OnePlus Nord launched in July last year to focus on sub-Rs. 25,000 price segment. As the flagships of OnePlus become more expensive, OnePlus Nord promises good performance at a slightly more affordable price. It has now been discontinued, paving the way for an even more affordable model, the Nord CE 5G, and its true successor, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. This new OnePlus smartphone has an improved camera setup and MediaTek Dimensity processor. Do you still provide OnePlus experience? I picked up the OnePlus Nord 2 5G and here are my first impressions of the device.
OnePlus Nord 2 price India
The OnePlus Nord 2 starts from Rs. 27,999 in India for the base version, which has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. There are two more variants of the OnePlus Nord 2, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of memory and finally 12GB of RAM with 256GB of memory. They are priced at Rs. 29 999 and Rs. 34,999 respectively. I had the best option with me for a review.
The OnePlus Nord 2 looks familiar and looks in place along with the OnePlus 9 series and OnePlus Nord CE 5G (Review). Taking OnePlus Nord 2, it immediately feels great to the touch. It has a 6.43-inch display with a camera hole in the upper left corner for its 32-megapixel selfie shooter. OnePlus Nord 2 5G offers an AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a full-HD + resolution. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the display as well as the back.
The middle frame of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is made of plastic. On the right side there is a power button and a warning slider (which is missing on the OnePlus Nord CE 5G), and on the left are the volume buttons. I found that the layout of the buttons is quite good and reaching them is not a problem when used with one hand. The USB Type-C port, speaker, SIM tray, and primary microphone are at the bottom, while the secondary microphone is at the top. OnePlus Nord 2 5G has dual speakers – the handset doubles as a secondary speaker for stereo sound.
On the back of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G there is a triple camera setting and the camera module has some similarities to that of the OnePlus 9R (Review). The camera module consists of a 50-megapixel main camera with an aperture of f / 1.88 and OIS. There is also an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with EIS and an af / 2.25 aperture. These two sensors look like they have large lenses, while the 2-megapixel mono camera is smaller and located next to the flash. The OnePlus the logo is a punch in the center of the back panel.
OnePlus offers Nord 2 5G in three colors, Gray Sierra, Blue Haze and the exclusive Indian Green Wood. I had a Blue Haze with me and it didn’t pick up stains easily. OnePlus also offers a case in the box. The phone weighs 189 grams and is 8.25 mm thick. It does not feel very bulky and can be used with one hand.
OnePlus has chosen the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, which is somewhat customized with additional AI processing power to create the Dimensity 1200-AI, according to both companies. This is also a bit surprising, as other OnePlus devices have so far been powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. There are 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options, with 128GB of memory for the bottom two and 256GB for the top. Storage cannot be expanded and Nord 2 5G has only two Nano-SIM slots with dual 5G support. There is also support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and five satellite navigation systems. Nord 2 5G has a 4500 mAh battery and comes with a Warp Charge 65W charger in the box.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G works with OxygenOS 11.3, based on Android 11. My block had the June security patch for Android. The user interface is clean and only a few applications from Google and OnePlus, as well as Netflix, are installed. I had no problems navigating the user interface and found it intuitive to use.
The side-mounted fingerprint scanner quickly unlocks the device, and given the 12GB of RAM my review unit has, I didn’t encounter any hiccups when multitasking. The “advanced” MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI has shown a lot of promise and it will be interesting to test OnePlus’s claims that it has additional camera, gaming and display features activated by the AI upgrade. The Realme X7 Max 5G (Review) and the forthcoming A little F3 GT are two smartphones with the same SoC, minus the OnePlus customizations, so it will be interesting to see how the OnePlus Nord 2 5G tariff is valued.
Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G looks like an upgrade over the original Nord in every way, based on the specs. However, it has also become more expensive, so it will be interesting to see if this new smartphone still offers good value for money or you will be better off with the Nord CE 5G. I will be launching Nord 2 5G through tests and camera tests, so stay tuned for Gadgets 360 for the full review coming soon.