We gave the OnePlus 8 a four-star rating when we tested it in 2020, eluding its fast processor, 5G upgrade and rich OLED display.
Also read on to find out how last year’s OnePlus flagship compares to the new member in its price North family, North CE 5G.
Prices and availability
North CE will be available to buy from 21 June with prices starting at £ 299 for the 8GB / 128GB model or £ 369 for the 12GB / 256GB version.
The OnePlus North launched again in April 2020. At launch, the 8GB / 128GB model cost £ 549, but the phone has been reduced since £ 399. This means you get more RAM and storage by choosing the cheaper North CE for £ 30.
There’s also a 12GB / 256GB version of the 8, but this model is no longer available for OnePlus directly.
Screening and conception
The Nord CE features a 6.43-inch (2400 × 1080) fluid AMOLED display and a 90Hz refresh rate, while the 8 boasts a slightly larger 6.55-inch (2400 × 1080) fluid AMOLED display with the same refresh rate of 90Hz.
Both phones give you the option to unlock the face and an in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock your device.
As far as the design is concerned, the Nord CE measures 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9 mm and weighs 170 g, which makes it the thinnest OnePlus phone from 2018 6T. That said, the 8 isn’t much bigger at 160.2 x 72.9 x 8mm and 180g.
Both phones feature a dual nano-SIM slot and a Type-C USB port for recharging and come in three colors – the North CE in Blue Voice, Carbon Ink and Silver Ray, and the 8 in Glacial Green, Interstellar Glow and Onyx Black. The North CE also marks the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack for OnePlus.
Specs is room
The Nord CE is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset and the Adreno 619 GPU and comes with 6 GB, 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of memory.
The OnePlus 8, on the other hand, packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which powers 2020 flagship phones like the Galaxy S20, with the Adreno 650 GPU. When the 8 launched, its octa-core processor scored 3318 on Geekbench 5, beating the £ 1000 + Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The 8 comes with 8 GB or 12 GB RAM, and 128 GB or 256 GB of memory.
Both phones support 5G and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Both phones also run OnePlus ’OxygenOS based on the Android operating system.
As far as cameras are concerned, both phones feature a triple camera configuration.
The North CE boasts a 64-megapixel main sensor (f / 1.79), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f / 2.25) with a 119 ° field of view and a 2-megapixel mono lens (f / 2.4). The phone has a 16 megapixel front camera and can shoot 4K video at 30fps and has super slow motion and time-lapse settings. It also has OnePlus Nightscape mode for brighter and brighter images in low light.
The OnePlus 8 features a smaller 48-megapixel main sensor (f / 1.75), with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor (f / 2.2) with a 116 ° field of view and a 2-megapixel macro lens (f / 1.75). 2.4), which is absent in North CE. This isn’t a huge loss, as we weren’t too impressed by the macro lens in the 8 when we reviewed it. It has a 16-megapixel selfie camera and the phone can capture 4K movies up to 60fps. It also includes super slow motion, time-lapse and Nightscape modes.
The Nord CE packs a 4500 mAh battery, which is slightly larger than the 4300 mAh found in OnePlus 8. Both phones take advantage of OnePlus ’Warp Charge fast charging technology.
The North CE features the Warp Charge 30T Plus, which can drain your phone from 0 to 70% in just half an hour, while the 8 features the Warp Charge 30T slightly slower, which can go from 0 to 50% in 23 minutes .
With prices starting at less than £ 300, the North CE is the obvious choice here at a glance. The phone is slimmer than the OnePlus 8, and benefits from a larger 64-megapixel main camera, a larger 4500 mAh battery and faster charging with Warp Charger 30T Plus.
That said, there are also advantages to buying the OnePlus 8. The phone features a larger display, an extraordinarily fast flagship chipset and can capture 4K movies up to 60fps.
We had to wait until we got our hands on the North CE to convey our final verdict.