Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Is It a Good Budget Gaming Smartphone?


Oneplus Nord CE where CE is for Core Edition. It’s packed with core Oneplus aspects as a much better price.

As it is a budget smartphone and many other smartphones are also available at this price point.

I will also test it’s gaming performance and figure out how’s it going to be as a gaming smartphone?

Before that.

I’m going to give you a brief summary about this Oneplus Nord CE 5G review article, here you will get to see all the in-depth information about this Oneplus smartphone.

Along with this, you will get to know it’s gaming performance that helpful for you if you’re going to buy a budget gaming smartphone.

Will this Oneplus Nord CE 5G get lost in the crowd?

Let’s find out…

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review

Key Features

  • Thinner & smaller
  • Minimalist design
  • One hand operation will be much easier
  • 6.43-inch 90Hz fluid AMOLED display

Pros

  • Better gaming performance
  • Amazing in-hand experience
  • 3.5 mm jack available
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No glass back
  • Frame drops issue
  • Only single band of 5G
  • No alert slider

What’s in the Box

  • Oneplus Nord CE 5G phone
  • Case
  • Stickers
  • Sim card tool
  • Type-C cable
  • 30W warp charge 30T plus adapter
  • Documents
  • Red cable club card

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Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Design & Build Quality

The Oneplus Nord CE 5G smartphone is slim, small and lightweight and looks pretty with its minimalist design, blue and purple tint color.

By the way, this phone does not have a glass back, but it is made of composite material which we can call a material between glass and plastic, and that is why it is so light too!

In my view, it should have had a glass back because we also got to see a glass back in Oneplus Nord, so obviously we expected a glass back in it.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G design build quality

Well, let’s talk about its thinness too!

It is about 7.9mm thin and its frames are made of metal.

It weighs around 173 grams and looks really light. You probably won’t feel its weight when you put it in the pocket, which I really liked.

It feels much better in-hand as it is lightweight and it will be quite easy to operate with one hand on this smartphone.

I also liked the quality of the case that comes with the smartphone, it doesn’t matter if you don’t buy another case, you can easily go with it.

Because not only does it fit easily in the phone, we also get to see some designs on it which looks really cool.

I even dropped the phone with the case and I did not see any loss in its quality.

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Ports & Buttons

One thing that I really like about the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is the 3.5mm jack back.

Yeah…

I wanted a 3.5mm jack in a OnePlus smartphone and finally got it.

Apart from that, let’s talk about other ports and buttons.

On the bottom side – a Type-C port, speaker grill and microphone along with 3.5mm jack.

Right hand side – we have power on/off button.

On the top side – we will get to see a noise cancellation microphone.

Lastly, on the left hand side we get to see the sim card tray and the volume rocker buttons.

There’s a dual nano SIM card tray and the best part is that the base variant has 128GB of storage, so that’s pretty decent.

If you have been waiting for Alert Slider then I must tell you that there is no Alert Slider.

Yes…

OnePlus did not provide any Alert Slider this time, but as per my opinion – the Alert Slider should have been here.

Did Oneplus do well by not providing alert slider in Oneplus Nord CE 5G? Let me know in the comments.

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Display

Oneplus Nord CE 5G comes with 6.43 Full HD Plus Fluid AMOLED display which is very beautiful and manageable size like neither too big nor too small.

In this phone we will get 90Hz fast refresh rate which is going to be helpful during gaming.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G display

Although we can easily see 120Hz refresh rate in this price point but still it is quite good for this price point wherein we also get an in-display fingerprint scanner.

By the way, its screen-to-body ratio is much better as it has very thin bezels which I really liked.

Moreover, one thing I just noticed is frame drop.

We didn’t expect it at all…

Right?

Although if you were using a normal phone before then you might not feel any frame drop but if you are OnePlus user then you will definitely feel some frame drops here.

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Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Gaming

Battlegrounds Mobile India has launched in India and I played a lot in this Oneplus Nord CE 5G.

