Renders of the unannounced OnePlus Nord CE 3 have been leaked

Budget phone will feature 67W charging and a primary camera of 108MP


2022-11-30, 17:12 CET

OnLeaks has published renders of the Nord CE 3 in collaboration with 91Mobiles.

On the images we can see that the back looks very minimalistic, similar to that of the OnePlus X from 2015 (because of the black shade). It has flat edges instead of curved ones and we can see the power button at the right-hand side of the phone. The power button has a built-in fingerprint scanner. On the left-hand side we can see the volume buttons and SIM-card tray, but unfortunately there's no alert-slider. At the bottom of the phone there's a microphone, USB-C port and 3.5mm jack. There's also a single speaker grill to be seen, left from the USB-C port. There's a holepunch in the middle of the display and on the back we can see two cameras with a flashlight.

It has been almost a year ago since OnePlus announced the OnePlus Nord CE 2, a budget phone in the Nord-lineup. Today, on the 9th of November, Gadgetgang in collaboration with OnLeaks have revealed the specs of its successor: the OnePlus Nord CE 3. According to the leak, the CE 3 should come with a Snapdragon 695, 8 to 12 GB of RAM and 128 to 256GB of storage. Previously (in the CE 2), OnePlus used a MediaTek Dimensity 900. The display is a 6.7" full HD+ LCD one running at 120Hz. Unfortunately, it's a downgrade in some sense, going from an OLED to LCD. The display is much bigger than on the CE 2: 6.43" on the CE 2 and 6.7" on the CE 3.

It has three cameras on the back: a 108MP primary sensor and two 2MP sensors, where one is a macro camera and the other one is a depth camera. In our opinion, which is also what we've seen from reviews in the past, those 2MP cameras are quite useless, especially the depth camera. Most camera software can calculate depth well enough, so a dedicated camera is often unnecessary. The CE 2 has a 64MP primary sensor and 8MP ultra-wide. An 8MP ultra-wide would've probably been a better choice on the CE 3. The front camera is a 16MP one.

The battery is a large 5000mAh one and can be charged with a whopping 67W, which is 500mAh more than the CE 2 and charging is 2W higher. In practice, these two watts are likely not going to make any difference. It has a fingerprint scanner on the side, likely on the power button, as we saw with the Nord CE 2 Lite. The phone will probably launch in Q1 or Q2 of 2023.

We've reproduced the spec table below, comparing the Nord CE 2 with the CE 3.

OnePlus Nord phones Nord CE 2 Nord CE 3
Sizes 160,2x73,5x7,5mm Unknown
Display 6.43"-oled, 20:9, 2400x1080px, 90Hz, 99,8cm² 6.7"-lcd, fullHD+, 120Hz
SoC MediaTek Dimensity 900
2x Cortex A78 @ 2,4GHz
6x Cortex A55 @ 2,0GHz
ARM Mali G68MC4-gpu

Snapdragon 695
2x Cortex A78 @ 2.2 GHz
6x Cortex A55 @ 1.7 GHz

Memory and storage 8GB/12GB, 128GB/256GB

8GB/12GB, 128GB/256GB
Unknown if it has a micro-SD slot

Cameras 1. 64MP, primary
2. 8MP, ultra-wide angle
3. 2MP, macro
Front: 16MP

1. 108MP, primary
2. 2MP, macro
3. 2MP, depth

Front: 16MP

Battery and charging 4500mAh, 65W 5000mAh, 67W
Specials USB-C, 3,5mm, in-display fingerprint scanner and
stereo speakers
Fingerprint scanner on the side, rest is not confirmed
Release and price
  • ₹23,999 for the 6GB+128GB model and ₹24,999 for the 8GB+256GB model from the 22nd of February
  • €349/£299 from the 10th of March
TBA, Q1/Q2 2023