The new mid-range smartphone from OnePlus, the Nord CE, offers a combination of impressive specifications, streamlined software, and a reasonable price point. Although its camera capabilities are not top-notch and it lacks a few essential features, it is still a great option for those seeking an affordable phone from OnePlus.
Design. A sleek and stylish look
The design of the OnePlus Nord CE gives a clear indication of its price point, without looking cheap. Available in three stunning color options – Blue Void, Charcoal Black, and Silver Ray – the phone features a composite material construction with an aluminum frame.
The glossy back panel of the OnePlus Nord has been replaced with a sleek matte finish, and there is no Gorilla Glass protection on the back. The power button is conveniently located on the right side of the phone and the volume rockers are located on the left. On the bottom, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone socket, a single speaker, and a USB Type-C connector, while the dual SIM slot is located on the left side. The Nord CE measures 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm and weighs a mere 170 grams, making it thinner and lighter than the OnePlus Nord.
Screen. A user-friendly display
The Nord CE features a 6.43-inch AMOLED display, making it the most user-friendly phone in the OnePlus Nord and N lineup. With Full HD+ resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels), a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a 90Hz smooth refresh rate, the screen is sharp and crisp. Although there is no Gorilla Glass protection, the phone does come with DragonTrail glass protection and a basic anti-scratch screen protector preinstalled. The flat AMOLED display has good viewing angles and is HDR certified, allowing you to enjoy HDR content on platforms like Netflix and YouTube.
Performance. Power and efficiency
The Nord CE is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset, with a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 619 GPU. The 5G capable chipset comes with a Qualcomm X52 5G modem for fast and efficient 5G connectivity. The Snapdragon 750G chipset is perfect for handling everyday tasks and multiple apps, and even allows for smooth gaming experiences.
Camera. Vibrant and bright photos
The Nord CE features three rear cameras and one front-facing camera. Photos captured in 16-megapixel mode are bright, vivid, and crisp, with slightly oversaturated colors for increased contrast. The phone boasts a good dynamic range, providing impressive photo results.
Software. Streamlined and stable
OnePlus smartphones have always been known for their stable and smooth software performance, and the Nord CE is no exception. Running Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11, the phone offers a wealth of handy software features without overwhelming the user with too many options.
In conclusion, the OnePlus Nord CE offers a great mid-range option for those looking for a well-rounded smartphone experience at a reasonable price. To learn more about this device, visit the Three website.