- OnePlus has launched Nord CE, which stands for “Core Edition.”
- The middle phone revives the headphone jack, albeit with a few trimmed features.
- It will be available in large parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East in the beginning, but there are no US plans so far.
You did not have to wait long to see OnePlus’ next Nord phone. OnePlus has unveiled the Nord CE (also called “Core Edition”), a counterpart to the original mid-size model that provides a more premium camera sensor and handles some complaints – while trimming a few features.
OnePlus Nord CE still centers around a 6.4-inch, 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. However, it also revives the 3.5mm headphone jack, even when it slims down to a thickness of 7.9mm (0.31 inches) – this is proof that you do not always have to use Bluetooth earbuds or a dongle on a slim phone. This is OnePlus’ slimmest design since the 6T, according to the company.
OnePlus Nord CE specifications: Some upgrades, some downgrades
You will also find a 64MP ƒ / 1.8 higher resolution main camera, the famous 8MP ƒ / 2.3 ultra-wide camera and a 2MP ƒ / 2.4 monochrome lens. OnePlus also delivers a larger 4500 mAh battery in Nord CE (up to 385 mAh) and Warp Charge 30T technology that still allows you to reach 70% battery in half an hour. There is even a new color, Blue Void, which is billed as fingerprint resistant.
Does not call this a complete follow-up of the North, however. OnePlus Nord CE uses a Snapdragon 750G chip instead of the first model 765G. There are only three cameras on the back, so you will not find the first Nord’s separate macro and depth sensors. You also get only one 16MP ƒ / 2.5 front camera instead of the previous phone’s 32MP main and 8MP ultra-wide shooters.
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The phone starts at € 299 (~ $ 365) in Europe and £ 299 (~ $ 423) in the UK. In India it starts at R 22,999 (~ $ 315). These prices are for the 8 GB / 128 GB version, with the notable exception of the Indian price, which is for an exclusive 6 GB / 128 GB variant. It will also be a 12 GB / 256 GB version from € 369 / £ 369. It will be sold on June 21, 2021 and will be available in 47 countries at launch. It probably will not come to the United States.
OnePlus is effectively refocusing with Nord-CE. As the name of the Core Edition suggests, this is a handset that is meant to deliver the features that people are more likely to care about while cutting what many did not use. Again, though, this is not a real sequel – you might get annoyed if you hoped that the first major North launch in a while is a remix for the cost-conscious.