OnePlus Nord CE 4 5G Review – Pros & Cons, Verdict | 91mobiles

It's remarkable how things change in just a year. Then, some things don't happen. and he is OnePlus Nord CE4 In short.

compared to last year OnePlus Nord CE3 5G ,Review), the OnePlus Nord CE4 has a lot of changes both outside and inside. For example, the rear panel now has only two cameras instead of three in different incarnations. There is a big focus on long battery backup and fast charging. The new Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC powering the phone also promises powerful AI capabilities.

However, things that haven't changed include the selfie camera, which I think is a vital element of a modern smartphone. The promise of two years of Android OS updates is good but not at par with industry standards. Additionally, the Nord CE4 lacks the alert slider for volume controls (similar to the Nord CE3 5G), which is critical of the OnePlus ethos in terms of product design if you ask me.

But, the Nord CE4's biggest challenge lies in its occupied area. India's sub-Rs 30,000 smartphone market is extremely competitive, driven by aggressive launches from major players like Redmi and Samsung as well as brands including POCO and iQOO. How does it perform? let's find out.

Decision

The OnePlus Nord CE4 has a number of thoughtful upgrades, making it a far more attractive option than last year's Nord CE3. The phone also checks a lot of boxes for everyday users, be it display, battery, or performance. Its cameras are also good, if not excellent. While the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC promises cutting-edge AI features, we are still awaiting the availability of those features from OnePlus.

Design and performance

If you compare the Nord CE3 and Nord CE4 side-by-side, the obvious changes include the color and placement of the rear cameras.

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There are three cutouts at the back, although the third only houses the LED flash. The pill-shaped camera module is the same as the original oneplus nord ce From 2021 onwards. I got the marble-inspired version of the Nord CE4, which gives a younger and lighter feel if that's your jam. For those who prefer something more traditional, there is the standard black model, called Dark Chrome.

There isn't much to differentiate the build and size compared to the Nord CE3. The Nord CE4 feels solid in the hand, and the rear panel offers a smooth glass-like finish, even though the body is technically plastic. The rear panel also does a reliable job of removing fingerprint smudges. The smartphone includes an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance – a standard on most devices in this range. To add some extra durability, OnePlus has included a beautiful teal case in the box that perfectly complements the green marble color scheme.

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Otherwise, its 6.7-inch AMOLED display features are mostly the same as last year's model. This doesn't mean you won't be pleased with the viewing experience. The Nord CE4 continues to offer Full HD+ resolution (2,412 x 1,080 pixels) with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 20:1:9 aspect ratio. Netflix and Amazon Prime support HDR playback to make the overall viewing experience impressive.

I watched Spider-Man: No Way Home on Netflix and Blackberry on Amazon Prime and the experience was quite good. The AMOLED display delivers deep blacks and vibrant colors, though sometimes a little too garish for my liking. The Nord CE4's stereo speakers also complement the overall viewing experience. If you prefer to use earbuds, you'll have to rely on Bluetooth connectivity as it doesn't have a headphone jack.

camera

As mentioned, the Nord CE4 includes two cameras on the back as it ditches the 2MP macro lens. This also means there are one less camera feature compared to last year. The primary camera now uses a new 50MP Sony LYT-600 sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) support. It still has an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The 16MP selfie camera on the front remains intact.

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For still photos, the OnePlus Nord CE4 delivers reliable performance in both bright and dim conditions. The phone mostly prefers natural colors with a balanced white balance. The color of the phone remained neutral even in strong sunlight and the details were also good. However, during my testing the primary camera struggled to detect the right tone of deep blue.

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The same color science applies to images with human subjects. Skin tone detection is also natural, although the software tends to soften facial details. Portrait mode offers a rich Bokeh effect, and the edge detection is equally good. Photos under “Hi-Res” mode capture clear details, but this time, color consistency can be hit-and-miss.

The OnePlus Nord CE4's 8MP ultra-wide camera also delivers similar colors but with softer dynamic range.

