OnePlus Nord 2 5G review with Pros & Cons, Should you buy it?

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Last Updated on September 20th, 2021

Our Verdict
4.7/5

A Perfect Mid-range Flagship

The OnePlus Nord 2 is a great successor to the previous Nord and delivers an excellent display, stunning Camera, and beast CPU performance. It is one of the best smartphone around  30,000 price segments.

One plus has recently launched its new mid-range segment smartphone Oneplus Nord 2 5G (successor to the Oneplus Nord) in India.

Design

Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.2 x 8.3mm
Weight: 189g
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano)
Build: Glass Front & Glass Back (Both side Gorilla Glass 5)
Colors: Blue Haze, Gray Sierra, Green Wood

The Design is very standard and sharp looking especially the emblem ‘Blue color’ while a little bit of design resembles the Oneplus 9 series smartphone especially the rear camera bump module. Talking about its color availability, Its available in three color options: Blue Haze, Grey Sierra, and Green-Wood. All three colors look elegant but the Blue one looks more classy and elegant its totally depends on the individual’s preference.

One Plus Nord 2 has a big 6.43-inch fluid AMOLED display with a punch-hole selfie camera aligned at the left corner of the phone. The phone weighs 189 grams and 8.2mm thick and has very thin bezels. The sidewalls probably look metallic but basically polycarbonate built, combined with the curved back edges which make the device easy and secure to hold for a longer duration. Despite having weighed 189g and polycarbonate back it doesn’t feel too bulky in fact feels premium in hand.

OnePlus Nord 2 comes with a glass back which really gives a premium look, the front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The Volume rockers button is aligned on the left and the power button on the right, the alert slider is positioned on the right side just above the power button which makes it very convenient to switch between ringer and silent modes easily. Fingerprints and dust particles don’t get attract easily while usage which is quite impressive.

If you are looking for a Headphone jack in this phone so unfortunately, you might be disappointed because the 3.5 mm audio jack is missing in this Nord 2. The Type C port, SIM tray is placed at the bottom and having a dual stereo speaker definitely boosts audio performance.

In this phone, there is no official IP rating for water and dust resistance as of now but the OnePlus claimes that Nord 2 is Splash-proof and can withstand splash without damage.

Display

Type: Fluid AMOLED
Size: 6.43 inches
Refresh rate: 90 HZ
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density: 409 ppi
HDR Support: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Widevine L1 Support

OnePlus Nord 2 has a fluid AMOLED Display with a 90 Hz refresh rate on a 6.43-inch panel and also supports HDR10+ and Widevine L1. There is an option for customizing the screen refresh rate to 90 HZ or 60 HZ in the setting menu, you can set it according to your priority. You will also get the Gorilla Glass 5 protection in the front screen and back glass panel which resists scratches and improves its durability.

The Nord 2 sports a smart ambient display, which adapts brightness according to your surroundings and on-screen content. The brightness level goes up to 600 nits only which is just above average compared to other phones in this segment. OnePlus should’ve really needed to improve a little bit here according to market competition.

Some additional features like AI resolution boost, AI color boost also added to this Nord 2 which improve the overall visual experience, and ‘AI Color Boost is compatible with Youtube, MX Player, and VLC while AI Resolution Boost works great with Instagram, Snapchat, and Youtube’ –  Stated by OnePlus.

Specs & Performance

Chipset: MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 AI CPU
CPU: Octa core (Clock-Speed 3.0 GHz)
Refresh rate: 90 Hz
GPU: Arm Mali-G77 MC9 GPU
OS: Android 11 Out of the box, Oxygen OS
RAM & Storage Type: Up to 12GB (LPDDR4X) RAM and Storgae 256GB (UFS 3.1)

OnePlus has now changed the tradition by launching the Nord 2 having a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI Chipset instead of a regular Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. This MT Dimensity chipset is octa-core consisting of one Ultra Arm Cortex-A78 clocked at 3.0 GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 super cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, and four efficient Arm Cortex-A55 clocked at 2.0 GHz.

This MediaTek Dimensity ‘AI’ chipset is unique from the Normal MTK Dimensity chipset because of its enhanced Machine learning capabilities for camera optimization and display performance so users get the best visual experience. The company has worked on this Dimensity AI chipset which is based on (5G Open Resource Architecture/ DORA). It is exclusive to OnePlus as of now and Nord 2 is the only phone that comes with this Customized processor.

Talking about the benchmark score of this chipset, on AnTuTu this Dimensity AI chipset is managed to score 5,42,748 points, it also achieved good points 819 and 2749 on Geekbench 5’s Single core and multi-core test respectively. It is also managed to achieve a good score of 74 fps and 34fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase scenes respectively, considering Graphics Benchmarks.

