We awarded the OnePlus 8 4 stars once we tried it out in 2020, praising its quick processor, improve to 5G and wealthy OLED show.
Learn on to find how final yr’s OnePlus flagship compares to the most recent member of its reasonably priced Nord household, the Nord CE 5G.
Pricing and availability
The Nord CE shall be available for purchase from June 21 with costs beginning at £299 for the 8GB/128GB mannequin or £369 for the 12GB/256GB model.
The OnePlus Nord launched again in April 2020. At launch, the 8GB/128GB mannequin price £549, however the telephone has since been lowered to £399. This implies you’ll get extra RAM and storage by choosing the £30 cheaper Nord CE.
There’s additionally a 12GB/256GB model of the 8, however this mannequin is now not obtainable by means of OnePlus immediately.
Display screen and design
The Nord CE incorporates a 6.43-inch fluid AMOLED show (2400×1080) and a 90Hz refresh price, whereas the 8 boasts a barely bigger 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED show (2400×1080) with the identical 90Hz refresh price.
Each telephones provide the alternative of face unlock and an in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock your gadget.
So far as design goes, the Nord CE measures 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm and weighs 170g, making it the slimmest OnePlus handset since 2018’s 6T. That mentioned, the 8 isn’t a lot bigger at 160.2 x 72.9 x 8mm and 180g.
Each telephones function a twin nano-SIM slot and a USB Sort-C port for charging and are available in three colors – the Nord CE in Blue Voice, Charcoal Ink and Silver Ray, and the 8 in Glacial Inexperienced, Interstellar Glow and Onyx Black. The Nord CE additionally marks the return of the three.5mm headphone jack for OnePlus.
Specs and digital camera
The Nord CE is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset and the Adreno 619 GPU and comes with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage.
The OnePlus 8, however, packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, which powered 2020 flagship telephones just like the Galaxy S20, together with the Adreno 650 GPU. When the 8 launched, its octa-core processor scored 3318 in Geekbench 5, beating the £1000+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The 8 comes with 8GB or 12GB RAM, and 128GB or 256GB storage.
Each telephones assist 5G connectivity and Bluetooth 5.1. Each handsets additionally run OnePlus’ OxygenOS based mostly on the Android working system.
So far as cameras go, each telephones function a triple digital camera setup.
The Nord CE boasts a 64-megapixel foremost sensor (f/1.79), a 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f/2.25) with a 119° area of view and a 2-megapixel mono lens (f/2.4). The telephone has a 16-megapixel entrance digital camera and may shoot 4K video at as much as 30fps and has tremendous gradual movement and time-lapse settings. It additionally options OnePlus’ Nightscape mode for brilliant, clearer pictures in low gentle.
The OnePlus 8 incorporates a smaller 48-megapixel foremost sensor (f/1.75), together with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor (f/2.2) with a 116° area of view and a 2-megapixel macro lens (f/2.4), which is absent within the Nord CE. This isn’t an enormous loss, as we weren’t overly impressed by the macro lens within the 8 once we reviewed it. There’s a 16-megapixel selfie digital camera and the telephone can seize 4K footage at as much as 60fps. It additionally consists of the tremendous gradual movement, time-lapse and Nightscape modes.
The Nord CE packs a 4500 mAh battery, which is barely bigger than the 4300 mAh one discovered within the OnePlus 8. Each telephones reap the benefits of OnePlus’ Warp Cost quick charging expertise.
The Nord CE options Warp Cost 30T Plus, which might juice your telephone from 0 to 70% in simply half an hour, whereas the 8 options the marginally slower Warp Cost 30T, which might go from 0 to 50% in 23 minutes.
With costs beginning at beneath £300, the Nord CE is the plain alternative right here at a look. The telephone is slimmer than the OnePlus 8, and advantages from a bigger 64-megapixel foremost digital camera, a much bigger 4500 mAh battery and sooner charging with Warp Charger 30T Plus.
That mentioned, there are nonetheless advantages to purchasing the OnePlus 8. The telephone incorporates a bigger show, blazingly quick flagship chipset and may seize 4K footage at as much as 60fps.
We’ll have to attend till we get our arms on the Nord CE to ship our ultimate verdict.