Last week OnePlus unvield its Nord CE 5G – a midrange offering from OnePlus in India and Europe.
Specifications of OnePlus Nord CE 5G:
The phone features a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a holepunch for the selfie camera and a 90Hz refresh rate screen. It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor and has 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options, but the onboard storage isn’t expandable.
The device comes with a triple camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. For your selfies, it has a 16-megapixel.
A decent 4,500 mAh battery with 30 watt fast charging out of the box.
What’s the catch?
Sounds all cool isn’t it? But wait don’t get carried away, there’s a catch.
Although the phone is named Nord CE 5G and OnePlus has hyped up a lot about “5G”, on the contrary this device has only one 5G band aka N78 band which is a massive downgrade from the Europian model as that comes with 12 bands.
I understand that India isn’t 5G ready as of now but in a span of a year we’ll have 5G ready cities and then this phone might not work with it. OnePlus has taken its Indian consumers for granted, packing single or dual 5G bands in its smartphones and hyping it as true 5G flagships is wrong. So, if you’re buying this phone then please remove 5G illusion from your mind to have a peaceful after sales 4G experience.
Secondly, when we look at the price of the phone and the hardware offerings of OnePlus it’s sad that in the process of cost cutting they’ve compromised on every physical aspect. The alert slider is gone, the plastic build and frame doesn’t make it feel a decent midrange smartphone. The phone doesn’t even come with a gorilla glass protection or splash resistivity.
So, then who is this device for?
If you’re someone who wants a bloatware free experience at a midrange price then Oxygen OS is your to go option without a second thought.
Secondly if camera doesn’t matter you much or you’re not much of an “influencer”, and all you care about is the dependable performance and multitasking then go for this device. Keep in mind the megapixels aren’t everything.
Lastly if you want brand offering and have made up your mind already then go for it.