Say it again, “Flagship Killer”.is it okay OnePlus North 2 Can this announced earlier this week really help you break the expensive habit of buying expensive flagships?
Well, it has a flagship battery-4,500 mAh, which supports Warp Charge 65, just like the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. It takes only 30 minutes to fully charge and should be usable for two days. But there is no wireless charging.
It also has a flagship camera, at least one of them. The 50MP IMX766 sensor (used in the 9 series ultra-wide-angle camera) is now in the main role, and it has optical image stabilization (OIS). The actual ultra-wide-angle camera on the phone is a less impressive 8MP module. And there is no telephoto camera, so you can only use digital zoom.
It also has a good display effect, with a 90Hz Fluid AMOLED panel with HDR10+. Although the last OnePlus flagship product that runs the screen at 90Hz is the vanilla OnePlus 8. So far, we have seen several flagship products, but some other components are missing.
The same is true for software support-OnePlus will provide two operating system updates and 3 years of security updates.This is the norm forward The 8 series arrives and will receive three operating system updates and 4 years of security patches. Again, the flagship experience, although it was a few years ago.
The customized Dimensity 1200-AI chipset has great potential-it is built on MediaTek’s “open source architecture”, allowing manufacturers to adjust the chip according to their needs (currently only 1200). This is different from Apple, Samsung and Huawei’s level of control over their chips, but it is an exciting development.
You can check out Our review Take a look at how the 1200-AI performs-to make a long story short, it is comparable to the Snapdragon 870 in OnePlus 9R, although it is closer to the Snapdragon 860 in some tests. It is indeed the flagship chip, although not the top chip of 2021.
The basic 6/128GB version of OnePlus Nord 2 is priced at 400 Euros (depending on local taxes, a few Euros are given or collected). Although there are rumors that the price will rise, this is the same price as the original Nord.
In other words, you can find a phone that supports Snapdragon 860, such as Poco X3 Pro, for about 200 Euros. A phone based on Snapdragon 870, Poco F3, costs about 300 Euros. However, compared to the 50MP 1/1.56″ sensor in the Nord 2, both have a 48MP 1/2.0″ sensor in the main cam. And their maximum charging power is 33W. On the other hand, both have 120Hz screens (one LCD and one AMOLED).
The 500 Euro Realme GT provides a faster Snapdragon 888 chipset based on a 6.43″ 120 Hz Super AMOLED and 4,500 mAh battery, with 65W charging. The main camera has a 64MP 1/1.73″ sensor. However, none of these have OIS on the main camera.
Dimensity 1200 phones are currently rare, but Xiaomi and Realme have several options. In India, Realme X7 Max 5G is equipped with 120Hz 6.43″ Super AMOLED display, 64MP 1/1.73″ camera (no OIS) and 4,500mAh battery, 50W charging. The basic 8/128GB model is priced at 27,00 INR, while the Nord 2 is priced at 30,000 INR (there is also the 6/128 GB model, which is 28,000 INR).
Don’t forget, you can buy OnePlus Nord CE for 300 Euros. It has a less powerful chipset (Snapdragon 750G), its 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED lacks HDR10+ support, the 64MP camera is not very good (smaller sensor, no OIS) and the 4,500 mAh battery only charges 30W. But it is 100 euros less.
So, what do you think-does OnePlus Nord 2 meet its “flagship killer” tagline, and does it have a place in your pocket?