OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G first impressions: promising


The recently launched OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G is a good mid-range smartphone, priced below Rs. 25,000. It offers good software, solid battery life and performance, to appeal to those looking for a a real all-rounder. The phone also made it to our list of best smartphones to buy under Rs. 25,000. OnePlus has now launched the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G which, as the name suggests, is a watered down version. Has OnePlus managed to maintain the same balance of features, or has the cost-cutting gone a bit too far? I spent some time with the new OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, and here are my first impressions.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is priced starting at Rs. 19,999 in India for the variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The other variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 21,999. The base variant only comes in a Black Dusk color while the more expensive variant is only available in a Black finish BlueTide.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G in blue is instantly recognizable as a Nord smartphone. It’s not a solid shade of blue this time around; instead, the hue shifts from sky blue to yellowish when moved under the light. The area around the camera module has a textured finish. If you want something more subtle, the Black Dusk version has a matte finish much like the iconic sandstone OnePlus One.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G in Blue Tide is instantly recognizable as a Nord series smartphone

During my short time with the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, it held up to fingerprints quite well. OnePlus still bundles a transparent case in the box, which is useful. You’ll also find Nord stickers, a SIM eject pin, a Red Cable Club membership card, a 33W SuperVOOC charger, and a signature red USB Type-C cable.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G sports a large 6.59-inch display. It has a camera hole in the top left corner which houses a 16-megapixel selfie camera. It is an LCD panel with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. The screen has thin bezels on the sides, but the top and bottom are thicker .

The flat sides of the phone frame make it comfortable to hold. A fingerprint scanner that sits in a small groove on the right. The positioning is convenient and the groove serves as a guide for your finger. The volume buttons are on the left, as well as the SIM tray. You will only find a secondary microphone at the top while the bottom has the USB Type-C port, primary microphone, speaker, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

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The side fingerprint reader is easy to access

Pick up the phone and you will notice its 195g weight. The curved sides of the back panel manage to hide its thickness. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G sports three cameras on the back, and the camera module protrudes enough to cause the phone to wobble when placed on a flat surface. You get a 64-megapixel main camera with EIS, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. You don’t get an ultra-wide camera here like you do on the Nord CE 2 5G.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC. We have already seen this SoC in competing devices such as the Vivo T1 (Test), Moto G71 5G (Test), Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G ( Review) and the Realme 9 Pro 5G. This phone supports Bluetooth 5.2, dual band Wi-Fi and five 5G bands. It has a dual-SIM hybrid tray, so you’ll have to choose between a second SIM card and a microSD card.

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The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G has a triple-camera setup but lacks an ultra-wide-angle camera

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G runs Oxygen OS 12.1 based on Android 12. The user interface offers many new features and customization options. I will dive deeper and explore them all in the full review. My unit was running the March 2022 Android security patch. OnePlus promises two major Android updates and three years of security updates for the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G which should give it some advantages over the competition.

After using the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G for a short time, I can say that it looks quite promising. However, the competition is tough in this price segment. I’ll be testing its cameras, performance, battery life, and software soon, so stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the full OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G review.

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