Comparing Vivo V29e and OnePlus Nord CE 3: which is the better sub-Rs 30,000 phone?

Vivo V29e and OnePlus Nord CE 3 both start at Rs 26,999 but the two phones are very different in and out. The rear panel colour and looks differ between the two phone even though they both share two big dual-camera rings on the back. The Vivo V29e is available in 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB configurations, while the OnePlus Nord CE 3 comes in 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB models. So, let’s start with their respective prices and then continue with other differences.

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3: price in India

Vivo V29e price for the 8+128GB variant is Rs 26,999 and the 8+256GB variant is Rs 28,999. As already mentioned, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 price for the 8+128GB model is Rs 26,999. However, it offers the 12+256GB model for Rs 28,999. So, you are getting more RAM with the OnePlus phone for the same price. 

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3: Specs at a glance

ModelVivo V29eOnePlus Nord CE 3
PerformanceSnapdragon 695 5G SoCSnapdragon 782G 5G SoC
Display6.78-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED Display6.7-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED Display
Battery5,000mAh+ 44W charging5,000mAh+ 80W charging
Memory8+128GB, 8+256GB8+128GB, 12+256GB
Rear Cameras64MP+ 8MP50MP+ 8MP+ 2MP
Front Cameras50MP16MP

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3 design, size and display

Vivo V29e is slimmer and lighter. It is 7.6mm in thickness whereas Nord CE 3 is 8.2mm in thickness. As for heft, the Vivo phone weighs 181g and the Nord CE 3 is 184 grams on the weighing scale.

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You can pick the Vivo V29e in Artistic Red and Artistic Blue colours. The OnePlus phone can be bought in Aqua Surge and Gray Shimmer colours.

Vivo V29e is also brighter at 1300 nits while the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite has 950 nits of brightness. The Vivo phone also has slightly more screen at 6.78 inches and a 90.1% screen-to-body ratio. However, Nord CE 3 has more pixel density at around 394 PPI.

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3 camera

Vivo V29e ships with a 64MP main camera and an 8MP ultrawide shooter. OnePlus Nord CE 3 has a 50MP main camera (with multi-directional PDAF), an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro module.

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The front camera on the Vivo V29e is 50 megapixels while the Nord CE 3 has got a 16MP snapper.

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3 performance

Under the hood, the Vivo V29e has a Snapdragon 695 SoC while the OnePlus Nord CE 3 has Snapdragon 782G chipset. The latter has a higher clock speed and a better-performing 642L GPU. 

Vivo V29e boots Funtouch 13 while the OnePlus Nord CE 3 ships with OxygenOS 13.1. Both are Android 13-based but there are customisation and feature differences between the two skins.

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3 battery

While both phones feature a 5,000mAh battery, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 packs an 80W faster charging adapter, and the Vivo V29e’s charging is only 44W in speed.

Vivo V29e vs OnePlus Nord CE 3 connectivity

On the OnePlus Nord CE 3, you get Wi-Fi 6, while the Vivo V29e has an older Wi-Fi ac standard.

Similarly, the Nord series phone has Bluetooth 5.2 and support for codecs like aptX HD and aptX Adaptive. Vivo has given Bluetooth 5.1 and support for codecs like aptX, aptX HD, and aptX Lossless.

Nord CE 3 comes with Infrared and NFC, while the Vivo V29e misses out on these features too.

Key Takeaways

Looks are subjective but if you want a more swish, slimmer, and lighter device, Vivo V29e could be the better pick. OnePlus Nord CE 3 looks basic and if you want something sober, this could be the phone for you.

On the charging, performance and connectivity front, the OnePlus Nord CE 3 has some lead over the Vivo V29e. 

However, since this is only a spec-by-spec comparison, we haven’t factored in the camera output and real-world performance of these devices. So, based on the differences we have mentioned, you can make the purchase decision.