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OnePlus calls its brand new Nord 2 the "flagship killer " and I understand why. This phone has impressive specs and performs well across the board, and it's associated with a reasonable starting price of just £ 399 here in the UK. It's designed to deliver everything you need from a phone without emptying your bank account. A processPowerful eur, a solid dual rear camera setup, 5G connectivity, super fast charging - and it's not bad to look at either.
Like the previous North - and the cheapest North CE , launched just a few weeks ago - the Nord 2 will not be on sale in the United States. It is aimed at the UK and wider Europe, where it will cost £ 399 for the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or £ 469 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For reference, £ 399 converts to around $ 540 or AU $ 740.
But no, it doesn't really "kill " any flagship. It's not as powerful as a "real " flagship like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or S21 Ultra , nor will her camera skills appeal to the world's most demanding photographers. The flagship product that I think is most at risk is The OnePlus 9 series , which shares many features with the North 2, but has a much higher starting price of £ 629 ($ 729).
I spent a little time with the Nord 2 before its unveiling and here are the five things I love most about this new handset.
A powerful MediaTek processor
OnePlus has typically used Qualcomm's line of Snapdragon processors for its phones, but opted for MediaTek's Dimensity 1200-AI chip for the North2 You won't notice any difference in use - it's still the same as any other Android phone - but you'll notice it's surprisingly powerful for the price.
While it didn't measure up to the iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of benchmarks, it beat the Pixel 5 and was not far from the more expensive OnePlus 9. It's certainly powerful enough for gaming, photo editing and video streaming, and browsing the Android 11 interface is smooth and stutter-free.
Which clearly brings me to five reasons why the Nord 2 is awesome.
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Android 11 software
The North 2 runs Android 11 at the base, which OnePlus slapped their usual Oxygen software on. I really like the software from OnePlus because it is neat, easy to use and doesn 't try to load the phone with too many bundled services and bloatware As a result, the phone remains responsive and trouble-free for longer.
This is especially important on low-end and mid-range phones which might not cope as well with bogged down services. The result here is a smooth performance phone that I plan to stay as such for quite some time yet.
OnePlus says it's guaranteed to get at least two years of upgrades. Android update - so an update to Android 12 thisFall and Android 13 next year is a given - with an extra year of security updates after that.
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Incredible fast charge
The Nord 2 has the same 65 watt fast charge than that of the OnePlus 9 series and it 's amazing. The phone will go from empty to full in just about 30 minutes, which makes it amazing to give it a quick boost before quitting.the House. The 4,500mAh battery should still give you a day's worth of use from a charge, but when you can top up so quickly, battery life becomes a bit less of an issue.
Best of all, a 65-watt fast charger comes in the box, so you don't even have to scour Amazon to try and find one that will provide enough power. What the phone doesn't have is wireless charging, but personally I don't see this as a particular problem.
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Dynamic and crisp signage
The screen of the Nord 2 measures 6.43 inches and offers a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, which is sufficient for even small text looks nice and crisp. It 's an AMOLED panel, which also makes it extremely dynamic, which is ideal for videos, photos or for playing any colorful game that is currently circulating on the Google Play Store.
It has a 90Hz refresh rate which is slightly lower than the 120Hz of the OnePlus 9 series, but I doubt you can make a real difference in everyday use. It's silky smooth when scrolling through the interface, but you can also turn it down to a smoother 60Hz, which will apparently help save battery.
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Decent rear cameras
We haven't done our full camera test suite yet, but what have we seen of the cameras so far? Now looks good. The main sensor is a 50-megapixel affair - the same one seen in the OnePlus 9's ultra-wide camera. Exterior images look well exposed, with great detail and natural colors. .
OnePlus Nord 2 exterior test of the camera, standard lens. Andrew Hoyle /
OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, standard lens. Andrew Hoyle /
OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera test, super wide lens. Andrew Hoyle /
OnePlus Nord 2 outdoor camera review, standard lens with 2x digital zoom. Andrew Hoyle /
The 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens is significantly less detailed, but it also seems capable of capturing beautiful images outdoors. There is an on-screen option for 2x zoom, but it doesn't There is no actual zoom lens, so 2x is based on digital cropping in the shot.The results always look good, but it should be borne in mind that you will not get the maximum quality by doing this.
I There is also technically a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, which in my opinion as a photographer is completely unnecessary. If you want beautiful black and white images, use the standard camera and apps like Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed to have full control over converting to mono. Frankly, I think OnePlus could have pulled that off and reduced the price by around 20 pounds.
OnePlus Nord 2 specs
| Screen size, resolution, refresh rate || 6.43 inch AMOLED, FHD + (2400 x 1080 pixels), 90 Hz |
| Pixel density || 410ppi |
| Dimensions (inches) || 6.25x2.88x0.32 inches |
| Dimensions (Millimeters) || 158.9x73.2x8.25 mm |
| Weight (Grams) || 6.66 ounces; 189g |
| Software || Android 11 |
| Camera || 50 megapixels (main), 8 megapixels (wide angle), 2 megapixels (mono) |
| Front camera || 32 megapixels |
| Video || 4K processor |
| || MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI processor |
| Storage || 128/256 GB |
| RAM || 8/12 GB RAM |
| Fingerprint reader || No |
| Battery || 4,500 mAh |
| Price || In-display |
| Connector || USB-C |
| Headphone jack || No |
| Special functions || 5G compatible, fast charging 65W, 90Hz, dual stereo speaker, face unlock |
| Price (USD) || Around $ 540 (converted from UK price) |
| Price (GBP) || 399£ |
| Price (AUD) || Around AU $ 740 |
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