What should a flagship smartphone experience entail, and how much should it cost? OnePlus brings this debate up with the launch of its Nord 2 5G – the true sequel to last year’s highly anticipated original Nord. The term flagship killer is mentioned here again, and North 2 certainly brings some advanced specs while still keeping prices in the mid-range range.
Nord 2 packs a 6.43-inch AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate and FHD + resolution for the table. There’s a single 32MP selfie cam instead of the dual-cam setup on last year’s model, which is great for content consumption, even if you miss the ultra-wide action. On the other hand, the Nord brings 2 dual speakers compared to the single firing grille on its predecessor.
There are three rear cameras, which is one less than the original Nord, although the main shooter here is certainly more impressive with a 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor just like on the flagship OnePlus 9 Pro. You get optical image stabilization for shake-free images and videos, and Digital Overlap HDR (DOL-HDR), which helps synthesize exposure data from two images into a single shot. There is also an 8MP ultra-wide snapper and a 2MP monochrome sensor for the company.
Since its inception, OnePlus has always relied on Qualcomm chipsets for its phones, but it now shows a new page in its history with the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI SoC. The chipset offers close to flagship performance and is paired with 6 GB, 8 GB or 12 GB RAM and 128/256 GB storage space.
There is a 4500mAh dual cell battery with fast 65W Warp Charge to ensure two days of use. When you need to top up, you can expect a full charge from 0 to 100% in just 30 minutes. The software front is covered by Oxygen OS 11.3 with Android 11, and OnePlus promises two major Android updates and three years of security updates.
North 2 comes in three colors – the signature Blue Haze, Gray Sierra with a textured sparkling finish and the India-exclusive Green Woods, which has a vegan leather back.
The Baseline 6 / 128GB model starts at € 399 / INR 27,999, although prices will vary depending on the region. First sales in Europe and India start on July 28th.
We have already had the chance to use Nord 2 extensively, so you can go this way to our full Nord 2 review to see where the phone impressed and where it fell short.