OnePlus Nord CE 3 alternatives: Phones from Motorola, Realme, iQOO and more around Rs 30,000

OnePlus introduced two new Nord-series phones in India, the OnePlus Nord 3 and Nord CE 3. While the former is a premium mid-range offering, the latter is a budget mid-range offering. The price of the Nord CE 3 starts at Rs 26,999 for the 8GB+128GB version and Rs 28,999 for the 12GB+256GB option. The phone ships with premium hardware like the Snapdragon 782G SoC, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and 80W fast charging. Ahead of the sale in August, here’s a look at some of the OnePlus Nord CE 3 alternatives and what they bring to the table.

OnePlus Nord CE 3 alternatives for around Rs 30,000

Motorola Edge 40

  • Display: 6.55-inch FHD+ pOLED display, 144Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 8020 SoC paired with Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.
  • RAM and Storage: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
  • OS: Android 13 OS out of the box
  • Cameras: 50MP + 13MP ultra-wide lens. 32MP selfie snapper
  • Battery: 4,400mAh battery, 68W fast charging, 15W wireless charging.
  • Price: Motorola Edge 40 price in India is Rs 29,999 for the sole 8GB+256GB configuration.
  • Excellent design
  • Decent display
  • Bloat-free UI
  • IP68 certification
  • Can overheat at times
  • Average Battery life


  • Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 SoC, Adreno GPU for graphics.
  • RAM and Storage: Up to 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • OS: Android 13-based MIUI 14 custom skin
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery, 67W fast charging support.
  • Camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP macro sensor. 16MP selfie shooter
  • PriceRs 29,999 for the 8GB/256GB model and Rs 33,999 for the 12GB/256GB model.
  • Impressive Performance
  • Gorgeous display
  • Impressive battery life
  • Capable stereo speakers
  • Bloatware
  • No microSD card slot
  • The ultra-wide lens could have been better

Realme 11 Pro+

  • Display: 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 7050 chipset paired with Mali-G68 GPU.
  • RAM and Storage: Up to 12GB RAM and 1TB storage
  • OS: Android 13-based Realme UI 4.0.
  • Realme 11 Pro+ Cameras: 200MP + 8MP + 2MP macro sensor. 32MP front camera
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging.
  • PriceThe Realme 11 Pro+ is priced at Rs 27,999 for the 8GB + 256GB model and Rs 29,999 for the top-end 12GB + 256GB model.
  • Elegant design
  • Excellent primary camera
  • Decent battery life
  • Vibrant display
  • The ultra-wide camera could be better
  • Bloatware

Nothing Phone 1

  • Display: 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+
  • RAM and Storage: Up to 12GB RAM, 256GB storage
  • OS: Android 13 OS
  • Cameras: 50MP + 50MP dual cameras. There is a 16MP selfie shooter.
  • Battery: 4,500mAh battery, 33W fast charging
  • Price: The Nothing Phone 1 is available at Rs 29,499 for the 8GB/128GB model, Rs 30,499 for the 12GB/256GB version, and Rs 42,999 for the 12GB/512GB model. 
  • Unique design
  • Clean software
  • Good primary camera
  • Wireless charging support
  • No charger in the box
  • The display’s peak brightness is not the best
  • Facial recognition is finicky

iQOO Neo 7

iQOO Neo 7 Feat
  • Display: 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 8200 coupled with ARM Mali-G610 GPU.
  • RAM and Storage: Up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
  • OS: Android 13-based OriginOS.
  •  Cameras: 64MP + 2MP + 2MP triple cameras. 16MP selfie snapper
  • Price: iQOO Neo 7 price in India is Rs 29,999 for the 8GB + 128GB model and Rs 33,999 for the 12GB + 256GB model
  • Bright display
  • Smooth performance
  • Good stereo speakers
  • Good battery life and fast charging
  • No ultra-wide camera
  • Bloatware