OnePlus just announced the newest member of the Nord family, the Nord CE 5G (Core Edition). But, is it different from the original oneplus nord?
OnePlus Nord grabbed our attention when it launched as one of the cheapest phones in 2020. The handset offers a well-rounded set of features including a high quality OLED display, good design, 5G and fast charging at an incredibly affordable price.
Now, OnePlus has unveiled the Nord CE. It offers a host of similar features – for even less. Read on to know how the Nord CE 5G compares to the regular OnePlus Nord.
Pricing and Availability
You will be able to take Nord CE starting June 21. The 8GB/128GB model costs £299, while the 12GB/256GB version will cost £369.
The original Nord launched last summer and already has a price drop on OnePlus’ website. The 8GB/128GB version which was £379 is now £329, while the 12GB/256GB model has been reduced from £469 to £419. However, the Nord CE remains the cheapest option of the two, ranging from £30-£50.
screen and design
The Nord CE features a 6.43-inch Liquid AMOLED display (2400×1080) with a 90Hz refresh rate, while Nord has an ever-slightly larger 90Hz 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED display (2400×1090). Both the phones offer the option of face unlock and in-display fingerprint sensor.
When it comes to design, the Nord CE measures 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm and weighs 170 grams, making it the thinnest OnePlus phone after the OnePlus 6T. The original Nord is smaller but less slim at 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm and heavier at 184 grams.
Both the phones come with USB Type-C port and dual nano-SIM slots. The Nord CE also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, which Nord does not have. Both the phones come in three color options – Nord CE in Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, Silver Ray and Nord in Gray Onyx, Blue Marble, Gray Ash.
glasses and camera
Nord CE is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset and Adreno 619 GPU. The phone comes with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage.
The OnePlus Nord is also powered by a mid-range Snapdragon chip, the 765G 5G.
“It can’t have a benchmark score of 865, though nothing I’ve tried slows this phone down,” wrote Max Parker, deputy and mobile editor, in our review of the OnePlus Nord. “PUBG matches, Call of Duty Mobile and taxiing games play without a hitch or dropped frame rates, and everything feels smooth and fluid when you’re doing daily tasks”
Nord also has the Adreno 620 GPU and comes with the option of 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. Both Nord and Nord CE support 5G, Bluetooth 5.1 and run OxygenOS based on Android 11.
When it comes to cameras, OnePlus Nord has an abundance.
On the other hand, the Nord CE has three cameras on its back – a 64-megapixel main sensor (f/1.79), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor (f/2.25) with a 119° field of view and a 2-megapixel mono Lens (f/2.4). There is a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front and the rear camera can capture 4K video at 30fps and has super slow motion and time-lapse modes. There’s also Nightscape, which allows you to take clear pictures at night.
The setup fades, at least on paper, compared to the original Nord, which packs four cameras on the back and two on the front.
There’s a 48-megapixel main sensor (f/1.75), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f/2.25) with 119° of field, a 5-megapixel depth sensor (f/2.4) and a 2-megapixel sensor at the rear megapixel macro lens (f/2.4), and a 32-megapixel main sensor for ultra-wide selfies, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens on the front.
While we were impressed with the 48-megapixel lens and enjoyed the addition of an ultra-wide front camera on Nord, some sensors seemed less essential. We mentioned in our review that we’d love to swap out the 5 and 2-megapixel sensors for something more useful, like wireless charging.
Like the CE, Nord is capable of capturing 4K video at up to 30fps with its rear camera and supports super slow motion, time-lapse, and nightscape modes.
The Nord CE packs a 4500mAh battery, which is 385mAh larger than the original Nord’s 4115mAh battery. That said, the CE is clearly still capable of charging at the same time, despite its larger size thanks to its Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging. With this, the phone can go from 0 to 70% in just half an hour.
The original Nord has a 30T warp charge, which lets it go from 0 to 50% in 23 minutes.
For £30-£50 less (depending on the RAM and storage you choose), the Nord CE offers a lot of value for money. The phone is slightly thinner and lighter than the original Nord, has a bigger battery, includes the coveted headphone jack and has a 64-megapixel main sensor.
Meanwhile, Nord offers a larger camera array with an ultra-wide angle camera on the front which makes it very easy to take selfies with multiple people. The phone also boasts of fast performance thanks to the Snapdragon 765G. We’ll have to wait to see if the 750G chipset powering the Nord CE can keep up with the 2020 Nord speeds.