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Is OnePlus Nord 2 the Best Affordable Flagship Right Now?

by Mary Sewell

OnePlus Nord 2 5G debuted last week as the successor to the original OnePlus Nord. The new smartphone has several upgrades: a giant primary camera, a larger battery, and faster charging the last year’s model. It is also the first phone from OnePlus to have a MediaTek SoC over a Qualcomm one. In addition to those hardware specifications, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G also carries a new OxygenOS version. The smartphone has many features to attract people looking for a phone under Rs. 35,000. Host Akhil Arora speaks with Reviewer Aditya Shenoy and Deputy Reviews this week.

Editor Roydon Cerejo on the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital to talk about the OnePlus Nord 2 5G and pit it against the competition. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G starts at Rs. 27,999 for the base 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. It also comes in 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB options priced at Rs. 29,999 and Rs. 34,999, respectively. The pricing is slightly higher when compared with that of the OnePlus Nord. However, it aligns with the competition, including the recently launched Poco F3 GT, which starts at Rs. 29,999 for the same 6GB + 128GB configuration.

OnePlus Nord 2

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The OnePlus Nord 2 has provided a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary camera sensor, a 4,500mAh battery, and Warp Charge 65 fast charging. These additions offer customers a decent upgrade over the original OnePlus Nord with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera and a 4,115mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T support.

It also comes with an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI SoC that makes it a different phone altogether in the OnePlus portfolio. The chipset is claimed to be designed in collaboration with MediaTek to deliver a list of artificial intelligence (AI) backed enhancements. These include quicker scene detection, increasing sharpness, and boosting the colors on specific apps, including YouTube and MX Player. The upgrades make the user experience on the OnePlus Nord 2 different from the Poco F3 GT, which has a vanilla variant of the MediaTek above Dimensity chipset.

OnePlus Nord 2 vs. Poco F3 GT: Battle of the Affordable Flagships

Unlike the Poco F3 GT, which runs on Xiaomi’s highly customized MIUI skin, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G carries OxygenOS 11.3, offering a stock Android-like experience. There are, however, some signs that make the custom skin closer to Oppo’s ColorOS.We discuss those signs and how the recent OnePlus-Oppo merger streamlines the differences between OxygenOS and ColorOS.

We also discuss the Nord 2’s competition — chiefly the Poco F3 GT — and who should pick OnePlus’ new phone. You can listen to all this and more about the Nord 2 by hitting the play Spotify player’s play button can also follow the Gadgets 360 podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. Please rate us and leave a review. New Orbital episodes are released every Friday, so tune in regularly.

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