OnePlus Nord CE 5G – Offers Fast Performance, Decent Camera and 5G
After a long wait, Oneplus has launched the affordable Nord CE 5G in India.
Apart from 5G support, one of the highlights is the return of the coveted 3.5mm headphone jack.
Let’s first check the price and variants for the CE 5G, before proceeding to specs and other features.
Variant, Price, Color & Availability
The smartphone is available in three variants, starting at Rs. 22,999.
- 6 GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage at Rs 22,999.
- 8 GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage at Rs 24,999.
- 12 GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage at Rs 27,999.
You can get Rs. 1000 discount when buying using HDFC Bank credit card and also can get an interest-free EMI option.
Design & Display
The OnePlus Nord CE comes with a polycarbonate build (plastic) and is available in multiple color options – Blue Void (matte), Charcoal Ink (glossy), and Silver Ray.
For starters, it is a sleek smartphone measuring 7.9mm in thickness and it is lightweight (170 grams).
It has an In-display fingerprint sensor and face unlocking support.
For a good viewing experience, It features a 6.43 inch, Full HD+(2400*1080)pixels resolution, AMOLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate.
Additionally, we have got a left-aligned punch-hole selfie camera.
Processor & Operating system
The OnePlus Nord CE is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Octa-core processor that is fabricated on an 8nm chipset and comes along with the Adreno 619 GPU.
You will get a seamless gaming experience while playing games like Call of Duty, PUBG, and others.
It operates on an Android 11 based on OxygenOS 11 and will also get the next Android updates and security patches.
One of the key reasons to buy a Oneplus phone is the excellent software experience that is miles ahead of rivals like Xiaomi etc.
At the back, we have got an AI Triple camera setup carrying a 64MP(f/1.79) primary camera that seems to be better than the 48 MP camera on the OnePlus Nord.
Additionally, we have an 8MP(f/2.2) 119-degree ultrawide camera and a 2MP(f/2.4) macro lens. I am not a big fan of these low MP cameras – mostly gimmicks.
The rear camera offers features like Nightscape, UltraShot HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Pro mode, Smart scene recognition, Filters, and up to 4k video shooting support @30fps. The rear camera has EIS support but lacks OIS (optical image stabilization).
At the front, it offers a high-quality 16MP(f/2.4) Sony IMX471 selfie camera along with an EIS(Electronic image stabilization) support and up to 1k video shooting support @30/60fps.
For the longest usage time, the OnePlus Nord CE is fueled with a decent 4500mAH battery that comes along with a 30T Plus (30 Watts) Warp charging support.
This 30T Plus fast charging will charge your phone’s battery from 0 to 70% in just 30 minutes.
Pretty Fast !!!
It has various connectivity options that include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-Type C port, and 4G/5G connectivity support.
The Nord CE 5G looks like a solid deal with good hardware and software at a reasonable price. You may get some better processors from rivals but again software experience is better with Oneplus.
The Oneplus Nord CE 5G pre-registrations are already On and you can get the phone from next week (16th June).
Oneplus has launched the latest mid-range phone today (21/July/2020) after several weeks of rumors. Earlier it was called Oneplus Z or even Oneplus Lite, but it is Oneplus Nord.
Oneplus is known to make flagship mobiles apart from the Oneplus X that they launched in late 2015.
It was an unsuccessful mid-range offering, and the company abandoned the idea of making mid-range mobiles for several years. But now they are back and with a new sub-brand – Nord.
The Nord is the second attempt by Oneplus to make a user-friendly mid-range Android mobile.
Oneplus has already set up a micro-site for the Nord on Amazon India and also on the OnePlus official website.
Oneplus Nord India/UK/Europe Price, Sale Date, and Variants:
- 6+64GB: ₹24,999 (Available in September, in Gray color)
- 8+128GB: ₹27,999 / £379 / €399
- 12+256GB: ₹29,999 / £469 / €499
The OnePlus Nord will be available in Blue Marble & Gray Onyx, and the sale starts on 4th August.
The two higher variants will go on sale in August, whereas the base variant will be available in September.
The pricing is neither cheap nor very expensive and in line with what we were expecting from the brand.
Key Specs for the Oneplus Nord
Powering the phone is the latest mid-range monster Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G processor. It comes with 5G support and has Adreno 620 for adrenaline-pumping graphics performance.
