OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite
The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G price in Kenya starts at Ksh 39,000. OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite Android Smartphone was launched in April 2023. It is running on the Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm) processor with Adreno 619 GPU. The phone has 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of internal storage which is expandable using microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite has a 6.72 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels IPS display with a pixel density of 392 ppi. It has Gorilla Glass protection as well.
Coming to cameras, it has a 108 MP rear camera and a 16 MP front camera for selfies. It has a USB Type-C port for data syncing and charging. There is a fingerprint sensor present on the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite as well, along with a magnetic field sensor (compass), gyroscope sensor, proximity sensor and accelerometer sensor. It is a dual SIM smartphone with support for 3G and Wi-Fi too.The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite runs on Android 13, which is powered by a 5000 mAh battery. It measures 165.5 x 76 x 8.3 mm (height x width x thickness) with a total weight of 195 grams including battery.
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G Specifications
|Model||Nord CE 3 Lite 5G|
|Release Date||2023, April|
|Dimensions||165.5 x 76 x 8.3 mm (6.52 x 2.99 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||195 g (6.88 oz)|
|Colors||Pastel Lime, Chromatic Gray|
|Body Material||Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back|
|SIMs||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Water & Dust||No|
|Type||IPS LCD, 120Hz, 550 nits (typ), 680 nits (peak)|
|Resolutions||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio|
|PPI||391 ppi density|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|2G||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – International
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 – India
|4G||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 – International
1, 3, 5, 8, 40, 41 – India
|5G||1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78 SA/NSA – International
1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 40, 41, 77, 78 SA/NSA – India
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-A, 5G|
|Rear Triple||108 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.67″, 0.64µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Front||16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1.0µm
|OS||Android 13, OxygenOS 13.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver)|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB|
|Card Slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Charging||67W wired, 80% in 30 min (advertised)|
3.5mm Jeck Yes
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Bluetooth||5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, BDS, QZSS|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, OTG|
|Wi Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band|
OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G Review
OnePlus has recently introduced its latest budget-friendly smartphone, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G, succeeding its predecessor Nord CE 2 Lite. The budget-friendly segment of the Indian smartphone market is highly competitive, and it will be fascinating to see how the Nord CE 3 Lite 5G will hold up against its rivals. In the package, we received the phone, a SIM ejector pin, documentation, a clear silicone case, an 80W charger, and a Type-A to Type-C data cable.
Design and Display
Regarding design and display, the new OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G bears a resemblance to the recently launched Realme 10 Pro, particularly in terms of the placement of camera sensors. The cameras are placed in the same dual circular components. A larger aperture and a more centralized flash position have been added. The phone is missing the signature alert slider present on other OnePlus phones. We were given the Chromatic Grey variant, which adds to the phone’s aesthetic appeal. The phone’s all-plastic body design makes it light and easy to carry around. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the display. The front features a flat glass display with a large cutout in the center top for the front camera. On the sides, the Nord CE 3 Lite has a power button on the right that also serves as a fingerprint sensor, rather than having it incorporated into the display.
On the left, a dual SIM tray and volume buttons are present. At the top of the phone is a microphone and a slim grille. At the bottom lies a second microphone, the other loudspeaker, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Type-C port. The One Plus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G has a massive 6.72-inch IPS LCD display coupled with a resolution of 1800 x 2400 pixels on the screen with 120Hz refresh rate support. The screen can adjust the refresh rate between 30Hz to 120Hz, depending on the content consumed. With a peak brightness of 680 nits, the display is visible outdoors comfortably. In terms of color reproduction, the display is good, producing bright and vivid colors for a budget-friendly phone. The lack of HDR support is a disadvantage, as it could have given the company an edge over other smartphones in the same range. Nonetheless, the standard quality content streamed from Amazon and Netflix is still enjoyable.
