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OnePlus Nord CE 5G Vs OnePlus Nord Vs Xiaomi Mi 10i: Which one should you go for?

What’s the difference?

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Yesterday, OnePlus introduced the OnePlus Nord CE 5G smartphone as its most affordable latest model to the Nord series in India. The device comes with some differences over the existing OnePlus Nord smartphone. To attract the masses the handset has been produced at a more affordable price range that will give tough competition to other smartphones like Xiaomi Mi 10i and the original Nord bringing powerful cameras with additional features. So we have put all three devices together to help you understand which one you should go for.


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OnePlus Nord CE 5G: 6.43-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display

OnePlus Nord: 6.44-inch full-HD+ Fluid AMOLED display 

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Xiaomi Mi 10i: 6.67-inch full-HD+ waterdrop-style notch display


OnePlus Nord CE 5G: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor

OnePlus Nord: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC

Xiaomi Mi 10i: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC

Rear camera(s)

OnePlus Nord CE 5G: Triple rear camera set up on its back featuring a 64-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with 119 degrees of FoV and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. 

OnePlus Nord: Sony IMX586 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.75 aperture along with optical image stabilisation (OIS). In addition to this, there is a secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a field of view (FoV) of 119 degrees and an f/2.25 aperture. It also has a 2-megapixel and a 5-megapixel macro and a depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture respectively. 

Xiaomi Mi 10i: Quad rear camera setup that includes 108-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor 

Selfie camera

OnePlus Nord CE 5G:16-megapixel selfie sensor  

OnePlus Nord: 32-megapixel and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera

Xiaomi Mi 10i: 16-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.45 aperture

RAM and storage

OnePlus Nord CE 5G: 6GB RAM with 128GB/ 8GB RAM with 128GB/12GB RAM with 256GB 

OnePlus Nord: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage

Xiaomi Mi 10i: 6GB RAM with 64GB/ 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage 


OnePlus Nord CE 5G: 4,500mAh battery

OnePlus Nord: 4,115mAh battery 

Xiaomi Mi 10i: 4,820mAh battery

Operating system

OnePlus Nord CE 5G: OxygenOS 11 on top of Android 11 

OnePlus Nord: OxygenOS 10.5 based on top of Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10i: MIUI 12 OS based on Android 11


OnePlus Nord CE 5G: Rs 22,999

OnePlus Nord: Rs 24,999 

Xiaomi Mi 10i: Rs 20,999


Looking at the specification sheet there are some exceptional differences between the three smartphones. The OnePlus Nord comes with a glass rear and an alert slider like other OnePlus devices, the new OnePlus Nord CE 5G offers a plastic rear and also misses the alert slider. However, it includes a headphone jack which the original Nord does not offer. 

Xiaomi Mi 10i comes with a larger display than the Oneplus smartphones. The display supports a 120Hz refresh rate whereas the other two only come with a 90Hz refresh rate. In terms of hardware, OnePlus Nord runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G platform whereas OnePlus Nord CE 5G and Xiaomi Mi 10i runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G. If we compare the mobile platforms, 750G is more efficient than 765G that can only be noticed during the day to day usage. Also, Xiaomi’s device offers a larger battery capacity than the Nords at 4,820mAh supported by 33W fast charging tech.

Both the original Nord and the Mi 10i features a quad rear camera whereas the new Nord has been downgraded with a triple camera set up but has a primary camera with better resolution than its predecessor. This is where Xiaomi stands out with a 108-megapixel primary quad camera set up. Speaking of selfies, the older Nord offers a dual front camera consisting of a 32-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, therefore surpassing others. 

Comparing the pricing, Xiaomi Mi 10i will attract more attention and praise than the others as it is a more camera-focused phone at Rs 20,999. So for the selfie addicts, you can go for the Nord but we would suggest you go for Xiaomi as it provides a powerful rear camera set-up and other useful features as well as hardware.

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Komila Singh
Komila Singh
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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