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OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Review: 90 Hz Smartphone with Three Years of Updates and an Attractive Price

Fast Charging. The Nord CE 2 is a minor evolution of OnePlus's Core Edition line of smartphones. As successor to the Nord CE it improved upon various aspects thereof but unfortunately also made a few things worse. Find out in our review whether or not this phone is worth purchasing.
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

The Nord CE 2 5G is OnePlus’s second generation Core Edition series smartphone and successor to the Nord CE 5G . And while its updates are evolutionary rather than revolutionary there are two significant improvements over its predecessor. Apart from the BBK design language with its prominent camera module it comes with the faster MediaTek Dimensity 900 and supports SUPERVOOC fast charging with up to 65 W.

Otherwise, most Nord CE users should feel right at home with the new phone. The cameras are identical and feature the same triple-camera array with a 64 MP main sensor, as is the display, a 6.43-inch 90 Hz 1080p+ AMOLED display protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Nord Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 900 8 x 2 - 2.4 GHz, Cortex-A78 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR4X
Display
6.43 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, OLED, Fluid AMOLED, HDR, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 107 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm jack, Card Reader: microSD slot up to 1TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, OTG, Miracast
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7 x 160 x 73 ( = 0.28 x 6.3 x 2.87 in)
Battery
4500 mAh, 2x 2.250 mAh
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (f/​1.79, phase comparison-AF, contrast-AF) + 8.0 MP (f/​2.2, wide angle lens) + 2.0 MP(f/​2.4, macro lens)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.4)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, case, charger, USB cable, Oxygen OS, 24 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, fanless
Weight
173 g ( = 6.1 oz / 0.38 pounds), Power Supply: 98 g ( = 3.46 oz / 0.22 pounds)
Price
349 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.1 %
03/2022
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4
173 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
86 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Poco F3
SD 870, Adreno 650
196 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
81.5 %
11/2021
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3
185 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.70"2400x1080
85.9 %
05/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
SD 780G 5G, Adreno 642
159 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.55"2400x1080
76.9 %
02/2022
Honor 50 Lite
SD 662, Adreno 610
192 g128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.67"2376x1080

Case – OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G with Punch Hole

OnePlus Nord 2 CE in Bahama Blue
OnePlus Nord 2 CE in Bahama Blue
OnePlus Nord 2 CE in Gray Mirror
OnePlus Nord 2 CE in Gray Mirror

Despite its size the Nord CE 2 5G is comparatively lightweight at just 173 g (6.1 oz), and thanks to its rounded backside it is easy and comfortable to hold in hand. This low weight was achieved mainly by making the frame and rear cover out of plastic. And while the latter may look stunning it does not feel as premium as a rear cover made of glass, as is for example the case on the Mi 11 Lite 5G.

The same is true for the physical buttons and the SIM card slot cover. Those, too, are made of plastic. Overall build quality is decent, although we were able to produce noticeable and typical “plastic” creaking when trying to warp the case. The Nord CE 2 5G is not IP certified.

Visually, the OnePlus smartphone reminds us of BKK Oppo's current design language. The camera base is rounded in a very similar way to prevent the traces of dust that are common for sharp edges. At the front, OnePlus opted for Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

Size Comparison

166 mm / 6.54 in 76 mm / 2.99 in 8 mm / 0.315 in 185 g0.4079 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 in 76.4 mm / 3.01 in 7.8 mm / 0.3071 in 196 g0.4321 lbs161.8 mm / 6.37 in 74.7 mm / 2.94 in 8.5 mm / 0.3346 in 192 g0.4233 lbs160.53 mm / 6.32 in 75.72 mm / 2.98 in 6.81 mm / 0.2681 in 159 g0.3505 lbs160 mm / 6.3 in 73 mm / 2.87 in 7 mm / 0.2756 in 173 g0.3814 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – OnePlus Smartphone with 3.5-mm Headphone Jack

Due to the Nord CE 2 5G’s low mid-range price we failed to identify any issues worth noting, apart from maybe the fact that unlike its predecessor the Nord CE 2 5G is no longer available with 256 GB of UFS storage. And while you can absolutely connect external peripherals and storage devices to the Nord CE 2 5G its USB-C port is only hooked up to a slow USB 2.0 bus. Wired display mirroring is not supported, and you have to rely on Miracast instead.

