OnePlus just launched two new devices to expand its midrange portfolio. There’s one that was rebranded from sister company Realme; and the one we’re taking a look at here, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G.

As the name suggests, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is an even cheaper option than the Nord CE 2. That said, the Lite version now only has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, versus its bigger brother’s MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor.


OnePlus also swapped the fancy AMOLED panel for a regular IPS screen. On the upside, it’s faster at a 120Hz refresh rate (from 90Hz) and marginally bigger at 6.58-inches (from 6.43-inches).

The camera department also took some beating. The ultra-wide camera is now gone, so the 64-megapixel main shooter is now only joined by two 2-megapixel cameras for macro shots and depth sensing. The 16-megapixel selfie snapper remains untouched.


OnePlus also dropped the charging support to 33W from 65W, but it does have a 5,000mAh battery, which is larger than the vanilla model’s 4,500mAh capacity. Charging speeds might be slower, but at least it should last longer.

OnePlus also brags that they’ve equipped the device with 9 sensors and even a dedicated chip to ensure that the battery stays cool and doesn’t suddenly explode.


Oh, and of course, let’s not forget to talk about that design. While it looks different from recent OnePlus phones, the company says that the matte-black and anti-fingerprint finish pays homage to the sandstone cover of their first smartphone, the OnePlus One from eight years ago.

Unlike its Chinese counterparts, the Nord CE 2 Lite will ship with OxygenOS 12 and not OPPO’s ColorOS.


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The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G will be available in India for a price of INR19,999 (around Php13,700) for the 6GB/128GB model and INR21,999 (around Php15,100) for the 8GB/128GB variant. Release details in the Philippines are yet to be known.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Specs

  • Android 12, OxygenOS 12.1
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby, Hybrid
  • 6.59-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2412 x 1080 pixel resolution, 401ppi
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • sRGB, DCI P3
  • 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G octa-core processor
  • Adreno 619 GPU
  • 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 64-megapixel (f/1.7) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, macro) + 2-megapixel (depth sensor) rear cameras, LED flash
  • Superlinear speaker, Headphone jack
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 164.3 x 75.6 x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 195g
  • Colors: Blue Tide, Black Dusk
  • 5,000mAh non-removable battery, 33W SuperVOOC charging

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