OnePlus Nord 2 5G: sleek device with smooth performance and powerful cameras
In recent years, OnePlus phones have consistently proven to be great devices at almost half the price of their competition. Recently, we got our hands on Nord 2 5G, the newest addition to the brand’s more affordable Nord line of smartphones. It pushes the boundaries of a great everyday phone; let us check the finer details and the overall operation.
The Nord 2 makes a good first impression. It offers a complete upgrade of the first Nord, camera and performance by load and design. It comes with an exhilarating mix of advanced hardware and software, including a 50 MP AI triple camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), Warp Charge 65 and the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor- AI, as well as OnePlus’ signature OxygenOS software to provide users with a fast, smooth and versatile experience.
Out of the box, the Nord 2 is a beautiful and sleek device with a sleek design. It comes in three attractive colors – Blue Haze, Gray Sierra, and Green Woods – all of which are durable, fingerprint resistant, and beautifully designed. Our test unit was the Blue Haze variant, 12GB + 256GB which sells for Rs 34,999; the other is 8 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage, priced at Rs 29,999.
The Nord 2 comes with a smooth 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate; (I found the screen size a bit large for one-handed use). The screen has very good brightness and color balance. With AI Color Boost and AI Resolution Boost, the phone delivers vivid and dynamic visual experiences. Photos look natural, videos come to life with striking graphics.
The Nord 2 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor, which is said to deliver 65% faster CPU performance and 125% GPU performance compared to the older Nord device. With its 12 GB of RAM, users can enjoy powerful gaming and faster multitasking. It also integrates powerful camera hardware with AI-assisted software enhancements, thanks to the new MediaTek chipset, to deliver an exceptional photographic experience.
The new OnePlus device brings major improvements to night photography with OIS and the Sony IMX766 50MP main sensor, which is capable of capturing 56% more light than the Sony IMX586 of the first North. With Nightscape Ultra, an enhanced version of OnePlus’ Nightscape Mode, users can take better, brighter photos even in conditions as low as 1 lux. The Nord 2 features an 8 MP ultra-wide camera with a 119.7 degree field of view as well as a 32 MP selfie camera with a Sony IMX615 sensor, the highest resolution front camera on a OnePlus device. The new Group Shots 2.0 feature on the front camera can detect up to five faces at a time and optimize appearances, from skin tone to facial details. In addition, the phone is equipped with AI video enhancement which improves the brightness, color and contrast of video recordings in real time.
Like the flagship OnePlus 9 series, the Nord 2 has a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery. With its Warp Charge 65 charging technology, it charges from 0 to 100% in less than 35 minutes. The phone comes pre-installed with OxygenOS 11.3, OnePlus’ fastest and most responsive software to date.
In my overall experience, the Nord 2 left a lasting impression. It looks crisp, performs well, has solid battery life, and offers a great user experience. A great everyday phone for the price and the price.
Display: 6.43 inch smooth AMOLED screen, 90Hz refresh rate
Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI
Operating System: OxygenOS 11.3 (based on Android 11)
Camera: 50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP (rear), 32 MP front camera
Memory and storage: 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage
Battery: 4500mAh dual cell battery, Warp Charge 65
Estimated public price: Rs 29,999 (8 GB + 128 GB), Rs 34,999 (12 GB + 256 GB)