Apart from these minor downsides we found the Nord CE 2 5G to be fairly up-to-date in regards of connectivity, with support for Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, dual SIM, Always On, and a headphone jack. You can even expand its internal storage with microSD cards of up to 1 TB.

right: buttons
right: buttons
top: microphone
top: microphone
left: buttons, SIM card slot
left: buttons, SIM card slot
bottom: speaker, USB port, microphone, audio jack
bottom: speaker, USB port, microphone, audio jack

MicroSD Card Reader

The Nord CE 2 5G features a triple-slot for two Nano SIM and a single microSD card slot. When benchmarked with our Angelbird V60 reference card it performed admirably overall.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
31.6 MB/s
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18.08 MB/s -43%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
14.5 MB/s -54%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø39.1 (25.1-49.3)
Motorola Edge 20 Lite Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø36.2 (26.9-43.1)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø40.9 (34.8-52.4)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø78 (32.1-84.2)
Motorola Edge 20 Lite Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø69.3 (32.1-79.4)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø86.8 (31.3-92.5)

Software – Nord CE 2 5G with Android 11

This latest OnePlus smartphone comes with the Android 11-based OxygenOS 11, and OnePlus promises a full three years of security updates with two Android feature updates, the first of which – Android 12 – is expected at some point in the second half of 2022. Security patches were as of January 2022 at the time of writing and will have to be updated sooner rather than later.

The only third-party app preloaded in addition to Google’s service was Netflix. Since the device is Widevine L1-certified you get to enjoy streaming contents in HD. Furthermore, the Nord CE 2 5G supports the Camera2 API Level 3.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

Communication and GNSS – OnePlus with Wi-Fi 6

This OnePlus mid-range smartphone supports Wi-Fi 6 with connectivity in 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Like its predecessor the Nord CE 2 5G failed to achieve its full potential and lagged behind its competitors when connected to our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router. While the recorded data rates were consistent, they were too low for its class.

Cellular connectivity includes 5G as well as a wide variety of 4G LTE bands. Accordingly, the Nord CE 2 5G should have no issues connecting to LTE networks abroad when traveling. It also supports NFC for near-field communication, which allows it to be used for Google Pay.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
891 (847min - 921max) MBit/s
Xiaomi Poco F3
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
884 (444min - 914max) MBit/s
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
283 (140min - 293max) MBit/s
Honor 50 Lite
Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
243 (119min - 266max) MBit/s
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
191 (2min - 344max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AX12
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
874 (833min - 900max) MBit/s
Xiaomi Poco F3
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
654 (311min - 702max) MBit/s
Average of class Smartphone
  (last 2 years)
376 MBit/s
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
330 (322min - 336max) MBit/s
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
235 MBit/s
Honor 50 Lite
Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
226 (180min - 260max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (40.5 - 1810, n=198, last 2 years)
698 MBit/s +40%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
498 (463min - 510max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Average of class Smartphone
  (34.8 - 1875, n=197, last 2 years)
664 MBit/s +59%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
417 (349min - 444max) MBit/s
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OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø417 (349-444)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø498 (463-510)
Location services indoors
Location services indoors
Location services outdoors
Location services outdoors

Supported location services include GPS, Glonass, Galileo, and BeiDou. Dual or even triple-band connectivity is not supported. And while we were able to obtain satellite fix indoors we found both signal strength and connection quality to be lacking.

On our usual bike tour around the block the mid-range Nord CE 2 5G was benchmarked against a Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch, and its overall recorded track was very accurate with only minor deviations. Overall, we can absolutely recommend the Nord CE 2 5G for navigation purposes.

Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
Garmin Venu 2
OnePlus Nord 2 CE
OnePlus Nord 2 CE
OnePlus Nord 2 CE
OnePlus Nord 2 CE
OnePlus Nord 2 CE
OnePlus Nord 2 CE

Telephony and Call Quality – OnePlus Smartphone with Dual SIM

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

This Dual SIM smartphone takes two Nano SIM cards with full support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling. Call quality was decent in situations with low ambient noise, and its speakerphone worked very well overall on video calls.

Cameras – Nord CE 2 5G with Triple-Cam

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G front-facing camera sample photo
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G front-facing camera sample photo
Portrait mode
Portrait mode

The camera remained largely unchanged from the Nord CE. The front-facing 16 MP Sony IMX471 still takes decent photos in good lighting conditions and rather blurry ones in poor light. It also does not support UHD modes, and video recordings continue to be limited to 1080p.

The rear-facing camera's pièce de résistance continues to be its 64 MP main sensor, most likely the same Omnivision OV64B that can also be found on the OnePlus Nord N10. It features optical image stabilization and takes good-looking photos in daylight with a good dynamic range but minor shortcomings in regard to focus, particularly along the sides, in return. Color accuracy is good, and we found barely any DeltaE deviations of more than 10 when inspected under controlled and normalized conditions in our lab.

Videos are recorded in UHD at 30 FPS and are not supported by the OIS but software-stabilized instead. They turn our decent with good autofocus. Switching from one lens to another while recording is not supported.

Speaking of which, the other two lenses are a 2 MP tele-macro lens as well as an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 119° field of view. Details are blurry both in the center and along the edges, and the sensor suffered from visible chromatic aberrations.

Wide-angle
Wide-angle
Main camera
2x zoom
5x zoom
20x zoom (max)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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8.4 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
13 ∆E
10 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
5 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
12 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G: 8.52 ∆E min: 2.94 - max: 14.7 ∆E
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28.8 ∆E
50 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
34.6 ∆E
44.4 ∆E
60.8 ∆E
48.2 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
28.8 ∆E
62.7 ∆E
61.7 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
72.8 ∆E
42.4 ∆E
42 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
69.2 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G: 44.83 ∆E min: 13.91 - max: 77.12 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – 65 W Charger Included

OnePlus Nord CE 2 65 W charger
OnePlus Nord CE 2 65 W charger

Included in the Nord CE 2 5G’s box we found a modular 65 W power supply, a data transfer/charging cable, a cover, a SIM tool, a quick start guide, and warranty information. OnePlus sells various accessories for its Nord-series smartphones in its webshop, including headphones and protective cases.

Unlike European models, which come with a 2-year limited warranty, OnePlus phones purchased in the United States are limited to just one year.

Input Devices & Handling - OnePlus Smartphone with Face Unlock

The capacitive touch screen was fast and accurate, and it felt very smooth to use overall. The AMOLED panel was very responsive and, thanks to its refresh rate of 90 Hz, also very smooth when scrolling or displaying animations.

Biometric authentication is supported via either an optical fingerprint reader underneath the OLED display, which for a mid-range smartphone worked very fast and reliable, and 2D face detection using the front-facing camera. Keep in mind that the latter is much less secure than the former.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G also supports various gestures to simplify everyday use. Unfortunately, we failed to find a setting enabling one-handed mode.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

Display – Nord CE 2 5G with 90 Hz OLED

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Nord CE 2 5G features a 6.43-inch AMOLED display running at 2400 x 1080 and a fixed refresh rate of either 60 or 90 Hz. This panel should be identical to its predecessor, the Nord CE, as we were unable to make out any differences between the two.

Accordingly, we found no improvements regarding brightness, illumination, and sharpness. When displaying an all-white image, the Nord CE 2 5G peaked at “just” 596 nits. When running the APL50 test with an evenly distributed dark-bright pattern it managed 760 nits in the center. In other words, the panel is not particularly well suited for displaying HDR contents.

