OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G hands-on review

GSMArena Team, 17 February 2022.


The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G is the successor to last year's Nord CE. The CE - which stands for core edition - is the entry-level range in OnePlus' Nord branding. OnePlus markets these phones as being a step above your basic Android smartphone by having all the essential features along with a few extras.

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G, however, is not a new or original phone. It is essentially a rebranded Oppo Reno7 5G and while that has been the case with most OnePlus phones for quite some time now, the Nord CE 2 5G is more or less identical to the Oppo phone.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G hands-on review

Is that bad? Not necessarily, especially if the two devices are intended for different markets. However, the Reno7 5G and the Nord CE 2 5G will be sold at the same time in some markets, which makes one question why Oppo would double-dip in this manner.

But that's a discussion for another day and for now we would be focusing on the device at hand. We have some experience with its predecessor, which was a decent smartphone for the price. Let's see how the new Nord CE 2 5G fares.


The Nord CE 2 5G comes in the standard black Nord packaging as the other models in the series. Inside is the smartphone along with a 65W SUPERVOOC charger and the red OnePlus charging cable.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G hands-on review

Yes, the charger is just straight out of the box of an Oppo smartphone. While one could debate if the OnePlus Dash/Warp charging was ever anything other than rebranded Oppo VOOC charging, it seems OnePlus has decided to stop pretending altogether.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G hands-on review

The cable uses a USB-A connector on one end to match the USB-A port on the charger. The charger can only provide 65W to Oppo/OnePlus phones. When connected to any other device you only get 10W. Also, the provided cable is only USB 2.0 certified, as is the phone itself.

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  • 16 Mar 2023
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