OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review: The Core Experience

OnePlus launched its Nord smartphone final July, as probably the most reasonably priced providing within the OnePlus lineup. It got here at a time when individuals have been cautious of spending an excessive amount of, and it was among the many first few smartphones to supply 5G for underneath Rs. 30,000. OnePlus has now launched the brand new OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which takes the worth additional down whereas nonetheless providing 5G connectivity in addition to three rear cameras.

I am certain the primary query that pops into your thoughts if you hear the identify Nord CE 5G is “What does CE stand for?” OnePlus says it stands for “Core Version” for the reason that Nord CE covers all of the fundamentals that one would search for on a smartphone. So what precisely is that this promised core expertise, and is there something vital that you’d miss out on in comparison with the OnePlus 9R? I examined the OnePlus Nord CE 5G to seek out out.


OnePlus Nord CE 5G value in India

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G value begins at Rs. 22,999 in India for the bottom variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The mid-spec variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 24,999, whereas the top-of-the-line 12GB RAM, 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 27,999.

All three variants can be found at midnight Charcoal Ink end. The 8GB variant can also be obtainable in a Blue Void color. In the event you select the 12GB RAM model, you possibly can select between these two in addition to an unique Silver Ray choice. I’ve the top-spec variant in Blue Void for this overview.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G design

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is a handsome machine and jogs my memory of the unique Nord, particularly within the Blue Void color. It’s solidly constructed and feels comfy to carry. OnePlus has managed to maintain the cellphone slim at 7.9mm in thickness, and it weighs 170g which feels lighter than among the different smartphones I’ve examined not too long ago. The Nord CE 5G is nicely balanced and it’s curved alongside the edges which makes it comfy to grip.

You get an enormous 6.43-inch show with a digital camera gap within the high left nook. The bezels are skinny across the sides and high whereas the chin is barely bigger. The body of the Nord CE 5G is made out of plastic and all of the buttons are positioned close to the centre. The ability button is on the correct and quantity buttons are on the left. This placement makes it straightforward to achieve these buttons with no need to shuffle the cellphone within the hand. Nonetheless, there isn’t any alert slider, which has grow to be a OnePlus trademark through the years. The SIM tray is on the left as nicely and may absorb two Nano-SIMs however there isn’t any microSD card slot.

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G can resist fingerprints


The Nord CE 5G does have a 3.5mm headphone jack, which was lacking on the OnePlus Nord (Evaluation). It is on the backside together with the USB Kind-C port and loudspeaker. Flip the cellphone round and there are solely two components there; a OnePlus brand within the centre and the triple digital camera module within the top-left nook. The digital camera module does protrude barely however this is not a significant problem. My Blue Void overview unit had a matte end on the again which made it resist fingerprints fairly nicely.

OnePlus has packed a 4,500mAh battery into the Nord CE 5G which is barely larger than the one within the unique OnePlus Nord. This cellphone helps 30W quick charging and comes with a Warp Cost 30T charger within the field.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G specs and software program

Similar to the OnePlus Nord, the Nord CE 5G sports activities some fascinating specs for its asking value. The massive 6.43-inch AMOLED show has full-HD+ decision and a 90Hz refresh charge which is an enormous plus. It additionally has an in-display fingerprint scanner and Asahi Dragontrail glass for cover. Powering the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, which now we have seen in among the competitors such because the Xiaomi Mi 10i (Evaluation) and Samsung Galaxy M42 5G (Evaluation). You get 6GB of RAM on the bottom variant of the Nord CE 5G, and a whopping 12GB RAM on the range-topping one which I had for overview.

There are solely two storage choices on this smartphone, 128GB and 256GB. The Nord CE 5G has help for Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and 6 satellite tv for pc navigation programs. There’s help for twin 4G VoLTE, in addition to 5G connectivity.

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The Nord CE 5G can take two Nano-SIMs however storage is not expandable


OnePlus has constructed its repute largely due to its clear software program expertise, and that’s what you get on the Nord CE 5G. This smartphone runs OnePlus’ customized OxygenOS primarily based on high of Android 11. My overview unit was working the April Android safety patch however obtained an replace for the Could safety patch together with a couple of bug fixes whereas I used to be utilizing it. OxygenOS is nicely polished and I discovered this cellphone to be fairly straightforward to make use of. In the event you like a clear interface and have an affinity for inventory Android, OxygenOS will really feel welcoming to you. OnePlus additionally guarantees two years of Android updates and three years of safety updates, which can simply sweeten the deal for potential patrons.

The Nord CE 5G does have a couple of preinstalled Google and OnePlus apps which will be uninstalled if required. I wasn’t bombarded with notifications from any app. The Nord CE has an always-on show which lights up for incoming notifications. There’s a Recreation mode as nicely which lets you block incoming notifications and reply calls instantly on the speaker whereas gaming. It additionally has shortcuts for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Telegram, however I could not discover a strategy to reassign these You possibly can even block incoming calls and notifications, prioritise sport efficiency over different apps, and disable the second SIM for extra secure community efficiency.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G efficiency and battery life

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G didn’t spring any surprises on me whereas utilizing it, and labored as anticipated. It was fast to load apps and my 12GB RAM unit made multi-tasking tremendous straightforward. I might leap between a number of apps with no need to attend for the cellphone to load them once more. The small dimension of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G additionally makes it straightforward for one-handed use.

I discovered the in-display fingerprint scanner handy to achieve and it by no means wanted greater than a single try to unlock the smartphone. The AMOLED show is sweet to look at content material on and the 90Hz refresh charge makes utilization really feel clean. There’s solely a single bottom-firing speaker, which is nearly sufficient.