Like all OLED-based panels the display suffered from PWM flickering due to its underlying technology. At brightness levels of 50 % and below we were able to record a PWM frequency of 355 Hz with a more even amplitude at further decreasing levels of brightness. Nevertheless, sensitive users might find this to be too strenuous, and optional DC dimming is not supported.

596
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
601
cd/m²
591
cd/m²
593
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
596
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 601 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 595.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 601 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.35 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 4.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
96.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.363
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Xiaomi Poco F3
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.70
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Honor 50 Lite
TFT-LCD, 2376x1080, 6.67
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Screen
52%
-9%
21%
5%
23%
Brightness middle
601
889
48%
420
-30%
863
44%
477
-21%
590
-2%
Brightness
596
902
51%
428
-28%
860
44%
456
-23%
596
0%
Brightness Distribution
98
95
-3%
89
-9%
93
-5%
92
-6%
97
-1%
Black Level *
0.41
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.35
0.9
73%
3.15
6%
3.2
4%
2
40%
1.9
43%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.72
1.9
72%
7.1
-6%
5.2
23%
5.9
12%
3.8
43%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.6
1.3
72%
4
13%
3.9
15%
3.2
30%
2.1
54%
Gamma
2.363 93%
2.26 97%
2.233 99%
2.33 94%
2.14 103%
2.13 103%
CCT
7372 88%
6614 98%
7413 88%
7299 89%
6525 100%
6698 97%
Contrast
1163

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 354.6 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 354.6 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 354.6 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17708 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Color accuracy is determined using the CalMAN software suite.  Out of the box the Nord CE 2 5G supports the large DCI-P3 color space when set to “Vivid” mode. However, we found the “Mild” mode to be much more accurate overall.  With that said our calibration efforts were not as successful as with its predecessor.

As is common for an AMOLED display the black level is absolute zero resulting in a (in theory) infinite contrast ratio.

Color accuracy (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Color accuracy (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Color space (color space: AdobeRGB; profile: Mild)
Color space (color space: AdobeRGB; profile: Mild)
Color space (color space: P3; profile: Mild)
Color space (color space: P3; profile: Mild)
Color space (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Color space (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Grayscale (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Grayscale (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Saturation (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)
Saturation (color space: sRGB; profile: Mild)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
10 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).


PWM frequency of around 354.6 Hz at brightness levels of 50 % and below
PWM frequency of around 354.6 Hz at brightness levels of 50 % and below
0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Bright ambient light did not cause any major issues thanks to the Nord CE 2 5G’s solid backlight. We did, however, find its highly reflective display surface to be a major deterrent when it came to readability in direct sunlight. Viewing angles are very good.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Smartphone Review

Performance – OnePlus Smartphone with MediaTek SoC

Unlike its predecessor the Nord CE 2 5G features a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC.  It is manufactured in 6 nm and combines two high-performance ARM Cortex A78 cores running at up to 2.4 GHz with six high-efficiency ARM Cortex A55 cores running at up to 2 GHz, and it is supported by a Mali G68 MP4 GPU.

Everyday use running normal undemanding apps was mostly smooth with some minor lag as soon as background processes started to require resources, for example during app updates.

In our benchmarks, the Nord CE 2 5G performed slightly better than its predecessor’s Snapdragon 750G, although the overall differences are pretty minor and handily outgunned by the Mi 11 Lite's significantly faster Snapdragon 780G. The same is true for the Adreno 642, which performed around 60 % faster than the Mali G68 MP4 in most benchmarks. All things considered the Nord CE 2 5G is slightly faster than the first-generation Core Edition but unable to keep up with the rest of its mid-range competitors.

