Decision

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 doesn't do anything special. At this price, there are other phones like iQOO Z3 and Realme 9 Pro+ that offer better value. Both phones pack powerful hardware, with the Realme 9 Pro+ also packing slightly better cameras. But both phones also have their weaknesses. For example, the iQOO Z3 does not have an AMOLED panel, while the Realme 9 Pro+ loses out to the competition in the design department. By comparison, the Nord CE 2 manages to avoid falling into this trap. OnePlus' new mid-range device doesn't offer segment-leading performance in any key departments. In fact, it remains strictly above the general average. But what the Nord CE 2 does well is that it doesn't fail in any of these departments. Whether it's the camera, general performance, or even gaming,

OnePlus NORD CE 2 5G Detailed Review

In 2020, OnePlus changed the game when it decided to launch the Nord series. With the original Nord, the company slowly made its way into the budget segment that was left vacant a few years ago. The phone received a good response, which helped it become a fan favorite.

A few months later, OnePlus stepped up its mid-range game with an even more aggressively priced device, the Nord CE. And now, the company has released a follow-up device in the form of the Nord CE 2. On paper, the phone offers a decent price-performance ratio with a gorgeous design. But how does it behave in real life? Let's see our in-depth review of the Nord CE 2.

OnePlus Nord CE 2: construction and design



OnePlus has a history of making great-looking phones, and the Nord CE 2 is no exception. It has clean lines and a shiny back panel. In line with other phones in the Nord series, the Nord CE 2 also tries to keep things simple and classy. However, due to some design decisions, the phone now looks more attractive than other Nord series phones we've seen in the past.

The biggest of these is the decision to equip the phone with a recessed camera module that protrudes quite a bit. This gives the phone a different look from behind, unlike anything we've seen on Nord series phones in the past. OnePlus Nord CE 2 is launched in two color variants. The first is Gray Mirror. OnePlus claims that it offers a mirror-smooth finish with glossy undertones that resemble "luxurious brushed metal." And the second color scheme Bahama Blue is better understood. While OnePlus wants to assure you that it's understated and stylish, the reality is quite different. Make no mistake, it looks good. But sadly, a phone that goes to great lengths to look good.

Due to the material used in the device, the phone feels slippery in the hand and its back panel is also a huge magnet for smudges. But due to the presence of a light-reflecting gradient pattern behind it, haze effects are slightly reduced. Apart from this, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 also offers a solid build quality that definitely proves to be a pro for the phone.




OnePlus Nord CE 2: Display


OnePlus NORD CE 2

In the display department, the Nord 2 comes with a 6.43-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display that performs as expected. The panel is HDR10+ certified and offers a maximum brightness of 800 nits. It comes with HDR support for platforms like Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video.

The panel itself is par for the course and works fine for all intents and purposes. It becomes very bright, even in direct sunlight, and produces vibrant, eye-catching colors. OnePlus has included two display profiles. Of these, we find Gentle to be more balanced for all basic uses; however, if you want to watch movies on Netflix or play games, we recommend switching to the Vivid profile to access a wider color gamut. will advise. The OnePlus Nord CE 2's panel also offers decent viewing angles and text readability is up to scratch and overall the screen is good for gaming and watching videos and movies.




OnePlus Nord CE 2: specifications and performance

The OnePlus Nord 2 is a phone for the masses and as such the company has tried to cover all bases with the device, including the core hardware. Under the hood we find a powerful mid-range chipset in the form of the Dimensity 900 SoC, along with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This hardware interfaces with a copy of OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. While we would have preferred Android 12, the wait won't be too long as the device is expected to get the Android 12 update soon.

This combination of the Nord CE 2's core hardware and clean software ensures that the phone provides enough to handle daily tasks with ease. There were no noticeable lags with the phone in our time, and everyday apps ran smoothly.

However, it was in the benchmarks and gaming department that the phone left a bit to be desired. We tested the phone using benchmarks like AnTuTu, Geekbench, and 3DMark WildLife, and in all these tests, the results of the device were a bit disappointing.

In fact, all the benchmarks we ran on the device showed one thing, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 isn't even making the best use of the handheld chipset, scoring lower than the Oppo Reno 7 which also has the same chipset. . . Hood. While the difference in scores isn't night and day, it's still enough to point to in this review.

Thankfully, the phone's low-end performance in benchmarks doesn't carry over to gaming, where the device managed to run simple titles like Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends without a hitch. While playing these games, we didn't notice any frame drops and performance was generally smooth. The Nord CE 2 also performed well in the CPU throttling test, where it only registered around 95 percent of its performance. This is a good sign that the phone handles its temperatures well and also that it can deliver sustained peak performance during long gaming sessions.

