It’s been almost a year since OnePlus released the Nord 2, its second device under the Nord name. Now, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing giant has released an upgraded version of the same as OnePlus Nord 2T. It comes with a new and improved MediaTek Dimensity 1300 SoC, a stunning 90Hz AMOLED display and much more.
That said, in this in-depth review, we’ll be looking at what the new OnePlus Nord 2T brings to the table and how it compares to its predecessor.
OnePlus Nord 2T Specifications
- Display: 6.43-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display running at 90Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 and sRGB color coverage, HDR10+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
- Software: OxygenOS 12.1 running on Android 12 operating system
- CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 1300 6nm octa-core SoC (1x ARM Coretx-A78 running at 3 GHz + 3x Coretx-A78 running at 2.6 GHz + 4x ARM Coretx-A78 running at 2 GHz)
- GPUs: ARM Mali-g77 MP9 graphics card
- Memory: 8GB or 12GB LPDDR4X RAM
- Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
- Camera: Triple cameras (50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 primary OIS + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 2MP f/2.4 macro sensors), 4K 30fps video recording, dual LED flash
- Selfie camera: Sony IMX615 32MP f/2.4
- Other Features: In-display fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock and
- Cellular: 5G network, dual SIM, operator aggregation
- Battery: 4500 mAh battery (2250 mAh dual-cell lithium-ion)
- Loading: 80W SuperVOOC fast charging
- Weight and thickness: 190g and 8.2mm respectively
- ₹28,999 (8GB + 128GB)
- ₹33,999 (12GB + 256GB)
Starting with the unboxing experience, the OnePlus Nord 2T 5G comes in the same old Nord-branded box that has been a standard for almost all Nord devices.
Upon opening the box, you’ll find the usual envelope containing a silicone case, SIM ejector tool and paperwork, with the device tucked underneath. Whereas, if we were to dig deeper, you’ll find the USB-C to USB-A cable in red color along with an 80W power supply.
Display, design and build quality
When it comes to display, design, and build quality, the OnePlus Nord 2T comes with a stunning 6.43-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display capable of reaching 572 nits of brightness. . As well as being AMOLED, the display operates at a 90Hz refresh rate and offers HDR10+ support with 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 color coverage as well as Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection that scratches at level 6 with deeper grooves at level 7.
The OnePlus Nord 2T has a rounded metallic-colored plastic frame that offers a USB-C slot, a dual SIM card tray, and a speaker along the bottom edge. There is also a set of microphones on the top and bottom edges of the device.
Meanwhile, the left side of the device has a volume rocker, and the right side offers a power button with the OnePlus signature alert slider placed just above it.
Flipping the phone backwards, you’ll see a centrally placed OnePlus logo with a large, slightly protruding camera module along the top left corner. The camera mod, while large, isn’t obnoxious and offers a triple-camera setup with a rather unconventional layout.
As for its back panel, you have the choice between two color variants: Jade Fog and Dark Gray Shadow. The Gray comes with a shimmering matte finish, while the Jade Fog variant we were able to get our hands on comes with a glossy plastic rear panel that could catch a few fingerprints, but it’s still reasonable.
That said, the OnePlus Nord 2T is a very nice looking phone with a scalable design that’s comfortable to hold, while not being slippery when held without a case.
Hardware and overall performance
In terms of performance, the OnePlus Nord 2T isn’t a giant leap over the original Nord 2. We say this because, although new, the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 has 8 cores, including 1x ARM Cortex-A78 running at 3 GHz + 3x Cortex-A78 running at 2.6 GHz + 4x ARM Cortex-A78 running at 2 GHz, which is quite similar to the Dimensity 1200 found on the original Nord 2. The exception is that the new HyperEngine 5 would allow slightly better gaming performance than the predecessor.
That said, the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 is still a pretty good processor with great performance in everyday use and gaming. In our tests, we got the device to deliver a Geekbench score of 846 in single-core and 3099 in multi-core.
As for its actual performance, we got close to 50-60fps in most games like PUBG, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Diablo Immortal on very high graphics settings. However, you should note that gaming at such high settings can adversely affect the battery life of the device, with the entire device getting quite hot with temperatures reaching up to 43⁰.
Charging and battery life
As for its charging and battery life, the OnePlus Nord 2T comes with a standard 4500mAh battery that supports fast charging up to 80W using the USB-C to A cable, and the SuperVOOC power supply is provided in the box.
In our tests, which included using the Nord 2T at 90Hz with brightness set to 75% and playing heavy games, the device delivered nearly 6 hours of screen time over a 24-hour period. . That said, you can still expect the device to offer a few more hours of screen time when you’re not gaming and you’ve set the display to 60Hz.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus Nord 2T charges from 5% to 100% in 31 minutes and from 5% to 50% in 10 minutes. Also, there was no sign of overheating in the device, unlike the charging brick which was rather fried.
Camera setup and performance
When it comes to camera setup and performance, just like the original Nord 2, the OnePlus Nord 2T has four cameras, one on the front and three on the back.
The rear camera setup consists of a 50MP Sony IMX766 main sensor with OIS for stabilized 4K 30FPS video, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor. The front features a decent Sony IMX615 32MP sensor that can shoot crisp photos and videos at up to Full HD (1080p) 30FPS.
In our tests, the main camera delivered fairly consistent results on par with the original Nord 2, but with slightly better sharpness and color reproduction. In contrast, the 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro sensors look unchanged, with no visible improvements.
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Software and user interface
Although there was a public backlash against the merging of OxygenOS and ColorOS with the advent of Android 12, the Nord 2T’s software was quite responsive and combines only the good features of ColorOS while keeping at bay the heinous amounts of bloatware.
As for its operating system, the OnePlus Nord 2T comes with OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12 out of the box and has already received a minor software update. We can expect it to feature nearly 2 major software updates and a few minor software updates.
Overall, if we rate the device on a scale of one to ten, the OnePlus Nord 2T would be an eight. It takes all the specs of the original Nord 2 and kicks them up a notch without any inherent degradation. But with many smartphones offering a 120Hz display in this price range, the Nord 2T leaves a bit to be desired.
If you are thinking of buying a OnePlus Nord 2T, you should go for it. However, you should stay away if you’re looking forward to upgrading your existing Nord 2.