OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G smartphone review conclusion: Can less sometimes be more?
The Nord CE 2 5G is a well-equipped mid-range OnePlus smartphone at a fair price. For around $400 you get among others fast charging with up to 65 W, which is usually only to be found on high-end devices. Plus, the Chinese OEM includes a SUPERVOOC-compatible charger in the box by default.
The rest of phone is not half bad either. This dual SIM-capable smartphone features a triple card slot, a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and very good battery life. Its 90 Hz OLED panel is solid, especially considering its price, although we should add that Xiaomi managed to do a better job with the Poco F3 and the Mi 11 Lite 5G. In addition, the display is basically identical to that of the Nord CE 2 5G’s predecessor.
OnePlus’s Core Edition smartphones are supposed to offer all the basics and necessities of a modern smartphone. As always you have to ultimately decide for yourself which aspects of a smartphone are important to you and which ones are not, and we found quite a few aspects in need of improvement.
Take, for example, the Nord CE 2 5G's mono speaker or its overall performance, which is lacking compared to other Qualcomm-equipped mid-range competitors. In addition, we would have liked a more premium case as the Nord CE 2 5G is made almost entirely of plastic (frame, rear cover, buttons, card slot cover).
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G review