OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G (Aqua Surge, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage)

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Last updated on November 4, 2023 3:57 am
  • Camera: 50MP Main Camera with Sony IMX890 (OIS supported), 8MP Ultrawide Camera with Sony IMX355 (FOV: 112 degree) and 2MP Macro lens; 16MP Front (Selfie) Camera
  • Camera Features: Ultra Steady Mode, Dual-view Video, HDR, Nightscape, Portrait Mode, Video Portrait, Pano, Macro, Slo-mo, Time-lapse, Text-scanner, Retouching, Filters, Google Lens, Extra HD, Pro Mode
  • Display: 6.7 Inches; 120 Hz AMOLED FHD+, Resolution: 2412 x 1080 pixels; HDR 10+, sRGB, 10-bit Color Depth, 93.4% Screen to body ratio
  • Operating System: OxygenOS 13 based on Android 13.1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 782G Mobile Platform
  • Storage: 8 GB + 128 GB | 12 GB + 256 GB; LPDDR4X RAM, UFS 3.1
  • Battery & Charging: 5000 mAh with 80W SUPERVOOC Fast-charging
  • In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
  • Package contents: 1 phone, 1 power adapter, 1 Type-C cable, 1 quick guide, 1 welcome letter, 1 safety guide, 1 sticker, 1 case, 1 SIM tray ejector, 1 red cable club membership card

Specification: OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G (Aqua Surge, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage)



Device interface - primary

‎Touchscreen, Keyboard

Country of Origin



Whats in the box

‎Power Adapter, SIM Tray Ejector, Phone Case, USB Cable

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Other display features



‎12 GB

Display technology


Special features

‎Fingerprint Scanner, Camera, Fast Charging



Connectivity technologies

‎Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC

Wireless communication technologies



‎2 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

Product Dimensions

‎7.6 x 0.8 x 16.3 cm, 184 Grams

Item Weight

‎184 g

3 reviews for OnePlus Nord CE 3 5G (Aqua Surge, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage)

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  1. Sandhikshan Das

    Have been using the phone for over a week now.


    1. Snapdragon 782 processor is quite good. There is no lag whatsoever even on opening multiple apps and using for a long time.
    2. Battery life is decent. It is definitely not a gaming mobile.
    3. 5G services are accessible in most locations(in Hyderabad) wherever there is network.
    4. Both front and rear cameras are decent. You can click good shots in Night mode as well. Photos taken in various modes viz., Macro, Extra HD, Night, Pro, Potrait are attached.
    5. 80W fast charging is electric! I was able to charge my mobile from 23% to 100% in 17-18 mins and from 4% to 100% in 22-23 mins.
    6. Audio and video quality is great. Get some good earphones and you will experience the theatre effect with Dolby sound.
    7. No heating issue of any kind even after continuous usage/a long phone call.
    8. 12 GB RAM is great. You can now multitask and open apps simultaneously.


    1. Battery drains fast. Should have been built to last longer. Like I said, definitely not a gamer’s mobile. However, phone will last for a day even with heavy usage.
    2. Flagship 50MP Sony camera is a disappointment. Definitely not what an amateur photographer would expect. The moment you zoom in, image gets blurred and pixelated. Expected a much better camera from a mid premium mobile at priced at 30k
    3. Most of the features were toned down from other premium versions of OnePlus. However, one would expect some premium features when spending almost 30k.
    4. Back cover and screen guard are useless. Expected OnePlus to provide decent good quality default screen guard and phone cases. Please do buy both separately.
    5. Audio/Video seems to just stop and then play on using YouTube. Might have to update the app and check if it is an issue with the device.
    6. Absence of a 3.5mm audio jack is a big drawback for wired earphone users.

    Update 1 : Have received the first update to Oxygen 13.1 within 2-3 days of purchase wherein video quality of camera and few other features were improved. Also, the video lag issue is now resolved.

    Update 2: Received second software update on 23 Aug 2023 which is aimed at improving front/rear camera picture quality and optimizing the battery of the mobile when it is at rest.

    Update 3: Received another software upgrade in early October aimed at enhancing Network connectivity and stabilization.

    Overall a decent buy under 30k segment. Expected better features from a premium smartphone but certainly not a big disappointment. Overall 4 stars. I would recommend this mobile to others.

