A solid performer for fans of the brand that stands for speed.
When the original OnePlus One was released in 2014, it cost Rs 21,999. Despite a few bugs, it appeared to be a fantastic deal when compared to other ‘flagship’ phones, that is to say the most expensive ones. The landscape has shifted over time, and OnePlus determined that they did not need to settle for super-affordable powerhouse devices. It was time to up the ante after they had proven themselves.
Soon after, the price of OnePlus’ main phone began to rise steadily. To maintain goodwill and sell more devices, they released scaled-down versions at lower prices. In Series 9, we now have the 9R, 9Pro, and the more affordable Nord CE, as well as the recently launched oneplus Nord 5g 2. Prices range between Rs 24,999 and Rs 69,999.
No scarcity of oxygen
The brand’s return to its Oppo roots is the most striking feature of OnePlus‘ new phone. It is unclear how this re-assimilation will progress in the future. However, the Nord 2 is the first device to demonstrate that the tide has shifted.
There is no longer a strong ‘bond’ with ‘stock Android’ in terms of the much-loved OxygenOS – the interface that has been the most significant strength of OnePlus phones thus far. ColorOS – the software used on Oppo phones – has now crept in, surprising those who weren’t expecting it. For the time being, none of the changes are making a significant difference. In fact, they are more of an annoyance for those who are well-versed in every aspect of OxygenOS. However, this is concerning because the interface has recently been revamped and will now incorporate ColorOS elements. This would move it further away from the operating system that was previously voted to be superior.
The distinctions can be seen in the camera app and some of the settings. However, OnePlus claims that users will not notice the changes because they are behind-the-scenes and to the codebase. According to OnePlus, leveraging Oppo’s resources will only make the system more stable and strong.
On the outside, the Nord 2 resembles the rest of this year’s Series 9 phones in terms of design. When compared to one of the OnePlus 9 phones, the Nord 2 is clearly from the same family. It is available in four different colours. One is an eye-catching olive green with a faux leather finish.
The build appears to be strong and sturdy, and despite my best efforts, I dropped the device twice — without a case and without damage. Despite the fact that the front and back are both glass, the frame is made of “plastic that looks like metal.” However, there are no major complaints.
The Nord 2’s sides appear to be in good condition. Unlike the Nord CE, it does, thankfully, have the well-known alert slider. However, there is no 3.5mm jack.
The 6.4-inch screen is a basic 1080p AMOLED with HDR10+ support and a refresh rate of 90Hz. This won’t matter if you’ve never seen a 120Hz screen. It isn’t a particularly bright display, so if you spend a lot of time outside in the sun, opt for something else. The bezels are thin, as is typical of modern phones, but the lower edge is slightly thicker. Overall, it’s a good show.
This phone is comfortable to hold, especially with its 6.4-inch display, and the ergonomics are excellent. Except that the phone is slick (which is how I dropped it), so you should use a case — or get the Green Wood edition. It is lighter than, say, the OnePlus 9 Pro, which has contributed to the progression of my repetitive stress injury.
If there is one feature that distinguishes this phone from others, it is the Mediatek Dimensity 1200 chipset. Furthermore, it has been modified and fine-tuned in some way for the Nord 2. It is equivalent to the previous flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865. It was paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage on the device that I had. It’s quite fast and breezes through all’regular’ tasks. It’s not intended to be a gamer’s phone, but it can play them. The haptics of recent OnePlus nord 5g phones have improved.
There has recently been a backlash over OnePlus allegedly ‘throttling’ performance, resulting in some apps running slower than usual. This is mostly to protect the battery and keep it from overheating. This time, OnePlus has given users the option of going full throttle if they so desire — but they must accept a decrease in battery life as well as the phone heating up.
In comparison to other OnePlus phones, the 4,500mAh battery lasts a long time. We also get a 65W charger, which charges the battery quickly. This is one of the Nord 2’s highlights, as it borrows a flagship level charging solution here. There is no wireless charging, but many will argue that you don’t need to subject the device to long charging sessions when a quick shot will suffice.
The camera set is said to have been vastly improved on the oneplus Nord 5g 2. The primary 50MP camera is a Sony IMX766, which is also the sensor used by the OnePlus 9 Pro for its wide-angle lens. The camera isn’t bad, but it’s not a game-changer in terms of photography. The images make extensive use of processing and AI. They appear to do whatever they want with colors. Turning off AI will help if you see a realistic image as opposed to an Instagram-oriented image. Low-light images are certainly filled with brightness and light that isn’t actually there, but they are frequently flat.
There’s the standard 8MP wide-angle lens. The selfie camera has a resolution of 32MP. In the near future, software updates will almost certainly improve the cameras. Even without that, the cameras are more than adequate – just not as good as they could or should be for the price.
Since the first Nord was introduced to the market, times have changed dramatically. It was one-of-a-kind back then. That is no longer the case, thanks to companies like Xiaomi, Samsung, and some of OnePlus’ own cousins like Realme. If OnePlus does not maintain its software advantage, I believe the Nord 3 will be forced to struggle breathlessly uphill. As it stands, the Nord 2 is in for a fight. If you’re a OnePlus fan and the other models are out of your price range, go for the Green Wood variant and you’ll be sure to have something unique.
The cost is Rs 27,999. Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999
Pros: Fluid and quick, a pleasant enough display, good ergonomics, 65W fast charging with a long battery life, reasonably priced
Cons: Cameras still need to be improved, there is a lot of competition to contend with, and there is no 120Hz refresh rate.