Oneplus landed a real highlight with the first generation of the Nord last year: the mid-range smartphone has sold like sliced bread in Europe and, in terms of sales, contributed over two thirds to the company’s success. How do we find our way around! Because in the test, the Nord Mark 1 proved to be a price-performance hit.
The new Oneplus Nord 2 should now continue the success and again offer a lot of top phones at an affordable price. And yes, Oneplus seems to be doing it again. Mainly because the components are made from the flagships of the Oneplus 9 series. In addition, the influence of Oppo becomes clear for the first time, which is now likely to become more apparent through the merger of the two companies. But more on that in our first hands-on test. As always, you will find all technical data for the Nord 2 under the article.
Processing and design at Oneplus level
In terms of design, the Nord 2 is based on the top products of the Oneplus 9 series. This is particularly evident in the camera unit. Oneplus relies on a glass back for the Nord 2, which is available in the three colors Gray Sierra and Blue Haze. While the former has a matte finish, the blue device comes in a glossy finish. With corresponding consequences for fingerprints.
In contrast to the Oneplus 9 and 9 Pro, the frame is made of plastic and not aluminum, but that is bearable given the price. For 400 euros we have a high quality and very well made smartphone in our hands. And in these it is also very comfortable thanks to the rounded back. The compact dimensions of 159 x 73 x 8 millimeters and the appropriate weight of 189 grams also contribute to this.
Nord 2 with 50 megapixel sensor from the Oneplus 9
For the main camera of the Nord 2, Oneplus uses the 50-megapixel sensor of the ultra-wide-angle camera from the 9 and 9 Pro. A good choice that promises top photo quality, because the sensor is one of the best in our camera quality benchmark. Our first snapshots reveal a high level of detail at full resolution that can almost compete with the Oneplus 9 Pro. The Nord 2 does not come close to the natural colors due to the lack of Hasselblad cooperation. It’s pretty colorful again here.
Oneplus uses an ultra-wide angle with a resolution of 8 megapixels as the second optic. As expected, this one delivers a rather mediocre photo quality. It is still sufficient for snapshots. The third camera provides depth information.
As for the camera features, there is again a professional mode in which you can also record RAWs. The dual video function is new, in which you can record with the front and rear cameras at the same time.
90 Hz display and good performance
As far as the display is concerned, not much has changed compared to the predecessor. The Nord 2 has a diagonal of 6.4 inches, a standard resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. It enables smooth scrolling, but of course not quite at the level of 120 Hz. Good readability is also less thanks to good brightness reserves Given sunlight. For its price range, the Nord 2 can also score with comparatively thin display bezels. There is also an optical fingerprint scanner under the panel, which unlocks the phone quickly.
Instead of a Qualcomm chip, Oneplus relies on Mediatek this time and installs the Dimensity 1200 in the Nord 2. In the performance benchmarks, it is almost on par with the Snapdragon 870, which is a slimmed-down version of the top chip Snapdragon 888. In short: The Nord 2 does not run out of breath so quickly and you get a very powerful phone. The device also swallows graphics-intensive games without any problems. In this country you can choose between 8 and 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of memory that cannot be expanded.
North 2: Fixed charging with 65 watts
Dual SIM is also on board for connectivity, with both slots being 5G-capable. The rest of the networking with WiFi 6, NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 including HD audio (aptX HD & LDAC) is also up to date. Oneplus has upgraded the speakers, which are now playing in stereo on the Nord 2.
It is strong that Oneplus plants both the battery with its 4,500 mAh from the Oneplus 9 into the Nord 2 and the rapid charging technology. With the included 65-watt power adapter, the phone can be fully charged in 30 minutes. A top performance in the price range. There is still no wireless charging via Qi.
In terms of software, there are now strong parallels to Oppo
The Nord 2 is delivered with Android 11. Oneplus guarantees two system updates and a three-year supply of security patches. The stronger interlinking of Oppo and Oneplus in the user interface is interesting, which is certainly due to the merger of the two companies. This can be seen in the camera app, among other things. As far as the design is concerned, it now apparently comes 1 to 1 from Oppo.
There are also clear parallels in the rest of the system, for example in the settings. According to Oneplus, Oppos Color OS will now be used for the software substructure. Everything that the user sees should continue to be Oxygen OS from Oneplus. We think the user interface takes over a large part of the structure and layout of Color OS and combines it with design elements and functions of Oxygen OS. This is not a problem at first, because Color OS is also a feature-rich interface.
First conclusion, prices and sales start of the Nord 2
With the Nord 2, Oneplus actually presented a worthy mid-range successor to the original Nord at first glance. Workmanship and equipment are top for the price from 399 euros (8/128 GB). If you need more memory, you pay 499 euros for 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Oneplus is happy to improve the ultra-wide-angle camera, which would benefit from a higher resolution. As always, we are excited to see the measurement results from our laboratory, such as the reception properties and battery life.
Anyone who would like to pre-order the Nord 2 now can do so now. The regular sales start is July 28th.
Oneplus Nord 2 technical data
- SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200 (5G)
- RAM: 8/128 GB; 12/256 GB UFS 3.1 (both colors)
- Display: 6.4 inch OLED, 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 90 Hz, 410 PPI, aspect ratio 20: 9, optical fingerprint sensor
- Operating system: Android 11 mit Oneplus Oxygen OS 11.3
- Cameras (rear):
- 50 megapixels, aperture F / 1.88, OIS / EIS
- 8 megapixel ultra wide angle, aperture F / 2.25, 120 degrees
- 2 megapixel depth sensor, aperture F / 2.5
- Front camera: 32 Megapixel, Blende F/2.4, Fixed Focus, EIS
- Video: 4K UHD 30 fps, 1080p 30/60 fps (main camera); maximum FullHD 30 fps (front)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 (with aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, AAC), USB-C (2.0), NFC, WiFi 6, Dual-SIM (nano); no memory expansion
- battery pack: 4,500 mAh, fast charging with 65 watts
- size: 159 x 73 x 8 Millimeter
- Weight: 189 grams
- To dye: Gray Sierra, Blue Haze
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