The built-in UFS 2.2 storage is very fast overall, and the Nord CE 2 5G read and wrote both sequential as well as random data much faster than many of its competitors.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
998 Points +34%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=201, last 2 years)
918 Points +23%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
809 Points +8%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
747 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (693 - 747, n=5)
725 Points -3%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
637 Points -15%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
511 Points -32%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
306 Points -59%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3368 Points +54%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=201, last 2 years)
3039 Points +39%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2998 Points +37%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2182 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2062 - 2266, n=5)
2153 Points -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1792 Points -18%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1627 Points -25%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1285 Points -41%
Vulkan Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (79 - 9992, n=65, last 2 years)
4611 Points +75%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3587 Points +36%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2805 Points +6%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2626 - 2699, n=4)
2660 Points +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2637 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1637 Points -38%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1077 Points -59%
OpenCL Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (437 - 10711, n=56, last 2 years)
4439 Points +72%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3606 Points +40%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2809 Points +9%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2571 - 2675, n=4)
2605 Points +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2574 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1584 Points -38%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1214 Points -53%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
376 Points -85%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
13610 Points +69%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=200, last 2 years)
11960 Points +48%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
11218 Points +39%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (8055 - 12444, n=5)
9763 Points +21%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
8694 Points +8%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
8473 Points +5%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
8055 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
6052 Points -25%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6989 Points +46%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (4783 - 4796, n=3)
4792 Points 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4783 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3883 Points -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (712 - 7285, n=37, last 2 years)
3794 Points -21%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3783 Points -21%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1798 Points -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
8588 Points +49%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
5783 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (5711 - 5835, n=3)
5776 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (618 - 9451, n=37, last 2 years)
4225 Points -27%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4093 Points -29%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3948 Points -32%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1691 Points -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
4233 Points +49%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3291 Points +16%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3283 Points +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1093 - 4525, n=37, last 2 years)
3099 Points +9%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2837 - 2954, n=3)
2905 Points +2%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2837 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2311 Points -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (704 - 23024, n=98, last 2 years)
10116 Points +98%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7970 Points +56%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
5587 Points +10%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
5099 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (5021 - 5099, n=3)
5060 Points -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4062 Points -20%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3859 Points -24%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1836 Points -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 45492, n=97, last 2 years)
17918 Points +197%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12033 Points +99%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
8380 Points +39%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
6041 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (6005 - 6041, n=3)
6022 Points 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4254 Points -30%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
4038 Points -33%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1756 Points -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (1075 - 8749, n=97, last 2 years)
4654 Points +41%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3653 Points +11%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3508 Points +7%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3293 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3212 - 3293, n=3)
3251 Points -1%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3102 Points -6%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2567 Points -22%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2182 Points -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
5098 Points +40%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3647 - 4036, n=5)
3788 Points +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3647 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2747 Points -25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 7890, n=94, last 2 years)
2717 Points -26%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2653 Points -27%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1164 Points -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6087 Points +52%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3996 - 4165, n=5)
4078 Points +2%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3998 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 9814, n=94, last 2 years)
2710 Points -32%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2613 Points -35%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2537 Points -37%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1021 Points -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3349 Points +16%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3182 Points +10%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
3144 Points +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 4679, n=94, last 2 years)
3144 Points +9%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2893 - 3643, n=5)
3079 Points +6%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2893 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2280 Points -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7377 Points +90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=172, last 2 years)
7012 Points +81%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
4478 Points +16%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3843 - 4173, n=5)
3961 Points +2%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3874 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2923 Points -25%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2745 Points -29%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1153 Points -70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=171, last 2 years)
10138 Points +152%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
9498 Points +136%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6148 Points +53%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (4028 - 4217, n=5)
4114 Points +2%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4028 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2800 Points -30%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2637 Points -35%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1025 Points -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=171, last 2 years)
4344 Points +33%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4140 Points +26%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3121 - 4025, n=5)
