OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review – the big value, big battery, but slim 5G phone

Low-cost and high-spec, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G packs 64MP resolution imaging and 5G on a budget

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Once you wrap your head around the fact the OnePlus Nord CE 5G is significantly cheaper than the original Nord, it becomes easy to argue away the lack of optical image stabilization, plastic body and lack of polish. What you do get in the Nord CE 5G is a 5G phone with a respectable camera system in well-lit environments, a gorgeous screen, plenty of storage and decent battery life.


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    Feature-packed for price

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    Excellent screen

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    Large storage capacity options


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    Middling low-light camera performance

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    Ultra-wide camera produces soft edges

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    Occasional slowdown editing photos

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The OnePlus Nord CE 5G launches almost a year after the original OnePlus Nord – a charming phone with an attractive design, optical image stabilization on its 48MP camera and fast 5G mobile data speeds. You’d be forgiven for thinking the Nord CE 5G was a successor to the Nord; but it isn’t – at least not by our standards.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.