The Oneplus Nord 2 comes with two storage options- 128GB and 256GB Storage whereas in terms of RAM options there are three configurations – 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB, right now 6GB RAM variant is not available but it will be available later in August.

The in-display fingerprint scanner is well positioned, it’s extremely fast, accurate, responsive,  and easy to use. Overall the Nord 2 is a super beast in performance, tremendous in multi-tasking, and does an excellent job in gaming as well.

Camera

Main Camera: 50 MP, f/1.9, (wide)
                               8 MP, f/2.3, (ultrawide)
                               2 MP, f/2.4, (monochrome)
Selfie Camera: 32MP, f/2.5, (wide)

Now coming to it’s probably the most attention-seeking element which is the camera setup, the OnePlus Nord 2 consists of a triple camera setup with a 50-megapixel wide Sony IMX766 primary sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and f/1.88 aperture. This same sensor is also present in the OnePlus 9 series. There’s also an 8-megapixel Ultrawide lens (f/2.3) with a 119 degree of view and a 2-megapixel monochrome lens (f/2.4). There is a 32-megapixel single front-facing camera sport in the Nord 2 which is ideal to cover a wide range of frames. The UI of the Camera app is something new and quite different from the other OnePlus smartphone even then it’s working absolutely well.

The primary camera of Nord 2 is capable of capturing excellent images in the daylight and also captured sterling images in low light as well as in night mode. The Ultrawide angle camera clicks a wider field of view and covers the subject beautifully, talking about a 2-megapixel monochrome lens it works as an auxiliary sensor for the main camera to cover deep details to improve image quality and also add some texture in B&W filter mode. 

OnePlus Nord 2 uses AI technology to get and differentiate 22 various senses such as indoor, outdoor, food, etc. and add or reduce contrast level and color accordingly.

The selfie from the 32-megapexel front-facing camera is very satisfactory and looks impressive. it covers plenty of details and performs excellent and snap natural and beautiful images in the daylight as well as low light.

Lastly, in terms of Vidoe recording, The main camera can shoot the video up to 4K 30fps with an impressive quality with the help of  OIS the video output is quite stable and delivers a smooth video experience.

Battery Life

Battery: 4500 mAh massive battery
Charging Speed: 65W Warp Fast Charging (100% in just 30 min)

The OnePlus Nord 2 has a relatively bigger battery compared to its previous Nord device. The Nord 2 comes with a massive 4500 mAh battery with a 65W in-box ( Type-C ) charger which can charge this device 100% in just 30 min. The Battery Life is capable of delivering about a day and a half with moderate usage. Overall Battery life slightly improved compared to previous gen Nord.

Should I Buy?

You can buy it if you want a neat and bloatware-free software experience with timely software updates and if you want impressive daylight and night picture quality, definitely It is the best smartphone in this segment so far.

Where to Buy

You can directly buy this phone from the official link given below :-

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OnePlus Nord 2

₹29,999

Aug 7th, 2021

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OnePlus Nord 2

₹29,999

Aug 7th, 2021

OnePlus Nord 2 FAQ

Is OnePlus Nord 2 worth buying?

OnePlus Nord 2 delivers an excellent display quality, fast and accurate fingerprint sensor, impressive photography at night along superb AI Dimensity Chipset performance will definitely make it the best smartphone under the 30,000₹ price segment

What is the price of the OnePlus Nord 2?

The starting price for OnePlus Nord 2 is 29,999 for 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage.

Is OnePlus Nord 2 is best for gaming?

OnePlus Nord 2 comes with MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI Chipset which definitely delivers fast and lag-free performance in games like BGMI (BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA) with High-end graphics settings.

is OnePlus Nord 2 the best camera-centric phone?

OnePlus Nord 2 consists of a primary triple camera setup with a 50-megapixel wide Sony IMX766 primary sensor with OIS (f/1.88), 8-megapixel Ultrawide lens (f/2.3), and a 2-megapixel monochrome lens (f/2.4) which offers you really impressive and stunning pictures both in daylight and low-light condition, For taking selfies it has a 32-megapixel single front-facing camera which is ideal to cover a wide range of frames.

Does OnePlus Nord 2 Support fast charging?

Yes, One Plus Nord 2 supports fast (Warp) charging. According to reports it can charge 100% in just 30 mins.

Does OnePlus Nord 2 Support wireless charging?

There is no wireless charging support in OnePlus Nord 2.

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