OnePlus updates its midrange Nord with new processor and headphone jack


OnePlus has announced a new addition to its range of midrange phones, the Nord CE. According to the company, the “CE” stands for “Core Edition,” an indication that the company is focusing on the fundamentals, rather than blowing up the device’s spec sheet with unnecessary extras. The phone will be launched in Europe and India and there are no plans for a US release.

What this focus on the fundamentals means in practice is that the Nord CE is slightly stripped-down compared to last year’s Nord, but it’s also slightly more specified than its predecessor. So you get a higher-resolution 64-megapixel main camera (versus 48-megapixels), but there are only three rear sensors in total. (There’s also an 8-megapixel ultrawide with a 119-degree field of view and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor.) The Nord CE also only has a single 16-megapixel selfie camera, with no secondary ultrawide like the original Nord.

The phone has a very similar design to its predecessor.
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Internally, there’s a Snapdragon 750G powering this year’s model, compared to the 765G in last year’s phone. OnePlus claims that the CPU is 20 percent faster, while the GPU is 10 percent faster. That comes with a choice of 6, 8 or 12 GB of RAM, although these options vary slightly by region. There’s a 4,500 mAh battery in the Nord CE, up from 4,115 mAh last year, and the phone supports Warp Charge 30T Plus fast charging, which OnePlus says should charge you from 0 to 70 percent in half an hour.

Outwardly, the Nord CE is very similar to its predecessor. It has a similar-style camera bump on the back left (albeit with three instead of four cameras) and a hole punch for its selfie camera on the front of the phone (again, with one instead of two cameras). At the bottom of the phone, however, you’ll find a headphone jack, which was missing from the device last year. In terms of display, the Nord CE comes with a 6.43-inch 90Hz 1080p OLED panel. The phone is available in blue, black or silver.

The Nord CE will be available to pre-order in limited quantities in the UK from today from OnePlus itself, and these devices will ship on June 14. The device will go on general sale on June 21. In the UK it starts at £299 (€329) for the model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and £369 (€399) for the model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. In Europe, there is a version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which sells for € 299. Those prices are slightly cheaper than the original Nord, which started at £379 (€399) for its 8GB model.

Like the original Nord, OnePlus says it has no plans to release the Nord CE in the US. Instead, the US has the OnePlus Nord N200 5G to look forward to. It is a successor to the N100, which Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, recently confirmed will sell for less than $250.