During this pandemic…. But something with northern vibes is emerging, and i.e OnePlus Nord 2. The follow-up has one crystal-clear goal – to be the next flagship killer as part of the company’s ‘Never Settle’ innovations. Let’s meet at the OnePlus Nord 2 5G.
OnePlus already has a proper flagship lineup with the number series, and they are all alright. But Series 9 also have flagship prices. This is where the Nord and Nord 2 specifically come – to offer flagship features at a mid-range price and reclaim the lost ‘flagship killer’ title.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G brings a few improvements over the first Nord – faster equipment thanks to the new Dimensity 1200 AI Soc chipset, a better main camera, dual speakers, and a larger 4,500mAh battery with faster 65W Warp Charge support.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is offered in new cool finishes – you can choose between matte, leather-like, or glossy for its rear Gorilla Glass 5 panel.
The new Nord seems to be borrowing the original Nord’s Fluid AMOLED screen, but thankfully it has just one selfie camera, and the eyesore of a notch is now just a tiny punch-hole. The snapper inside the hole is identical with the OG Nord’s primary selfie – a 32MP f/2.5 cam.
OnePlus Nord 2 is the first smartphone to run on the Oxygen OS 11.3. While it doesn’t seem like a significant update and it’s still 11-based Android, it is the first firmware with unified ColorOS and OxygenOS code after the Oppo and OnePlus merger. This will make it easier distributing new features on both Oppo and OnePlus phones. Let’s hope it’s for the better in the long run.
Let’s look through some specs now.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G specs at a glance:
Body: 158.9×73.2×8.25mm, 189g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame.
Display: 6.43″ Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
Chipset: MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.
Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
OS/Software: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.3.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚; Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.
Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.5, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm.
Video capture: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60/240fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected]
Battery: 4500mAh; Warp charging 65W.
Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); 5G, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 6, NFC; stereo speakers.
We were a bit disappointed that the only new screen update is the reduced cutout size. But we’d always choose a single front camera and a smaller notch over a barely useful ultrawide selfie and a horrendous pill-shaped hole.