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OnePlus Nord 2 5G review

Last year, OnePlus introduced its new North Series of the upper mid-range series in India starting with the OnePlus North, and now the company has unveiled its second-generation Nord series smartphone, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G with 5G capabilities and many improvements over its predecessor. including faster Dimensity 1200 processor, 65W load, new cameras, etc. Here is our opinion on OnePlus Nord.

Specifications of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G

  • display: 6,43-inch Fluid AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate, Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi), 20: 9 aspect ratio, sRGB, DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
  • Software: OxygenOS 11.3, Android 11
  • CPU:
  • 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G octa-core processor up to 3,0 GHz frequency
  • GPU: Mali-G77 MC9 graphics card (9 cores)
  • Memory: 8 GB OR 12 GB of RAM
  • Storage room: 128GB OR 256GB UFS 3.1 onboard, no microSD card support
  • Main Camera: Triple cameras (50 MP f / 1.9 main Sony IMX766 + 8 MP ultra wide-angle + 2 MP monochrome), two-color LED flash
  • Selfie camera: 32 MP
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, 3,5mm port (via adapter), Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS
  • Security: Built-in fingerprint scanner, face unlock
  • Cellular: Dual 5G network, nano SIM, no microSD card slot
  • Drums: 4 500 mAh
  • Charging: 65W WarpCharge 65 fast charge (10V, 6,5A), 100% charge in 30 minutes
  • Price: 29 (999 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage), 128 (34 GB of RAM and 999 GB of storage)
  • Availability: As of July 28, 2021, Amazon, OnePlus.in and offline stores

Design, display and build

At first glance, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G has some improvements over its predecessor, a bigger battery, faster charging, stereo speakers and a processor close to flagship performance.

As for the design, the OnePlus 2 has improved its design and takes a lot more inspiration from the OnePlus 9 5G. The back has a leather finish with a fir-tree look providing a good grip when holding the phone in your hands. This is the OnePlus Nord 2 in Green Woods color while the other two color variants - Gray Sierra and Blue Haze come with a glass back protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

You'll see two large camera cases on the back that actually come in a tri-camera setup, and an illuminated OnePlus logo in the center. The sides are plastic, not metal, which describes minor compromises in the frame material. In addition, there is no IP certification, you cannot take it underwater or in the shower. The competition already offers resistance to dust and water in this segment.

Once you turn the phone over, you will see a gorgeous 6,43 inch Fluid AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, Full HD + resolution (2400 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi), 20 aspect ratio: 9 and supports sRGB and DCI-P3. color profiles. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and offers an integrated fingerprint scanner.

The underside has a USB Type-C port which doubles as an audio output, you won't find a 3,5mm headphone jack, you will most likely end up with a Type-C to 3,5mm converter or wireless headsets. The underside also contains a SIM tray which contains two 5G SIM slots with dual standby, microphone and speakers, no slot for a microSD card in the tray.

The top side has another microphone while the right side has a power key and an alert slider while the left side has two separate volume keys. The phone integrates NFC, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 as well as stereo speakers, one at the bottom and one at the earpiece.

Software and user interface

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G runs on its own custom Android operating system, the OxygenOS with version 11.3 based on Android 11 with the security patch of June 5, 2021. The OxygenOS 11.2 has an independent design and some additional features in more than Android 11.

The user interface is clean and lag-free, the experience is super smooth, thanks to the 90Hz display and OxygenOS optimizations. For preinstalled apps, you will only find one Netflix app that can be deleted, no other third party apps are found in the interface.

The interface appears ad-free as far as we have used it and does not hamper the user experience. DRM-L1 certification is available allowing users to enjoy streaming content in high definition. In addition, the experience of stereo speakers will be an added advantage.

For updates, the company guarantees two years of new versions of the Android operating system and three years of security updates.

Hardware, performance and games

OnePlus, which this time chooses the MediaTek chip instead of a Qualcomm SoC, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G equips a flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G processor of 6 nm clocked at 3,0 GHz. Another strong point of the phone is the processor.

