ONEPLUS NORD CE 5G VS ONEPLUS NORD: WHICH ONE TO BUY?

OnePlus on Thursday launched the OnePlus Nord CE 5G in India at a starting price of Rs 22,999. This is the second model in the Nord series, which already includes the original OnePlus Nord. Both smartphones feature 5G connectivity, an AMOLED display, fast charging support, and a Snapdragon 700-series chipset. Despite having a bigger battery and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, the mid-range OnePlus Nord CE 5G is positioned below its sibling in terms of price. Is the lower price a good enough reason to buy it? Let’s find out.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs OnePlus Nord: Prices

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in three storage variants. The 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant is priced at Rs 22,999, the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant is priced at Rs 24,999 and the 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage variant will cost you Rs 27,999. It comes in Silver Ray, Blue Void, and Charcoal Ink color variants. The OnePlus Nord CE will be available for purchase starting 16 June in India.

On the other hand, the OnePlus Nord comes in three storage variants: the 6 GB RAM+ 64 GB storage variant priced at Rs 24,999, the 8 GB RAM+ 128 storage variant priced at Rs 27,999, and the 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage variant that will cost you Rs 29,999.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G Vs. OnePlus Nord: Detailed specifications comparison

Here is a detailed comparison of the OnePlus Nord and OnePlus Nord CE 5G in terms of specifications:

OnePlus Nord CE 5G OnePlus Nord
Display Size (inch) 6.43 6.44
Resolution (pixels) 2,400 x 1,080 2,400 x 1,080
Display Type Fluid AMOLED, 90 Hz Fluid AMOLED, 90 Hz
Dimensions(mm) 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9 mm 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
Weight (gm) 170 184
Dual SIM Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano Nano
Processor Snapdragon 750G 5G Snapdragon 765G
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core
GPU Adreno 619 Adreno 620
RAM 6, 8, 12 GB 6, 8, 12 GB
On-board memory 128, 256 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Rear camera array Triple camera setup Quad camera setup
Rear camera setup 64 MP primary sensor + 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens + 2 MP mono lens
48 MP Sony IMX586 + 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens + 5 MP depth lens + 2 MP macro lens
Secondary Camera 16 MP
32 MP Sony IMX616 + 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens
Video Capture 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS 1080p @ 30/60/240fps, gyro-EIS
Flash Yes Yes
OS Version Android 11 Android 11
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NavIC
Yes, (L1+L5 Dual Band), GLONASS, Galileo (E1+E5a Dual Band), BeiDou, A-GPS, NavIC
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.1 5.1
NFC Yes Yes
Fingerprint scanner In-display In-display
3.5mm jack Yes No
USB Type Type-C Type-C
USB Standard USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Battery (mAh) 4,500 mAh 4,115
Fast charging Yes, Warp Charge 30 T Plus Yes, Warp Charge 30 T
Colors Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, Silver Ray Blue Marble, Gray Onyx
Starting price Starts at 22,999 It starts at Rs 24,999

Conclusion

Both the OnePlus Nord and OnePlus Nord CE 5G have their strong points. As the name of the OnePlus Nord “Core Edition,” 5G suggests, this smartphone focuses on the fundamentals, including a good display, a bigger 4,500 mAh battery that supports 30 T Plus Warp Charge tech, and a 64 MP triple rear camera setup. It also promises to be nicer to hold than the standard Nord because it’s lighter (weighing 170 gm) and is just 7.9 mm-thick.

Priced lower than the standard OnePlus Nord, the Nord CE 5G also features a 3.5 mm headphone jack missing from the former device. Finally, the OnePlus has regained its senses!

An important thing to note is the Nord CE 5G has a plastic body, whereas the OnePlus Nord has a metallic build. The Nord also comes with a more powerful chipset than the Nord CE 5G. This is where the company has decided to save costs, hence the lower asking price of Rs 22,999 for the CE 5G.

Which one should you buy, you ask. While at the end of the day, it comes down to your budget and expectations, at a premium of a mere Rs 2,000, the standard OnePlus Nord appears to be still the one to pick.

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