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Hands-on with the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G: OnePlus’s most cheap device may provide better value

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Hands-on with the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G: OnePlus’s most cheap device may provide better value

Although OnePlus is known for providing reliable service in the mid-range smartphone market, I was dismayed to see that some components in the recently reviewed, £369 OnePlus Nord 2T 5G were not changed. Not so much because of the phone itself, but rather because the new Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is arguably more expensive than it should be at £279. Given that the ‘Lite’ version is only £20 less expensive than the Nord CE 2, which we reviewed back in March, OnePlus could have further reduced the price of its most affordable device (see specs comparison below). The Nord CE 2 Lite 5G is not formally available in the US, unlike its Nord CE predecessors.

There are two colour choices: Black Dusk and the quite striking Blue Tide of my review device, whose light-refracting back shifts between hues of baby blue and slightly deeper ones. When the uncased phone’s screen is probed, the huge camera on the upper area of the back, which is quite proud and causes noticeable rock-and-roll on the desk. The phone’s vertical stripes, which span the entire width and depth of the camera bump, aren’t the nicest design decision I’ve ever seen; they make the area look like sticky tape has been applied there.

The OnePlus does not include its patented Alert Slider, which allows you to adjust between quiet, vibration, and ring modes, like it does with the Nord CE 2. The interior specifications, though, are impressive. The Snapdragon 695 5G chipset from Qualcomm, which powers the speedy midrange Nord CE 2 Lite, has 6GB of RAM and achieved Geekbench 5 CPU scores of 685 (single core) and 1945. (multi core). In contrast, the Nord CE 2 with 8GB of RAM and MediaTek Dimensity 900 scored 719 (single core) and 2143. (multi core).

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Internal storage is 128GB, of which 108GB are available right out of the box. Users have the option of utilising either two SIMs or one SIM and a MicroSD card, and the name of the device makes clear that it supports 5G.

A fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power button on the right side and a 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the bottom edge.


Considering the price of this device, the screen is fairly nice. Although it has an IPS screen rather than an AMOLED one (like the Nord CE 2) and displays 2,412 by 1,080 pixels (401ppi), it nonetheless has a clear, sharp appearance. It’s also good to see a phone at this price point with a 120Hz refresh rate.

On the software front, there aren’t many surprises; OxygenOS 12 and Android 12 offer a pleasantly uncluttered user experience with minimal bloatware. Although both Netflix and TikTok may be deleted, I could live without them cluttering the area. The OnePlus “shelf,” where you swipe down from the top right of the screen to access a variety of widgets, is present on the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G. Because it can be accidentally accessed when visiting the notifications bar, some users find this irritating, but I find it to be manageable.

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Considering the price of this device, the screen is fairly nice. Although it has an IPS screen rather than an AMOLED one (like the Nord CE 2) and displays 2,412 by 1,080 pixels (401ppi), it nonetheless has a clear, sharp appearance. It’s also good to see a phone at this price point with a 120Hz refresh rate.

On the software front, there aren’t many surprises; OxygenOS 12 and Android 12 offer a pleasantly uncluttered user experience with minimal bloatware. Although both Netflix and TikTok may be deleted, I could live without them cluttering the area. The OnePlus “shelf,” where you swipe down from the top right of the screen to access a variety of widgets, is present on the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G.

There are three rear cameras, with a 64MP f1.7 primary camera that takes decent photos. The other two, a 2MP f/2.4 depth-assist camera and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens that works best when placed 4 cm away from the subject, are far less useful. Both slow-motion 720p video and 1080p video can be recorded at 120 frames per second. The 16MP f/2.0 front camera can record 1080p video at 30 frames per second and takes passable selfies.

The battery has a sizable 5000mAh capacity. Despite failing the PCMark for Android Work 3.0 battery life test, the Nord CE 2 Lite lost 15% of its charge after playing a YouTube video nonstop for several hours.

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Google I/O 2023 will introduce the Google Pixel 7a tomorrow. ways to view it live

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Google I/O 2023 will introduce the Google Pixel 7a tomorrow. ways to view it live

Google I/O is an annual developer conference held by Google, where the company showcases its latest products, software updates, and innovations. The conference is a highly anticipated event for technology enthusiasts and fans of Google products. This year, Google I/O 2023 is expected to introduce the Google Pixel 7a, the latest addition to the Google Pixel smartphone lineup.

If you are excited to see the unveiling of the Google Pixel 7a and want to watch it live, there are several ways to do so. Here are some of the ways you can view the announcement:

  1. Watch the Livestream on YouTube

Google I/O will be livestreamed on YouTube, so you can watch the entire event from the comfort of your own home. The livestream will be available on the Google Developers YouTube channel, and you can watch it on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  1. Follow the Event on Twitter

Google I/O will also be covered on Twitter, so you can follow the official Google I/O Twitter account to get live updates and news about the event. You can also follow tech journalists and bloggers who will be attending the conference to get a more detailed view of the announcements.

  1. Check Out Tech News Websites

Many tech news websites, such as The Verge, TechCrunch, and Engadget, will be covering the Google I/O event and the unveiling of the Google Pixel 7a. You can visit these websites to get the latest news and analysis about the product, as well as other announcements made during the event.

In conclusion, the Google I/O 2023 conference is an exciting event for tech enthusiasts, and the unveiling of the Google Pixel 7a is expected to be a highlight of the conference. By watching the livestream on YouTube, following the event on Twitter, or checking out tech news websites, you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments and announcements. Whatever method you choose, it’s sure to be an exciting and informative event for anyone interested in technology and the Google Pixel lineup.

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