The OnePlus North had signed the brand’s return to the entry-level market in 2020. This year, the smartphone is entitled to a new version, called OnePlus North CE 5G. It seeks to establish itself in the ultra-competitive field of terminals less than 400 euros thanks to its 5G compatibility as well as its AMOLED screen. Good pick ?
In recent years, OnePlus has increasingly relied on premium smartphones. However, the manufacturer returned to its first love in 2020 with the North, a terminal with an attractive technical sheet at less than 500 euros. While the 9 series was unveiled at the start of the year, OnePlus is making a move to the mid-range segment with a new mobile stamped North: the Nord CE 5G.
The Nord CE (for Core Edition) is intended to be even more affordable than the very first model, but more upscale than the N10. It is therefore not a successor to the North, which could arrive soon, but a new version which completes a range already installed. It is sold between 300 and 400 euros, a price segment not yet occupied by the manufacturer.
It remains to be seen how this Nord CE 5G stands out from the competition. More so, is it just a good phone? This is what we will determine in this test.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is available in three versions and marketed since June 14, 2021. The first has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory and is displayed at 299 euros. The second is equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory and is sold for 349 euros. The last, the “ultimate” version with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory, is for its part at 399 euros. The smartphone is available in two colors: black and turquoise blue.
AN ENGAGING TECHNICAL SHEET FOR THE PRICE
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is not a thunderbolt, far from it, but it brings an attractive technical sheet for a terminal in its range. We note the presence of an AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which is appreciable, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, modest, but which has the distinction of being 5G compatible. It should also be noted that a fingerprint sensor has made a place under the slab, something rare on this price.
For the photo, OnePlus did not work with Hasselblad as for the 9 series (this collaboration is limited to high-end models), but still offers three sensors, including a main one of 64 megapixels. Finally, the 4,500 mAh battery with 30 Watts fast charging promises a lot. It remains to be seen how the terminal fares in everyday life.
On paper, the smartphone therefore seems worse than the Redmi Note 10 Pro, with a 120 Hz screen and an extremely powerful photo module while it is sold at 299 euros. However, OnePlus relies on two strengths in particular to convince: the presence of 5G as well as its know-how in terms of design and software overlay.
A SUCCESSFUL DESIGN THAT DOES NOT CHANGE MUCH
OnePlus has absolutely not changed its formula for the OnePlus Nord CE 5G, which looks like the classic OnePlus Nord. First thing we notice: the Nord CE is very pleasant in the hand . At only 170 grams , it has an extremely well balanced mass. Added to this is a fineness of 7.9 mm which contributes to this comfort. In everyday life, it is therefore a real pleasure to handle it. The manufacturer has always been able to do it at this level, and this product is no exception.