The OnePlus Nord CE has arrived, joining the company’s popular family of midrange phones. It has 5G, decent specs and an affordable price, so it’s great if you’re on a budget. But how does it compare to earlier members of the Nord family — and which one is right for you? You can take a look at the specs sheet below for details, but here are some high-level things to know before you take the plunge.
The Nord phones featured here all share some key features: 5G connectivity, 30-watt fast-charging support, 90Hz refresh rate and full HD plus resolution. All three phones come in a similar size. Given these are midrange phones, OnePlus has saved on costs across devices in a couple of ways: none carry the newest Qualcomm chipsets and none have an IP rating for water and dust resistance, as you’ll get on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. None are getting (or have received) an official US release, either. But there are some notable differences too.
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First some context: The OnePlus Nord is the OG Nord smartphone. It was launched in 2020 and became the Chinese phone-maker’s best-selling OnePlus device in Europe, shattering first-day sales records. Of the three, it’s the most premium smartphone, though it’s still affordable. Compared to the other two, the original Nord also has the most powerful processor in the form of the Snapdragon 765G and it includes some premium touches such as the in-display fingerprint scanner.
Unlike the original Nord, OnePlus’ Nord CE features a 3.5mm headphone jack.
With the Nord N10 5G and N100, OnePlus expanded its more affordable Nord family of phones after launching its first OnePlus Nord in 2020. This phone shares those premium features mentioned earlier, and brings back some retro features like the headphone jack, but it does cut some corners. The Nord 10 5G is the only one out of the pack that has an LCD display instead of OLED, it lacks an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and has the lowest-end processor (Snapdragon 690). That said, the Nord N10 5G is the only one out of the gang stacked with expandable storage.
The Nord CE meanwhile, is the newest member of the Nord family of phones. CE stands for Core Edition presumably because it’s focused on the original Nord’s “core” features (plus a few more), and aims to elevate your day-to-day experience. The Nord CE price comes in the lowest, but it’s equipped with a 4,300-mAh battery, the largest of the three. OnePlus “compromised” on the processor, however, cramming in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset. It’s a step down the range from last year’s 765G chip, but not as low as the one in the Nord N10 5G. You’ll also find a headphone jack.
For more details on how the various members of OnePlus Nord stack up against each other, take a look at our specs chart below. Alternatively, you can give each of our in-depth reviews a read. Here’s the OnePlus Nord CE review, the original Nord review and the Nord N10 5G review.
OnePlus Nord CE vs. OnePlus Nord vs. OnePlus Nord N10 5G
OnePlus Nord CE OnePlus Nord OnePlus Nord N10 5G Display size, resolution 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED; 2,400×1,080-pixels 6.44-inch AMOLED; 2,400×1,080-pixels 6.49-inch LCD; 2,400×1,080 pixels Pixel density 410ppi 408ppi 405ppi Dimensions (Inches) 6.26×2.89×0.31 in 6.23×2.88×0.32 in 6.4×2.94×0.35 in Dimensions (Millimeters) 159.2×73.5×7.9 mm 158.3×73.3×8.2mm 163×74.7×8.95 mm Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.99 oz; 170 g 6.49 oz; 184g 6.7 oz; 190g Mobile software Android 11 Android 10 Android 10 Camera 64-megapixel (wide), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (monochrome) 48-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (macro), 5-megapixel (depth-sensing) 64-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 2-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (monochrome) Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 32-megapixel, 8-megapixel (wide-angle) 16-megapixel Video capture 4K 4K 4K Processor Snapdragon 750G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 Storage 128/256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB RAM 8/12GB 8GB, 12GB 6GB Expandable storage No No Up to 512GB Battery 4,500 mAh 4,115 mAh 4,300 mAh Fingerprint sensor In-display In-screen Back Connector USB-C USB-C UCB-C Headphone jack Yes No Yes Special features 5G-enabled, 30-watt fast charging, 90Hz display 5G-enabled, 90Hz refresh rate, 30-watt fast-charging 5G enabled, 90Hz display, 30-watt fast-charging Price off-contract (USD) $420 (converted from UK price) $540 (converted from UK) $460 (converted from UK) Price (GBP) £299 £379 £329 First some context: The OnePlus Nord is the OG Nord smartphone. It was launched in 2020 and became the Chinese phone-maker’s best-selling OnePlus device in Europe, shattering first-day sales records. Of the three, it’s the most premium smartphone, though it’s still affordable. Compared to the other two, the original Nord also has the most powerful processor in the form of the Snapdragon 765G and it includes some premium touches such as the in-display fingerprint scanner.