3454 Points +6%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3452 Points +5%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3273 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3189 Points -3%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2354 Points -28%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2053 Points -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
4699 Points +30%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3627 - 3851, n=5)
3719 Points +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3627 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (365 - 6439, n=88, last 2 years)
2636 Points -27%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2597 Points -28%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2537 Points -30%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1108 Points -69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
5785 Points +45%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3977 - 4193, n=5)
4052 Points +2%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3984 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 8601, n=88, last 2 years)
2813 Points -29%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2542 Points -36%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2428 Points -39%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
968 Points -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2991 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2776 - 3068, n=5)
2939 Points -2%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
2809 Points -6%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
2795 Points -7%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2793 Points -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1667 - 3525, n=88, last 2 years)
2667 Points -11%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2252 Points -25%
Wild Life Score
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4288 Points +111%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
3196 Points +57%
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=124, last 2 years)
2677 Points +31%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2031 - 2195, n=5)
2097 Points +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2037 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1252 Points -39%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1114 Points -45%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
383 Points -81%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=190, last 2 years)
6586 Points +226%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4271 Points +111%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
3212 Points +59%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (2001 - 2167, n=5)
2068 Points +2%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2022 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1226 Points -39%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1109 Points -45%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
382 Points -81%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=193, last 2 years)
1767 Points +195%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1223 Points +105%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
865 Points +45%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (593 - 607, n=5)
601 Points +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
598 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
364 Points -39%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
335 Points -44%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
106 Points -82%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=189, last 2 years)
1773 Points +207%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1222 Points +111%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
786 Points +36%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (578 - 621, n=5)
593 Points +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
578 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
352 Points -39%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
329 Points -43%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
107 Points -81%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
90 fps +50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (23 - 165, n=171, last 2 years)
85.9 fps +43%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
71 fps +18%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (60 - 89, n=5)
65.8 fps +10%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
60 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
59 fps -2%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
58 fps -3%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
30 fps -50%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (19 - 791, n=171, last 2 years)
256 fps +164%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
200 fps +106%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
153 fps +58%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (97 - 103, n=5)
100 fps +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
97 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
91 fps -6%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
69 fps -29%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
35 fps -64%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
79 fps +52%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6.8 - 165, n=173, last 2 years)
74 fps +42%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
60 fps +15%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (52 - 58, n=5)
54 fps +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
52 fps
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
47 fps -10%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
41 fps -21%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
16 fps -69%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.2 - 363, n=173, last 2 years)
146.3 fps +136%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
119 fps +92%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
90 fps +45%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (61 - 65, n=5)
62.8 fps +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
62 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
45 fps -27%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
41 fps -34%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
19 fps -69%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.7 - 158, n=173, last 2 years)
62.7 fps +69%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
59 fps +59%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
57 fps +54%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
37 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (35 - 37, n=5)
36.4 fps -2%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
29 fps -22%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
24 fps -35%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
11 fps -70%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (6.2 - 279, n=173, last 2 years)
103.1 fps +158%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
81 fps +103%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
65 fps +63%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (40 - 42, n=5)
41.2 fps +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
40 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
33 fps -17%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
27 fps -32%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
13 fps -67%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (5 - 117, n=173, last 2 years)
44.8 fps +113%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
44 fps +110%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
35 fps +67%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
21 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (20 - 22, n=5)
20.8 fps -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
17 fps -19%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
14 fps -33%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
6 fps -71%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.9 - 166, n=172, last 2 years)
62.2 fps +159%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
48 fps +100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
40 fps +67%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (24 - 25, n=5)
24.6 fps +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
24 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
19 fps -21%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
17 fps -29%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
7.1 fps -70%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
49 fps +104%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=213, last 2 years)
45.2 fps +88%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
42 fps +75%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
24 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (23 - 25, n=5)
23.8 fps -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
18 fps -25%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
15 fps -37%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
7.1 fps -70%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=213, last 2 years)
66.3 fps +146%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
57 fps +111%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
50 fps +85%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (26 - 28, n=5)
27.2 fps +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
27 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
