OnePlus Nord CE 5G – Comprehensive Review

At an amazing price of Rs.22999 only, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is now available in India. OnePlus has hit the market with such a budget phone at the right time when India is getting ready to launch 5G. The ‘CE’ actually stands for ‘Core Edition’, as the phone has all the core features of its previous phones. As Nord CE 5G is at a lower price compared to the Nord 5G, there must be some cost-cutting OnePlus has done to make it available at such a price. Let us find out how!

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PROS

  • Solid build quality
  • Good daylight photos
  • Smooth User experience

CONS

  • 90 Hz display
  • Poor daylight photos
  • No Gorilla Glass protection

Design

The phone obviously has a premium look with everything placed on the right spot, as OnePlus never compromise with design, quality, and user experience. It is lighter and slimmer than the Nord 5G phone. Unfortunately, its front glass is not protected with Gorilla Glass, and its back is made of high-quality polycarbonate. The back of the phone still looks premium with its matte finish. The overall design is quite similar to that of the older Nord 5G.

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A lot of users will be happy this time as OnePlus has decided to put the 3.5 mm headphone jack with Nord CE 5G which was missing in the Nord 5G, but they have removed the alert slider.

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Display

It comes with a 6.43 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels at 410ppi. The display is crisp and the viewing angles are great. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and the refresh rate is 90Hz only. Everything with the display sounds great except the refresh rate, as most of the phones at a lower price offer a 120 Hz display.

It has an always ON display feature which enables the phone to display to lights up for notifications which are very helpful in many situations.

Camera

The back has a triple camera setup with a 64 MP main camera, 8 MP Ultra-wide camera, and 2 MP monochrome camera.

You can record up to 4K video at 30 fps. It has the features like Nightscape, UltraShot HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Pro Mode, Smart scene recognition, and Filters.

It clicks photos with natural color and dynamic range in daylight, but at dark, it struggles to capture good photos.

The front camera is 16 MP with a Sony IMX471 sensor and it shoots decent photos in all light conditions. The front-facing camera can record up to 1080p video at  60 fps.

Operating System

It comes with OxygenOS based on Android 11. Not only with the quality but OnePlus has built its customers with a clean and smooth software experience. Thanks to OnePlus for not providing any bloatware apps.

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Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 5G chipset makes the phone faster and gives a consistent performance even when playing games. The optimization of this phone is so good that you can play all the games at higher resolutions without any lag.

The OxygenOS is awesome as it is clean, smooth and gives a better user experience compared to MIUI or FunTouch. It has a game mode when turned ON all your notifications get blocked and the incoming phone calls get automatically answered on speaker.

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Though there is only one speaker at the bottom it gives decent output but stereo speakers could have been better at this price segment.

The AnTuTu score of 8GB/128GB variant is 385000 which is good enough with 750G processor.

Battery

Nord CE 5G is bundled with a 4500 mAh battery giving you a day-long battery even after heavy use. As both the 8 nm processor and AMOLED display consume less energy, the phone gives a better battery life compared to its competitor.

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The 30W fast charger comes in the box can recharge the phone from 0 to 60% in around 30 min, which is just ok as many phones at a lower price provide a 50W warp charger.

In the Box

OnePlus Nord CE 5G, Warp charger 30W, Type-C cable, Phone case, SIM tray ejector, and some documentation.

Verdict

If you are a big fan of the OnePlus phone then you cannot get one at such a low price.  Though it has a higher price compared to its competitor, Nord CE 5G has better build quality, smooth OxygenOS, Camera, and longevity.

But if the camera is not so important to you and does not need your phone to last longer, then at this price you can get a phone with a better processor, 120 Hz display refresh rate, and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

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