Exactly one year after launching the first budget-centric OnePlus North smartphone, the Chinese giant has unveiled its successor in India. It is called OnePlus Nord 2 5G and bears the nickname of the company’s “flagship killer”. This 5G-enabled smartphone features a MediaTek Dimensity chipset, 50MP triple camera, 65W Warp charging, and more.
OnePlus Nord 2 5G: specifications and main features
Starting from the design, the OnePlus Nord 2 looks quite similar to the OnePlus 9R. It includes a flat display with a perforated selfie camera on the front and a rectangular camera module on the back. The device arrives three color variations. Two of them, Blue Haze and Gray Sierra, boast a glossy back panel while the Green Woods color variant (exclusive to India) has a leather back panel.
Before we get to the other hardware specs, let’s talk about what’s under the hood. OnePlus Nord 2 is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI chipset. Now, many people have wondered about the AI (artificial intelligence) moniker in the chipset name. Well, the company justifies it by adding a plethora of AI features across the board, be it the display, camera, or other areas.
The OnePlus Nord 2 supports the same display as the recently launched OnePlus Nord CE. Includes a 6.43 inch Full HD + fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The panel boasts a resolution of 2400 x 1080p, 20: 9 aspect ratio and support for the sRGB color gamut. The main theme here is the AI capabilities of the device, and the display department sees the addition of two important features.
The display here supports AI Color Boost AI in apps like YouTube, MX Player, and VLC to offer better color science. And then there’s AI Resolution Boost which upscales any content from apps like YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat to HD resolution.
In the camera department, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G includes a Sony IMX766 50MP sensor with OIS support, an 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 120 degree FOV and a 2MP mono camera. The camera supports video recording up to 4K @ 30fps, Nightscape Ultra mode, and a variety of AI features, including AI Photo and Video Enhancement, Dual View Video, and more.
There is also a single 32MP Sony IMX615 sensor on the front compared to a double-hole selfie camera on the front. It supports a Group Shots 2.0 function which can detect up to 5 people in one shot. The AI engine can therefore improve skin details and eye counters in selfies.
Going back to the internals, the integrated chipset is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You will also find a 4,500 mAh battery pack, larger than the original North’s 4,115mAh battery, with 65W fast charging support. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G immediately runs OxygenOS 11.3 based on Android 11 (not ColorOS).
As for connectivity, let’s get rid of the most frequently asked question first. How many 5G bands OnePlus Nord 2 supports a total of 7 5G bands in India. This includes the n41, n78, n40, n79 bands in the NSA configuration and the n1, n3 and n28a bands, along with the NSA ones, in the SA configuration. You also have Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 (with aptX, aptX HD, AAC and LDAC support), NFC, a USB-C port, and other built-in sensors.
The device also includes an optical fingerprint sensor under the display, 5G dual-SIM, dual-stereo speakers, and more.
Price and availability
Coming to the price, OnePlus Nord 2 is priced at Rs. 27,999 for the basic 6GB + 128GB variant in India. The high-end 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB variants will require you to fork out Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999, respectively.
While the base variant goes on sale at a later date, the open sale for these phones will start on July 28. OnePlus Red Club and Amazon Prime members will have early access to Nord 2 on July 26. So where are your thoughts on this device? Let us know in the comments below.