The OnePlus Nord CE 5G was finally officially unveiled after not one, but two exclusive TechRadar products. Although it’s not that North 2 Many expected it to be an even cheaper version of the original series launch device.
With features like a Snapdragon 750G chipset, 30W charging, and a 90Hz display, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has plenty of mid-range features that might appeal to those looking for an inexpensive but fairly powerful phone.
We don’t have a OnePlus Nord CE 5G review yet, but by the time we release one we have gathered everything you need to know about the latest OnePlus mid-range phone. You can read everything below.
- What is it? The newest affordable phone from OnePlus
- When is it out? You can buy it right away
- How much will it cost? Starts at £ 299 (~ $ 420, AU $ 550)
OnePlus Nord CE 5G price and availability
Like the original North, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G will not come to the USA, nor will it be released in Australia.
You can pick up the phone in Great Britain and in many other European countries as well as in India and the United Arab Emirates.
So what about the price? The phone starts at £ 299 (about $ 420, AU $ 550) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and goes up to £ 369 (about $ 520, A $ 670) if you want 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage . Just note that the Silver Ray version of the phone is only available in the latter variant.
Design and display
The OnePlus Nord is available in three colors: Blue Void, Charcoal Ink and Silver Ray. This is blue, black and white for you or me.
This is a fairly small phone that weighs just 170g and is only 7.9mm thick. The device has a headphone jack and a USB-C port.
There is a 6.43-inch panel with an FHD + resolution on the screen. It’s an AMOLED panel, so the colors should be strong and it has a refresh rate of 90 Hz for fluid movement.
There’s an in-display fingerprint scanner which is a pretty high quality feature for a budget phone, although it’s a feature that other Nord phones have.
Cameras and battery life
The main camera on the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a 64 MP sensor which is pretty high resolution for a budget phone.
In addition, there is an 8 MP ultra-wide snapper with a field of view of 119 degrees and a third 2 MP monochrome lens, which should also help with depth effects.
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calls, which is pretty average for a phone of this price point and should be good for social media-worthy snaps.
In the Nord CE you will find a 4,500 mAh battery – which is larger than the original Nord – that should power the handset for a full day between charges. If you are a light phone user, you can keep it up even longer.
To power the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, there is 30 W fast charging thanks to the company’s Warp Charge 30T Plus technology. According to OnePlus, it takes half an hour to empty the phone to 70%.
Performance and software
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G’s chipset is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G – that’s a pretty decent mid-range processor that’s optimized for gaming and should deliver decent speeds.
As the name suggests, the Nord CE is 5G compatible so you can get high data speeds with it. This is useful when you want to make video calls or quickly download TV shows or albums while on the move.
In terms of software, we’re looking at OxygenOS from OnePlus, a spin-off from “Stock” Android. This is a spin on Android 11, but the phone will likely be able to upgrade to Android 12 towards the end of the year.
The benefits of OxygenOS 11, the latest version, include an always-on display, dark mode, and zen mode that locks the phone while you work.
OnePlus is committed to backing the Nord CE 5G with three years of security patches and two years of software updates, so you should hit at least Android 13, if not further.