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OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs OnePlus Nord

OnePlus just recently released the Nord CE 5G: a revisitation of the first device from the Nord series with a more affordable price tag. The Core Edition looks like the original Nord, but if you dig deeper, there are a lot of differences between the two phones. Ahead of the launch of the Nord 2, we decided to publish a comparison between these two handsets for those who want to save money and get the greatest mid-ranger for their actual needs. If you think you can not afford the Nord 2 and you love the specifications of the OnePlus Nord and its brother Nord CE 5G, you are in the right place and you should go ahead with this specs comparison.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs OnePlus Nord


The OnePlus Nord and its Core Edition are not so different in terms of design. Given that it is a revisitation, the Nord CE 5G retains a similar design to its predecessor, but we still have a few differences. The original Nord has a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio, but it comes with a dual punch hole instead of a single punch hole like the Nord CE 5G. The younger sibling has a thinner and lighter body, which makes it more attractive. However, its overall dimensions are bigger despite they have similar display diagonals.


With the OnePlus Nord and its Core Edition, you get exactly the same display specifications. They come with a Full HD+ resolution, the HDR10+ certification which improves the image quality on streaming platforms, and a 90 Hz refresh rate making the viewing experience smoother. The vanilla Nord has a 6.43-inch panel, while the Core Edition has 6.44 inches. Both the phones rely on an in-display fingerprint reader for authentication. There is no much to say since both are good, but not astonishing displays, and they provide more or less the same level of quality.

Specs & Software

Even when it comes to the hardware department, these devices are almost the same deal. The OnePlus Nord has an older chipset, but it is actually a slightly better SoC than the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. We are talking about the Snapdragon 765G which is built at 7 nm and offers a bit more power. The Snapdragon 750G is very close but its GPU performance is inferior (Adreno 620 vs Adreno 619). Further, it is built at 8 nm so it is inferior even when it comes to power management. Both the phones feature up to 12 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of native storage (UFS 2.1). The OnePlus Nord wins the hardware comparison but I would still choose the Nord CE 5G because it has a more recent operating system: it runs Android 11 out of the box instead of Android 10. This means that it will get longer software support from the company.



OnePlus Nord 5G wins the camera phone battle first of all thanks to a more interesting main camera. We are referring to a 48 MP sensor that supports OIS, paired with an 8 MP ultrawide sensor and a pair of 2 MP useless cameras for macros and depth. OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a 64 MP main camera but it lacks OIS. Further, the original Nord has a better front camera department: a dual-sensor composed of a 32 MP main selfie camera and an 8 MP ultrawide lens.


The OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a way bigger battery: with a capacity of 4500 mAh, it is able to last longer on a single charge. It is an important added value, given that OnePlus Nord has a below-average battery with a capacity of just 4115 mAh.


OnePlus Nord launched last year with a €399/$473 starting price in the global market, while OnePlus Nord CE 5G launched a few weeks ago with a €299/$355 starting price. I personally prefer the Nord CE 5G due to its bigger battery and Android 11, but the original Nord actually offers a better camera department and chipset.

OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs OnePlus Nord 5G: PROs and CONS

OnePlus Nord CE 5G



  • Great listing price
  • Bigger battery
  • Android 11 out of the box
  • Thinner and lighter


  • Inferior cameras


OnePlus Nord 5G


  • Better cameras
  • More affordable street prices
  • Slightly better chipset
  • Higher screen-to-body ratio


  • Smaller battery
  • Android 10 out of the box
Product Name

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

OnePlus Nord

Product Image OnePlus Nord CE 5G OnePlus Nord
Price $527.14 $539.00
Our Rating 9.3 9.3
Brand OnePlus OnePlus
Category Mobiles Mobiles


Announced 2021, June 10 2020, July 21
Status Available. Released 2021, June 11 Available. Released 2020, August 04


Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
4G LTE bands 1, 2, 3.4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 39, 40, 41, 66 - Europe
1, 2, 3.4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 39, 40, 41, 66 - India
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 - Europe
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46 - India
5G NR bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78 SA/NSA - Europe
78 SA/NSA - India
1, 3, 7, 28, 78 SA/NSA - Europe
78 SA/NSA - India
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA) Cat18 1200/150 Mbps, 5G HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (CA) Cat18 1200/150 Mbps, 5G
GPRS <strong>GPRS</strong> (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
EDGE <strong>EDGE</strong> (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.


Dimensions 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9 mm (6.27 x 2.89 x 0.31 in) 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm (6.23 x 2.89 x 0.32 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz) 184 g (6.49 oz)
Build Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame
SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+
Size 6.43 inches, 99.3 cm2 (~84.9% screen-to-body ratio) 6.44 inches, 100.6 cm2 (~86.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~410 ppi density) 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
Multitouch Multi-touch refers to the capability of a touchscreen (or a touchpad) to recognize two or more points of contact on the surface concurrently.
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5


OS <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 11, OxygenOS Android 10, upgradable to Android 11, OxygenOS 11.1
Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Qualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G 5G (8 nm) Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G 5G (7 nm)
CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 570 & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 570) Octa-core (1x2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1x2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Adreno 619 Adreno 620


RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB 6 GB, 8 GB, 12 GB
Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 128 GB, 256 GB UFS 2.1 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB UFS 2.1
Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No No


Main Camera <strong>Camera</strong> is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. Triple

64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 0.7µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
Selfie Camera Single

16 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/3.0", 1.0µm

32 MP, f/2.5, (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm
8 MP, f/2.5, 105˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm
Camera Features LED flash, HDR, panorama Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Image 2160p 2160p
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, gyro-EIS


Audio Playback Yes Yes
Video Playback Yes Yes
Video Out Yes Yes
Ring Tones Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Handsfree Yes Yes


Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


WLAN <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NavIC Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, SBAS, NavIC
NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Radio No No
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Infrared Port <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
Headphone Jack Yes No


Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer) Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)
Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 4500 mAh 4115 mAh
Fast Charging 30W, 70% in 30 min (advertised) 30W, 70% in 30 min
Placement Non-removable Non-removable


Colors Blue Void, Charkoal Ink, Silver Ray Blue Marble, Gray Onyx (Gray Ash)
Model AC2001, AC2003
Price $527.14 $539



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