The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the new mid-range killer or at least that’s how OnePlus is marketing it, and that’s not far away from the truth. The Nord CE is not the successor to the original Nord but is apparently a watered-down version of it. The CE in the name stands for “Core Edition”.
The Nord CE keeps some of the specs and design of the first Nord. The new handset isn’t launched with the aim of replacing the original Nord but to co-exist with it.
159.2×73.5×7.9mm, 170g; Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
6.43″ Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 410ppi.
Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 570); Adreno 619.
128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 2.1.
Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 0.7µm, PDAF;
Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚;
Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.0″, 1.0µm.
Front camera: [email protected]/60fps.
4500mAh; Fast charging 30W, 70% in 30 min (advertised).
Android 11, OxygenOS 11.
Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; 3.5mm jack.
Mid-range killer or not, a quick glance through the specs sheet does suggest that the phone is surely a well-rounded product with all the essentials packed in one smartphone.
The box contains the usual documentation, a 30W charger, USB-S to USB-C cable and a transparent case.
The phone is shipped in a matte black box with glossy Nord branding on it. The box seems fairly simple with no fancy decorations, but still looks premium.
The OnePlus Nord CE looks quite a lot like the original Nord but is lighter and slimmer. The Nord CE weighs 170g and has a thickness of 7.9mm. The design is not at all fancy looking, but it’s fairly simple with no fancy camera module or curves. The thing that stands out is the plastic back which has a soft-touch and matte finish.
The main body is rather thin and the camera module is positioned vertically which sticks out prominently. The back has a slight curve around the edges which allows for a more comfortable grip.
The front isn’t far from the current trend which includes an off-center aligned punch hole which houses the selfie camera and decently thin bezels.
The core of the side frame is made of aluminum but the outside is the glass fiber-reinforced polycarbonate, which you are able to touch. The side frame has a glossy finish which sits well with the back panel’s color.
The left side of the frame is home to the volume buttons and the SIM card slot. The right side accommodates the power button while the bottom houses 3.5mm audio jack, loud speaker and USB-C port.
The fingerprint scanner is placed under the display just above the bottom edge of the screen. A bit higher wouldn’t have required bending your thumb too much.
The company may not have used the best materials out there for the Nord CE, but it still definitely has a great design compared to other phones out there. It’s light, thin and grippy with a comfortable hold and not to forget it feels solid in hand.
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