What is the first name that comes to your mind when you think of flagship assassins? It may be Xiaomi now but it started with OnePlus. After things got a bit stagnant, this ideal is now being taken forward by the company’s Nord series which is expanding: we’ve recently seen the launch of Nord CE and it’s time for the final Nord successor Nord 2.
Nord 2 is here until the end and it’s not just a slight upgrade: the on-paper details literally mark it as a major killer. And if you are expecting something similar to what the existing nods look like in India, you are going to have a treat because here are some design refresh too.
So, do we finally have a flagship killer that is our benchmark in this arena? Can OnePlus use to hold its credio? I caught the Blue Hedge OnePlus Nord 2 and a few hours later with it, my initial thoughts are here
OnePlus is one of the smartphone makers that pays attention to detail. Phones always look good despite the infamous mention of plastic on the phones. Nord 2 makes me tremble. This is a well-made phone that speaks to quality. Some may take a job in the plastic build of the phone, the phone is for premium The use of plastic allows a well distributed weight (it weighs 189 grams) and allows for comfortable use. Everything from the in-display fingerprint scanner to all the physical buttons can be reached with one hand.
The plastic frame is sandwiched between the glass display and the glass back. My blue Nord 2 is a combination of glossy and satin finish that doesn’t wash off or dust off. The front gets a 6.43-inch punch screen with a thin bezel and a punch-hole cutout. The good part is that it comes with a screen protector that can be helpful until you get the studio tempered glass.
The look will remind you of a OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9R for this matter. The two large camera housings, a punch-hole flat screen, the OnePlus logo placed in the middle of the back and the blue shadow OnePlus phones have worn several times and a camera hump owned by Nord Phone. It weighs the same as the OnePlus 9R.
It may be borrowed but for a Nord phone, it is still a new outfit that can be admired by many. However, I would like to start experimenting with new designs for OnePlus’s Nordes as well.
The phone package includes an in-box USB Type-C port charging cable, a 65W charging brick, and thank God for the transparent cover that tags along with two other interesting things: an Apple-inspired brand sticker and an entry card at the Red Cable Club.
What is being paid?
The Nord 2 received a MediaTek Dimension 1200-AI chip, which could be considered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 counterpart. In our previous reviews of the Oppo Renault 6 Pro 5G and even the OnePlus 9R, we found that the MediaTek Dimension 1200 and Snapdragon 870 chips are both efficient performers. Nord 2 will follow suit and so far it is doing justice to the chip. However, I can still learn more about the AI bits that are specifically highlighted in the name of the chip.
The phone comes with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage which is quite suitable in today’s era.
Now the interesting part is the camera section. On-papers, it has been significantly upgraded. The OneIPLS9 Pro with a Sony IMX766 sensor in support of OIS has a 50-megapixel main camera that can be seen as an ultra-wide camera. The second is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and the third member of the rear camera bump is a 2-megapixel mono lens. The front camera stands at 32-megapixels. These numbers, combined with a number of camera features (Nightscape Ultra, AI enhancements, dual-view video and much more) appear to be a number of proposals but require further testing. Although, my initial experience is more about saturated output in both rear and front camera parts.
It sources its juice from a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging. OnePlus never failed to impress my soul in this section and I was able to reach 100 per cent from 100 per cent in about 30 minutes.
Also a surprise
Here are some innovations. This time, we got OxygenS 11.3 based on Android 11 with some hints of color. This synthesis was supposed to work in the background, but its effect can also be seen up front. As a result, the camera app contains the UI, the settings menu, and much more. Also, there is an option to disable the application drawer. Although some may dislike this transformation, my experience is clear and smooth. It remains to be seen in the coming days how this is managed during my use and whether the colorOS addition bothers me.
Among others, the in-display fingerprint sensor is fast, the dual speakers are quite loud and the Face Unlock works very well.
OnePlus Nord 2 First Impressions
The OnePlus Nord 2 starts at Rs 27,999 and it looks like a sweet deal to see what it has to offer. Some of the premium-ness and strong performance below Rs 30,000 is based on the OnePlus vision and Nord 2 has the ability to take it further. Also, it shows the OnePlus 9RK being priced extra.
It can, as always, compete with rivals like the Realm X7 Max 5G and the Mi11X. However, will the phone be priced below Rs 30,000 now compared to these competitors? We will try to find the answer in our review which will be soon. Contact this space for this.