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OnePlus Nord 2: affordable excellence in the mid-range | Digital Trends Spanish

OnePlus Nord 2: affordable excellence in the mid-range

“The OnePlus Nord 2 did it: it outperformed its predecessor.”


  • Pretty design

  • Good power

  • 65W fast charge

  • Very competitive price


  • It has no wireless charging

  • It does not have an audio jack connector

  • It is not IP68 certified

It seems that OnePlus has worked quite well to return to the premium mid-range with the Nord saga, as the manufacturer has just released the generational replacement of the OnePlus Nord launched in 2020.

The new OnePlus Nord 2 It has a lot in common with its predecessor, but as expected, it also adds many improvements over it. Some, like the 65 W fast charge, inherits them directly from the brand’s high-end, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.

If you want to know everything that this new phone offers, located in the so-called premium mid-range, keep reading, because I was able to try it and I will give you all the details in this in-depth analysis.


At first glance, the OnePlus Nord 2 looks a lot like the previous model, especially if, as in my case, you compare the versions of both finished in blue glass. The feeling in hand with the phone is what you could have with a high-end one, as it has a solid construction, a metal button panel (which includes the brand’s characteristic volume button) and a compact and quality finish.

It goes without saying that, as with the Nord, the phone is very comfortable in hand thanks to its measured dimensions but enough to house a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED screen and FullHD + resolution. This offers a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz, more than enough for both day-to-day use and to enjoy video games to the fullest.

In general, the parameters of the screen that arrive preset are balanced and I decided not to adjust them for my use. The brightness level of the panel is also correct and even outdoors it allows you to use it without problem. As for biometric security systems, the OnePlus Nord 2 offers us a fingerprint sensor under the screen and a facial recognition system. Both systems work on this device very well, quickly and accurately.

Performance and autonomy

One of the main cuts of the Nord with respect to the high-end models of the brand is found in the processor. However, and despite the fact that the device operates with a mid-range processor (the Mediatek Dimensity 1200), the combination of this chipset with its operating system (the most fluid in the Android landscape) gave me fluid performance in any situation.

Both when navigating menus, loading applications and viewing multimedia content, the device delivered like a champion. The same can be said when trying all kinds of video games or apps with high demand for resources.

The phone comes in two versions of available memory, a variant with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, and another with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. The unit I tested is the top one, which further enhanced my good feeling with the device.

As for the battery, the mobile has a 4,500 mAh that also gave me impeccable performance. And it is that with a relatively demanding processor I achieved autonomy of a day and a half with exhaustive use. I did not notice big differences when lowering the screen to 60 Hz, so it is possible to use it with complete peace of mind at 90 Hz and not worry about autonomy.

In addition, thanks to its 65 W fast charging system (the same as its older brothers) it manages to reach 100 percent from scratch in less than half an hour; The charger is included with the box and, yes, it does not have a wireless charging system or reverse charging.

Finally, for connectivity it offers dual-band WiFi, 5G, Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC, so in this section it is also well equipped.


So far we have seen that the OnePlus Nord 2 is the king of balance and its cameras were not going to be less. The device has a triple made up of a 50 MP sensor, which is accompanied by an 8 MP sensor with a 119º ultra-wide angle lens and a third, 2 MP monochrome, whose function is to improve the results with portrait mode.

As you can see in the sample photos, the results with the OnePlus Nord 2 camera are quite good, especially if we consider that its price starts at 399 euros. In general, the level of sharpness is very high, in good natural light, and the color reproduction is very realistic.

As for the photos in portrait mode, the results are also natural and bright, although sometimes the blur does not make a correct cut, especially in the absence of light or with complex textures such as hair or the frame of the glasses.

The front camera is 32 megapixels and it also gave me very good results with bright and very sharp details. In addition, the portrait mode on this camera is much more natural and balanced than with the main lens. The night mode is perhaps the Achilles heel of the Nord 2 camera, since in most shots the light sources dissipate a lot and the resulting colors are very artificial, as if they were watercolors.


The OnePlus Nord 2 did it: it outperformed its predecessor. It is a phone that stands out both for its design and for its internal execution. And is that despite being a mid-range device, it has nothing to envy some high-end models, including the OnePlus 9 itself.

Its strong point is the combination of all these qualities (including 5G connectivity) with a price that starts at 399 euros, something that can position it very well in its segment against increasingly consolidated rivals such as Xiaomi or Realme.

The OnePlus Nord 2 is a phone that can satisfy not only users with a tight budget, but also the most demanding.

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