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Light In Price, Heavy On Features, 5G For The Masses – OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 

Android smartphones have always been the talk of the town because of their features, specifications, performance, design and camera quality. With its launch in 2014, OnePlus has become the favourite brand for smartphones in India. Last year, the company launched OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, among the best pocket-friendly smartphones. This phone caused a stir and became a flagship device for the Global smartphone brand OnePlus. Succeeding Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, the company unveiled a new budget segment smartphone – OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G. Since budget is the most competitive section in the Indian smartphone market, it will be enthralling to see how Nord CE 3 Lite 5G will fare against the competition. 

Design & Display

OnePlus has done a great job giving Nord CE 3 Lite 5G a fresh look with an updated camera module design. You can choose from two colours – Chromatic Grey and Pastel Lime, making the phone eye-catching. The glossy plastic back, matte textured plastic frame, and colours match the actual panel, making this smartphone appealing to the eyes. Considering the display, the phone has a 6.72 Inch IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1800×2400 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen has a peak brightness of 680 nites making the screen visible outdoors comfortably. In addition, the content streamed from Amazon and Netflix are of standard quality. 


The Nord CE 3 Lite 5G features three rear cameras, with the primary camera being 108 MP with an aperture of f/1.75. The second sensor is a 2 MP macro lens with an aperture of f/2.4, and the third camera of 2 MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. In the daylight, the camera can take great-quality shots with complete detailing while maintaining the colour contrast level. The 3x lossless zoom plays a significant role in preserving the detailing of images. Pictures captured at night using night mode also give a decent image quality. On the front, you have a 16 MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.4. The selfie camera captures excellent images with focused details and no over-beautification on the face. 

Performance & Software 

In terms of performance, the phone packs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 as its predecessor, coupled with LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage. The device seems to be a marginally good performer than its old model. The device does a remarkable job of handling every task with ease, whether it’s about multitasking or playing games. For all game lovers, the company does a great job by adding the support of Adreno 619. Moreover, Nord CE 3 Lite 5G offers multiple customisation options to change everything from icons to themes and everything in between. The phone manages a moderate workload in the real world, like scrolling through social media, web browsing, navigation, casual gaming, and listening to music. 


The phone will not disappoint people with bumped-up storage and RAM options, including 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB USF 2.2 storage with micro SD expansion to easily store files, docs, images, videos, and relevant staff. The icing on the cake is that the phone also expands virtual memory, allowing you to create a 4/6/8GB file on the storage to swap from when the device runs out of the system memory. The phone is perfect for those who want mammoth storage to easily store their staff. 

Battery Life & Charging 

Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is powered by a massive 5000 mAh battery, which is one of the main redeeming qualities of this smartphone. Thanks to its clever background battery management, the device can easily last two days of light use with a single charge. The exciting thing is that the phone has an Endurance Edition charge which means the phone can manage 80% of battery health after four years of use. The phone can take about 50-55 minutes for a full charge as it charges rapidly at first. The battery life could be the best reason for people to pick this smartphone over the competition. 


Nord CE 3 Lite 5G by OnePlus is an impressive smartphone for those who want excellent battery life and want to experience the new OxygenOS. The camera quality of the device is also something which can’t take your eyes off, giving you detailed and beautiful pictures in daylight and at night. 

The Nord CE 3 Lite 5G starts at Rs. 19,000/-, making it a budget-friendly smartphone. 

Display – 8

Processor – 8 

Battery – 9

Performance – 8.5

Camera – 8.5

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