The processor is mated to up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 onboard storage. The base variant starts at 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage; storage cannot be expanded via microSD, as there is no dedicated slot on the phone.

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The Mediatek Dimensity 1200 is a high-end SoC with 5G support consisting of 1 + 3 + 4 core configurations, one high performance ARM Cortex-A78 core clocked at 3,0 GHz, three performance ARM Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2,6 , 55 GHz and four energy-efficient Cortex-A2,0 cores clocked at 77 GHz. In addition, the chip incorporates a 9-core ARM Mali-G9 MCXNUMX GPU for graphics applications and GPU-intensive tasks.

The new SoC offers 18% reduced transistor density and 8% reduced power consumption compared to Dimensity 1000+. On top of that, it now comes with faster storage, dual-channel UFS 3.1, resulting in a 50% increase in read / write speed compared to a single-channel UFS.

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Our benchmarks suggest that the performance of the Dimensity 1200 is close to that of the Snapdragon 865 which is a flagship chip as we know it. The Dimensity 1200 is recommended for a heavy multitasking player. The game can be entertaining, Mali-G77 MC9 (9 core graphics) is used for gaming, you will be able to play almost any game with high graphics without any visible lag.

Cameras

On the front of the camera, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G contains a triple camera setup on the back with two large camera housings and a small one with a dual-tone LED flash. Compared to the predecessor, it looks like a downgrade from the camera department, no fourth camera is found on the back, and that's the macro camera. The front has a 32 MP selfie camera for selfie and video calling needs.

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One of the main strengths of the phone is its camera, the 50MP (Sony IMX766 sensor) is the main camera with f / 1.9, 1.0µm aperture and OIS support. This is great because you don't often find an optical image stabilizer in this segment. The other two cameras are an 8 MP wide angle and a 2 MP monochrome. No dedicated telephoto and macro lenses are available on the phone.

The 50 MP camera has a slightly higher resolution than the 48 MP camera of its predecessor, but the big change here is the stabilizer, the camera now has an optical image stabilizer which adds to its functionality. of camera, OIS is rare in this range area and generally found in flagship grade cameras.

Moving on to the camera interface, there are a bunch of features to play with, Portrait, Night, Dual Video, Slow Motion, Expert, Movie, Ultra Resolution, and a few more. Image quality, when clicked with the main sensor, looks quite detailed, reproduction is exceptional in daylight and good in low light.

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The wide-angle camera is solid, takes great wide-angle photos, and also performs better than others in this segment. Selfies turn out fair and decent thanks to its 32 MP selfie camera. For its video capabilities, it can record up to 4K at 30 fps; for 60 fps, it records in 1080p mode. You can also record wide angle videos.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G camera samples

Battery life and charge

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G has a 4mAh dual-cell battery that feels a bit smaller than the Rivalry which typically offers around 500mAh. phone will end up compromising the battery size. Although it is still better compared to its rival, the realme GT Master Edition (5 mAh) in terms of battery capacity.

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G has good battery performance, it can last up to 1,5 days or 2 days depending on usage, the phone can easily survive the next day with moderate use. That's not all, the charging speeds are amazing, with its WarpCharge 65 fast charge the phone is capable of charging at a speed of 65W.

The charging speed is one of the strengths of the phone, the WarpCharge 65 can charge the OnePlus Nord 2 5G in ~ 30 minutes from 0% to 100% which is by far one of the fastest charges currently available. in its category.

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Verdict

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G has so far impressed us with its design, performance, cameras and fast charging capabilities. The smartphone has improved over its predecessor, 5G support, faster processor, better cameras with OIS support, stereo speakers, incredible charging speeds, and more. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G can be greatly envisioned for people who enjoy multitasking and gaming on a budget of Rs 30.

  • Smooth 90Hz AMOLED display
  • 6-dimension fast 1200nm SoC | Good gaming performance
  • Fast storage performance (UFS 3.1)
  • Breathtaking 65 W load | 100% in ~ 30 minutes
  • Impressive 50 MP camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Support 5G dual SIM card
  • Good battery performance
  • No microSD card slot
  • Unclassified IP

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