Gone are the days when OnePlus only launched one or two smartphones per year. In July 2020, the Chinese manufacturer marketed the OnePlus North, the first member of a more accessible range which very quickly gave birth to even more affordable versions, the OnePlus Nord N10 and North N100. More recently, we were entitled to a OnePlus Nord CE 5G, more premium version of the two terminals mentioned above. Here is now the OnePlus Nord 2, the new flagship of the Nord which has everything to appeal to consumers looking for a balanced proposition at less than 400 € (€ 399 for the 8 + 128 GB version and € 499 for the 12 + 256 GB version).
Our first impressions
The OnePlus Nord 2 is a clever mix between the OnePlus Nord and the Oneplus 9, one of the manufacturer’s flagships alongside the OnePlus 9 Pro. We thus find the format of the first with a screen diagonal of 6.43 inches, the punched screen of the two models and the photo block of the last but without the Hasselblad logo reserved for flagships. The smartphone is very well finished but we regret that the back of our test model (Blue Haze) is so slippery. OnePlus nevertheless offers a matte Sierra Gray color.
The screen of the OnePlus Nord 2 is the same as that of its predecessor. We take advantage of an AMOLED panel capable of broadcasting content in Full HD + definition. It is also HDR10 + compatible and offers a refresh rate of 90 Hz. To this are added several options affecting the quality of these as AI Resolution Boost (upscaling on YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram) and AI Color Boost (color improvement and contrast on NX Player, YouTube and VLC). If it skips the mini-jack port, the Nord 2 is equipped with two stereo speakers.
Surprise, OnePlus is teaming up with MediaTek and equipping its smartphone with a SoC Dimensity MediaTek 1200 AI. As a reminder, the OnePlus Nord first of the name houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. The company tells us that the MediaTek 1200 AI, which it owns the exclusive property, is as good as a Snapdragon 870. You may have understood, “AI” refers to artificial intelligence and algorithms that intervene here on the screen part and the photo part.
For the photo, OnePlus trusts the ultra wide-angle of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro which here becomes the wide-angle of the North 2. We are therefore on a 50 megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor (f / 1.88 and 119.7 °) which had generally seduced us during our test of the two flagships. This sensor is associated with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and a 2-megapixel monochrome. Selfies are taken using a 32-megapixel Sony IMX615 sensor. On the software side, 22 different scenarios are recognized in photos and videos. We also note the presence of a night portrait mode and a Dualview mode to record with the main camera and the front camera simultaneously.
The configuration of the Nord 2 is completed by two batteries with a total capacity of 4500 mAh. They can accept a load with a power of 65W. Finally, the terminal runs under OxygenOS 11.3 (Android 11).
Price and release date
The OnePlus Nord 2 is available in two versions and here is their respective price:
- 8 + 128 GB: € 399
- 12 + 256 GB: € 499
Two introductory offers are available:
- At partners Orange, Sosh, FNAC and Darty: a pair of OnePlus Buds Z offered for the purchase of a OnePlus Nord 2 from July 22, 5 p.m. to July 27
- Sure the OnePlus website : the Stadia Premiere Edition kit offered for the purchase of a OnePlus Nord 2 from July 22 at 5 p.m. (pre-orders + after sales open)
Do we like it or not?
OnePlus made an impression with its first North. A solid return of the brand to the mid-range market and a test transformed by this second generation full of promises. The OnePlus Nord 2 displays a very attractive technical sheet with acceptable concessions. To see if at the end of our test this new smartphone can accept the flagship-killer label.