OnePlus recently unveiled its latest mid-range smartphone, the Nord CE 5G (Core Edition). But, how does it compare with 2020 oneplus 8?
We awarded the OnePlus 8 four stars when we tried it out in 2020, praising its faster processor, upgrade to 5G, and rich OLED display.
Read on to find out how last year’s OnePlus flagship compares to the newest member of its affordable Nord family, the Nord CE 5G.
Pricing and Availability
Nord CE will be available for purchase from June 21 with prices starting at £299 for the 8GB/128GB model or £369 for the 12GB/256GB version.
OnePlus Nord was launched back in April 2020. At launch, the 8GB/128GB model was priced at £549, but the phone has since been reduced to £399. This means you’ll get more RAM and storage by choosing the £30 cheaper Nord CE.
There’s also a 12GB/256GB version of the 8, but this model is no longer available directly through OnePlus.
screen and design
The Nord CE has a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display (2400×1080) and a 90Hz refresh rate, while the 8 has a slightly larger 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display (2400×1080) with the same 90Hz refresh rate.
Both the phones give you the option of Face Unlock and an in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock your device.
As far as the design is concerned, the Nord CE measures 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm and weighs 170g, making it the thinnest OnePlus handset since 2018’s 6T. That said, the 8 isn’t much bigger at 160.2 x 72.9 x 8 mm and 180 grams.
Both phones have a dual nano-SIM slot and a USB Type-C port for charging and come in three colors – Nord CE in Blue Voice, Charcoal Ink and Silver Ray, and in Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow and Onyx Black. 8. Nord CE also marks the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack for OnePlus.
glasses and camera
The Nord CE mid-range is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset and Adreno 619 GPU and comes with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage.
On the other hand, the OnePlus 8 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which powers 2020 flagship phones like the Galaxy S20, along with Adreno 650 GPU. When the 8 launched, its octa-core processor scored 3318 on Geekbench 5, beating the £1000+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. 8 comes with 8GB or 12GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage.
Both phones support 5G connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1. Both handsets also run OnePlus’ OxygenOS based on the Android operating system.
As far as the cameras are concerned, both the phones have a triple camera setup.
Nord CE sports a 64-megapixel main sensor (f/1.79), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f/2.25) with a 119° field of view and a 2-megapixel mono lens (f/2.4). The phone packs a 16-megapixel front camera and can shoot 4K video at up to 30fps and has super slow motion and time-lapse settings. It also has OnePlus’ Nightscape mode for bright, clear images in low light.
The OnePlus 8 has a smaller 48-megapixel main sensor (f/1.75), along with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f/2.2) with a 116° field of view and a 2-megapixel macro lens (f/2.2). 2.4), which is absent in Nord CE. That’s not a huge loss, as we weren’t overly impressed with the macro lens in the 8 when we reviewed it. There is a 16-megapixel selfie camera and the phone can capture 4K footage at up to 60fps. It also includes super slow motion, time-lapse and nightscape modes.
The Nord CE packs a 4500mAh battery, which is slightly bigger than the 4300mAh battery found in the OnePlus 8. Both phones take advantage of OnePlus’ WarpCharge fast charging technology.
The Nord CE has the Warp Charge 30T Plus, which can juice up your phone from 0 to 70% in just half an hour, while the 8 has the slightly slower Warp Charge 30T, which can go from 0 to 50% in 23 minutes.
With prices under £300, the Nord CE is the obvious choice here at a glance. The phone is thinner than the OnePlus 8, and benefits from a larger 64-megapixel main camera, a larger 4500mAh battery, and faster charging with the Warp Charger 30T Plus.
That said, there are still advantages to buying the OnePlus 8. The phone flaunts a large display, blazing fast flagship chipset and can capture 4K footage at up to 60fps.
We’ll have to wait until we get our hands on Nord CE to make our final verdict.