OnePlus launches stripped-down Nord CE 5G this week


OnePlus plans to announce a new budget smartphone this week, the Nord CE 5G. TechRadar has a display of the device directly from OnePlus itself, showing that, well, it looks a lot like the original OnePlus Nord.

However, the CE 5G will be cut back a bit in terms of specs. OnePlus’ product head Oliver Zhang says: TechRadar that CE stands for “Core Edition” and refers to a design philosophy where the company aimed to “distill the product down to the most important things”.

“You see mid-range phones on the market with very exaggerated specs,” Zhang says. “We actively avoided some of those features and kept the things we thought would really make a difference to the everyday smartphone experience, like fast charging (Warp Charge 30T Plus), a 90Hz AMOLED display, or 5G.”

OnePlus itself has been guilty of these “over-specs” in the past – the original Nord, for example, had a “quad-camera” setup with a 2-megapixel macro camera and a questionable depth sensor. The Nord CE 5G, on the other hand, does it with three cameras on the back. That camera proposition, as well as the CE 5G’s processor and price, will be key to the product’s appeal.

Evleaks has Posted several leaked images and a video of the Nord CE 5G, which reveals some more features such as a 64-megapixel main camera, a thickness of 7.9 mm and – unlike the original Nord – a headphone jack.

The full reveal will take place tomorrow, June 10, at 10 p.m. ET. The Nord CE 5G is targeting the European and Indian markets, according to TechRadar.