OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Review with Pros and Cons

OnePlus has launched the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G. It comes as the lighter version of the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G which was launched previously.

The device comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G Processor, Triple Rear Camera Setup, and a selfie camera lens in the punch-hole design display.

Let’s see the full features, specifications, and price of the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G. We have also listed the Pros and Cons of the handset along with some FAQs. Read on to check all the details.

Price of OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G

The device was launched in two different variants – 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage. It comes in two color options – Blue Tide and Black Dusk.

The 6GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 19,999 (~USD 270) and the high-end 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 21,999 (~USD 295).

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OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Smooth Display with 120HzNo AMOLED Display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 ProcessorNo Stereo Speakers (Single Speaker)
Android 12 out of the boxPlastic Build (Back and Frame)
Widevine L1 SupportBloatware in the UI
3.5 mm Headphone JackNFC not supported
5G SupportiveNo ultrawide angle sensor
No dedicated SD card slot
No Alert Slider
Bit Expensive

So, these were the Pros and Cons of the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G. Now, let’s see the full features and specifications of the handset.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Review

No, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is not worth buying because it’s an overpriced smartphone. For the unaware, it’s a rebranded version of Realme 9 Pro 5G and OnePlus just is charging extra money for the same device, so, if you are impressed with this device then save your money and go with Realme 9 Pro 5G.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G has its Pros but Realme has done some compromises by providing 5G connectivity on it which can be a huge letdown for some users who are not looking just for a 5G smartphone.

Let’s go deeper and see what OnePlus has offered in the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G smartphone.

Display

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G features a 6.59-inches FHD+ IPS LCD Display with 2412 x 1080 pixels screen resolution and 120Hz Refresh Rate.

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Further, OnePlus did not mention which glass they used on the front while the back panel and frame of the device are made out of plastic.

Here, OnePlus should have included an AMOLED Panel but they didn’t, instead of that they went with an IPS LCD Display which is not acceptable at this price.

There is nothing wrong with the LCD panel but this time, it looks like, the display quality has been compromised.

The phone also has Widevine L1 support which means you will be able to stream FHD+ content on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix.

The IPS LCD panel is good but outdoors, the display is not that bright enough.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Display

Overall, the device has a good quality display and is not the best display considering the price of the phone. If you want an AMOLED display then you can also take look at other phones available on the market.

Cameras

The device features a triple rear camera setup with an LED flash in the rectangular module that houses a 64MP primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

There is a 16MP Selfie Camera Lens with f/2.0 aperture in the punch-hole design display. Both the front and rear cameras can record up to 1080p videos at 30fps.

The Videos come out well in good lighting conditions but the device suffers in low lighting or night videos.

Now, as this is a rebranded version of Realme 9 Pro, OnePlus has removed the 8MP ultrawide angle sensor which is not good.

The 64MP primary sensor captures good images with good detailing, but still, the image does not come out neutral, the device boosts the colors of the photos. In the low lighting or night, the primary sensor suffers a little bit and losses details.

Also, forget those 2MP+2MP sensors as they are added just for numbers and have no use in the real life.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Cameras

The 16MP selfie camera also captures good images, likewise, the selfies have whities color ton, other than that, I feel, you will like the front-facing camera.

Overall, the device has average cameras and one should not buy this smartphone for cameras.

Performance

Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 Processor which is paired with Adreno 619 GPU.

It comes with up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 Storage. There is also a hybrid SIM slot for storage expansion of up to 1TB.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G runs on Android 12-based OxygenOS 12.1 skin out of the box. OnePlus has promised to provide 2 OS updates and 3 years of security updates.

The smartphone is 5G supportive and has 5 5G bands which include n1, n28A, n41, n77, and n78.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Performance

Overall, the device is good for playing gaming and you will not face any problems while using the phone in day-to-day life. However, the performance is not good considering the price of the device.

Battery

The smartphone packs a 5,000 mAh Battery with 33W Fast Charging Support. OnePlus has also provided a 33W SuperVOOC Charger in the box.

The battery of the device will last for a day if you are a normal user as the Snapdragon 695 is a power-efficient SoC and it will give better battery life but if you are a heavy user then you need to charge the device two times in a day.

Overall, the battery of the device is good but the charging is not that great as other brands are providing 60W or 65W charging support at this price.

Audio

The Nord CE 2 Lite 5G does not have stereo speakers. Instead, OnePlus has provided a single speaker which is loud but still at this price, OnePlus should have included dual speakers.

The smartphone has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones. It also has a secondary noise cancellation microphone.

Overall, the audio is okay and not that great, and you will not face any issues during the calls.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Full Specifications

Display6.6-inches FHD+ IPS LCD
240Hz Touch Sampling Rate
90.8% Screen-to-body ratio
Resolution2412 x 1080 pixels
Display Protection
Refresh Rate120Hz Refresh Rate
Dimensions & Weight164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm, 195 grams weight
BuildGlass Front
Plastic Frame
Plastic Back
Operating SystemAndroid 12 based OxygenOS 12.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 695 Processor
GPU – Adreno 619 GPU
CPU – Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Cortex A78 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex A55)
StorageLPDDR4x RAM + UFS 2.2 Storage
6GB+128GB
8GB+128GB
Card SlotHybrid Slot (2 SIMs or 1+1 microSD)
Rear Camera64MP primary sensor
2MP depth sensor
2MP macro sensor
Video (Rear)1080p@30fps
Front Camera16MP Selfie Camera
Video (Front)1080p@30fps
Battery5,000 mAh Battery
Charging33W Wired Fast Charging
Headphone JackYes (3.5 mm)
SpeakersSingle Speaker
Bluetooth Versionv5.2
NFCNo
5G Bandsn1, n28A, n41, n77, n78
IR BlasterNo
FingerprintSide-mounted Fingerprint Scanner
SensorsAccelerometer
Electronic compass
Gyroscope
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Sensor core
NavigationGPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS
ColorsBlue Tide, Black Dusk

Some FAQs

Does the device has an AMOLED Display?

No, the smartphone does not have an AMOLED Display. Instead, OnePlus has provided an IPS LCD Display which is not good.

Is there a dedicated microSD card slot?

No, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G does not have a dedicated microSD card slot. Instead, it has a hybrid slot for storage expansion which means you can either insert 2 SIMs or 1 SIM and 1 SD card.

Does the device has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack?

Yes, the handset has a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack which means you can plug your wired earphones or headphones without any issues.

Does the device have stereo speakers?

No, the smartphone does not have stereo speakers. Instead, OnePlus has provided a single speaker in it.

Is there an Alert Slider?

No, OnePlus has not included an alert slider in the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G.

Does the device support Widevine L1?

Yes, the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G has Widevine L1 support which means you can stream FHD+ content on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Videos and Netflix.

Does the device has a glass back?

No, the device does not have a glass back. Instead of that, it has plastic back material and the frames are also made out of plastic.

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