OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review: We will examine the performance of the new OnePlus Nord CE in real-life and decide if it is worth your money.
OnePlus’ original Nord was launched last year. It stated that it was a return to its roots. The company now calls its Nord CE the Core Edition. The Core Edition is said to offer all the core features that modern users would want at an affordable price. Also, read OnePlus Nord 2: The next OnePlus phone.
The company’s philosophy aside the Nord CE 5G looks like a great deal on paper. The Nord CE 5G is a great option for your next smartphone, with the return of the 3.5mm headset jack and other core features. Check out our review to find out. Read also: OnePlus Nord 2 specifications leak as launch draws nearer, expected to cost less than Rs 30,000 Rs 24,999 (8GB/128GB)
OnePlus Nord CE5G Review: What’s new? Is it worth it?
The 3.5mm headphone connector has returned, which I consider one of the most welcome changes. Many people have several wired earphones around and cannot afford to buy a pair of wireless earphones. This feature is something that many people are eager to see return.
This smartphone is also the smallest the company has ever made, since the OnePlus 6T. The smartphone’s slim profile and lightweight make it easy to use.
This is the company’s first smartphone to be made of full-plastic materials. Plastic is lighter than glass and metal, which could explain the shift. Plastic is also stronger than glass.
The device supports 5G connectivity, which may be a reason to purchase it, but it is not essential for me at the moment, as India does not currently have any 5G operators.
OnePlus Nord CE5G Review: Design and build quality
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is a simple smartphone that looks and feels exactly like other OnePlus smartphones. Although the back panel and frame are made of plastic, the phone feels light and not as heavy as a metal frame or glass. Although I would prefer a metal frame, given the cost of the phone, it is not a problem for me.
The front panel’s glass panel is made from DT starglass material. This provides some protection against scratches but not as much as a Gorilla Glass panel. We were also informed by the company that the glass has an aluminum alloy in its middle for strength. It feels premium because the back panel is matte in texture. The blue void colour looks great, especially when paired with violet shadings at the edges.
The device’s back features a triple camera setup in the upper right corner, as well as a single LED flash. The OnePlus logo is the only thing on the back panel. The device has a secondary microphone at the top. The power button can be seen on the right edge.
On the left side, you will find the volume rockers as well as the SIM card tray. The bottom edge features the 3.5mm headphone Jack, the USB Type C port, and the speaker grille.
The phone is slim and sleek, and it looks exactly like other OnePlus phones. Although the phone’s plastic construction does affect the feel of the inside, it doesn’t seem as bad as it would with a premium smartphone.
Review of OnePlus Nord CE5G: Display
For me, a 90Hz AMOLED display is one of the most important features in a smartphone. This display is what we get on our Nord CE 5G. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G features a 6.43 inch full-HD+ AMOLED display at a resolution 2400×1080 pixels with a 90Hz refresh rate. It supports both sRGB as well as Display P3 colour gamuts and has a maximum brightness of 410 pixels. This device does not support HDR10+, as opposed to the OnePlus Nord.
This display panel is extraordinary for its price. The panel is vibrant in colour and offers great viewing angles. It has good brightness levels. The display is legible in direct sunlight, and it’s dim enough not to cause eye strain even in total darkness.
The Nord CE, like all other OnePlus smartphones has many options for calibrating the display.
I consider 90Hz the best refresh rate. After that, it becomes difficult to see the difference because it is so small until it reaches over 240Hz or 300Hz. The UI is much easier to navigate thanks to the 90Hz refresh rate. Variable refresh rate is available on the device. This lowers the refresh rate to conserve battery power. This can make navigation of the UI a little bit difficult.
It is annoying that the hole punch cutout makes it difficult to see. I would love for OnePlus to bring back its pop-up camera module just as it brought back the 3.5mm headset jack.
OnePlus Nord CE5G Review: Performance
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor powers the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. While it isn’t a flagship processor, it can withstand high pressure.
The Snapdragon 750G is capable of handling any task that I put it to. Although there were some stutters, I didn’t find it difficult to use the phone.
The device was easy to use and I have found it to be able handle all my tasks with no problems. The interface was very responsive, apps loaded quickly, and I didn’t experience any unexpected shutdowns or delays when switching between apps.
The Nord CE 5G was able to play games for long hours without any problems. It was able to play all of the games I played, including Asphalt 9: Legends, Crash Bandicoot on the Run! and Call of Duty Mobile.
