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Looking for a feature-packed, flagship-like, 5G-bearing midrange phone? Today’s comparison is for you.

First, we have the OnePlus Nord CE, another entry from the brand’s growing number of non-flagship releases in the country.

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We’d be comparing that device to the POCO F3 from Xiaomi. If you’re familiar with this line’s history, you know they have a reputation for bringing incredible value for the price.

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That said, which between the two is the best? We find out in our OnePlus Nord CE versus POCO F3 specifications and features comparison.

OnePlus Nord CE 5GPOCO F3
Operating SystemAndroid 11
OxygenOS 11
Android 11
MIUI 12 for POCO
SIMDual SIM
Dual standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.43-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
410ppi
90Hz refresh rate
sRGB
P3
6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
395ppi
120Hz refresh rate
360Hz touch sampling
HDR10+
MEMC
100% DCI-P3
Processor2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G octa-core3.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G octa-core
RAM8GB/12GB6GB/8GB
GPUAdreno 619Adreno 650
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 2.1
non-expandable
128GB/256GB
UFS 3.1
non-expandable
Front Camera16-megapixel20-megapixel
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (mono, f/2.4)
LED flash
48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (telemacro, f/2.4)
Night mode 2.0
One-Click AI Cinema
AI Scene Detection
Triple array microphone
LED flash
AudioHeadphone jack
Super linear speaker
No headphone jack
Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, NaVIC, BDS
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS, NavIC
NFC
IR Blaster
USB Type-C
Dimensions159.2 x 73.5 x 7.9mm163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm
Weight170g196g
BodyFront: Glass
Back: Glass
Frame: Plastic
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Frame: Aluminum
ColorsSilver Ray
Blue Void
Charcoal Ink
Deep Ocean Blue
Night Black
Arctic White
Battery4,500mAh
30W Warp Charge 30T Plus
4,520mAh
33W fast charging
Price8GB/128GB: Php16,990
12GB/256GB: Php19,990
6GB/128GB: Php17,990
8GB/256GB: Php20,990

Design and Build Quality

Both Xiaomi and OnePlus went with the safest route when designing both smartphones. As you can see, the two share a clean and shiny look at the back that’s similar to a lot of smartphones we’ve already seen before.

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To POCO’s credit, the F3 does come with a Deep Ocean Blue option with cheesy geometric shapes on the back and a large POCO icon.

Meanwhile, all of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G has a clean design across all colors. The most imaginative colorway you can get is the Blue Void that has a vibrant, teal-like appearance.

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As for comfort and build, the F3 has a larger screen, hence its taller build and slightly heavier weight. Ultimately, we gotta hand the win to the Gorilla Glass 5-sandwiched, aluminum-built POCO F3 for this round by having sturdier materials.

Display and Audio

Here’s where the POCO F3 shines. As stated earlier, it has a larger size of 6.67-inches, versus the compact 6.43-inch of the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. It also has a faster 120Hz refresh rate, more responsive 360Hz touch sampling, and HDR10+ support.

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The OnePlus model also lacks stereo speakers, which the POCO has. Albeit, it does have a headphone jack, which the other lacks if you’re still clinging on your old headphones. Although, this can be easily addressed by a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter.

Hardware and Performance

Here’s a clear win for Xiaomi’s bet. As you can see, it’s powered by a 3.2GHz Snapdragon 870 5G processor. It may not be Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset to date, but it’s still considered a flagship chip that offers much better performance than the Nord CE’s Snapdragon 750G.

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The POCO phone also has a more capable Adreno 650 GPU for gaming and a faster UFS 3.1 storage. But to OnePlus’s credit, it does have a 12GB option for those who like numbers.

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Camera

This is where the OnePlus Nord CE overtakes the POCO F3, at least on paper. As you can see, it has a sharper 64-megapixel main camera versus the 48-megapixel of the F3.

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However, the Xiaomi device does have a higher 20-megapixel selfie camera and a more usable 5-megapixel telemacro lens.

Battery

Both devices have similar 4,500mAh batteries. But with the F3’s more powerful processor and faster screen, the battery life might be shorter on this one.

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They also have identical charging speeds. Albeit, it’s worth noting that the F3 has a slightly faster 33W charger.

Conclusion

As you just saw, the POCO F3 clearly dominated the OnePlus Nord CE, mainly thanks to its flagship processor and faster screen. That should be enough to consider it a winner since everything else about them is similar, especially the price.

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Speaking of which, the Nord CE starts at Php16,990. For an extra Php1,000, you can already get the F3 for Php17,990 with all its flagship features.

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