Earlier this month, OnePlus teased its Pac-Man phone and it’s now an official device – and this is what it looks like.
OnePlus is no stranger to partnering with brands. In the past few years, we’ve had the McLaren OnePlus 7T Pro versions, the Harry Potter version of the OnePlus Watch, and even the Avengers OnePlus 6. Now, OnePlus is teaming up with the classic Pac-Man game.
I have had a Pac-Man version for the OnePlus Nord 2 for a few days now, and you can see it below in all its glory. The phone itself is a standard Nord 2, which is a pretty decent phone, but this version has an unusual new design, retro gaming software, and some light-in-the-dark tricks.
At first glance, this seems like one of the most subtle partnerships with OnePlus. The phone looks like a silver Nord 2, but only with the Pac-Man art on the back, which is pretty tasteful in my opinion (and rather hard to see). There is also a more explicitly Pac-Man inspired case in the box, which I don’t like. Having said that, I am assuming that anyone who buys this phone is a real stubborn Pac-Man, so the case is likely to be a win-win.
Another design novelty is a new glow in the dark. Turn off all lights and the back of your phone will turn into a glowing maze from a game. At least that’s the idea – the effect is actually pretty minor and hard to see.
Inside the box, you will also find a Lego-like stand. It’s fun to create, and it’s one of the coolest parts of this whole package.
Turn on your phone and you can see a hint of the iconic game and character everywhere. Pac-Man appears on the brightness slider, volume settings, and several wallpapers.
The icons also got a nice retro pixelated look, and there’s even a Pac-Man filter in the camera app. OnePlus said there are tons of other Easter eggs scattered around the phone, but I’ll leave them to you.
As for the Nord 2 itself, it is a very capable phone. It has a beautiful 90Hz OLED display, a Dimensity 1200-AI chipset, a 50MP rear camera, and Warp Charge 65T fast charging.
In our review of the Nord 2, we said, “The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a more affordable alternative to the OnePlus 9. It looks and feels just as good, the gaming performance is good, and even the camera doesn’t fit the OnePlus 9 like the OnePlus 9. The Nord 2 offers better selfies and clearer night images. However, the battery life is poor. “
The OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition will only be sold in one variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £ 499, € 529 and £ 37,999.