20 fps -26%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
17 fps -37%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
8.4 fps -69%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=213, last 2 years)
33.5 fps +123%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
33 fps +120%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
26 fps +73%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (15 - 16, n=5)
15.4 fps +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
15 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
11 fps -27%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
9.6 fps -36%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
4.2 fps -72%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=213, last 2 years)
26.7 fps +167%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
22 fps +120%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
18 fps +80%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (10 - 11, n=5)
10.4 fps +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
10 fps
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
7.4 fps -26%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
6.1 fps -39%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2.8 fps -72%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=138, last 2 years)
765421 Points +77%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
680139 Points +57%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
521880 Points +21%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (424921 - 477831, n=4)
447053 Points +3%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
432909 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
392848 Points -9%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
325377 Points -25%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
211557 Points -51%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
595585 Points +62%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
468196 Points +27%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
367407 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (362407 - 367407, n=2)
364907 Points -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
334039 Points -9%
AImark - Score v2.x
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
111838 Points +173%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (40983 - 42107, n=4)
41462 Points +1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
40983 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (1043 - 139804, n=33, last 2 years)
27620 Points -33%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
15785 Points -61%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
12743 Points -69%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6472 Points -84%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
Points -100%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
6356 Points +62%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=155, last 2 years)
5955 Points +51%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
5068 Points +29%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3817 - 4567, n=4)
4075 Points +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3932 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3617 Points -8%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2783 Points -29%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2263 Points -42%
System
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
9997 Points +46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=155, last 2 years)
9867 Points +44%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
9557 Points +39%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (6854 - 8957, n=4)
8250 Points +20%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
7108 Points +4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
6854 Points
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
4949 Points -28%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
4183 Points -39%
Memory
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
7692 Points +43%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=155, last 2 years)
6465 Points +20%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
6172 Points +15%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (5292 - 6784, n=4)
5768 Points +7%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
5383 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
4645 Points -14%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
3556 Points -34%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
2823 Points -48%
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=155, last 2 years)
15040 Points +277%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12801 Points +221%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
7202 Points +80%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (3994 - 4746, n=4)
4402 Points +10%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
3999 Points 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
3994 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
2837 Points -29%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1835 Points -54%
Web
Xiaomi Poco F3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1658 Points +19%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G 5G, Adreno 642, 8192
1563 Points +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=155, last 2 years)
1528 Points +10%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
1392 Points
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 8192
1382 Points -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 12288
1296 Points -7%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900
  (1017 - 1535, n=4)
1291 Points -7%
Honor 50 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 6144
1023 Points -27%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=162, last 2 years)
110.4 Points +103%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
75.8 Points +39%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
75.1 Points +38%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900 (50.5 - 77.5, n=4)
58.9 Points +8%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Chrome 99)
54.5 Points
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition) (Chrome 91.0.4472.120)
40.81 Points -25%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Chrome 94)
38.28 Points -30%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
135.7 Points +21%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Chrome 99)
112.4 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900 (105.7 - 112.4, n=2)
109.1 Points -3%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
105.4 Points -6%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition) (Chrome 91.0.4472.120)
82.1 Points -27%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Chrome 94)
75.3 Points -33%
Honor 50 Lite (Chrome 96)
53.7 Points -52%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=146, last 2 years)
114.7 runs/min +119%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
74.8 runs/min +43%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
70.8 runs/min +35%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Chrome 99)
52.3 runs/min
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900 (49.5 - 52.3, n=3)
50.5 runs/min -3%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition) (Chrome 91.0.4472.120)
42.3 runs/min -19%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Chrome 94)
35.3 runs/min -33%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Average of class Smartphone (39 - 304, n=107, last 2 years)
140.1 Points +103%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
125 Points +81%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
106 Points +54%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Chrome 99)
69 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900 (65 - 71, n=4)
68.3 Points -1%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Chrome 94)
57 Points -17%
Honor 50 Lite (Chrome 96)
55 Points -20%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition) (Chrome 91.0.4472.120)
54 Points -22%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=207, last 2 years)
33768 Points +19%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Chrome 99)
28373 Points
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
26943 Points -5%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
26577 Points -6%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900 (21753 - 30485, n=5)
25622 Points -10%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition) (Chrome 91.0.4472.120)
18115 Points -36%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Chrome 94)
17637 Points -38%
Honor 50 Lite (Chrome 96)
10247 Points -64%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Honor 50 Lite (Chrome 96)
3779 ms * -119%
Motorola Edge 20 Lite (Chrome 94)
2475 ms * -43%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition) (Chrome 91.0.4472.120)
2165 ms * -25%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 900 (1658 - 2220, n=4)
1849 ms * -7%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G (Chrome90)
1802 ms * -4%
Xiaomi Poco F3 (Chrome 90)
1744 ms * -1%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G (Chrome 99)
1727 ms *
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=162, last 2 years)
1520 ms * +12%

