OnePlus Nord 2 5G review

Scarlette Lennon22 July 2021Last Update : 11 months ago
OnePlus Nord 2 5G review


Floods, hurricanes, fires, pandemics … Even though it looks like Ragnarök is out there, it’s not yet. But something with northern vibes is coming, and that’s OnePlus North 2. The sequel has a crystal clear goal – to be the next flagship killer as part of the company’s Never Settle ‘innovations. Let’s meet OnePlus Nord 2 5G.

OnePlus already has a proper flagship lineup with the number series, and they are all in order. But Series 9 also has flagship prices. This is where Nords and Nord 2 specifically come – to offer flagship features at a mid-range price and regain the lost ‘flagship killer’ title.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G brings a few improvements over the first Nord – faster hardware thanks to the new Dimensity 1200 chipset, a better main camera with a new Sony IMX766 sensor, dual speakers and a larger 4,500 mAh battery with faster 65 W Warp Charge Support.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G review

OnePlus Nord 2 5G is offered in new cool finishes – you can choose between matte, leather-like or glossy for the rear Gorilla Glass 5 panel.

However, this is not entirely new. The new Nord seems to borrow the original Nord’s Fluid AMOLED screen, but luckily it only has a selfie camera, and a notch’s eyes are now just a small hole. Snapper inside the hole is identical to 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 does not seem like a major update, and it is still Android 11 based, it is the first firmware with combined ColorOS and OxygenOS code after the Oppo and OnePlus merger. This makes it easier to deploy new features on both Oppo and OnePlus phones. Let’s hope it’s for the better in the long run.

Let’s scroll through some specifications now.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 158.9×73.2×8.25mm, 189g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame.
  • Screen: 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: 128 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS / software: Android 11, OxygenOS 11.3.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 50 MP, f / 1.8, 24 mm, 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 MP, f / 2.5, 1 / 2.8 “, 0.8 um.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 240fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Warp charging 65W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (on display, optical); 5G, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi 6, NFC; stereo speakers.

We were a little disappointed that the only new screen update is the reduced cut-out size. But we always choose a single front camera and a smaller notch rather than a barely usable ultra-wide selfie and a terrible pill-shaped hole.

One more thing, while Nord 2 does not have any kind of intrusion protection. Officially it is. But it is splashproof unofficially, evident by the rubber gaskets. Long story short – it survives in the rain. Probably no promises.

Unboxing of OnePlus Nord 2 5G

The Nord 2 box looks brilliant and it screams a killing phone inside. And you’re ready for a treat – inside you’ll find a 65W charger, a proper 6.5A-rated USB-A-to-C cable and a soft, transparent box.

If you live in France, you also get a pair of wired headphones because that’s how things work in France (that’s the law).

OnePlus Nord 2 5G review

The phone also comes with a pre-installed screen protector, but we are not sure protector is the right word. It’s more like a cheap film to keep scratches away, but gets extremely smeared and worse is hard to clean. We immediately peeled it off.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G review

OnePlus sells a lot of unique Nord 2 cases, and we loved them all. In fact, we had a hard time choosing a favorite, which means it’s a job well done.

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