The Oneplus Nord 2 was unveiled in India on 22nd July 2021 and will go on sale starting 26th July 2021.
The Oneplus Nord 2 is the successor to Oneplus Nord launched last year. The Nord series offers mid-range phones at affordable pricing, with great software experience sans the top-of-the-line hardware.
The Oneplus Nord 2 is a new addition to the Oneplus portfolio and sits above the Nord CE 5G that was launched earlier this year.
The Nord 2 5G looks similar to the Oneplus 9 and has triple rear cameras at the back and a left-aligned punch hole camera at the front.
The phone comes with a sleek curved design that seems easy to hold and use. The Nord 2 also comes with the iconic Alert slider. The phone has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and back, while the side frame is made of plastic.
The device weighs 185 grams and has a thickness of 8.2 mm. Not very sleek but still comfortable to hold and use.
It is available in 3 color options – Gray Sierra, Blue Haze; the top variant is available in Green Woods color.
Price & Variants
The Nord 2 is available in 3 variants, and the pricing is as follows:
- 6 GB Ram and 128 GB Storage – Price Rs. 27,990
- 8 GB Ram and 128 GB Storage – Price Rs. 29,990
- 12 GB Ram and 256 GB Storage – Price Rs. 34,990
The Nord 2 is a fine phone and will be a good offering in the 30k to 35k price range. Oneplus has said that the base version won’t be available for the next 60 days and, when available, will come in limited quantities. The base variant is a paper launch, and the real price starts at 29,990.
There is an Rs. 1000 discount if you buy it using the HDFC credit/debit card. So, we can buy the 8/128 version for Rs. 29,000.
Let’s check out what we get after paying this amount to Oneplus.
Powering the device is the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor that recently debuted with the Oppo Reno6 Pro. It is a powerful processor but not as fast as the SD 870 in the Oneplus 9R, especially for gaming. It is a crazy fast processor for day-to-day use, and you won’t find any lags or issues.
The processor is also energy efficient, made from a 6 Nm process, heats less, and offers good battery life.
The phone will launch with 8 GB Ram (DDR4X) + 128 GB (UFS 3.1) internal storage for the base version, and there will be a 12 GB Ram and 256 GB storage version for folks who want maxed-out specs.
You won’t have any issues playing games like COD or BGMI at very high settings.
The Nord 2 comes with a 6.43-inch FHD+ (2400x1080p) Fluid AMOLED display, with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 410 PPI. Also, there is an in-display fingerprint scanner for quick unlocking.
The display is a bit of a downgrade compared to the Oneplus 8T or 9R that offers up to 120 Hz panel, but not a big deal for most users.
The key highlight of the Nord 2 is not the display or performance; it is the better primary selfie camera.
The Oneplus Nord 2 comes with a 50 MP primary Sony IMX 777 sensor to capture detailed images. This is the same sensor we have seen on the Oneplus 9 and the 9 Pro.
The Oneplus Nord 2 beats the Oneplus 8T/9R and even the Oneplus 9 in some scenarios from the early camera samples. The primary 48 MP camera on both 8T/9R is pretty average and at times worse than most mid-range phones from other brands.
The primary camera on the Nord 2 comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and has an f/1.88 aperture.
The second camera on the Oneplus Nord 2 is an 8 MP shooter, and the third is a 2 MP shooter. The phone supports 4K @ 30 FPS. However, it doesn’t support 60 FPS.
Also, the 32 MP front selfie camera (Sony IMX615) is better than the ancient 16 MP camera Oneplus uses on the 9R and 8T.
The camera App in the Oneplus Nord 2 is ported straight from the Oppo Color OS, and it doesn’t feel like the Oneplus native camera App.
Additionally, camera features like Dual Video, Nightscape, and Group shot 2.0 make the imaging experience better.
Software – Oxygen Os becomes ColorOS.
The USP for the Oneplus phones is the Oxygen Os, and Nord 2 will come with the latest Oxygen Os 11.3 and the ColorOS codebase.
In case you missed it, Oneplus announced that they would use the same codebase as Oppo’s Color Os to improve the user experience and offer more features. Die-hard Oneplus fans are unhappy about this as this can dilute the unique Oneplus experience.
Oppo-fication of Oneplus has already started, and the camera app is just the beginning. We will see many more similarities in the coming months with more copying of Oppo software and features into Oneplus.
Developing two different OS is expensive, and the company has to hire developers, do testing for different Apps and features for both OS.
Merging both OS codebase helps them cut costs, but at the same time, this dilutes the Oneplus value proposition for many buyers, including me.
I currently use the Oneplus 8T and bought it primarily for the clean Os experience, despite knowing it comes with garbage cameras.
Nevertheless, it is what it is.
Oneplus is also promising 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security patches.
Connectivity, Battery, and Audio
The Nord 2 is a 5G phone and comes with a Dual 5G SIM support (supported bands – N41, N78, N28A, N1, N3, N40) and 4G VOLTE. Also, there is support for
Also, there is support for NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, aptX & aptX HD & LDAC & AAC codecs.
Lastly, the Nord 2 comes with a Dual Cell 4500 mAH capacity battery that is sufficient to last all day, and there are a 65 Watts Wired Fast charger to fill it up in about 30 minutes.
There is no wireless charging or IP rating for the Nord 2.
Lastly, it has dual stereo speakers missing on the Oneplus Nord, a good addition, in my opinion.
It offers seemingly better cameras (more on it later) than the Oneplus 9R but has lower performance, a 90 Hz refresh rate display, and missing stereo speakers.
Considering the price, it is a good product from Oneplus, and you won’t be disappointed with the cameras, performance, battery life, or overall experience.
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