OnePlus Nord CE 5G Delivers the 5G Goods for a Low Price
OnePlus has seen what Xiaomi, Realme and Samsung are doing with low-cost 5G phones and has designed the new OnePlus Nord CE 5G to take them on. Announced today for the UK, Nord CE – which apparently stands for Core Edition – costs £ 299, or around $ 421, but has a specification that is more commonly seen on phones that are twice as expensive.
The OnePlus Nord CE has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor with either 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and a large, flat 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a full HD resolution. The phone comes in three different colors, Blue Void, Charcoal Ink or, if you choose the 12GB model with 256GB of storage, Silver Ray too. Take a look at the bottom of the phone and you will discover a 3.5mm headphone jack next to the USB Type-C charging port.
Hidden inside the Nord CE is a 4500 mAh battery that charges using the proprietary Warp Charge 32+ system that goes from zero to 70% in 30 minutes. Not as fast as the OnePlus 9 Pro’s Warp Charge 65, but still very good for a phone at this price point. The phone has the Android 11 based OxygenOS 11 software from OnePlus installed, which comes with the same features as the more expensive OnePlus 9, including the always-on screen display. OnePlus promises two years of support for software updates and three years of security updates.
There are three cameras on the back, but the Nord CE didn’t get Hasselblad treatment so don’t expect it to give results like the OnePlus 9 Pro. The main camera has 64 megapixels and an aperture of f / 1.79 and is complemented by an 8MP wide-angle camera and a monochrome camera. A 16 MP selfie camera is located in a hole in the screen. After all, the entire phone weighs just 170 grams and is 7.9mm thick.
The 8GB / 128GB OnePlus Nord CE is priced at £ 299 / $ 421 while the 12GB / 256GB version costs £ 369 / $ 520. Both will be available from June 21 through the OnePlus, Amazon, Three Network and John Lewis retail stores online stores. Pre-orders will start on June 10th. OnePlus is also offering its OnePlus community members the option to order the phone today and receive it on June 14th.
OnePlus has not yet announced the North CE for the USA at this point in time.