OnePlus Nord CE: Selfie, Set, Go

OnePlus Nord CE

June 18th, 2021   |   Updated on January 18th, 2023

Nord CE 5G runs on OxygenOS experience based on Android 11 and introduces a bunch of new features.

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OnePlus Nord CE 5G Features

  • Nord CE 5G features a triple camera setup, including a high-res 64 MP main camera (16 MP more than the original Nord). The main camera’s large f/1.79 aperture help you capture more light and detail, even in low light situations.
  • AI scene detection interprets what you’re seeing and automatically adjusts camera settings like color, contrast, and exposure for brilliant, lifelike photos.
  • Nightscape intelligently captures and manages several exposures in real time to produce sharp, detailed images in low light.
  • 16 MP selfie camera for stunning, social-ready selfies
  • Both front and rear cameras feature Portrait Mode, giving you more creative control than ever. Automatically adjust focus to create eye-catching bokeh effects.
  • Whether scrolling, swiping, or streaming, its 90 Hz refresh rate delivers 50% more visual information every second for a captivatingly smooth experience.
  • Experience better-than-broadband speeds on Nord CE 5G. With up to 2.95 Gbps⁴, you can download movies, series, and strange amounts of internet memes in just minutes.
  • Whether texting with friends or frantically searching for an address, we’ve calibrated our UI to make one-handed usage a whole lot easier.

Product Specifications

  • 64MP+8MP+2MP triple rear camera with 1080p video at 30/60 fps, 4k 30 fps | 16MP front camera with 1080p video at 30/60 fps.
  • 6.43-inch, 90Hz fluid AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution | 410ppi
  • Memory, Storage & SIM: 12GB RAM | 256GB internal memory on UFS 2.1 storage system.
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano) | OnePlus Nord CE currently supports dual 4G SIM Cards or a single 5G SIM + 4G SIM.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G mobile platform with an octa-core processor, Kryo 570 CPU (20% improvement from predecessor), and an Adreno 619 GPU (10% improved graphics performance from predecessor).
  • Alexa Hands-Free capable: Download the Alexa app to use Alexa hands-free. Play music, make calls, hear news, open apps, navigate, and more, all using just your voice, while on-the-go.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review

Android Authority

The OnePlus Nord CE doesn’t quite hit the mark of distilling the “core” OnePlus experience. The hardware is underbaked, the design is forgettable, and the software experience — while good — can’t justify the phone’s existence when the older OnePlus Nord offers all of this and more. It might be an okay phone in a silo, but the ample competition makes the OnePlus Nord CE hard to recommend.

The good

  • Adequate performance
  • All-day battery life
  • Speedy 30W charging

The Bad

  • The good
  • Adequate performance
  • All-day battery life
  • Speedy 30W charging

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Tech Radar

The OnePlus Nord CE is the company’s new mid-range smartphone that brings decent specifications and a great software experience at an affordable price. The cameras are not the best and it even misses out on a few staples — but if you’ve been waiting for an affordable offering from the company, the OnePlus Nord CE is your calling.


  • Battery life
  • Great in the hand
  • Software experience


  • No Alert slider
  • No IP rating
  • Basic camera performance

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Tech Advisor

The Nord CE a capable all-rounder, benefitting from a solid mid-range chipset, slim build, and excellent battery life – not to mention top-tier software. A plastic body and so-so camera are the major drawbacks, stopping it from ever truly standing out from the pack, but there’s still a lot to recommend about it.


  • Beautiful display
  • Thin and light
  • Great software
  • 5G


  • Plastic body
  • Average camera
  • No Alert Slider

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