OnePlus Nord CE 5G Coming to Europe and India
OnePlus has announced a new addition to its lineup of midrange phones, the Nord CE. According to the company, the “CE” stands for “Core Edition”, a sign that the company is focusing on the fundamentals rather than augmenting the device’s spec sheet with unnecessary additions. The phone is launching in Europe and India, and there are no plans for a US release.
The focus on fundamentals means that the Nord CE is slightly below last year’s Nord, but it is a bit more distinctive than its predecessor. So you’re getting a high-resolution 64-megapixel main camera (up from 48-megapixel), but only three rear sensors in total. (There’s also an 8-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel monochrome sensor with 119-degree field of view.) The Nord CE only has a 16-megapixel selfie camera, with no secondary ultrawide like the original Nord.
Internally, this year’s model has the Snapdragon 765G powering it compared to the 750G in last year’s phone. OnePlus claims that its CPU is 20 percent faster, while its GPU is 10 percent faster. It’s paired with a choice of 6, 8, or 12GB of RAM, though these options vary slightly by region. Inside the Nord CE is a 4,115mAh battery, up from 4,115mAh last year, and the phone supports Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging, which OnePlus says should charge you from 0 to 70 percent in half an hour.
Externally, the Nord CE looks very similar to its predecessor. It’s got a very similar styling camera bump on the rear left (though with three instead of four cameras) and a hole-punch for its selfie camera on the front of the phone (again, with one instead of two cameras). . However, you will find a headphone jack at the bottom of the phone, which was missing from last year’s device. In terms of display, the Nord CE comes with a 6.43-inch 90Hz 1080p OLED panel. The phone is available in Blue, Black or Silver.
The Nord CE will be available for pre-order in limited quantities from OnePlus in the UK starting today, and these devices will ship on June 14. The device goes on general sale on June 21. In the UK, it starts at £299 (€329) for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and £369 (€399) for a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In Europe, there is a variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which will retail for €299. Those prices are a bit cheaper than the original Nord, which started at £379 (€399) for its 8GB model.
Like the original Nord, OnePlus says it has no plans to release the Nord CE in the US. Instead, the US has the OnePlus Nord N200 5G to look forward to. It is the successor to the N100 that OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently confirmed will retail for under $250.