The OnePlus Nord CE 5G offers all the core features you’d want in a mid-range phone

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G offers all the core features you’d want in a mid-range phone

After weeks of teasers, OnePlus has finally lifted the covers off its latest mid-range phone — the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. As seen in previous leaks, the device packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G chip, up to 12GB of RAM, a 64MP triple camera setup, and a 4,500mAh battery with 30W fast charging support.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G: Specifications

SpecificationOnePlus Nord CE 5G
Dimensions & Weight
  • 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm
  • 170g
Display
  • 6.43-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED
  • 2400 x 1080p
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • sRGB, DCI-P3 support
SoC
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
  • Adreno 619
RAM & Storage
  • 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging support
SecurityIn-display fingerprint sensor
Rear Camera(s)
  • 64MP f/1.79 primary camera, EIS, PDAF+CAF
  • 8MP f/2.25 wide-angle camera, 119° FoV
  • 2MP f/2.4 monochrome camera
Front Camera(s)16MP f/2.45, EIS
Port(s)USB 2.0 Type-C
Audio
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Single bottom-firing speaker
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • NFC
  • GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, A-GPS, NaVIC
  • Dual-SIM card slots
  • SA/NSA 5G
SoftwareOxygenOS 11 based on Android 11

The OnePlus Nord Core Edition (CE) 5G is exactly what its name suggests. It’s a mid-range Nord device that offers all the core features you’d want from a phone in this price range. It packs a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that refreshes at 90Hz and offers Always-on display capabilities, the 5G-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip that offers optimal performance for daily use, up to 12GB of RAM so you can multitask with ease, and up to 256GB of storage so that you can install as many games or click as many photos as your want.

All three colorways of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G

On the camera front, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G features a respectable triple camera setup on the back, consisting of a 64MP f/1.79 main camera, an 8MP f/2.25 wide-angle camera with a 119° FoV, and a 2MP monochrome camera to aid with portrait shots. Over on the front, it has a 16MP selfie shooter. While the phone may seem like a typical mid-ranger so far, it does feature a couple of extras that you won’t find on most other devices in this price range. These include a 3.5mm headphone jack, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and SA/NSA 5G capabilities. The phone is backed by a 4,500mAh battery that supports OnePlus’ Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging technology.

All colorways of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G with RAM and storage configurations

Another factor that gives the OnePlus Nord CE 5G an edge over other similarly priced devices is its software. The phone runs OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11 out of the box, which delivers a fast and smooth, bloatware-free experience. That’s hard to come by on competitors from Xiaomi and Realme, and it will probably be one of the main factors influencing buyer decision. If you’re thinking of getting the phone, stay tuned for our review to know if it’s actually better than its competitors or not.

Pricing & Availability

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G will be available in three colorways — Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, and Silver Ray. It will go on sale via OnePlus’ website and Amazon.in starting from June 16. The device will be available for pre-order for Red Cable Club members starting tomorrow. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is priced at ₹22,999 (~$315) for the 6GB/128GB variant, ₹24,999 (~$342) for the 8GB/128GB variant, and ₹27,999 (~$383) for the 12GB/256GB variant.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.