The OnePlus lineup of phones is one of the most popular Android phones in the market right now. The firm has been known for offering great camera experiences on its handsets, and that’s what sets it apart from the competition. OnePlus phones have always been praised for their premium design and build quality. The company released its first phone back in 2013, and it was a great success from day one. Ever since then, the company has been iterating on its formula to make it better than before. Last year saw the arrival of the first 5G-enabled handset from OnePlus — and this year we’re getting another one! Speaking at a launch event in London yesterday, CEO Pete Lau confirmed that we’ll be seeing a new 5G variant soon.
What is the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2?
The OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2 is a new variant of the hugely popular OnePlus 5. Like its predecessor, this new model also has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. However, the only difference in the specs is the inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with a large 6GB of RAM. That’s right, the base model of the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2 has 6GB of RAM, which is a first for the OnePlus! The rest of the specs remain the same as the OnePlus 5, including the dual rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation and their unique software algorithms. The front camera is also the same as that of the OnePlus 5. Now, there’s a catch here. The new 5G version of the OnePlus 5 will support a very limited range of networks. The phone is being launched in India as the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2.
Specifications of the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2
The OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The new phone bears a significantly smaller battery than its predecessor — 3,700mAh compared to the 4,000mAh battery on the OnePlus 5. The main camera is a solid 16MP unit, with Sony’s IMX6 sensor and a variable aperture of ƒ/1.8 and ƒ/2. To help improve low-light photography, the phone has the same OIS and EIS features as its predecessor. The front camera is a standard 8MP unit. The phone runs Android 9 Pie out of the box with the company’s own Oxygen 5 user interface. The phone supports Dual SIM connectivity. It supports VoLTE and 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, and GPS.
Why is OnePlus getting into the 5G game?
OnePlus has always been at the forefront of phone design and innovation, and now, with the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2, it’s looking to pioneer another technology. While the firm has already launched its first 5G phone, the OnePlus 6, it’s now planning to get into the next-generation technology as well. We’ve already seen Huawei, Samsung, and Nokia launch their first 5G devices, and now, we’re about to see the first homegrown smartphone manufacturer make the move as well. The 5G market is expected to be very small, and it’s not the kind of market where every player is welcome — especially when your brand is based on delivering a great camera experience. That being said, the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2, like its predecessor, is an incredible device in its own right. And, with the new, more power-efficient Snapdragon 855 SoC, it will likely outperform most other 5G-enabled phones.
New Features of the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2
The OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2 will be the first 5G phone from the company. However, that’s not all it has to offer. The phone will come with a standard set of features that you’d expect from any modern flagship device. It will run Android 9 Pie out of the box, with the latest OxygenOS UI on top. It will come running the company’s latest OxygenOS 9.5.5 update with all the latest features. OnePlus has been consistently updating its software, and with the 5G version of the OnePlus 5, it will continue its good work. The company has always been good at delivering timely updates to its flagship phones. The OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2 will also come with a slew of software features to help you take better photos and videos.
A Look at the Bottom Strap and Design of the OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2
Like the OnePlus 5, the new 5G variant of the phone will also come with a Sandstone Black finish. It will also be available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White color options. The new phone will look almost identical to the OnePlus 5, with a few minor changes. The Alert Slider lets you quickly switch between the three modes of Silent, Normal, and Vibrate. The Alert Slider button on the new phone will be slightly larger and more noticeable than the one on the 5. The new phone will have a slightly smaller logo on the back than that of the OnePlus 5.
The OnePlus 5G Nord CE 2 is coming to markets that support 5G, and it will be sold exclusively by Amazon India. Even though the phone will be available in just two countries, it’s still a very impressive device. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and a 6.2-inch Full HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. It runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and will support Dual-SIM connectivity. The phone has great camera capabilities, even though it’s not the first Android phone to have an in-built camera. However, the Snapdragon 855 SoC on the new phone will help improve low-light photography, which is a huge advantage. The new phone is also one of the most power-efficient 5G-enabled devices available in the market.