OnePlus Nord 2 5G Review
Floods, hurricanes, fires, pandemic… Even if it looks like Ragnarok, it isn’t yet. But something with northern sentiment is coming, and it’s OnePlus Nord 2. The sequel has one very clear goal – to be the next major killer as part of the company’s “Never Settle” innovations. Let’s get to know the OnePlus Nord 2 5G.
OnePlus already has a decent flagship lineup with the number series, and they’re all fine. But Series 9 also has prime pricing. This is precisely where Nords and Nord 2 come in – to offer key features at a mid-range price and reclaim the lost “Main Assassin” title.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G brings some improvements to the first Nord device — faster thanks to a new Dimensity 1200 chipset, a better main camera with a new Sony IMX766 sensor, dual speakers, and a larger 4,500mAh battery with 65W Fast Warp Charge support.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is introduced in new gorgeous finishes – you can choose between a matte, leather or glossy finish for the Gorilla Glass 5 back panel.
Not everything is new. The new Nord appears to be borrowing Nord’s original Fluid AMOLED display, but thankfully, it only has one selfie camera, and the flip of the eye is now just a small hole. The snapper inside the hole is identical to the OG Nord’s primary selfie – a 32MP f/2.5 camera.
OnePlus Nord 2 is the first smartphone to run on Oxygen OS 11.3. Although it doesn’t seem like a significant update and is still based on Android 11, it is the first firmware with unified ColorOS and OxygenOS code after the merger of Oppo and OnePlus. This will make it easier to distribute the new features to both Oppo and OnePlus phones. Let’s hope it’s for the better in the long run.
Let’s move on to some specs now.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G Specifications At a Glance:
- Body: 158.9 x 73.2 x 8.25 mm, 189 grams; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame.
- Screen: 6.43 “Fluid AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10 +, resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, aspect ratio 20: 9, 409 ppi.
- Chip: MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1 x 3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3 x 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.
- Memory: 128 GB RAM 8 GB, 256 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- Operating System/Software: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.3.
- Rear camera: Wide (main) : 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra- wide angle : 8 MP, f/2.3, 119°; Depth : 2 MP , f/2.4
- Front camera: 32 mega pixels , f / 2.5, 1 / 2.8 “, 0.8 micrometer.
- Video capture: Rear camera : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera : 1080p @ 30fps.
- Battery: 4500 mAh. Warp charges 65 watts.
- 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 trim size. But we always opt for a single front camera, a smaller notch over a barely useful super-fast selfie, and a horrible pill-shaped hole.
One more thing, while Nord 2 does not feature any kind of ingress protection. This is officially. But it is unofficially splash-resistant, evidenced by the rubber gaskets. Long story short – you will live in the rain. Maybe no promises.
Unboxing OnePlus Nord 2 5G
Nord Box 2 looks great, screaming a killer phone inside. And you’re ready to go – inside, you’ll find a 65W charger, a convenient 6.5A USB-A-to-C cable, and a soft clear case.
If you live in France, you’ll also get a pair of wired headphones because that’s how things work in France (it’s the law).
The phone also comes with a screen protector pre-applied, but we’re not sure if a protector is the right word. It’s more like a cheap film to keep scratches away but it gets so smudged, and worst of all, that it’s hard to clean. We peeled it off right away.
OnePlus sells a bunch of unique Nord 2 cases, and we all loved them. In fact, we had a hard time picking a favourite, which means it’s a good job.