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OnePlus Nord CE 5G: Nord’s First Affordable 5G Phone

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

With the newly launched OnePlus Nord CE 5G, OnePlus has given hope to mid-range buyers. This post covers the OnePlus Nord CE 5G release date, specifications, price, and everything we know so far.

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G launched on June 10, after the huge success of its predecessor – the original OnePlus Nord, launched last year amid the pandemic. This time, OnePlus came with an impressive gadget for the budget buyers, especially in Indian Market, which is its base market too.

The term “CE”, as OnePlus explained, stands for “Core Edition.” It signifies that even though it is a budget phone, it still sticks to OnePlus’s “fast & smooth” policy. According to a tipster, we might also see a Nord 2 along with the second generation of Nord – OnePlus Nord CE 5G.

Here’s everything we know about the OnePlus Nord CE 5G – the most affordable Nord range so far.

Starting price: $365

Display: 6.4-inch FHD AMOLED

Refresh rate: 90Hz

Rear cameras: 64MP main (f/1.8), 8MP ultrawide (f/2.3), 2MP monochrome (f/2.4)

Front camera: 16MP selfie (f/2.5)

CPU: Snapdragon 750G

RAM: 8GB/12GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB

Battery: 4,500 mAh

Charging: 30W

OS: Android 11 with OxygenOS11

Colors: Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, Silver Ray

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Design & Display

Since the very beginning, OnePlus has made headlines for its great AMOLED displays and the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is not an exception. The AMOLED display on the original Nord remains the same on the OnePLus Nord CE 5G. Measuring 6.4-inch, offering an FHD resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, it sports an always-on display.

Talking about its design, the second-generation of Nord has inherited less-positive features from the original Nord that body is not IP-rated, simply a “Splash-proof.”

Surprisingly, there is no alert sider of Nord CE 5G. This premium edition comes with a headphone jack, which was not on the original Nord. 

Also with paring down the Nord CE’s body to 7.9mm from 8.2mm, OnePlus added Nord CE 5G among its skinniest phones since the OnePlus 6T. You also get some new colors to choose from with the newly designed OnePlus Nord CE 5G. It comes in matte-finished fingerprint-resistant Blue Void, which has some strange dark blue highlights; glossy charcoal ink, and pearlescent silver ray.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Camera

The main camera on the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has upgraded from a 48MP to a 64MP sensor, which means more detailed shots. While you get a few upgrades to the main sensor, you actually sign for two sensors fewer overall.

Unlike the Original Nord’s depth and macro cameras, OnePlus Nord CE 5G has none of them. Though, it has got a 2MP mono camera for additional texture to black and white shots. Meanwhile, you lose the ultrawide selfie camera on the original Nord, replaced with a standard 16MP selfie shooter.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Specifications, Price, and Release Date

OnePlus has replaced its chipset in Nord CE 5G to Snapdragon 750G from Snapdragon 765G, the silicon is still 5G ready, and OnePlus promises excellent performance with 20% CPU increase and 10% GPU increase.

With the new Chipset, the memory variant remains the same, you can either choose an 8GB RAM with 128GB storage for the basic price or 12GB RAM with 256GB storage. OnePlus has also upgraded battery capacity into the new Nord CE 5G, increasing it up to 4,500 mAh, unlike the original Nord with 4,115 mAh.

As stated, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes at a base price of $365 and $520. Whichever option you purchase, there is always plenty of space to store your media files and else.

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