* ... smaller is better

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5GXiaomi Poco F3Motorola Edge 20 LiteXiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5GHonor 50 LiteOnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)Average 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-5%
-29%
-11%
-56%
-25%
-28%
30%
Sequential Read 256KB
999
1378
38%
954
-5%
949
-5%
492.5
-51%
951
-5%
Sequential Write 256KB
857
684
-20%
478.3
-44%
710
-17%
184.6
-78%
466
-46%
Random Read 4KB
253.4
208
-18%
141.4
-44%
207.9
-18%
129.7
-49%
187.6
-26%
188.1 ?(89.3 - 297, n=64)
-26%
Random Write 4KB
212.9
170.6
-20%
161.9
-24%
206.9
-3%
117.7
-45%
168.1
-21%
181.1 ?(62.6 - 419, n=64)
-15%

Gaming – Nord CE 2 5G with just 60 FPS

Using GameBench we ran our usual suite of gaming benchmarks to determine the Nord CE 2 5G’s gaming capabilities. Put bluntly gaming is not the Nord CE 2 5G’s strong suite despite its fast 90 Hz panel.

While PUBG Mobile ran smoothly overall it managed a meager 40 FPS in HD settings, and UHD settings were not supported at the time of writing. We were also slightly disappointed by Armajet, which scored just 60 FPS even though both hardware and application should in theory be capable of much more.

The third game was Asphalt 9: Legends, and while it ran smoothly in highest settings we found regular frame drops to as little as 27 FPS.

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OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; Armajet: Ø59.7 (57-60)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; Asphalt 9: Legends: Ø29.8 (27-32)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59.7 (50-60)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø40 (38-41)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø39.9 (36-41)

Emissions – Not Nearly As Cool as a Cucumber

Temperature

GFX benchmarks stress test
GFX benchmarks stress test

While surface temperatures remained low when idle we found them to rise significantly under load. That being said its maximum of 42 °C was nowhere near critical, especially considering the SoCs performance consistency.

The latter is determined using the GFX benchmark’s stress test running two OpenGL ES 3.1 scenarios in a 30x loop while recording the frame rates immediately followed by running 3DMark’s stress test.

In both tests the Nord CE 2 5G’s overall thermal throttling recorded was marginal at best. We therefore found no performance throttling under sustained load worth noting.

Max. Load
 41.8 °C
107 F
39.5 °C
103 F
36.3 °C
97 F
 
 42.1 °C
108 F
38.9 °C
102 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
38.8 °C
102 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 39.1 °C = 102 F
34.9 °C
95 F
36.8 °C
98 F
40.5 °C
105 F
35.6 °C
96 F
38.1 °C
101 F
41.4 °C
107 F
36.1 °C
97 F
38 °C
100 F
40.7 °C
105 F
Maximum: 41.4 °C = 107 F
Average: 38 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.5 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 20.1 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.1 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.4 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.8 (3150min) % 0%
Honor 50 Lite
Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
99.8 (2.3min) % 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.5 (1106min) % 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 (12.2min) %
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.4 (7.46min) % 0%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
82.2 (3521min) % -17%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Nord Core Edition)
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.4 (335min) % 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.3 (3.54min) %
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Mali-G57 MP3, Dimensity 720, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
98.8 (2.21min) % -1%
Honor 50 Lite
Adreno 610, SD 662, 128 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
95.7 (0.621min) % -4%
Xiaomi Poco F3
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
82.2 (1002min) % -17%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
Adreno 642, SD 780G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
82.1 (683min) % -17%
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