OnePlus calls its new Nord 2 the “flagship killer” and I understand why. This phone has impressive specifications, good performance, and combined with a reasonable starting price (only £399 in the UK), it aims to provide everything you need with one phone without draining your bank account. Powerful processor, reliable dual rear camera setup, 5G connection, super-fast charging, it looks pretty good. Like the previous Nord and the cheaper Nord CE launched a few weeks ago, Nord 2 will not be sold in the United States. It is mainly for the UK and European markets, and the price of this version is 399 pounds. 8GB RAM and 128GB storage or £469 (12GB RAM and 256GB storage). For reference, 399 pounds is approximately 540 US dollars or 740 Australian dollars. But no, it didn’t really “kill” any flagship store. It is not as powerful as a “real” flagship like the iPhone 12 Pro Max or S21 Ultra, and its camera skills will not appeal to the most demanding photographers in the world. I think the riskiest flagship is OnePlus’ own 9 series, which has many features with Nord 2, but the starting price is much higher at £629 (US$729).
Before launching the Nord 2, I spent a short time using it. Here are my five favorite points: The powerful MediaTek OnePlus processor usually uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors on its phones, but it is compatible with MediaTek. Ji 1200-AI chip is used in Nord 2. You will find that there is no difference in usage, it is the same as any other Android phone, but you will find that its price is surprisingly powerful. Although it is not as good as the iPhone 12 Pro Max in benchmark tests, it performs better than the Pixel 5 and is far from the more expensive OnePlus 9. It is certainly powerful enough for games, photo editing, and video streaming. And the navigation in the Android 11 interface is smooth and without lag.
OnePlus Nord 2 is equipped with a powerful processor, dual rear camera setup, 5G connection, and super fast charging. Nord 2 runs on Android 11 as its core, and OnePlus has installed its commonly used Oxygen software on it. I really like the OnePlus software because it is clean, easy to use, and does not try to burden the phone with too many services and bloated software. Therefore, the mobile phone can remain flexible and smooth for a longer period of time.
This is particularly important for low- and mid-range mobile phones that may not be able to cope with service bottlenecks well. The result here is a mobile phone with smooth performance, and I hope it will be maintained for some time to come. OnePlus said that it guarantees to get at least two years of Android updates, so this fall for Android 12 and next year’s Android 13 updates are given, and there will be a year of security updates after that. Nord 2 has the same 65-watt fast charging function as the OnePlus 9 series, which is amazing. It will take your phone from empty to full in about 30 minutes, which is perfect for providing you with a quick upgrade before you leave home. The 4,500 mAh battery can still be used for a day on a single charge, but when you can charge it quickly, battery life is no longer an issue. Even better, there is a 65-watt fast charger in the box, so you don’t need to search on Amazon. The mobile phone does not have wireless charging, but I don’t think this is a particular problem.