Is Oneplus Nord CE 5th G is the New King Of the Mid Range?
Oneplus continues to strengthen its mid-range with the Nord CE 5G, an ambitious but accessible mobile, which recalls the heyday of the Chinese company. Does this smartphone always have that little extra to seduce? Answer in our test.
Since the launch of the Nord range, OnePlus has returned to its first love: offering financially accessible but extremely competitive mobiles. A strategy on which the company built its reputation a few years ago before slowly moving towards the high end. During this excursion in the premium smartphone, Chinese manufacturers have taken over the niche independently. As a result, Xiaomi and Realme have established themselves as the new kings of the € 200-400 segment. After uninspiring Nord, Nord 10 and Nord 100, OnePlus is trying to regain its throne with the Nord Core Edition (Nord CE). 90 Hz Oled screen, high-performance 5G SoC, large battery and 64 Mpx photosensor, the mobile has no shortage of arguments to establish itself as a must-have. This is the contact information for the Oneplus service in Chennai.
Ergonomics and design
As its name suggests, this Nord Core Edition 5G provides the essentials. It is, therefore, a 5G smartphone, equipped with an NFC chip, a fingerprint sensor under the screen, essential facial recognition, but which has the merit of being there, as well as ” a 3.5 mm mini-jack connector. And the finish has not been forgotten. The Nord CE also looks like two drops of water to the Nord. Its lines are elegant, and its grip pleasant. Its plastic back is the most beautiful effect and does not retain fingerprints. The mobile falls into the featherweight category (170g) and, considering the current market, turns out to be relatively small (159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm). The side buttons fall naturally under the finger, as does the fingerprint sensor.
The Nord CE is equipped with a single speaker, which delivers a sound that is just passable, which saturates somewhat at maximum volume.
On the other hand, the 3.5mm mini-jack is very convincing. In addition to controlled distortion, wide dynamic range, and contained crosstalk.
The OnePlus Nord CE has a 6.43-inch Oled screen displaying 2400 x 1800 px for a resolution of 410 dpi, all with a non-adaptive 90 Hz refresh rate. It will therefore be necessary to choose between 60 and 90 Hz. This panel turns out to be rather well-calibrated by default. We thus find an average delta E at 3.1 and a colour temperature at 7008 K. As a reminder, the idea is to have an average delta E below three and a colour temperature at 6500 K (video standard). We are, therefore, not very far from the desired metrics with the default settings. If you want a slab with the ideal colourimetry, we advise you to turn to the “Natural” display mode. The average delta E drops to 1.9 and the colour temperature to 6616 K. Excellent results, added an infinite contrast, Oled obliges, making this screen an outstanding display for viewing video content.
On the other hand, the low maximum brightness (465 cd / m²) and high reflectance (53%) prevent it from being readable in direct sunlight. Moreover, in the dark, the minimum illumination of 3.4 cd / m² is a bit too high not to dazzle the darkness. Finally, the touch delay of 92 ms is average, while the afterglow is zero (0 ms).
The Nord CE has a Snapdragon 750G chip, supported by 6, 8 or 12 GB of RAM. This last version that we tested: we will thus speak here about the “maximum” performances of the Nord CE. However, it is necessary to keep in mind that the impact of RAM remains relative to 8 GB.