OnePlus Nord 2 in the test: A coherent 400 euro package also because of MediaTek


With the Nord 2 at a starting price of 399 euros, OnePlus delivers a coherent overall package that offers more than its predecessor, especially in terms of performance thanks to MediaTek 1200. The new camera scores in daylight and with night mode. On the other hand, the display comes to a standstill, but the overall impression is still good.

Table of contents

  1. 1 A coherent 400- Euro package also because of MediaTek
    1. Market launch on July 28th from 399 euros
    2. Unboxing in the video and first impression
    3. Technical data at a glance
    4. Design and processing
    5. The OLED display stays at 90 Hz
  2. 2 MediaTek instead of Qualcomm delivers the performance
    1. Dimensity 1200 in the benchmark
    2. Significantly higher gaming performance
    3. Under constant load, throttling sets in late
    4. Fast storage without expansion
    5. OxygenOS 11.3 with update confirmations
  3. < li> 3 5G, Bluetooth, runtimes and Warp Charge 65

    1. MediaTek supports relevant 5G bands
    2. Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC or AAC codec
    3. Warp Charge loads with 65 watts
    4. Rock-solid battery life
    5. Battery benchmarks with PCMark and YouTube
  4. 4 main camera with 50 megapixels
    1. Photos in daylight
    2. < li> Photos in the evening and at night

    3. Video mode with a maximum of 4K30 SDR
  5. 5 Conclusion

Market launch on July 28th from 399 euros

Once the OnePlus flagships were the price breakers in the premium segment, this position has been occupied by the OnePlus Nord (test) since last year. The provider's credo is: as much powerful hardware as possible at a fair price. Presented today in the second generation, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G is now being launched at a price of 399 euros for the base model.

The OnePlus Nord 2 is coming to Germany with the planned launch on July 28th in two memory versions and in two colors each: 8 GB RAM with 128 GB memory for 399 euros and the tested version with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB memory for 499 euros again – each in “Blue Haze” and “Gray Sierra”. For the test, the editorial team had the variant in blue, which is glossy, while silver-gray has a matt surface and thus attracts slightly less fingerprints.

Unboxing in the video and first impression

Technical data at a glance

OnePlus Nord 2 5G OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 ProOnePlus 7TOnePlus 7T ProOnePlus 8OnePlus 8 ProOnePlus 8TOnePlus 9OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus North ✔OnePlus Nord 2 5G ✔OnePlus Nord CE 5GOnePlus North N10 5GOnePlus North N100 OnePlus North OnePlus 7OnePlus 7 ProOnePlus 7TOnePlus 7T ProOnePlus 8OnePlus 8 ProOnePlus 8TOnePlus 9OnePlus 9 ProOnePlus Nord ✔OnePlus Nord 2 5G ✔OnePlus Nord CE 5GOnePlus Nord N10 5GOnePlus Nord N100 Software:
(when released) Android 11.0 Android 10.0 Display: 6.43 inches, 1,080 × 2,400 or 409 ppi, 90 Hz
AMOLED, HDR, Gorilla Glass 5 6.44 inches, 1,080 × 2,400
409 ppi, 90 Hz
AMOLED, HDR, Gorilla Glass 5 Operation: Touch, fingerprint sensor, face scanner SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
1 × Cortex-A78, 3.00 GHz
3 × Cortex-A78, 2.60 GHz
4 × Cortex-A55, 2.00 GHz
6 nm, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
1 × Kryo 475 Prime, 2.40 GHz
1 × Kryo 475 Gold, 2.20 GHz
6 × Kryo 475 Silver, 1.80 GHz
7 nm, 64-Bit GPU: Mali-G77 MC9 Adreno 620 RAM: 8.192 MB
LPDDR4XVariante12.288 MB
LPDDR4X 8.192 MB
LPDDR4XVariante12.288 MB
LPDDR4X memory: 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 1st camera: 50.0 MP, 2160p
dual-LED, f/1.9, AF, OIS 48.0 MP, 2160p
Dual-LED, f/1.8, AF, OIS 2nd camera: 8.0 MP, f/2.3 3rd camera: 2.0 MP, f/2.5 2.0 MP, f/2, 4 4. Camera: No 5.0 MP, f/2.4 5. Camera: No 1. Front camera: 32.0 MP, 1080p
Display flash, f/2.5 2nd front camera: No 8.0 MP, f/2.5 GSM: GPRS + EDGE UMTS: HSPA +
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbit/s LTE: Advanced Pro
↓ 1,200 ↑ 150 Mbit/s 5G: NSA/SA WLAN: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Wi-Fi Direct 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi -Fi Direct Bluetooth: 5.2 5.1 Location: A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, NavIC Other standards: USB 2.0 Type C, NFC SIM card: Nano-SIM, Dual-SIM battery: 4,500 mAh, 65.0 W < br> permanently installed 4,115 mAh, 30.0 W
Permanently installed Size (W × H × D): 73.2 × 158.9 × 8.25 mm 73.3 × 158.3 × 8.20 mm Protection class: – Weight: 189 g 184 g Price: € 399/499 € from 323 €/from 372 €

