OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review | Better than you'd think

Reviewing the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, a ‘Core Edition’ mid-range smartphone costing ยฃ299 UK, boasting strong battery life and specs. However, the camera tech is basic and it’s up against tough competition from the Poco F3 and others. I’ve been testing the OnePlus Nord CE 5G as my full-time phone for a week and here’s my verdict. Is it one of the best budget-friendly 5G mobiles of 2021?

For that price you’ll struggle to find a better display – that AMOLED tech is bright and punchy, with 90Hz refresh support. I also enjoyed the audio experience, especially with that headphone jack’s return. Performance is fine for everyday shenanigans and simple gaming, while the batter life is better vs the original Nord.

However, the Nord CE 5G’s camera tech is a disappointment, coping poorly in testing conditions. OnePlus’ OxygenOS launcher is enjoyable as ever thankfully, and proved bug-free on this phone after an essential update. Kudos to OP for offering up 2 years of OS updates and 3 of security updates as well.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review Chapters:
0:00 – Get on with it!
0:59 – Design
2:27 – OxygenOS & features
4:25 – Display & audio
5:33 – Performance & gaming
6:59 – Battery life
8:04 – Camera
10:06 – Verdict

47 Replies to “OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review | Better than you'd think”

  1. crazy4go au3cl

    False. Both the original Nord and the new CE will get 2 years of software updates plus 1 extra of security patches, meaning the Nord will get Android 12, and this CE will get Android 13.
    Only the nords sold in America (N series) get 1 major update plus 2 of security patches

  2. largol33t1

    Anyone have an idea of the durability of the camera? The 5t is one of their worst phones because so many have camera failure. It's mind boggling and they refuse to fix it for a reasonable pric. I've gone without a working camera on mine for over a year. The camera is so bad that even the selfie camera doesn't work.

  3. Humperdoo Saves

    I ve always been a fan of barebone android. It means you need less of memory and a chipset. Need to replace my nexus 6p after 6 years, as updates are killing the performance, finally. Such a shame…

    So need to find a proper cover, i want a sprigen armor, but not yet available ๐Ÿ™ any good alternatives?

  4. Dariusz Tech

    I'm testing one myself and have to say that the competition is doing better for the same or even less money. However nobody mentioned about the 16mp selfie camera which is amazing as is the same Sony sensor IMX741 ฦ’/2.45 as you can find on OnePlus 9 pro.

  5. JLC

    Great video as always. Any idea why Motorola are terrible at updating phones considering their Android software is almost stock?

    Have you ever been a naughty spurt and broke tech company embargoes?

    Finally, is Sony's 10 III offering a solid everyday Xperience? ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿคจ

    Until next week… ๐Ÿ‘‹

  6. Exalia Justice

    Nord CE is perfect all-rounder for its price โ€” with a GCam port, of course. From the display, battery, performance, software, it's great. That's why the GCam support comes in to revitalize the camera capabilities.

  7. Dalton Brennan

    I would say a year later $80 cheaper it should be minimal the exact same or slightly better in all areas considering that last year's chips should cost less… Although I do understand that the chip shortage does affect that

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