I not too long ago examined the Samsung Galaxy M42 5G, so I had a good concept of how the Snapdragon 750G ought to carry out. My OnePlus Nord CE 5G unit fared nicely and managed to attain 391,813 in AnTuTu. In GeekBench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks, it scored 639 and 1,830 factors respectively. It managed 59fps and 17fps within the T-Rex and Automobile Chase checks respectively in GFXBench. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G additionally managed to attain 2,737 factors in 3D Mark Slingshot OpenGL. That is barely decrease than what the Galaxy M42 5G scored, although that cellphone advantages from having a decrease decision show.

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You get a clear software program expertise on the OnePlus Nord CE 5G


Name of Obligation Cell on the OnePlus Nord CE 5G ran on the Excessive presets for each graphics in addition to body charge. I used to be capable of play it with none hiccups and I didn’t discover any drop in efficiency throughout gameplay. After enjoying the sport for 25 minutes, I seen a 7 % drop within the battery degree. The Nord CE was barely heat to the contact however to not a regarding diploma. If you’re trying to play video games in your smartphone, the Nord CE 5G is able to dealing with well-liked titles with ease.

Now let’s discuss battery life. The Nord CE 5G’s refresh charge is ready to 90Hz by default and I didn’t change this in the course of the overview interval. In our HD video loop check, the Nord CE 5G managed to run for 19 hours and 59 minutes which is an efficient rating contemplating the battery capability. The Nord CE 5G may be capable of ship barely higher battery life with the refresh charge lowered to 60Hz.

Quick charging is obtainable on the OnePlus Nord CE and also you get a 30W Warp Cost 30T Plus charger within the field. This charger took the smartphone from zero to 67 % in half-hour and will cost it utterly in about an hour. Whereas it isn’t the quickest charging smartphone we have seen at this value degree, it’s miles higher than the likes of the Galaxy M42 5G.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G cameras

The OnePlus Nord CE packs in a triple digital camera setup. It has a 64-megapixel major digital camera with an Omnivision sensor, f/1.79 aperture and EIS; an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle digital camera with a 119-degree subject of view; and a 2-megapixel black and white digital camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel digital camera with an f/2.45 aperture. The digital camera app has a easy UI and I did check out the completely different taking pictures modes it gives. The AI might detect what I used to be taking pictures and even steered completely different modes at instances. Whereas utilizing the 64-megapixel major digital camera, the smartphone by default makes use of pixel-binning leading to 16-megapixel pictures.

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G managed to seize some good pictures in daylight, and these appeared superb on the AMOLED show. It additionally managed to seize good particulars of objects within the foreground and textual content was legible at 100% magnification. The ultra-wide angle digital camera gives a wider subject of view however there is a noticeable drop in picture high quality. The perimeters of pictures additionally appeared warped.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G daylight digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

OnePlus Nord CE 5G ultra-wide angle digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Shut-up pictures have been crisp, and the primary digital camera managed to seize textures fairly nicely. The Nord CE 5G additionally managed good background separation. Portrait mode didn’t let me advantageous tune the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. The smartphone shows ‘Depth Impact’ when it is able to take a shot. The output had good edge detection and a pleasant depth impact to it.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

OnePlus Nord CE 5G portrait digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Low-light pictures turned out to be common. The Nord CE 5G manages to maintain noise underneath management however you possibly can nonetheless see grain within the output. With Nightscape enabled, the cellphone takes eight exposures and combines them into one picture. This course of takes about 7-8 seconds. The resultant photos are brighter, bringing out extra particulars within the shadows. Textures have been higher in Nightscape pictures too. The cellphone crops into the body to stabilise a Nighscape shot, so you may have to take this under consideration. You can too use Nightscape with the ultra-wide angle digital camera however the distinction is refined.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G low-light digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Nightscape digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Selfies have been crisp however pores and skin tones have been barely off in pictures taken open air, whereas indoor pictures did not appear to have this problem. You possibly can take selfie portraits, and the cellphone managed good edge detection. It might detect faces even with masks on. Low-light selfies have been first rate and you’ll solely discover advantageous grain at a 100% magnification.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G selfie portrait digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)

OnePlus Nord CE 5G low-light selfie portrait digital camera pattern (faucet to see full-size picture)


Video recording tops out at 4k 30fps for the first digital camera and 1080p 60fps for the selfie shooter. Footage was nicely stabilised at 1080p in addition to 4K in daylight with just a few shakes evident. Video high quality takes successful in low mild, and shimmer is noticeable within the output because the cellphone tries to stabilise footage.


The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has sufficient efficiency to maintain up with what you throw at it, and the software program expertise is clear. OnePlus has additionally sweetened the deal by promising two years of software program updates and three years of safety updates, which ought to maintain the cellphone updated till you begin desirous about your subsequent improve.

The triple digital camera setup can deal with the fundamentals, and given the worth, there is not a lot to complain about for daylight pictures. Low-light digital camera efficiency is the place this cellphone might nonetheless do with a couple of tweaks for enchancment. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G does handle to ship the core expertise it guarantees, and given the beginning value, it is not laborious to suggest this cellphone. Nonetheless, the variant I’ve reviewed prices Rs, 27,999 and does not provide the identical worth for cash because the entry-level mannequin. For this value, you possibly can think about the OnePlus Nord (Evaluation), or await its successor rumored to launch quickly. In the event you can spend a little bit additional, the Mi 11X (Evaluation) gives increased efficiency.