OnePlus and Oppo have finally joined hands to give us phones that share technology in public. But another thing borrowed by brands is their design. The new OnePlus Nord CE 2 is born out of the blueprints used for the Oppo Reno 7 earlier this year.
Compared to Oppo devices, the Nord CE 2 sits comfortably in the under Rs 30,000 bracket, and drops to Rs 24,000 if you opt for the base variant. The Nord CE successor has come out earlier than most of us expected, so does that work in favor of the device? We used the phone for more than a week and here’s our review,
oneplus nord ce 2 design
The Nord CE 2 is an upgrade over its predecessor with the design. The plastic body has been replaced with a glass finish while the plastic has been retained at the edges and due to this there is still no sign of the alert slider.
© Provided by News18 The OnePlus Nord CE 2 gets a design refresh.
The punch hole cutout sits in the top-left of the screen, and the triple rear cameras are neatly placed inside the module. The sensors look huge but their quality pales in comparison to their size (more on that later).
Between the headphone jack and the mono speaker is the USB Type C port. The volume buttons are on the left, just below the SIM card slot.
© Provided by News18 The Nord CE 2 comes with a mono speaker.
The hand feel of the device is good, it is also lightweight, which allows most users to use one hand. The chin at the bottom of the display is thicker than we would have liked. But overall, the Nord CE 2 feels like what an advanced device should be, and very close to what we get from the Nord 2.
oneplus nord ce 2 display
OnePlus has never compromised on the display front, and the Nord CE 2 follows its strongest suit. The phone sports an AMOLED display but with support for 90Hz, which is expected from phones under Rs 20,000 these days.
© Provided by News18 The AMOLED display on the Nord CE 2 supports 90Hz refresh rate.
That being said, the screen quality is quite good, and in some ways durable, thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It’s hard to deny that the 6.43-inch form factor makes a user’s life a lot easier, making every other phone feel bigger in the hand.
The AMOLED panel delivers deep blacks, watching videos and even gaming on the phone was a pleasant experience for the eyes. Screen brightness in outdoor lighting was not the best in this price range.
oneplus nord ce 2 performance
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset which we also found on the Oppo Reno 7. Using older hardware seems like a value-focused decision, and there are two ways to look at this call.
© Provided by News18 Nord CE 2 comes with MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor.
The chipset with 8GB of RAM does most of your tasks without a hitch, it also handles games like Call of Duty Mobile with ease, but the chipset has a limitation that becomes apparent in some cases, which we think That will become clear in a few years. the user.
We are hoping that the software optimization keeps the device in good health for many years. The other concern for us with the Nord CE 2 is that it feels a bit outdated for its overall package, when compared with others at this price point nowadays.
oneplus nord ce 2 software
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 gets the always-reliable OxygenOS version, which for some reason is still on the Android 11 operating system. We are in the year 2022, when Google is going to announce Android 13 for devices. It’s not fair for this device to not even offer Android 12 out-of-the-box, especially for a brand like OnePlus. And it feels less changed because of the company’s promise of two years of updates, and hopefully it will overtake Android 13 for you.
© Provided by News18 The Nord CE 2 still runs on Android 11-based OxygenOS.
The software is smooth, and we didn’t notice any major problems with its usability. OxygenOS’s near-stock Android experience enjoys great support in the community, and there’s no bloatware, except for Netflix, which keeps the overall interface clean and sleek.
oneplus nord ce 2 camera
For some reason, OnePlus decided that the Nord CE 2 does not require any changes to the cameras. So, you end up with a triple rear camera setup similar to a 64-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. On the front too, the 16-megapixel shooter is identical to the Nord CE.
© Provided by News18 Nord CE 2 sports a triple rear camera setup.
The lack of change means you get the same image quality. The rear primary camera takes good pictures in bright conditions, with a fair amount of detail visible to the naked eye. The low-light capability is still underwhelming, and using Night Mode gives photos some respect. Again, these are signs of a phone that now deserves its place in the sub-20,000 bracket.
The front camera gives you detailed selfies in which the soft touch effect is visible on the skin, devoid of any natural texture due to the behind the scenes process.
oneplus nord ce 2 battery
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 gets a 4500mAh battery and sees an upgrade on the charging side with 65W fast charging support for this model, like the regular Nord 2 and OnePlus 9 series. The perfect sync between hardware and software means the small battery doesn’t feel like a compromise.
© The Nord CE 2 battery provided by News18 supports 65W fast charging out of the box.
You can keep the phone running smoothly throughout the day, including heavy social media activities, checking mail, browsing the web, and awkward gaming sessions in between streaming music and video calls for work. We got an average of over 6 hours of screen-on time with all these tasks throughout the day, which is pretty good. And when you add 65W fast charging support, the battery is back to speed in just half an hour.
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Verdict
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 is a perfect mid-range phone that ticks most of the boxes when it launches in 2021. This year the competition has become fierce in the under Rs 25,000 bracket, with brands promising more for the same money.
And this is where the OnePlus Nord 2 falls short due to the older chipset it delivers in most cases but now feels outdated. The cameras have remained untouched which is a negative sign for us, but the battery life continues to tickle you. The Nord CE 2 is a good phone that loses out on the competition in this area.
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