You can expect high gaming performance from this Oneplus Nord CE 5G smartphone.

It is a decent performing gaming smartphone and we get to see a stable performance.

It’s great for the casual gamer, I mean you can play a lot in it without any problem.

Moreover, you are able to play the game in maximum settings and get a smooth gaming experience.

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Camera

For the photography enthusiast – I would say, you can get better than this.

Because there are some aspects which give bad camera experience such as –

  • Focus – Camera focus is a bit slow
  • Color Accuracy – Camera provides poor color accuracy

Although these may be fixed by upcoming software update, but I aim to provide real in-depth information about the products.

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Battery

There is one thing we can talk about with enthusiasm as the OnePlus Nord CE 5G packs a 4500mAh long-lasting battery.

Remind you, Oneplus Nord had 4115 mAh whereas in this budget smartphone we get to see 4500 mAh.

And with OxygenOS, we can easily expect a day’s battery life with moderate usage.

Let’s talk about it’s charging.

OnePlus claims that this 30W adapter can charge 0-70% in just 30 minutes which is pretty good.

I mean if you are going to take a shower and leave the phone on charging, it is quite likely that you will see about 70% battery when you come back (provided you leave your bathroom in 30 minutes).

Amazing, Right?

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Review: Performance

In my way of thinking, Oneplus Nord CE 5G is a surprisingly good performing smartphone, What does that mean?

Let me explain.

Although the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a Snapdragon 750G processor instead of the OnePlus Nord’s Snapdragon 765G which causes lower performance but is not bad overall.

Apart from this, there are several aspects like OxygenOS which boost the performance of this smartphone.

Are you excited about 5G?

Probably Yes.

I’m also, But…

Oneplus only offers one 5G band which means when we will be able to get 5G connection in India, Oneplus Nord CE 5G users will have only 10% chance of getting 5G.

So it’s a bit disappointing.

Oneplus Nord CE 5G Specs

Size159.2×73.5×7.9mm
Weight approx173 grams
Display6.43″ Fluid AMOLED
Resolution1080x2400p
Refresh rate90Hz
ChipsetQualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G
Memory128GB 6GB RAM
128GB 8GB RAM
256GB 12GB RAM
Camera64 MP (main); 8 MP (Ultra wide angle); 2 MP (Depth)
16 MP (front camera)
Battery4500mAh; fast charging 30W
Fingerprint readerIn display
3.5mm jackYes

OnePlus Nord CE: Frequently Asked Questions

Is OnePlus Nord CE a good phone?

If you are a person who is interested in OnePlus smartphones and want to get an overall budget smartphone with decent performance then OnePlus Nord CE will be good for you.

What does the CE means in Nord CE 5G?

CE stands for Core Edition which means you will get the same OnePlus experience even in a lower budget.

Is OnePlus Nord 5G?

OnePlus only offers one 5G band in this phone which means it is not a fully 5G smartphone.

Does OnePlus Nord CE have Gorilla Glass?

No, OnePlus Nord CE does not have Gorilla Glass protection, so be careful and don’t drop your phone.

Conclusion

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is probably a good option for those who are hardcore fans of OnePlus, but if we talk about the best smartphones in this segment, then we have to see other better options.

Well, I am not saying that the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is bad, not at all.

But according to me, we have much better options.

However, we get great features even in the low budget that OnePlus has to offer.

In a nutshell, let’s take a look at this OnePlus Nord CE 5G review.

  • Very good minimalistic design with stylish color scheme
  • Nord CE is thin, small and lightweight
  • Build quality and materials are very good
  • Not fully 5G
  • Gaming performance was up to the mark
  • Balanced camera quality
  • Good battery and fast charging
  • Overall good performance
  • Lack of Alert Slider

So these are the most highlighted features of this phone that we covered in this OnePlus Nord CE 5G review.

If you have anything to say about the OnePlus Nord CE 5G smartphone, then the comment section is waiting for you.

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