OnePlus Nord CE 2 review: Decent main camera, excellent battery life and superfast 65w wired charging – Mark Kavanagh

Last year’s Nord CE was a major success in Three Ireland stores and its successor is another smash hit at the network operator.

Nord CE 2 comes with flagship-fast charging, a more powerful chipset and a smarter AI camera.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 is available for free from Three on billpay and you can also buy it outright from Three for €309.

For that you will get 128GB of built-in storage, 8GB of RAM, a 90Hz refresh rate AMOLED display, OxygenOS 11 and 5G support.

I put it through its pacws for a number of weeks and don’t think anyone who buys it at that price will be disappointed.

It also features a flagship-standard 65W Supervooc fast charger that delivers the phone’s 4,500 mAh dual-cell battery with up to a day’s power in just 15 minutes.

Power and speed

OnePlus Nord CE 2 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 900 octa-core chipset which was built with a 6 nm architecture.

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Nord CE 2 and one ofthe official OnePlus protective cases

I’ve found it capable enough for anything I threw at it, even a lot of games. But it won’t reach the higher graphics settings of more demanding titles.

It’s not the superfast experience you get from OnePlus flagships but it should be perfectly fine for the type of consumer who will buy this device.

The battery stamina from the 4500mAh power pack and the flagship-standard 65w wired charging are plus points.

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The phone can comfortably last a full day, even in intensive testing sessions for this review. A casual user might get two days out of it.

A full recharge takes only 32 minutes.

Nord CE 2 design and build

The 6.43in Nord CE 2 looks unmistakeably like a OnePlus 6T and that’s no bad thing.

The phone is slim, at 7.8mm, and light, at 173g, which means it’s comfortable to hold and use.

And even though the rear and frame are made from plastic, it does not look or feel cheap.

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The classic OnePlus styling on Nord CE 2 5G

A disappointment for me is that like its predecessor it does not feature the famed and unique OnePlus alert slider.

The 6.43 inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED display is bright and colourful and has a 90Hz refresh rate that makes animations and scrolling feel smoother, faster and everything feels more responsive.

It’s not a flagship-standard screen but it’s one of the best on a handset at this price. And it’s got Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Camera system

Another plus point is the main 64MP, f/1.8 aperture, wide angle camera which produces pleasing images in decent lighting conditions.

The 16MP selfie camera is capable enough too in the right environment.

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Nord CE 2 5G in its protective case

Video capture is acceptable and capped at 4K at 30 frames per second but stabilisation is not a strong point.

Nord CE 2 features a 3.5 mm headphone jack, two SIM card slots and a microSD card slot that allows you to expand the storage up to 1TB.

The phone ships with OxygenOS 11 atop Android 11 but you will get OS updates until Android 13.

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Verdict

This is a great phone for its price point, just like the first Nord CE handset.

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The 65w SuperVooc charger in the Nord CE 2 5G box

You get a decent main camera, excellent battery life and superfast 65w wired charging.

Pricing

OnePlus Nord CE 2 costs from free on Three Billpay and €309 on Three Prepat. You an also buy for €349 sim-free from OnePlus. These models all have 128GB storage and 8GB RAM.

Key specs

Dimensions: 160.6mm x 73.2mm x 7.8mm
Weight: 173g
Display: 6.43in Full HD+ (1080 x 2400) fluid AMOLED, 20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support
Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 900
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB (UFS 2.2)
Rear cameras: 64MP, f/1.8 main, PDAF; 8MP, f/2.2 ultrawide; 2MP, f/2.4 macro
Front camera: 16MP, f/2.4
Video: 4K at 30fps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, 5G,
Battery: 4500mAh
Charging: USB-C 65W SuperVOOC wired only