Today OnePlus is announcing the 2021 successor to the OnePlus Nord – the company mid-range line-up phone. The new phone takes the hardware platform from the OPPO Reno 5 Pro in that it is now powered by the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200. What’s unusual here is that it appears that OnePlus is going exclusively MediaTek for the device, and maybe correlated to this fact is that the device isn’t currently being announced for the US.

OnePlus Nord 2
  OnePlus Nord 2
SoC MediaTek Dimensity 1200

1x Cortex A78 @ 3.0GHz
3x Cortex A78 @ 2.6GHz
4x Cortex A55 @ 2.0GHz

Mali-G77MP9 @ ? MHz
DRAM 8/12 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128/256GB UFS 3.1
Display 6.43" AMOLED
2400 x 1080 (20:9)
90Hz
Size Height 159.12mm
Width 73.31mm
Depth 8.25mm
Weight 189grams
Battery Capacity 4500mAh (2x 2250mAh)

65W charging
Wireless Charging -
Rear Cameras
Wide 50MP IMX766
1.0µm pixels (2.0µm 4:1 12MP)

f/1.88 w/OIS
26 mm eq.
Ultra-wide 8MP

f/2.25
13mm eq.
Telephoto -
Extra 2MP (Macro)
Front Camera 32MP IMX615 0.8µm
f/2.45
I/O USB-C 2.0
Wireless (local) 802.11ax WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2 LE + NFC
Other Features Under-screen optical fingerprint sensor
Dual-SIM Dual nanoSIM
Launch Price 8GB+128GB: £399 / €399
12GB+256GB: £469 / €499

Starting with the SoC, the Nord 2 is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200, which is a 6nm SoC upgrade to the Dimensity 1000 generation from last gen, featuring new a Cortex-A78 core that clock up to 3GHz, three A78’s at 2.6GHz, and four A55’s at 2.0GHz. The GPU is an older Mali-G77MP9 at an undisclosed frequency. OnePlus claims they have an exclusive “AI” variant of the chip that seemingly has higher clock speeds in the NPU and DSP blocks.

The phone comes in either 8 or 12GB RAM variants with LPDDR4X and 128 or 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage.

Connectivity wise there’s naturally the 5G capabilities of the SoC (sub-6GHz), but there’s also a new WiFi 6 compatible combo chip and an upgrade to Bluetooth 5.2.

The display specifications appear identical to the original OnePlus Nord, however with smaller diagonal at 6.43” vs 6.44”. It’s still an AMOLED display at 2400 x 1080 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate.

What’s different here design wise is that OnePlus has dropped the ultra-wide module, so instead of two front cameras in a pill-shaped cut-out you only remain with the same 32MP main unit, though this time it’s advertised as an IMX615 versus IMX616 last generation – the differences between the two are unclear as the fundamental specifications are the same.

 

The rear of the phone has a camera island design that looks similar to that of the OnePlus 9 Pro but also takes queues from the Reno 5 Pro series. It’s essentially a dual-camera phone, with the main module being an IMX766 at 50MP which we also saw on the Find X3 Pro, it’s generally a large 1.0µm pixel unit and sensor size at 1/1.56” which is somewhat unique and rare for the mid-range, and features f/1.88 26mm equivalent optics with OIS.

The secondary camera is an 8MP unit with an ultra-wide diagonal field of view of 119° and f/2.25 aperture optics – no further details were supplied on this module, so it’s probably quite basic. There’s also a 2MP macro camera but these generally are unusable and are there just for marketing purposes.

 

The phone weighs in at 189g which is generally in line with the industry as it has a 4500mAh battery in two cells for serial high-voltage charging at up to 65W power. It will be interesting to see the phone’s power efficiency as this was one aspect that wasn’t convincing on the 9 Pro.

The design appears very ergonomic and is reasonably thin at 8.25mm. There’s a rounded frame and back cover curvature while the screen only appears to have a smaller 2.5D edge.

The phone features dual stereo speakers (one being the earpiece), and a simply USB-C with 2.0 connectivity. Dual nanoSIM slots serves for more flexible connectivity for target markets.

Starting at €/£399

In the 8/128GB configuration, the phone is starting at £399 and 399€, with pre-orders starting now, and salves going live on July 28th. OnePlus wasn’t clear what markets will get the Nord 2 – but at time of writing the product pages are only available for European countries and India.

 

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  • Wereweeb - Friday, July 23, 2021 - link

    Unfortunately smartphones are either not competitive or not profitable when producing at low volume, as the Pinephone and Fairphone reveal. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, July 26, 2021 - link

    The Fairphone is frustrating. I'd have loved to have bought one for my last upgrade, but the SoC is a pile of crap and would have been a significant downgrade from my OnePlus 6. Even something like the Mediatek Helio G90T would be a better option. Living in hope that they finally get that side of things right in time for my next upgrade, so I can finally stop buying disposable junk. Reply
  • GC2:CS - Monday, July 26, 2021 - link

    Is it a general rule that dual battery phones are less efficient ?

    Are there other examples other than OP9Pro ? Mi 11 Ultra ? If I remember even some iPhones did this for no reason.

    What are the benefits if it is less efficient ?
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  • RSAUser - Monday, August 2, 2021 - link

    It's not really less efficient, slightly more space used due to walls of the battery.
    In return you'll get near double the charging speed while not degrading your battery as fast.
    Reply
  • abufrejoval - Monday, August 2, 2021 - link

    I'd love to see a comparison to say a OnePlus 8!

    I'll freely admit, I'm a OnePlus fan. Started with Samsung (Galaxy i9000), progressed to Galaxy Note (1) and Note 3. Still run both the Note 3 and a OnePlus 1 side by side, both being Snapdragon 800, but the OnePlus 1 having much better storage and a slightly faster SoC still is downright usable, while the Note 3 (the physical home button is actually turning into a liability) lags noticeably, so it's more of backup/emergency/guest device today.

    If you're not on the fast track, a OnePlus 1 today is still a very viable phone thanks to LineageOS 18.1! Physically, including the (first) battery (got a spare not yet used) it's really still almost pristine, and one of my kids *really* used it for years with WhatsApp flooding all 64GB of storage (I WhatsNot and TRIMed so now it's back to--YEAH! performance for a 2014 device).

    Used a OnePlus 5, which is recycling from one of my kids as he upgrades to a Nord 1. That was the first Android that cured me of my battery anxiety, thanks to its Snapdragon 835, which gave me performance similar to the LeEco 820 devices, but at half the battery consumption. A really great (physically small and light) device, which used a non-mechanical (fingerprint) home button to maximum advantage, until gestures took over to enable full-screen.

    With my OnePlus 7 Pro I was happy, until Coporate IT and most of my banking apps took issues to my standard rooting, so I had to add a OnePlus 8 (unrooted) just for that: It sold below €400 so I see it as a benchmark against a Nord 2: Snapdragon 865 vs. Dimension 1200!

    CPU wise, the MediaTek might might have a point, but in terms of GPU (I don't game on phones), it may face issues with those who game on mobile.
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  • Andrew090John - Monday, August 9, 2021 - link

    Have been hearing a lot about this device and hope it comes to the US market soon. The Dimensity 1200 chipset looks good at low cost. Reply
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