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OnePlus Nord CE unveiled: affordable smartphone from 299 euros

OnePlus has announced an interesting smartphone: the Nord CE. The device is relatively cheap, has good specifications and can be ordered in the Netherlands soon.

OnePlus Nord CE official: everything you need to know

The OnePlus Nord CE is the latest smartphone from the Chinese company and a lot cheaper than the OnePlus 9 (Pro) from the beginning of this year. The CE stands for ‘Core Edition’ and it means that OnePlus uses the original Nord from last year, simplified it a bit but still make sure you get enough bang for your buck.

The new device has a suggested retail price of 299 euros and is on 21st of June available in the Netherlands. The entry-level model has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. A version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will also appear 329 euros. The most expensive variant has no less than 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space and costs 399 euros. The Nord CE will soon be for sale via the official website of OnePlus, Coolblue and Belsimpel.

90Hz screen and fast charging

The OnePlus Nord CE has excellent specifications and, for example, has a 90Hz AMOLED screen of 6.43 inches. Because the display is refreshed 90 times (instead of 60) per second, animations are much smoother and the smartphone feels faster.

The screen has thin bezels, fills almost the entire front and at the top left is a small hole for the 16 megapixel selfie camera. The housing is made of plastic, but with a weight of 170 grams it is remarkably light. This makes it easier to hold it with one hand. At 7.9 millimeters, the device is also relatively thin and has a headphone jack.

With a capacity of 4500 mAh, the battery is larger than that of the OnePlus Nord (4115 mAh) from last year. Charging is very fast thanks to the Warp Charge 30T Plus technology. Do you put the Nord CE for half an hour on the charger, then the battery is 70 percent full again.

That is enough to get through (almost) a whole day. A full charge to 100 percent takes about an hour and the required fast charger is included. Unlocking is done with the fingerprint scanner under the screen, although facial recognition is also available.

Fast processor and cameras

Under the hood of the OnePlus Nord CE contains a Snapdragon 750G processor, which we know from, for example, the Samsung Galaxy A52. The chip is helped by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and has 5G support. The new mobile network is also available in the Netherlands, but is currently not faster than 4G. However, that will change next year.

OnePlus has the Nord CE equipped with three cameras on the back. It is a 64 megapixel main camera, which is also on the OnePlus Nord N10 5G sit. Also present is an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens for extra wide photos. The third ‘camera’ is a 2 megapixel monochrome lens. You use this to put filters over your shots while shooting. For example, you can take a black and white photo. Furthermore, the Nord CE includes a night mode for better images in the dark.

Three years of updates

The OnePlus Nord CE runs on Android 11 with the manufacturer’s OxygenOS software on top. OnePlus promises that the Nord CE gets two major Android versions upgrades: to Android 12 and 13. Security patches, which help to fix Android vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities, are released for three years and every other month.

This makes the update policy just as good as with the pricey OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The Chinese manufacturer often rolls out new Android versions first to its more expensive devices, which means that the Nord CE will probably have to wait longer for Android 12 and 13 once these software updates are available.

OnePlus Nord CE price and release

In the overview below we list all versions of the OnePlus Nord CE at a glance, with the corresponding prices and colours. With an entry-level price of 299 euros, the smartphone is 100 euros more expensive than the OnePlus when it appears Nord from last year.

  • OnePlus Nord CE (6GB/128GB) – gray/black – 299 euros
  • OnePlus Nord CE (8GB/128GB) – Gray/Black and Blue – 329 euros
  • OnePlus Nord CE (12GB/256GB) – Gray/Black/, Silver and Blue – 399 euros

Source: Android Planet

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