OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G vs Realme 9 Pro+: which is the best phone under Rs 25,000?

In our OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G vs Realme 9 Pro+ comparison, we take a look at the phones' prices, specs, and design to see which is the best under Rs 25,000.

OnePlus has added another Nord smartphone to its portfolio, called the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G. The device was launched in India on Thursday with a price tag under Rs 25,000. The phone competes against the likes of the Realme 9 Pro+ that arrived in India earlier this week. Both the OnePlus Nord CE 2 and Realme 9 Pro+(review) support 5G connectivity and are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity chipsets. The phones share certain similarities with each other but also differ in some places. We take a look at which phone you should consider buying under Rs 25,000.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 vs Realme 9 Pro+: price in India

OnePlus Nord CE 2 is available in two storage options: 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB. The phone comes in Gray Mirror and Bahamas Blue colour options. On the other hand, Realme 9 Pro+ has three storage options: 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB. The device comes in Midnight Black, Aurora Green, Sunrise Blue colour options. Here are the prices of both devices:

ModelVariantPrice
OnePlus Nord CE 26GB+128GBRs 23,999
8GB+128GBRs 24,999
Realme 9 Pro+6GB+128GBRs 24,999
8GB+128GBRs 26,999
8GB+256GBRs 28,999

OnePlus Nord CE 2 vs Realme 9 Pro+: design, specifications, and features

Design

OnePlus Nord CE 2 design
OnePlus Nord CE 2 comes with a curved back and rounded edges. The rear panel houses a triple camera system and LED flash alongside the OnePlus branding. It has a power button on the right and volume rockers on the left. At the bottom, it has a microphone, USB Type-C port, and speaker grille. The device has a 6.4-inch with a punch-hole cutout on the left corner and an in-display fingerprint scanner. 

Realme 9 Pro+ design
The Realme 9 Pro+ also comes with a curved back and round edges. It houses a volume rocker on the left paired with a SIM tray and a power button on the left that double-ups as a fingerprint scanner. The device has a 3.5mm headphone jack alongside the USB C slot and a speaker grille at the bottom. The Realme 9 Pro+ flaunts a 6.4-inch display with a punch-hole camera cutout on the left. 

Processor, storage, and RAM

Here where things get exciting, The newly launched OnePlus Nord CE 2 comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset paired with Mali-G68 MC4 GPU. Whereas, the Realme 9 Pro+ packs a MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor paired with Mali-G68 MC4 GPU. As a result, the Realme 9 Pro+ with Dimensity 920 SoC should perform slightly better than Dimensity 900 on OnePlus Nord CE 2, but only slightly.

In terms of storage, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 comes in two configurations – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB. The Realme 9 Pro+ has three storage options – 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB configurations. However, OnePlus Nord CE 2 has a microSD card slot that allow up to 1TB of expandable storage, a privalge that cannot be found on the Realme 9 Pro+.

Display

OnePlus Nord CE 2 display
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G flaunts a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution, HDR10+ and sRGB support, Display P3, and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The handset has an in-display fingerprint scanner. 

Realme 9 Pro+ display
Realme 9 Pro+ sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 1080×2400 pixels resolution and 409 PPI, 90Hz refresh rate, 2.5D curved glass, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The device has an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Cameras

OnePlus Nord CE 2 camera
OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G has triple cameras on the rear, including a 64MP primary f/1.7 sensor, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. It can comfortably shoot 4k video at 30fps. The device has a 16MP snapper for selfies and video chats on the front, which can capture 1080p videos at 60 fps.

Realme 9 Pro+ camera
Realme 9 Pro+ has triple cameras on the back, featuring a 50MP f/1.8 primary camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. The camera can shoot 4K video at 30fps. It has a 16MP snapper for selfies and video calls on the front that supports HDR and can capture 1080p video at 30fps. Realme 9 Pro+ comes with OIS support, which we don’t get to see on OnePlus Nord CE 2.

Battery

OnePlus Nord CE 2 draws power from a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging. OnePlus claims the 65W SuperVOOC charger can deliver one day’s power in just 15 minutes of charge. Whereas, the Realme 9 Pro packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 60W fast charging. OnePlus offers a faster-charging technology among both smartphones.

Connectivity

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.

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.

OnePlus Nord CE 2 vs Realme 9 Pro+: verdict

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G offers a better camera and faster-charging support than Realme 9 Pro+ 5G. On the other hand, Realme 9 Pro+ provides a better and faster processor and more in-built storage than OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G. The Realme phone also ships with a newer Android software compared to the OnePlus device. Overall, if you want better performance, Realme 9 Pro+ 5G is a superior deal, and if you want a better camera and fast charging, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G is for you.

Both phones have equal advantages, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty choosing between them.