It is never an easy pick with a smartphone around the ₹20,000 price point. The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is one of the easier picks, if you want a good camera and robust battery with fast charging bit of symmetry. For a phone that weighs under 200 grams, it is 195 grams to be precise. The large dual cameras at the back, without a sort of platform to sit on, make for their own visual appeal. To be fair, I like this tweak in design. It looks good, particularly how these two cameras have been placed. An ode to the past, in a way. The very capable 108-megapixel camera alongside a 2-megapixel one are the sort of combination you’d hope to avoid. Yet, a 2-megapixel sensor in some form is quite common in mid-range smartphones. Still stick to the main sensor for photographs, which itself deploys the 9-in-1 pixel binning tech (that means, merges the data from 9 pixels into one), for best detailing. OnePlus, during the time we had the Nord CE 3 Lite 5G for review, rolled out an important software update (this would likely be the default version which new phones will be sold with) that among other things, improved the camera performance too. Good photos aren’t a factor of the 108-megapixels alone, tuning makes a difference too. There have been improvements on that front, with means most photos you take come out rich and crisp. However, complex lighting does lead to some level of overexposure in certain photos, while there can be improvements to the overall dynamic range in bright outdoors.

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from camera experts Hasselblad. This is a good time to deploy that on other phones, which provide an advantage over immediate rivals. Camera performance, alongside the potential, is crucial for most phone buyers. This is one of the rare(er) phones which retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. This simply means, wired earphones or headphones remain an option for you. Without having to get into the inconvenience of adapters. But the world is moving to wireless earbuds, which makes me wonder — why haven’t you? It is perplexing that a year later, OnePlus is still persisting with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chip for the Nord CE 3 Lite 5G. It isn’t a bad chip by any stretch of the imagination, but in the time that’s passed since this arrived on the scene, newer chips have a higher performance ceiling to work with. The generational upgrade does bump the RAM from 6GB to 8GB — anything lesser would have been less than ideal. However, there is no option for 12GB RAM or more, which does limit the performance spectrum. The Nord CE 3 Lite 5G runs OxygenOS 13, much like its siblings, and there is the familiarity which is present across the board. Given the 8GB RAM as well as improvements on the software side of things, this phone is snappier than its predecessor. You wouldn’t expect anything less, would you? This isn’t the fastest phone in the segment, purely based on specs. For instance, there is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G, which runs the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chip (but there is much lesser RAM to go along with it). Things are quite complicated in the mid-range Android smartphone space. The OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite 5G has a 5000mAh battery with the 67-watt fast charging. Battery stamina, from what we observed, gets your through a day and a half on a single charge, with moderately heavy app usage which included a fair amount of time spent with the camera app. There is a definite advantage over the Redmi Note 12 5G’s 33-watt fast charging. Not to say 33-watt is significantly inferior, yet, better and faster translates into more value for someone spending the money. It is never an easy pick with a smartphone around the ₹20,000 price point. Spec combinations galore, and choices aplenty. The OnePlus Nord phones are in the process of steadily building a legacy for themselves, and there is little doubt the Nord CE 3 Lite 5G is a step in that direction. It is the entry point to the Nord line-up, as well as the mid-range Android phone space. Performance will be limited after a level of multi-tasking, but that isn’t to say the Nord CE 3 Lite 5G cannot do casual gaming, or allow you to leave multiple apps carelessly open simultaneously. We’d call it a limited generational upgrade, but for many buyers, the things that matter most have been tackled — the camera, fast charging and a larger display.