OnePlus Nord 2 review: Attractive mid-range phone

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The OnePlus Nord 2 is the first OnePlus phone with a MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI chip.

Display6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED
2,400 x 1,080 resolution at 410ppi
20:9 aspect ratio
90Hz display refresh rate
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI
GPUArm G77 MC9
RAM 8GB, or 12GB
LPDDR4X
Storage128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
Power4,500mAh battery
Warp Charge 65 (65W wired charging)
No wireless charging
CamerasRear:

– 50MP main (1.0µm, ƒ/1.88, OIS)
– 8MP ultra-wide (119.7-degree FoV, ƒ/2.25, EIS)
– 2MP monochrome (ƒ/2.5)

Front:

– 32MP single (0.8µm, ƒ/2.45, EIS)
Video4K at 60FPS recording
1080p at 30/60FPS recording
720p at 30/60FPS recording

Slow-motion/time-lapse: 1080p/120FPS and 720p/240FPS
AudioDual stereo speaker
No 3.5mm headphone port
Bluetooth 5.2
Support for aptX & aptX HD & LDAC & AAC
Connectivity (India)Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2.4G/5G, 2×2 MIMO

Bluetooth: 5.2

NFC: Supported

LTE: 4×4 MIMO, support up to DL Cat 18/UL Cat 13
(1.2Gbps / 150Mbps), depending on carrier support

GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8/19
LTE-B: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/34/38/39/40/41
NR NSA: N41, N78, N40, N79
NR SA: N41, N78, N28A, N1, N3, N79, N40
Connectivity (UK/Europe)Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2.4G/5G, 2×2 MIMO

Bluetooth: 5.2

NFC: Supported

LTE: 4×4 MIMO, support up to DL Cat 18/UL Cat 13
(1.2Gbps / 150Mbps), depending on carrier support

GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900
WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8/19
LTE-FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/38/32
/34/39/40/41/66
NR NSA: N1, N3, N7, N8, N20, N28, N38, N41, N78
NR SA: N1, N3, N7, N20, N28, N78, N41, N8
PortsUSB-C port (2.0)
Dual nano-SIM slot
No 3.5mm headphone port
No microSD card slot
SoftwareAndroid 11
Skinned with Oxygen OS 11
Dimensions and weight158.9 x 73.2 x 8.25mm
189g
ColorsGray Sierra, Blue Haze, Green Wood
In the box– Phone
– Warp Charge 65 wall adapter
– Warp USB-C cable
– Phone case
– Screen protector (pre-applied)
– SIM tray ejector

Change is present, but the phone is excellent in its category with all other performances.

Design

Rounded edges and pleasant appearance, compact for the hand.

No 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also no microSD card expansion, no dust and water resistance rating and no wireless charging.

Fingerprint login via an in-screen reader on the front of the phone, plus face unlocks and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. 

The OnePlus Nord has dual 5G SIM card slots.

Display

Fantastic 6.43” Fluid AMOLED screen, refresh rate 90 Hz. It is a real pleasure to use it and watch the contents on it and the OxygenOS 11.3 UI feels super smooth. The phone is a bit more compact than most competitors, which is another plus. The screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, so the user is carefree.

Camera

The camera system relies on the Sony IMX 766 50 MP sensor, also taken from the top 9 Pro model. The photos taken by Nord 2 are great, rich and great dynamic range – and on top of all that, this sensor can boast of stabilization, which is a real rarity in the class.

Ultra-wide and monochrome 8 and 2 MP sensors are average. But in front, we find another Sony sensor – IMX 615 of 32 MP, which takes fantastic selfies and completes a great impression of the camera’s capabilities, which makes the Nord 2 one of the leaders in its class.

Performance

The basis of the hardware is the latest and fastest MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset, an octa-core 6-nm chipset that is side by side with today’s fastest solutions. Qualcomm and MediaTek swapped places this year. Good 8 GB RAM and 128 GB ROM.

OxygenOS 11.3 Android 11 is one of the most functional, but also the most beautiful solutions today. The system is extremely fluid, works flawlessly and is the best that smartphones can offer today.

Battery

The 4500 mAh battery will bring up to two uses to even the most demanding users. Warp Charge charger, which comes in a package and delivers as much as 65 W of power. It is able to charge a complete battery from scratch to full capacity in just 30 minutes!

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