, we are looking at OnePlus’ OxygenOS, which is a fork of ‘stock’ Android. It’s a spin on Android 11, but the phone will likely be able to update to Android 12 later in the year.
Some of the benefits of OxygenOS 11, which is said to be the latest version, include Always On Display, Dark Mode and Zen Mode which locks the phone while you are working.
OnePlus has promised to support the Nord CE 5G with three years of security patches and two years of software updates, so you should at least get Android 13 if not further.
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