The SD 765G is a powerful processor and comes with a 2.4 GHz max clock speed and has an 8 Core architecture. Also, it comes with support for next-gen WIFI 6 and uses the cutting edge 7 Nm manufacturing process.
The smartphone is available with 6 GB, 8 GB, or 12 GB of DDR4 Ram, and 128 GB internal storage.
The Nord comes with a 6.44 inches ( 2400×1080 pixels, 408ppi) with a 20:9 Aspect Ratio, 90 Hz refresh rate. Also, the display is AMOLED and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
Aforementioned the phone comes with 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS2.1 storage.
The phone comes with a Quad Rear camera setup. It has a 48 MP primary lens (Sony IMX 586 Sensor) with f/1.75 aperture, EIS/OIS support.
The second lens comes with an 8 Megapixel lens, with an f/2.25 aperture size and 119-degree field of view. The camera comes with a third 5 MP lens with f/2.4 aperture. Also, the lens comes with a 2 MP macro lens.
The rear camera can record 4k, 30 FPS videos, whereas the front camera can record 4K, 60 FPS videos.
The front side has two selfie cameras with a cut-out punch-hole. The primary front camera is Sony IMX 616 sensor with a 32 MP lens and comes with f/2.45 aperture and also has EIS support. The second camera comes with an 8 MP lens and has an f/2.45 aperture.
The phone will run on the Android 10 Os out of the box and will have the latest Oneplus Oxygen OS. The phone comes with NFC support, has an in-display fingerprint scanner, and also has face unlocking.
Further, it comes with a 4115 mAh battery and the (Warp Charge Tech) 30 Watts fast charging (5V/6A). The phone is not bulky – measures 8.2 mm in thickness and has 184 grams weight.
Lastly, it has a USB type C port for charging and no 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Initial Thoughts: Should You Buy the Oneplus Nord
Overall it is a good phone, and you are getting what you are paying for. Don’t just go with the hype; you need to look at it carefully and decide whether you should buy or not.
There are a couple of things that we can list as Cons:
- Lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack.
- No Dedicated micro-sd card slot.
- The 2 MP and 5 MP cameras are useless. (Just Gimmicks).
On the positive side:
- Oxygen Os (Great Android Experience and future updates).
- Decent front and Rear cameras.
- The In-display fingerprint scanner.
- Fast Processor and Above Average Display.
- The battery is decent and supports fast charging.
Overall, it is a good phone, and you can buy it in the 25k to 30k price range.
So What Do you Think About the new Oneplus Nord – Share in the comments below.
Comparison – Oneplus Nord Vs. Vivo X50 and Samsung Galaxy A71
Display – Samsung A71 has the largest display and comes with a 60 Hz panel. The other two offer a better 90 Hz panel. All the phones have AMOLED panels. Nord and X50 are better due to the 90Hz panel.
Performance – The Nord and X50 offer upto 20% faster processor SD 765G vs. the SD 730 on Galaxy A71.
OS – Oxygen OS > Samsung One UI 2.0 > Funtouch OS. Both Oneplus and Samsung has the upper hand.
Storage & Ram – You get more storage and Ram options with the Nord and the X50.
Rear Cameras – Vivo X50 and the Samsung A71 have a slight advantage over the Nord.
Front Cameras – Nord offers Dual front cameras and offers more versatility to clicking selfies.
Battery Capacity – Samsung has the largest battery, and the X50 offers the fastest charging speeds.
Connectivity – Nord and the Vivo X50 offer 5G support, whereas Samsung is 4G. Not much use for 5G for the next 2-3 years as network deployment in India will take time.
Made in India – All of these are made in India, Samsung being a non-Chinese brand.
I have highlighted the major differences in the table below for your ease.
