OnePlus Nord CE 5G review

The 1+ Nord CE 5G equipped with nice design and feel.

The smartphone stays true to its marketing slogan of "core edition," rather than becoming a "compromised edition."

Technical Specification


‎OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Android)


‎8 & 12 GB and 128GB & 256GB

Product Dimensions

‎15.9 x 0.8 x 7.4 cm; 170 Grams

Battery Power

‎4500mAH lithium-ion

Camera Features

(64MP+8MP+2M) High-resolution photos, Nightscape, Automated AI Photo Enhancer, Portrait mode, and filters., In-display fingerprint sensor., Front camera features - Face Unlock,


‎Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G with an octa-core processor, Kryo 570 CPU (20% improvement from predecessor), and an Adreno 619 GPU (10% improved graphics performance from predecessor).

Display technology



‎Charcoal Ink, Blue Void


‎Oppo Mobiles India Private Limited

Country of Origin


Date First Available

16 June 2021

About Phone

OnePlue is going through a transitional period, where it's no longer about "fans" or becoming a "flagship killer." It is a manufacturer of high-end smartphones. 

It must live up to its reputation. And it needs to do more than just launch a barrage of public relations initiatives.

The brand's biggest triumph this year has been a collaboration with Hasselblad on the 9 Pro, which promises users photographs that will blow them away.

The second major move comes in the form of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which is designed to refill the ammunition in the company's Nord line of smartphones.

The Nord CE comes up to its marketing slogan of "core edition" and does not become a "compromised version" without having you wait.

Cutting the Right Corners

The fat has been removed without compromising the most compelling feature of a OnePlus phone: OxygenOS, which runs on top of Android 11. OnePlus has always promised and delivered the closest to stock Android with plenty of customization and zero hiccups. 

Except for the Netflix app, which most users would like to utilise, OxygenOS' sinewy ingenuity is in full swing. There were no needless notifications in the first few days of use.

I understand that the CE edition is powered by Snapdragon 750G, which some may argue is a minor step down from last year's SD 765G, but the difference in benchmark scores isn't significant.

The Nord CE's GPU score edges out the Nord by a hair, but otherwise practically everything else is close to the same, indicating that OnePlus made a prudent decision to cut this corner.

Even at high graphic settings, gaming on the Nord CE is enjoyable, and other tasks are simple to complete.

Minor cost-cutting measures, such as the use of a plastic rear panel, have helped keep the price down.

You will never have the impression that you are holding a low-cost device in your hands. The Nord CE is a lightweight, well-designed, and well-balanced bicycle.

In fact, the phone's size makes it comfortable to hold. The 6.43-inch 90Hz fluid AMOLED display is designed for everyday use.

All of the standard display modes are available, including ambient, dark, and reading, and photos and text are crisp. The well-tuned screen makes multimedia consumption simple, while the mono speaker is disappointing but loud (and clear) enough.

The 3.5mm headphone port is the phone's major plus. Although the demand for wireless earbuds and headphones will undoubtedly increase, many people, particularly audiophiles who wish to listen to high-bit-rate files, still prefer corded audio cans.

However, the lack of a characteristic alert slider has me scratching my head. Why leave it out if it's such an important component of the OnePlus experience?

Time to Face the Camera

The camera is one location where a problem could arise. The 64MP primary camera and the 8MP ultra-wide snapper are both excellent cameras, but how they are marketed in a world of 108MP cameras is crucial.

OnePlus Nord CE 5g Camera Photo

Source : TelegraphIndia

Regardless of how many articles are made about why megapixel count should not be a decisive factor, there are companies out to promote a widely ridiculed theory.

With a collaboration with Hasselblad on the 9 Pro, OnePlus has clearly raised its game, but that collaboration is absent here, leaving the company to defend itself.

And OnePlus cameras have always been like that student in class who always gets good grades but never comes in first. Even after zooming in, photos produced with the primary sensor are sharp and complete with all the details you require.

However, the same cannot be true for the ultra-wide, where it appears that too much AI is at work. 

There is some noise in low-light images, and not every detail is caught, however this is improved with the night mode. In terms of video, 4K recordings at 30fps look excellent, but optical picture stabilisation is a must.

Should You Buy it?

In India, OnePlus isn't focusing on 5G because, by the time it arrives, you'll have something along the lines of the "Nord Pro"!

Yes, the corporation is urging customers to purchase Nord CE instead of last year's Nord, which is now unavailable.

However, if you're looking for a low-cost phone with no sacrifices in terms of software, this is the phone to get for the next couple of years. Two years of software upgrades and three years of security updates are included in the package.

Because most people upgrade every two years, it's advisable to go with the base model. It's a safe assumption that the OnePlus Nord CE 5G looks and feels excellent.

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