OnePlus Nord CE 5G review: why spend more?


The new smartphone of the Chinese company maximizes the benefits and reduces the cost, by accepting some compromises it becomes the mobile phone for everyone

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The price battle has long started and at the moment it has neither winners nor winners but it has generated in users the awareness that you can buy excellent smartphones without spending an exaggeration. Among these products the new OnePlus Nord CE 5G fully demonstrates this paradigm: a lot of substance, little expense.

Looking at the price tag, the latest device from the Chinese company it costs 3 times, if not 4, less of an advanced top of the range. Compared to the OnePlus 9 Pro, the savings are well over 620 euros. A nice figure. Sure, many of the top-of-the-line premium features on the Nord CE aren’t there, but those who use the phone without the need for cutting-edge performance find everything they need in this smartphone.

Design, aesthetics and build quality are tangible elements of this product, but here we also appreciate the low weight that stops and 170 grams and the thickness of 7.9mm. A smartphone therefore sufficiently compact and very practical to handle. Obviously the body is not in glass but in polycarbonate, however the feeling with the object is more than pleasant.

The 6.43-inch display also confirms the convenience of being able to use the phone even with one hand, but the screen is one of the distinctive elements of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G since it is a brilliant Amoled with a 90 Hz refresh rate. The resolution stops at Full HD +, a number of pixels more than adequate for such a phone.

Performance is also in line with expectations because the proven Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor does its job ensuring always fast and fluid use of the terminal without hesitation, but without even surprising. Not surprisingly, the memory cuts provided for this phone: 6/64 GB, 8/128 GB and 12/256 GB of the version subject of our test.

The rams are LPDDR4X and alas the storage space is not expandable, a trend that is spreading among manufacturers and which is quite frustrating. To convince without having to accept compromises is instead the excellent operating system present on the latest OnePlus phones or the OxigenOS 11 which offers various customization elements and many advanced functions perfect for geeks.

The photography department can rely on three sensors, of which the main 64 megapixel f / 1.79, an 8 megapixel 119 ° wide angle and a 2 megapixel ƒ / 2.4 monochrome to improve image rendering. From the front, the camera is a modest 16 MP f / 2.35. They are clearly the specifications of a mid-range therefore with valid results for unpretentious shots and videos.

Mind you, the quality is more than acceptable in almost all conditions, but we are far from the top of the class. This is also evident from the fact that the videos stop at 4K 30fps resolution and that the wide-angle lens only supports clips in full hd.

We must be satisfied, but not when it comes to autonomy. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G mounts, in fact, one 4500 mAh battery that brings the phone to the end of the day quietly with a 20% margin. In addition, the 30W charger in the package allows you to fill the battery to 70% in 30 minutes, while it takes 55 to get to 100%.

There is the headphone jack but the audio is only mono and not that powerful. Waterproofing is also missing but it could not be otherwise for such a phone. On the other hand, the speed of the fingerprint reader under the glass and the support for 5G SA and NSA connectivity are good.

In conclusion, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G can seduce the consumer thanks at its point of equilibrium between performance and price, while offering advanced software, great reliability and tangible build quality. It is wrong to compare this smartphone with other more advanced products, its perimeter is that of a starting mid-range, even if it is now a price range with very fierce competitors. But with OnePlus you know what to buy and the admission price now starts from 299 euros which goes up to 329 euros for the 8/128 version (except offers), and arriving at 399 for the model 12/256 GB. Three colors: Blue Void, Silver Ray and Charcoal Ink.

Rating: 7.5

Wired: thin and light, good display, smooth and fast with OxygenOS

Tired: opaque imaging department, non-expandable memory, mono audio


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