I didn’t notice any lags, stutters or stutters during gameplay. After about an hour, the device started to become uncomfortable to use. After an hour and half of continuous play, I noticed the device slowing down. After two hours of continuous play, the device started to slow down.
To go one step further, I tried multi-tab testing. I opened 37 tabs of Chrome and 22 in Opera Mobile. Then, I switched between them within a few seconds. Although the phone did not lag, I was able to see multiple tabs being killed within both browsers.
I tried the multi-app test. I opened 30 different apps and switched between them. This was handled easily by the device, but it kept killing my games.
The device will perform well in everyday use. It will also handle daily tasks without any issues, even if you play resource-intensive games or don’t want to delete any apps. Power users may have trouble with too many apps or tabs open.
OnePlus Nord CE5G Review: Software and Security
OxygenOS 11 stands out, but is easy to use and navigate for most users. It has not changed much since I first saw it on my OnePlus 9. The skin is easy to use for new users.
OnePlus is known for its fast fingerprint scanners. Although they are not the industry leader in this area, OnePlus phones still have excellent in-display fingerprint scanners that are accurate and fast. To lower costs, Nord CE could have considered adding a capacitive fingerprint scanner.
It also has a facial recognition function that matches the user’s facial data with the stored facial data in order to unlock the device. It works flawlessly.
OnePlus Nord CE5G Review: Cameras
Since its inception, OnePlus cameras have seen significant improvements. There is still much to be done. The 64-megapixel primary sensor of the OnePlus Nord CE is paired with an 8 megapixel ultra-wide angle lens and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera.
The primary 64-megapixel sensor captures good images in daylight. It can also take decent photos with good detail and colour saturation. The camera had difficulty focusing when it came to close-up shots.
Edge detection was a little off. Many shots that had too many elements, a larger range of lighting profiles and more dynamic range ended up looking flat and lacking in dynamic range. The camera could sometimes oversaturate images, rendering them unusable.
You can zoom in up to 10x with the primary sensor. However, zoomed-in photos are often blurred and not as sharp.
Although the 8-megapixel wide angle camera captured images with less detail, it did not sacrifice on colour. There were also some areas in the images that were not visible when zoomed in.
I feel like the 2-megapixel monochrome sensor is a waste of time considering that you can use 64-megapixel primary sensor to take photos and then apply monochrome filters on top. This sensor was not used by me.
The portrait shots turned out well with good detail and a broad range of colours. The edge detection feature was not perfect, and many images were blurred around the edges.
As expected, low light images were poor with lots of grain and blurred areas. Nightscape did make the image quality better, but it’s not magic. I could see grain in the images. Low-light images had issues with focussing and colours looked a little washed out.
Images shot with the front camera showed good detail and colours under good lighting conditions. The images could look oversaturated if the light source is too bright. The algorithm of the Nord CE seems to oversharpen and brighten images.
This can be adjusted by turning the beauty filter down to level 1. It won’t turn off completely, however. Low light images suffered the same fate, as the rear camera. Noise and grain were introduced to the images. They were still possible to use if necessary.
Review of OnePlus Nord CE5G: Battery
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a 4,500mAh lithium-ion battery that supports Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charger technology. I was able to get around two days of moderate use from the phone on one charge. I used the phone to browse social media, send text messages, receive calls and watch OTT content.
The device was capable of sustaining me for approximately 9 hours with heavy use, including extended gaming sessions, watching Netflix movies, and using Google Maps.
The in-box charger and the device were able to charge up 100 percent in just over an hour. I found this a very fast charging speed, and it didn’t strain the battery too much.
If you are looking for exact numbers, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G can charge up to 28 percent in 10 mins, 49 percent by 20 minutes, 66 per cent in 30 minutes and 81 per cent in 40 minutes. It also charges up to 92 percent at 50 minutes, 92 Percent in 50 minutes, 98 Percent in 60 minutes, and 100 percent at 62 minutes.
Verdict: OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review
OnePlus has delivered on its promise to provide a smartphone that includes all the essential features a buyer needs with the Nord CE 5G. This isn’t a leap over the original Nord, but a completely different smartphone that a consumer can purchase and continue living his normal life without worrying about his phone.
The Nord CE 5G starts at Rs 22,999. It is an attractive mid-range option that has few drawbacks. The display, performance, and software were all very good to me. Although there are some minor issues, such as a plastic frame and no IP rating, they don’t outweigh the value of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G.
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