Design and processing

In terms of design, OnePlus puts the Nord 2 on the same track as the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro (test), but does without the metal frame and the partnership with Hasselblad in the lower price range, which is why the corresponding branding on the back is missing. The plastic frame of the Nord 2 also leaves a high quality impression and has a useful feature like the flagships: the corrugated alert slider on the right. This makes it easy to switch to the vibrating and silent mode without having to go through the Android settings. A new feature for the Nord series is the use of stereo loudspeakers, which are divided into roughly one third of the volume above the loudspeaker for telephoning and two thirds below the USB socket.

No official protection against dust and water

Officially, the Nord 2 does not have IP67/IP68 certification, but there is still a rubber seal in the dual nano SIM compartment so that a certain protection against small amounts of splash water can be assumed, but not officially in OnePlus' Middle class is present. For this reason, the smartphone should not be submerged. What is also missing in the upper class is wireless charging, but in return there is fast wired charging via the included power supply unit with Warp Charge 65, which charges the 4,500 mAh battery at lightning speed. The Nord 2 inherits this feature from the OnePlus 9 series, after last year's Nord had to make do with 30 watts.

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OnePlus Nord 2 in Blue Haze
The Nord 2 measures 73.2 × 158.9 × 8.25 mm at 189 g
Side view with practical alert slider
Dual camera with additional black and white sensor
Various covers available for the Nord 2
Dual Nano-SIM, USB 2.0 Type C and a second speaker

The north 2 is not bigger than its predecessor

With dimensions of 73.2 × 158.9 × 8.25 mm (W × H × D) and a weight of 189 g, the Nord 2 is one of the few smartphones that has not gotten any bigger from one generation to the next – but smaller not either. The size corresponds to the meanwhile common and is still easy to handle, although one-handed operation is no longer possible. For more grip, the smartphone comes with a usable plastic cover. Alternatively, the manufacturer offers a selection of additional covers that are more stable, have a roughened surface and (depending on personal taste) are pretty to look at.

The OLED display stays at 90 Hz

The screen is also practically unchanged. At 6.43 inches it is exactly 0.01 inches smaller, but with 1,080 × 2,400 pixels and 90 Hz has the same technical properties. OnePlus continues to maintain the respectful distance to the flagships with 120 Hz, while other manufacturers from China, especially Xiaomi and Realme, are already offering 120 Hz in the 400 euro class. Samsung also delivers 120 Hz on an OLED panel in the Galaxy A52 (test).

HDR with up to 800 cd/m²

The panel built into the Nord 2 is almost 800 cd/m² bright with a reduced proportion of white if the automatic mode is used. A completely white content can be displayed with just over 600 cd/m². This is bright enough for outdoor use in the sun, but similarly expensive devices such as the Galaxy A52 manage 20 percent more and thus have more reserves when it is particularly bright outside. The screen is still suitable for HDR playback, as the corresponding availability on YouTube shows. When asked, OnePlus stated that the Nord 2 was certified for HDR10 and HDR10 +.

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6.43 inch OLED display with 90 Hz and FHD + resolution -content/uploads/a034c4b1b1af0c8271dcb70791db5117.jpg “/> Fast optical fingerprint sensor in the display

«Previous display brightness max. Display brightness min. Display contrast Next»

In the factory settings, the display is set to the DCI-P3 color space, which is not hit perfectly because OnePlus saturates the panel a bit and delivers a falsified white point of just over 7,000 Kelvin, which leads to a slight bluish cast. Alternatively, sRGB can be selected as the color profile and the color temperature can be controlled to be colder or warmer for both presetsIn the display settings, the standard 90 Hz can also be reduced to 60 Hz and supposed image enhancers can be activated for videos. You can choose between a subsequent “image sharpener” and a “color booster” solved by means of AI, both of which are switched off at the factory.

Fingerprint sensor on the screen

Apart from that, the Nord 2 comes with an always-on function for current status messages when the screen is “switched off” and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display. This sits relatively far down in the panel, but is still easy to reach and responded quickly and reliably in the test, so that no repeated attempts were necessary. Since it is an optical sensor, it does not get along very well with wet fingers. The front camera with 32 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.45 is located on the top left of the panel.

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