OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs. OnePlus 9 – Main Differences and Specs Comparison

OnePlus introduced a new Nord smartphone lineup via an event in June in the shape of the Nord CE 5G.

The device is somewhere below the first Nord, meaning that it is also below the OnePlus 9 flagship series.

Let’s see what makes the phones look similar and what differentiates them.

Looks And Design

The Nord CE 5G’s body has a size of 159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm, weighing 170g.

The OnePlus 9, on the other hand, has a comparable body size-wise – 160 x 74.2 x 8.7mm, but considerably heavier, at 192g.

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G packs an all-plastic look with a pill-shaped rear camera enclosure in the top left corner of the device. The great news is that it still features a 3.5 mm headphone jack at its bottom, a very rare feature nowadays.

There is a sole punch-hole camera in the top left corner of the device.

The display sits flush. No official IP rating is available for the device.

It can be purchased in three colour options.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 9, has a glass rear, though its frame is still plastic, and it has a more consistent rectangular camera housing on the backside.

It has a total of three cameras. Two of the trio are bigger and are surrounded by a metal frame, enhancing the design and making it look more attractive.

On the smartphone’s front, the display is just as flush as on the Nord CE 5G, and it is also equipped with a punch-hole camera in the top left corner.

The OnePlus 9 comes equipped with an alert slider, which is excellent, and the Nord CE 5G doesn’t have it, but there is a trade-off – it doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display And Hardware

In terms of displays, both devices have impressive specifications.

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes with a 6.43-inch display, capable of 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, with a pixel density of 410 PPI, at 90Hz.

It has an aspect ratio of 20:9, making it useful in numerous conditions.

Meanwhile, the OnePlus 9 has a somewhat larger screen, at 6.55-inches.

It also features a full HD+ resolution like the Nord CE 5G, producing a pixel density of 402ppi, which means that they are very close. However, it can output video at 120Hz, making a difference in certain situations where video quality is imperative.

As for the brains of the devices, the Nord CE 5G features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, paired with 6/8/12GB RAM and 128 / 256 GB storage, all powered by a 4,500 mAh unit.

The OnePlus 9, on the other side, features a Snapdragon 888, paired with 8/12 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage. The device is also powered by a 4500 mAh battery, leading most users to a full day of service.

However, there are some critical differences between the two devices in terms of charging.

The Nord CE 5G features Warp Charge 30T for fast charging. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging available.

The OnePlus 9, however, has a more complicated Snapdragon 888processor under its hood, which performs above average for most people.

Also, the OnePlus 9 battery features 65W support, with wireless charging compatibility included.

We suggest giving each device a shot. That way you will know best which one is right for you.

Susan Kowal
Susan Kowal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor/advisor, and health enthusiast.