OnePlus Nord 2 official 5G: the quality rises but not the price

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The official presentation of this OnePlus Nord 2 5G points out the willingness of Pete Lau's company to do soaring sales. Apart from the unexciting OnePlus X chapter, for years the Never Settle brand has focused exclusively on the high-end. A strategy that has allowed it to become one of the most talked about brands on the net, but which is still struggling to establish itself on the global scene in terms of sales. Here, therefore, that Nord 2 5G becomes very important for the commercial outcome of OnePlus and can be seen from the characteristics chosen by the company.

OnePlus Nord 2 official 5G: the companion goes all-in with the new mid-flagship

Design and display

The new OnePlus Nord 2 5G is renewed in design, putting itself in line with that of the top of the range 9 series, in particular by renewing its photographic module. From the vertical arrangement of the first North, we move on to a less standard box that incorporates the color of the back cover. As for the display, the screen remains essentially unchanged Fluid AMOLED with HDR10 + support from 6,43 "Full HD + with refresh rate a 90 Hz.

Thanks to the use of OLED technology, Nord 2 5G also advances the use of an optical fingerprint sensor in the display, in addition to 2D facial recognition. OnePlus has added features such as AI Color Boost and AI Resolution Boost, to give an extra charge in terms of color quality and resolution. For example, Nord 2 5G is able to upscale the low-resolution content that can be found on YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. And with Smart Ambient Display we also see improvements in brightness management, to improve readability under sunlight.

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The Nord 2 5G design change also sees the abandonment of the elongated hole solution, in favor of a single punch-hole which houses the selfie camera. The rest of the design is unchanged, between side keys and the always comfortable The colors are three: Gray Sierra, Blue haze and a special version Green woods with faux leather finishes.

Hardware and software

Yes: OnePlus Nord 2 5G is the first smartphone not to have a Qualcomm chipset, but MediaTek. More precisely the MediaTek Dimension 1200-AI, a customized version of the Taiwanese chipmaker's SoC. Made with 6 nm production process and ARM A78 architecture, the SoC guarantees a decisive step forward in terms of performance. OnePlus speaks of a + 65% for the CPU power and even + 125% for that of the GPU. The suffix "-HAVE"Underlines the joint work between MediaTek and OnePlus, with a whole series of algorithms to improve the various sectors thanks to theartificial intelligence. The same benchmarks demonstrate how Nord 2 5G manages to approach the top of the range with Kirin 9000 and Snapdragon 888 under the AI ​​profile.

The Dimensity 1200-AI is an SoC also suitable for the gaming sector, not only for the power it offers. Connectivity latency has been reduced, as well as inserting a GPU scheduling algorithm to optimize consumption by up to 10%. To accompany it all there are two memory cuts, from 8 / 128 GB e 12 / 256 GB, again without microSD support. The other improvement of OnePlus Nord 2 5G concerns the battery compartment. From the 4.115 mAh of the first North we pass to 4.500 mAh, but not only. The double cell structure of the battery allows the support of Warp Charge 65 a charging 65W, thus being able to pass from 0% to 100% in less than 35 minutes. The smartphone also includes an adaptation system for when it reaches 100% once charged, so as not to wear out the battery.

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A noteworthy innovation is also the integration of stereo speaker, an appreciated improvement over the single one of the first North. A pair of speakers that will allow you to have more satisfying gaming sessions, thanks also to the tactile vibration Haptics 2.0. For connectivity there is obviously a 5G modem, capable of going up to 2,95 Gbps.

As for the software part, OnePlus Nord 2 5G is the first smartphone to mount the latest OxygenOS 11.3. It also includes features dedicated to gaming, with the Games app that allows you to have screen recording, the prevention of incorrect touches and more. Obviously there is no lack of modes such as Dark Mode, Zen Mode and Always-On Display. This is the new version of the proprietary ROM with which the company will merge the code with that of ColorOS. There will be no changes for users, who will continue to enjoy the usual experience offered by OxygenOS. The purpose of sharing the code between the UIs is to "provide more timely, more stable and longer software updates". In this regard, if you are curious in this article you will find the official update policy of the company. For Nord 2 5G, the company confirmed 2 major update e 3 years of security updates.

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With the new OnePlus Nord 2 5G, the engineering team has placed a lot of attention on the photographic sector. This is demonstrated by the use of a triple camera with the same primary sensor seen on board OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. I'm talking about the Sony IMX766 da 50 MP, which also benefits from the presence of optical stabilization in this round OIS. Alongside it there is the wide-angle with 119.7 ° FoV, as well as a third monochrome sensor. Finally, a selfie camera with Sony IMX615 sensor is enclosed in the punch-hole screen 32 MP. The Group Shots 2.0 feature ensures that if multiple faces are detected in the frame, the various faces are optimized.

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The improvements will also come thanks to AI and implementations made in combination with MediaTek for the Dimensity 1200-AI. OnePlus has revealed that it has spent a lot of time on software enhancements and optimizations. An advanced night mode called Nightscape Ultra, capable of returning night shots even at a lighting level of 1 lux (equal to the amount of light emitted by a candle). The camera algorithms have also been improved in order to achieve a faster response time. Thanks to the function AI Photo / Video Enhancement you can improve brightness, color and contrast based on the recognition of 22 scenes. Furthermore, the mode Dual View Video allows you to record video with the rear and front cameras simultaneously.

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Technical Data

  • 6,43 ″ Full HD + Fluid AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 pixels) in 20: 9 with 410 PPI density and 90 Hz refresh rate
  • optical fingerprint sensor in the display and 2D facial recognition
  • dimensions of 158,9 x 73,2 x 8,25 mm for 189 g
  • MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI SoC
  • Octa-core CPU (1 x 3.0 GHz A78 + 3 x 2,6 GHz A78 + 3 x 2.0 GHz A55)
  • ARM Mali-G77 MC9 GPU
  • 8 / 12 GB of RAM LPDDR4X
  • 128/256 GB of non-expandable UFS 3.1 storage
  • 5G dual SIM connectivity, Wi-Fi 6 Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS / GLONASS / Galileo / Beidou / NavIC, stereo speaker, X-Axys engine
  • 50 + 8 + 2MP triple camera f/1.88-2.25-2.5 with OIS, PDAF, 6P lens, 119.7 ° wide angle, 4K video at 30fps, Slow Motion 720p at 240fps
  • 32MP selfie camera f/2.45 with EIS
  • 4.500 mAh battery with Warp Charge 65 at 65W charging
  • Android 11 operating system with OxygenOS 11.3

Price and date

OnePlus Nord 2 5G will be available in Europe at the price of €399 for the version 8 / 128 GB, climbing to €499 For that 12 / 256 GB. Here, there will be only two colors available: Blue Haze and Gray Sierra. The presales will start from July 22 at 17:00, both on Amazon and on the official OnePlus store (you can find it here), with sales starting from 28 July. Those who make the pre-order will be able to benefit from early shipping from July 26, as well as discounts of 50% on TWS Buds Z headphones and 10% on cover and protective screen.

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