OnePlus Nord CE 2 review: nice and snappy… but expensive

Protagonist of today’s review is OnePlus Nord CE 2, one of the smartphones with which the Chinese manufacturer is trying to establish itself in the mid-market range. Let’s find out how it behaves during daily use!

packaging

OnePlus Nord CE 2 it is sold in a complete package full of accessories: in addition to the transparent film pre-applied on the display and the various manuals, we also find two silicone covers, the USB-C cable and the 65W power supply.

construction and design

The smartphone shows up light And compact: the dimensions are equal to 160.6 x 73.2 x 7.8 mm, for a weight of 173g well distributed along the body. The latter is made of plastic, with a glossy back cover with curved corners, beautiful to the eye but which perhaps would have needed a better oleophobic treatment, given the ease with which it retains fingerprints.

The upper side is completely bare, except for the second microphone, while on the lower one we find the input for the 3.5mm jack, the USB-C port and the speaker.
The left edge houses the trolley for the SIM and the volume rocker, while on the opposite side we find the power button. All the physical keys return solid feedback that is pleasant to the touch.

display

The screen is a 6.43 ″ AMOLED with a refresh rate of 90Hz, support for HDR10 + and a screen-to-body ratio of nearly 85%. At the top left there is a hole that houses the front camera from 16MP.

THE colors they are lively and pleasing to the eye, smooth animations, deep blacks as one would expect from an AMOLED panel and whites more than satisfying. There are also several functions such as the Ambient screen and the ability to adjust the color temperature.
The brightness is also good, sufficient to ensure good visibility outside.

The reader is integrated into the display Fingerprints very precise and quick in unlocking.

hardware and performance

OnePlus Nord CE 2 it is powered by a processor MediaTek Dimensity 900 octa-core, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, expandable via MicroSD without losing support for the second SIM. The operating system is OxygenOS 11, based on Android 11. The latter offers a user experience close to stock, but also several customization options such as themes and dynamic wallpapers. There is no lack of mode game, which optimizes the performance of the device during gaming sessions.

Overall we have a device in our hands snappy and fluid, able to manage the main applications without slowing down and with which it is also possible to play without too many compromises. There reception is very good, as well as the audio in call. The mono speaker does its duty, while not returning a very clean sound at maximum volume.

They are not missing NFC for mobile payments e Bluetooth 5.2, which offers stable connections with different types of headphones and wireless devices.

photographic sector

OnePlus Nord CE 2 is equipped with a triple rear camera: one principal from 64MP (f / 1.7), a ultra wide angle from 8MP (f / 2.2 and 119 ° field of view) and a sensor macro from 2MP (f / 2.4). Videos can be recorded in 4K at 30fps and 1080p at up to 120fps.

Also present several functions such as Dual View, which allows you to use the front and rear cameras at the same time, AI Nightscape, slow motion, time lapse and portrait mode.

The photos in good light conditions I liked them: while not excelling in the number of details, it is possible to take away some satisfactions both with the main camera and with the wide-angle lens and also by resorting to the zoom.

The lens is a bit subdued macro, which produces detailed images but with slightly dull colors.

In the dark, finally, the night mode manages to lighten the image, but there is some background noise, with the camera struggling to capture many details and fighting a bit with artificial lights.

autonomy

On OnePlus Nord CE 2 we find a battery from 4.500mAh, with support for fast charging at 65W and reverse.
In this respect the smartphone performs very well: even if you use it intensively, with brightness constantly above 50% and even using heavier apps such as navigation or games, it will be extremely difficult to get to the end of the day without more energy. With moderate use, however, you can touch the two days of autonomy.

conclusions

OnePlus Nord CE 2 it’s a smartphone complete and reliable. Daily use is pleasant and fluid, the autonomy is excellent and the software very simple to use, with different customization options and without too many pre-installed apps.

Available in colors Gray Mirror (which I had a chance to try) e Bahama Blue at the price of 359.99 €, however, it is perhaps a little too expensive to impose itself on competitors in a truly crowded market segment; to weigh on the final judgment is above all the photographic sector which is not particularly brilliant, especially when compared to the list price: a cut of about fifty euros could certainly contribute to making it more attractive.