OnePlus pulled a rabbit out of its Nordic hat when it announced the OnePlus Nord CE 3 at its recent Summer Launch event. Almost all of the talk leading up to the event had focused on the OnePlus Nord 3, which was duly launched. But few expected the Nord 3 to be accompanied by its “base experience” (that’s what the CE stands for) sibling at the event. The phone will be available in the market from August, but OnePlus has already revealed details of its specs, design, and pricing.
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Price, Specifications
It may be part of the basic experience lineup that focuses on getting the basics right, but the OnePlus Nord CE 3 comes with some very impressive features. It sports a large 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 782G processor, which is acclaimed as a very good mid-segment chip, superior to the much-loved Snapdragon 778G. It also comes with a 50-megapixel Sony IMX 890 main sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), which is the same as the OnePlus flagship, the OnePlus 11. Complement that with a 5,000 mAh battery with plug supporting 80W SUPERVOOC fast charging, OnePlus’ own OxygenOS interface and a sleek, minimalist design, and the OnePlus Nord CE 3 looks like a terrific proposition at its starting price of Rs 26,999.
That doesn’t mean the OnePlus Nord CE 3 won’t face competition when it hits the market in August. Very formidable challengers will stand in his way, of which these five will probably be the toughest:
Redmi Note 12 Pro: A superb all-rounder
Price: 23,999 rupees
The Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus may have grabbed the headlines with its 200-megapixel camera and 120W fast charging, but its “plus-minus” counterpart is no less formidable. Its 50-megapixel main sensor might not have the megapixels of the 12 Pro Plus, but it’s a flagship-level sensor with OIS and delivers great photos.
You also get a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and really good dual speakers. The phone is powered by the Dimensity 1080 chip, which performs very well in the mid-range segment, and the 5000 mAh battery comfortably lasts you almost two days of regular use. It charges at 67W, which might seem slow compared to the 80/100/120W charging speeds of some competitors in the segment, but it still charges the phone in less than an hour, which is more than enough for Most people.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro may look a bit simple, but it’s a versatile and stable device with no weak points.
It even has a 3.5mm audio jack.
Realme 11 Pro Plus: The megapixel monster
Price: 27,999 rupees
Those who love megapixels on their mobiles and don’t have a budget that can go too far north of Rs 25,000 would love the Realme 11 Pro Plus. The phone packs some pretty good specs, but there’s no doubt that the star of the phone show is the 200-megapixel main sensor with OIS.
The sensor offers excellent image quality and also 4x lossless zoom, making it one of the best phone snappers in its segment. That’s not all – the phone also comes with a brilliant 6.7-inch curved AMOLED FHD+ display (rare at this price) with a 120Hz refresh rate. 100 W are also on board. The MediaTek DImensity 7050 processor driving the phone is a decent mid-segment chip, although it’s not in the class of some of the others mentioned in this list (it’s not a gaming beast!).
The phone’s design with its large circular camera unit in the center and vegan leather back is also very eye-catching, but it’s the megapixels that make this mobile a monster.
iQoo Neo 7: Super Charged Performer
Price: 28,999 rupees
The iQoo Neo range has been making waves in the mid-segment with its blend of sleek design and powerful hardware. The iQoo 7 follows that pattern with an eye-catching back featuring a dark spherical camera unit inside a slightly raised square.
Combined with that sleek appearance, the Dimensity 8200 processor is solidly substantial, making the phone extremely capable in the gaming department.
A brilliant 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate makes viewing content a great experience, and a high-performance 64-megapixel main sensor with OIS lets you shoot great images and snap yourself. photo, although the accompanying 2-megapixel camera duo is of little photographic use. The stereo speakers deliver great sound, making it ideal for gaming and watching videos. The 5000mAh battery can easily last a day and more of heavy use and can be charged in half an hour with a 120W charger in the box.
The FunTouch user interface might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a great deal for those who love multimedia.
Google Pixel 6a: Not yet pixelated
Price: 27,999 rupees
It was considered a bit pricey when it launched at Rs 43,999 last year, but a steep price drop has made the Google Pixel 6a one of the best devices you can get for under Rs 30,000, especially if you enjoy pure Android and photography. The Pixel 6a is powered by the same Tensor chip that was seen on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro flagships and remains a very smart and capable processor even today.
As this is a Pixel, you get a very good pair of 12.2 and 12-megapixel cameras on the back, with Google’s computational photography magic that captures an incredible amount of detail. The 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display has a normal 60Hz refresh rate, but it’s pretty good when it comes to color management, and the 4,410mAh battery can easily see a day or more of use. (although there is no charger in the box).
As with all Pixels, you get assured and timely Android updates, so you’ll always be up-to-date with Android, with smart software from Google. Many will also love the compact form factor and that iconic camera bar on the back!
Galaxy F54: Big screen, big battery, big camera
Price: 27,999 rupees
Samsung’s F-series grabbed attention with its focus on performance and great battery life. And with the F54, Samsung has added a very good camera to the F-series mix. The Galaxy F54 comes with a large 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Plus display with 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by the high-performance Exynos 1380 processor.
It has a massive 6,000mAh battery, which delivers two days of use quite easily, although there’s no charger in the box (as with many F-series devices). However, perhaps the star of the show is the main 108-megapixel sensor which Samsung has called the “No Shake Camera”. It comes with OIS and features like Astrolapse and Nightography seen in Samsung flagships, although the secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro cameras look a little humble in comparison.
Selfies are handled by a very good 32-megapixel front camera and the phone runs on Samsung’s feature-rich OneUI on Android 13. It’s a great device for those who want a big screen, a big camera, and a big entertainment battery.
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