Pro

good cameras
65W fast charge
good daily performance

Cons

lack of premium appearance

OnePlus Nord CE 2: Camera



The OnePlus Nord CE 2 offers decent hardware in the camera department. The phone packs a triple camera setup on the back consisting of a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens completing the setup. On the front, we have a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

In the limited time we had with the device, we found the Nord CE 2's cameras to perform quite well. The device's main camera is capable of clicking some good-looking daylight images with a decent amount of detail and clarity. Backed by OnePlus' advanced photo algorithms, photos clicked in daylight have natural colors. This is also the case with the ultra-wide-angle lens which manages to capture a good amount of detail and the color accuracy is back on point.

However, due to the low megapixel count of this lens, photos do not look as sharp as with the primary lens. There is also some barrel distortion effect in these photos, but thankfully it has been kept to a minimum.

Low-light performance is good for both lenses, as the phone's computational photography algorithm primarily increases brightness in night mode shots rather than filling the shot with more detail. Also, there is some level of noise in these low-light shots.

The phone also has a 2-megapixel macro camera lens. But it seems that it is just to do numbers. This is greatly curbed by its low megapixel count, as clicked macro shots appear with less detail and also lack sharpness. The device's front camera does a good job of capturing skin tones and fine details. I will honestly say this lens is not in the segment but it is good enough and gets the job done.




OnePlus Nord CE 2: Battery

The battery department is where the OnePlus Nord CE 2 makes up for a lot of lost ground. This is because OnePlus has not only equipped the device with a massive 4,500mAh battery but has also added support for its top-of-the-line 65W Warp Charge. These two working together not only help one outperform the Nord Ce, but put it on par with the Nord 2.

Once fully charged, the phone can last for a day and a half with normal use. However, if you plan on watching movies or playing games on the device, the battery life suffers a bit. To give our readers an idea, this means in our video loop test that the Nord 2 produced around 9 hours of screen time at 40 percent charge loss and 4 percent battery drop afterward. 20 minutes for games like Call of Duty Mobile. handle usage. When charging was complete, we connected the device to OnePlus's 65W Warp charger so that the battery was filled to 50 percent in 13 minutes and fully charged in around 32 minutes.


OnePlus Nord CE 2: Is it worth buying?

In my opinion, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 does not do anything remarkable. At this price, there are other phones like iQOO Z3 and Realme 9 Pro+ that offer better value. Both phones pack powerful hardware, with the Realme 9 Pro+ also packing slightly better cameras. But both phones also have their weaknesses. For example, the iQOO Z3 does not have an AMOLED panel, while the Realme 9 Pro+ loses out to the competition in the design department.

By comparison, the Nord CE 2 manages to avoid falling into this trap. OnePlus' new mid-range device doesn't offer segment-leading performance in any key departments. In fact, it remains strictly above the general average. But what the Nord CE 2 does well is that it doesn't fail in any of these departments. Whether it's the camera, general performance, or even gaming, it delivers above-average results everywhere, establishing itself as a good bang for the buck, even if it's not an outright winner.




ONEPLUS NORD CE 2 5G KEY SPECS, PRICE AND LAUNCH DATE

Price:₹23999
Release Date:17 Jan 2022
Variant:128 GB/6 GB RAM , 128 GB/8 GB RAM
Market Status:Launched

Basic Information

Manufacturer:Oneplus
Model:Nord CE 5G
Launch Date (Global):10-06-2021
Operating System:Android
Os Version:11
Type:Smartphone
Status:Launched
Colors:Black
Product Name:Oneplus Nord CE 5G

Display

Screen Size (In Inches):6.43
Screen Resolution (In Pixels):1080 x 2400
Pixel Density (Ppi):410

Camera

Camera Features:Triple
Rear Camera Megapixel:64 + 8 + 2
Maximum Video Resolution (In Pixels):4K@30fps
Front Camera Megapixel:16
Led Flash:Yes
Aperture (F Stops):f/1.8
Primary 1 Aperture:f/1.8
Front Facing Aperture:f/2.5

Battery

Battery Capacity (Mah):4500
Removal Battery (Yes/no):No
Support For Fast Charging:Yes
Fast Charging Wattage:30W
Charging Type Port:Type-C

Sensors And Features

Keypad Type:Touchscreen
Proximity Sensor:Yes
Finger Print Sensor:Yes
Accelerometer:Yes
Compass:Yes
Gyroscope:Yes

Connectivity

Sim:Dual
3G Capability:Yes
4G Capability:Yes
Wifi Capability:Yes
Wifi Hotspot:Yes
Bluetooth:Yes
Nfc:Yes
Gps:Yes
5G Capability:Yes

Technical Specifications

Cpu:Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
Cpu Speed:2x2.2 GHz, 6x1.8 GHz
Processor Cores:Octa
Ram:8 GB
Gpu:Adreno 619
Dimensions (Lxbxh- In Mm):159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9
Weight (In Grams):170
Storage:128 GB