OnePlus Nord 2 5G — Better than the original Nord?
OnePlus has finally launched the Nord 2 5G smartphone and it does come with a few tweaks and upgrades that in my opinion makes it better than the original Nord.
The brand has set the price of the Nord 2 5G in India at Rs. 27,999 for the base 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone also has an 8GB + 128GB option that is priced at Rs. 29,999 and the top-of-the-line 12GB RAM + 256GB model at Rs. 34,999. It comes in Blue Haze, Gray Sierra, and Green Wood (India-exclusive) colours.
However the phone has not gone on sale yet. OnePlus Nord 2 5G will go on an early access sale in India through Amazon and OnePlus.in starting July 26.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G will also be bundled with three months of Spotify Premium subscription for select customers who are a part of the company’s loyalty programme Red Cable Club starting September 3.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G runs on Android 11 with OxygenOS 11.3 on top. The custom skin is notably based on Oppo’s ColorOS 11.3, thanks to the recent merger between OnePlus and Oppo. The phone features a 6.43-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) Fluid AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, there is an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI SoC SoC, coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
There is the triple rear camera setup that houses a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with an f/1.88 lens and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The camera setup also includes an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.25 ultra-wide lens that has a field of view (FoV) of 119.7 degrees and is paired with electronic image stabilisation (EIS). A 2-megapixel monochrome sensor is also available at the back, along with an f/2.5 lens.
OnePlus has provided up to 4K video recording at 30fps frame rate on the Nord 2 5G. There are also preloaded video-focussed functions such as Super Slow Motion video recording on 1080p at 120fps, Time-Lapse, Video editor. There are also proprietary features including Nightscape Ultra, AI Photo Enhancement, AI Video Enhancement, UltraShot HDR, Portrait Mode, Dual Video, and a Pro Mode. For selfies and video chats, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G carries a single, 32-megapixel Sony IMX615 camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.45 lens. The front-facing camera is also available with EIS support.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G comes with up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Connectivity options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS/ NavIC, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. The phone also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus has offered dual stereo speakers on the Nord 2 5G. There is also noise cancellation support on board. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G packs a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery that supports Warp Charge 65 (supported charger is in the box). The proprietary technology is claimed to charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent in just 30 minutes time. Besides, the phone measures 158.9x73.2x8.25mm and weighs 189 grams.