OnePlus has launched its new Nord CE 3 Lite 5G, which is a successor to the Nord CE 2 Lite. The phone chipset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, similar thing that you would find in the Realme 10 Pro and the Nord CE 2 Lite. The processor experience is identical to that of Realme 10 Pro, and it can handle every task with ease, whether it’s multitasking or gaming.
The Nord CE 3 Lite 5G operates on OxygenOS 13.1 on top of Android 13, with a user-friendly interface, similar to other OnePlus devices we have assessed. The Adreno 619 supports the phone for gaming. We tested the phone on Battle Royale titles with good graphics quality, but we suggest playing games with normal requirements as higher quality games slowed down the phone.
This device comes in an 8GB of RAM and 256GB of external storage that can be expanded upto 1TB of storage with microSD expansion. You also have an option for virtual memory expansion, giving you the opportunity to create a 4/6/8GB page file on the storage to swap from when the device runs out of system memory.
The Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is equipped with three rear camera sensors, with the primary camera being 108MP with an aperture of f/1.75. The second camera you will find a 2MP macro lens that has an aperture of f/2.4, and the third camera is a 2MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.4. However, the phone lacks an ultra-wide lens. Under daylight conditions, the main rear camera sensor produces high-quality images, maintaining excellent color and contrast levels.
The back camera with the ability to zoom in till 3 times, this particular detail can provide you with a lot of precisions when taking photos but still maintaining the details on the camera. When you want to capture details at night consider using the night mode on your camera settings since it will ensure that you get better and decent photos. Generally you are going to enjoy the quality of images and videos taken using the camera. At the front you will come across the selfie camera that has a 16megapixel camera lens with an aperture of f/2.4 that can provide amazing photos with attention to details.
The Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is powered by a 5,000mAh battery that can last throughout the day with a single charge on average use. You will notice that you are given your new phone with a 80W charger to enable you to power up your device anytime the power is down.
Alternatives to the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G
Realme 10 5G
The Realme 10 is a powerhouse of a smartphone, with a Mediatek MT6833 Dimensity 700 (7 nm) processor and up to 8GB of RAM. This combination enables seamless multitasking, smooth app launches, and lightning-fast performance. With the Realme 10, you can switch between apps, stream videos, and play games without any lag or stuttering.
One of the standout features of the Realme 10 is its quad-camera system, which includes a 50MP primary camera, and a 2MP macro lens sensor. These lenses work together to capture stunning photos and videos with exceptional clarity, detail, and color accuracy. Whether you’re taking landscape shots, portraits, or macro shots, the Realme 10 has you covered.
The Realme 10 features a 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. This vibrant display offers excellent color reproduction, high contrast, and deep blacks, making it ideal for watching videos, browsing photos, or playing games. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, ensuring that it can withstand scratches and accidental drops.
One plus Nord CE 2 Lite
The Oneplus Nord CE 2 Lite features a sleek and modern design, with a 6.59-inch Fluid AMOLED display that offers vibrant colors and high contrast. The device has a thickness of just 7.9mm, making it slim and easy to hold. It is available in three stunning colors – Blue Void, Charcoal Ink, and Silver Ray – so you can choose the one that best fits your style.
The Oneplus Nord CE 2 Lite is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor and up to 8GB of RAM, which allows for lightning-fast performance and smooth multitasking. The device also has 5G capabilities, which means you can enjoy faster download and upload speeds on the go. With the Oneplus Nord CE 2 Lite, you can effortlessly browse the web, stream videos, and run demanding apps.
The Oneplus Nord CE 2 Lite boasts a triple-camera system, which includes a 64MP primary camera, an 2MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP mono lens. These lenses work together to capture stunning photos and videos with exceptional clarity, detail, and color accuracy. The device also has a 16MP front-facing camera that takes excellent selfies and supports 1080p video recording.
In conclusion, the new OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is an excellent option in its price range, although it seems quite similar to the Realme 10. The back design of the phone is quite reflective, which made it difficult for us to take pictures of the phone. We hope that the company will consider adding HDR support in the display and an IP rating in future models. Overall, the Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is a solid mid-range phone with a long battery life and a great camera system.
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