OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+: Which one is a better choice under Rs. 25,000

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The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G is the latest smartphone that has debuted in sub Rs 25,000 segment. With its specs and affordable price, it gives stiff competition to its rivals from Xiaomi, Samsung, Realme, and others. Currently, the smartphone is in direct competition with Realme 9 Pro+ 5G which launched in India earlier this week.

With the under 25k range getting crowded day by day, sometimes it gets a little confusing as to which phone is a better buy. To solve the dilemma that you might be facing, today we have compared OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G to the recently launched Realme 9 Pro+ 5G. Let us find out which one is better in which department.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 & Realme 9 Pro+: Similarities

Both the smartphones support 5G connectivity and are powered by MediaTek Chipsets. They both fall under Rs. 25,000 category. Though there are some common specs, there are differences too. Let us analyze each aspect to find out which one is better.

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OnePlus Nord CE 2 Vs Realme 9 Pro+: Price

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G is the more affordable out of the two. It starts for Rs. 23,999 for the 6GB RAM+ 128GB storage model and Rs. 24,999 for the 8GB RAM+128GB storage model. It comes in 2 colors- Gray Mirror and Bahamas Blue.

Meanwhile, Realme 9 Pro+ 5G starts at Rs. 24,999 for the lowest 6GB RAM+128GB storage model. It costs Rs. 26,999 for the 8GB RAM+128GB storage variant and Rs. 28,999 for the highest 8GB RAM+256GB storage model. It comes in 3 colors- Midnight Black, Aurora Green, and Sunrise Blue. There is a difference of flat Rs. 1000 in starting prices of both smartphones, so Nord CE 2 has an edge in the price department.

Winner- OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Vs Realme 9 Pro+: Processor, RAM & Storage

There is a stiff neck-to-neck competition between the 2 phones in this department. This is because both are powered by MediaTek chipsets.  While Nord CE 2 has an octa-core Dimensity 900 SoC combined with Mali-G68 MC4 GPU, Realme 9 Pro+ packs an octa-core Dimensity 920 chipset with Mali-G68 MC4 GPU.

Oneplus Nord CE 2

There is a minor difference between the two- the 2 Cortex A78 cores are clocked higher on the Realme smartphone, which is 2.5GHz as opposed to 2.4GHz on OnePlus, so Realme takes an edge here.

Realme 9 Pro+

If we talk about RAM and Memory, then both phones offer up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. There is a difference in storage as Nord gives up to 128GB internal capacity while Realme 9 Pro+ gives up to 256GB storage. Both uses UFS 2.2 types of storage. Although this might make the Realme phone have an edge, the point to be considered is that OnePlus offers microSD card support (up to 1TB) which is missing in Realme. Otherwise, Realme has a slight edge in terms of both chipset and storage.

Winner- Realme 9 Pro+ 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+: Display

In-display department, both smartphones sport a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. A minor difference is that while Nord’s device supports HDR10+ while watching videos, the Realme smartphone supports heart rate monitoring via the in-display fingerprint sensor. So, this category is surely a tie.

Winner- None, it’s a Tie.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+: Cameras

Both smartphones have a triple camera setup at the back, but there is a difference in the sensors used.

The OnePlus smartphone has a 64MP f/1.7 primary lens with EIS, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide snapper, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera. The smartphone can shoot 4k videos at 30fps smoothly. On the front, it has a 16MP selfie camera that can capture 1080p videos at 60fps.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 camera

The Realme 9 Pro+ has a 50MP f/1.8 primary lens with a Sony IMX766 sensor and OIS which is superior to EIS. It also has an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens along with a 16MP selfie camera.

Realme 9 Pro+ camera

It can also shoot 4k videos at 30fps and the front camera supports HDR that can capture 1080P video at 30fps. Because of the presence of OIS, the Realme phone has an edge here.

Winner: Realme 9 Pro+ 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+ 5G: Battery & Charging

Both the phones pack a 4500mAh battery under the hood. So, there’s no difference here, but there is a difference in fast charging speeds. While Nord CE 2 supports 65W fast Super VOOC fast charging, the Realme 9 pro+ supports 60W Super Dart fast charging.

OnePlus clearly offers faster charging than its competitor, so it is a clear winner here.

Winner: OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+: Design

OnePlus Nord CE 2 comes with a curved back and round edges. The rear panel has an LED flash along with a camera setup and OnePlus branding. There is a power button on the right and volume buttons on left. The bottom has a microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker grille. The device has a 6.4-inch screen with a punch-hole cutout on the left and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

If we talk about Realme 9 Pro+, it has a curved back and round edges too. It has a volume rocker on left with a SIM tray and a power button on the left that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker grille at the bottom. It also flaunts a 6.4-inch screen with a punch-hole camera cutout on the left. There is no such difference in design apart from Realme having a light shift design for the back. The color of the phone changes under sunlight, making it look beautiful. So Realme has an edge in this aspect.

Winner: Realme 9 Pro+ 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+ 5G: Connectivity

On one hand, Realme 9 Pro+ features an in-display fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, Dolby Atmos dual stereo speakers, vapor chamber cooling system, X-axis linear motor, GPS, USB Type-C port, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and 5G support. The device ships with Android 12 based Realme UI skin out of the box.

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On the other hand, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 features an in-display fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, 5G, dual SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The phone runs on an older Android 11 software with OxygenOS 11 custom skin out of the box. Since the Realme phone comes with an Android 12 and x-axis linear motor, it has an edge over the Oneplus device.

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Winner: Realme 9 Pro+ 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G Vs Realme 9 Pro+ 5G: Conclusion

After analyzing all the specs, we can see that both smartphones are in a neck-to-neck competition with each other. With many specs being the same, differences present make Realme 9 Pro+ to be a winner if we overlook the 1000Rs price difference. It has a slightly better chipset, more storage, more connectivity options, a better camera with OIS, and a unique light shift design. So, my pick will be Realme 9 Pro+ 5G as it is a superior deal.

Shivangi AgarwalShivangi Agarwal
Shivangi is an honours graduate in English from Delhi University with a passion for reading and writing. Always keen to know more about the latest gadgets, when she is not reading about tech, she loves listening to Hindi music and grooving to the latest Hindi beats.

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2 years ago

Very good comparison and Explanation. I found it’s very helpful to me. But 1 thing make difference is THE BRAND. Who loves the brand they can choose 1+ Who loves camara they can go with Realme

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