OnePlus Nord 2: A great 5G phone for an affordable £399 starting price

    The OnePlus Nord 2, additionally known as the “flagship killer,” has some spectacular specs and performs effectively all spherical. 
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    OnePlus calls its brand-new Nord 2 the “flagship killer,” and I get why. This cellphone has spectacular specs, performs effectively and when paired with an affordable beginning worth (solely £399 right here within the UK), it is designed to supply every little thing you’d want from a cellphone with out emptying your checking account. A strong processor, a strong twin rear digicam setup, 5G connectivity, tremendous quick charging — and it isn’t dangerous to have a look at both. The cellphone turned accessible for buy yesterday for these dwelling in continental Europe, the UK and India.Read extra: OnePlus Nord 2 vs. Nord vs. Nord CE vs. OnePlus 9: Comparing OnePlus’ newest phonesLike the earlier Nord — and the cheaper Nord CE, launched only a few weeks again — the Nord 2 won’t be on sale within the US. It’s destined for the UK and wider Europe, the place it will price £399 for the model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £469 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For reference, £399 converts to about $540 or AU$740. But no, it does not actually “kill” any flagships. It’s not as highly effective as a “true” flagship just like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or S21 Ultra, nor will its digicam expertise entice the world’s most demanding photographers. The flagship that I really feel is most in danger is OnePlus’s personal 9 collection, which shares many options with the Nord 2, but has a a lot increased beginning worth of £629 ($729). 

    I’ve spent a brief period of time with the Nord 2 forward of its unveiling, and listed here are the 5 issues I like most about it. A strong MediaTek processor  OnePlus has sometimes used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line of processors for its telephones but it surely went with MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200-AI chip for the Nord 2. You’ll discover completely no distinction in use — it is the identical as every other Android cellphone — however you’ll discover that it is surprisingly highly effective for the worth.  While it isn’t up there with the iPhone 12 Pro Max by way of benchmarks, it did beat the Pixel 5 and wasn’t far beneath the dearer OnePlus 9. It’s actually highly effective sufficient for gaming, picture enhancing and video streaming and navigating across the Android 11 interface is easy and stutter free. The OnePlus Nord 2 homes a strong processor, a twin rear digicam setup, 5G connectivity and tremendous quick charging. 
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    Android 11 software program The Nord 2 runs Android 11 at its core, over which OnePlus has slapped its traditional Oxygen software program. I actually like OnePlus’s software program because it’s neat, simple to make use of and does not try to load the cellphone up with too many bundled companies and bloatware. As a outcome, the cellphone stays nippy and trouble-free for longer. It’s significantly essential on decrease and midrange telephones which may not cope as effectively with being slowed down by companies. The outcome here’s a cellphone with easy efficiency that I count on to stay for a while to return.  OnePlus says it is assured to get a minimum of two years of Android upgrades — so an replace to Android 12 this fall and Android 13 subsequent 12 months is a given — with an extra 12 months of safety updates after that.  The OnePlus Nord 2 runs Android 11 software program. 
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    Incredible quick charging The Nord 2 has the identical 65-watt quick charging seen on the OnePlus 9 collection and it is wonderful. It’ll take the cellphone from empty to full in solely about 30 minutes, which makes it wonderful for giving it a fast enhance earlier than you head out from house. The 4,500-mAh battery ought to nonetheless offer you a day of use from a cost, however when you possibly can recharge so rapidly, battery life turns into considerably much less of a difficulty. Even higher is {that a} 65-watt quick charger comes within the field, so that you need not scour Amazon for one. What the cellphone does not have is wi-fi charging, however I do not see that as a specific drawback.  The OnePlus Nord 2 has speedy charging with 65-watt help.
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    Vibrant, sharp show The Nord 2’s show measures 6.43 inches and boasts a decision of two,400×1,080 pixels, which is adequate to make tiny textual content look good and sharp. It’s an AMOLED panel, making it extraordinarily vibrant too: nice for movies, images or taking part in no matter colourful recreation is at the moment making the rounds on the Google Play Store. It has a 90Hz refresh fee which is a contact decrease than the 120Hz of the OnePlus 9 collection, however I doubt you’d have the ability to inform any actual distinction in day-to-day use. It’s silky easy when scrolling across the interface, however it’s also possible to flip it right down to a extra common 60Hz, which is able to apparently assist save battery life.  The important cameras on the OnePlus Nord 2 are a 50-megapixel lens mixed with a 8-megapixel super-wide lens.
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    Decent rear cameras We have not completed our full suite of digicam exams but, however what we have seen from the cameras up to now seems to be good. The important sensor is a 50-megapixel affair — the identical one seen within the OnePlus 9’s ultrawide digicam. Outdoor photographs look well-exposed, with loads of element and natural-looking colours.  OnePlus Nord 2 out of doors digicam check, normal lens.
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    OnePlus Nord 2 out of doors digicam check, normal lens.
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    OnePlus Nord 2 out of doors digicam check, super-wide lens.
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    OnePlus Nord 2 out of doors digicam check, normal lens with 2x digital zoom.
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    The 8-megapixel super-wide lens is noticeably much less detailed, but it surely too appears able to capturing handsome out of doors photographs. There’s an on-screen choice for 2x zoom however there is not a zoom lens, in order that 2x relies on digitally cropping the shot. Results nonetheless look good, but it surely’s price retaining in thoughts that you simply will not get most high quality doing this.  There’s additionally technically a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, which is completely pointless in my view as a photographer. If you need handsome black and white photographs, use the common digicam and apps like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed to have full management over changing to mono. Frankly, I really feel OnePlus may have pulled this out and lopped one other 20 quid or so off the worth.  OnePlus Nord 2 specs

    Display measurement, decision, refresh fee

    6.43-inch AMOLED, FHD+ (2,400×1,080 pixels), 90Hz

    Pixel density


    Dimensions (Inches)

    6.25×2.88×0.32 in.

    Dimensions (Millimeters)

    158.9×73.2×8.25 mm

    Weight (Grams)

    6.66 oz; 189g


    Android 11


    50MP (important), 8MP (wide-angle), 2MP (mono)

    Front digicam





    MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor




    8/12GB RAM

    Fingerprint reader



    4,500 mAh





    Headphone Jack


    Special options

    5G-enabled, 65W quick charging, 90Hz, twin stereo speaker, face unlock

    Price (USD)

    Approximately $540 (transformed from UK worth)

    Price (GBP)


    Price (AUD)

    Approximately AU$740

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