Choose the phone that suits your needs; in case you need more help, please share your queries in the comments below.
|Key Specification||OnePlus Nord||Vivo X50||Samsung Galaxy A71|
|Display||6.44 inches, 2400*1080p, AMOLED display, 90Hz||6.56 inches, 2376*1080p, 9, AMOLED display, 90 Hz||6.70 inches, 2400*1080p,
AMOLED display, 60 Hz
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Adreno 620||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, Adreno 618|
|Operating System||Oxygen OS based on Android10||Fun Touch OS based on Android10||One UI 2.0 based on Android10|
|RAM||6GB/8GB/12GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Rear Camera||48MP(f/1.75)+8MP, (f/2.25)+5MP(f/2.4)+2MP(f/2.4),||48MP(f/1.6)+8MP (f/2.2)+13MP(f/2.5) +5MP (f/2.5)||64MP(f/1.8)+12MP (F/2.2)+5MP(F/2.2)
|Front Camera||32MP(f/2.45)+8MP (f/2.45)||32MP(f/2.5)||32MP(F/2.2)|
|Battery||4115mAh, 30W fast Charging||4200mAh, 33W fast charging||4500mAh,
25W fast charging
|Weight||184 g||173 g||179 g|
|SIM slots||Dual SIM (5G supported)||Dual SIM(5G supported)||Dual SIM (4G)|
|Price||Rs.27,999(8GB/128GB), Rs.29,999(12GB/256GB)||Rs.34,990(8GB/128GB), Rs.37,990(8GB/256G)||Rs.32,999(8GB/128GB)|
What is Oneplus Nord?
It is the latest affordable smartphone from Oneplus. It will launch in July and will come with mid-range specs. The phone will offer excellent features/specs and has a sub $400 price (Rs. 30,000). The Nord is a sub-brand for the Oneplus similar to the Narzo for Realme or even Poco for Xiaomi.
OnePlus Nord N100 and OnePlus Nord N10:
OnePlus has added two new mid-range smartphones to its Nord series- OnePlus Nord N100 5G and OnePlus Nord N10. These new additions come with a punch-hole display.
The phones launched on 26th October; N100 will be available from 10th November 2020 in the UK following N10 in later November.
With the launch of these new mobiles, Oneplus is moving into the affordable segment, and to some extent, it will dilute the brand perception.
Oneplus has built a reputation for making blazing-fast phones with a good user experience and a not-so-eye-watering price tag. The world is changing, and so is Oneplus.
Earlier, the company has already confirmed the launch of these new devices on its official Twitter handle.
Let’s check out the specification in detail :
OnePlus Nord N100:
For starters, the phone has a 6.52 inches IPS LCD panel with 720 * 1600 pixels resolution (269 PPI) and a 20:9 aspect ratio. Rather outdated, Corning Gorilla 3 protects the display.
Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 (11 nm) octa-core chipset and has Adreno 610 GPU. The processor is strictly mid-range, and you won’t get as smooth performance from it as you can from higher-priced Oneplus phones.
It runs on Android 10 based on OxygenOS 10.5.
Notably, it comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The phone packs a massive 5000 mAh battery, supporting 18W fast charging.
For imaging, it carries a triple rear camera setup of 13 MP primary camera (f/2.2), 2 MP macro (f/2.4), and 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4). It sports 8 MP (f/2.0) for a selfie.
Also, we are getting dual speakers, a feature that was missing on the previous Nord device. It weighs 188g and 8.5 mm in thickness with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
OnePlus Nord N100 is Euro 179 (roughly INR 15,613) and is available in single Midnight Frost color. Also, worth noting, it will have 4G connectivity instead of 5G.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G:
The second affordable phone launched by the company is Nord N10 5G. The phone has a slightly bigger screen than OnePlus Nord.
Notably, the N10 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G (8 nm) octa-core processor and has Adreno 619L GPU. Runs on OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10.
It has a 6.49 inches IPS LCD display with a 90 Hz refresh rate and 1080 * 2400 pixels resolution. It has a 20:9 aspect ratio and 406 PPI with an 83.5% screen to body ratio.
The phone measures 190 grams of weight and has 9 mm of thickness.
It includes a decent 4300 mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. Considerably, it has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.
To capture beautiful memories, it comprises a Quad rear camera with a 64 MP primary lens (f/1.8), 8 MP ultra-wide (f/2.3), 5 MP depth sensor (f/2.4), and a 2 MP macro lens (f/2.4).
On the front side, we are getting a 16 MP snapper with an f/2.1 aperture.
The phone has dual speakers and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The OnePlus Nord N10 is available in Midnight Ice shade with a price tag of Euro 329 (roughly INR 28,706).
Oneplus has yet to announce the availability of the newly launched phones in India. I hope Indian budget buyers get these options soon!