Oneplus released their first nord last year in 2020 it sure was an attempt to return to its roots the nord edition are created to offer oneplus top level performance without breaking the bank too much but the succeeding Nord releases made some quarters question whether nord was really being used as a way to drive sales volume fast forward to 2021.
There’s a lot of interesting changes to this phone that reflects on their journey from a startup to a mainstream phone sub brand under oppo so does it represent a welcome change let’s all find out this is our oneplus nord 2 5g full review.
The design oneplus is keeping the nord design language with the camera module updated to reflect a style that has defined phones in 2020. the phone still has a glass-like plastic frame with going gorilla glass 5 protection on both sides of the phone in the hands the phone feels lightweight but feels really well made despite the use of a plastic frame the back features the oneplus logo together with the camera module that houses the three cameras 50 megapixel main 8 megapixel ultrawide and 2 megapixel mono lens the ring of the lenses themselves are raised higher than the modules so it’s a bit worrying that it might get scratches over time when you put it on a hard surface in this case we advise you to take advantage of the protective case included in the package flipping to its front.
We get a large 6.43 inches full hd plus fluid amoled display with a screen protector already pre-installed for your assurance it also has thin bezels with a hole punched notch on the upper left for the 32 megapixel selfie shooter found above it is the earpiece which also doubles as a secondary loudspeaker as for buttons and ports look on the left side and you will find the volume rockers while on the right is the power slash lock button plus the oneplus classic switch for activating silent vibrate or ring mode the buttons are made out of plastic but they are clicky and firm and they’re also easy to reach at the top we have the secondary microphone while at the bottom we have the card tray for two nano size sim cards the main microphone usb type c port and loudspeaker more on its screen the oneplus nord 2 retains the display of the original nord albeit being a tad bit smaller this results in a 6.43 inches full hd plus fluid amoled display with a pixel density of 410 ppi and 90 hertz for refresh rate generally colors and viewing angles are on par with what you expect from an amoled display and its peak brightness can help you in situations where you need it in the settings you have the usual speed of display customizations like eye comfort mode color temperature screen color mode refresh rate toggle and the option to hide the notch.
the option to reduce contrast in low light conditions for dark mode allowing apps to render in their intended aspect ratio then there’s also the ai-based video enhancement features such as a resolution boost and color boost when it comes to audio the phone uses a combination of a bottom firing loudspeaker and the earpiece speaker phone to make a stereo setup the phone can be loud but the sound profile is heavily biased towards mids there is an option to tune the speakers to a preset value in the settings those who want a richer experience will benefit from wireless audio devices for software the nord 2 runs an oxygen os 11.3 that is based on android 11. and this is where the first signs of integration of opus color os appear the settings menu may be very familiar to the one in color os 11.3 with a few tweaks to keep the core oxygen os experience long-time oneplus users may need some time to get used to the new menu placement but the runway has been paved with other oxygen os 11 changes that has been rolled out the oneplus launcher hasn’t changed with the integration with caller os giving you the ability to set your preferred home screen layout apply a custom icon pack or disable the app drawer and add all your apps to the home screen.
for those who chose the latter the hidden space is also available to get some apps out of sight pre-installed apps are kept at minimum which only includes the standard google apps and a couple of proprietary apps like the oneplus community app by the way netflix is also pre-installed to ensure hdr10 support storage wise we’re getting 128 gigs of total storage space for the unit we have and if that’s not enough you can get the 256 gigs of internal storage model either way there’s plenty of storage as bloatware is kept at minimum now let’s talk about performance the oneplus note 2 5g is powered by a mediatek timext 1200 with a mali g77 mc9 gpu our unit has 8 gigs of ram and 128k of internal storage but there’s also 12 gigs plus 256 gigs model while this is the first time that oneplus used a non-snapdragon chipset the new cpu range proves to be capable of competing with snapdragon’s top end offerings and also allows oneplus to bring the speed it’s known for to mid-range devices.
when it comes to gaming asphalt 9 defaults to 60 frames on this device which is surprising given the game’s high resource demands on temperature remained manageable despite long hours of gaming on this device at a high performance setting running engine impact at the highest setting also didn’t sweat out the device quickly on biometrics there’s an under display fingerprint sensor and facial recognition and both are incredibly fast and accurate and we didn’t encounter any problems now let’s talk about the cameras the oneplus nord 2 5g has a total of four lenses this is a triple camera setup consisting of a 50 megapixel main an 8 megapixel ultrawide and a 2 megapixel monochrome while for selfies we got a single 32 megapixel shooter when it comes to the quality photos often look natural there’s a good amount of details and we get accurate colors well for portrait shots we have no complaints as it provides clean subject background separation the ultrawide angle camera has a wider field of view but there is a noticeable drop in image quality the hdr mode does a great job as well here and we recommend you to use it if you want social media worthy shots for night mode oneplus has updated its slow light photo capabilities with a new nightscape ultra mode which gives us excellent image without losing much detail and retaining colors and highlights well there’s a little bit of a noise but it’s not that bothersome talk about selfies it is quite pretty good in wallet conditions and can capture some sharp selfies with natural looking skin tone it supports portrait shots as well.
but the background blur feels a little bit too strong and unnatural for videos the oneplus nord 2 5g can shoot up to 4k resolution at 30 frames per second quality wise it looks sharp and thanks to its ois it made the whole process very smooth now for connectivity this device has all the modern connectivity features such as dual sim support bluetooth 5.2 nfc and of course 5g connectivity when it comes to battery it is handled by a 4500 milliamp hour battery with support for warp charge 65t battery life can easily last a couple of days with normal use and can charge quickly from zero to 100 in less than 40 minutes in our standard video loop test which entails the device playing 1080p video on loop 50 percent brightness represent volume airplane mode turned on this device lasted for 11 hours in the pc mark 3.0 battery test it yielded a score of 17 hours and 34 minutes finally let’s talk about the price the oneplus Nord 2 is available for Rs. 69,999 in Pakistan in official
warranty for the bigger 12 gigs of ram plus 256 gigs of internal storage variant and 21 190 pesos 48 gigs plus 128 gigs of internal storage model after weeks of use we can say that this oneplus store 2 is a solid mid-range device with a flagship level performance and a clean os that will be appreciated by long-time users oneplus departure from snapdragon chipset may raise some eyebrows because it brings with it its own set of challenges
when it comes to software support but the color os integration is well timed and hopefully brings more benefits in terms of stability and promised software updates that the device is expected to receive overall we think the oneplus note 2 is easily one of the mid-range phones to beat in 2021.