OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite hands-on review

GSMArena Team, 4 April 2023.

Introduction

The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite is the company's latest entry-level model for Asian and European markets. The third-generation variant is a modest upgrade over its predecessor, with the most notable changes on paper being the switch to a new 108MP main camera and faster 67W SUPERVOOC charging.

OnePlus Nord CE 3 lite hands-on review

The Nord CE 3 Lite is also largely identical to the Realme 10 Pro, a phone we have reviewed in the past. This means it has the same 6.72-inch 120Hz 1080p display, 5000mAh battery, a headphone jack, and the aforementioned 108MP main camera. And since this is, after all, a rebranded Realme phone, it also lacks unique OnePlus features like the alert slider.

OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite specs at a glance:

  • Body: 165.5x76.0x8.3mm, 195g; Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
  • Display: 6.72" IPS LCD, 120Hz, 550 nits (typ), 680 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 391ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver); Adreno 619.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 13, OxygenOS 13.1.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 108 MP, f/1.8, 1/1.67", 0.64µm, PDAF; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1.0µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 67W wired, 80% in 30 min (advertised).
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); 3.5mm jack; stereo speakers.

So at the risk of retreading familiar ground, let's get on with the review of the Nord CE 3 Lite.

Unboxing

The Nord CE 3 Lite comes with basic packaging including the phone, a clear silicone case, an 80W SUPERVOOC charger, and a charging and data cable.

OnePlus Nord CE 3 lite hands-on review

The case has flaps for the USB port and the headphone jack, which aside from being annoying, can also block some headphones from being plugged in properly.

Reader comments

  • Anonymou
  • 29 Feb 2024
  • rx2

Agreed, there aren’t many websites that test pwm.

  • Anonymous
  • 02 Feb 2024
  • CbE

This phone' camera is very disappointed me. It tells 108mp camera but it doesn't give that clear photo & effect.

  • Dinesh.G
  • 18 Oct 2023
  • rKQ

How is it's camera wide angle.... Battery life.... connect with WiFi network how speed it's working......