OnePlus North caught our attention when it was launched in 2020 as one of the i better good phones around. The phone offers a well-rounded set of features, including a high-quality OLED display, beautiful design, 5G and fast charging at an incredibly affordable price.
Now, OnePlus has unveiled the North CE. This offers a similar host of great features – for even less. Also read on to know how the Nord CE 5G compares to the regular OnePlus Nord.
Prices and availability
You can pick up North CE from June 21st. The 8GB / 128GB model is priced at £ 299, while the 12GB / 256GB version will be £ 369.
The original North launched last summer and has already immediately seen a drop in prices on the OnePlus site. The 8GB / 128GB version which was £ 379 is now £ 329, while the 12GB / 256GB model has been reduced from £ 469 to £ 419. However, North CE remains the cheaper option of the two from £ 30- £ 50.
Screening and conception
The North CE features a 6.43-inch (2400 × 1080) fluid AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, while the North boasts an ever-slightly larger (2400 × 1090) 6.44-inch (2400 × 1090) fluid AMOLED display. Both phones offer a choice of face unlock and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
When it comes to design, the Nord CE measures 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9 mm and weighs 170 g, which makes the OnePlus phone slimmer than the previous one. OnePlus 6T. The original North is smaller but less slim at 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm and is heavier at 184g.
Both phones come with USB Type-C ports and dual nano-SIM slots. The North CE also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, which the North does not have. Both phones come in three color options – North CE in Blue Void, Carbon Tint, Silver Ray and North in Onyx Gray, Blue Marble, Ash Gray.
Specs is room
The Nord CE is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset and the Adreno 619 GPU. The phone comes with 6 GB, 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of memory.
The OnePlus Nord is also powered by a mid-range Snapdragon chip, the 765G 5G.
“This might not have the benchmarks of an 865, however none of what I’ve tried seems to slow down this phone,” wrote Max Parker, director and mobile developer in our OnePlus North review. “Bouts of PUBG, Call of Duty Mobile and fiscal games play without attack or frame rate drop and everything feels smooth and fluid when you do daily activities.”
The North also features the Adreno 620 GPU and comes with a choice of 8 GB or 12 GB RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of memory. Both North and North CE feature support for 5G, Bluetooth 5.1 and OxygenOS-based management Android 11.
When it comes to cameras, OnePlus North has an abundance.
North CE, on the other hand, features three cameras at its rear – a 64-megapixel main sensor (f / 1.79), an ultra-wide 8-megapixel sensor (f / 2.25) with a 119 ° field of view and a mono 2-megapixel (f / 2.4). It has a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front and the rear camera can capture 4K video at 30fps and has super slow motion and time-lapse modes. There’s also Nightscape, which allows you to take clearer images at night.
The setup stands out, at least on paper, compared to the original North, which packs four cameras at the bottom and two at the front.
It has a 48-megapixel main sensor (f / 1.75), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f / 2.25) with a 119 ° field of view, a 5-megapixel depth sensor (f / 2.4) and a 2- megapixel macro lens (f / 2.4) at the bottom, and a 32-megapixel main sensor and an ultra-wide 8-megapixel wide-angle lens at the front for ultra-wide selfies.
While we were impressed by the 48-megapixel lens and enjoyed the addition of the ultra-wide front-facing camera on the North, some of the sensors seemed less necessary. We noted in our review that we would have preferred the 5- and 2-megapixel sensors to be swapped for something more useful, such as wireless charging.
Like the CE, Nord is capable of capturing 4K video at 30fps with its rear camera and supports super slow motion, time-lapse and Nightscape modes.
The Nord CE comes with a 4500 mAh battery, 385 mAh larger than the original Nord 4115 mAh battery. That said, the CE is still apparently capable of recharging at the same time despite its larger size thanks to its fast-charging Warp Charge 30T Plus. This allows the phone to go from 0 to 70% in just half an hour.
The original North features Warp Charge 30T, which lets you go from 0 to 50% in 23 minutes.
At £ 30- £ 50 less (depending on the RAM and storage for which you choose), North CE offers a lot of value for money. The phone is slightly thinner and lighter than the original North, has a larger battery, includes the clever headphone jack and features a larger 64-megapixel main sensor.
The North, meanwhile, offers a larger range of cameras with an ultra wide angle front camera that greatly facilitates taking selfies with many people. The phone also boasts fast performance thanks to the Snapdragon 765G. We’ll have to wait and see if the 750G chipset that powers the North CE can keep pace with the 2020 North speed.