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OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2
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8.5/10
Informr score
The OnePlus Nord 2 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 44 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The One Plus Nord 2 makes a strong case for the mid-range phone market. With some high-end specs sprinkled in amongst valuable tools, whether it will stay at the top is debatable, but so far, it holds its place.

What's good

  • Great performance
  • Vivid, sharp screen
  • Insanely fast charging
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Boring design
  • No IP rating
  • Secondary camera lenses disappointing

The One Plus Nord 2 sits firmly in the middle of current mobile phone prices. It promises a smooth experience with some high-end specs tossed in for good measure. Does it offer a compelling experience for those looking to avoid the costs of top-end phones? Let’s take a look!

Design

The silence button on the phone’s side is the only design element that might help One Plus Nord 2 stand out in today’s market filled with small rectangular slabs. Despite the so-so design, reviewers called it comfortable in hand, with many noting that the Gorilla Glass 3 on the back feels premium.

Display

The OLED display has a lot to offer, pleasing reviewers with its smooth performance and ample customization options, including AI Color Boost and AI Resolution Boost. Some argued that a 90Hz refresh rate wasn’t enough for the market these days. However, compared with other phones in this price range, having a 90Hz refresh rate is average.

Performance

One Plus has opted to use a Mediatek chipset that is exclusive to the One Plus brand. When asked what was different from this chipset to the other similar Mediatek versions, One Plus stated that there are subtle but valuable tweaks to theirs to improve performance. In real-world use, reviewers agreed, finding no issues with hiccups or weirdness.

Software & Storage

If you’re looking for a stock Android experience, the One Plus Nord 2 isn’t it. Reviewers stated that OxygenOS 11.3, which this phone uses, is like a happy combination of the OxygenOS and ColorOS from Oppo. All of this runs on top of Android 11. The phone comes with either 128GB or 256GB of storage with no MicroSD option for expansion.

Cameras

Reviewers thought the primary lenses on the phone worked wonderfully. Even with zoom activated, images remained sharp and full of detail. The ultra-wide and chromatic lenses were disappointing, though. In bright lighting, these function great, but there’s a lot of grainy blotchiness to worry about in low-light situations.

Battery Life

The One Plus Nord 2 has plenty of battery to spare. Reviewers hit the end of the day with around 15% charge remaining. Reviewers noted that the super speedy charging offered by the 65W charger was fantastic. It often topped off the entire battery in less than 30 minutes.

Audio

Reviewers were pleasantly surprised to find the One Plus Nord 2 has stereo speakers at the bottom of the phone. While they won’t blow you away, it’s noticeably better than most phones with a single mono speaker. There is no headphone jack, though, so if you need some form of a headset, you will need to rely on Bluetooth.

Specs at a Glance

  • Glass chassis
  • 6.42-inch OLED display
  • MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G processor
  • 6,8, or 12GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128 or 256GB of storage
  • 50+MP camera
  • 4,500mAh battery

Bottom Line

With people more mindful of how and where they spend money, the market for mid-range phones has blown up. The One Plus Nord 2 is a valuable asset to this group, offering a sprinkling of high-end specs and a 90Hz refresh rate. There are very few downsides to this phone.

Tech Advisor says, “The Nord 2 makes a strong case for itself. The Dimensity 1200-AI chipset is one of the most powerful you’ll find for the price, the understated design remains appealing, and the main camera will outclass most rivals.”

Tech Radar states, “The OnePlus Nord 2 is an exciting addition to the mid-range phone market, with some high-end specs and a great experience so far. Whether this will be the best phone at this price point remains to be seen, but so far, it seems like a top choice.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
3 GHz
Screen Size
6.42"
Camera
50+ MP, f/1.88


What the Critics Are Saying...


Coolsmartphone

A fantastic option for those wanting a Flagship without having to break the bank. OnePlus has brought the "flagship killer" back.

- Garry Clark, Coolsmartphone
Firstpost

The OnePlus Nord 2 is a surprisingly powerful phone that not just offers better value for money than the OnePlus 9 series phones, but also flaunts a couple of extra features.

- Ameya Dalvi, Firstpost
Mighty Gadget

The OnePlus Nord 2 is an outstanding and well-rounded phone offering all the important bits I want from a flagship phone but for around half the price. For the time being, there is no other phone I'd opt for over this, at this price point.

- James Smythe, Mighty Gadget
Laptop Mag

The Nord 2 takes OnePlus back to its flagship killer routes with a balanced mid-range phone that nails most of the essentials.

- Jason England, Laptop Mag
Recombu

The OnePlus Nord 2 5G is a very good phone in an affordable package, and it should impress you with its processing performance and photography abilities. However, it’s slightly let down by mediocre battery life and the lack of an official IP rating.

- Peter Phelps, Recombu


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


The Nord 2 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare OnePlus Nord 2 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


OnePlus backs up the Nord 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Nord 2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact OnePlus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find OnePlus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.42"

The OnePlus Nord 2's screen size is 6.42 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

Processor
3 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ MP, f/1.88 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 32+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4500 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 1495 minutes, 984 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nord 2 Specs

Overview
Release Date July 22, 2021
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 11

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Processor MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm) Octa-core 3 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8/12 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
50+ Megapixels, f/1.88
Zoom
10x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.25, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Macro), HDR, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
32+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.45
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 409 pixels
Size 6.42 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 90Hz refresh rate
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 962 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 984 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1495 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage No
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Glass
Colors Gray Sierra, Blue Haze, Green Wood
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.912 x 7.331 x 0.825 cm (6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 189 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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