The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is official and it seems like a good budget phone – at least from the specs and features we’ve seen so far.
The CE tag in this Nord’s name refers to the core version, and that idea is clear here. It’s an affordable phone that focuses on the ‘basic’ essentials, or at least that’s the plan. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
OnePlus Nord CE price and release date
OnePlus Nord CE 5G is now available for sale for the OnePlus community till June 12. Those who order it during this period will receive the phone on June 14.
You can pre-order the OnePlus Nord CE 5G from Amazon UK starting June 10th and three from June 11th. OnePlus Nord CE 5G will again be available for sale on June 21. See below for pricing details.
|8GB||128GB||blue void, charcoal ink||£299||Amazon, John Lewis, Three, Oneplus||21 June|
|12GB||256 GB||Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, Silver Ray||£369||amazon, oneplus||21 June|
There are currently no plans for a US release. We’ll update this page when we learn more about pricing.
OnePlus Nord CE Specs and Features
In terms of power, Nord CE runs on Snapdragon 750 chipset. It’s a strong upper-mid-range chip from Qualcomm that should handle most tasks with ease. When we get the phone to a trusted lab we’ll run it through our usual array of benchmarking and real-world tests.
The chip is paired with 8 or 12GB of RAM (same as the priced OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro) and 128 or 256GB of storage.
Inside the Nord CE’s plastic and glass body, there’s a 4500mAh battery that’s bigger than the previous Nord’s cell with Warp Charge 30T technology. We have been impressed with the quick charging speed on OnePlus devices before and the claim here is that 30 minutes of charging will get the phone from 0% to 70%.
The software looks like it will be similar to the Oxygen OS you’ll find on other OnePlus phones and includes a dark mode, always-on display, and Zen mode.
OnePlus’ cameras have never been the best and even though things have improved somewhat, there is still a way to go with the Hasselblad partnership on the 9 Pro. There’s no Hasselblad branding here, with a main 64MP f/1.79 camera backed by ultrawide and a 16MP camera for selfies. You also have different night modes.
While you can’t always rely on OnePlus phones for a great picture, you can count on them for top-notch screens. Even though it’s a £299 device, you’re getting an OLED panel with 1080p resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling.
It’s a slightly smaller screen than you’d expect, measuring 6.43-inches. It’s not the Asus Zenfone 8, but we’re glad the OnePlus isn’t too big for the Nord CE. OnePlus also states that the display supports HDR10+ and we assure that they will support HDR in apps like Netflix and YouTube.
oneplus nord ce design
It looks a lot like a OnePlus phone, especially in the matte blue void hue that was highlighted during the launch event. The front and back are made of glass (not Gorilla Glass, but another variant) while the rim is plastic.
There’s no alert slider – a common feature on OnePlus – either, which is a bit of a shame. At the bottom is the USB-C port and the headphone port.
Don’t expect to find things like Qi charging, IP rating, or expandable storage.
The previous Nord was an excellent phone and even some of the cheaper OnePlus N-series have impressed, so I expect this to be another and possibly one of the cheapest phones out there.
Good screen specs, great OnePlus software and a capable processor tick many of the boxes I look for – but how good will the camera be?