The OnePlus Nord 2 5G, the successor to the OnePlus Nord that was released last year, has made its way to Nepal. The launch of the Nord 2 was held via a virtual event, and the company is promoting the device as ‘the flagship killer’, a tag they have deployed time and again this year. The Nord 2 5G will be the fifth model in Nepal sold from the Nord family–the others are the Nord, Nord 10, Nord 100, and Nord CE–and today we will unveil if it is actually a flagship killer.
Nord 2 5G overview
The Nord 2 5G has a similar size and weight compared to the original Nord but it looks more like the phones in the Nord 9 series; the overall design, such as the camera and rear finish of the phone, shares an overwhelming resemblance to the Nord 9. The biggest noticeable upgrades on the Nord 2 pertain to the chipset, camera, and battery performance. That said, the 3.5 headphone jack and an external memory card slot are both absent this time around. Similarly, the IPS rating isn’t mentioned, but the phone should be able to handle light rain and scattered water droplets.
The Nord 2’s design has a premium feel, especially owing to its curved rear edges, which make the phone slimmer while also providing a better hand grip. The rear panel does attract fingerprints, but they do not show, and the side frame is made of plastic. A triple camera setup, similar to that in the Nord 9, and the OnePlus branding is placed centrally. The front camera, in a punch-hole cut out, is relatively small. OnePlus has done a great job keeping the handy Alter slider–used for shortcuts like silent mode–on the right side (alongside the power button) of the phone. Likewise, the left side features a single volume rocker button; the phone’s bottom has a dual-speaker grille, USB Type-C, microphone, and sim card tray; and the section right above has a noise-cancelling microphone. The colour options available in Nepal are Gray Sierra, Blue Haze, and Green Wood.
For its display, the Nord 2 5G boasts a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels) that is HDR10+ certified. The side bezels are slim and the chin is considerably small. The front and back of the phone are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The screen has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and an aspect ratio of 20:9. Similarly, the screen-to-body ratio stands at 85.8 percent, and the pp density is 409. The phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor that is fast, and it also supports face recognition for unlocking the phone. The brightness tops out at 440 nits on regular mode, while in the auto mode the peaks out at 630 nits.
The device has a triple-camera setup with a chrome accent at the rear: a 50MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.9 paired with an 8MP ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/2.3, and a 2MP monochrome camera with an aperture of f/2.4. The primary camera is Sony’s OIS IMX766 Sensor, which does a great job compared to that in the original Nord and the Nord 9. It also has the ‘ultra night mode’ feature that can transform a night-time picture into one resembling a shot clicked during the day. The front camera features a 32MP camera with an aperture of f/2.5. The front camera is capable of shooting 1080p video in 30fps, while the rear camera can shoot up to 4k video in 30fps.
Processor and other features
The biggest upgrade on the Nord 2 that turns it into a possible flagship killer is its processor. OnePlus, for the first time, has opted for the MediaTek chipset, rather than the Qualcomm one used in the previous Nord models. The Nord 2 uses the Dimensity 1200–possibly the most powerful chipset made by MediaTek–and performance-wise, it is about on par with the Snapdragon 780 and 870 chipsets. That said, while the phone is significantly faster than the previous OnePlus models, it is not a dedicated gaming phone (graphics is handled by Mali-G77) but it should be able to run heavy games. It runs on OxygenOS 11.3.
The phone comes with a 4500 mAh non-removable battery pack, replacing the 4115 mAh battery of the Nord, and it is compatible with Warp 65W fast charging, using which you can juice the battery from 0-100% in just 30 minutes. The stereo speakers offered on the phone are one of the best, and they deliver a loud and clear sound.
In an interesting turn of events, the OnePlus has topped its own flagships with this new entry. They’ve named it a flagship killer, and it certainly seems to live up to that moniker–for it might become more popular than not just rival phones from other brands but those in the OnePlus family as well.
|Dimensions||165.2 x 76.4 x 8.9 mm (6.50 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||190 g (6.70 oz)|
|Built||Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display type||IPS LCD, 400 nits (typ)|
|Size||6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~80.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)|
|OS||Android 10, Realme UI|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G35 (12 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Internal||32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM|
|Main camera||-13 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm, PDAF|
-2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
-2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
|Selfie camera||5 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/5.0″, 1.12µm|
|WiFi||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||Micro USB 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Battery type||Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable|
|Colours||Cross Black, Cross Blue|
OnePlus Nord 2 5G price in Nepal
The price for the OnePlus Nord 2 5G in Nepal is set at Rs 59,999 for the 8/128GB variant and Rs 69,999 for the 12/128GB variant.
|OnePlus Nord 2 5G||Price in Nepal|
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