OnePlus Nord launched last July to focus on prices below Rs. Price segment 25,000. As OnePlus flagships became more and more expensive, OnePlus Nord promised good performance at a slightly more affordable price. It has now been discontinued, paving the way for the even more affordable Nord CE 5G model and its true successor, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G. This new OnePlus smartphone has improved camera setup and MediaTek Dimensity processor. Does it still deliver OnePlus capabilities? I got my hands on the OnePlus Nord 2 5G and here are my first impressions of the device.
OnePlus Nord 2 price in India
OnePlus Nord 2 starts at Rs. 27,999 in India for the base variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There are two more variants of the OnePlus Nord 2: one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and finally 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage. They are priced in rupees. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999 respectively. I had a first-class option for review.
The OnePlus Nord 2 looks familiar and seems to be in place alongside the OnePlus 9 series and OnePlus Nord CE 5G (review). Taking the OnePlus Nord 2, it immediately feels superior to the touch. It has a 6.43-inch display with a camera hole in the upper left corner for a 32MP selfie shooter. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G features an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and Full HD + resolution. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the display and back.
The middle frame of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is made of plastic. On the right side, it has a power button and alert slider (which the OnePlus Nord CE 5G lacks), and on the left, it has volume buttons. I found the button layout to be pretty good and not a problem when used with one hand. The USB Type-C port, speaker, SIM tray and main microphone are at the bottom, while the secondary microphone is at the top. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G features dual speakers – the speaker serves as an additional speaker for stereo sound.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G has a triple camera on the back, and the camera module bears some similarities to the OnePlus 9R module (Review). The camera module consists of a 50MP main camera with f / 1.88 aperture and OIS. There is also an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera with EIS and f / 2.25 aperture. These two sensors look like they have large lenses, while the 2MP monaural camera is smaller and sits next to the flash. The OnePlus logo is located in the center of the back.
OnePlus offers the Nord 2 5G in three color options: Gray Sierra, Blue Haze, and India-exclusive Green Wood. I had a Blue Haze with me and it had a hard time picking up spots. OnePlus also offers a case in the box. The phone weighs 189g and is 8.25mm thick. It doesn’t seem very bulky and can be used with one hand.
According to both companies, OnePlus has opted for the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, which has been somewhat tuned with additional AI processing power to create the Dimensity 1200-AI. It’s also a bit surprising as other OnePlus devices have so far been powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. There are 6GB, 8GB and 12GB RAM options available, of which 128GB for the bottom two and 256GB for the highest. The storage is not expandable and the Nord 2 5G only has two Nano-SIM slots with dual 5G support. There is also support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and five satellite navigation systems. The Nord 2 5G packs a 4500mAh battery and ships with a 65W Warp Charge in the box.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G runs OxygenOS 11.3 based on Android 11. My device had the June Android security patch. The user interface is clean, with only a handful of Google and OnePlus apps preinstalled, as well as Netflix. I had no problem navigating the UI and found it intuitive to use.
The side-mounted fingerprint reader allows you to quickly unlock the device, and given the 12GB of RAM my test device has, I didn’t encounter any glitches while multitasking. The “improved” MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI has shown promising prospects, and it will be interesting to verify OnePlus claims that additional camera, gaming and display features are available through the AI enhancement. The Realme X7 Max 5G (Review) and the upcoming Poco F3 GT are two smartphones with the same SoC save for the OnePlus settings, so it will be interesting to see how the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is doing.
Overall, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G seems to be an update to the original Nord in every way, based on specs. It has also risen in price, however, so it will be interesting to see if this new smartphone still offers good value for money, or if you’re better off with the Nord CE 5G. I’ll take the Nord 2 5G through my camera benchmarks and tests, so stay tuned for Gadgets 360 for a full review coming soon.