When it comes to video, the OnePlus Nord CE4 supports maximum 4K recording at 30fps. The company could have considered adding 4K60fps support, a feature that is slowly becoming mainstream on smartphones in this range.

compared to us with nothing phone 2(a) ,Review), the OnePlus Nord CE4 showed better performance in bright and dim conditions, at least in terms of still photos. The 16MP front camera also detects skin quite well, but there is room for improvement in facial detail. We also saw this on last year's Nord CE3.

However, the Phone 2(A) offers better stabilization and can be considered better than the Nord CE4 for videos, especially if you are an upcoming content creator. On that note, follow us Youtube channel For a detailed camera comparison against the Nothing Phone 2(A).

I also appreciate that the OnePlus Nord CE4 offers a clean camera UI with easy-to-access modes and filters. However, the Native Remover tool fails to detect the subject and background. Perhaps an OTA update can fix this problem.

Display and Software

The OnePlus Nord CE4 is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC. The phone uses LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The base variant now offers 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, priced at Rs 24,999, top model (Rs 26,999), which I'm also using, offers 256GB of storage. The phone offers a hybrid SIM slot, which means you can use two SIM cards simultaneously or have one SIM and one microSD card for additional storage (up to 1 TB).

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For those who prefer a clean software experience, the OnePlus Nord CE4 offers an extremely clean OxygenOS based on Android 14 and will not disappoint. The company promises two years of Android OS updates, whereas three years would have been ideal for updates like Samsung's Nothing. This iteration of OxygenOS also feels light and responsive. In my time spent with the smartphone, I did not notice any sudden overheating issues.

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The Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC onboard offers good performance gains over the previous generation model. In AnTuTu's overall CPU-CPU test, the Nord CE4 was ahead in numbers compared to its closest competitors (pictured above). Even in Geekbench's single-core and multi-core tests, the Nord CE4 was ahead of its rivals. We have yet to see the native AI features that the Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 SoC promises, and these will likely be seen with a software update.

In our gaming testing, the Nord CE4 demonstrated solid performance. I played BGMI and COD in high graphics at 60fps and didn't face any issues with mistouch or heating. Thermal management was also as good as its peers, if not the best. However, in terms of numbers, poco x6 pro Remains relatively ahead.

Battery

There's not much to complain about regarding battery backup, thanks to a new and more capacious 5,500mAh unit. Despite having a larger battery, the weight of the Nord CE4 has increased by only 2 grams to 186 grams, which is really impressive.

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In PCMark's battery test, the Nord CE4 lasted more than 16 hours with flight mode enabled and 50 percent screen brightness — an impressive feat. Even real-life performance is just as good, and you can expect a full day's worth of backup with the high refresh rate enabled and AOD on.

The charging speed is also nothing short of impressive. The 100W SuperVOOC charger (included in the box) is capable of charging the device from 0 to 100 percent in less than 35 minutes.

final call

The OnePlus Nord CE4 perfectly embodies OnePlus' ethos of “never compromise”. Be it battery life, display quality, camera performance or overall speed, this phone delivers without fail.

Although the build quality is undeniably strong, I personally find the marble design language less appealing. If design ranks high on your list of priorities, you might consider exploring options like the Nothing Phone 2(A) or even the Samsung Galaxy A35, There is also a need for improvement in some areas. For example, videos on the Nord CE4 weren't at an optimal level, and two years of Android OS updates may not seem significant given the competition. Perhaps next year we may see improvement in these areas.

But if these things don't matter too much, the Nord CE4 is a great choice for everyday users.

Editor's Rating: 8/10

Reasons to buy:

  • OnePlus Nord CE4 offers excellent battery backup. It also supports super-fast charging with the charger included in the box.
  • The software experience is also clean and responsive. However, the phone still doesn't receive some cutting-edge AI features.
  • Camera performance in daylight and low light is impressive. The camera UI is equally user-friendly.

Reasons for not buying:

  • The promise of two-yearly software updates lags behind industry standards.
  • The OnePlus Nord CE4 also offers average video stabilization. It could also offer 4K60fps recording.

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