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OnePlus Nord CE4 Lite launches with an impressive display at low price

A big bright OLED display, a high-capacity battery, and super fast charging are all on the cards with OnePlus' latest budget phone.

Official image for OnePlus Nord CE4 Lite with the blue version of the phone on an orange background

We’ve just tuned into the OnePlus Nord CE4 Lite launch, with the smartphone brand bringing its latest device to Europe. This phone retails for just £299 / €329, the equivalent of around $380, but despite the affordable price tag, it packs in some very impressive specs and features.

The OnePlus Nord CE4 Lite has a sizable 5,110 mAh battery that OnePlus claims is good for over 18 hours of YouTube playback or 44 hours of video calls on a single charge. It’s a slightly lower capacity than this phone has in other regions, where it’s bumped to 5,500 mAh, but it’s still a very large cell. OnePlus says this is due to EU regulations on the transport of lithium batteries, and we’ve seen the brand have to make similar changes with previous OnePlus phones.

When it’s time to charge, the Nord CE4 Lite won’t keep you waiting, as it supports 80W SuperVOOC fast charging. OnePlus has also added a Battery Health Engine to keep this cell in tip-top condition for as long as possible. The brand says you can expect optimal capacity for up to 1,600 charge cycles (that’s well over 4 years).

The phone boasts a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 2100 nits. Until recently, these kinds of specifications were unheard of in this price range and should deliver a very impressive viewing experience. The screen also features OnePlus’ Aqua Touch technology, so it’ll work reliably even when out in the rain.

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The Nord CE4 Lite runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G platform and it’s paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X memory and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. There’s also a microSD card slot that supports up to 2TB of expanded storage.

On the audio front, there’s a rare 3.5mm headphone socket for wired listening as well as dual stereo speakers. Normally, phones around this price skimp on the speakers and go with a mono driver, so this should sound better than many of its rivals.

The camera seeks to impress, too. The main sensor is a 50MP Sony Lytia 600 with OIS, the same unit found on pricier devices like the Oppo Reno 12 Pro. There’s no ultrawide or telephoto, though, just a 2MP depth-sensing unit and a 16MP selfie snapper.

If you’re keen on the Nord CE4 Lite, pre-orders begin today and open sale starts on July 1. It’s available in either Super Silver or Mega Blue, and early bird customers can get a healthy discount, as well as free accessories for a limited time on the OnePlus website. If you want to see how the Nord CE4 Lite stacks up compared to the competition, take a look at our guide to the best budget gaming phones.