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  2. Kaushik Angara

    Bought this phone for my wife and she’s been using it for 3-4 days now. She has upgraded from the OnePlus 7, where as I use the OnePlus 9Pro.

    While setting up the phone for her and during basic usage of WhatsApp or Instagram, there’s hardly any difference to the naked eye between this Nord 3 CE and other flagships. The display is solid, good colours. The fingerprint and face unlock are super fast. The haptic feedback while typing and navigation is very responsive. Oxygen OS 13 is stable and well optimised. Makes the experience of using this phone very smooth.

    Battery performance is excellent too. Goes from 10-80% in 25 mins. And a full 100% lasts 30-40 hours depending on usage.

    Camera is okay. Meant for those who have simple and basic usage. Video – OIS is average.

    The only thing I didn’t like is the back cover. Feels very delicate. It’s like a thin silicone-plastic layer, that’s it. OnePlus should have used better material for the back to make the phone more sturdy. My mom has an old OnePlus Nord 2 CE Lite. Even that has a more sturdy back cover.

    Verdict: At 25k with back discount, this phone is phenomenal for the average user (priority is calls with everyday social media usage and browsing on Chrome). Performance, display, battery, OS are all pretty solid.

    But if you are a content creator who wishes to record high quality videos for making reels or YouTube videos, or your work needs you to continusly have your video on for Zoom meetings, then maybe, this phone is not for you. You’ll need to consider investing in a better phone above the 35-40k price range.

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  3. Sandhikshan Das

    This is my first one plus and brought with lots of expectation . In the box there it comes , Main Device, user manual, welcome letter, Red cable club card, One plus sticker, sim ejector pin, One free TPU same color case with one plus logo at the back and the 80watt charging adapter with red type c cable. The deisgn of this nord 3 series is also déjà vu . However after use of few days , first of all i noticed –
    – The phone has pure plastic built with glossy polycarbonate glass back . Though it captures no finger print .
    – Hybrid sim tray with either dual sim or one sim and MSD card
    – Comes with IR blaster to use this phone as remote.
    – Top and bottom Dual speaker with dolby atmos sound . Bottom speaker gives you bass effect of the music while top acts like twitter. Overall sound quality is quite loud and sweet .
    – Has NFC payment support which is quite attractive part . You can now make wireless payment via Google pay from your credit card virtually . No need to carry card at wallet.
    – Samsung 6.7inch Amoled display with punch hole camera design and indisplay finger print sensor.
    – 5000 mah battery with 80 watt superVocc first charge . Battery draining rate is also very less at standard use . Makes full Charge in just 35 minutes.
    – Snapdragon processor is also capable of goog gaming without any frame drop and lag . The Ram is virtuality expandable upto extra 8GB
    – During gaming , its large vapor cooling chamber keeps the phone temperature optimal and shows allmost less heating issue. The whole smartphone body has 12 temperature sensor .
    – It has UFS 3.1 storage capacity . It comes with 23 Gb system equipped storage.

    ***BUT ///
    – Has very average camera with allmost poor processing . It has flagship sony sensor which has been used in oneplus 11 too but one plus team was very lazy to make it more optimzed for this device . So always déjà vu dont give you good experience.
    – Oneplus is known for good camera smartphone but picture quality of this Nord CE 3 looks like the smartphones under 10000 . Colors of the pictures looks like washed out with less detail
    – night mode pictures does not makes so much of difference than the photos taken in normal mode . Colors, lights and exposures both stay allmost same
    – video quality is good but can be improved more . It has OIS image stabiliization which works only at 1080p 60 fps
    – 2x loseless zoom is a good feature .
    – Selfie camera is quite good and takes bright picture . Has screen flash option . selfie camera shoots full hd video . Has pano and night mode option too .
    – being a mid level flagship phone missing Potrait video mode and pro video mode .
    – Macro camera is quite ok .
    * This phone strictly uses google dialer, so no more silent call record . And there are no one plus dialer .
    * Has no out of the box optimization , junk cleaning and antivirus software.
    * No alert slider
    * No 3.5mm jack

    So i think one plus should give a immediate update to fix the camera optimization issue for this great hardware . Otherwise this is a very good balanced phone for every task . I brought at 24,999 , this is the quite ok price rather than it’s MRP.

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