That Pastel Lime colour tho, looks really nice!
A week ago, OnePlus released the sequel of the Nord CE 2 Lite. The company’s “Core Edition” series is pretty straightforward. It packs just the most essential components while leaving the gimmicks to the higher-end series which some more tech-literate users might enjoy. The Nord CE 3 Lite is the latest example of bringing just the core features a typical non-techy user needs.
Alongside that, the Nord Buds also finally get its sequel, now with Active Noise Cancellation which we will discuss in this article.
Before we continue. We are currently doing an experiment with ChatGPT, OpenAI’s intelligent Chatbot, currently in version 4. This article is made with the assistance of ChatGPT.
While curtailed to budget users, it flaunts an impressive spec sheet, including a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM6 camera. This sensor can be binned 9-to-1 for a 12MP output. We frequently say that megapixels don’t mean better quality, but the trade-off is that higher MP means better zoom so for the Nord CE 3 Lite, you could get 3x lossless zoom without needing a secondary telephoto camera. Of course, don’t expect anything special about the camera modules aside from this. The others are the useless 2MP macro and depth cameras. The front camera is the usual 16MP as well.
The based Nord CE 3 is not out yet, but the Lite version is. We’re betting that the Lite series has better sales and that’s why OnePlus decided to go for the Lite version first. We expect that the base CE 3 will be released sometime this year.
Now that we discussed the phone’s most notable feature, let’s proceed with its other important specs. In terms of its display, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite features a sleek design with a 6.72-inch IPS LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate which provides smooth scrolling and animations. The screen has a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. Also, it is protected by an unannounced version of Corning Gorilla Glass.
It is also made of a polycarbonate finish and features two colours: Pastel Lime and Chromatic Grey. It is also slightly thinner at 8.3mm versus the 8.5mm of the Nord CE 2 Lite. it weighs exactly the same at 195g however.
Aside from the camera, the battery is also the biggest update to the phone both literally and figuratively. The slight trim did not affect the same 5000mAh battery size as before. The charging speed is now at 67W instead of 33W which OnePlus claims can charge a flat battery to 80% in just 30 minutes.
The phone has a MicroSD Card slot which is not a feature you would typically see in any OnePlus phone, even during its heyday. It’s a hybrid slot so you could fit two SIM Cards or 1 SIM Card + MicroSD Card combo. It also features a 3.5mm jack which is still a core feature for many people.
Speaking of connectivity, the Nord CE 3 Lite uses the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset with 8GB RAM and a choice between 128 or 256GB UFS 2.2 internal storage options. Yes, this is the same chipset as its predecessor. And because of that, the phone has 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6/6e, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.2, plus up to 8GB Virtual RAM
Lastly, it has stereo speakers, a USB-C 2.0 port, and a pre-applied plastic screen protector. The phone is available for European to purchase on 25th April for a price of EUR 330 (~Php 19.6K). Only the 8/128 version is available right now though. It is also available in India for INR 20,000 (~Php 13.3K) with the same storage option. The main reason why the phone is much more affordable there is because the phone was manufactured in India, and importation duties made the phone much more expensive in the European Union. The 8/256 model is priced at INR 22,000 (~Php 14.7K)
- 6.72″ FHD+ (2400x1080px) IPS LCD, 120Hz refresh rate
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 (6nm)
- 108MP (Primary), 1/1.67″, Samsung ISOCELL HM6
- 2MP (Macro), f/2.4
- 2MP (Depth), f/2.4
- FRONT: 16MP
- OxygenOS 13 based on Android 13
- 5000mAh, 67W Fast Charging
- USB-C, 3.5mm jack, MicroSD Card Slot (up to 1TB), Virtual RAM (up to 8GB), Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Stereo Speakers
- 5G services, Wi-Fi 6/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
- Pastel Lime, Chromatic Grey
- 8/128: INR 20,000 (~Php 13.3K)
- 8/256: INR 22,000 (~Php 14.7K)
OnePlus Nord Buds 2
Thanks to the 3.5mm jack of the Nord CE3 Lite, you can use a pair of wired earphones to listen to your favourite music. However, if you prefer to go wireless, OnePlus has a brand new offer for you: The Nord Buds 2. A pair of budget TWS earbuds with a premium flair.
Its biggest feature is the inclusion of Active Noise Cancellation which was not present with the previous buds. The buds can effectively reduce up to 25dB of background noise so the next time you’re on public transport, you don’t hear cranes cranking, or cars blaring their horns. This comes with a slight cost to the buds’ battery life. According to OnePlus, the buds can last 5 hours with ANC on and 7 hours without.
To compensate, the buds charge rapidly and you only need 10 minutes of charging time to get these buds from an empty battery to full. The buds are customizable through Oppo’s HeyMelody app which also supports a number of wireless devices from the company. From here, you could access an equalizer and have the ability to swap controls. The buds have Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity while its competitors are still stuck with Bluetooth 5.1 or 5.2. In addition, it has 94ms gaming mode.
You could also effectively use the buds while doing your daily exercise thanks to an IP55 rating which could shrug off sweat and rain. The buds are available in Lightning White and Thunder Grey. Emoji stickers are added for further customization of the buds.
It also has AI services included, specifically, BassWave. This improves bass on certain audio that’s being played.
It is available in Europe now, with a price of EUR 70 (~Php 4.2K) but it will only be available in India tomorrow, April 11, for INR 3000 (~Php 2K)