OnePlus Nord 2T review: A great 2022 mid-ranger with an identity crisis


The introduction of the Nord smartphone series is one of the smartest decisions OnePlus has made in recent times. The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G has once again proved why.

While the expensive flagship devices of OnePlus are struggling to establish their footing in markets like India, the Nord series has managed to satisfy the hunger of the users with its exclusive handsets. It has become a reliable option for many users who want to buy an all-rounder handset at no cost!

While the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is a good budget device, I personally fail to understand why it even needs to exist, as it hasn’t received any major boost from the Nord 2. Hence, the handset faces an identity crisis.

Design: Off the Mark

It seems we are living the dog days when it comes to the smartphone space, especially the design part. Brands are scratching the bottom of the barrel right now, and OnePlus’ new experiment didn’t help its case. The handset comes with a matte polycarbonate back that houses the camera module neatly placed on the top left corner.

It is sleek but at the same time very slippery to hold. However, you can take comfort that due to its matte finish, it is not a fingerprint magnet. The ugliest part of the handset is the protruding camera module that houses two huge camera sensors, crammed with three camera sensors. too strange? I agree!

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A major highlight of the handset is the return of the alert slider! Yes, OnePlus Nord 2T has bought back the Signature Alert slider. However, the 3.5mm jack from the handset is still obsolete. The smartphone is handy as it is lightweight at just 190 grams but as mentioned earlier, it is quite slippery so all the clumsy people will want to toss it in the back cover to survive.

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From the front, it looks like another Nord phone with a punch-hole display that sits at the top left corner of the device.

Overall, the smartphone feels good in the hand and looks good till you don’t see the rear camera module.

Demonstration and Demonstration: Nails It

The OnePlus Nord 2T comes with the same 6.43-inch FHD+ OLED display as the OnePlus Nord 2, not that I’m complaining. The display offers striking colors with deep blacks and bright whites. Someone who loves to binge watch and play games will appreciate the performance here. The 90Hz refresh rate is a cherry on top as it scrolls through social media, and swapping between apps is smooth.

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The OnePlus Nord 2T is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor, the only major specs bump this handset gets when compared to the Nord 2. While there isn’t a huge difference between the performance of both the phones, the Nord 2T is definitely a step up. The device offers up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage as standard.

It runs on OxygenOS based on Android 12. The company promises two major Android updates and three years of security updates. The UI of the smartphone is clean and does not come with heavy annoying bloatware.

I didn’t face any disappointing slowdowns or interruptions during my stint with the handset. The device is quite capable of handling day to day tasks.

Camera: Capable

The OnePlus Nord 2T comes with the same camera setup as the Nord 2. It comes with 50MP Sony IMX766 primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and 2MP mono-lens.

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Images captured by the camera in daylight are quite detailed and sharp with punchy colors. While it sometimes produces some over-saturated images, it’s not a deal-breaker for me. Images shot with the ultra-wide-angle lens were not as impressive as they lacked details and the third monochrome lens was kept only for this as it doesn’t really add any value to the images captured. In my opinion, the company should have polished a bit in this department rather than spoiling the old setup year after year.

The camera managed to click good, detailed pictures even in low light. However, you could still see the noise. For selfies, AI works its charm and makes the skin smoother. Notably, it is not very aggressive but still users have the option to turn it off if they wish.

The camera performance of the OnePlus Nord 2T is good, if not excellent at this price point.

Here are the camera samples,
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Battery: 80W fast charging gets cake

The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G packs a 4,500 mAh battery that supports 80W fast charging, which is an upgrade from the Nord 2’s 65W fast charging. The recently launched Nord 2T charges from 0 to 65 percent in about 15 minutes. The Nord 2, on the other hand, takes a little longer, so don’t think that really makes a huge difference for a buyer here, but despite that, it’s a nice upgrade that will keep it relevant in a market that’s increasingly crowded. It’s charging the phone these days.

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The smartphone can last almost an entire day with regular usage which includes making calls, scrolling through Instagram and watching Stranger Things Season 4.

Verdict: Is it worth buying?

The OnePlus Nord 2T is basically the OnePlus Nord 2 with a new coat of paint, bumped-up charging speeds, and a new chipset. The question is, should you buy it? As a standalone device, the OnePlus Nord 2T is an excellent device for Rs 29,999. It’s the perfect “do everything” smartphone you can buy right now. The company is also offering an instant discount of Rs 1,500 on ICICI Bank credit cards.

However, I still fail to understand why the company felt it needed to exist? For a buyer looking for a new mid-range, the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is a good phone considering they are not updating it from an older Nord device.

OnePlus Nord 2T after review: A great 2022 mid-ranger with an identity crisis has appeared on BGR India for the first time.

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